With all the furor over Royal Caribbean’s shiny new Oasis-class ships, a wise cruiser will take a minute to examine the host of advantages offered by the generation of Royal Caribbean ships that preceded the Oasis, the Freedom class. There are so many reasons why these are the ships to book now.
The Freedom class ships are huge, Of course, by comparison, the Freedom’s 15 decks seem positively cozy when compared to the ultimate mega ship. But by giving up the carousel, the cruise guest gets the chance to get back in touch with the ocean he or she is sailing. For those who love to cruise, there really is no substitute for that.
The Freedom-class ships, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, have enough diversions to keep anyone busy. Those who love to claim a lounge chair and read or snooze in the sun on deck, have three fabulous pool areas to choose between. Select the sophisticated adult pool with its quirky bird decor, opt for the very traditional center pool with tiers of lounges for seeing and being seen, or pick your place by the waterpark-styled H2O Zone pool and along with the laughter of children you’ll hear the rushing waters of the surrounding waterfall. Twin room-sized whirlpools are cantlevered over the sides of the ship. Unnerving at first to be feet from the edge of the deck, they’ll grow on you.
Some of the best features of the Oasis class have been added recently to the Freedom-class ships: Dreamworks(R) experience, outdoor movie screens and 3-D movies. So you’re not missing much of the Oasis experience, but you’re enjoying it all on a 160,000-ton ship rather than the 225,000-ton Oasis or Allure.
Another distinct advantage for cruisers: price. While the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are the hottest, latest things out there, cruisers are paying a premium to enjoy all the buzz. On the other hand, being a generation older, prices for cruises on the Freedom class are much lower, especially on the seven-night Eastern and Western itineraries sailed by the Freedom of the Seas from Port Canaveral, FL. This under-used port is close to Orlando, so those driving in from up north save a full day of travel over sailing from Miami or Fort Lauderdale.
Kids love the Freedom. Their parents love the Freedom. Grandparents agree. In fact, the crew loves this ship, too. And when you see genuine smiles on their faces, you know you’re in the right place for a delightful, value-priced vacation. Check it out. You can’t miss!