After months of construction, the world’s largest cruise ship will soon take passengers on its inaugural passenger journey. The Harmony of the Seas has left a French shipyard and taken its first trip across to the UK, where it will prepare for holidaymakers looking to experience the ship’s many incredible features, like a ten-storey slide, zip line and more.
The Harmony of the Seas cost more than $1 billion to build and is 1187 feet long and 218 feet wide – with the company, Royal Caribbean International, promoting the fact that the ship is longer than the Eiffel Tower. In total, the ship will hold more than 6,000 people. It will have 16 guest desks and 24 passenger elevators and feature a wide variety of entertainment for all ages, including, a trio of waterslides, surf simulators, and more.
The ship left Saint Nazaire, France last week after 32 months of construction and a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony. It is expected to arrive in the UK this week and will make its official maiden voyage to Barcelona on 22 May, reports the Associated Press.
From there, the ship will embark on 34 seven-night sailings in the Mediterranean, starting on 7 June. In November, the ship will reach its home port in Florida, where it will then sail through the Caribbean.
The Harmony of the Seas is so large that the ship has seven distinct neighbourhoods and a Central Park with a total of 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees, some of which stand more than 20 feet high. The ship also has 2,150 tons of water on board, found in 23 swimming pools, surf simulators, water slides and splash parks.