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Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: Entertainment for Adults Including Flowrider Surfing


Travel and accommodations provided by Royal Caribbean. All opinions are my own. 

Whether you prefer action, excitement, or low-key activities, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas has plenty of entertainment options that fit your style.


By the numbers, the Freedom of the Seas currently offers 18 theater performances and ice skating performances on board.


The Arcadia Theater seas 1,350 guests and is home to many live performances, including musical revues, comedy showcases, and magic shows. The main shows are offers twice nightly (one early show, one late show), and special shows are offered during the day as well.

Royal Caribbean is one of the world’s largest employer of ice skating performers. The ship boasts its own ice skating rink with real ice, and 10 performers are part of the cruise staff. The show incorporates theatrical lights, video, and live performance to transport the audience to global events and places.


You can shake your BonBon at several spots throughout the ship.


The Crypt night club is the most popular dance joint, styled with a gothic feel. High-backed chairs and plush booths offer great spots to sit and enjoy a drink. A large dance floor is enhanced with club-style lighting, video screens, and effects.


You’ll find no shortage of sports options throughout the Freedom of the Seas.


Center Ice hosts daily open skate times and has helmets and shoes available for guests to use. The main pool area includes a dedicated sports pool, and the signature rock-climbing wall gives adventurous guests the chance to climb 11 different routes up to 43 feet in the air.

The FlowRider surf simulator is the first-ever shipboard surf park aboard the Freedom of the Seas. Wave-like water flows at 34,000 gallons per minute. Since I was traveling with Levi this trip, I didn’t get a chance to try it, but you can check out me wiping out back in February if you’d like.

Other sports activities on board include volleyball and basketball on the sports court, a golf simulator, jogging track, and boxing ring in the fitness center.



If you’re idea of a good time is to lay back and relax, you can grab a lounge chair to sun yourself next to one of the pools or take a dip in any of the six whirlpools (pro tip: The Solarium is adults-only if you prefer to relax in a kid-free zone). The Vitality Spa & Fitness Center offers yoga classes to stretch out any tension you might be carrying, as well as full range of pampering services from massages to facials.

Art displays can be found throughout the ship to peruse at your leisure.


Curated galleries and works for sale are located at the Britto Gallery on the Royal Promenade.

For those that like to relax with a cocktail or glass of wine, 16 bars and lounges with different themes are sprinkled throughout the ship. Different entertainment options are available at each, such as trivia, card games, or singers.

The Freedom of the Seas has a full casino on board. Slots and gaming tables are open while at sea.



Jen is the Minneapolis writer & professional loudmouth behind Life With Levi, a site with a humorous take on balancing life as a working mom. She is a natural community builder and uses social media to create powerful engagement between her readers and brands that can help make their lives easier. At least, that’s how she prefers to explain her Facebook and Twitter addiction.

When she’s not at the office, you can usually find her building forts with the kids, starting pillow fights, or planning her next family adventure.


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3 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. I have never been on a cruise but my husband and I have always talked about it. This seems right up my alley. You would probably find me in Casino or at lounge most of the time.

  2. I so want to go on a cruise! I’ve heard some great things about Royal Caribbean, it looks like there’s a lot to do on the ship.

  3. Bias

    I love that you shared the video of you trying to surf on the flowrider. Lol! I never did get the hang of surfing on the ocean – boogie boarding… nothing. However, I rocked it when I went snowboarding. Go figure. 🙂

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