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Royal Caribbean welcomes the world's largest cruise ship

Say hello to Symphony of the Seas

At the end of March, Royal Caribbean cruise line took delivery of the largest and newest cruise ship: Symphony of the Seas.

The 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony of the Seas is 228,081 gross registered tons, measures 238 feet tall and spans 1,188 feet long (362m). She will welcome 5,518 guests at double occupancy in 2,759 staterooms, including 28 additional balcony rooms that overlook the ocean or signature Boardwalk neighborhood.

Master Rob Hempstead, Captain of Symphony of the Seas.

Symphony has been under construction since early 2015 at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire, France — the same shipyard that built Harmony of the Seas.

She welcomed the first guests on 31st March for a one-time-only, 5-night preview sailing, calling on Naples and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy.

The ship’s maiden 7-night Mediterranean voyage departed Saturday, April 7 from Barcelona, Spain, where the guests are taken care by the 2,200 international crew members who represent 77 countries around the world.

Symphony of the Seas will homeport in Barcelona for the summer, visiting Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. Beginning Nov. 10, Miami, FL. will become the ship’s year-round homeport, making Symphony of the Seas the first new Oasis Class ship to sail from the cruise capital of the world using Royal Caribbean’s new state-of-the-art Terminal A.

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