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At Long Last! Royal Caribbean Offers Up Freedom

March 18, 2005
Cruise berths for Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas -- one of the most anticipated new ship launches since the debut of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 -- are now on sale to the general public (Royal Caribbean had opened the ship for sale a few weeks ago to members of Crown & Anchor, its past-passenger program).

This ship, which will surpass the aforementioned Queen as "biggest ship ever," launches in April 2006. The 158,000-ton, 3,600-passenger ship is a slightly expanded version of those in Royal Caribbean's Voyager class. In addition to now-standard features such as the indoor promenade, rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and Johnny Rockets, this ship will feature bigger-than-usual cabins (with flat-screen televisions), and wireless and cell phone access, among a host of new amenities.

Freedom of the Seas will be based in Miami and sail seven-night cruises year-round to the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private island in Haiti).

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