Ship Photos of the Day – World’s Largest Cruise Ship Pulls Into Southampton

The worlds largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, arrives in port  for her mayden voyage, in Southampton, Britain May 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
The worlds largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, arrives in port for her mayden voyage, in Southampton, Britain May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The world’s largest cruise ship pulled into the Port of Southampton on Tuesday ahead of its maiden cruise later this month. 

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Harmony of the Seas was delivered to Royal Caribbean last week following 32 months of construction at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The cruise ship is the third vessel in Royal Caribbean’s record-breaking Oasis-classmeasuring 362 meters (1,188 feet) long and weighing in at 226,963 gross registered tons. Harmony of the Seas is slightly larger than it’s two predecessors, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which are 225,282 GRT. Both ships were built at the former STX Europe shipyard in Turku, Finland (now Meyer Turku). 

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

STX Europe was won the contract to build Oasis 3 in 2012, providing a much-needed boost to the French shipbuilding industry and a huge blow to Finland, so much so that the Finnish government asked the European Commission probe deal. The contract for Oasis 3 at the time was said to be in excess of €1 billion, or approximately US $1.33 billion. 

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The ship has the capacity to carry a staggering 5,479 guests in 2,747 staterooms, and is home to 2,100 crew.

Two men stand on a balcony of a guest room aboard Harmony of the Seas, berthed in port ahead of its maiden voyage, in Southampton, Britain May 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Two men stand on a balcony of a guest room aboard Harmony of the Seas, berthed in port ahead of its maiden voyage, in Southampton, Britain May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Harmony of the Seas will sail from Southampton on a series of short cruises to Northern Europe before embarking on her maiden cruise on May 29, arriving in Barcelona, Spain on June 5, where it will spend its inaugural summer season sailing seven-night cruises to the western Mediterranean.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

In November 2016, the ship will arrive at her homeport of Port Everglades, Florida where the vessel will offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are also homeported on the east coast of Florida in Port Canaveral and Port Everglades respectively.

The worlds largest cruise ship, the 361 metres long, Harmony of the Seas, is berthed in port ahead its maiden voyage, in Southampton, Britain May 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
The worlds largest cruise ship, the 361 metres long, Harmony of the Seas, is berthed in port ahead its maiden voyage, in Southampton, Britain May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls