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The world’s largest cruise ship is will soon set sail on its inaugural trip

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.

A picture taken on May 12, 2016 at the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France shows the upper deck of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship, during a delivery ceremony of the boat. With a capacity of 6.296 passengers and 2.384 crew members, the Harmony of the Seas, built by STX France for the Royal Caribbean International, is the world's largest ship cruise.
A picture taken on May 12, 2016 at the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France shows the upper deck of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship, during a delivery ceremony of the boat.
Image by JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

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 Harmony of the Seas cruise ship leaves the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France, for a three-day offshore test, on March 10, 2016. With a capacity of 6.296 passengers and 2.384 crew members, the Harmony of the Seas, built by STX France for the Royal Caribbean International, is the world's largest ship cruise.
The Harmony of the Seas cruise ship leaves the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France, for a three-day offshore test, on March 10, 2016. Image by LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Crew members of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship are pictured at the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France on May 12, 2016 as they attend the delivery ceremony of the boat. With a capacity of 6.296 passengers and 2.384 crew members, the Harmony of the Seas, built by STX France for the Royal Caribbean International, is the world's largest ship cruise.
Crew members of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship are pictured at the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France on May 12, 2016 as they attend the delivery ceremony of the boat.
Image by JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

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.

A picture taken on May 12, 2016 at the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France shows the auditorium inside the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship during the delivery ceremony of the boat. With a capacity of 6.296 passengers and 2.384 crew members, the Harmony of the Seas, built by STX France for the Royal Caribbean International, is the world's largest ship cruise.
A picture taken on May 12, 2016 at the STX shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, western France shows the auditorium inside the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship during the delivery ceremony of the boat.
Image by JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

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.