The world’s largest cruise ship was delivered to Royal Caribbean on Friday, March 22.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that a ceremony, “took place at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire, France.” The Symphony of the Seas took 36 months to build and is the fourth Oasis-class vessel in their fleet.
The ship is 1,188 feet long, weighing 228,081 tons. The Sentinel reports that it “has a maximum capacity of 6,680 guests with 2,200 crew. At double capacity, though, the guest count is 5,518 from 2,759 staterooms.”
Every Royal Caribbean Oasis ship has held the record for world’s largest cruise ship, each recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2009 Oasis of the Seas took the title, followed by Allure of the Seas in 2010. Harmony of the Seas grabbed the title in 2016 before being outdone this year by the new Symphony of the Seas.
The new Symphony of the Seas will feature seven distinct neighborhoods, a 10- deck twisting dry slide, The Ultimate Abyss, surf simulators, a zip line, twin rock climbing walls, an ice skating rink and more.
A unique attraction to the ship will be the world’s largest laser tag arena.
Another new option will be the Ultimate Family Suite, a two-level suite which has a slide, Lego wall, and 212 square foot wrap around balcony. Up to 8 guests can stay inside.
New dining options include El Loco Fresh, a Mexican food concept and Hooked, offering casual seafood. The other dining options will be the same as other Royal Caribbean ships.
The ship will also offer app-based mobile check-in in Europe and when it comes to North America.
The ship sets sail on April 7 from Barcelona. This inaugural sailing is already sold out.
I’m not a fan of cruises because I like to wander around and explore places I’m visiting. I also don’t like to feel stuck in a place. (Suffering from bad sea-sickness doesn’t help either.) However, this ship seems to offer quite a bit of activities to keep just about anyone busy.
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Find out more about the new Royal Caribbean shop Symphony of the Seas here.