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Published on : Friday, May 13, 2016
One of the largest cruise ship companies in the world. Royal Caribbean, celebrated the completion of the largest cruise ship ever built on Thursday. The ship, Harmony of the Seas, has been under construction at the shipyard for more than two years.
All the top executives of the company, including chairman and CEO Richard Fain, joined the ship’s incoming crew at the STX shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for the traditional flag changing ceremony on the 227,000-ton vessel.
Harmony will be a sister of Royal Caribbean’s giant Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the current size leaders in the world of cruise ships. But it will eclipse its siblings by more than 1,700 tons and hold nearly 100 more passengers at double occupancy. It’s total capacity will be well over 6,000 people, not including crew.
Aimed at vacationers who love big, bustling mega-resorts, Harmony features a giant, multi-deck water slide area — a first for Royal Caribbean. Harmony is also the first Oasis class ship with a Bionic Bar where the drinks are served by robot bartenders.
In addition, Harmony has larger cabins than Oasis and Allure in some categories, and windowless “inside” cabins are being outfitted with Royal Caribbean’s exclusive virtual balconies, which offer a real-time view of the outdoors. It’s a concept that first debuted in 2014 on the line’s Navigator of the Seas.
Harmony’s first commercial voyage is scheduled for May 22. Initially the ship will conduct a few cruises in the Mediterranean and then it will re-position to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to launch alternating, seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages.
During the ceremony, the flags of France and STX were lowered and the US and Royal Caribbean flags were raised. The flag of the Bahamas, where the ship will be registered was also raised.