Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of what’s said to be the largest cruise ship in the world, 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 be able to accommodate 5,518 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers, as well as a 2,200-person crew.
Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain said: “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”.
Symphony of the Seas welcomed her first guests on Saturday, March 31 for a five-night preview sailing, calling on Naples and Civitavecchia (Rome), 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, Civitavecchia and Naples, Italy. On November 10, Miami, Florida will become the ship’s year-round homeport.