The largest cruise ship on Earth, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, has arrived in Southampton following its first ever sail.
Harmony of the Seas is a whopping 361 meters long – making it bigger than Paris’s Eiffel Tower, three times bigger than London’s Big Ben and seven times bigger than Rome’s Colosseum.
The massive cruise ship weighs in at 227,000 tonnes, has a total guest capacity of 6,780 guests, a crew of 2,100 from 77 countries, 16 guest decks and 7 on board ‘neighbourhoods’ including a giant Central Park home to 10,500 living plants.
It’s so huge it’s been called a floating city.
‘Best of the best’
The ship boasts a number of highly anticipated and innovative first-at-sea experiences including robot bartenders, virtual balconies, The Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea, and VOOM – the fastest internet at sea.
President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley says the ship’s architecture and design is ‘truly magnificent’.
“Harmony of the Seas is truly magnificent in every sense of the word, from her architecture and design to the level of care and attention to detail with which our incredible crew are taking to prepare for our first guests,” he says.
“The ship is the ‘best of the best’ of what our guests love most about Royal Caribbean, combined with new and thrilling experiences never before found in one place.”
Harmony of the Seas cost more than $1 billion and will be the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet.
The ship leaves Southampton for a 4 night cruise to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on May 22 before setting sail on its maiden voyage to Barcelona on May 29.
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