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 MIAMI, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing commitment to the family vacation market Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has expanded the children's facilities on its 1,600-passenger Nordic Empress with the addition of a 495-square-foot Kids' Konnection playroom designed in the theme of a space station.
 "Royal Caribbean has been acknowledged as one of the leaders in children's facilities at sea and activities for kids," said Rod McLeod, Royal Caribbean's executive vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services. "This enhancement underscores not only the popularity of Nordic Empress with children and their parents but also the company-wide commitment at Royal Caribbean to offer a high-quality family vacation at a remarkable value."
 Nordic Empress, built in 1990, already contains a bubbleball pool for youngsters. However, the new space station-themed room, Kids' Konnection, is a multi-purpose room designed to host all activities for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Kids' Konnection was created from a large storage area adjacent to the ship's outdoor pool area. The room's 11-foot high ceiling allows for a suspended network of huge enclosed tubes of brushed aluminum which are lighted and carpeted inside. From the "Tubular Time" network, children can crawl through the tubes as they would in a real space station and access a slide and raised clubhouse platform.
 Mirrors throughout the room reflect a moonscape mural on one wall and the dance floor which is shaped like the ringed planet Saturn. Royal Caribbean's children's counselors can control myriad lighting effects, including black lights and strobe lights, by remote control.
 Children's facilities aboard Nordic Empress are used to support Royal Caribbean's year-round Kids/Tweens/Teens program which offers young people ages 5 to 17 a variety of onboard activities all their own as well as the special Captain Sealy's Kids Galley Menu. The program is divided into three segments for three basic age groups -- Kids (ages 5 to 8), Tweens (ages 9 to 12) and Teens (ages 13 to 17) which enables Royal Caribbean to provide its young sailors with an activity schedule that suits each age group.
 Children receive their own "Cruise Compass" program schedule which could feature activities such as crazy relay races, a scavenger hunt, a pizza party, a waterballoon toss, ice cream parties, an "abnormal formal," and a teen dating game. All activities are supervised by the ship's professionally trained and experienced youth staff.
 Royal Caribbean offers the Kids/Tweens/Teens program year-round aboard its five largest ships, all of which sail year-round itineraries in either the Caribbean, Bahamas or Baja Mexico. During summer vacation periods and holidays, the program is available on the line's other four ships which sail to destinations in Alaska, Bermuda, Europe, the Mexican Riviera and through the Panama Canal.
 Nordic Empress offers year-round three- and four-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and is particularly popular with families because its shorter cruises are a perfect complement to a family land vacation in Florida. Air/sea prices for three-night cruises begin at $545 per person double occupancy with third and fourth passengers in the same cabin paying $200. Air transportation from most major North American gateway cities is included in the price for the first two passengers in a cabin and an affordable air add-on is available for third and fourth passengers.
 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is the world's largest cruise brand by passenger capacity and operates nine modern ships. Additionally, Royal Caribbean has signed contracts for the construction of two 1,800- passenger ships for delivery in 1995 and 1996 with an option to build a third in 1997. The award-winning vessels of the Royal Caribbean fleet offer more than 50 different itineraries and call at over 100 destinations worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Lloyd Axelrod or Rich Steck of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, 305-539-6573/

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