The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony has arrived in Southampton and is ready for its first Cruise to Barcelona
The world’s largest cruise ship costing a staggering $ 1 billion arrived today at 6:15 am in Southampton after completing its first maiden voyage from a French Dockyard. The ship is more than thrice the length of the Big Ben and is 125 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The majestic cruise vessel named ‘Harmony of the Seas’ took 32 months to be built in a French dockyard and left on Sunday from the port town of Saint Nazaire amidst loud cheering from more than thousands, who had gathered to see it off.
The Harmony of the Seas is gigantic and measures 1,187 feet from bow to stern; it is the largest cruise ship in the world ever to have been built and can easily accommodate 6360 passengers. Almost like a city floating on water, it boasts amenities you wouldn’t dream of finding on board a ship.
1 A Huge Cruise liner with the Highest Water Slide on High Seas
The enormous cruise liner is so large that it has 23 swimming pools, 20 dining rooms and restaurants, 2500 staterooms and would you believe, a park with 50 trees and 10,000 plants. When it sets sail for its first inaugural cruise to Barcelona on 22nd May, it will mark a new era of luxury cruising primarily in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
The Harmony of the Seas is part of the Royal Caribbean International fleet of 25 ocean liners. With 16 decks, the Harmony is manned by a 2100 strong crew that will oversee its 6400 passengers. As far as entertainment goes, the ship also features ‘The Ultimate Abyss’ the highest slide on the seas. The slide is a breathtaking 100 feet drop from the pool on the sports zone right down 10 storeys to the boardwalk zone.
2 As The World’s Largest Cruise Ship, Its Vital Statistics Are All Records Of Sorts
- It weighs 227,000 tons beating the current record by more than 1718 GT.
- It took workers 10 million hours to build the Harmony at STX shipyards in St Nazaire, France.
- It cost $ 1 billion to build the ship.
- It has 2,747 cabins, 18 decks over 10 storeys and is 100 feet high.
- It has 10,000 plants and 50 trees in one huge park
- It weighs 227,000 gross tons
- It has an international crew of 2100 workers
- It has 1 parrot named AJ which belongs to the ship’s Captain Johnny Faevelen.
3 Leisure and entertainment abound on the high seas
The Harmony has staterooms with wide TV Screens that act as virtual balconies streaming live footage of events happening on the deck. Its royal suites feature royal genies who are actually Butlers. The ship has a variety of neighborhoods such as the Boardwalk, promenade and central park which features a number of cafes, bars, eateries and water slides. What else can one ask for in a luxury liner?
For sports enthusiasts, there is also a rock climbing course with two rock walls built on board. It also has an Ice skating rink, a miniature golf course and a basketball court.
When the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony sets sail for Barcelona from Southampton, it will cruise at its average speed of 22 knots powered by a massive 7,500 Horse powered engine with four thrusters which together combine to feature 30000 HP.