Royal Caribbean Orders Three More Vessels

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line recently announced the signing of contracts for an additional three vessels. The three, plus another now under construction in France, will give Royal Caribbean an eight-vessel fleet.

The new vessels, to be named the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, are two tenders and a utility boat for use at Labadee, the line's new port of call on the northwest coast of Haiti.

The two tenders, designed by the line's senior marine superintendent Thorlief Berg, will be 72 feet long, 25 feet wide, with a draft of 6 feet.

They will each accommodate 250 passengers for the five-minute ride from the Song of Norway (another of the line's cruise vessels) to Labadee's passenger pier.

The Santa Maria is scheduled for delivery this month, with christening ceremonies to be held in Miami at Royal Caribbean's berthing facilities on the Port of Miami.

The Pinta is a utility vessel, fitted for cargo duty in support of the passenger activities at Labadee.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 45,  Jul 15, 1986 Texas

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