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March 2, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The biggest cruise ship in the world, 18 decks high, is set to take to the seas later this month complete with robot bartenders, 20 restaurants and a slide that’s 10 storeys tall.

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is due to set sail on 31 March 2018. It will then depart on its maiden voyage from Barcelona and sail around the Mediterranean for a time before repositioning to Miami in November to head around the Caribbean.

For destinations feeling a little sensitive about “over tourism”, get this: Symphony of the Seas can carry 6000 passengers and 2000 crew. For travel agents, the ship should be a wow, but if your clients are seeking an intimate boutique experience, they should perhaps consider another vessel.

Symphony of the Seas is well over one-third of a kilometre long – 362.1 metres to be precise. Here’s a brief taste:

The enormous ship is being built at St Nazaire in France and construction is nearly finished. It will weigh more than 230,000 gross registered tons and will take the title of world’s biggest passenger ship from Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. The two ships are very similar but Symphony of the Seas will carry a few hundred more passengers.

Symphony of the Seas float out

Symphony of the Seas will have 28 more cabins than Harmony of the Seas, according to TIME. These will include a family-oriented two-level suite, complete with slides that lead from the bedrooms down to the living room.

The huge ship will have seven “neighbourhoods,” including Central Park with more than 12,000 tropical plants. Guests can slide down the 10-storey Ultimate Abyss (the tallest slide at sea) or visit the largest floating spa and casino. The cruise line says: “The Ultimate Abyss will catapult only the brave from the tallest slide at sea into the heart of the Boardwalk to revel in their adrenaline rush.”

Restaurants aboard (there are at least 20) include an Italian eatery from Jamie Oliver.

How zipline will look on Symphony of the Seas

Other attractions include robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr and the iconic AquaTheater showcasing “high-flying, high-diving” performances.

There’s an ice-skating rink, laser tag venue, theatres and other attractions across 18 decks.

Symphony of the Seas’ maiden voyage will call at Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples.

Written by Peter Needham

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