largest cruise ship in the world – measuring more than four football
pitches in length with a maximum capacity for 6,780 passengers – has
docked in Southampton for final preparations before its maiden voyage. A
small crowd of well-wishers, welcomed the £800million Harmony of the
Seas as it arrived just after dawn today.
of thousands of people are expected to visit the coastal city this week
to catch a glimpse of the gigantic vessel before it carries paying
customers for the first time. After sailing from a shipyard in
Saint-Nazaire, France, and spending the day yesterday cruising the
English Channel, Harmony of the Seas sailed up Southampton Water and
arrived at Southampton shortly after 6:15am.
will depart on a short cruise on Sunday – a four-day taster voyage to
Rotterdam, in the Netherlands – and on 29 May will make its maiden
voyage to Barcelona, where it will be based for 34 seven-night tours of
the western Mediterranean this summer. It will sail between Florida and
the Caribbean this winter. Royal Caribbean International’s 18-deck ship
has set new records for length (1,1188ft), gross tonnage (227,000),
width (215.5ft), passenger capacity (5,479 at double occupancy or a
maximum of 6,780) and staterooms (2,747).
a crew of 2,100 from 77 countries, the floating city boasts seven
‘neighbourhoods’, a 10-storey slide that is the tallest at sea, 23
swimming pools, 20 dining venues, 52 trees, surf simulators, robot
bartenders, a casino and climbing walls.
See the photos below…