MS Liberty of the Seas

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Liberty of the Seas docked in Southampton on April 22, 2007.
Name: Liberty of the Seas
Owner: Royal Caribbean International
Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry:  Bahamas
Builder: Aker Yards of Turku, Finland
Cost: US $~800,000,000 (~550m Euro or GB£500m)
Christened: May 18 2007 by Donnalea Madeley[1]
Maiden voyage: May 19, 2007[1]
In service: May 18 2007-present
Identification: IMO number: 9330032
Status: In Active Service as of 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class, cruise ship
Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 154,407 tons[2]
Length: 1,111.9 ft (338.91 m)
Beam: 126.64 ft (38.60 m) waterline 184 ft (56.08 m) extreme (bridge wings)
Draught: 28 ft (8.53 m)
Decks: 18 total decks, 15 passenger decks
Speed: 21.6-knot (40 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 4,370 passengers (double occupancy)
Crew: 1,300 crew (average)

MS Liberty of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship of the Freedom class which entered regular service in May 2007. It was initially announced that she would be called Endeavour of the Seas, however this name was later substituted[3]. The 15-deck ship accommodates 4,370 passengers served by 1,360 crew. She was built in 18 months at the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, where her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, was also built. At gross tonnage (GT) of 154,407 tons, she joined her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels then ever built. She is 1,111.9 ft (338.91 m) long, 184 ft (56.08 m) wide, and cruises at 21.6-knot (40 km/h; 25 mph).

On April 19, 2007, she was delivered to parent company Royal Caribbean[4]. On April 22, 2007 she made her first port of call Southampton, on a promotional visit.[5] She arrived at Cape Liberty Cruise Port on May 3, 2007.

Liberty of the Seas is the second of the Freedom Class vessels. A third ship, Independence of the Seas, was delivered in April 2008. In 2009, the first in a new Oasis Class of ships measuring 220,000 gross tons displaced the Freedom class as the world's largest passenger ships.

In 2011 Liberty of the seas will make her maiden Europe season from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca.

The Miami based company today announced the 3,634 passenger Liberty of the Seas will redeploy to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades starting in November 2011 (after it spends the summer of 2011 in the Mediterranean).[6]


Liberty of the Seas features extensive sports facilities including the FlowRider onboard wave generator for surfing, an interactive "H20 Zone" water play area for children, a full-sized volleyball / basketball court, an ice skating rink, a boxing ring, and a large fitness center.

Other amenities include two whirlpools that are cantilevered and project out from the sides of the ship to provide unimpeded views of the sea below, Wi-Fi and cell phone connectivity throughout the ship, a modular conference center for business meetings, and flat screen televisions in all staterooms.

Restaurants include a three level formal dining room, Jade Cafe Asian themed casual dining, Windjammer Cafe traditional casual dining, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Promenade Cafe, Ben & Jerry's Ice cream shop, Johnny Rockets diner, Chops Steakhouse, and Portofino Italian restaurant.



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