The Delivery of the Largest Cruise Ship in the World

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The delivery of the Harmony of the Seas marks a momentous occasion for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Harmony is the largest cruise ship in the world ever built, and measures 362 meters (1,188 feet), and 226,963 gross tons.

While Harmony of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's third Oasis-class cruise ship, she does feature a number of amazing innovations only special to her.  The Ultimate Abyss is the the tallest slide at sea, with a 10-story plunge. She also features virtual balconies in inside staterooms. The virtual balconies feature a real-time view of the destinations. She also has Royal Caribbean's newest VOOM, high-speed, internet (which is essential for a lot of us cruisers).

Harmony of the Seas will sail from Southampton, U.K. on a series of short getaways to Northern Europe before embarking on her maiden cruise on May 29, arriving in Barcelona, Spain on June 5. The ginormous, innovative cruise ship and her 2,100 dedicated crew members then will officially launch her inaugural summer season with 34 seven-night western Mediterranean sailings on June 7.

In November of 2016, she will arrive at her new home port of Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from where she will sail seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean sailings, replacing the Allure of the Seas. Harmony will join her sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, home ported in Port Canaveral (Allure) and Port Everglades (Oasis), on the east coast of Florida.

“Harmony of the Seas is redefining vacations and intriguing a new generation of travelers with a bold and unexpected line-up of first at sea innovations, while enticing them to explore the world from a new perspective,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “From thrilling on board activities and experiences to visiting awe-inspiring destinations across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Harmony places guests at the forefront and encourages them to create their own adventures on board and at every destination.”

Below are some of the first pictures from inside.

Photos by Carousel Works