World's biggest cruise ship sets sail from France

World's biggest cruise ship sets sail from France”

The world's biggest-ever cruise ship will be a luxury home on the waves for 8,500 passengers and crew.

Following 32 months of construction at the STX France shipyard involving thousands of shipyard employees, sub-contractors and suppliers, Harmony of the Seas is now home to 2,100 crew members from 77 different nationalities.

Built at a cost of more than US$1 billion for 5,479 guests in 2,747 staterooms, and weighing 227,000 gross registered tons, Harmony of the Seas was unveiled at a delivery ceremony yesterday in Saint Nazaire, marking the debut of what will be the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

"It's not only the biggest cruise ship in the world, it's also the most expensive ever built", said Richard Fain, head of RCCL, during a ceremony which featured blaring music and tightrope walkers performing splits over the aquatheatre at the back of the ship. The ship has its own high street, and a "Central Park" deck featuring 12000 plant species.

Several hundred workers were still busy putting finishing touches to Harmony of the Seas before it leaves the port on Sunday, weather permitting, for Southampton in southern England.

Harmony will join sister ship Allure of the Seas at Port Everglades, replacing Oasis of the Seas, which will relocate to Port Canaveral near Orlando.

The cruise ship's inaugural homeport will be set in Barcelona, Spain.

This new cruise ship takes the concept of cruising to the next level with 18 sprawling decks and measuring 124ft longer than the Eiffel Tower, and could well be the ultimate way to travel by sea.

The ship has 16 restaurants, including Jamie's Italian, numerous bars, and entertainment includes the stunning Aqua Theatre, ice shows and the Main Theatre which can seat 1,800 guests for Broadway hit Grease. In November 2016, Harmony will arrive in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL., where it will offer one week of sailing in the Caribbeans.

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