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  1. We just received notification that our January 2022 cruise on Navigator is being replaced with Freedom of the Seas. Excited to try a new ship!
  2. We are booked in the new junior suites on deck 11. Can anyone confirm they DO have walk-in closets and bathtub? I think on the navigator of the seas that is not the case.
  3. Anticipating my 4-night Navigator sailing will be cancelled this June. Looking at identical itineraries for Freedom and Independence as Lift and Shift options for the same time next year. Both sail 4-night itineraries to Nassau, CocoCay and Grand Bahamas. Freedom sails out of MIA, had Royal Amplifications early 2020, and has Perfect Storm, Lime & Coconut, Giovanni's, El Loco Fresh, Playmakers, & Laser Tag.Indy sails at out MCO, and had Royal Amplification in 2018 I believe, has the same features as Freedom but also has the Sky Pad and Fish & Ships.But for the same dat
  4. Not at all happy reading the deployment schedules. As a European, I feel like it's a major slap in the face that all ships in the class are to be assigned to a specific market which is inaccessible for anyone from abroad to travel to. Indy was the ship that got me into cruising back when she was in Southampton. Been a few years but I was hoping to sail either her or one of her sisters in the not too distant future. No chance of it ever again by the sounds of it. Sure, it's profitable but could they not have had one in PC, one in Miami and the other doing longer itineraries somewher
  5. Does anyone know if there is a Coastal Kitchen on Freedom of the Seas? I checked out the deck plans and couldn’t find a location on the map. Thanks for any info!
  6. Just received an email that our 2/6/2022 cruise on the Freedom is now canceled and we can go on Explorer. Sorry but not even close to a win win. I was so happy to go back on freedom class especially after the updates. Where will the freedom be? thanks!
  7. I tried to search the stateroom thread and didn't see anything there. Anyone with any feedback on these rooms? Clearly, they were added as part of a drydock. Seems like an awesome location being on the pool deck. Any known drawbacks? Anything different about these rooms?
  8. Looking for opinions or pictures of the "new" Junior Suites on Deck 11 on Freedom Class ships (Freedom & Independence).
  9. I just saw on the new Freedom OTS deck plans that they are going to cram all of Adventure Ocean into "The Living Room" space so they can add more cabins. From what I remember the living room space is tiny compared to Adventure Ocean. Moving it also means they'll lose their outdoor space. Seems really weird to make the ships less family friendly. Is this the way of the future on RCL?
  10. Can anyone tell me where the smoking areas are on the Freedom of the Seas and please describe them (are they in the sun or shade, for example)? Thank you in advance for any information you are able to provide.
  11. Looking to book a 1M spacious ocean view cabin on deck 12 of the newly renovated Freedom of the sea. I can not find any info or pictures of the cabin. Mainly wondering what the layout is? Are there bunk beds for the kids? Maybe someone knows if any other ships have had these new cabins added. Thanks in advance. Simon
  12. Very sad to make the change but don’t think cruising will be up and running by then. Anyone else have to push their cruise out until 2022? Seems like a lifetime away. if things turnaround, we will do a last minute booking. I so miss cruise reviews, countdowns for cruises and roll call posts.
