Royal Caribbean International has today taken delivery of the largest cruise ship in the world, Harmony of the Seas.
Following 32 months of construction in Saint Nazaire, France, shipbuilder STX France officially handed the ship over to the cruise line, in front of 2,100 crew members and contractors.
“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,” said Michael Bayley. “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 but it is the passion and dedication of our crew that will make everlasting memories for our guests.”
At 227,000 GT, carrying 5,479 guests, and costing more than a $1 billion, Harmony of the Seas will boast highly anticipated first-at-sea experiences, such as the tallest slide at sea, three thrilling water slides and Grease The Musical.
Harmony of the Seas will now head for Southampton, where the ship will operate several preview cruises, before heading to her summer homeport of Barcelona, Spain. She will sail 34 seven-night cruises to the Mediterranean from June 7 until October 23, when she will make her transatlantic crossing to her future homeport of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Harmony will join sister ship, Allure of the Seas in Fort Lauderdale, with Oasis of the Seas repositioning to Port Canaveral, Florida.