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World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail from France

By on May 15, 2016

Royal Caribbean International honored the crew and project team of the new Harmony of the Seas at a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France on May 12.

Royal Caribbean International honored the crew and project team of the new Harmony of the Seas at a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France on May 12.

PARIS – Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved revoir to the largest cruise ship in the world as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard.

The $1 billion Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, cut a gargantuan silhouette Sunday as it left the western port town of Saint-Nazaire.

At 362 meters (1,187 feet) long, the 16-deck ship is bigger that the Eiffel Tower and holds the record for being the widest cruise ship ever built – boasting a 6,360-passenger capacity.

It’s been compared to a floating city with more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools and a park with more than 10,000 plants and 50 trees.

The Harmony of the Seas is expected in Southampton on Tuesday, before its inaugural voyage on May 22 to Barcelona. It will arrive in San Juan on Dec. 28.

FILE- In this Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, the "Harmony of the Seas" docks at the STX Shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France. Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved revoir to the largest cruise ship in the world as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard. (AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni, File)

In this Feb. 18, 2016 photo, the “Harmony of the Seas” docks at the STX Shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France. (AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni, File)

The Associated Press

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas (Djoach photo)

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas (Djoach photo)

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