Royal Caribbean will make Freedom of the Seas the fourth in
its string of Royal Amplified renovations, budgeting $116 million to upgrade
the 13-year-old ship.
As in previous Royal Amplified redos, the Freedom will get the
Perfect Storm duo of racing waterslides, a Splashaway Bay toddler aqua park and
a three-level Lime & Coconut poolside bar.
The renovation will also introduce more dining venues. A Giovanni's Italian Kitchen will provide "Sunday
supper" Royal Caribbean-style. Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, El Loco Fresh
and Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade are also part of the amped-up package.
So is laser tag, in the form of the glow-in-the-dark Clash for
the Crystal City.
Freedom's dedicated teen space and Adventure Ocean area will
Adventure Ocean takes on a whole new look, from exploration
at Play Place to art, science and tech activities at Workshop and friendly
challenges at Arena. There will be 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.
The teen space features the latest in movies, gaming and
music, plus a new outdoor deck.
Starting March 2020, the renovated Freedom will sail from
San Juan on seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises. The 3,782-passenger Freedom
will replace the 2,050-passenger Vision of the Seas.
Previously, Royal Amplified redos have refreshed the Independence,
Navigator and Mariner of the Seas. Plans call for spending more than $1 billion
across 10 ships in four years.