Royal Caribbean International
Freedom Of The Seas
Travel Agent Invitational Cruise
May 15, 2006

Glenn In Front Of Royal Caribbean's Freedom Of The Sea At Cape Liberty, New Jersey
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Adventure Ocean Freedom Fitness Center Main Restaurants Royal Suite
Arcadia Theatre Freedom Of The Seas Miscellaneous Miscellaneous Bars and Lounges Solarium
Boleros Grand Suite Owner's Suite Sports Deck
Casino Royale H2O Zone Pharaoh's Palace Studio B Center Ice
Centrum Junior Suite Presidential Family Suite Superior Oceanview Room
Flow Rider Main and Sports Pool Royal Promenade Windjammer Restaurants

Royal Caribbean graciously invited travel agents to see their newest cruise ship, the Freedom of the Seas on May 15, 2006.  I jumped at the chance and was truly amazed.  The Freedom of the Seas is simply amazing. The largest cruise ship in the world at 160,000 Gross Tons will hold up to 4375 passenger, is 1112 feet long and 184 feet wide.   I have previously sailed on the Voyager and Explorer and think they are fantastic ships.  Royal Caribbean has taken the best from the Voyager class ships and improved it with the Freedom of the Seas.

There are many similarities between the classes like the Promenade which I love, the Rock Climbing Wall, Studio B Ice Centre and Windjammer Cafe.  The improvements I like the most are the spectacular Flow Rider, larger pool areas and the cantilevered 12 person hot tubs in the Solarium.


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It was a little cold when we got to see the ship so I didn't get to try the Flow Rider, but even just watching the surfers that run the ride was a blast.  The flow rider shoots 35,000 gallons of water up a ramp at 30 miles per hour creating a five foot ocean like wave.  The only problem I can foresee is waiting to get on to ride since everyone is going to want a ride.  Speaking of waiting for things they have increased the size of the Rock Climbing Wall to cut down on wait times.

It was a little cold when we got to see the ship so I didn't get to try the Flow Rider, but even just watching the surfers that run the ride was a blast.  The flow rider shoots 35,000 gallons of water up a ramp at 30 miles per hour creating a five foot ocean like wave.  The only problem I can foresee is waiting to get on to ride since everyone is going to want a ride.  Speaking of waiting for things they have increased the size of the Rock Climbing Wall to cut down on wait times.

The Flow Rider 35,000 Gallons Of Water Flowing 30 MPH  

Cantilevered Hot Tub Of The Solarium

 

Freedom Fairways And Rock Climbing Wall

The Solarium is going to be very popular for the adults.  They have made the cantilevered hot tubs adults only.  They still have quite a few hot tubs in the main pool area but I've always found it a problem to get space in the hot tubs because the kids are always in them.  The main pool area is enormous and they have split it into two sides.  The Main and Sports Pools on the forward side center ship and the H2O Zone for kids on the aft side of center ship.  The H2O Zone is going to be great for kids.  They have lots of fountains shooting water all over the pool area for kids to play in.

The Freedom of the Seas is going to be the ultimate for family cruising.  On top of everything I have mentioned they still have the wonderful Adventure Ocean programs split into different age groups, Challenger's Video Arcade, Sports Court and Freedom Fairways Miniature Golf.

Fountains Of The H2O Zone

  Down Under Sculpture Diving Into The Royal Promenade  

Power Boxing Ring In The Freedom Fitness Center

We were allowed to walk through all of the suites on the ship and they are spectacular.  The most incredible being the 1215 square foot Presidential Family Suite on the aft section of the ship that will accommodate up to 14 people.  The balcony has a table that will seat 14 people hot tub and bar.  There are three bedrooms and bathrooms in the suite.  For those who can afford it the Royal Suite is just as amazing at 1066 square feet with just one bedroom.

A couple of nice things they have done in all rooms is upgraded the bedding on the Freedom of the Seas and are planning to do to all of their ships by February 2007.  The mattresses are all nine inch thick spring mattresses with separate 2 inch thick micro-fiber pillow tops along with new bed frames design to prevent sagging.  They showed us a side by side of the new beds with the old beds and the new are more than twice as thick.  Also, all cabins have flat screen televisions.  That definitely helps space wise.

New Royal Caribbean Bedding To Be Added To All Ships By The First Quarter Of 2007
 

Hippie Ice Skating To Age Of Aquarius In Studio B Center Ice

 
Freedom Of The Seas Crest Displayed At The Main And Sports Pool

The Freedom Fitness Center is enormous also with the normal incredible view out the front of the ship.  They have a separate room now for aerobics and the new Power Boxing Ring.  All of the cardio machines have televisions attached to them in case you didn't want to look out at the ocean while working out.

Overall, the ship has everything you could want on a cruise ship.  Even with 4000 passengers you should have no problem finding things to do or a place to get away to yourself.  I can't wait to sail on her for more than one night in the future.

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