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Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

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Overview

About
Passengers: 4,515   |   Crew: 1,360
Passengers to crew: 3.32:1
Passengers to space: 40.8:1
Launched: 2006   

Decks

  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
Additional decks
Deck 2 layout
Cabins
  Ocean View (2N)  
  Ocean View (3N)  
  Spacious Interior (1R)  
  Interior (2V)  
  Interior (6V)  
  Interior (1V)  
  Interior Accessible (3V)  
  Ultra Spacious Ocean View (1K)  
  Ocean View (8N)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
 
Amenities
Studio B
Arcadia Theatre
Conference Center

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 188 - 214 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 173
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 738
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Fabio Sá wrote a review 19 May
3 contributions
You see it on TV: "come spend a perfect day at CocoCay". There's this massive waterpark on a private island. Your daughter gets excited. You buy the cruise (not cheap and definitely not cheaper than the competition). But you buy it, after all, they're the only ones with a water park on a private island, and that's what you want for your kid. You get an email and start checking in to your reservation. Only THEN you realize that all that money you paid for actually DOESN'T include the water park!!! "But, sir, you can still access the beach and the complimentary pool". If I wanted a beach and a pool, then why would I be buying the "Perfect day at CocoCay???". You want CocoCay? It's an extra $300 for you and your kid, or $450 if you're a family of 3. Was that written ANYWHERE during my booking process? No. Well, maybe in the very fine print of the 100pg contract. But definitely not in the whole sales process. Had they warned me it would cost me an extra $300, as they did warn me about other stuff that would cost me additional money and which I happily declined to, maybe I would have even paid for it. But scamming me like this? Making you pay for access to a cruise with a waterpark that you don't really get access to? That's lying and scamming. At least they said they'll give me my money back. I'll wait and see. In the meantime, I hope nobody else falls for that scam.
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Sightsee782086 wrote a review 16 May
Lebanon, Tennessee2 contributions1 helpful vote
I think maybe too soon for RC to start cruising again. Spa open for $$ massages but no hydrotherapy pool open yet due to covid so that was a bust, Food was sub-par as others stated. 8 out of 10 hand sanitizers were "empty" and never saw one staff wiping down banisters, elevator buttons nothing. If not enough staff then shouldn't be cruising yet. Could not understand staff because of language barrier and masks. Very hard to communicate and hence errors. Paid for private ocean club on private island and although much quieter was not worth the money unless you utilize a beverage pkg and drink all day. Pool nothing special. Night entertainment was good, but have seen before on prior cruises. I wish I could blame this all on covid, but I don;t think so. I survived on Sorrento's pizza. Did not care for Windjammer Mess Hall and struggling to find a seat. Go real early or late or not at all.
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Greg B wrote a review 9 May
Cambridge Ontario24 contributions31 helpful votes
- staff are wonderful - food is sub-par - ship needs an upgrade - room 6412 - not enough seating available at buffet every day (breakfast) - shows were good (fun) - Live band outside was outstanding
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Lessy V wrote a review Apr 2022
San Francisco, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
We just came back from the cruise on Freedom of the Seas (Apr 2022). It was a complete disappointment for us to discover, that ONLY boogie boarding (knee-boarding) is available for free on that FlowRider feature. It is not disclosed anywhere on their website or the RC app, but stand-up surfing is allowed for free ONLY for the advanced riders. If you are a beginner or an intermediate - you're required to book a private lesson for an additional $552! False advertising at it's best! We only found out about that while on the cruise, you're not made aware of that prior to sailing. My son picked this cruise specifically because of the FlowRider and was completely denied doing stand-up surfing unless we book a private lesson. Needless to say he was left very, very upset.
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Marlon Jones wrote a review Mar 2022
Fairburn, Georgia10 contributions1 helpful vote
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My wife and I sailed on March 7-11th of 2022. It was our first cruise ever, and I wanted to give those who have never cruised a heads up of some unforeseen issues we ran into during and after our cruise. All things considered, the cruise experience was really good, and we would do it again. Overall, I'll give the experience a 7 out of 10. (THE ROOM) We initially reserved a interior room, but was offered the opportunity to bid on an upgraded accommodation a week prior to sailing. We took advantage of this and landed a "Panoramic view suite" on the 12th deck, which had plenty of room and an amazing view. Everything was perfect about the room except for when we were sailing and facing strong winds. The turbulence vibrated the glass/framing a-lot, which was extremely noisy and woke us up several times. Also, the doors of the bathroom/closets would chatter loudly when we were docking or undocking. It was only momentarily, but something to take note of. Again this