The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, also known as a Floating City, is large enough to contain an army or the population of a small town, and holds the record for being the widest cruise ship ever built.
The vessel which is 361m (1,187ft) long (longer than the Eiffel tower) can carry 6,780 passengers. It arrived Southampton UK, yesterday before its maiden voyage.
Harmony of the Seas took more than two-and-a-half years to construct. It was built in France for Royal Caribbean, and cost £783 million. Its 6,780 passengers are taken care of by 2,100 crew members from 77 countries.
The ship has 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, more than 2,500 staterooms, a park with more than 10,000 plants and 50 trees, and a 10-storey water slide called the Ultimate Abyss. It has set a record for length — almost a quarter of a mile (362m).
The vessel docked in the south coast city of Southampton after leaving the western port town of Saint-Nazaire on Sunday ahead of its inaugural passenger voyage, a four-night cruise from Southampton to Rotterdam, on Sunday, May 22.
Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, (owners of the vessel) said, Harmony of the Seas is the product of their zealous spirit of continuous improvement, a combination of revolutionary ship design with the technological strides that have defined the Royal Caribbean brand.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International describes Harmony as truly magnificent in every sense of the word, from her architecture and design to the level of care and attention to detail with which the incredible crew are taking to prepare for its first guests.
He adds that the cruise ship is the ‘best of the best’… combined with new and thrilling experiences never before found in one place. Harmony is definitely the biggest, heaviest, most brazen vessel of its kind.