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may 04 2007

A record-breaking ship sets sail

Today we got a sneak peak of Royal Caribbean's new ship, the Liberty of the Seas. It's a beaut! She shares the title for "world's largest passenger ship" with another vessel, Freedom of the Seas.

Some interesting tidbits about the Liberty: The ship sleeps 4,375 guests and measures nearly the length of four football fields. It boasts a FlowRider surf simulator (see video here), a 9-hole miniature golf course, and three swimming pools. (Alas, there's no actual football field, as one cruise critic has dryly noted.)

The Liberty departs Miami on May 19 for her maiden voyage, which is a 7-night cruise, with staterooms starting at about $800 per person (royalcaribbean.com). This Just In will soon post a follow-up item that details what assistant editor David LaHuta saw and heard when he toured this gigantic ship.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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