Freedom of the Seas is the
first of three cruise ships in this class to enter service for the Royal
Caribbean Cruise Line. Liberty of the Seas will enter service in 2007
and a yet to be named third ship will follow in 2008. This class of
cruise ship is really a stretched version of the five 142,000 Voyager of
the Seas class that entered service between 1999 and 2003.
Freedom of the Seas is the first passenger ship to exceed the size of
the previous largest passenger ship, Queen Mary 11. Cunards Queen Mary
11 is 150,000 tons, 1,131 feet long and 131 feet wide.
Although the largest passenger ship in the world, Freedom of the Seas is
still cosiderably smaller than the largest ship in the world, the
260,851 gross registered ton, 1,504 feet long, 226 feet wide, Ultra
Large Crude Carrier Knock Nevis, formerly Jahre Viking and Seawise Giant
that entered service in 1981. There were only about ten Ultra Large
Crude Carriers similar to Knock Nevis to enter service that were over
500,000 Dead Weight Tons (fully loaded).
Freedom of the Seas has 15 passenger decks, ice rink, surfing pool,
various other pools, 1,350 seat theatre, showroom, 12 bars, casino,
fitness center, 1,800 staterooms, 733 inside and 1,067 outside with 844
having verandas. These ships can carry 3,600 passengers based on double
occupancy or 4,370 passengers maximum as some rooms can accommodate
families of up to eight. There is a crew of around 1,360.