Largest and most innovative cruise ship at Port Canaveral sets sail with new dining, staterooms and moreRe-emerging from a 24-day drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas returned into service this weekend to offer holidaymakers one of the best cruise ships for incredible Caribbean adventures. The ship showcased its new features to more than 1,700 of the cruise line’s value travel agent partners on an exclusive two-night sailing before embarking on its first regular itinerary on Sunday, 1 February.
The newly revitalised Freedom of the Seas will amaze guests with a range of new tantalising dining options, new stateroom categories, the new retro-chic R Bar lounge, and a bow-to-stern refresh of the entire ship’s furnishings. Freedom of the Seas continues Royal Caribbean’s 45-year history of taking guests aboard the world’s most innovative cruise ships to some of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean. Throughout, the cruise line keeps pushing the boundaries of cruise vacations and has been recognised with the most awards in the industry.
Freedom of the Seas is the largest and most innovative cruise ship sailing from Port Canaveral and offers seven-night Caribbean round-trip itineraries from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Holidaymakers can choose an Eastern Caribbean adventure, which calls at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private tropical island in The Bahamas. On a Western Caribbean sailing, guests call at Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach paradise in northern Haiti.
The first of the Freedom class of ships, Freedom of the Seas was the first to introduce a FlowRider surf simulator at sea, just one of the many features found only on Royal Caribbean. The FlowRider surf simulator still remains an icon of the cruise line, as well as the rock climbing wall, first introduced on the cruise line’s Voyager class ships. On the top deck, guests can enjoy the ship’s full-sized basketball court, nine-hole mini-golf course, 42-feet high rock-climbing wall, the H2O Zone kids aquapark, and an oversized LED movie screen overlooking the family pool.
Guests also have a range of nine on board dining options offering delectable experiences, including the new specialty dining experiences like the modern, authentic and unexpected Mexican specialty restaurant Sabor; a new Chops Grille: The New American Steakhouse, offering a completely revamped and elevated menu, featuring dry-aged steak options, the finest cuts of beef available only in top steakhouses around the world; a new Giovanni’s Table serving delicious Italian favorites, family style; as well as the classic Johnny Rockets 50s-style restaurant serving gourmet hamburgers and milk shakes.
An additional 67 new staterooms have been added to Freedom of the Seas during its recent drydock. Among the new staterooms is a new category of Panoramic Ocean View staterooms located atop the front of the ship. Panoramic Ocean View staterooms feature a floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall window to offer guests expansive, unobstructed vistas of ports and sea.