|Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dawn||Royal Caribbean International Freedom of the Seas|
|Double Occupancy: 2224||Double Occupancy: 3634|
|Gross Tonnage: 92250||Gross Tonnage: 160000||15 decks||15 decks|
|CDC Score: 100||CDC Score: 97|
|Launched: 2002||Launched: 2006|
Royal Caribbean’s 154,000-ton Freedom of the Seas is a significantly larger vessel than the 92,500-ton Norwegian Dawn and, as a result, offers more onboard activities including such gee-whiz options as FlowRider surfing simulator and an ice skating rink. That said, the Norwegian Dawn has just as diverse an array of restaurants, in keeping with the flexible, lots-of-alternatives “freestyle” dining format of Norwegian ships. We give the Freedom of the Seas the edge on food quality, while the Norwegian Dawn had a more laid-back atmosphere.
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