Only three years ago, the first of the Freedom class of ships, Freedom of the Seas, was the Guiness World Records holder for the largest cruise ship in the world. It is still the largest and most innovative cruise ship sailing from Port Canaveral.
Freedom of the Seas is one of the three Royal Caribbean ships that are currently sailing out of Port Canaveral, and joins its sisters: Enchantment of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas. The ship will continue to offer alternating year-round 7-night Caribbean itineraries through April, 2016. Vacationers can choose a Western Caribbean sailing with stop calls at Falmouth in Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel in Mexico and Royal Caribbean’s private island of Labadee in northern Haiti. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary offers calls at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay in The Bahamas.
The newly enhanced Freedom of the Seas returns to service by adding 67 new staterooms which increase its maximum capacity from 4,375 to 4,515. Among them is a new class of stateroom called “panoramic ocean-view staterooms”: 26 in number, bow-facing and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, located on Deck 12 in front of the spa.
The Port Canaveral-based cruise ship will also offer its guests a range of new dining options: the old Portofino Italian dining option is changing to Giovanni’s Table; the Chops steakhouse is getting a new look and menu and there’s a brand new dining venue- Sabor’s Modern Mexican.
Vacationers will enjoy the iconic FlowRider surf simulator at sea, introduced for the first time aboard Freedom of the Seas, 42-feet high rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, full-sized basketball court, and much more.
The changes to Freedom of the Seas are part of the company’s ship revitalization program that began four years ago. The program aims to take some of the most popular features of the Oasis of the Seas and launch them fleetwide.