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Eager for a look inside the largest cruise ship ever built?

Nadja Beschetnikova
March 27, 2018

Royal Caribbean beat its own record for the world's largest cruise ship. Harmony of the Seas has lost the throne. Now we have Symphony of the Seas.

Built by more than 4,700 people over the past 36 months, the 228,081gt ship is a confirmation that the company does not want to give up the title of king of the seas.
A new cruise ship, the biggest ever built, was delivered to Royal Caribbean a traditional flag-changing ceremony at STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on 23 March 2018

“Symphony of the Seas is the latest example of how our people work to push the envelope of innovation with each new ship,” said Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain.

“Today is a day of pride for me, all STX France and sub-contractor teams as we hand over Symphony of the Seas to her owner as the largest cruise ship ever built,” said Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France. “Symphony will leave Saint-Nazaire yard as the ultimate example of our progress-driven spirit and commitment to innovation, which are at the heart of our partnership with Royal Caribbean, who is always challenging us in this direction.”

The 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, the ship measures 238 feet tall, 1,188 feet long and 228,081 gross tons. In total, the ship can hold up to a whopping 6,680 passengers, compared to 5,479 passengers for its predecessor, making it a small city on the seas.

Symphony has more cabins than Harmony including a first-of-its-kind, two-deck-high family suite with a slide between floors.

The 1,346-square-foot suite with a 212-square-foot balcony has a private cinema (complete with popcorn machine) with an 85-inch HD TV, a game room, and even a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall. Symphony will definitely take family vacationing to an all new level.

The ship will embark on its maiden voyage from Barcelona on March 31 with stops in Naples and Rome. The first public cruise is a seven-night Mediterranean voyage leaving April 7 from its summer home port of Barcelona, Spain.

Guests will be able to enjoy itineraries to Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy.
It will sail around the Mediterranean until this fall when the ship takes passengers from Miami to the Caribbean.

Of course, the cruise will be fun not only for the families. Symphony prepared countless adventures for guests of all ages. Whether you are fond of active holidays or prefer entertainment, Symphony is determined to surprise you. But who exactly should not miss the cruise is food lovers.

There are more than 20 restaurants onboard. The culinary adventure includes New England-inspired upscale eatery Hooked Seafood with classic components of the fine dining on the menu such as lobster rolls or crab claws, Mexican street food venue El Loco Fresh, sweet and ice cream shop Sugar Beach with more than 100 types of candies, a lineup of ice cream flavors and even DIY activities for the aspiring culinary artist, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, which stretches the length of the boardwalk and offers 31 large-screen TVs, an indoor and outdoor arcade and classic American bar food and an Italian sit-down eatery from Jamie Oliver.

There’s also an ice-skating rink, a “central park” with trees and greenery, a bar with drinks made by robots, the largest floating spa, and casino, theaters across its 18 decks. A noteworthy addition to the range of amusements is a laser tag venue. Intergalactic missions await thrill-seeking passengers in an epic glow-in-the-dark battle. It is the first time that Royal Caribbean has brought this kind of attraction to one of its ships.

For adrenalin junkies, there’re alternative water-based activities, including the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, the tallest waterslide ever installed on a cruise ship, and two surf simulators.

To ensure the highest level of service on board there’re the 2,200 international crew members who proudly represent 77 countries around the world.

This ship is the perfect blend of our greatest hits we know guests love and a lineup of vibrant, new restaurants, activities and unparalleled entertainment – all purposefully designed around holidaymakers’ preferences,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.