Royal Caribbean International took delivery of its newest Freedom-class ship, Liberty of the Seas, today at a ceremony in Turku, Finland. The ship is the first in Royal Caribbean’s fleet to showcase special wellness, family, and wedding programming. Liberty shares the title of world’s-largest cruise ship with sister ship Freedom of the Seas, which launched in May 2006.
Healthy Living, Family Fun and “I Dos”
For health and wellness enthusiasts, Royal Caribbean presents a revamped series of programs devoted to promoting well-balanced healthy vacations through fitness, spa, shore excursions and special culinary offerings. There are even Tai Chi classes, acupuncture, and a soothing signature scent.
Adventure Theater by Camp Broadway, New York City’s famed children’s theater group, introduces kids and teens to the theatrical arts by folding folktales, music, dance, and cultural elements into the mix. Sure to be a hit among teen cruisers are the Scratch DJ 101 classes, in which teens hone their turntable skills in sessions hosted by professionals from New York City’s Scratch DJ Academy.
In addition, Royal Caribbean will launch the Crown & Anchor Society Youth Program, the industry’s first loyalty program designed for cruisers under the age of 18.
Brides and grooms now have more distinctive settings in which to say “I do” with Explorer Weddings, an extension of the line’s existing Royal Romance wedding- and vow-renewal program, which allows thrill-seekers the option of tying the knot on an Alaskan glacier, in a hot-air balloon, or on Liberty‘s FlowRider surf simulator, to name a few.
The Liberty to Do it All
Capable of holding up to 3,634 guests, Liberty has emerged from Aker Yards in Finland with the popular, industry-first amenities seen on Freedom of the Seas, including the FlowRider, the H2O Zone water park, a full-size boxing ring, and a 14-person family suite. Liberty’s 445 foot-long Royal Promenade keeps guests busy at one of the many restaurants, shops, and lounges. From an Italian-style pizzeria, Sorrento’s, to A Clean Shave men’s barbershop and the Hoof & Claw pub, cruisers have a wide variety of venues to visit and experience while onboard.
The On Air Club, the ship’s karaoke venue, and the Art Deco-style Platinum Theatre (1,350 guests), home to Broadway-style shows, provide endless hours of entertainment.
In addition to FlowRider, Royal Caribbean’s active onboard amenities include an interactive sculpture garden, located in the H2O Zone water park. Both offer many ways to stay cool in the Caribbean sun. Cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean, and located in Liberty’s serene solarium are an adults-only oasis flanked by a pool, hammocks, and colorful art sculptures. For an indoor chill, the ice-skating rink, Centre Ice at Studio B, is open for lessons and free skating during the day.
Sailing the Caribbean
Royal Caribbean’s new Freedom-class ships will be joined by a third, Independence of the Seas, in 2008. Liberty will depart on Saturdays and Freedom on Sundays from Miami and will alternate between 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Both itineraries include a call at Royal Caribbean’s private destination Labadee, Haiti. Liberty’s Western Caribbean itinerary calls in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, allowing for a third day at sea to take advantage of all the ship has to offer. —PR Newswire