The Symphony of the Seas has left STX France's Saint-Nazaire yard after being delivered to Royal Caribbean International.

Official delivery took place 23 March. After its pre-maiden cruise to Malaga, the ship will offer cruises from Barcelona. From 10 November, Miami, Florida will become the ship’s year-round homeport offering Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. 

Largest Cruise Ship in the World

With its 362 m in length and a gross tonnage of 228,081 across 18 decks, the Symphony of the Seas is now the largest cruise ship in the world. It can accommodate 5518 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 6680 passengers, as well as a 2200-person crew.

The ship was built in 36 months by 4700 shipbuilders and crew. It is the 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet.

 Facilities include a children's water park, a full-size basketball court, ice-skating rink, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls.

The first two videos below show the departure of the Symphony of the Seas from STX St Nazaire (both a full video and a 1-minute-timelapse). The second video is a full tour of the ship.

Picture: Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas departs from Saint-Naziare, France for her new homeport in Barcelona, Spain (by Royal Caribbean International).