|Before laying the keel, coins (for good luck) were placed beneath the bow as dictated by tradition. They are placed in a plastic bag for ease in locating them once the water enters the drydock and the ship is floated.|
|Royal Caribbean used the occasion to announce they had chosen the name Freedom of the Seas for the vessel.|
|Officials of Royal Caribbean and Kvaerner-Masa Yards watch as the first block is lowered into place.|
|If it works as planned, this is an artist's rendering of what the completed vessel will look like when it is delivered in April 2006.|
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