Royal Caribbean's Harmony To Be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Posted December 7th, 2015

The world’s largest cruise ship will arrive in the UK in May next year, carrying 3,415 pieces of sports equipment. Royal Caribbean International’s new ship, Harmony of the Seas, is under construction and when finished will span 16 decks, accommodating a staggering 5,479 guests at double occupancy.

To demonstrate the scale of the new ship, which will offer 30 different activities, Royal Caribbean took to Boscombe Beach in Dorset to lay out more than 1,700 pieces of sports equipment across 85 metres; just half of what the ship is expected to carry. The ultimate sports inventory included 900 ball pit balls, 192 golf balls, 144 badminton shuttlecocks, 80 ping pong balls, 31 surfboards, 30 basket balls, 16 ice hockey sticks, 16 pool cues, 144 pool balls, and eight table tennis tables.

Also on board will be 2,747 state rooms, a full-sized sports court, a running track, an ice rink, two surf simulators, a water park, three water slides, a rock climbing wall, and a zip line. The ship will even have an outdoor Central Park made up of real grass and plants.


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The new cruise ship will have to compete with Royal Caribbean’s seven other mega-ships, one of which is Allure of the Seas, currently the largest ship in the world at 225,282 gross tonnage. Another competitor is Norwegian Epic, which is 155,873 gross tonnage.

Harmony of the Seas launches in May 2016 with two roundtrip sailings to France and Holland from Southampton.


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