Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas will receive a huge $116 million makeover in 2020 adding tons new features and enhancements.
Freedom of the Seas Upgrade Announced!
In March 2020 the newly upgraded cruise ship will debut from San Juan, Puerto Rico with new experiences for guests to enjoy. Highlights include The Perfect Storm duo waterslides and a totally reimagined pool area. Kids and teen spaces will also be transformed.
Here’s the list of things which will be done to Freedom of the Seas, not including the usual technical and maintenance aspects during the dry dock.
- The Perfect Storm, the heart-pumping duo of racer waterslides, is three stories of adventure that will take excitement off the charts. On Cyclone and Typhoon, guests are in for the ultimate race as they go head to head through twists and turns for bragging rights.
- A reimagined poolscape comes to life with all-day Caribbean vibes, a larger variety of seating and shade with casitas, daybeds and hammocks, and the Splashaway Bay aquapark for the youngest travelers. For downtime, guests can escape to the renewed, adults-only Solarium.
- The Lime & Coconut, Royal Caribbean’s new, poolside signature bar, is at the center of it all. The three-level spot serves up live music, a lineup of cocktails and a rooftop deck for a bird’s eye view of the action.
- Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen is a fresh, new twist on a guest favorite. Vacationers can have their pick from authentic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair, including made-to-order pizzas hand tossed front and center, and baked in the new, in-house pizza oven. With a wide selection of wines and limoncellos on the reimagined menu, it’s “Sunday supper” Royal Caribbean style.
- Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, the Asian-inspired restaurant with teppanyaki tables and a sushi bar, features a variety of hot and cold appetizers, entrees, desserts and more.
- Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, where everybody wins. Guests can catch their home team on more than 80 TV screens, hit “play” on any one of the arcade games, and refuel with a menu of classic bar bites and ice-cold brews on tap.
- El Loco Fresh will sit poolside and offer fresh grab-and-go Mexican fare, from tacos and burritos, to quesadillas, along with an array of salsas for an extra kick. For the first time, the venue will include a full-service bar with a selection of tequilas on offer.
- Adventure Ocean takes on a whole new look after a makeover that will touch every inch of the spaces specially designed for babies and kids. The imaginative layout encourages young vacationers to venture into a world of interactive experiences, from thought-provoking exploration at Play Place to art, science and tech activities at Workshop, and friendly challenges at Arena. Kicking back is just as fun with gaming consoles and places to chill at Hangout. Babies and 3- to 5-year-olds will each have personalized areas with AO Babies and AO Junior.
Teens will rejoice at their exclusive hangout, entirely transformed to feature the latest in movies, gaming and music, plus a new, private outdoor deck.
The makeover of Freedom of the Seas is part of a huge $1 Billion investment fleet modernization effort. The cruise line is upgrading 10 cruise ships in the fleet in four years and sister ship Independence of the Seas has already received her renovation in 2018.
Once the dry dock is complete, Freedom of the Seas will debut from San Juan on March 8, 2020. The Freedom-class ship will sail a 7-night Southern Caribbean voyage, this will be the first chance cruisers will enjoy the new-look ship. The year-round deployment includes calls at Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Castries, Saint Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Johns, Antigua; and Kralendijk, Bonaire.
Freedom of the Seas joined the fleet in 20016 and is 154,400 gross tons along with a passenger capacity of over 3,700 at double occupancy.