The biggest cruise ship in the world arrived Britain after dawn on Tuesday. A small crowd of aficionados and well-wishers had gathered to welcome the £800million Harmony of the Seas at its arrival. The cruise ship measures not less than four football pitches in length. It has a maximum capacity for 6,780 passengers – has docked in Southampton for last preparations before it embarks on its maiden tour.
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However, tens of thousands of people are anticipated to visit the coastal city this week to get a peek of the humongous boat before it starts carrying paying passengers for the first time. Harmony of the Seas navigated through the Southampton Water and arrived at Southampton shortly after 6:15am after voyaging from a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and spending its Monday cruising the English Channel.
Harmony of the Seas as the magnificent ship is called is slated to depart on Sunday on a short cruise – a four-day taster sail to Rotterdam in Netherlands. On the 29th of May, it will make its maiden navigation to Barcelona to base for 34 seven-night tours of the western Mediterranean this summer. It will cruise between Florida and the Caribbean this winter. Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean International’s 18-deck ship has broken new records for length (1,1188ft), width (215.5ft), gross tonnage (227,000), staterooms (2,747), and passenger capacity ( a maximum of 6,780 or 5,479 at double occupancy).
With 2,100 crew from 77 countries, the floating city boasts of a 10-storey slide that is the tallest at sea, a casino, 20 dinning venues, 23 swimming pools, 52 trees, climbing walls, robot bartenders, seven ‘neighbourhoods’ and surf simulators.
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