Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas
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.