MIAMI, March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Caribbean International
today announced plans to transfer Empress of the Seas to Pullmantur, the
Madrid-based cruise and tour operator that parent company, Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd. purchased in November 2006.
"Empress of the Seas is a wonderful ship that has served our brand well,"
said Adam Goldstein, president, Royal Caribbean International. "This transfer
will help to increase Pullmantur's capacity and meet demand for its
distinctive style of cruise holidays in the European market."
The last voyage of Empress as part of the Royal Caribbean International
fleet will be March 7, 2008. Guests booked on all sailings after this date
will be contacted by Royal Caribbean International representatives to transfer
existing reservations to similar accommodations onboard other Royal Caribbean
ships. Royal Caribbean International has established a toll-free number for
travel agents and guests with questions regarding the re-accommodated
sailings. The toll-free number is (888) 281-9344.
Empress of the Seas joined the Royal Caribbean fleet in June 1990 and was
built by Chantiers de L'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France. She was refurbished
in May 2004. The 48,563 gross-registered-ton ship has a double-occupancy guest
capacity of 2,020.
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 20 ships
currently in service and three under construction. Liberty of the Seas, the
cruise line's newest ship, which debuts in April 2007, will share the title of
largest cruise ship at sea with sister ship Freedom of the Seas. At 160,000
GRT with a capacity of 3,634 guests double-occupancy, Liberty of the Seas will
sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami. The
line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe,
Australia and New Zealand through its cruisetour division. For additional
information or to make reservations, go to www.royalcaribbean.com or call
(800) 327-6700. For travel professionals, go to www.cruisingpower.com or call
SOURCE Royal Caribbean International
/CONTACT: North American Media - Harrison Liu, +1-305-982-2363, European
- Susan Hooper, +44-1932-834-303, Latin American - Maria Sastre, 305-982-
2244, or +1-305-213-3025, all of Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur
Contact, Maria Escurra, +1-305-205-9098/
/Web site: http://www.royalcaribbean.com
CO: Royal Caribbean International; Pullmantur; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
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