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April 11, 2006

Exciting New Adventures Await Royal Caribbean International Cruisers In 2007 and 2008

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EXCITING NEW ADVENTURES AWAIT ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL CRUISERS IN 2007 AND 2008

Second Freedom Class Ship Named and an Unparalleled Mix of Ships, Destinations and Homeports Encourage International Exploration for the New Season

MIAMI, April 10, 2006 - Royal Caribbean International announced today the name of the cruise line's second Freedom-class ship: Liberty of the Seas. The name reflects the same freedom of choice and experiences as does her similarly-titled sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, which enters service in June 2006. With Liberty of the Seas debut in May 2007, as well as exciting new itineraries, new departure cities and exotic ports of call on the horizon Royal Caribbean International is setting a bold precedent for the 2007-2008 season.

LIBERTY OF THE SEASSM ENTERS SERVICE
Currently under construction at Aker Finnyards in Turku, Liberty of the Seas will closely mirror her prototype with signature class amenities such as the FlowRider, a surfing simulator, and cantilevered whirlpools suspended over 200 feet above the ocean. It will continue the cruise line's legacy of providing the unexpected with her own unique features. Liberty of the Seas with a 3,600 guest capacity, will sail alternating 7-Night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries year-round from Miami, Florida . The Eastern Caribbean sailing will visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Labadee, Haiti.
The Western Caribbean sailing will visit Labadee, Haiti; Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. Liberty of the SeasSM will depart from Miami, Florida on Saturdays while Freedom of the Seas also sailing alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries will depart from Miami, Florida on Sundays.

EXOTIC NEW PORTS OF CALL ENCOURAGE INTERNATIONAL EXPLORATION
For those guests who think they’ve seen and sailed it all, Royal Caribbean promises to offer diversity in 2007-2008 with several exotic new ports of call. Casablanca, Morocco; Fort De France, Martinique; Split, Croatia; La Coruna, Spain; Pointe-á-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Samana, Dominican Republic and Kingstown, St. Vincent are just some of the exciting destinations guests can explore.

EXPLORER OF THE SEAS TO MAKE NORTHEAST NEW HOME YEAR-ROUND
Explorer of the Seas returns to Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., on May 6, 2007, where she will sail alternating 5-night Bermuda and 9-night Caribbean sailings. In time for the fall foliage, this popular Voyager-class ship will head north for four 9-night Canada/New England sailings. And for the first time ever, Explorer of the Seas® will remain in the Northeast for the remainder of the year, offering
various 2007-2008 winter escapes from Cape Liberty. Including 9-night Eastern Caribbean sailings calling on Labadee, Haiti; Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico; as well as an exotic 12-night Southern Caribbean itinerary calling on Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados;
Basseterre, St. Kitts; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

NEW SUMMER SAILINGS FROM THE NORTHEAST
Empress of the Seas will venture into new waters, when she splits her time between Philadelphia and her new drive-to homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. Empress of the Seas is Bermuda-bound from both of these historic cities starting in April 2007. On May 13, 2007, Baltimore, Maryland favorite Grandeur of the Seas will embark on a series of summer sailings, bringing more options to the mid-Atlantic market than ever before. Spanning the summer and fall seasons, Grandeur of the Seas will alternate new 9-night Canada/New England sailings – calling on Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint Johns, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Boston, Massachusetts. Her itineraries will also include sunny 5-night Bermuda itineraries and 9-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries.

SHORTER CRUISING ON VOYAGER-CLASS SHIPS FROM FLORIDA
Meetings, incentive groups and all Royal Caribbean guests will have more convenient short-cruising options when Navigator of the Seas returns to the U.S. after a summer spent overseas, offering a combination of 4- and 5-night Western Caribbean sailings out of Miami including ports of call in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico;
and Belize City, Belize. The newly-lengthened Enchantment of the Seas will sail similar Western Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale and then from Tampa in the winter months of 2007.

GULF COAST TO GET MORE ADVENTUROUS CRUISE OPTIONS
In fall 2007, the ship that revolutionized the cruise industry, Voyager of the Seas, will replace Rhapsody of the Seas in Galveston, Texas, marking the first time that a Voyager-class ship will sail from the Lone Star State. Next winter, Voyager of the Seas, will offer alternating 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries, calling one week on Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico; and the next on Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico, and Progreso, Mexico. Rhapsody of the Seas will resume these same itineraries from Galveston in the summer months. However, the winter months will welcome Rhapsody of the Seas to New Orleans, where she will offer 7-night Western Caribbean sailings. In a similar move, Grandeur of the Seas will reposition to Tampa during the winter season offering 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries to George Town, Grand Cayman; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico.

NEW HOMEPORTS ADD ADVENTURE…AND ALTERNATIVES
From December 2007 through March 2008, Splendour of the Seas will sail from a brand new homeport in the Dominican Republic. Offering a wide range of options, Splendour of the Seas will embark on two 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries, calling on Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; St. George’s, Grenada; Margarita Island, Venezuela and Oranjestad, Aruba or in Basseterre, St. Kitts; Pointe- á -Pitre, Guadeloupe; Fort De France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados and Castries, St. Lucia.

VISION OF THE SEAS EMBARKS ON ALASKAN ADVENTURES
Vision of the Seas will return to Seattle in May 2007 to offer a series of 7-night roundtrip Alaska sailings until September 2007. Vision of the Seas will be adding a brand new port of call to her roster – Prince Rupert in British Columbia – as well as sailing through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord.

NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS TO JOIN SISTER SHIP IN EUROPE
The first Voyager-class ship to serve Southampton, Navigator of the Seas will make her European debut on April 26, 2007. This family favorite will circle the continent, embarking on a number of exciting new itineraries throughout the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Scandinavia/ Baltics and the United Kingdom, available until November 2007. One of the most innovative ships at sea, Navigator of the Seas is sure to make waves with families, featuring a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, in-line skating track, Royal Promenade and over 22,000 square feet of Adventure Ocean Youth programming space.

NUMEROUS EUROPEAN ADVENTURES IN STORE ON POPULAR INTERNATIONAL SHIPS
Following her first European season in 2006, Voyager of the Seas will sail two 3-night itineraries in May 2007 from Barcelona to the bustling French Riviera. Due to increased demand, the legendary ship also will make more stops in Malta and the Mediterranean. On November 17, 2007, Voyager of the Seas will introduce two exotic itineraries featuring the Canary Islands and a new port of call, Casablanca, Morocco. Jewel of the Seas will be offering guests new options when she sails a series of short 3- and 4-night sailings from the historic ports
of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Hamburg, Germany and Oslo, Norway. On May 25, 2007, she will set sail for Scandinavia and Russia on her regularly scheduled 12-night itineraries from Harwich, England. Splendour of the Seas, will also undergo minor itinerary modifications, adding calls in Dubrovnik, Croatia and a new port of call, Split, Croatia to her glamorous 7-night Greek Isles & Turkey sailings.

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