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Launch of the largest cruise vessel in the world
There are three ultra-sized cruise vessels for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in Aker Yards´ orderbook. The first of them, “Freedom of the Seas” was floated out today in Finland, wittnessed by representatives of the top management of RCCL.
“Seeing a new ship floated out for the first time is a momentous occasion“, says CEO and Board Chairman of RCCL Richard D. Fain. “A tremendous amount of highly skilled work goes into constructing these ships and we are pleased to be working once again with Aker Finnyards to build what is sure to be the most innovative and exciting ship afloat.”

”Aker Yards´ challenge is to ensure innovative customer focus”, says Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Finnyards and responsible for Cruise & Ferries in Aker Yards. “We are proud to build this cruise ship with spectacular inventive features for RCCL”, he says.

The giant of cruise market, “Freedom of the Seas” is like a seaborne urban community with own energy and drinking water production as well as waste management. There is 16.5 hectares of deck space for in all 5,740 passengers and members of the crew. The 158,000 GRT ship is 339 metres long and 38.6 metres wide.

Ordered in September 2003, the newbuilding now floated out will be handed over to Royal Caribbean in April 2006. The second and third vessel in the series will be ready for delivery in spring 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Photos of the vessel can be found in the internet: www.akerfinnyards.com - Newsroom - Imagebank - Cruise vessels



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