The World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Unveiled
Last month the World’s largest cruise ship (330 foot longer than the Titanic) set sail from Southampton for its maiden voyage. The ship, which is longer than four football pitches and the Eiffel Tower at 1,188 feet long, can carry 6,780 passengers and is worth a cool £800million.
Known as ‘Harmony’ the ship, which is owned by Royal Caribbean International and took 32 months to build, has set new records for its length (1,188 feet), weight (227,000 tons), width (215.5ft), passenger capacity (6,780) and number of staterooms (2,747). The ship also boasts over 2,000 staff from around the world, seven separate ‘neighbourhoods’, 10 storey slide called ‘Ultimate Abyss’ (the tallest at sea), 23 swimming pools, 20 dining venues, real trees, surf simulators, robot bartenders, climbing walls and a casino.
The ship first sailed from Southampton to Rotterdam in the Netherlands where it was based for four days before travelling to Barcelona, where it will conduct thirty-four separate seven night tours of the Mediterranean throughout the summer months. During the winter months the ship will sail between Florida and the Caribbean.
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