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May 15, 2006

FREEDOM OF THE SEAS MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN NEW YORK

With The Statue of Liberty looking on in approval, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas made a spectacular U.S. debut Friday in New York Harbor. The largest cruise ship ever built, it stretches 1,112 feet and towers 208 feet above the ocean. The ship can hold nearly 4,000 guests. The first in Royal Caribbean's new Freedom class, she will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami starting in June, visiting Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Royal Caribbean's private destination, Labadee, Haiti.

Some of the highlights of this mega-ship include:

The first FlowRider surfing simulator at sea, found on the same deck as the interactive sculpture garden found in the H20 Zone water park.

The first cantilevered whirlpools at sea, suspended 112 feet above the ocean in the adults-only solarium, which features a pool flanked by hammocks.

Studio B, the onboard ice skating rink open for skating lessons and free skating during the day, while used to stage the ice shows at night.

At 1,214 square feet, the Presidential Suite sleeps 14 people and features an 810-square foot outdoor living area with a Jacuzzi and private bar.

The first boxing ring on a cruise ship, located in the Freedom Fitness Center - the biggest cruise ship gym ever.

The Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard, longer than a football field and the focal point for dining, shopping, bars and lounges - plus the midnight parade.

Samsung flat-paneled TVs in every stateroom.

A sports deck featuring a nine-hole miniature golf course, golf simulator, basketball, paddleball or volleyball.

A bigger, more intimidating version of the revolutionary rock-climbing wall that first appeared on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas in 1999.

 
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