The largest cruise ship in the world – three times longer than the height of Big Ben – has arrived in Southampton, England after its maiden voyage. It is called Harmony of the Seas and had its first trial in March 2016 when it was guided out to sea from the port of Saint-Nazaire. Let us look at some of the interesting facts about the ship.
Here we go………
1. It cost a whopping $11.3billion to build and can carry 6,780 passengers along with 2100 crew.
2. It is 361m long and 70m high. It is as big as four football fields.
3. It features 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools and took more than two-and-a-half years to construct.
4. It has 16 guest decks, 52 trees in it’s park and 11,252 works of art.
5. The liner features a 10-storey water slide called the Ultimate Abyss, which features a 100ft drop, making it the tallest at sea.
6. It also has robotic bartenders where you go in with an iPad to place your order and they will mix your cocktail.
7. It is the 25th ship to join the Royal Caribbean International fleet – and the most expensive.
8. The Harmony of the Seas weighs a mighty 227,000 gross tons and was built by 2500 workers taking 10 million hours in STX shipyard, St Nazaire, France.
9. It also has Interior Staterooms with “Virtual Balconies”, which stream real-time footage from the deck to your TV screen and Royal Suites complete with inclusive food and drinks, spa access and “Royal Genies” – aka butlers.
10. There are two purpose-built rock climbing walls on board plus zip lines, an ice skating rink, a full-size basketball court and a mini golf course.