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Harmony of the Seas: World’s largest cruise ship, taller than Eiffel Tower, sets sail: 8 things to know

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Mon May 16 2016, 3:29 pm
  • Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest-ever 120,000-tonne cruise ship, capable of accommodating more than 8,000 passengers and crew in the most luxurious conditions, has set for its maiden voyage. At 362 meters (1,187 feet) long, the 16-deck ship holds the record for being the widest cruise ship ever built - boasting a 6,360-passenger capacity. Its 362-metre length makes it 50 metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The immense floating town, cost close to one billion euros (dollars). We take a look at some interesting facts about the Harmony of the Seas: (Reuters Photo)

  • The ship was built for the US-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) by the STX France boatyard in Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic coast. (Reuters Photo)

  • Harmony of the Seas has left for Southampton in southern England. From there, it will embark on for its official maiden voyage on May 22 to Barcelona. RCCL already operates two giant sister liners to the Harmony of the Seas called Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas. They are only marginally smaller than the new ship. (Reuters Photo)

  • Among the onboard attractions are "The Ultimate Abyss", a 10-storey slide from the top deck to the boardwalk which RRCL bills as the world's biggest ship-mounted slide. The purple slide can be clearly seen at the rear of the ship. (Reuters Photo)

  • A giant climbing wall, a rope slide, mini-golf, surf simulator, floating jacuzzis, casino and 1,400-seat theatre playing Broadway musicals are among the other attractions. (Reuters Photo)

  • 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. (Reuters Photo)

  • Two robot barmen will serve passengers in the "Bionic Bar". The ship even has its own high street, and a "Central Park" deck featuring 12,000 plant species. (Reuters Photo)

  • After its maiden voyage, it will dock in its new home port of Barcelona a week later, after which it will begin regular cruises through to late October. (Reuters Photo)

  • It took 2,500 workers at STX France a total of some 10 million work-hours to complete the enormous vessel after work began in September 2013. The contract marked a major boost for the boatyard after several lean years. (Reuters Photo)

  • STX has built 120 cruise ships over its 150 years, and has another 11 lined up for the next decade. RCCL has already ordered another sister ship of the Harmony to join its fleet in 2018.(Reuters Photo)

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