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Freedom of the Seas

Capacity
3782
Crew
1360
Tonnage
154 407
Length
1,112 ft (338.94 m)
First voyage
2006
Decks
15

MS Freedom of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. She is the namesake of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class, and can accommodate 3,634 passengers and 1,300 crew on fifteen passenger decks. The vessel also has 4 crew decks below the waterline. Freedom of the Seas was the largest passenger ship ever built (by gross tonnage) from 2006 until construction of the Royal Caribbean International's Oasis-class ships in late 2009. As of November 2018, she is the 13th largest passenger ship in the... Read more

Freedom of the Seas

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
3782
Crew: 
1360
Tonnage: 
154 407
Length: 
1,112 ft (338.94 m)
Beam: 
184 ft (56.08 m)
First voyage: 
2006
Decks: 
15

MS Freedom of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. She is the namesake of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class, and can accommodate 3,634 passengers and 1,300 crew on fifteen passenger decks. The vessel also has 4 crew decks below the waterline. Freedom of the Seas was the largest passenger ship ever built (by gross tonnage) from 2006 until construction of the Royal Caribbean International's Oasis-class ships in late 2009. As of November 2018, she is the 13th largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage, at 155,889 GT.

Construction

The Freedom of the Seas was built at the Aker Yards Turku Shipyard, Finland, which built the ships of the Voyager class as well as the other ships of the Freedom class. Upon its completion, it became the largest passenger ship ever built, taking that honor from Cunard's Queen Mary 2.

Freedom of the Seas is 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in) narrower than QM2 at the waterline, 6 metres (20 ft) shorter, has 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) less draft, is 8.3 metres (27 ft) less tall and 10 miles per hour (16 km/h) slower. Freedom however is the larger ship in terms of gross tonnage. Its gross tonnage as verified by Det Norske Veritas, a Norwegian marine classification society, was 154,407 GT, compared with QM2's 148,528 GT. Freedom of the Seas had the highest gross tonnage of any passenger ship yet built until the 2009 completion of Oasis of the Seas.

The ship has four bow thrusters. When at sea Freedom of the Seas consumes approximately 12,800 kg (28,000 pounds) of fuel per hour.

Facilities

The ship has an interior promenade 445 feet (136 m) long called the "Royal Promenade".

The ship has three swimming areas: an interactive water park, a dedicated adult pool, and the main pool. The 13th deck has a sports area with a rock climbing wall, the FlowRider surf simulator, a miniature golf course and a full size basketball court. Other items include an ice skating rink, a casino and a three-deck-high broadway-style theater. Many of the ship's interiors were extensively decorated by muralist Clarissa Parish.

Service history

The ship docked at Blohm und Voss in Hamburg, Germany on 17 April 2006 to repair a damaged bearing in one of the three Azipod propulsion units and some minor modifications prior to her official handover to Royal Caribbean International on 24 April 2006. She then visited Oslo, Norway before sailing for Southampton, England. The ship sailed on its first transatlantic crossing on 3 May 2006.

Freedom of the Seas arrived in New York Harbor USA for her official naming ceremony on 12 May 2006 which was broadcast live on NBC's The Today Show from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey (the ship's official New York berth), and thereafter traveled to Boston for the weekend of May 19–22. The ship's godmother was selected as Katherine Louise Calder, a Portland, Oregon foster care provider. She began operations out of Miami with her first cruise and maiden voyage on 4 June, sailing to western Caribbean locations.

On 4 May 2009, Freedom of the Seas moved her home port from the Port of Miami-Dade to Port Canaveral. The ship underwent her first dry dock refurbishment in late March 2011.

In January 2015, the ship underwent another 24-day dry dock. During the dry dock some new interior passenger cabins were added.

In winter 2016, Freedom of the Seas repositioned to Port Everglades, from where she undertook cruises in the Caribbean. After homeporting in Barcelona in the spring and summer of 2017, Freedom of the Seas returned to Port Everglades. In May 2018, she commenced sailing Southern Caribbean sailings out of San Juan, Puerto Rico until April 2021.

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Attractions on Freedom of the Seas


Photo by Sheryl Chappell © Sheryl's bloggy blog

Sorrento's

Average: 10 (1 vote)
When you find yourself craving pizza, drop by Sorrento's for a piping hot slice.
Photo by Royal Caribbean

Center Ice Rink

Average: 9.8 (4 votes)
When the professionals aren't putting on one of their remarkable shows, enjoy our onboard skating rink
Photo by Royal Caribbean

Arcadia Theatre

Average: 9 (1 vote)
Our theatre - five stories from the orchestra pit to domed ceiling - features contemporary musical stage productions.
Photo by Royal Caribbean

Conference Center

Average: 8 (1 vote)
Our comfortable conference center features state-of-the-art presentation equipment and a variety of meeting rooms.
Photo by Sheryl Chappell © Sheryl's bloggy blog

Guest Services

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The place to go for general ship information, to report lost or damaged goods, to exchange money or cash traveler's checks.
Photo by Royal Caribbean

The Plaza Bar

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You can taste here the best morning coffee ever! For those who prefere something else The Plaza Bar offeres more than 50 types of tee, various fresh juices and other drinks.

Wipe Out!

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Delicious snacks, refreshing drinks and sessions of the most coveted attraction on the ship - the FlowRider - all this awaits you in Wipe Out! bar!

Bull & Bear Pub

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An English-themed pub that serves various imported beers and ales.
Photo by Royal Caribbean

R Bar

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Experience a 1960s vibe at the all-new R Bar, featuring iconic furnishings and classic cocktails - gimlet, martini, gin, whiskeys and more - all served by the ship?s resident mixologist.

Pool Bar

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Refreshing drinks all day long - and just near your pool!

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