Review: Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas
Glamorous, elegant, family-friendly and fun are what come to mind when talking about Royal Caribbean's newest ship: Freedom of the Seas. Determined to make Freedom the most innovative and adventurous ship of its fleet, Royal Caribbean built Freedom to be the largest passenger ship ever, then added one-of-a-kind features sure to impress. Let the Adventure Begin One of the most talked about activities is the Flowrider®. This exciting surfing ride gives the feeling of hanging ten on a Maui wave, all right from onboard Freedom. Grab a board and catch a wave. It's easy to learn and fun to master.
The H20 Zone is another water wonder found exclusively on Freedom. A dedicated crew mans this water park filled with giant and colorful sculptures, water cannons, fountains, jets, waterfalls, spiral-shaped current pool and more. For adults and kids alike, the H20 Zone is a blast during the day and a whole new adventure when lit up at night. While kids usually get special gathering places designated just for them, Royal Caribbean decided to offer a solarium onboard Freedom - just for adults. Fun and relaxing, the solarium presents a rainforest theme with giant sculptures of tropical birds and palm trees, poolside hammocks, a panoramic view of the ocean and music piped underwater.
While truly special during the day, the solarium is spectacular at night. A separate sports pool accommodates the adventurous ones in your group. You'll find traditional favorites such as water volleyball and basketball and some exciting new options including golf and jousting. For those looking to live life to its fullest, a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and scuba lessons should provide plenty to do. If relaxation is your goal, work off your stress in the state-of-the-art fitness center under the watchful eye of your personal trainer. Then allow yourself to indulge in any of the massages or treatments available in Freedom's full-service spa. Spacious Cabins and Family Suite Accommodations are outstanding with four categories of staterooms to choose from. Each is of exceptional size and offers a full-sized, flat screen television and WiFi capabilities. Each cabin also offers premium bedding and a hairdryer for added comfort and convenience. If you're traveling with a large party, Freedom offers a Presidential Family Suite that will comfortably sleep up to 14 guests.
With five plasma TVs, a large wrap-around balcony, a family room, bar, work stations, four separate bedrooms, four baths and its own whirlpool, this is an exceptional suite for family vacations, reunions or wedding parties. Children and Youth Activities The kids haven't been left out. As with all Royal Caribbean ships, Freedom delivers a fun - and safe - place for kids and teens to relax and be themselves. Adventure Ocean® blends age-appropriate educational activities with fun for kids from 3 - 17. From the youngest travelers who receive personalized attention from a qualified and caring staff to teens who can enjoy parties, music and more - every child will find something he or she likes onboard Freedom. Destinations Departing from Miami, Florida, beginning in June 2006, Freedom will sale to exciting ports of call. Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay and other popular destinations throughout the Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean are scheduled. Freedom truly is spectacular with several exclusive features not found elsewhere. Cruising enthusiasts who appreciate quality, value and fun will thoroughly enjoy their time aboard this ship.