Our Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise took us to the Eastern Caribbean, which made this review pleasant for seven days on the ship.
What struck me first was the size of the ship, complete with a midnight parade. This had an ice-skating rink, movie theater, and another theater for live shows. I was so impressed with the Royal Caribbean staff.
The size of Freedom of the Seas is 1,112 feet and has a guest capacity of 3,634 with 1,360 crew members.
We were surprised with all the activities onboard, and to be honest, I would’ve been happy staying on the ship for the entire 7-day cruise. Some of the outdoor activities include a large rock-climbing wall, a surf park at sea called the FlowRider, about 6 whirlpools (two of them overlooking the ocean), a full library and card room, and something for the nightlife called the Concierge Club and Diamond Lounge.
We went to the club once to watch the Michael Jackson Tribute, which is great for everyone. There were a lot of older people on the dance floor while the younger crowd sat at tables and mingled with conversation.
We were very impressed with the ice-skating show. It was very professional and better than what we expected.
This ship has extensive Wi-Fi capabilities for cell phones, iPads, and other mobile devices. We were happy with the Internet service. The service is very reasonable for checking e-mail and quick visits to online websites, but don’t stay on too long, or you will run out of minutes. You pre-pay for the service in blocks of time.
Each stateroom had flat-screen TVs, which was nice to see. It seems like Royal Caribbean has been the only cruise line to upgrade their televisions. It only makes better sense because the new screens use less energy, saving the ship money in the long run.
Walking off the Freedom of the Seas at places like St. Thomas was like walking into another world. It was tropical paradise, large cliffs, mountains, valleys with magnificent views.
We also got to meet comedian Lewis Black, who was also on the ship with several other comedians. Black was there to do a show. We spoke with his agent and was able to get in to see it. It was great!
We also tried out their extensive acupuncture treatment and body massage in their Vitality Spa. It was very relaxing, and the service was above expectations. They also have a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with classes like yoga and tai chi.
Towards the end of the cruise, about the 6th day, we were revitalized and ready to return. This was a good sign because when I was completely refreshed, and in great spirits when I went back to work. This is one ship I will book again for a great 7-day adventure.
The Royal Caribbean “Freedom Of The Seas” departs from Port Canaveral, Florida.