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January 27, 2018 Weird & Wacky No Comments Email Email

WHEN Royal Caribbean Line’s gargantuan new Symphony of the Seas slips out of the yard in which she is being built in France this April, and heads to Barcelona for her first season of sailing the Western Mediterranean, there’ll be enough food and drinks go aboard during just one week’s cruising to slake the hunger and thirst of many a small town.

Because as the world’s largest-ever passenger ship, Symphony of the Seas will scale-in at over 230,000 tonnes and carry up to 6,870 passengers. And all those will need to be fed three times daily, as well as with anytime snacks around the clock, in some twenty dining venues ranging from one that seats just sixteen for very special occasions, to others seating diners by the score. Plus there’ll be nearly 2,200 crew who will need to be fed and watered around the clock as well.

So it is little wonder her shopping list for that first sailing, and all subsequent weekly sailings in the Mediterranean, and then from October in the Caribbean, is as gargantuan as the ship herself. Because it includes 8,900kg of chicken, 8,300 kilos of beef, 3,200 of fish, 5,400 portions of lobster tails and 10,000 hot dog frankfurters, 6,700kg of potatoes, 4000 of tomatoes, 48,000 eggs, 20,000-plus kilos of fruit and vegetables, enough ice cream to fill 21,000 cones, and 860kg of coffee.

And for those with a thirst, 33,000 bottles and cans of beer, 17,000 of soft drinks, over 2000 bottles of spirits, and 6,100 bottles of wine – all for just one week of holidaymaking.

All these numbers, together with 10,300 rolls of toilet paper, will be kept topped-up for every weekly sailing in the Mediterranean and Caribbean after that inaugural week – with ages and nationalities of guests monitored to ensure all cultures and dietary needs are catered for.

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