MS Symphony of the Seas

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MS Symphony of the Seas
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Symphony of the Seas in Saint-Nazaire
History
Bahamas
Name: Symphony of the Seas
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Route: Caribbean and Europe
Ordered: 9 May 2014[1]
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France
Cost: US$1.35 billion (2016)
Yard number: B34[2]
Laid down: 29 October 2015[3]
Launched: 9 June 2017 (float-out)[4]
Acquired: 23 March 2018[5]
Maiden voyage: 7 April 2018[6]
In service: 31 March 2018[5]
Identification:
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Oasis-class cruise ship
Tonnage:
Length: 362.1 m (1,188 ft)[6]
Beam:
  • 47.448 m (155.7 ft) waterline[2]
  • 66 m (215.5 ft) max beam[6]
Height: 72.5 m (238 ft)[7]
Draught: 9.322 m (30.6 ft)[2]
Decks: 18[6]
Installed power:
  • 4 × 14,400 kW (19,300 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46F
  • 2 × 19,200 kW (25,700 hp) Wärtsilä 16V46F
Propulsion:
  • 3 × 20 MW (27,000 hp) ABB Azipod,
  •       all azimuthing
  • 4 × 5.5 MW (7,400 hp) Wärtsilä WTT-55
  •       bow thrusters
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) cruising[6]
Capacity:
  • 5,518 passengers at double occupancy[6]
  • 6,680 passengers maximum[6]
Crew: 2,200[6]

MS Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International.[8] As of 9 June 2017, she is the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage, at 228,021 GT, surpassing her sister Harmony of the Seas.[9]

Symphony of the Seas was built in the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France.[10] She is the fourth ship in its Oasis-class series.[11]

Construction timeline[edit]

  • 29 October 2015 – keel laid[3]
  • 9 June 2017 – float out[12]
  • 15 to 18 February 2018 – sea trials[13]
  • 23 March 2018 – formally turned over to Royal Caribbean International [7]
  • 24 March 2018 – ship left Saint-Nazaire for Malaga under the command of Rob Hempstead, arriving on 27 March[14][15]
  • 29 March 2018 – ship arrived in first homeport of Barcelona [15]
  • 31 March 2018 – first passenger cruise[5]
  • 7 April 2018 – official maiden voyage[16]

Description[edit]

Symphony of the Seas measures 1,188 feet (362 m) 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.[6]

Facilities include a children's water park, a full-size basketball court, ice-skating rink, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls.[17][18] There is also a 'central park' which contains over 20,000 tropical plants.[19]

Alexa, Carlos and Ocean PenaVega were chosen as the Godfamily of the ship, a first for the cruise industry.[20] The christening ceremony will take place in Miami in November 2018.[21]

Route[edit]

During her first season Symphony of the Seas will sail from Barcelona, Spain, on seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises. On 28 October 2018, she will reposition to her home port, the Port of Miami in Florida, United States. In November 2018, she will begin Caribbean cruises.[22]

When Symphony of the Seas arrives in Miami, she will sail an Eastern Caribbean itinerary from Miami to Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti.[23] She will also sail on a Western Caribbean itinerary to Roatán, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau, Bahamas.[24]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Oasis-Class Vessel" (Press release). Royal Caribbean. PR Newswire. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Symphony of the Seas (34719)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Royal Caribbean International Lays Keel for Oasis No. 4". World Maritime News. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  4. ^ Groizeleau, Vincent (9 June 2017). "Saint-Nazaire met à l'eau le Symphony of the Seas". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Sloan, Gene (23 March 2018). "Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Symphony of the Seas, world's largest cruise ship". USA Today. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ship Fact Sheets: Symphony of the Seas". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Symphony of the Seas Delivered". Cruise Industry News. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  8. ^ Sloan, Gene (8 March 2017). "New Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas cruise ship will be the world's largest". USA Today. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Leasca, Stacey (23 March 2018). "Royal Caribbean Just Beat Its Own Record For World's Largest Cruise Ship". Travel + Leisure. 
  10. ^ Tribou, Richard (8 March 2017). "New world's largest ship to be named Symphony of the Seas, sail from Miami". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Franklin-Wallis, Oliver (1 April 2018). "The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built". Wired UK. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  12. ^ Sloan, Gene (9 June 2017). "World's largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, takes to water for first time". USA Today. 
  13. ^ "Sea Trials Complete for Symphony of the Seas". The Maritime Executive. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018. 
  14. ^ Espérandieu, Matthias (26 March 2018). "Symphony of the Seas: Saint-Nazaire livre un nouveau géant" [Symphony of the Seas: Saint-Nazaire delivers a new giant]. Mer et Marine. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  15. ^ a b Bond, Mary (3 April 2018). "GPH's Malaga and Barcelona welcome Symphony of the Seas". Seatrade Cruise News. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  16. ^ Tribou, Richard (24 March 2018). "Royal Caribbean takes delivery of world's largest cruise ship". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  17. ^ Becker, Kayla (9 March 2017). "Meet the new largest cruise ship in the world". Fox News. 
  18. ^ "Symphony of the Seas". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  19. ^ Springer, Kate (12 April 2018). "Symphony of the Seas: World's largest cruise ship sets sail". CNN. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "Royal Caribbean Honors Actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, with Baby Son Ocean, as First-ever Godfamily for Global Cruise Line". Royal Caribbean. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  21. ^ Saltzman, Dori (11 May 2018). "PenaVega Family to Serve as Godfamily of Royal Caribbean's New Symphony of the Seas Cruise Ship". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  22. ^ Satchell, Arlene (8 March 2017). "Symphony of the Seas, the next world's largest cruise ship to sail from Miami in late 2018". Sun-Sentinel. 
  23. ^ "Symphony of the Seas". CruiseMapper. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  24. ^ "7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise". The Cruise Web. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 

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