Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International

May 31, 2005 05:49 ET

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL GOES TO NEW LENGTHS TO OFFER INNOVATIVE, UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCES FOR GUESTS

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - May. 31, 2005) -

Enchantment of the Seas Lengthening Includes Suspension Bridges, Bungee Trampolines, Additional Dining Options

Royal Caribbean International is going to great lengths to offer guests new ways to experience Enchantment of the Seas by adding a new midsection to the ship. When Enchantment of the Seas returns to service on 7 July 2005, following the 73-foot growth spurt, she will feature suspension bridges, overhanging deck areas offering spectacular panoramic views and bungee trampolines that send guests skyward.

"When we began talking about stretching the ship, we knew we had to do more than just add staterooms," said Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain. "We wanted to offer guests more activities and amenities, and we've done that by adding several signature features from our newest ships, as well as by introducing many innovations new to the fleet."

One of the most striking additions is two suspension bridges on Deck 10, spanning more than 75 feet on either side of the Pool Deck below. Supported by dramatic arches, the bridges cross over two new areas of the Pool Deck, which jut past lower decks and hang over the water. They feature peek-a-boo windows in the floor that provide views down to the ocean. The overhanging space on the port side features a new island bar, while the starboard side houses a stage for poolside musical entertainment.

In total, the main pool area expands by nearly 50 percent, with two pools, four whirlpools and a new interactive Splash Deck for children. The circular Splash Deck features 64 water jets on the floor, along the perimeter and on a central dome.

Guests looking for active adventures will appreciate Enchantment's new Sports Deck. In addition to the line's signature rock-climbing wall, the ship features four bungee trampolines, where guests strap into a harness connected to two bungee cords that propel them skyward, yet keep them safely centred when they land on the trampolines. Located at the front of Deck 10, the bungee trampolines reward the adventurous with unparalleled views of the sea, ship and sky.

Below deck, guests on the renovated Enchantment will find additional entertainment and shopping options. The line's popular Boleros bar concept on Deck 5 has a Latin American flair, with a glass dome ceiling suggestive of a Mayan sunburst. Guests will enjoy live Latin jazz in the evenings along with regional drinks such as mojitos and caipirinhas.

Guests looking for a pick-me-up will be able to drop by the new Latte'tudes coffee and ice cream shop offering specialty espresso drinks from Seattle's Best Coffee(r) and Ben & Jerry's(r) ice cream. They also can visit the new specialty restaurant, the line's popular Chops Grille steakhouse. An intimate dining space seating approximately 100, Chops Grille features an open kitchen and extensive wine list.

Additional renovations include a new lounge for guests who wish to book future cruises while onboard, as well as a refurbished, 100-seat conference centre. New accessibility features have been added throughout the ship, including improved thresholds and ramps, pool and Jacuzzi lifts, and access to the Splash Deck. In addition, the 151 new staterooms will include two family staterooms that will sleep six.

Enchantment will return to service in July 2005 with a series of sailings from the Northeast before returning to Fort Lauderdale in October to resume her regular short Caribbean itineraries. On July 7, she will offer a four-night cruise from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J., to Halifax, Nova Scotia, followed by a six-night cruise on 11 July to Boston, Bar Harbour and Halifax. From 19 July 19 to 21 August, she will sail from Philadelphia, offering one five-night cruise to Bar Harbor and Halifax, followed by five seven-night sailings to Martha's Vineyard, Bar Harbour, Portland and Halifax. On 4 September, Enchantment begins a series of three seven-night cruises from Boston to Martha's Vineyard, Bar Harbour, Portland, Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise vacation company with 19 ships in service and two more under construction. For further details on Royal Caribbean International's other cruise holidays, please call 0800 018 2020 or see your travel agent or log onto http://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk

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Editors note: A technical drawing and photographs are available on request.

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