World’s Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

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After three years of construction at a French shipyard, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. recently took delivery of its fourth Oasis-class cruise ship, “Symphony of the Seas.” The ship is now the largest cruise ship in the world.

In this case, the world’s largest cruise ship means 228,081 gross registered tons; 238 feet tall; and 1,188 feet long. There are 2,759 staterooms which would accommodate 5,518 customers at double occupancy. The ship’s crew numbers 2,200.

After a 5-night preview sailing to Naples and Rome, the ship’s maiden cruise departed Barcelona, its current home port, on Saturday for a 7-day tour of the Mediterranean coast. This fall the “Symphony” will travel to Miami, Florida, where it will make its permanent home.

The “Symphony” will be the first new Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships to make its home port in Miami. The company will offer 7-night cruises of the eastern and western Caribbean beginning later this year.

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Source: 24/7 Wall St