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Old 05-05-2005, 11:07 AM
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Hi All,
I know there has been some discussion on just what is in store for us on the Freedom of the Seas. Since I just received this press release from Royal Caribbean I thought it was timely:

Freedom Is ... A Family Affair

Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas Offers Expanded Family Stateroom
Options and Activities for All

MIAMI, May 5, 2005
Royal Caribbean International is giving families more opportunities to
play together and stay together while cruising the Caribbean. The
line's newest ship, Freedom of the Seas, will offer six different
family-focused stateroom categories specially designed to accommodate
larger families and groups of friends.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050505/FLTH021 )

"The new stateroom categories on Freedom of the Seas give guests the
ability to spend downtime together comfortably between onboard
activities and shoreside adventures," said Richard D. Fain, Royal
Caribbean Chairman and CEO. "We're introducing several new
configurations, giving guests the freedom to choose from different
stateroom sizes and price ranges."

The biggest addition will be the 14-person Presidential Suite, the
largest stateroom the line has offered to date, with 1,215 square feet
of interior space and an 810-square-foot outdoor living area. The
oversized suite will have dual entryways as well as two master
bedrooms, sleeping two people each, with 30-inch, flat-panel
televisions and en suite bathrooms with bathtubs. Two additional
bedrooms will accommodate four people each, with convertible
twin/queen beds and two Pullmans. Both of these rooms will feature a
23-inch, flat-panel television, which also will be found in all
staterooms shipwide.

The common area will include two additional bathrooms with showers, a
spacious living room with a sectional sofa that sleeps two, a
card/dining table and an extensive entertainment center, including a
42-inch, plasma TV. Suite guests will be tempted to spend all their
time outdoors on the spacious balcony equipped with a whirlpool, wet
bar, eight lounge chairs and a 14- person table for dining al fresco.

Freedom of the Seas will offer five additional types of extended
family accommodations over and above the standard triples and quads.
Each category includes twin beds, convertible to a queen bed, as well
as additional bunks to accommodate the whole family. Guests can choose
from:

* Four eight-person Royal Family Suites, each with two bedrooms,
including a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom with bathtub, a
second bathroom with shower, and a living area with a sectional sofa
and an entertainment center with a 30-inch, flat-panel TV. Royal
Family Suite balconies include four lounge chairs and an al fresco
dining table for eight. Each of the four suites can be expanded to
accommodate 10 people via a connecting door to a neighboring
stateroom. (600 sq. ft. with a 270 sq. ft. balcony)

* One six-person Accessible Family Stateroom with balcony, featuring a
curtained-off sleeping alcove with bunk beds, sleeper sofa, an
accessible bathroom and shower, and accessible closets. (400 sq. ft.
with a 120 sq. ft. balcony)

* Eight six-person Family Oceanview Staterooms, each with a
curtained-off sleeping alcove with bunk beds, sleeper sofa and two or
more windows. (Up to 495 sq. ft.)

* Four six-person Promenade Family Staterooms, each with a
curtained-off sleeping alcove with bunk beds, sleeper sofa, walk-in
closet and bathtub. These suites also have two windows, each with a
window seat, overlooking the Royal Promenade. (335 sq. ft.)

* Two six-person Inside Family Staterooms, each with a curtained-off
sleeping alcove, sleeper sofa and walk-in closet. (330 sq. ft.)

Family-Friendly Activities

Families on Freedom of the Seas may find there is too much to do in
other areas of the ship to spend much time in their staterooms.
Freedom of the Seas will take onboard adventures to new heights with
the largest rock-climbing wall at sea. The 43-foot-tall by
44-foot-wide, free-standing wall will feature a central spire that
will add a whole new dimension to the experience. Guests will be able
to choose from 11 different routes, from easy to expert.

Freedom's younger guests will enjoy Royal Caribbean's award-winning
Adventure Ocean Program. From wacky science experiments and Adventure
Art by Crayola(R) crafts projects to sports tournaments and dance
parties, guests 3 to 17 will have a full social calendar. Teens, in
particular, will have plenty of space to call their own with three,
exclusive areas just for them -- Fuel nightclub, The Living Room
hangout and the Back Deck sundeck. In addition, Freedom of the Seas
will feature the line's Aqua Babies and Aqua Tots playtime programs
developed by partner Fisher-Price(R), Inc. for cruisers ages 6 months
to 36 months and their parents.

Freedom also will offer families plenty of ways and places to enjoy
time together, including an unparalleled, top-deck aqua environment
with an interactive water park; outstanding production shows in the
main theater; ice skating spectaculars and free-skate parties on the
ice rink; and non-stop action on the Royal Promenade, a 445-foot-long
shopping, dining and entertainment boulevard that will feature nightly
entertainment and festive parades.

