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Shrek, Madagascar and other characters sailing soon on Royal Caribbean

A young cruiser meets characters from the animated movie “Madagascar”. DreamWorks Animation characters will begin meeting with guests on the Allure of the Seas later this year. Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean

By Jackie Roseboom

DreamWorks Animation and Royal Caribbean are joining forces to bring fairy tales to life at sea.

Many of the fun characters from DreamWorks Animation movies will be newest entertainment on Royal Caribbean ships. Young (and young-at-heart) cruisers will be able to meet favorites such as the characters from “Shrek” – Fiona, Shrek and Puss in Boots; Alex, Marty and the Penguins from “Madagascar”; Po from “Kung Fu Panda”; and Hiccup from “How to train your Dragon”. The Allure of the Seas will be the first to have theses fun new characters onboard when it launches later this year.

“Royal Caribbean and DreamWorks Animation share many of the same philosophies when it comes to high-quality family entertainment, so there is quite a lot of synergy going into this strategic alliance,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We are constantly striving to offer dynamic and engaging programming onboard our ships and couldn’t think of a better brand to help take it to the next level.”

Guest of all ages will be able to enjoy new unique experiences with these lovable characters during their cruise vacation. Special events and parades will entertain guests throughout the cruise. During the interactive character dining in the main dining room, guests can have a great meal with visits from the DreamWorks friends. Photo opportunities will be available all around the ship.

The Adventure Ocean children’s program is preparing a whole new line up. Children will love the new games and fun actives that will include their favorite animated characters. Dance parties, story times and more will all be included in the price of the cruise.

New and old DreamWorks Animation movies will also be available at sea. The installation of new 3D screens in the ship’s theaters will bring the movie watching experience up a notch. Guests will also have the option of enjoying the movies in their stateroom.

“Royal Caribbean is a world-class leader in the cruise ship industry who excels at continually finding innovative ways to raise the bar in providing family entertainment at sea,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation. “We look forward to working with them to incorporate Animation characters and storytelling throughout the entire cruise experience.”

The alliance of these two companies makes for another exciting first at sea as a cast of characters to take the stage in the AquaTheater. This amazing venue has a one of a kind aquatic based show full of acrobatics and high-diving stunts. The Madagascar Aqua Show, “Let you entertain me,” will be a treat for the whole family. Also, in addition to the already famous ice skating shows of Royal Caribbean, they’ll be adding a “How to Train Your Dragon” spectacular ice show. While these special shows won’t cost extra, cruisers might want to reserve their tickets early, for they’re sure to very popular.

Allure of the Seas will be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern and Western Caribbean throughout 2011. Sailing dates on the world’s largest ship start in December. After launching on Allure, the Animation-themed activities will be incorporated on Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas.

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