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September 15, 2004

Royal Caribbean International Cruise Itinerary Update

Tropical Weather Update September 15, 2004 - 7 p.m.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises continue to closely monitor the path and progress of Hurricane Ivan, in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Jeanne, in the Caribbean, and Hurricane Javier, off Mexico‚??s west coast. We do this to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storms. We also continue 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 Freeport, Bahamas; and Coco Cay, Bahamas, Royal Caribbean‚??s private island. Also, Royal Caribbean International‚??s Mariner of the Seas is currently unable to sail into Port Canaveral, Florida, but will resume its normal Sunday departures from there on September 19.

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 20 feet, and the depth of the water in the deepest part of the channel 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. The channel is currently being cleared of the excess sand and Mariner of the Seas will return there this Sunday.

Given the locations and projected paths of Hurricane Ivan, Tropical Storm Jeanne, and Hurricane Javier, Royal Caribbean International is currently altering the itineraries of several ships and Celebrity Cruises is altering the itinerary of one ship.

We will update this information three times daily ‚?? 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 on September 13, on a four-night sailing, made that sailing from Port Everglades. The ship will make a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, today and Thursday, and will return to Port Canaveral on Friday morning, September 17. At the conclusion of this sailing, Royal Caribbean will transport guests from Port Canaveral to Port Everglades and the Orlando airport.

Sovereign of the Seas will resume its normal Friday and Monday departures from Port Canaveral starting on Friday, September 17.

Mariner of the Seas,originally scheduled to depart Port Canaveral on September 12, on a seven-night sailing, made that sailing from the Port of Miami. The ship will not make its port call in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, today. Instead, the ship will spend today at sea. The ship will now return to Port Canaveral on Sunday morning, September 19. At the conclusion of this sailing, Royal Caribbean will transport guests from Port Canaveral to the Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami airports, as well as the Port of Miami.

Mariner of the Seas will resume its normal Sunday departures from Port Canaveral starting on Sunday, September 19.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:

Explorer of the Seas, currently on its September 12 sailing, will make a port call in Costa Maya, Mexico, today; make a port call in Cozumel, Mexico, on Thursday; make a port call in Belize City, Belize, on Friday; and return to the Port of Miami on Sunday, September 19.

Majesty of the Seas, currently on its September 13 sailing, will spend today at sea; make a port call in Key West, Florida, on Thursday; and return to the Port of Miami on Friday, September 17.

Ships sailing from the Port of Galveston:

Rhapsody of the Seas, currently on its September 12 sailing, will make a port call in Belize City, Belize, today; make a port call in Costa Maya, Mexico, on Thursday; make a port call in Cozumel, Mexico, on Friday; and return to the Port of Galveston on Sunday, September 19.

Ships sailing from Cape Liberty Cruise Port:

Voyager of the Seas, currently on its September 10 sailing, will make a port call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, today; make a port call in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, on Wednesday; make a port call in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Thursday; and return to Cape Liberty on Sunday, September 19.

Ships sailing from the Port of San Diego:

Legend of the Seas, currently on its September 12 sailing, will not make its port call in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Thursday. The ships will spend the day at sea on Thursday and Friday; make a port call in Ensenada, Mexico, on Saturday; and return to San Diego on Sunday, September 19.
Ships sailing from the Port of Los Angeles

Monarch of the Seas, which departs on Friday, September 17, on a three-night sailing, will not make its port call in Ensenada, Mexico, on Saturday. The ship will spend the day at sea on Saturday; make a port call in Ensenada on Sunday; and return to Los Angeles on Monday, September 19.

CELEBRITY CRUISES

Ships sailing from Port Everglades:

Century, currently on its September 11 sailing, will make a port call in Cozumel, Mexico, today; make a port call at Key West, Florida, on Thursday; and will 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. Thursday.

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Posted by Denise at September 15, 2004 03:56 PM
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