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Symphony of the Seas
Symphony of the Seas at Port of Miami
Name: Symphony of the Seas
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry: Nassau, Bahamas
Route: Caribbean
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[2][3]
Launched: 9 June 2017 (float-out)[4]
Sponsored by: Carlos, Alexa, and Ocean PenaVega
Completed: 23 March 2018[2]
Acquired: 23 March 2018[5]
Maiden voyage: 7 April 2018[6]
In service: 31 March 2018[5]
Homeport: PortMiami
Status: Not in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Oasis-class cruise ship
Length: 361.011 m (1,184 ft 5.0 in)[2]
  • 47.448 m (155 ft 8.0 in) waterline[2]
  • 66 m (215.5 ft) max beam[6]
Height: 72.5 m (238 ft)[7]
Draught: 9.322 m (30 ft 7.0 in)[2]
Decks: 18[6]
Installed power:
  • 4 × 14,400 kW (19,300 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46F
  • 2 × 19,200 kW (25,700 hp) Wärtsilä 16V46F
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) cruising[6]
  • 5,518 passengers at double occupancy[6]
  • 6,680 passengers maximum[6]
Crew: 2,200[6]
Notes: World's largest cruise ship (as of March 2018)

Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International.[8] She was built in 2018 in the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France,[9] the fourth in Royal Caribbean's Oasis class of cruise ships.[10] At 228,081 GT, she is the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, surpassing her sister ship Harmony of the Seas, also owned by Royal Caribbean International.[11]

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.[2] 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] There are 16 decks for guest use, 22 restaurants, 4 pools and 2,759 cabins.[12]

For size perspective, Symphony of the Seas is about 30 metres (98 feet) longer than the largest military ships ever built, the U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.[13] When compared to landmarks, Symphony of the Seas is as long as 3.5 football fields and twice as long as the height of the Washington Monument.[14]

Facilities include a children's water park, a full-size basketball court, ice-skating rink, a zip line that is 10 decks high, a Broadway-style theater with seating capacity of 1,401 passengers, an outdoor aquatic theater with Olympic-height platforms, and two 43-foot (13 m) rock-climbing walls.[15][16][17][18][19] There is also a park containing over 20,000 tropical plants.[20] One of the cocktail bars onboard includes electronic ordering via tablet and drink preparation by two robot bartenders that can prepare up to two drinks per minute.[21][22]

Symphony of the Seas is designed to be a zero-landfill ship with all waste recycled, processed through water-purification systems, incinerated, or sent to a waste-to-energy facility.[23]

Among the Oasis class ships, Symphony of the Seas uses 25% less fuel due to the implementation of a new system that releases tiny air bubbles under the hull to enable the vessel to glide more smoothly through the water.[24] The air layer also reduces excitation from the propellers, which cuts noise and vibration levels in the aft part of the ship.[25] The ship power system has a fuel consumption rate between 1,033 and 1,377 gallons of fuel per engine per hour. [26]

Construction and career

On 29 October 2015 the vessel's keel was laid by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.[3] Symphony of the Seas floated out on 9 June 2017.[27] 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.[28] The christening ceremony took place in Miami in November 2018.[29]

Night view of Symphony of the Seas at Saint-Nazaire

From 15 to 18 February 2018 the cruise ship underwent sea trials[30] and was formally turned over to Royal Caribbean International on 23 March.[7] On 24 March the ship left Saint-Nazaire for Málaga under the command of Rob Hempstead, arriving on 27 March,[31][32] and arrived at the vessel's first homeport of Barcelona, Spain on 29 March.[32]

Symphony of the Seas in Naples, Italy

On 31 March 2018 Symphony of the Seas offered her first passenger cruise[5] and began her maiden voyage on 7 April for a week-long trip through the Mediterranean.[33][34]

During her first season Symphony of the Seas continued to sail on seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. She repositioned on 28 October and arrived on 9 November at her new home port at the Royal Caribbean terminal at PortMiami in Florida, United States to provide cruises of the Caribbean.[35][36]

On 11 January 2019, while Symphony of the Seas was docked in Nassau, Bahamas, a passenger jumped overboard from the 11th deck and survived.[37][38] The passenger and his friends were turned over to Nassau law enforcement. They were not charged, but were required to return home at their own expense.[39]

In August 2019, an Australian passenger died after going overboard during a seven-day cruise of the Caribbean. His body was recovered shortly afterwards by the ship's officials.[40][41]

During the COVID-19 pandemic on cruise ships, Royal Caribbean has suspended all service across most of its fleet, including Symphony of the Seas, until 15 September 2020.[42] A 27-year old crew member from the housekeeping department was medically evacuated on 30 March 2020,[43] and subsequently died from COVID-19 on 12 April 2020 in South Florida.[44] The family later sued Royal Caribbean for wrongful death.[43]


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