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MIAMI-BASED ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE WEATHERS HURRICANE ANDREW

 MIAMI-BASED ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE WEATHERS HURRICANE ANDREW
 MIAMI, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, whose corporate headquarters building is located at the Port of Miami in Biscayne Bay, is reporting that its building is undamaged and that it is resuming full operations.
 Due to the curfew in effect in Dade County, Fla., Royal Caribbean is restricting office hours to daylight hours only until further notice. The schedules of eight of the nine ships in its fleet were not disrupted by the hurricane.
 Only one ship, the 1,600-passenger Nordic Empress, had to alter its schedule. The Nordic Empress cruise which departed Miami on Friday, Aug. 21 and was scheduled to return to Miami on Monday, Aug. 24 completed its voyage on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
 "Since Hurricane Andrew made landfall in the Miami area the morning Nordic Empress was scheduled to return from its Aug. 21 three-night cruise, we extended that cruise by an extra day and kept the ship well clear of the hurricane," said Rod McLeod, Royal Caribbean's executive vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services.
 All passengers who have scheduled airline departures are being accommodated aboard the vessel at its Miami pier until they can be re- booked on outgoing airline flights.
 The Nordic Empress cruise that was scheduled to depart Miami on Monday, Aug. 24, was canceled due to Hurricane Andrew's landfall and the subsequent inability to operate Royal Caribbean's air/sea program at South Florida airports.
 "We couldn't sail without being able to get passengers into and out of Miami," McLeod said. "Furthermore, we had to look out for the best interests of those passengers still on board."
 All other Royal Caribbean cruises, including cruises scheduled to depart from Miami this weekend, will operate as planned.
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 /CONTACT: Lloyd Axelrod or Jim Lida of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, 305-539-6573/ CO: Caribbean Cruise Line ST: Florida IN: LEI SU:


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