Recently we saw the launch of the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. Freedom of the Seas towers 208 feet tall, approximately the same height as two Statues of Liberty, placed head to toe and carries 3,634 guests.
Freedom of the Seas has many never-before-seen-on-a-ship features such as:
- The first boxing ring on a cruise ship in the Freedom Fitness Center, the largest-ever cruise ship gym.
- The first cantilevered whirlpools at sea, suspended 112 feet above the ocean in the adults-only sun lounge.
- Studio B the onboard skating rink open for skating lessons and free skating during the day while used to stage the original ice show Freedom-Ice.com by night.
- The first FlowRider(R) it's a surfing simulator at sea, found on the same deck as the multi-coloured interactive sculpture garden found in the H20 Zone water park.
The 32-foot-wide by 40-foot-long FlowRider® generates a thin sheet of water that flows over the ride surface, creating a wave-like shape. Similar to swimming against a current in a stationary lap pool, riders surf or body board against the waterflow of 30,000 gallons per minute, carving turns and trying tricks. Guests can try their hand (and legs) at stand-up surfing, known as flowboarding, or opt for less-balance-demanding body boarding. The FlowRider’s® design features a tensioned-fabric surface similar to a trampoline that provides a cushion to absorb the impact of falls.