From Matt Hannafin writing for Frommers on the new mega-ship "Freedom of the Seas": "First off, yes, she really is very big, and to show just how big, here's a little historical breakdown, beginning back in the day:
Lusitania (Cunard, 1907): 31,938
Titanic (White Star, 1912): 46,329
Queen Mary (Cunard, 1936): 81,235
United States (United States Lines, 1952): 53,329
France (French Line, 1960): 66,343
QE2 (Cunard, 1969): 65,863
Sovereign of the Seas (Royal Caribbean, 1987): 74,000
Carnival Destiny (Carnival, 1996): 101,353
Grand Princess (Princess, 1998): 109,000
Voyager of the Seas (Royal Caribbean, 1999): 142,000
Queen Mary 2 (Cunard, 2004): 151,400
Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean, 2006): 158,000
For a more entertaining take on her size, consider that:
Freedom is as large as Royal Caribbean's first four ships put together.
She's longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall.
She has enough berths to host every single player and coach in the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball, in one sailing
And yes, she's a very big ship.
Overall, let's give Voyager a B+, taking off points for over-commercialization and a sometimes crowded feeling. That said, she does offer the big, active, city-vacation feel that's the Voyager ship's stock in trade, and that ain't a bad thing. If you're the type that's already been attracted to the Voyagers, there's no real reason to stay away. On the other hand, there's little reason to specifically seek out Freedom instead of the Voyagers, which in a way is good ‚Äď with six ships to choose from, you can pick your trip based on the destination, which is what you should be doing anyway. Now of course, if you're a surfing fan or want a good shave, that's another matter entirely . . .
Freedom sails 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami calling in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay (Jamaica), and Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private peninsula in Haiti."
(...I wonder if he meant to say *Freedom of the Seas* instead of *Voyager* when giving the report card grade?)
Anyone booked on the new Mega-ship? Please report back once you've experienced her!!