  13. I am one of the "lucky" ones who booked Freedom in August were refused a lift and shift option. I just wanted to let other people know that are in the same boat (lol) that there is hope! I called today and told our travel agent that I wanted to lift and shift our cruise but if they will not do it, I want to cancel for a refund. I told her that I have asked several times and they refused me. So... she called them and they lifted and shifted to Symphony of the Sea in July! I am so excited. I hope that others can get the same deal. Our Freedom cruise was $400 pp and the SOTS cruise is abou
  14. Our family cruise on the Freedom of the Seas was cancelled June 23rd. Both my adult children and their spouses received their refund to their credit cards this week (July 7th). They are still waiting on taxes and port fees. They are pleased. They didn't think they would see a refund until September. My son is still waiting for his passport renewal that he applied for in February. Doesn't need it now:/
  15. Currently have 5 night Freedom Bermuda cruise booked for next summer. Currently have 4 night Mariner Perfect Day cruise booked for this summer. Coming with our kids (12 and 16 next summer). They don't use the kids clubs but enjoy the ships activities. We've been on Mariner but we keep missing the amplified CoCo Cay. (We have 2 other cruises with it, but who knows if we'll make those). Never been to Bermuda or on Freedom. We will either cancel Mariner OR Lift & Sift to next summer and cancel Freedom. Trying to decide what to do so have a few ques
  16. Greetings! This is my trip report from our family’s vacation on the Freedom of the Seas cruise to the Western Caribbean from December 18 – 24, 2016. I called this posting “trip report” instead of “cruise review” because in my opinion I am not qualified to do a professional review. This is just a summary of what our family experienced during our vacation time – Days of our lives, so to speak. Keep in mind when I say “trip” report and not “cruise” report. Meaning you will be taken along for a ride for the entire trip process, not just the cruise portion. It’s the mailmen version of the vacat
  17. I have room 1700 booked next month on liberty and again on freedom next May. I’ve seen all the YouTube videos that I could find. Read several threads here and on another “blog”. Lots of good info out there, So I knew that’s the cabin I wanted to book. We want extra space and a balcony. This is the best I could find without getting into the suites. Just a couple questions I had that I could not find a solid answer. 1. Is the windjammer or any other upper deck able to look down to see our balcony? Will we be able to look down on the lower balconies? Are there any other privacy
  18. I was wondering if there is a suite deck on Freedom of the Seas following its amplification? If so, I’d be grateful if you could let me know where it is located. Does it have anything similar to the suite deck on the Voyager Class? Thank you
  19. Booking our next cruise for spring break 2022. Looking at Oasis vs. Freedom. We just got off of Symphony in February. Is Oasis basically the same ship? How much smaller is Freedom (or how much smaller does it feel?) My family loved Symphony! We have four kids who will be 7-14 at the time. Is Freedom a "disappointment" after Oasis class ships?
  20. Sorry if this was already discussed. I did a quick search and couldn't find anything. Has Royal said that the amplification of Freedom will still happen? Thinking of L&S our Indy to the Southern Caribbean next year. But don't really want to sail on Freedom if she isn't updated. Thanks!
  21. Hello - looking at New England cruises for next year. Husband loves to sauna. I know that Empress doesn’t have saunas but can’t find current information as to whether Brilliance, Enchantment &/or Freedom have single-sex saunas. Thank you for any information you can share!
  22. We are scheduled to board the Freedom of the Seas on June 14th in PR. Saturday we received a 16 page email with boarding instructions, luggage tags and itinerary. I am not trying to get a discussion going about this boat sailing or not. Everyone has an opinion on it and they are all just that "opinions". I thought this might be interesting information. If the boat goes we will be on it. If it doesn't, we will find somewhere else to go on our vacation. 👍
  23. Hi all! I've searched and searched but cannot find an answer - will Freedom be available on the Royal App after it's Amplification is done? I have a cruise on Freedom in April, and my app is currently telling me Freedom isn't supported on the app. I did enjoy using the app on Harmony (I know people have mixed feelings about the app, and that is not what this post is about), and I'd like to use it again on Freedom. Any insight anyone can give me would be great!
  24. Hey everyone! Hopefully this will catch you at a good time and help fill the void of missing cruises. We just posted our vacation video from the first (and at the moment, only) sailing on the new Amplified Freedom of the Seas! Such a blast! Enjoy!
  25. We are considering booking on the Freedom next March out of San Juan. Looking at a Promenade room and a balcony across the hall for our group. Does anyone have a picture of the view out of room 8329 the Promenade room? Hoping its not of the rafters, trying to do a little leg work before reserving. Thanks for any help!
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