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High-flying performers to train and live on FIU's campus



           High-flying performers to train and live on FIU's campus

PR Newswire

MIAMI, Dec. 11, 2013

Partnership win-win for university, Royal Caribbean

MIAMI, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FIU and Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd. have signed an agreement to build a unique new rehearsal facility
for shipboard performers, while affording FIU students unprecedented access to
training, internships and exclusive research opportunities in hospitality and
the cruise industry.

The 130,000-square-foot, $20 million facility will break ground this week on
the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus and is expected to open its doors in January 2015.
The facility will be outfitted with full automation capability, where
performers can train in either of two leading rigging systems.

"Public-private partnerships such as this one are essential to the vitality of
our university and our community. This is win-win for our students and for
Royal Caribbean," said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. "Through this
innovative relationship with industry leader Royal Caribbean, our students are
going to gain access to this fantastic facility and internship opportunities
with some of the best talent in the business."

Royal Caribbean Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain said his
team is pleased to have been able to find the ideal conditions right in South
Florida to build a new state-of-the-art facility that will make it possible to
produce the increasingly sophisticated shows Royal Caribbean International and
Celebrity Cruises passengers have come to expect. The partnership provides
Royal Caribbean with the opportunity to help train FIU students in other areas
of the business through internships in operations and management.

"We are excited to partner with FIU on our new entertainment facility, not
only because it will enable Royal Caribbean to continue to produce world-class
entertainment for our ships, but because it will provide an opportunity for
FIU students to receive a unique and hands-on education in the hospitality
industry," said Fain. "Royal Caribbean considers South Florida home, and what
better way to give back to the community than to be able to enrich the
education of FIU students."

The new training facility will feature a number of capabilities that will make
it unique in the cruise industry:

  o The building will contain two three-story high studios outfitted with
    state-of-the-art rigging systems. One will feature a Chicago Flyhouse
    system, while the other will have a Flying by Foy system.
  o 10 other rehearsal studios
  o A 300-seat black box theater
  o 20,000 square feet dedicated to costume creation and storage

The partnership will open extraordinary opportunities for students and faculty
in the College of Architecture and the Arts and the Chaplin School of
Hospitality and Tourism Management:

  o 20 internships (corporate and shipboard)
  o Access to the unique training facility
  o Access to data and other proprietary information to be used for research
    purposes
  o Royal Caribbean performers will live in existing student housing, making
    it possible for FIU to build new housing for students. New student housing
    will also open in 2015.

*For renderings of the building click here.

Media Contacts:
Maydel Santana-Bravo   
305-348-1555   
News.fiu.edu 
Cynthia Martinez       
305-982-2458      

SOURCE Florida International University

Website: http://fiu.edu/
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