Symphony of the Seas

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Symphony of the Seas
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Symphony of the Seas in Saint-Nazaire
History
Bahamas
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]
Completed: 23 March 2018[2]
Acquired: 23 March 2018[5]
Maiden voyage: 7 April 2018[6]
In service: 31 March 2018[5]
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Oasis-class cruise ship
Tonnage:
Length: 361.011 m (1,184.42 ft)[2]
Beam:
  • 47.448 m (155.67 ft) waterline[2]
  • 66 m (215.5 ft) max beam[6]
Height: 72.5 m (238 ft)[7]
Draught: 9.322 m (30.6 ft)[2]
Decks: 18[6]
Installed power:
  • 4 × 14,400 kW (19,300 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46F
  • 2 × 19,200 kW (25,700 hp) Wärtsilä 16V46F
Propulsion:
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) cruising[6]
Capacity:
  • 5,518 passengers at double occupancy[6]
  • 6,680 passengers maximum[6]
Crew: 2,200[6]
Notes: Worlds largest cruise ship (as of October 2018)

Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International.[8] As of 2019 she is the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage, at 228,021 GT, surpassing her sister Harmony of the Seas.[9]

Symphony of the Seas was built in the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France,[10] she is the fourth ship in its Oasis-class series.[11]

Construction timeline[edit]

  • 29 October 2015 – keel laid[3]
  • 9 June 2017 – float out[12]
  • 15 to 18 February 2018 – sea trials[13]
  • 23 March 2018 – formally turned over to Royal Caribbean International [7]
  • 24 March 2018 – ship left Saint-Nazaire for Malaga under the command of Rob Hempstead, arriving on 27 March[14][15]
  • 29 March 2018 – ship arrived in first homeport of Barcelona [15]
  • 31 March 2018 – first passenger cruise[5]
  • 7 April 2018 – official maiden voyage[16]
  • 9 November 2018 – arrived at new Royal Caribbean terminal in PortMiami.

Description[edit]

Symphony of the Seas measures 361.011 metres (1,184.42 ft) in length and has a gross tonnage of 228,081 across 18 decks. 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, 24 pools and 2,759 cabins.[17]

Facilities include a children's water park, a full-size basketball court, ice-skating rink, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls.[18][19] There is also a 'central park' which contains over 20,000 tropical plants.[20]

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.[21] The christening ceremony took place in Miami in November 2018.[22]

Route[edit]

Her maiden cruise started from Barcelona, Spain on 7 April 2018 for a week-long trip through the Mediterranean.[23]

During her first season Symphony of the Seas continued to sail on seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. On 28 October 2018, she repositioned to her home port, the Port of Miami in Florida, United States to do Caribbean cruises.[24]

Symphony of the Seas arrived in Miami on November 9, 2018,[25] she was scheduled to sail an Eastern Caribbean itinerary from Miami to Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Basseterre, Saint Kitts; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti.[26] The schedule included a Western Caribbean itinerary to Roatán, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau, Bahamas. In May 2019 Nassau was replaced with Coco Cay, Bahamas.[27]

Incidents[edit]

In August 2019, an Australian passenger died after going overboard during a seven-day cruise of the Caribbean.[28] [29]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Oasis-Class Vessel" (Press release). Royal Caribbean. PR Newswire. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Symphony of the Seas (34719)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Royal Caribbean International Lays Keel for Oasis No. 4". World Maritime News. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  4. ^ Groizeleau, Vincent (9 June 2017). "Saint-Nazaire met à l'eau le Symphony of the Seas". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Sloan, Gene (23 March 2018). "Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Symphony of the Seas, world's largest cruise ship". USA Today. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ship Fact Sheets: Symphony of the Seas". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Symphony of the Seas Delivered". Cruise Industry News. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  8. ^ Sloan, Gene (8 March 2017). "New Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas cruise ship will be the world's largest". USA Today. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  9. ^ Leasca, Stacey (23 March 2018). "Royal Caribbean Just Beat Its Own Record For World's Largest Cruise Ship". Travel + Leisure.
  10. ^ Tribou, Richard (8 March 2017). "New world's largest ship to be named Symphony of the Seas, sail from Miami". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  11. ^ Franklin-Wallis, Oliver (1 April 2018). "The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built". Wired UK. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. ^ Sloan, Gene (9 June 2017). "World's largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, takes to water for first time". USA Today.
  13. ^ "Sea Trials Complete for Symphony of the Seas". The Maritime Executive. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  14. ^ Espérandieu, Matthias (26 March 2018). "Symphony of the Seas: Saint-Nazaire livre un nouveau géant" [Symphony of the Seas: Saint-Nazaire delivers a new giant]. Mer et Marine. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  15. ^ a b Bond, Mary (3 April 2018). "GPH's Malaga and Barcelona welcome Symphony of the Seas". Seatrade Cruise News. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  16. ^ Tribou, Richard (24 March 2018). "Royal Caribbean takes delivery of world's largest cruise ship". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  17. ^ Springer, Kate (12 April 2018). "Symphony of the Seas: World's largest cruise ship sets sail". CNN. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  18. ^ Becker, Kayla (9 March 2017). "Meet the new largest cruise ship in the world". Fox News.
  19. ^ "Symphony of the Seas". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  20. ^ Springer, Kate (12 April 2018). "Symphony of the Seas: World's largest cruise ship sets sail". CNN. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Royal Caribbean Honors Actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, with Baby Son Ocean, as First-ever Godfamily for Global Cruise Line". Royal Caribbean. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  22. ^ Saltzman, Dori (11 May 2018). "PenaVega Family to Serve as Godfamily of Royal Caribbean's New Symphony of the Seas Cruise Ship". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Symphony of the Seas set to make big waves for maiden season | canada.com". 18 April 2018.
  24. ^ Satchell, Arlene (8 March 2017). "Symphony of the Seas, the next world's largest cruise ship to sail from Miami in late 2018". Sun-Sentinel.
  25. ^ "Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas docks at PortMiami". WSVN Miami. 9 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Symphony of the Seas". CruiseMapper. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  27. ^ "7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise". The Cruise Web. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  28. ^ Neal, David J.; Taylor, Dolven (15 August 2019). "A man went overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. What happened next was unusual". Miami Herald; the McClatchy Company. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  29. ^ Cole, Brendan (15 August 2019). "Seas Cruise Ship, Body Recovered by Rescue Boat". Newsweek. Retrieved 28 September 2019.

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