is our first cruise and maybe all rooms are like this. (DINNER) On our first day, we ate lunch at Sorrento's. The pizza was pretty good. For dinner on our first night, we we ate at Chop's. I have been to Chop's in Atlanta, GA a few times, and they are always on point! The appetizers were good, my wife's dinner was good as well, but my steak fell way short of what I have experienced at the land restaurant. I requested for my steak to be cooked "Medium Blackened," and when I received it, it was burnt on one side and barely cooked on the other with no seasoning. There is a slight communication barrier with the ship staff, and I attributed it to this. Chop's on land would have someone's head for the steak I was served. We were celebrating a late anniversary, and they brought us out a piece of cake and sang "Happy Anniversary" to us, which was a nice touch. We ate at the main dining room for the remaining nights and for breakfast. The dishes and selection served there were all really good. Just remember you can have more than one dish/appetizer/desert. We missed our "My Time Dining" on our 3rd night after coming back from a show. Just know that if you miss your assigned dining time, you will have to dine later and possibly on a different deck. We were given the run around several times by the Host's on Decks 3 and 5 and by Guest Services before we were seated. It literally took over an hour to get seated at a table. We also took advantage of Johnny Rockets for lunch, which was good, and Ben & Jerry's which was good. I ordered room service on the 2nd night of our trip around 11pm (wings and fries) and was told it would be 45mins. I called back after an hour and a half to cancel because it was taking to long, and was informed that they did not have an order for my room at all. I tried this again on our 3rd night and received my food in 40 minutes. I was totally disgusted at what they brought me. The smallest wings I had ever seen in my entire life, and I refuse to believe it was even chicken. I refused to eat them and contacted guest services to let them know I did not want to be charged for them and was not going to eat them and guest services informed me that I wasn't charged for the food, I was charged for the room service itself (for them bringing the food). I told them if I knew that what was what I was getting, I never would've ordered it. I did not get my money back nor did I receive an apology for being inconvenienced. (CHARGES) Please please please be aware that any charges you make from purchase on the cruise AND your daily tip's will be deducted from your method of payment DAILY! We were given the impression from the documentation we had received from Royal that all accounts would be settled by 11pm the night before the end of the cruise. Our intention was to pay cash or use a credit card to settle the account, but instead our debit card was hit. We did not realize this until the 3rd day of our cruise once we were in the Bahamas and had a phone signal so we could check our accounts. We immediately went to guest services once we returned on the ship and had the future charges placed on a credit card instead of our debit card. The individual at guest services looked at our account and said "yes, we charge your account daily and it shows here you still owe $44. I asked where could I find documentation showing that charges would be deducted daily and he could not tell me. I was offered no apology or restitution or anything. FYI, Just know that Royal places a $100 hold on whatever card you let them use, and tip charges and any other purchases are deducted daily. (MASSAGE) I must admit, the couples massages are more than what you pay on land, but it was absolutely the best massage we have ever had in our entire life! It was truly amazing, and before the charge incident happened, I was going to have another. (SHOWS) The shows were good as well. Something different but I truly enjoyed each venue. We saw 2 comedy shows, a show on Ice, a musical, and an illusionist. There are plenty of things on the itinerary throughout the day to keep you pretty occupied and entertained. (CASINO) I only play Black Jack, and the payouts are pretty good. They have a nice selection of table limits from $15 on up. I enjoyed that. $$ We really enjoyed spending time on the helipad during the evening, watching the sunset, and at night looking at the moon over the water and looking at the stars. It was truly romantic. Even sitting in the lounge chairs at night by the rails listening to the sound of the waves crashing as the boat sailed. Just know that if you book your cruise in March, it is the same time as College Spring Break. And yes, they were everywhere. About 70% of the people on the ship excluding the staff were college age kids (I'm 45). We did not get in the pool or hot tub because there was never any room! Lol. And the bars stayed packed with the party goers. (Perfect Day at Coco Cay) I enjoyed everything about Coco Cay. The beach layout is great, the food selection is great (they even have funnel cakes). I wanted to rent a jet ski, but apparently you have to plan this excursion days in advance as they sell out quickly. The price for this excursion is very reasonable. I am including pictures in this as well. Also keep in mind that their is a slight language barrier with the staff. Almost everyone is English speaking, but not very well. All in all it was a great cruise that I would do again. I would have like an apology and some empathy about the account issue which created overdrafts and the room service issue. Those were personnel and communication issues. I encourage anyone who has never cruised to visit the FYI page and search related questions to find answers prior to sailing.
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