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April 10, 2006 18:09:29 (ET)

 

 

-- Millions of NBC "TODAY" show fans are in for quite a treat when the morning show sets sail onboard Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Freedom of the Seas. The top-rated three-hour show will bring Freedom in to New York Harbor on May 12, 2006 where she will be christened by foster mother to hundreds, Louise Calder. Mrs. Calder was selected by "TODAY" viewers to be the Godmother of the world's largest ship. Adding to the excitement, "TODAY" announced on Friday that legendary singer and songwriter Barry Manilow, currently topping the charts around the world with his recent album, will kick off the show's popular Summer Concert Series that morning.

"We are thrilled to introduce Freedom of the Seas to 'TODAY' show viewers," said Adam Goldstein, president for Royal Caribbean International. "It is equally exciting to host world renowned superstar and icon, Barry Manilow onboard for a live performance."

Viewers tuning in to "TODAY" on May 12 will marvel at Freedom's cruise industry firsts including FlowRider, the first surfing simulator at sea; an interactive water park; two cantilevered whirlpools that extend 12 feet out from the sides of the ship; a family suite that sleeps up to 14 people; and a full-size boxing ring.

At 160,000 GRT and holding 3,634 guests double-occupancy, Freedom of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuts in May 2006. The first in Royal Caribbean's new Freedom class, she will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami calling in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Royal Caribbean's private destination, Labadee, Hispaniola. For more information or to make reservations, go to http://www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) 327-6700.

 

SOURCE Royal Caribbean International

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Thanks! I just wrote that one down on the calendar. I am looking forward to seeing her in all of her glory. I am not ready to book her until she gets broken in a little, but I do feel the little green monster every time I hear something new about her and her maiden voyages.

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Can't wait for that one. I guess I will be going to work late on that day!!!

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do you think they'll broadcast from Cape Liberty? Not the most romantic backdrop for the ship...and not easy for fans to get to either. Hoping they'll pull her up to the Manhattan Passenger Terminal...since it's right next to my apartment. Seems easier for Matt and Katie to get to also.

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thinking of calling in "sick" so I can ride down and take a look at her from across the river. I'll still be on the outside looking in, but it will be great to see :D If I do I will be sure to bring the camera.

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I will be going to work late that day;)

 

Carrie

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Damn...I'll be in Mexico on my AI Vacation at the Iberostar. I sure hate to miss this...maybe I should switch weeks! JUST KIDDING!!! This is soooo the reason that they make DVRs! A single VHS tape would never hold a 3 hour today show and all my other soap operas and random shows I can't live with out!

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I think the VCR will be a working at my home too.........:)

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Thanks! The TIVO is set! :D
I am still at the VCR stage. TIVO is the future,

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I think Katie timed her leave just for this... :D

 

Maybe she's mad cause she wasn't named the Godmother of the Freedom of the Seas, rather Carnival Valor. :D

 

My ReplayTV is set to record too. Can't Wait!

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I was wondering who is Louise Calder. Is she a cousin of the Queen. Or, perhaps a literary author that I was unfamiliar with. Well, I went a googling and here is what I found.

 

"Putting a new twist on a long-standing maritime tradition, the cruise line sought an extraordinary "everyday" person to serve as the Godmother, as opposed to the customary choices of celebrities or dignitaries. Over the last 27 years, Calder has been a foster care provider for hundreds of special needs children, as well as an adoption advocate in the Portland area. Calder's long-time dedication to caring for such an under-served community makes her an ideal choice. "Louise has demonstrated exceptional courage, determination, inspiration and dedication, embodying the woman we were looking for when we came up with the idea for this contest," said Adam Goldstein, president for Royal Caribbean International. "We are humbled and excited in equal measure to be able to bring recognition to someone who has selflessly given so much to so many."

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I was wondering who is Louise Calder. Is she a cousin of the Queen. Or, perhaps a literary author that I was unfamiliar with. Well, I went a googling and here is what I found.

