Last week, world’s second largest cruise ship operator, Royal Caribbean International announced the arrival of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship – the Harmony of the Seas to the Oasis Class fleet. The crew and project team at STX France, involved in building the cruise ship were present at a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France.
Spanning 16 decks, Harmony has 2,747 cabins and capacity for 5,479 passengers at double occupancy. The ship is said to be worth around $1 Billion and took up to 32 months of construction. It is more than three feet wider than sister-ships – the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Both the Oasis and Allure are worth 225,000 gross tons and have 2,706 cabins for a double-occupancy capacity of 5,412.
Sailing from Barcelona, Harmony of the Seas will embark on the first of a 34 seven-night sailings, exploring some of Europe’s most beautiful locations starting June 7. In November, the cruise ship will arrive in Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades, from where it will offer seven-night Caribbean cruises.
HARMONY OF THE SEAS FACTS AND FIGURES
- Ship’s height: 210 feet
- Length: 1,187 feet
- Width: 218 feet
- Weight: 227,000 tonnes
- Number of decks: 18
- Crew size: 2,000
- Passenger capacity: 6,000
- Cost to build: £0.8billion
Commenting on the launch, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Richard Fain said;
“Harmony of the Seas is the product of our zealous spirit of continuous improvement, where we have combined revolutionary ship design with the technological strides that have defined the Royal Caribbean brand. Thank you to STX France for their ongoing partnership in building our ships, which continue to introduce unexpected industry innovations.”
Source: Royal Caribbean Press