Freedom Of The Seas Returns With Enhanced Features

Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas returned to service over the weekend, fresh from a 24-day dry dock refurbishment at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. The revitalized ship adds a range of new features, including dining concepts, more stateroom categories and a bow-to-stern refresh of the onboard furnishing.


A New Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and Sabor’s, Champagne Bar now R Bar

The ship’s premium dining options have been revamped. The Chops Grille steakhouse returns with a new decor and menu, while the old Portofino Italian restaurant has been replaced by Giovanni’s Table, the line’s family-oriented, modern Italian concept. New onboard is Sabor’s Modern Mexican, offering a vivid and loud communal atmosphere with family-style touches such as table-side crafting of guacamole. The trio join a host of specialty dining concepts that have been retained, including Johnny Rockets, the Cupcake Cupboard and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour.


The new R Bar is a throwback to the Rat Pack days and replaces the former Champagne Bar. The decor and cocktails are 1960s-themed and amongst the concoctions is the “Texas Collins” made with watermelon and jalapeno peppers. A further half-dozen watering holes, including the popular Vintages wine bar, Bull and Bear Pub and the Latin-inspired Boleros can be found onboard the ship.


New Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms

Freedom of the Seas has also gained an additional 67 staterooms during the drydock, allowing more guests to enjoy her offerings on their Caribbean holiday. Among the new accommodations is the Panoramic Ocean View staterooms located atop the front of the ship and featuring a floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall window to offer guests expansive, unobstructed vistas of ports and the sea.


The largest and most innovative cruise ship sailing from Port Canaveral, she was the first ship to introduce the iconic FlowRider surf simulator at sea and will continue to operate alternating week-long, roundtrip voyages to the Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean sailings call at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay, while the Western Caribbean itinerary sees visits to Cozumel, Falmouth, Grand Cayman, George Town and Labadee, Royal Carribean’s private beach paradise in northern Haiti.


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