 

"Putting a new twist on a long-standing maritime tradition, the cruise line sought an extraordinary "everyday" person to serve as the Godmother, as opposed to the customary choices of celebrities or dignitaries. Over the last 27 years, Calder has been a foster care provider for hundreds of special needs children, as well as an adoption advocate in the Portland area. Calder's long-time dedication to caring for such an under-served community makes her an ideal choice. "Louise has demonstrated exceptional courage, determination, inspiration and dedication, embodying the woman we were looking for when we came up with the idea for this contest," said Adam Goldstein, president for Royal Caribbean International. "We are humbled and excited in equal measure to be able to bring recognition to someone who has selflessly given so much to so many."

 

 

 

And? This is on their website, as well as it has been on cruise critic since they started the contest months ago. It was a contest on the Today Show and the publilc got to vote for the Godmother of Freedom. Louise is the winner. Check out www.freedomoftheseas.com, rccl.com, or msnbc.com/today for more info.

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Hi thought i would just mention i saw fos come in to Southhampton today.

She is huge,not sure i would want to cruise on her,to big for me :eek: but she sure looks impressive.

Happy cruising:)

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7:00-10:00 am on NBC. Not sure if central time is an hour earlier or not. Isn't everything there on early?

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Thanks for the quick answer.......I'm not sure either.......I usually leave for work by 7:40 a.m. and I always have Good Morning America on at that time.......

 

Guess I'll check our newspaper!

 

Do you know if the H20 zone is in a kid's area? ......or is that in the main pool area?

 

Thanks again for your quick response. I hope hubby remembers how to tape with the VCR............ We never taped with our DVD player......not even sure I'd know how to......might have to go looking for the book that came with it.........LOL

 

Thanks again,

Beachbuddy

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Thanks for the quick answer.......I'm not sure either.......I usually leave for work by 7:40 a.m. and I always have Good Morning America on at that time.......

 

Guess I'll check our newspaper!

 

Do you know if the H20 zone is in a kid's area? ......or is that in the main pool area?

 

Thanks again for your quick response. I hope hubby remembers how to tape with the VCR............ We never taped with our DVD player......not even sure I'd know how to......might have to go looking for the book that came with it.........LOL

 

Thanks again,

Beachbuddy

 

H2O zone is in the main pool area, and it for adults and children. But no children in diapers are allowed. There is also an additional pool and 2 additional hot tubs in the H20 zone for a total of 4 pools and 7 hot tubs.

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7:00-10:00 am on NBC. Not sure if central time is an hour earlier or not. Isn't everything there on early?

 

That's the hours its on here in Arkansas (central time).

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That's the hours its on here in Arkansas (central time).

 

How come central time all the evening shows start at 7:00 pm instead of 8:00. Do you all go to bed earlier than the west and east coasts? lol.:D

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How come central time all the evening shows start at 7:00 pm instead of 8:00. Do you all go to bed earlier than the west and east coasts? lol.:D

 

We get everything at the same time it broadcasts on the East Coast. So we watch Idol during its original broadcast time, same with Amazing Race. That way if people post spoilers on the internet we don't miss out on the surprise of watching the show like you Left Coasters do.

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We get everything at the same time it broadcasts on the East Coast. So we watch Idol during its original broadcast time, same with Amazing Race. That way if people post spoilers on the internet we don't miss out on the surprise of watching the show like you Left Coasters do.

 

I like it to be spoiled. Do you watch the race? I am so bummed the frat boys are still in it. Hate them!

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FitzLA - I don't care for them but I was happy to see Jo & Monica go last night.

