World's largest cruise ship prepares to set sail

The 1,187-foot Harmony of the Seas is longer than the Chrysler Building. (Royal Caribbean)

Shipbuilders have delivered the world's largest cruise ship, which is preparing to set sail next month.

Measuring in at a staggering 1,187 feet -- larger than the Chrysler Building -- Royal Caribbean's mammoth Harmony of the Seas took 32 months and more than $1 billion to construct.

Royal Caribbean officials performed a delivery and flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France earlier this week to commemorate the completion of the ship's construction. The vessel massive features:

  • 23 different swimming pools, which require 4,700,000 pounds of water

  • More than 11,200 works of art

  • A 10-story water slide that is reportedly the "the tallest slide at sea"

  • 2,100 workers from 77 different countries comprise the ship's crew

  • 10,587 plants in the ship's Central Park feature

  • 2,747 staterooms that can accommodate nearly 5,500 guests


When it sets sail on its maiden passenger voyage from Barcelona on June 7th, Harmony of the Seas will require a 2,100-person crew.

"Harmony of the Seas is the product of our zealous spirit of continuous improvement, where we have combined revolutionary ship design with the technological strides that have defined the Royal Caribbean brand," Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said in a statement.
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