has announced that its Rhapsody of the Seas
cruise ship will be sailing Asia from December 2007, taking in the ports of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
The deployment of the ship in Asia marks the company's return to the continent and Rhapsody of the Seas
will be sailing from Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.
"The introduction of Rhapsody of the Seas into Asia, together with our previously announced deployments of ships to South America and the Dominican Republic are all part of the company's strategy of international business development and expansion into emerging and high-growth markets," said Adam Goldstein, President of Royal Caribbean.
"We have had the pleasure of hosting thousands of satisfied Asian guests onboard our vessels over the past several years and intend to bring to Asia all of the elements and the characteristics of our style of cruising that have made our brand globally recognised as an award-winning vacation experience."
Capable of carrying up to 2,435 guests, Rhapsody of the Seas
weighs in excess of 78,000 tonnes and is a Vista-class ship.
On board features include a rock climbing wall, an open atrium with a shopping arcade called Centrum, an outdoor pool, six whirlpools and floor-to-ceiling windows offering fantastic views of the continent's scenery.
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