Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas in pictures: Largest cruise ship in the world | Cruise | Travel

Royal Caribbean have welcomed the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship to their fleet just days before it’s maiden voyage.

It is the largest cruise ship in the world, over 238 feet tall and 1,118 feet long – just 20 metres shorter than the Empire State Building.

Holding up to 5,518 guests onboard at one time, 118 more than their Oasis of the Seas ship, it has an abundace of record-breaking amenities on the ship.

The first guests are to set sail on March 21 for a one time only five night sale to Italy.

The Symphony of the Seas boasts the tallest slide at sea, called the Ultimate Abyss.

It also have seven ‘neighbourhoods’ on board, which include a sports bar and arcade, ice cream and sweet shop, laser tag and escape the rooms.

For those who want a bit of luxury, the Ultimate Family Suite is one to beat.

The two level suite has a private cinema, in-room slide, a floor to ceiling Lego wall, a whirlpool and balcony, table tennis and butter service.

Royal Caribbean recently swept the board with awards in the 2018 UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

The cruise company won six awards in the Large Ship Category, which included Best Entertainment, Best Shore Excursions and Best for First Timers.

A private island that only guests of Royal Caribbbean can enter, called CocoCay is also to get a masssive multi-million pound makeover this year.

Cruise holidays are increasing in popularity as more and more UK holidaymakers are opting to travel by sea instead of air.

Royal Caribbean CEO Richard D. Fain commented: “Symphony of the Seas is the latest example of how our people work to push the envelope of innovation with each new ship.

“The Oasis Class has been a trend-setting design, but the team has evolved the design to build on that success to provide even more incredible family adventures.”

Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International added: “Symphony will take family holidays to an all new level with energy and options never before found in one place.

“This ship is the perfect blend of our greatest hits we know guests love and a lineup of vibrant, new restaurants, activities and unparalleled entertainment – all purposefully designed around holidaymakers’ preferences.”

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