The largest cruise ship in the world Harmony of the Seas just arrived in Southampton at approximately 6.15 am after its maiden voyage. Tens of thousands of spectators had waved goodbye to the ship and a small crowd welcomed it in Southampton.
Harmony of the Seas will leave Southampton for a four-night cruise to Rotterdam on 22 May. The schedule also includes a three-night cruise to Cherbourg in 26 May and trip to Barcelona for a summer base on 29 May.
Harmony of the Seas look like a real floating city – moreover a floating city with all conveniences. It has more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues and 23 swimming pools. Telegraph lists some figures to fully show the impressiveness of Harmony of the Seas:
- Harmony of the Seas weighs 227,000 gross tons.
- 2,500 workers were involved and they totally spent 10 million hours to complete the construction.
- there are 2384 crew members onboard, which include 2,100 international members.
- £770 million is the final cost of the ship.
- each of Harmony’s four bow thrusters can boast of 7,500 horse power that altogether gives a power of 30,000HP.
- 10,000 – that is how many plants are in on-board park – plus 50 mature trees.
- Harmony of the Seas has 18 decks – 16 for passengers and 2 for staff.
Harmony of the Seas can welcome 6,780 guests who will enjoy 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues, multiple swimming pools and a park. The 1,187-feet liner is bigger than the Eiffel Tower is tall and becomes the widest cruise ship ever built.
Stuart Leven, managing director UK and Ireland, Royal Caribbean International, confirms: “The Harmony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship. Bigger can be beautiful when it allows you to put so many great facilities on board to allow people to have a great holiday at sea.
“Cruising is changing – it’s becoming a holiday for all the family, it’s not just white table cloths and ties at dinnertime – now the sort of holiday you get at all-inclusive resorts on land can be replicated on the seas.”
Leven added: “We have a 10-storey slide, surf machines, plenty of restaurants like Jamie Oliver’s Italian on board, a great choice, and you can wake up with a different view from your balcony each day. My favourite facility is the robotic bartenders where you go in with an iPad to place your order and they will mix your cocktail. We are really pushing the boundaries. It’s all about variety – when you have a ship of this scale, you can offer so many things.”