Two bedrooms with twin beds that convert to queen-size beds (one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), a private balcony, two bathrooms and living area with double sofa bed. (588 sq. ft., balcony 234 sq. ft.)
We had 5 adults and 1 baby. Lots of room and lots of privacy. The balcony offered an extra room for morning coffee and dinner when we had to eat in with a sleeping baby. Very comfortable beds and loved having a shower door not a curtain. Read entire member review >>
We stayed in 8414 which is a Royal Family Suite. It has 2 good-sized bedrooms and a living room. The deck is uncovered. It is a nice layout with plenty of storage. However, we were extremely unhappy with the decline of quality in the suite. The suite has aged and clearly has not been maintained. The curtain to the deck had many holes and tears in it. The sheets were ripped and stained, and we repeatedly had cheap, torn and frayed towels. On prior journeys, the lounge chairs on the decks had a special large white towels that went over the headpiece of the lounge chair. On this journey, there were not only no towels covering the two dirty blue plastic lounge chair cushions, but we were told that we had to go up to the pool area with our key card to get towels and that we would have to do this every time we needed new towels for the chairs. We were shocked. As suite guests, towels for lounge chairs should be readily available. We addressed this issue to the concierge, Wilfredo Salaya, who made arrangements only after several of our complaints and after requesting to meet with Michael Rasmussen, the hotel director. Our room steward also did her best to get towels. However, we should not have had to “fight” to get towels in our suite to use on lounge chairs. Read entire member review >>
The Royal Family Suite on the Freedom of the Seas has a different layout that the one on the Explorer. There is a front door with a long hallway. In the hallway, to the left is a good-sized bedroom with 4 bunks, a desk and a bathroom and shower. The closet is in the hallway across from the room. The room lacks storage for 4 BUT there is plenty of storage in the living room. At the end of the hall, to the left, is a living room with an L-shaped sofa, flat screen tv, lots of storage/cabinet/counters, another closet, a chair and ottoman, and the sliding doors to the deck. The deck overlooks the back of the ship. It has a table with 4 chairs and two lounge chairs. The master bedroom is at the end of the hallway to the right. It has a real door (unlike the Explorer), a desk, closet, some storage, and a full bath with bathtub.The suite has aged and clearly has not been maintained. The curtain to the deck had many holes and tears in it. The sheets were ripped and stained, and we repeatedly had cheap, torn and frayed towels. I have photos if I can figure out how to upload them. On prior journeys, the lounge chairs on the decks had a special large white towels that went over the headpiece of the lounge chair. On this journey, there were not only no towels covering the two dirty blue plastic lounge chairs cushions, but we were told that we had to go up to the pool area with our key card to get towels and that we would have to do this every time we needed new towels for the chairs. Read entire member review >>
Cabin: Cabin was great! We were originally booked in a junior suite but with 11 days remaining the Royal Family Suite dropped the 5 person minimum and went on sale, so we upgraded. The room was huge and we felt guilty only have 3 people in this giant room. It was good for the baby to have her own room and then we could enjoy our evenings and not have to worry about waking her since she typically goes to sleep at 7:30 pm. The aft view was a very interesting perspective and was great when leaving ports. There are 3 closets (though no walk in) and plenty of drawer space. WARNING: If you want a completely private balcony or an unobstructed view this cabin is not for you. Since the decks are staggered you can see almost everyone for 4 decks and they can see you. Also, there are giant steel beams everywhere so clear photos (and views) are tough to come by. Glad I got this room, but not sure I would do it again.
Read conflicting reviews about the hot water. Our experience was its scalding when its not near dinner time. Right before dinner on formal nights plan on luck warm at best. Read entire member review >>
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