Royal Caribbean Names Ultra Voyager

November 9, 2004
At long last -- some key details emerge about Royal Caribbean's much-anticipated Ultra Voyager. The ship, to be dubbed Freedom of the Seas, launches in April 2006. It's currently being built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Turku, Finland, where yesterday was laid the first 443-ton block of the vessel's massive keel.

Beyond the fact that the 158,000-ton, 3,600-passenger Freedom of the Seas, as the first ship in Royal Caribbean's ultra-mega ultra Voyager class, will be the world's largest, the company trickled out a few more details. For instance, all cabins will be outfitted with flat screen televisions -- a first in the big ship industry. In addition, Freedom of the Seas will also be seriously WiFi accessible.

Some established (but still innovative) features that will spread from Royal Caribbean's Voyager-class ships to this one include the Royal Promenade, a rock-climbing wall and an ice-skating rink.

And, finally, for all those folks who've written to us and asked when they can book cruises on Freedom of the Seas: Royal Caribbean's announced that reservations will open in April 2005.

After launch, Freedom of the Seas will sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from its Miami homeport.