Freedom of the Seas Review

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Cruise Ship Overview

Launched in 2006 as the first of three Freedom-class ships and enhanced in 2012, Freedom of the Seas is packed with features. New on board is the DreamWorks Experience complete with characters such as Shrek and his pals, a new nursery, and puppet shows. Digital signage makes navigating the ship easier. Adults can finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the intimate Vintages wine bar.

Although they are no longer the world's largest cruise ships, the Freedom-class vessels live up to Royal Caribbean's reputation for creative thinking that results in features to stir the imagination and provide a resort-like atmosphere at sea. Whether you are hanging 10 in the surf simulator, going a few rounds in the boxing ring, or strolling the Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard, there's almost no reason to go ashore. The layout is more intuitive than you might expect on such a gigantic ship. A mall-like promenade is lined with shops and bistros, an ice-skating rink/theater, numerous lounges, and dining options, but these are not simply enlarged Voyager-class ships. With plenty of room, even the most intimate spaces feel uncrowded. A good fit for extended families, these ships have expansive areas devoted to children and teens and enough adults-only spaces to satisfy everyone.

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