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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Hi All,
I know there has been some discussion on just what is in store for us on the Freedom of the Seas. Since I just received this press release from Royal Caribbean I thought it was timely:

Freedom Is ... A Family Affair

Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas Offers Expanded Family Stateroom
Options and Activities for All

MIAMI, May 5, 2005
Royal Caribbean International is giving families more opportunities to
play together and stay together while cruising the Caribbean. The
line's newest ship, Freedom of the Seas, will offer six different
family-focused stateroom categories specially designed to accommodate
larger families and groups of friends.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050505/FLTH021 )

"The new stateroom categories on Freedom of the Seas give guests the
ability to spend downtime together comfortably between onboard
activities and shoreside adventures," said Richard D. Fain, Royal
Caribbean Chairman and CEO. "We're introducing several new
configurations, giving guests the freedom to choose from different
stateroom sizes and price ranges."

The biggest addition will be the 14-person Presidential Suite, the
largest stateroom the line has offered to date, with 1,215 square feet
of interior space and an 810-square-foot outdoor living area. The
oversized suite will have dual entryways as well as two master
bedrooms, sleeping two people each, with 30-inch, flat-panel
televisions and en suite bathrooms with bathtubs. Two additional
bedrooms will accommodate four people each, with convertible
twin/queen beds and two Pullmans. Both of these rooms will feature a
23-inch, flat-panel television, which also will be found in all
staterooms shipwide.

The common area will include two additional bathrooms with showers, a
spacious living room with a sectional sofa that sleeps two, a
card/dining table and an extensive entertainment center, including a
42-inch, plasma TV. Suite guests will be tempted to spend all their
time outdoors on the spacious balcony equipped with a whirlpool, wet
bar, eight lounge chairs and a 14- person table for dining al fresco.

Freedom of the Seas will offer five additional types of extended
family accommodations over and above the standard triples and quads.
Each category includes twin beds, convertible to a queen bed, as well
as additional bunks to accommodate the whole family. Guests can choose
from:

* Four eight-person Royal Family Suites, each with two bedrooms,
including a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom with bathtub, a
second bathroom with shower, and a living area with a sectional sofa
and an entertainment center with a 30-inch, flat-panel TV. Royal
Family Suite balconies include four lounge chairs and an al fresco
dining table for eight. Each of the four suites can be expanded to
accommodate 10 people via a connecting door to a neighboring
stateroom. (600 sq. ft. with a 270 sq. ft. balcony)

* One six-person Accessible Family Stateroom with balcony, featuring a
curtained-off sleeping alcove with bunk beds, sleeper sofa, an
accessible bathroom and shower, and accessible closets. (400 sq. ft.
with a 120 sq. ft. balcony)

* Eight six-person Family Oceanview Staterooms, each with a
curtained-off sleeping alcove with bunk beds, sleeper sofa and two or
more windows. (Up to 495 sq. ft.)

* Four six-person Promenade Family Staterooms, each with a
curtained-off sleeping alcove with bunk beds, sleeper sofa, walk-in
closet and bathtub. These suites also have two windows, each with a
window seat, overlooking the Royal Promenade. (335 sq. ft.)

* Two six-person Inside Family Staterooms, each with a curtained-off
sleeping alcove, sleeper sofa and walk-in closet. (330 sq. ft.)

Family-Friendly Activities

Families on Freedom of the Seas may find there is too much to do in
other areas of the ship to spend much time in their staterooms.
Freedom of the Seas will take onboard adventures to new heights with
the largest rock-climbing wall at sea. The 43-foot-tall by
44-foot-wide, free-standing wall will feature a central spire that
will add a whole new dimension to the experience. Guests will be able
to choose from 11 different routes, from easy to expert.

Freedom's younger guests will enjoy Royal Caribbean's award-winning
Adventure Ocean Program. From wacky science experiments and Adventure
Art by Crayola(R) crafts projects to sports tournaments and dance
parties, guests 3 to 17 will have a full social calendar. Teens, in
particular, will have plenty of space to call their own with three,
exclusive areas just for them -- Fuel nightclub, The Living Room
hangout and the Back Deck sundeck. In addition, Freedom of the Seas
will feature the line's Aqua Babies and Aqua Tots playtime programs
developed by partner Fisher-Price(R), Inc. for cruisers ages 6 months
to 36 months and their parents.

Freedom also will offer families plenty of ways and places to enjoy
time together, including an unparalleled, top-deck aqua environment
with an interactive water park; outstanding production shows in the
main theater; ice skating spectaculars and free-skate parties on the
ice rink; and non-stop action on the Royal Promenade, a 445-foot-long
shopping, dining and entertainment boulevard that will feature nightly
entertainment and festive parades.

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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I was considering a family reunion cruise - sounds like these new family staterooms will be just perfect for our needs.
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Best to wait a few cruises, or you will pay premium prices for the first 6-12 months.

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Old 05-06-2005, 12:13 PM
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We're already book with the family for 2006 but it sounds like the new family staterooms would be great for us too in 2007!
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I believe I would prefer separate staterooms, so the wife and I could have some peace.

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