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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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Drinks Overview

Beer, wine, and a variety of mixed drinks are available at most bars and restaurants.


Royal Caribbean likes to boast that its vessels have the best and largest drink selection at sea: 150 wines, almost as many spirits and liqueurs, and 30 beers from around the world. If you are 21 years or older on boarding day, you will have no trouble getting alcoholic beverages, but providing underage passengers with alcohol is prohibited—and anyone who violates the alcohol policy may be forced to disembark or be left ashore on their own expense. Bar tenders often ask for ID or any proof of age from customers who look too young.

Every bar on Freedom of the Seas has different drinks on its menu, but you can get any mixed drink in any bar as long as the bar keeper knows how to make it. Drinks start at around $6 and go up to hundreds of dollars for a pricey bottle of wine or expensive champagne.

Beer & Wine

The extensive wine list includes wines and champagne from all over the world. Some are only sold by the bottle, but the choices by the glass are plentiful as well. Prices for wines start at $6 a glass, and go up to over $500 for a bottle of rare Tuscan red wine. If you really want to splurge, asking a bar tender for the reserve wine list may reveal even more expensive options.

Mixed Drinks

Most cruise ships do a brisk business in mixed drinks, and Royal Caribbean is no different. You can get all kinds frozen drinks, such as margaritas, mud slides, and pina coladas, and plenty of martinis are on the menu as well. Prices for mixed drinks range from around $7 to $11 dollars.

Drink Packages

Royal Caribbean does offer some drink packages, but they must be purchased at least four days before departure and cannot be modified unless you cancel the order and then repurchase it. Three wine packages are available—gold, platinum, and diamond—and each plan has a different set of wines from which you can choose. For example, the gold plan lets you choose five bottles of wine for $135, while the diamond plan offers 12 bottles for $395.

Royal Caribbean also offers a bottled water package where you can purchase between eight ($28.45) and 24 ($71.10) bottles of water. A juice package is available for $20.15 for six bottles of Minute Maid Juice, or $35.55 for 12 bottles. The unlimited fountain soda pass includes a Coca Cola cup and lets you refill the cup with soda as many times as you like. Prices for the unlimited soda pass depend on the length of your cruise, but for a seven-night trip Royal Caribbean charges $42 per adult and $28 per child for this plan.

Non-alcoholic Options

Coffee, tea, water, and iced tea are all complimentary, as are some juices like apple and orange juice. Bottled juice and soda drinks (Coca Cola products) all cost around 2.50 including gratuity. Royal Caribbean also offers frozen drinks without alcohol for about $4.50 a piece.

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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
  59. vs Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas
  60. vs Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic
  61. vs Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dawn
  62. Conclusion
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