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
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.