Royal Caribbean's Freedom-Class Fleet:
Newer, Bigger, Bolder
by Roy Witman © 2008
With one of the newest fleets afloat, Royal
Caribbean is beaming
when it comes to their Freedom-Class ships. And
with good reason!
The namesake, “Freedom,” is currently touring the
Caribbean and - if
she is any indication - the others in the lineup will
cause quite a stir in
the cruise industry. Quite frankly, the Freedom class
and offers some truly unique features.
At over 160,000 tons, each of the three ships in the
Class fleet carries 3,634 passengers at double
occupancy. They also
have several other things in common.
FlowRider® - The first ever surf park at
FlowRider® is a blast! This exciting surfing ride gives
you the feeling
that you're hanging ten on a Maui wave without ever
leaving the ship.
It may be wet and wild, but it's also easy to master, so
participate. Instructors are always on hand to help
H20 Zone - Kids and their parents get in
on the water-filled
fun, too, in the H20 Zone. Brilliantly colored hoops,
other shapes sprinkle and splash you with water, as
you cool off. No
other ships have this type of innovative water park.
Solarium - If a little de-stressing is what
you need, the
Solarium with cantilevered whirlpools is just the
ticket. With its
rainforest motif, the Solarium extends 12 feet beyond
the sides of the
ship, so you get a view like no other! What could be
than feeling as if you're floating across the ocean like
Rock-Climbing Wall - This massive tower
is another Royal
Caribbean first. Standing almost four stories high,
this rock wall has
12 trails to follow. Guests of every activity level can
give it a try!
Your reward? Not only will you get some great
exercise, but you'll
also find a breathtaking view at the top!
Full-Size Everlast® Boxing Ring -
Complete with safety
gear, this is the first boxing ring at sea. Enjoy sparring
fully qualified instructors, mirror boxing, speed bags,
one-on-one training sessions and more. It's bound to
be a hit!
Ice-Skating Rink - Put on a pair of skates
and chill out on
this full-size ice-skating rink. It's a great way to chill
spending time in a tropical paradise.
Royal Promenade - Not just a glorified
hallway with shops,
this is Main Street U.S.A.! Cobblestone walkways,
and more make this a fun place to be. Shops,
colors, skylights and bridges are at every turn. You'll
find the unique
as well as the familiar, like Ben & Jerry's ice cream!
With so much in common, how could you possibly
these three ships? Look for their scheduled
itineraries. “Freedom of
the Seas,” launched in 2006, offers 32 captivating
and Southern Caribbean ports of call, departing from
cities. “Liberty of the Seas” will launch in May 2007
with a limited
Caribbean schedule, including the wildly popular
ports of Cozumel,
Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, St. Maarten and San
coming in May 2008, “Independence of the Seas” will
sail to classic
Even if you've taken a dozen cruises before,
sailing on a Freedom-
Class ship is a must! With so many “firsts,” it will be a
vacation experience for you and your family.
Read more about the Royal
Caribbean Cruise Line.