During spring break, I spent my week off on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, touring around to different islands. The ship was apart of the Holland America line, with 11 floors, with a theater, a restaurant, two pools, and plenty of cabins. I thought this was an amazing feat, having a ship so big on the ocean, but my cruise ship is dwarfed by the size of Royal Caribbean new ship, Symphony of the Seas.
After three years of construction, the world’s largest cruise ship set sail from Barcelona, Spain, on its inaugural voyage around the Mediterranean. But the ships record-breaking size isn’t it’s only claim to fame, The Symphony of the Seas is home to the tallest water slide at sea, the ocean’s fastest Internet, and more works of art than most museums.
But being the world’s biggest cruise line, Symphony of the Seas is 1,188 feet long, jam-packed with 22 restaurants, 24 pools and 2,759 cabins. At capacity, this ship can host 6,680 guests, with around 2,200 crew members, totaling around 9,000 people on one boat. “The most surprising and memorable thing for me was that first sight of the ship—seeing how big and immense it is,” says Balwin Yeung, Royal Caribbean’s director of sales and marketing, “At the same time, you don’t really feel crowded because there are 18 decks on the ship. It’s like a building, right? There are 24 elevators and seven neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own personality, so it tends to naturally segregate the crowds.”
Come fall, Symphony of the Seas will be docking in Miami for a line of cruises around the Caribbean, so keep a look out, and you could spend your next vacation on the biggest cruise ship in the world.