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World's Biggest Cruise Ship Leaves for Inaugural Journey

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Amy Coyne Bredeson | May 22, 2016

World's Biggest Cruise Ship Leaves for Inaugural Journey

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

The world’s largest cruise ship has set sail.

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas left Southampton, England, today for its inaugural journey, USA Today reported. The ship is heading to Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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The 226,963-ton ship has three main pool areas, three water slides, surfing pools, an ice skating rink, a miniature golf course, rock climbing walls, a basketball court and Royal Caribbean's largest kiddie aqua park, Splashaway Bay.

Like its sister ships, Harmony of the Seas has an open-air, tree-lined area called Central Park with restaurants, bars and high-end stores.

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Hundreds of people gathered at Mayflower Park to wave goodbye to the behemoth cruise ship as it sailed off from the Port of Southampton, The Southern Daily Echo reported. 

Royal Caribbean's new ship is a larger version of the cruise line’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas ships, USA Today said. Harmony of the Seas is about 2.5 feet wider than the other two ships and can accommodate 6,780 guests, which breaks a record for the cruise industry.


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