The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas – which cost US$1 billion to build over 32 months – has been finished and was delivered yesterday to owner Royal Caribbean International.
Barcelona will be Harmony’s home port for the next few months – it has 34 seven-night voyages scheduled, first sailing June 7 – before relocating to Port Everglades, Florida, for the winter Caribbean cruising season.
Harmony of the Seas was built by the STX France shipyard in Nazaire. It has16 guest decks and can carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy in 2,747 staterooms.
Other key features include:
- The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, plunging courageous adrenaline seekers 10 stories down from deck 16 to the Boardwalk on deck 6
- 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf simulators and waterslides, including the Splashaway Bay waterpark for young guests
- The debut of Broadway’s hit musical Grease in the Royal Theater and spectacular diving shows in the AquaTheater
- 11,252 works of art showcased throughout the ship
- Central Park, a living park in the center of the ship featuring 10,587 plants, 48 vines and 52 trees, some more than 6m high
Harmony of the Seas is Royal Carribean’s 25th ship.