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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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Lounge & Cafés

Several lounges, snack bars, and one cafe are found on the ship.


There are quite a few places to lounge or get a snack on the Freedom of the Seas, especially at the Royal Promenade area. Two lounges are on deck 14—Cloud 9 and Seven of Hearts—and they can be combined with Olive & Twist and make a huge venue for receptions or other large events.

For snacks, Freedom of the Seas has the Café Promenade with small sandwiches and pastries; Sorrento's for pizza and antipasti; as well as a cupcake shop and an ice cream shop.

Cloud 9

Cloud 9 is a small lounge sandwiched between the Olive & Twist and the Seven of Hearts lounge. It has a few tables and a piano, but no bar. Cloud 9, Seven of Hearts, and Olive & Twist can be combined to form one large venue.

Seven of Hearts

Seven of Hearts is a game room located on deck 14 near the Olive & Twist. There are some board games, a few tables with chess boards on them, and you have access to the outside of deck 14 that features two ping pong tables and stairs going down to the sports court and mini golf area.

Connoisseur Club

The Connoisseur Club is Freedom of the Seas’ humidor where you can buy and smoke cigars with a glass of fine scotch or bourbon—whichever you prefer.

Café Promenade

Café Promenade is located on deck five. Here, you can get complimentary coffee and snacks like croissants with ham and cheese, small sandwiches, muffins, or donuts. Café Promenade also offers specialty coffees like cappuccino, espresso, and latte. You can get coffee 24 hours a day, but snacks and specialty coffee drinks are only available from 7 am to 10 pm.

Cupcake Cupboard

As the name implies, Cupcake Cupboard sells all kinds of cupcakes; all of them freshly baked. Freedom of the Seas also offers classes on how to decorate cupcakes for $22 per person.

Ben & Jerry's

The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop on the Freedom of the Seas is just like any Ben & Jerry’s shop you’d find on land. Prices for ice cream are about the same as you’d pay at a land-based Ben & Jerry’s as well.

Concierge Floor / Club Floor

There is a concierge club on deck ten and a Diamond club (for frequent cruisers) on deck 13, but you have to have a Crown and Anchor membership or have booked the right room to get in.

Children's Areas

Adventure Ocean, the ship's children's area, is on deck 12. It includes a Royal Tots area with interactive playgroups for children between 18 and 36 months old (parents must accompany their kids). Classes for even younger kids (6-18 months) are also available. Fairly new is the nursery, where parents can drop off their kids during the day or for an evening out. Registrations must be made on the first day of the cruise, and Royal Caribbean charges $8 per hour per child for this service.

For potty-trained kids between three and five years old, Freedom of the Seas offers science experiments, play hours, and even some education classes about local customs. A little more diverse is the itinerary for kids from six to eight years old that feature hands-on science experiments, scavenger hunts, and theater games, just to name a few. Story time, theater, dance parties and other activities with characters from the DreamWorks Animation movies, as well as special shore excursions, are offered for kids ages 9-11 years old. Opening hours for the kids areas are from 9 am to noon, 2 pm to 5 pm, and 7 pm to 10 pm on sea days. Registration is not necessary.

Teenagers from 12 to 17 can join activities whenever they want, or just hang out in the teen-only lounge. Activities include Flowrider instructions, theme nights, karaoke, casino, and a climbing competition. The activities are scheduled throughout the day, and the teen center also has a club open from 10 pm to 2 am.

According to Royal Caribbean, all members of the teen staff have a college degree in education or related fields, as well as experience working with 13 - 17 year old children.

Conference Rooms

Deck two has four conference rooms that can be combined to form one huge room. All are equipped with a projector and screen for presentations.

Libraries

The library on deck seven isn't very large and, because it overlooks the Royal Promenade and is located in a high-traffic area, it never feels very quiet.

Religious Services / Prayer Rooms

Freedom of the Seas has a small chapel on deck 14 that can be used for marriages, prayer, or simply a few minutes of peace.

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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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