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Old 05-05-2005, 12:50 PM
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Well, we speculated about the "new innovations" here is more information direct from Royal Caribbean on what the Freedom of the Seas will offer in the way of fun and play:

Freedom Is ... Where the Ocean Comes to Play

Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas Takes Ship Design to the Edge
and Beyond With Family Water Park, Cantilevered Whirlpools, Dedicated
Sports Pool

MIAMI, May 5, 2005
Royal Caribbean International's newest ship will give "of the seas"
new meaning when it makes its debut in May 2006. Currently under
construction at Aker Finnyards in Turku, Finland, Freedom of the Seas
will offer guests a top-deck aqua environment unparalleled in the
industry, featuring three massive pool areas. Each area will introduce
innovative new concepts, including an interactive water park, the most
dramatic whirlpools afloat and a dedicated sports pool.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050505/FLTH020 )

"Freedom of the Seas' combined pool area is 43 percent larger than on
our Voyager-class ships, giving us the ability to create three
distinctive spaces to appeal to our varied audiences," said Richard D.
Fain, Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO. "Guests will have the freedom
to splash in the family pool area, relax in the adults-only Solarium
or soak in the sun at the main pool area."

A Fantasyland for the Whole Family

One of the most spectacular spaces on Freedom of the Seas will be H2O
Zone, the farthest aft of the three areas. H2O Zone will be a colorful
wonderland of large, brightly hued sculptures doubling as interactive
fountains that spray, sprinkle and spurt water in every direction.

The oversized sculptures will depict family members of all shapes and
sizes, including the family dog, and will give guests numerous ways to
get soaked -- and soak each other -- by turning wheels, setting off
sensors and dodging dumping buckets. The sculptures will be spread
throughout a large, central wading area that also will include a
number of spray cannons, water jets and ground gushers.

In one corner of the water playground, a circular pool will shoot a
current of water in a river around a central island. Guests can float
with the flow as they are misted by one of the fountain sculptures.

Next to the circular pool, a shallow pool, fed by a flamingo-shaped
fountain, will create a secluded space for the ship's youngest
cruisers. At the back of the park, a rectangular swimming pool will be
flanked by wading areas and fed by a waterfall cascading from an
overhanging bridge. At night, the water park will turn into a
dramatically lit sculpture garden.

An Exciting Way to Unwind

Toward the front of the ship, Freedom of the Seas' adult guests will
find the most remarkable relaxation areas at sea in the jungle-themed
Solarium. This adults-only oasis will feature two large hot tubs
cantilevered out 12 feet from the sides of the ship. Suspended 112
feet above the ocean, the hot tubs will offer breathtaking, panoramic
views.

The Solarium also will feature lush tropical foliage,
rainforest-inspired mosaics and murals, towering sculpted metal palm
trees and hammocks. Two seven-foot-tall parrot sculptures will edge
the Solarium's pool, which will hold a few surprises of its own.
Guests willing to immerse themselves in the experience will find music
piped in underwater and a photo collage behind glass depicting a coral
reef.

A New Spot for Sports Buffs

Royal Caribbean is introducing another first for the line in the main
pool area. One of the ship's two central pools will be designated as a
sports pool. Guests will be invited to challenge themselves, and each
other, in a variety of water sports, from pool volleyball and
basketball to floating golf and pole jousting, in which competitors
sit facing each other on a horizontal pole laid across the pool and
attempt to knock each other off with inflatable rods.

Spectators and contestants will be equally entertained when teams try
their hand at water ballet choreography in amateur synchronized
swimming competitions. Outside the organized activity times, lane
markers will be set up in the sports pool for lap swimming.

At night, the main pool area will transform into an open-air
nightclub, with a large dance floor situated between the two pools.
Guests will be able to enjoy live music, themed parties and a
top-class club DJ.

At 158,000 GRT and holding 3,600 guests double-occupancy, Freedom of
the Seas will be the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuts
in May 2006. The first in Royal Caribbean's new Freedom class, she
will be the most forward-looking and innovative ship the company has
built to date. Freedom of the Seas will sail 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.
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Looks like lots of great surprises on the Freedom!
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Wow - Sounds great!!! I love waterparks.
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I was hopeing the hot tubs jutting 12 feet out the side and 112 fet above the water would be open.... so I could get a tan while relaxing.

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