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Began service: April, 2006
Guest capacity: 3,600
Total staff: 1,150
Length: 1,020 feet
Passenger decks: 15
inspection score: NA
of the Seas First Glimpse
The Freedom of the Seas cruise ship departs from
Miami, FL. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Caribbean.
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Caribbean has launched Freedom of the Seas.
It takes the itle "biggest-ship-ever" from Cunard's
Queen Mary 2.
While this ship features many Voyager-class signatures
-- ice skating rink, indoor promenade, rock climbing wall
-- the 1608,000-ton, 4,375-passenger ship also offers
some unique-to-cruising features. Freedom of the Seas
will have three separate pool "regions" (Voyager
class ships have just two). In detail:
Absolutely, the coolest new spot will be the H2O
Zone, a fabulous interactive water park. Whimsical
and playful -- and most definitely aimed at families --
features include numerous water-spouting contraptions,
such as a waterfall, umbrella jets, a cone spill bucket,
spray cannons, spray loops and pipefalls, all decorated
as colorful sculptures. There are two splash pools as
well, one of which will have a current that shoots water
around a central island. At night, this area, with the
integration of a fantastic and dynamic lighting system,
will be transformed into a sculpture garden.
Another first-ever feature is a dedicated sports pool
in the main pool area. Like Voyager-class vessels, there
are two side-by-side pools that comprise that part of
the deck, but in this case one will be used almost exclusively
for athletic pool games, ranging from basketball and volleyball
to pole jousting and synchronized swimming. Other times,
it will have designated lanes for lap swimming.
One more brand-new feature is the wave
machine. FlowRider generates a thin sheet of water
that flows over the surface, creating a wave-like shape.
Riders surf or body board against the waterflow of 30,000 gallons
per minute. At night, designers hope to entice passengers back
to the main pool area with an open-air nightclub. There's a large
dance floor between the two pools and Royal Caribbean anticipates
themed parties and disco events. The solarium pool is more than
just a "stretched" version of those found on Voyager-class
ships. While similar in look, and featuring an additional row
of loungers, there are two cantilevered whirlpools that are tucked
into a bow-like window 112 ft. above the water. They're pretty
gigantic; each one holds 16. Just as nifty is a series of free-standing
hammocks scattered about the solarium.
The rock-climbing wall has expanded, going from the 30 x 33 ft. model
on Voyager-class ships to one that's 43 x 44 ft., and this one will
have additional spire for climbing. In all there are 11 routes to
Beyond the pool areas, the only real details Royal Caribbean would
share concerned some new ideas about staterooms. Cruise Critic has
already reported that staterooms on Freedom of the Seas will
be larger than those found throughout the rest of the fleet and that
all will be outfitted with flat-screen televisions.
But what was revealed in May was the creation of new concepts in staterooms
(popular and familiar sizes, such as royal suites, will continue to
Family travelers should be pretty excited to hear that Freedom
of the Seas will offer family-friendly cabins in a variety of
categories, from insides to promenade view to ocean view. These will
feature alcoves with bunk beds for kids and some will feature bathrooms
with tubs, not just showers.
The presidential suite is the largest ever on a Royal
Caribbean ship. Not only does it clock in at 1,215 square ft. (and
that's just inside – the balcony measures an additional 810
square ft.), it has four bedrooms, and four full baths. The verandah
is complete with a whirlpool, wet bar, alfresco dining, and loungers
for just about everyone.
Overall, Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Cruises' top honcho, told the
assembled gatherers in May that Freedom of the Seas "emphasizes
an all-inclusive" something-for-everyone atmosphere in which
freedom of choice is the mantra. We'll be interested to see how that
applies to interior features -- from Adventure Ocean
and the teens' Living Room to alternative restaurants
and shops -- and will feature those innovations as soon as they're
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Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced
CDC inspection. Freedom of the
Seas Score: NA
Critic: Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas is still in the shipyard.
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