Royal Caribbean finally got its hands on Symphony of the Seas, and the ship has inherited the title of world’s largest cruise ship.
The ceremony that took place at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, on Friday is the culmination of 36 months of construction on the fourth Oasis-class vessel in the fleet, which will make its way to Miami this fall.
On hand for the flag-changing ceremony marking the official delivery of the vessel were Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France.
“Symphony of the Seas is the latest example of how our people work to push the envelope of innovation with each new ship,” said Fain. “The Oasis Class has been a trend-setting design, but the team has evolved the design to build on that success to provide even more incredible family adventures. We’re thankful to have a partner in STX France that is every bit as ambitious as we are about building technologically advanced ships.”
The 228,081-ton, 1,188-foot-long ship has a maximum capacity of 6,680 guests with 2,200 crew. At double capacity, though, the guest count is 5,518 from 2,759 staterooms.
The Oasis-class vessels have each held the title of World’s Largest Cruise Ship, certified each in turn by Guinness World Records. Each one has been slightly larger than the last, with Oasis of the Seas first inheriting the title almost a decade ago when it debuted in 2009, followed by Allure of the Seas in 2010 and Harmony of the Seas in 2016. The ship becomes the 25th in the Royal Caribbean fleet.
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“It is a proud and exhilarating moment to welcome a new member to the family. Thanks to our stellar crew and partners at STX France, we now are ready to embark on this new boundless adventure that comes to life on Symphony of the Seas,” said Bayley. “Symphony will take family vacationing to an all new level with energy and options never before found in one place. This ship is the perfect blend of our greatest hits we know guests love and a lineup of vibrant, new restaurants, activities and unparalleled entertainment — all purposefully designed around vacationers’ preferences.”
A new Mexican food concept called El Loco Fresh and casual seafood option called Hooked will debut on the ship, while other of the many dining options will be the same as other ships in the fleet including fusion food venue Wonderland and Jamie Oliver’s Italian dining venue.
Source: PressReader.com / The Times – Tribune
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