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The world’s biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s new Symphony of the Seas, made her worldwide debut on Tuesday at the port of Malaga in Spain.
At 362-meters (1,188 feet) and 228,081 gross tonnes, Symphony of the Seas overtakes her sister ship, Harmony of the Seas, as the world’s largest cruise ship by a little over 1,000 tonnes (Harmony of the Seas comes in at 226,963 GT).
Symphony of the Seas was delivered last Friday, 23 March 2018, during a ceremony at shipbuilder STX France’s shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The cruise ship will set sail on her maiden voyage on April 7 for her inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean, calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. Beginning in November, she will head to Miami, Florida where she sail from her year-round homeport at Royal Caribbean’s new state-of-the-art cruise terminal at PortMiami.
With a cruising speed of 22 knots, Symphony of the Seas spans a massive 18 decks, including 16 guest decks, and has the capacity for 6,680 total guests (5,500 at double occupancy) in 2,759 staterooms, plus up to 2,200 crew members.
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