Freedom of The Seas & Why Royal Caribbean’s “Why Not?” Attitude Is Good for Your Family

view off balcony

RCI_Freedom_Promenade_4Spend any time aboard a Royal Caribbean ship and you might find that you’ll adopt their “Why Not?” attitude as a life philosophy. If they can put a rock wall on the top deck of the ship, then you should climb it. If they can put a skating rink at sea, then you should lace up your skates. And if they can build cantilevered hot tubs hanging high over the ocean, then by George, you should hang out in it. In fact, by the end of your Royal Caribbean vacation, you might be asking yourself where this carefree individual you’re looking at in the mirror came from.

This was our experience in early November when my eleven year old daughter and I joined a press trip on the Freedom of the Seas. For my daughter, a first time cruiser, the Freedom of the Seas set the bar high. From the moment we stepped on board her wish was their command, or was it the other way around? I’m not really sure because it seemed like they had thought of everything for kids from toddlers to teens. As someone who knows that often kids programming is geared for the very young, it was nice to see programming for a tween that was well thought out and engaging. So much so, that often, I was left alone.

*Gasp* All alone on a ship that had my every need in mind too? Finding a quiet place to read around the adults-only pool, checking out the shopping on the Promenade, sipping a Chai Latte from Starbucks on our balcony, relaxing in one of the aforementioned cantilevered hot tubs. Yeah, it was tough, but I muddled through.

Freedom of the Seas

But what about all that together time we had? I’ll admit that prior to boarding the ship I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough for us to do together. My previous cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship had been with my husband and surprisingly enough I had managed to completely ignore the fact that there were even children on board with us. It’s my superpower—being completely oblivious to children when mine aren’t about. But I digress, the point is, I wasn’t quite sure how my daughter and I traveling together would manage for seven days of extreme togetherness. Here’s the short short version:

Absolutely incredible!

mini golf

A somewhat typical day saw us enjoying an incredible breakfast at the Windjammer Café that offered breathtaking views from all sides. Then we might take a stroll and play a round or two of mini-golf on the 9 hole Freedom Fairways. Then I would enviously watch as Morgan would surf to her heart’s content on the FlowRider. Note to self: Bring swimsuit with straps next time!

shopping for cupcakes

I would top up her SeaPass so she could have a little fun in the arcade, a casual lunch at one of the restaurants on the Royal Promenade and then hanging out in the H20 zone, while having a couple of fancy schmancy frozen drinks. Phew, this cruising is exhausting.

freedom of the seas

As the sun would start to slip away, we’d go back and get dressed in our best before walking to Leonardo’s for our gourmet dinner. In the evening we’d take a stroll through the Royal Promenade where I’d stop and have a wine and Morgan a Shirley temple and we’d people watch and look for surprise characters like Shrek or Po to walk by. Evening entertainment might include stopping by for the youth dance at The Crypt, a round of karaoke or taking in the glow in the dark musical, Imaginocean. Finally, after a full day at sea, we’d throw our Girls’ Night in Door hanger on the outside of our door and snuggle up to watch a movie in our state room. Perfection.

freedom of the seas

In the end though I can’t emphasize this one point enough; all of this happened on one ship sailing in the middle of the ocean. We didn’t have to go to 10 different destinations to see world-class entertainment, enjoy culinary delights, scale rock walls, play mini-golf, or splash in a water park. All we had to do was board the Freedom of the Seas and the rest took care of itself. So the next time you’re looking at a family vacation, take a closer look at the Freedom of the Seas and ask yourself, “Why Not?”

Disclosure: Child Mode was hosted by Royal Caribbean on a press tour. All thoughts and opinions are those of the writer and have not been altered in any way. 

*Images are property of CandaceDx and Royal Caribbean International. All rights reserved.

Candace Derickx

Candace Derickx writes about food, family and travel on her site Life in Pleasantville and has been a staff editor at ChildMode since 2011. Follow her on Twitter @candace_dx and join in the conversation on her Facebook page, Life in Pleasantville.

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