Freedom of the Seas was launched in May 2006 as the world’s biggest cruise. 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.

Although the ship is no longer the biggest in Royal Caribbean’s fleet — that title is held by the line’s newer Oasis-class ships — its public spaces don’t feel outdated. If anything, Royal Caribbean is doing a great job of keeping Freedom of the Seas in tip-top shape.

Freedom of the Seas is known as the ship that revolutionized cruising – and now it’s home to even more exciting experiences and fantastic venues than before. The numbers speak for themselves: 10 pools and whirlpools, more than 100 luxurious spa treatments available, and 22 bars, clubs, and lounges perfect for everything from exciting nights out to casual conversations.

Meeting spaces and event venues aboard Freedom of the Seas accommodate up to 1,281 guests, and our dedicated staff will work diligently with you to arrange the perfect meeting or incentive for your group.

Combined with our high-tech features like video walls, touchscreen wayfinding signage, and VOOM, the fastest Internet available at sea, your next event will be making waves!

Overall, the traffic flow throughout the Freedom of the Seas is smooth, but there are times when it comes to a dead standstill along the Royal Promenade (the ship’s mall-like main thoroughfare) — when there’s a sale on duty-free watches, for example. Other areas just seem poorly designed.

It can be a harrowing experience to reach the Deck 3 Studio B from the front of the ship, as there’s no direct access straight through. Passengers have to either walk up one flight to Deck 4 (and through the casino) to the aft, then head down, or go up two decks to the often-crowded Royal Promenade to walk aft before heading down.

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Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Full Specifications

Name Freedom of the Seas
Owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.[1]
Operator Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry Nassau, Bahamas Bahamas
Route San Juan, Puerto Rico & Caribbean
Ordered September 18, 2003[1]
Builder Aker Yards Turku ShipyardFinland
Cost US$800 million
Yard number 52
Laid down November 9, 2004
Launched August 19, 2005[1]
Christened May 12, 2006
Completed April 24, 2006[1]
Maiden voyage 4 June 2006 (Caribbean)
In service 4 June 2006
Identification
Status In Service
General characteristics
Class and type Freedom-class cruise ship
Tonnage
  • 156,271 GT (2015-present)[1]
  • 154,407 GT (2006-2015)[2]
Length 1,111.46 ft (338.774 m)[1]
Beam 126.64 ft (38.60 m) waterline 184 ft (56.08 m) extreme (bridge wings)
Height 209 ft (63.70 m)
Draught 29.61 ft (9.026 m)[1]
Decks 19 total decks, 15 passenger decks
Installed power 6 × Wärtsilä 12V46 (6 × 12,600 kW)
Propulsion
Speed 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)[2]
Capacity
  • 3,782 (double occupancy)
  • 4,515 (maximum occupancy)[3]
Crew 1,360
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