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Royal Caribbean takes delivery of world’s largest cruise ship

Thursday, 12 Apr 2018

Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of the 5,518-passenger cruise vessel Symphony of the Seas from shipbuilder STX France in a traditional flag-changing ceremony in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Symphony of the Seas will be based at Miami (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

The 228,081gt vessel, an Oasis-class vessel and the 25th ship in the cruise line’s fleet, began a five-night 'preview sailing' on March 31st, taking in Naples and Rome, before beginning a week-long maiden cruise out of Barcelona, the ship’s home port for the summer. From November 10th, the Symphony of the Seas will be based in Miami, Florida, which will become its year-round home port.
Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France, said: “Today is a day of pride for me, all STX France and sub-contractor teams as we hand over Symphony of the Seas to her owner as the largest cruise ship ever built. Symphony will leave Saint-Nazaire yard as the ultimate example of our progress-driven spirit and commitment to innovation, which are at the heart of our partnership with Royal Caribbean, who is always challenging us in this direction.”
"Symphony of the Seas is the latest example of how our people work to push the envelope of innovation with each new ship," added Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd chairman and CEO Richard D. 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.“