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Shipshape on world's biggest floating gym.

Byline: By Edward Stephens TRAVEL EDITOR

IT'S the world's largest cruise ship - and it comes with the world's largest gym at sea.

So even though the 4,370 passengers might pile on the pounds as they cruise they have no excuse for not taking them off again before they set off for home.

As attitudes to diet and exercise develop, more and more people want to maintain their fitness regimes while on holiday, searching for action-filled activity and adventure.

The cutting edge facilities on board Freedom of the Seas'

9,700 square feet fitness centre ensure this is one ship it is certainly worth working up a sweat over.

Freedom, which is nearing completion at a shipbuilders in Finland, will introduce guests to the latest fitness trends and exercise equipment.

Whether guests opt for 'Night Klub Cycling' with its live DJ and full light show, make use of the full sized boxing ring for high impact workouts, or the rigorous regime that comes with Boot Camp Xtreme Training, Freedom of the Seas claims to offer something for every fitness level.

Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International, said: "We have a legacy of offering the unexpected to our guests and we knew with Freedom of the Seas we had to come out with something fabulous at every turn. Our fitness centre, the largest one found on any cruise ship, is no exception.

"We are confident we are providing our guests with the best and most innovative options in the marketplace"

Freedom of the Seas offers even more for thrill-seeking cruisers. The 32-foot-wide by 40-foot-long FlowRider[umlaut] generates a thin sheet of water that flows over the ride surface, creating a wave-like shape, so riders surf or body board against the waterflow of 30,000 gallons per minute, carving turns and trying tricks, flowboarding, or body boarding.

Other adrenaline charged features include the largest rock-climbing wall at sea, an indoor ice-skating ring and a miniature golf course.

For cruise fanatics and fitness enthusiasts alike Royal Caribbean International's new giant ship can be seen in Britain in May when she makes a pre-cruise visit to S outhampton.

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FINISHING TOUCHES... the Freedom of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, nears completion at a shipbuilders in Finland.
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