Sneak Preview: Enchantment of the Seas

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Royal Caribbean's newest vessel, the Enchantment of the Seas, was designed to take passengers around the world -- literally and figuratively. The ship's $4 million art collection takes travelers to India, Trinidad and Tobago, Italy and England, just to name a few ports.

According to the line, Enchantment distinguishes itself from identical twin Grandeur of the Seas by showcasing works that "complement the ship's overall theme of festivals and celebrations from around the world." The vessel features familiar Royal Caribbean staples, including a Las Vegas-style theater, the themed solarium, the Viking Crown Lounge and the Windjammer Cafe. But clients who sail on this ship will find new touches as well.

Passengers can dine in the My Fair Lady Dining Room, relax in the Indian-themed solarium or go to a show at the Orpheum Theater.

The Enchantment is the fifth ship in Royal Caribbean's Vision-Class series. The vessel brings the line almost full circle in completing an upgrade of its fleet. The venture began with the introduction of the Legend of the Seas in 1995, and the circle will be complete when Royal Caribbean launches the Vision of the Seas next spring, the last in the series.

The Enchantment has 975 staterooms, 212 with balconies. The, largest stateroom, the 1,119-square-foot Royal Suite, features a baby grand piano, marble bathtub and mirrors in some interesting places. The ship also offers four royal family suites, and there are 14 cabins designed for travelers with disabilities.

A transatlantic voyage is set for Sept. 6. The Enchantment will sail the Northeast coast and to the Bahamas before starting scheduled Caribbean service.

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