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Friday, October 29, 2021

Freedom of the Seas - Top Deck Photo Tour

As promised – our top deck photo tour! We kicked things off by the main pool.


Here’s Splashaway Bay


During her amplification, the Freedom’s pool deck was renovated to have tropical resort feel, including the addition of these colorful daybeds and casitas.


These were never fully occupied on our sailing, but I’m sure on a full-capacity sea day, they’re in high demand. The one thing we noticed about the casitas is that they’re never in the shade for long. We sat down in a shaded one on embarkation day, and within 30 minutes we were completely in the sun.


There’s also shaded seating around the perimeter of the pool deck. We ate lunch here on Day 3!


Here’s a better view of the pool deck, taken from the Lime & Coconut rooftop -


I personally love the tropical vibes, and I think the two-story Lime & Coconut bar is a fun addition to the pool deck. It has kind of a resort-pool-bar vibe, and it’s more of a hangout spot than the typical grab-and-go style bar you typically see on the pool deck. I bet it’s a really fun spot to hangout on weekend sailing sea day!





It also has a little rooftop area with social seating –




One of our Suite Perks was a reserved seating area on the pool deck, and after 4 days and many trips around the pool deck, we had yet to find this reserved seating. Today, we were on a mission. I don’t know how we missed this…


The sign says to use your SeaPass card for entry, but there was no where to swipe it and no one to show it to. If it had been a busier sailing, they probably would have been monitoring it more closely. The area is located on Deck 12 Port, right next to the second level of the Lime & Coconut. It’s the same social-style seating that’s available on the Lime & Coconut rooftop.


On to the Solarium, the adults-only (16 and older) pool deck -


I love the cantilevered hot tubs. They’re huge!


There’s lots of shaded seating available in the Solarium.


The Sports Deck is located on Deck 13 Forward -




And Deck 13 Aft houses the Flowrider and The Perfect Storm Waterslides -


I didn’t brave the Flowrider this time, but I did try out the slides!


Johnny Rockets is located on Deck 12 Starboard and offers inside and outside tables. We did not eat here this time, but I normally love their burgers and apple pie!


We stepped inside on Deck 12 right by Johnny Rockets to take some pictures of the Kid’s Clubs and the arcade.


I’m actually a big fan of arcades and debated playing some skee ball, but I resisted the temptation.


I thought it was a little annoying that you had to purchase credits in order to play games. What’s the point of swiping your SeaPass to pay for a plastic Play Card that you then swipe at each game? Seems to me they could just price the games in the $’s instead of tokens and eliminate the need for a Play Card. I guess the card and tokens are a good budgeting tool, especially for kids, but I ultimately ended up not playing any games in the arcade because I didn’t want to spend the $10 minimum.


Okay confession: I was actually going to buy a $10 Play Card because I really wanted to play Plucky Ducky. I’m a sucker for a “Prize Every Time!” game. Unfortunately, Plucky Ducky was out of order.


Here’s the Kid’s Club areas. Royal Caribbean’s Kid’s Club is called Adventure Ocean, and it’s split into 3 age groups – Aquanauts (ages 3-5 and must be potty-trained), Explorers (ages 6-8), and Voyagers (ages 9-12).

There’s an Arts & Crafts room called The Workshop -




And a play/sports area, The Arena –



And I think this area must be exclusively for the Aquanauts –



Social-distancing is encouraged –


Such a fun and colorful space!


The teen club, Social033, is for ages 13-17 and has a fun little outdoor patio area.


The Freedom of the Seas received her amplification in early 2020, and I personally loved all of the updates! Other ships that received a Royal Amplification include Oasis of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas. While the exact details of each amplification varies by ship, the renovations focused on three main areas: Pool Decks & Attractions, Bars & Nightlife, and Dining. Have you sailed on a Royally Amplified Ship? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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