There are a number of deck areas where you can work on your tan.
The Promenade is on deck four, and its view is obstructed by the ship’s collection of life boats. Deck four does not go around the entire ship but instead has a set of stairs leading up to the outside of deck five and the bow. The bow of the ship has a helicopter landing place and a spyglass, and it’s the perfect place to do your best Leonardo Di Caprio-from-the-movie-Titanic impression. Along the wall of the Promenade are sun lounges and chairs as well as a couple of shuffle board courts on either side. The starboard side of the Promenade is the smoking area, so if you don’t like the smell, you shouldn’t come to this side of the ship.
Deck 12 has a jogging track that features sun lounges along the railings on both sides of the track. The deck looks down onto all the pools, so everybody can enjoy and follow all the events going on in the pool area. As on the Promenade deck, the starboard side allows smoking, as does the only bar on deck 12: the Sky Bar.
Deck 14 has an open deck located right behind the Diamond Club and the card room. There’s not much on the deck other than two ping pong tables and a few platforms, but it’s a great place to watch basketball or soccer matches on the sports court.
This deck area is also on deck 14, but towards the front of the ship, and it’s laid out with fake grass and several sun lounges. Since it’s far away from the busier parts of the ship, St. Tropez tends to be one of the quietest places you can go (even on sea days). The only down side is the area smelled a bit moldy, particularly on rainy days. We’re not sure, but we think the smell had something to do with the fake grass.
The Royal Promenade is Freedom of the Seas’ mall. Most shops are located here, as well as several bars and cafés.
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