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MIAMI-BASED ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE COPES WITH AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE ANDREW

 MIAMI-BASED ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE
 COPES WITH AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE ANDREW
 MIAMI, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, whose Miami headquarters was up and running less than 24 hours after Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida, is resuming normal operations.
 Royal Caribbean's exclusive island destination of CocoCay in the Bahamas weathered Hurricane Andrew with virtually no damage. A scheduled call by the 2,276-passenger Sovereign of the Seas on Friday, Aug. 28 was canceled and Nassau substituted while CocoCay was restored to operation. All other ship calls at CocoCay will continue as scheduled.
 To assist its employees who lost homes or are without food, water and electricity, Royal Caribbean has implemented a disaster relief program for Royal Caribbean employees. The plan includes: a temporary shelter program aboard the 1,600-passenger Nordic Empress while the ship was docked in Miami; a food and clothing drive; food, water and ice distributed daily; a home-sharing program so that employees with undamaged homes can assist employees whose homes were destroyed; babysitting services; check-cashing; storage space for homeless employees to store personal items; and low-interest rate loans to assist employees in disaster recovery.
 With curfew restrictions loosened from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Royal Caribbean expanded its reservations department's hours by two additional hours in the evening. Effective Monday, Aug. 31, hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The weekend of Sept. 5 and 6, Royal Caribbean will resume normal weekend hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Normal weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. will not be resumed until the curfew affecting Miami is completely lifted.
 Royal Caribbean's CruiseMatch 2000 automated booking system became fully operational on Wednesday morning, Aug. 26. Access to CruiseMatch 2000 was limited on Tuesday, Aug. 25 because telecommunication links had not been fully restored due to damage in other parts of Miami.
 With the exception of slightly reduced weekday operating hours, Royal Caribbean is functioning normally.
 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is the world's largest cruise brand by passenger capacity and pampers passengers with superlative service aboard its modern fleet of nine ships. Itineraries include the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Panama Canal, Alaska, Mexico, Europe, Mediterranean, Baltic, Greek Isles, Scandinavia/Russia, British Isles, North Cape/Norwegian Fjords, Africa and the Canary Islands.
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 /CONTACT: Lloyd Axelrod or Rich Steck of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, 305-539-6573/ CO: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ST: Florida IN: LEI SU:


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