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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review

The Freedom of the Seas received a bundle of upgrades in 2011, including a 3D movie theater, and a nursery.

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More than half a dozen eateries are located on-board, as well as a bunch of bars and snack stations.


Freedom of the Seas has several restaurants on board, with the largest being the main dining room, which is spread over three levels. There are two fixed seating times at the main dining room (6 pm and 8:30 pm), or passengers can sign up for the more flexible "My Time Dining" program, which allows dining any time between 5:30 and 9:30 pm. On sea days the main dining room also offers lunch, and every day you can get a nice and relaxed breakfast with an a la carte menu or buffet. All of the food is complimentary, but fresh orange juice in the morning does cost $2.50.

On deck 11 you'll find the Portofino, Chops Grille, Jade, and Windjammer restaurants. Portofino is Freedom's Italian restaurant and the cover charge is $20. It offers pasta, risotto, Italian meat dishes, and salads. If you like Italian food, you should definitely go there, as the $20 cover charge is reasonable for what you get. Portofino has an extensive wine list, with wines from all over the world, starting at $7 a glass.

Chops Grille, a steakhouse, has a cover charge of $30, and offers the likes of filet mignon, New York strip, and T-Bone steak—everything for the meat fan. Regular starters like salads are offered, but also items like Asian inspired spicy tuna are available. Although the price is a little high, the food here is great, and it is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or special occasion.

Windjammer and Jade are both buffets. Jade appears as the more sophisticated option with its smaller buffet, and it offers Asian food and sushi for dinner. Windjammer is larger and serves burgers, hot dogs, pasta, meat with gravy, and a lot of desserts. At the juice stations, diners can get apple, grape, and orange juice, as well as coffee and iced tea. Right at the entrance of the buffet restaurants is a small café, which belongs to Jade and provides Chops Grille and Portofino with drinks. The bar offers specialty coffees and mixed drinks.

For a good burger you can head down to Johnny Rockets, a '50s style diner that also offers sandwiches and milk shakes. Every table includes its own jukebox, and everyone gets three quarters to put into it. As a special surprise, every time the jukebox plays "Staying Alive", all the waiters start dancing. All the food at Johnny Rockets costs $4.95, with milk shakes and soft drinks costing extra (a milk shake is about $5).

Sorrento's Pizzeria is complimentary, and offers a variety of pizzas and antipasti. It opens in the early afternoon and stays open until late at night. Pizza options include: Hawaiian-style, vegetarian, margherita, and pepperoni.

For the sweet tooth, Freedom of the Seas features a cupcake store and a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop. There's also a Seattle-style coffeehouse where you can get cappuccinos, espressos, or lattes, as well as muffins, cookies, donuts, croissants, and small sandwiches.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Inside Stateroom
  4. Royal Suite
  5. Owner's Suite
  6. Grand Suite
  7. Junior Suite
  8. Superior Oceanview Stateroom
  9. Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
  10. Large Oceanview Stateroom
  11. Interior Stateroom
  12. Family Oceanview Stateroom
  13. Royal Family Suite
  14. Oceanview Stateroom
  15. Promenade Family Stateroom
  16. Promenade Stateroom
  17. Presidential Family Suite
  18. Family Interior Stateroom
  19. Cabin Amenities
  20. Dining
  21. Main Dining Room
  22. Chop's Steakhouse
  23. Portofino
  24. Windjammer
  25. Jade
  26. Johnny Rockets
  27. Sorrento's
  28. In-Room Dining
  29. Drinks
  30. Pools & Decks
  31. Pool Areas
  32. Sun Decks & Open Areas
  33. Deck Plans
  34. Recreation
  35. Lounges & Public Spaces
  36. Freedom Day Spa
  37. Fitness
  38. Retail
  39. Other Activities
  40. Nightlife & Shows
  41. Bear & Bull Pub
  42. Olive & Twist
  43. Pharaoh's Palace
  44. Schooner
  45. Boleros
  46. The Crypt
  47. Vintages
  48. On Air
  49. Champagne Bar
  50. Studio B
  51. Pool Bar
  52. Sky Bar
  53. Solarium Bar
  54. Casino
  55. Shows & Other Entertainment
  56. Service & Staff
  57. Staff & Ship Policies
  58. Health & Safety
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  62. Conclusion
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