Royal Caribbean adds world’s largest cruise ship to its fleet

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Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has joined Royal Caribbean’s fleet and will dock in Fort Lauderdale later this year.

The 2,747-cabin, 16-deck ship took 32 months to build and can accommodate 5,479 passengers at double occupancy. It will have a crew of 2,100 people representing 77 nationalities, Royal Caribbean said.

“Harmony is truly magnificent in every sense of the word, from her architecture and design to the level of care and attention to detail with which our incredible crew are taking to prepare for our first guests,” said Michael Bayley, the cruise ine’s president and CEO.

Royal Caribbean, based in Miami, took delivery of ship, its 25th, in a ceremony Thursday at French shipyard STX France in Saint Nazaire. The delivery came just weeks after the cruise line welcomed its third Quantum-class vessel, Ovation of the Seas, in April.

Harmony of the Seas, built at a cost of more than $1 billion, will begin sailing from Barcelona on June 7 on a series of Mediterranean cruises before moving to Port Everglades, where it will sail on seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises starting in early November.

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

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Harmony of the Sea’s features:

• The Ultimate Abyss, a water slide that will that will plunge riders 10 stories down from Deck 16 to the Boardwalk on Deck 6.

• Two FlowRider surf simulators and waterslides, including the Perfect Storm, a trio of waterslides, and the Splashaway Bay waterpark for children.

• A two-level specialty restaurant called Wonderland.

• A new stage production of Broadway musical “Grease” and diving shows in the AquaTheater.

• More than 11,000 works of art on display throughout the ship and its Central Park main dining and shopping.

• Royal Caribbean’s high-speed internet service, called Voom.

Other attractions include a bar with dancing robot bartenders, virtual balconies in many interior staterooms with sea and port views and new specialty restaurants Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Sabor Taqueria and Tequila Bar.

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