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The world's largest cruise liner - for the time being

The world's largest cruise liner - for the time being
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The third member of the family of the world's largest cruise liner, the Freedom-class Independence of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International and built at the Turku shipyard of Aker Yards, sailed off to meet its customers on Thursday.
      The three vessels - Independence was preceded by Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas - will not hold on to their title for very long, as the Turku shipyard will be delivering an even bigger specimen in less than eighteen months, when the first of the new Genesis-class vessels is completed.
      The 160,000 gross tons Independence of the Seas can take around 4,000 passengers, served by a crew of more than a thousand.
Though Aker Yards will now be concentrating on even bigger vessels, the yard and RCI signed a memorandum of agreement in March for a possible fourth Freedom-class vessel.
      If realised, this will be delivered during the second half of 2011.

Previously in HS International Edition:
  New giant cruise liner will initially operate in European waters (11.4.2008)

  Independence of the Seas (Wikipedia)

Helsingin Sanomat

  18.4.2008 - TODAY
 The world's largest cruise liner - for the time being

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