Symphony of the Seas
Symphony of the Seas at Saint-Nazaire
|Name:||Symphony of the Seas|
|Owner:||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Port of registry:||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Ordered:||9 May 2014|
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France|
|Cost:||US$1.35 billion (2016)|
|Laid down:||29 October 2015|
|Launched:||9 June 2017 (float-out)|
|Sponsored by:||Carlos, Alexa, and Ocean PenaVega|
|Completed:||23 March 2018|
|Acquired:||23 March 2018|
|Maiden voyage:||7 April 2018|
|In service:||31 March 2018|
|Class and type:||Oasis-class cruise ship|
|Length:||361.011 m (1,184 ft 5.0 in)|
|Height:||72.5 m (238 ft)|
|Draught:||9.322 m (30 ft 7.0 in)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) cruising|
|Notes:||World's largest cruise ship (as of March 2018[update])|
Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She is the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage, at 228,021 GT, surpassing her sister Harmony of the Seas.
Description and design
Symphony of the Seas measures 361.011 metres (1,184 ft 5.0 in) in length and has a gross tonnage of 228,081 across 18 decks. She is able to accommodate 5,518 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers, as well as a 2,200-person crew. There are 16 decks for guest use, 22 restaurants, 4 pools and 2,759 cabins.
Facilities include a children's water park, a full-size basketball court, ice-skating rink, and two 43-foot (13 m) rock-climbing walls. There is also a 'central park' which contains over 20,000 tropical plants.
Construction and career
On 29 October 2015 the vessel's keel was laid by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Symphony of the Seas floated out on 9 June 2017. Actors Alexa Vega, Carlos Pena Jr. and their 23-month-old son Ocean were chosen as the "Godfamily" of the ship, marking the first time in the industry that a family was a ship sponsor. The christening ceremony took place in Miami in November 2018.
From 15 to 18 February 2018 the cruise ship underwent sea trials and was formally turned over to Royal Caribbean International on 23 March. On 24 March the ship left Saint-Nazaire for Malaga under the command of Rob Hempstead, arriving on 27 March, and arrived at the vessel's first homeport of Barcelona, Spain on 29 March.
During her first season Symphony of the Seas continued to sail on seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. On 28 October, she repositioned to her home port, the Port of Miami in Florida, United States to do Caribbean cruises. The cruise ship arrived on 9 November at the new Royal Caribbean terminal in PortMiami. She was scheduled to sail an Eastern Caribbean itinerary from Miami to Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Basseterre, Saint Kitts; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti. The schedule included a Western Caribbean itinerary to Roatán, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau, Bahamas. In May 2019 Nassau was replaced with Coco Cay, Bahamas.
January 2019 Instagram stunt
When Symphony of the Seas was docked in Nassau on 11 January 2019, American passenger Nick Naydev jumped overboard into the water from his cabin on the 11th deck. Konstantin Kryachun, the cameraman, filmed and Naydev posted the video of the stunt on Instagram, which received substantial media coverage. Naydev survived the jump, and he and his friends were detained by the ship's officers.
The officers later expelled them from the ship and turned them over to Nassau law enforcement. While Nassau did not press charges, Naydev and his friends were required to pay their own fare back home to Vancouver, Washington. As a result of Naydev's stunt, Royal Caribbean permanently banned him and his friends from sailing on any of its ships.
August 2019 fall overboard
On 30 March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic on cruise ships, one crew member of the ship was medically evacuated for respiratory issues. On 14 April 2020, Pujiyoko, a 27-year old crew member from the housekeeping department, died in South Florida from COVID-19. According to a source, 31 crew members had contracted the virus on 7 April. Family of a dead crew member sued the company on 5 May, when Pujiyoko suffered from flu-like symptoms but was unable to be tested.
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