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November 9, 2004

First Blocks of Keel Laid for Ultra-Voyager

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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