Freedom of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas

May, 2006

Everett and I were lucky enough to be invited to take part in a two-day inaugural sailing of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas – at the time, the world’s largest cruise ship.

We sailed out of Port Liberty, in New Jersey, and were fortunate enough to be assigned a beautiful balcony cabin for our all-too-short stay. As we sailed out of New York harbor, under the bridge and past the Statue of Liberty, we were treated to an amazing fireworks display as part of the special inaugural events.

The ship itself is a giant floating resort, with every activity and amenity you can imagine, and we did our best to sample them all. That first evening on board we enjoyed the wine bar, the latin bar (don’t miss the mojitos!), the piano bar, and a first-rate Broadway-caliber show. Other highlights included the circus-themed parade down the promenade, the surfing exhibition on the Flow-rider wave simulator, and the highly-addictive onion rings at Johnny Rockets!

I would recommend Freedom of the Seas (and the other Voyager-class ships) to anyone who is afraid they will be bored on a ship. There are so many activities, and so many dining and entertainment options, that is simply impossible to see and do them all. Plus, the ship is so enormous that it hardly feels like a ship at all.

Our cabin

Our cabin

Flowrider surf simulator

Flowrider surf simulator


You provided excellent guidance for us. I appreciated that you really had us think about what was most important to us when we were selecting the right cruise – and not to totally focus on what other people had to say. THANK YOU for helping to make this a memorable trip for our family! It really was a trip of a lifetime!

Clare and Mark (family cruise to Alaska)

The level of service we experienced was out of this world (and we did NOT make it easy on Ann). We weren’t quite sure where we wanted to go, when we would be able to go, or what “vibe” we were going for. After asking us some key questions (what we liked, didn’t like, why, etc.) Ann helped us narrow down our trip details and planned the honeymoon of our dreams. She helped book some of our excursions, answered some emergency questions while abroad and was always available/willing to help. I think it’s safe to say we won’t be using anyone else for future travel planning – Ann is a rockstar!

Carli (Italy and Spain)