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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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Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Freedom of the Seas has a fully-equipped fitness center with weight machines, free weights, stationary spin bikes, stair steppers, treadmills, sauna, steam room, thermal suites, and a full-size boxing ring. They also offer classes, ranging from Pilates and Yoga to spinning and kickboxing. Boot camps, spinning, Pilates, and Yoga require an extra fee, while other classes, such as the Fab Abs or stretching classes, are complimentary.

Outside is a jogging track with both a runner and a walker side that goes around the entire ship. The jogging track is also a great spot to watch the sun rise.

FlowRider

FlowRider is a 40-foot-long wave simulator on the Freedom of the Seas. Anybody can try it, but there is a height restriction for those who want to try surfing (shorter riders must use a boogie board instead). The area is surrounded by stadium seating and at the Wipeout you can get something to drink before trying to surf, or you can just sit and watch others. Royal Caribbean also offers one-on-one lessons for beginners, but there is a minimum of eight guests required for this service.

Rock Climbing

All Royal Caribbean ships have rock climbing walls, and the Freedom of the Seas is no exception. The wall has different levels of climbing routes, some for beginners and others for more experienced climbers. The equipment (shoes, helmet, harness) is provided by Royal Caribbean, and all you need to bring is your own socks. Minors have to be accompanied by an adult, and the minimum age to climb the rock wall is six. As with the FlowRider, Royal Caribbean also offers one-on-one instructions for rock climbing beginners. Climbing competition events take place on the ship as well.

Mini Golf

On deck 13, just a behind the sports court, is the mini golf course. The course isn’t very big, but it can be fun to play a few holes—just make sure not to drive the ball overboard. All the equipment is provided at the course and there are no fees for playing.

Scuba Diving

Freedom of the Seas has a PADI dive instructor at Sea Trek (deck 11), and offers courses on diving (pool dives, knowledge development, and two real ocean dives). With this short course you get the PADI scuba diver certification, which allows access to some beginner level dives around the world. Additionally, Sea Trek offers scuba and dive gear. The minimum age for participants is 12 years, and the class costs $249 per person. Royal also offers an extension course with two or four open water dives ($175 and $225), a Scuba tune up for $49 per person, and a pool dive for $29.95 per person.

Sports Court - Studio B

Freedom of the Seas has a full-size basketball court with small goals for soccer too. Equipment, like basketballs and soccer balls, is available on the sports deck.

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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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