Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of what’s said to be the largest cruise ship in the world, the product of 36 months of work undertaken by 4,700 shipbuilders and crew members.
Delivered from STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, the 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony of the Seas, is 228,081 gross registered tons, measures 72.5m tall and spans 362.1m long. She will welcome 5,518 guests at double occupancy in 2,759 staterooms, including 28 additional balcony rooms.
“Symphony will take family vacationing to a new level… This ship is the perfect blend of our greatest hits we know guests love and a lineup of new restaurants, activities and unparalleled entertainment,” said Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain.
New F&B options include a seafood restaurant, the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, a signature candy and ice-cream shop on the boardwalk and a Mexican street food eatery. The ship will also feature Royal Caribbean’s first glow-in-the-dark laser tag as well as a Rubicon-themed escape room.
Another highlight is the Ultimate Family Suite, a two-level, 125m2 suite featuring an in-room slide, a private cinema with an 85-inch HD TV, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, a 19.7m2 balcony complete with a ping pong table and a full-size whirlpool.
Symphony of the Seas welcomed her first guests on Saturday, March 31 for a five-night preview sailing, calling on Naples and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy.
The ship’s maiden seven-night Mediterranean voyage then departs on April 7 from Barcelona, Spain. It will homeport in Barcelona for the summer, visiting Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. Beginning Nov 10, Miami, Florida will become the ship’s year-round homeport. The seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises will call on Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s new destination in the Bahamas.