The World's Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail For New York

Royal Caribbean International's 'Freedom of the Seas' Makes Waves With

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03 May, 2006, 01:00 ET from Royal Caribbean International

    MIAMI, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The world's largest and most
 innovative cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International's famed Freedom of
 the Seas, left Southampton, England today to make her transatlantic voyage
 to New York where she will make her U.S. debut on Wednesday, May 10. Having
 already caused quite a stir in Europe, Freedom of the Seas was reported to
 be the second most popular search term on yahoo.com last week. Now the ship
 is set to make her mark on the United States where she will introduce a
 shipboard surf park, cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the
 ocean, a full-size boxing ring and a 14-person family suite to an eager
 American audience.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060503/FLW022 )
 
                  Freedom of the Seas' U.S. Inaugural Schedule
     The general public can catch a glimpse of Freedom of the Seas during
 the entire month of May as she makes her way up and down the East Coast
 making stops at: Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ; Pier 92 at
 Manhattan's West side in New York; Warehouse Berths 6 and 7 in Boston; and,
 finally, the Port of Miami.
     May 10
       * Big Ship in Big Apple:  Freedom of the Seas sails into New York Harbor
         at 8 a.m. and then docks at Cape Liberty Cruise Port until the evening
         of Thursday, May 11.
 
     May 12
       * Showtime:  Freedom of the Seas makes her national debut live on NBC's
         "TODAY" show while anchored off of the Statue of Liberty for the
         three-hour broadcast.  The ship will return to Cape Liberty Cruise
         Port and then dock in the afternoon in Manhattan.
 
     May 13
       * New York, New York:  The general public can head to Manhattan until
         4 p.m. to get a close-up look at Freedom.
 
     May 15 - 17
       * Preview Sailings: Freedom of the Seas remains docked at Cape Liberty
         Cruise Port, where she will make a series of one- and two-night
         sailings before departing for Boston on Thursday, May 18
 
     May 19 - 22
       * Beantown Blitz: Freedom of the Seas arrives in Boston on Friday, May
         19, where she will be docked at Warehouse Berths 6 and 7 before
         departing for Miami on Monday, May 22.
 
     May 25 - June 3
       * Home at Last: Freedom of the Seas arrives at the Port of Miami, where
         she will make a series of short sailings until June 4, when she will
         begin her regular sailing schedule of seven-night Western Caribbean
         itineraries from Miami.
     Holding 3,634 guests double-occupancy, Freedom of the Seas is the
 largest cruise ship in the world. The first in Royal Caribbean's new
 Freedom class, she sails seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries from
 Miami calling in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay,
 Jamaica; and Royal Caribbean's private destination, Labadee, Hispaniola.
     Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with
 20 ships in service and three under construction. The line also offers
 unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its
 cruisetour division. For additional information or to make reservations, go
 to http://www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) 327-6700.
 
 

SOURCE Royal Caribbean International
    MIAMI, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The world's largest and most
 innovative cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International's famed Freedom of
 the Seas, left Southampton, England today to make her transatlantic voyage
 to New York where she will make her U.S. debut on Wednesday, May 10. Having
 already caused quite a stir in Europe, Freedom of the Seas was reported to
 be the second most popular search term on yahoo.com last week. Now the ship
 is set to make her mark on the United States where she will introduce a
 shipboard surf park, cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the
 ocean, a full-size boxing ring and a 14-person family suite to an eager
 American audience.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060503/FLW022 )
 
                  Freedom of the Seas' U.S. Inaugural Schedule
     The general public can catch a glimpse of Freedom of the Seas during
 the entire month of May as she makes her way up and down the East Coast
 making stops at: Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ; Pier 92 at
 Manhattan's West side in New York; Warehouse Berths 6 and 7 in Boston; and,
 finally, the Port of Miami.
     May 10
       * Big Ship in Big Apple:  Freedom of the Seas sails into New York Harbor
         at 8 a.m. and then docks at Cape Liberty Cruise Port until the evening
         of Thursday, May 11.
 
     May 12
       * Showtime:  Freedom of the Seas makes her national debut live on NBC's
         "TODAY" show while anchored off of the Statue of Liberty for the
         three-hour broadcast.  The ship will return to Cape Liberty Cruise
         Port and then dock in the afternoon in Manhattan.
 
     May 13
       * New York, New York:  The general public can head to Manhattan until
         4 p.m. to get a close-up look at Freedom.
 
     May 15 - 17
       * Preview Sailings: Freedom of the Seas remains docked at Cape Liberty
         Cruise Port, where she will make a series of one- and two-night
         sailings before departing for Boston on Thursday, May 18
 
     May 19 - 22
       * Beantown Blitz: Freedom of the Seas arrives in Boston on Friday, May
         19, where she will be docked at Warehouse Berths 6 and 7 before
         departing for Miami on Monday, May 22.
 
     May 25 - June 3
       * Home at Last: Freedom of the Seas arrives at the Port of Miami, where
         she will make a series of short sailings until June 4, when she will
         begin her regular sailing schedule of seven-night Western Caribbean
         itineraries from Miami.
     Holding 3,634 guests double-occupancy, Freedom of the Seas is the
 largest cruise ship in the world. The first in Royal Caribbean's new
 Freedom class, she sails seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries from
 Miami calling in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay,
 Jamaica; and Royal Caribbean's private destination, Labadee, Hispaniola.
     Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with
 20 ships in service and three under construction. The line also offers
 unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its
 cruisetour division. For additional information or to make reservations, go
 to http://www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) 327-6700.
 
 SOURCE Royal Caribbean International