Royal Caribbean International Announces New Adventures in 2006

New Itineraries, New Departure Cities and Exotic Ports of Call Entice Guests to Explore

MIAMI, July 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — From a Voyager-class ship in Europe to new options in Alaska to new departures from Philadelphia, Royal Caribbean International is offering an unparalleled mix of ships and destinations in 2006.

Voyager of the Seas to Make European Debut

In May 2006, the ship that revolutionized cruising will depart Miami for Barcelona, Spain, marking the 3,114-guest Voyager of the Seas’ European debut. From May 27 to July 8, 2006, and again Sept. 9 through Nov. 11, 2006, Voyager of the Seas will offer seven-night Mediterranean sailings roundtrip from Barcelona, calling on Marseille and Villefranche (Nice), France, and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Civitavecchia (Rome) and Naples, Italy.

Voyager of the Seas also will sail seven-night Mediterranean-Malta sailings July 15 through Sept. 2, 2006, making stops in Villefranche (Nice); Civitavecchia (Rome); Palermo (Sicily), Italy; Valletta, Malta; and Palma De Mallorca, Spain. In addition, guests on either itinerary have the option of extending their vacation with one of two cruisetour packages – a three-night tour to Madrid and Barcelona or a five-night tour to Seville, Madrid and Barcelona.

Voyager of the Seas remains one of the most innovative ships at sea. Introduced in 1999, Voyager was the first cruise ship to feature a rock- climbing wall, an ice-skating rink, an in-line skating track and the Royal Promenade, a horizontal atrium featuring shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Voyager of the Seas offers guests six restaurants and more than a dozen lounges and bars from which to choose, as well as a state-of-the-art theater, the Las Vegas-style Casino Royale, and the outstanding Adventure Ocean youth program.

Explorer of the Seas Adds Options from Cape Liberty Cruise Port

When Voyager of the Seas heads to Europe, Explorer of the Seas will take her place from May to November at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J., to offer new, nine-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries, as well as the five- night Bermuda sailings first introduced by Voyager in 2005. Explorer of the Seas’ Eastern Caribbean cruises will take guests to explore Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Royal Caribbean’s private destination of Labadee, Hispaniola.

Empress of the Seas is Bermuda-Bound from Philadelphia

Starting April 29, 2006, Empress of the Seas will begin a series of seven- night Bermuda sailings from Philadelphia, marking the first time Royal Caribbean will sail a full season from the historic Pennsylvania city. Empress of the Seas’ new cruises will call on St. George’s and Hamilton, Bermuda, until Oct. 28, 2006, when Empress repositions to San Juan for the winter.

Vision of the Seas Embarks on Alaskan Adventures

Vision of the Seas moves to Seattle in May 2006 to offer a series of seven-night roundtrip Alaska Fjord sailings until Sept. 1, 2006. Vision’s Alaska cruises call in Juneau, Skagway and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia, in addition to cruising through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord and the Inside Passage.

Radiance of the Seas to “Cruisetour” Alaska

On May 27, 2006, Radiance of the Seas will begin sailing alternating, seven-night, one-way northbound and southbound sailings between Seward, Alaska, and Vancouver, British Columbia. The northbound itinerary includes calls in Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, in addition to cruising the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier. Southbound sailings replace time in Sitka with a call in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Radiance guests looking for additional adventures can book one of Royal Caribbean’s 20 Alaska cruisetour packages – exploring Alaska’s natural wonders by deluxe motorcoach and the Wilderness Express luxurious, glass-domed railcars. Add-on land excursions include unforgettable experiences such as white-water rafting, glacier flight-seeing and heli-hiking.

Freedom of the Seas Sets Sail

Bookings opened in March for Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the 3,600-passenger Freedom of the Seas. Set to debut in the United States in May 2006 and enter service on June 4, 2006, Freedom of the Seas will be the most innovative and forward-looking ship the line has introduced to date. Featuring an interactive water park called H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool, and cantilevered whirlpools extending 12 feet over the sides of the ship in the adults-only Solarium, Freedom of the Seas will offer a wide range of unique activities for guests of all ages. Freedom of the Seas will sail seven-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami.

Full itineraries for each of Royal Caribbean’s 19 ships are available at .

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 19 ships in service, two under construction and one on firm order. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruisetour division. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company’s web site at or call 800-327-6700.

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