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March 10, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Royal Caribbean is in celebration mood for two good reasons – and one reason is mega-colossal, a ship so big it can carry 8955 people.

Symphony of the Seas, world’s largest cruise ship, is due for delivery in a year’s time. Royal Caribbean has just broken ground on the giant ship’s future home, PortMiami Terminal A, dubbed the ‘Crown of Miami’.

Symphony of the Seas, currently under construction at a shipyard in France, is so long that if you lined up seven Olympic-size swimming pools end-to-end, you still wouldn’t cover the distance from bow to stern. It is 362 metres long, 65.7 metres wide, has 18 decks, 2775 cabins and can take up to 6780 guests and 2175 crew – a total of 8955 people.


Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean’s sister brand Celebrity Cruises will next week reveal to Australian travel agents the details of Celebrity Edge, billed as “the next generation in cruise ships”.

Celebrity Edge will be the first of four Edge-class ships for Celebrity, Edge-class being its first new class of vessels since 2008. Celebrity Edge is due for delivery in the latter half of 2018.

Celebrity Edge, carrying up to 2900 guests, will be 300 metres long. Edge-class ships will be bigger than Millennium-class vessels but smaller than those in Solstice Class.

Back to Royal Caribbean: Symphony of the Seas and its Oasis-class sister ship Allure of the Seas will unite in November 2018 to offer island-hopping adventures through the Caribbean and will add Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis to other marquee Oasis-class ports of call.

Symphony’s inaugural year of Europe and Caribbean itineraries are now available to book; Allure of the Seas’ 2018/2019 itineraries will open for sale later this month.

Artist’s impression of Symphony of the Seas

The 26th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the Seas, will be delivered in April 2018 and spend its inaugural summer season exploring the Mediterranean, calling at ports in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples.

The ship will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries on 17 November 2018 from the state-of-the-art PortMiami Terminal A.

Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world’s largest – and most adventure filled – cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than its newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross registered tons.

The ship will continue the winning formula of Harmony of the Seas, with a distinct seven-neighbourhood concept, imaginative and sophisticated dining, the robotic Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr, Broadway-calibre entertainment, the iconic waterfront AquaTheater, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

Written by Peter Needham

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