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Billion Dollar Boat: World's largest cruise ship sets sail in Europe

Harmony of the Seas

Published 17/05/2016 | 10:52

Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.
Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.
Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.
Harmony of the Seas crew inside the ship.
Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.
Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.

Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship at 362m, has arrived into Southampton ahead of her maiden voyage.

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Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class ship contains 500,000 individual parts, weighs 226,963 gross registered tons, and is the length of almost four football pitches.

Titanic, by contrast, weighed 46,328 gross registered tons.

Harmony, which cost more than $1 billion to build, also comes with a stellar array of whistles and bells - including robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar, virtual balconies with real-time video views, and a 10-storey slide reported to be the tallest at sea.

"Harmony of the Seas is redefining holidays and intriguing a new generation of travellers with a bold and unexpected line-up of first at sea innovations," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

The colossal ship is laid out over seven 'neighbourhoods' and 16 decks, and though just a shade longer than her sister ships - Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, currently based in Florida - is said to feel significantly wider.

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Harmony of the Seas will operate a series of short cruises to Northern Europe from Southampton, before embarking on her maiden cruise to Barcelona on May 29.

The ship will be based in Europe over her debut summer, with 2,100 dedicated crew members catering for up to 5,479 passengers, before relocating to Florida.

Harmony of the Seas Highlights:

*A 100-foot drop with Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, plunging adrenaline seekers 10 storeys down from Pool Deck to the Boardwalk on Deck 6.

*4,700,000 lbs. (2,150 tons) of water across 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf simulators and waterslides, including the Perfect Storm, a thrilling trio of waterslides, and the Splashaway Bay waterpark for young guests.

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*The first double-storey Wonderland, the speciality restaurant concept first introduced onboard Quantum-class ships, delivering "an imaginative feast for all the senses".

*The debut of Broadway’s hit musical Grease in the Royal Theatre, alongside spectacular diving shows in the AquaTheatre.

*11,252 works of art showcased throughout the ship and Central Park, a living park in the centre of the ship which features a total of 10,587 plants, 48 vines and 52 trees, some over 20 feet (6.1 metres) tall.

* 20 dining venues, including Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver.

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