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Royal Caribbean to launch gigantic ship

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Royal Caribbean to launch gigantic ship

Postby KarenS » Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:08 am

As reported in the Washington Post: "On June 4, Royal Caribbean will displace a lot of water with the launching of the Freedom of the Seas, said to be the largest of its kind.

Freedom of the Seas eclipses the Queen Mary 2 as the biggest passenger ship ever: This 160,000-ton ship can carry 3,600 passengers, and at 1,112 feet long it's so big it can't fit in many ports.

(By comparison, the QM2 carries about 2,600 passengers.)

Stats aside, the amenities (spread over 15 decks) on the Freedom of the Seas make other ships look like dinghies. Among the attractions: a 43-foot-tall climbing wall with a center spiral, a water park with surfing, an ice-skating rink, a full-size boxing ring and an adults-only solarium.

The ship's centerpiece is an extravagant seven-story atrium that looks as if it were pilfered from a Roman emperor's palace.

The staterooms also get the royal treatment, with flat-screen TVs and, in family-style cabins, enough space for the Brady Bunch. The 1,215-foot presidential family suite, for example, has four bedrooms and an alfresco dining area.

Upon its launch, the ship will be cruising the western Caribbean, departing from Miami. Ports of call include Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and the Dominican Republic.

For the seven-night trip, an interior stateroom starts at $800 per person, based on double occupancy, and $949 for an ocean view. On the high end, the royal suite costs nearly seven times as much."
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