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September 10, 2004

Royal Caribbean Cruise Itinerary Update

Tropical Weather Update September 10, 2004 - 7 p.m.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Ivan to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storm. We also are continuing to monitor our operations resulting from Hurricane Frances.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concern of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

Due to damage caused by Hurricane Frances, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are currently unable to bring their ships to Port Canaveral, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; and Coco Cay, Bahamas, Royal Caribbeanâ??s private island.

In the case of Port Canaveral, a sand bar, 50 feet wide, was created by Hurricane Frances in the channel leading to the port. This has reduced the depth of the water in that area to approximately 30 feet. Mariner of the Seas, which normally sails from Port Canaveral, is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and requires a minimum water depth of 35 feet to safely sail. As a result, Mariner of the Seas is not currently able to sail from Port Canaveral.

Given Hurricane Ivanâ??s location and projected path, we are currently altering the itineraries of several Royal Caribbean International ships and of one Celebrity Cruises ship.

We will update this information three times daily â?? at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral

Sovereign of the Seas, normally scheduled to depart Port Canaveral today, September 10, on a three-night sailing, will now make that sailing from Port Everglades. The ship will delay its departure from Port Everglades until 8 p.m., local time, today. The ship will sail a modified itinerary, visiting Nassau, Bahamas, from 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. The ship will spend the day at sea on Sunday and will now return to Port Canaveral on Monday morning, September 13. Royal Caribbean will transport guests from Port Canaveral and the Orlando airport to Port Everglades for this sailing. The company also will return guests to the Orlando airport and Port Everglades at the conclusion of this sailing.

Sovereign of the Seas will resume its normal Monday and Friday departures from Port Canaveral starting on Monday, September 13.

Mariner of the Seas, normally scheduled to depart Port Canaveral Sunday, September 12, on a seven-night sailing, will now make that sailing from the Port of Miami. The ship will depart from the Port of Miami at 5 p.m., local time, Sunday. The ship will sail its normal itinerary and return to the Port of Miami on Sunday morning, September 19. Royal Caribbean will transport guests from Port Canaveral and the Orlando airport to the Port of Miami for this sailing. Guests are requested to arrive at Port Canaveral or the Orlando airport no later than 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The company also will return guests to those locations at the conclusion of this sailing. Due to Hurricane Ivan, port calls are subject to change.

Ships sailing from Port Everglades

Enchantment of the Seas will not make its port call in Key West, Florida, today, and will not make its port call in Cozumel, Mexico, on Saturday. Instead, the ship will spend the day at sea today and will make a port call in Labadee, Hispanola, on Saturday.

Ships sailing from the Port of Baltimore

Grandeur of the Seas will not make its port call in Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, on Saturday. Instead, the ship will spend the day at sea on Saturday.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami

Explorer of the Seas will not make its port call in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, today. Instead, it will spend the day at sea today.

Majesty of the Seas will not make its port call in Coco Cay, Bahamas, on Saturday. Instead, the ship will make a port call at Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday. The ship will spend the day at sea on Sunday.

CELEBRITY CRUISES

Ships sailing from Port Everglades

Century will sail a modified itinerary due to Hurricane Ivan. It will depart Port Everglades on Saturday. It will spend the day at sea on Sunday; make a port call in Belize City, Belize, on Monday; make a port call in Costa Maya, Mexico, on Tuesday; make a port call in Cozumel, Mexico, on Wednesday; make a port call in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, on Thursday; spend the day at sea on Friday; and return to Port Everglades on Saturday, September 18.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International or Celebrity Cruises ships are being impacted by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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Posted by Denise at September 10, 2004 10:58 PM
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