Portofino and Chops are the two extra-fee restaurants on Freedom Of The Seas. Reservations required, which need to be made on embarkation day if you wish to avoid the disappointment of not getting to eat in these places. $20 per person, with a $10 cancellation fee if cancelled within 24 hours of the reserved time. Smart casual dress, although many dress up since the dining experience is upscale. Guests also have to be 13 or older. This is not a quick dining experience - allow for at least 2 hours or more.
Windjammer and Jade are the buffet restaurants - although they are essentially combined into one big area with Jade being the first two serving lines one encounters as they enter the area. Jade offers oriental and Indian food as well as normal buffet items. Beyond Jade is the actual Windjammer buffet area where you will see a huge variety of things. Windjammer is also open at night for a casual dinner service that is kicked up a bit from the usual buffet with many items that also are served in the main dining rooms. It is very good, and a nice alternative for those who wish to skip their assigned seating time in the main dining room. Those who want to avoid the formal nights also like the evening meal service at Windjammer. Windjammer and Jade are included in your cruise fare.
Johnny Rockets is extra, but only $3.95 per person which includes most items on the menu and as much as you want. There is an extra charge for some desserts, and of course any beverages you order. Great hamburgers and onion rings.
Moving down into the promenade, you find Sorrento's Pizzeria. The food here is included in your cruise fare . Ben And Jerry's costs extra for everything unless you happen to be in cabin 6305. People in that cabin get all the free Ben And Jerry's they want. Then we come to the Cafe Promenade. This place is open 24 hours and has various snacks and sandwiches which are included in your cruise fare. The cafe also has items which cost extra, but it is quite easy to get a filling snack here without using your cruise card.
The main dining rooms - it is really one dining room but with three differently named levels - have assigned seatings for dinner. Main seating and second seating. You should have been asked your preference when you booked the cruise. Breakfast and lunch are open seating, where one level will be open for a couple of hours during which you can show up anytime and get served. Please don't miss out on having breakfast and lunch in the dining room. It is so much more relaxing than the buffet, and really doesn't take much more time. In fact, breakfast in the dining room can often be quicker than the buffet - especially on port days.
Have you read our reviews on the Freedom Of The Seas?
is Tom Ogg's overview of the inaugural cruise to nowhere.
is my review of the first revenue cruise for this ship.