Freedom of the Seas
A water wonderland for the whole family
Freedom of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world, when she arrived in 2006, offering guests a top-deck aqua environment hard to match on the High Seas.
She is s packed with spectacular features including the FlowRider® surf park, canitilevered whirlpools, ice-skating rink, full-size boxing ring, H2O Zone waterpark, featuring three massive pool areas, each with innovative new concepts, including an interactive water park, the most dramatic whirlpools afloat and a dedicated sports pool.
One of the most spectacular spaces on Freedom of the Seas is the H2O Zone, the farthest aft of the three areas. It’s a colourful wonderland of large, brightly hued sculptures doubling as interactive fountains that spray, sprinkle and spurt water in every direction.
The oversized sculptures depict family members of all shapes and sizes, including the family dog, and will give guests numerous ways to get soaked - and soak each other - by turning wheels, setting off sensors and dodging dumping buckets. They are spread throughout a large, central wading area that also will include a number of spray cannons, water jets and ground gushers.
In one corner of the water playground, a circular pool shoots a current of water in a river around a central island. Guests can float with the flow as they are misted by one of the fountain sculptures.
Next to the circular pool, a shallow pool, fed by a flamingo-shaped fountain, creates a secluded space for the ship’s youngest cruisers. At the back of the park, a rectangular swimming pool is flanked by wading areas and fed by a waterfall cascading from an overhanging bridge. At night, the water park turns into a dramatically lit sculpture garden.
An exciting way to unwind
Toward the front of the ship, adult guests find the most remarkable relaxation areas at sea in the jungle-themed Solarium. This adults-only oasis features two large hot tubs cantilevered out 12ft from the sides of the ship. Suspended 11 ft above the ocean, the hot tubs offer breathtaking, panoramic views.
The Solarium also features lush tropical foliage, rainforest-inspired mosaics and murals, towering sculpted metal palm trees and hammocks. Two seven-foot-tall parrot sculptures edge the Solarium’s pool, which will hold a few surprises of its own. Guests willing to immerse themselves in the experience find music piped in underwater, a photo collage behind glass depicting a coral reef, and a glass wall that allows them to look into the atrium adjacent to the pool while submerged.
A new pool for sports buffs
One of the ship’s two central pools is designated as a sports pool. Guests are invited to challenge themselves, and each other, in a variety of water sports, from pool volleyball and basketball to floating golf and pole jousting, in which competitors sit facing each other on a horizontal pole laid across the pool and attempt to knock each other off with inflatable rods.
Spectators and contestants are equally entertained when teams try their hand at water ballet choreography in amateur synchronized swimming competitions. Outside the organised activity times, lane markers are set up in the sports pool for lap swimming.
At night, the main pool area is transformed into an open-air nightclub, with a large dance floor situated between the two pools. Guests are able to enjoy live music, themed parties and a top-class club DJ.
Freedom of the Seas sails seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami calling in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Royal Caribbean’s private destination, Labadee, Hispaniola.
Operated by Royal Caribbean International
Built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland
Entered service: June 2006
Cost: $590 million
Registered: The Bahamas
Gross tonnage: 158,000 tons
Passenger decks: 15
Cabins: 1,557 including
- 939 outside
- 757 with balconies
- 618 inside
- 26 with wheelchair access
Three main dining rooms (two sittings), themed bars and lounges, casino, library, two outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre, steam room, youth and children’s facilities, flat screen TVs in every stateroom, wifi capability, rock climbing wall, flowrider, ice skating rink.
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