At around 5:34 a.m. this morning while many of us were asleep, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, sailed into Port Canaveral to cheering crowds of onlookers.
With room for 4, 375 passengers, the 1,100-foot ship fetures a rock-climbing wall with eleven routes and a central spire you can swing around; a surf park; cantilevered whirlpools that extend 12 feet beyond the sides of the ship; the H20 ZoneSM waterpark, complete with interactive sculpture fountains, ground geysers and a cascading waterfall;
The ship also features extensive WiFi capabilities and mobile phone connectivity, as well as flat-screen TVs in every stateroom. The Freedom of the Seas whose maiden voyage was June 4, 2007 will begin offering seven-day cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean from Port Canaval.
Port Canaveral and Florida Space Coast tourism officials are hoping that Freedom of the Seas will boost visitor interest in the area and add much-desired revenues to coffers. And to put money where his mouth is, the tourism office’s Director Rob Varley will be sailing on the ship’s first maiden voyage from the port.
The Freedom of the Sees will be joined in the coming months by three other 4,000+ passenger ships coming from Disney Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line.