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I think the ship will be at the Manhattan dock for the Today show as per the following schedule:

 

Thu, May 11 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ departs 5:55pm

Thu, May 11 - Statue of Liberty (anchored) 11:00pm-9:00am

Fri, May 12 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 11:00am-1:00pm

Fri, May 12 - New York Cruise Terminal 2:30pm-11:30pm

Sat, May 13 - New York Cruise Terminal 7:30am-4:00pm

Sat, May 13 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 5:30pm-9:30pm

Mon, May 15 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 8:00am-5:00pm

Tue, May 16 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 8:00am-5:00pm

Thu, May 18 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 8:00am-11:00am

Fri, May 19 - Boston, MA 10:00am-5:00pm

Sun, May 21 - Boston, MA 8:00am-5:00pm

Mon, May 22 - Boston, MA 8:00am-noon

Thu, May 25 - Miami, FL 9:00am-5:00pm

Fri, May 26 - Miami, FL 8:00am-5:00pm

Mon, May 29 - Miami, FL 8:00am-5:00pm

Wed, May 31 - Miami, FL 8:00am-5:00pm

Fri, June 2 - Miami, FL arrives 8:00am

Sat, June 3 - Miami, FL departs 5:00pm

Sun, June 4 - Miami, FL 7:00am-5:00pm

 

I will probably try to watch the departure today and of course, VCR will be set for tomorrow AM.

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I think the ship will be at the Manhattan dock for the Today show as per the following schedule:

 

Thu, May 11 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ departs 5:55pm

Thu, May 11 - Statue of Liberty (anchored) 11:00pm-9:00am

Fri, May 12 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 11:00am-1:00pm

Fri, May 12 - New York Cruise Terminal 2:30pm-11:30pm

Sat, May 13 - New York Cruise Terminal 7:30am-4:00pm

Sat, May 13 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 5:30pm-9:30pm

Mon, May 15 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 8:00am-5:00pm

Tue, May 16 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 8:00am-5:00pm

Thu, May 18 - Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ 8:00am-11:00am

Fri, May 19 - Boston, MA 10:00am-5:00pm

Sun, May 21 - Boston, MA 8:00am-5:00pm

Mon, May 22 - Boston, MA 8:00am-noon

Thu, May 25 - Miami, FL 9:00am-5:00pm

Fri, May 26 - Miami, FL 8:00am-5:00pm

Mon, May 29 - Miami, FL 8:00am-5:00pm

Wed, May 31 - Miami, FL 8:00am-5:00pm

Fri, June 2 - Miami, FL arrives 8:00am

Sat, June 3 - Miami, FL departs 5:00pm

Sun, June 4 - Miami, FL 7:00am-5:00pm

 

I will probably try to watch the departure today and of course, VCR will be set for tomorrow AM.

 

Thanks for the update. I wish I could be there in person to see it. Buy, I am way over in Seattle. So, it is VCR time for me. :D

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I like it to be spoiled. Do you watch the race? I am so bummed the frat boys are still in it. Hate them!

 

I was just glad to see the Arkansans go last night. They got on my nerves even worse than the frat boys.

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I was visiting friends on the ship today while the Today Show was loading their equipment (tons and tons of it) onto the Freedom... In case someone was dying to know what parts of the Freedom will be shown tomorrow, here's what I heard through the grapevine...

 

*News desk located in Olive or Twist overlooking the H2O Zone

*Al broadcasting the weather from the Flowrider and while a the Circus parade is being performed (poor entertainers--I wouldn't be thrilled about waking up early and doing a parade down the Promenade at 8am just for the weather!)...

*Katie broadcasting from the Bridge of the ship

*Barry Manilow will be performing from a bridge over a pool area.

 

I am sure that there are additional shots planned for tomorrow, but this is what I was able to discover while onboard today. Hope it was of help to someone!

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I like it to be spoiled. Do you watch the race? I am so bummed the frat boys are still in it. Hate them!

I love the Frat boys! You're not just mad because they got a free trip on Freedom are you? ;)

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I love the Frat boys! You're not just mad because they got a free trip on Freedom are you? ;)

 

They did? No, I'm not mad. Just hope they aren't on my cruise.

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