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June 06, 2005
Enchantment cruise ship cut in half

Royal Caribbean's, Enchantment of the Seas is drydocked in the Netherlands, awaiting to be welded back together.

Crews took two days last week to cut the ship in two with circular saws and torches. The crews cut through the steel outer hull, the watertight inner hull, interior spaces, thousands of cables, pipes and ventilation ducts. They even cut through the swimming pool on Enchantment's top deck.

Then they spread the two parts of the ship apart wide enough to slip in a new prefabricated middle section, which held 151 ready-to-occupy staterooms complete with furniture.

Next will come 12 to 15 days of work to weld the ship back together and connect the cables, pipes and ventilation ducts.

While some ships have been expanded this way before, none has been done as quickly. Enchantment will be out of the water for just one month.

Cruisenewsdaily has some artist renditions of the new design.

Posted by Gus on June 6, 2005 07:43 AM


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