All about the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas was built in 2006. It was renovated in 2020. It's considered a large size ship. Coming in at 1,112 ft long and 185 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3.1 football fields, as wide as 3.5 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 14-story building.

Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Ship

The Freedom of the Seas can hold 3,934 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Freedom of the Seas has a space ratio of 40. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.



Royal Caribbean
Freedom of the Seas
ClassFreedom
Gross Tonnage156,271
Length1,112
Beam/Width185
Passenger Decks14
Passengers (double occupancy)3,934
Crew1,447
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.7
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)40

The Freedom of the Seas is one of three Freedom-class ships currently sailing with Royal Caribbean. The Freedom-class ships were the first to have the FlowRider surf simulator, which is now available across the entire fleet. They are known for their multiple pools and whirlpool options, some cantilevered off the side of the ship. The Freedom of the Seas is very similar to its sister-ships; Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, although each ship may have some differences.


Dining Establishments on Freedom of the Seas

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. You have 14 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 5 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 9 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 36% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Ben and Jerry'sQuick serveA la cartDessert
Cafe PromenadeQuick serveIncludedCafe
Chef's TableSit downFlat FeeFoodie
Chops GrilleSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
Cupcake CupboardQuick serveA la cartDessert
El Loco FreshQuick serveIncludedMexican
Giovanni's Italian Kitchen & Wine BarSit downFlat feeItalian
Izumi Hibachi & SushiSit downA la cartAsian
Johnny RocketsSit downFlat feeAmerican
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedMain dining room
PlaymakersSit downA la cartBar food
Sorrento's PizzaQuick serveIncludedPizza
Vintages Wine BarQuick serveA la cartBar food
WindjammerQuick serveIncludedBuffet

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Royal Caribbean serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can see the recent bar menus for the freedom of the seas at this link (Royal Caribbean Drink Menus).

Pools and Hot Tubs on Freedom of the Seas

The main pool at night with giant movie screen on Royal Caribbean
The main pool on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas has a total of 3 pools and 5 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only.

Royal Caribbean
Freedom of the Seas
Total Pools3
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only1
- Pools - Exclusive0
Total Hot Tubs5
- Hot Tubs - General Access3
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive0


Freedom of the Seas Features

There are quite a few things to do on the Freedom of the Seas. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Royal Caribbean
Freedom of the Seas
Adult Only Relaxation AreaIncluded
ArcadeA la cart
BasketballIncluded
CasinoA la cart
Climbing WallIncluded
Fitness CenterIncluded
FlowRiderIncluded
Ice SkatingIncluded
Laser TagIncluded
Mini golfIncluded
Pool-side MoviesIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Splash parkIncluded
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Royal Caribbean is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

Freedom of the Seas Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Royal Caribbean ship.

Royal Caribbean
Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
$16.00
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$3.50
Domestic Beer Price$7.49
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$60-$90
Learn more
Internet Plan$13 to $27 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Royal Caribbean uses dynamic pricing, which means the pricing for many things will vary per sailing. The daily gratuities and tip are consistent across the fleet, but the pricing for the drink package, internet, and excursions will change. The only way to know your price is to consult the Royal Caribbean cruise planner once you're booked.

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