The Freewinds at dock below the Queen Juliana Bridge in her home port at Willemstad, Curaçao. The location is steeped in Scientology history, for it was also here, in 1974, that L. Ron Hubbard docked the Sea Organization flagship Apollo.
WELCOME ABOARDThrough the Freewinds welcoming reception, thousands of Scientologists and guests from more than 100 nations come aboard for religious services, conventions and special events throughout the year.
The Freewinds is a universe unto herself. Scientology religious services lift individuals to the heights of spiritual enlightenment and are delivered in an accommodating environment where amenities of the highest aesthetic level befit the spiritual advance.
KNOWLEDGE SOURCEThe Freewinds bookstore makes available all L. Ron Hubbard Dianetics and Scientology books and lectures and other scriptural materials.
Serving Scientologists from around the world, the Freewinds bookstore provides religious materials in all translated languages.
THE FREEWINDS LEGACYFrom the humanitarian legacy of L. Ron Hubbard she embodies, and the seafaring legacy of L. Ron Hubbard she upholds, the Freewinds is widely recognized across the Caribbean as a ship in a class of its own.
STARLIGHT CABARETThe Starlight Cabaret holds weekly graduation ceremonies and other programs for passengers, including the annual convocation known as the Maiden Voyage Anniversary of the Freewinds, a week-long celebration for leading Scientologists from around the world. The Starlight also hosts special seminars for officials, military, police and interfaith groups from throughout the islands and across Central and South America.
LA PALOMA BLANCAIn La Paloma Blanca—The White Dove—passengers and guests gather after graduations, concerts, recitals, seminars and other events held in the adjoining Starlight Cabaret. Here too, Freewinds officers welcome dignitaries and maritime officials from ports across the Caribbean.
In addition to the numerous receptions and events hosted there, La Paloma Blanca serves passengers daily during breaks in their studies and spiritual counseling sessions, known as auditing.
OFF THE PLANETARY CROSSROADS From stem to stern, the Freewinds is the ultimate distraction-free environment—devoted to seeing that every Scientologist attains their goal of spiritual freedom, while supporting Church humanitarian initiatives that are freely extended to those who seek to implement them in their Caribbean communities.
IDEAL ENVIRONMENTThe Freewinds provides the ideal environment for study, empowering Scientologists to gain the knowledge required to attain the highest spiritual levels.
FREEWINDS ACADEMYIn the Freewinds Academy, students acquire the fundamental truths of life contained in the Golden Age of Knowledge Courses—the complete Dianetics and Scientology study that is essential to their spiritual eternity. The Academy is also where Scientologists study Freewinds-only courses including the renowned Competence and Leadership that greatly enhances one’s abilities in environmental control and target attainment.
INFINITE HORIZONThe Freewinds experience includes the ever-present panorama of the open sea, where one can cast the eye and the spirit along an infinite horizon.
PROMENADE DECKThe Promenade Deck is an always-bustling passenger hub on the Freewinds—for activities under the Caribbean sun or the equatorial stars.
SKY LOUNGEThe Sky Lounge is an informal gathering place for snacks and meals throughout the day or after an evening Freewinds event.
POOL DECKThe Pool Deck is another carefully-crafted Freewinds space—for enjoying a refreshing tropical beverage from the Sky Lounge, a swim in the lap pool or a contemplative moment in a Caribbean sunset.
SUN DECKThe topside Sun Deck with its 360-degree view of the Caribbean is the popular site for receptions, banquets and after-event socializing. Delegates to all Freewinds conventions attend seminars or special events on the Sun Deck hosted by ship’s officers and crew.
“Some nations regard the sea with awe and superstition and some with calm competence. The equipment is the same. The men and organization of them are not.”—L. Ron Hubbard
FREEWINDS BRIDGEThe Freewinds technologically advanced bridge attains the L. Ron Hubbard standard of maritime excellence. The 21st-century digital navigational system with differential global positioning satellite pinpoints a position within 50 feet. There is also advanced digitized radar for a 96-mile wraparound view—extending even beyond the horizon—and an electronic chart display and information system.
The highly skilled officers and crew of the Freewinds—all members of the Sea Organization, the Scientology religious order—ensure the ship operates at an unparalleled level of safety and performance for passenger ships at sea. While most ships have only one Master,
the Freewinds has five Master Mariners, all certified for any ocean and any tonnage.
“Shipshape” attains an entirely new level of meaning on the Freewinds. Her pristine condition sets the standard for the maritime industry.
ENGINE ROOMThe Engine Control Center is the soul of the Freewinds. The center is fully digitized and displays the ship’s vital signs at a glance—engine temperature, oil pressure, fuel, water and lubricant levels. The control center houses a closed-circuit viewing system that enables engineers to monitor performance levels of all critical machinery powering the Freewinds. Manned by 9 certified Engine Room Officers and 4 Chief Engineers, it is among the most highly trained and skilled crews on the 7 seas.
The Engine Room is a model of order and efficiency, including every system color coded in accordance with specifications laid out by L. Ron Hubbard for engineering proficiency.
OFFICE OF L. RON HUBBARD COMMODOREThe Office of the Commodore stands in recognition of L. Ron Hubbard as Master Mariner, Founder of the Scientology religion, and Commodore of the Sea Organization.
WELCOME TO THE FREEWINDS
The Freewinds is a religious retreat that marks for Scientologists the pinnacle of their journey to total spiritual freedom. Its position at sea is designed to provide an aesthetic, distraction-free environment off the crossroads of everyday life. As a center of spiritual enlightenment, it is a place where lives are transformed.
Its calm and friendly atmosphere comes from within, from dedicated officers and crew whose work aboard the Freewinds provides an incomparable sailing experience. Amid its service and amenities that begin at the gangway, everyday challenges of life seem to vanish.