RCCL Going to Great Lengths

Enchantment of the Seas to receive extension

By: Duke Anderson

Royal Caribbean International has announced ambitious plans to bring guests some incredible new ways to experience the sea and sky aboard its Enchantment of the Seas. The Vision-class ship is slated to receive a 73-foot midsection extension in spring 2005.

Built in 1997, the Enchantment of the Seas will be the third ship in the company’s history to be lengthened, and the first in 25 years. The extension will add 151 staterooms, for a total of 1,026, and will introduce a wide array of features for the enjoyment of the ship’s passengers.

“When we began talking about stretching a ship, we knew the goal had to be more than just adding staterooms,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We wanted to create an opportunity to offer innovative and unexpected amenities to our guests. We also wanted to increase the dining options available on Enchantment by including a specialty restaurant and additional venues that will be announced in the coming months.”

Innovative and unexpected, indeed. A dramatic addition of two suspension bridges on deck 10, spanning more than 75 feet on either side of the pool deck, is planned. The curving arches of the bridges will cross over expanded areas of the pool deck. These deck additions will jut out over lower decks and overhang the water below. Edged with 14-foot-high sheets of glass, the new deck areas will offer stunning views, though perhaps not the most spectacular on board. The overhanging deck will be fitted with windows in the floor, allowing passengers to look straight down to the ocean below. A new island bar and poolside stage are also planned.

All this adds up to a pool-area expansion of nearly 50 percent, with two pools and four whirlpools. Kids will love the new, interactive Splash Deck. Water jets along the deck’s perimeter and floor, as well as on a central dome 64 in all are connected to an interactive touchpad system. Kids use the touchpads to spray each other and create their own fountain effects.

Adventure seekers are sure to be drawn to Enchantment’s new Sports Deck. Featuring four trampolines, guests will strap into a harness connected to bungee cords and be sent up into the sky, then land safely on one of the trampolines. Amenities such as RCCL’s signature rock-climbing wall, jogging track, basketball hoops and vitality course are also available.