Symphony of the Seas was floated out of her dry dock at STX France (Image: Royal Caribbean International)
STX France floated Royal Caribbean International’s newest vessel, Symphony of the Seas, out of dry dock at its yard in Saint-Nazaire, France on 9 June 2017.
Built as Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis-class ship, the 230,000gt Symphony of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise vessel when she debuts in April 2018. STX France has now completed the ship’s exterior and has moved on to the interior construction and outfitting phase.
Boasting several new innovations, Symphony of the Seas will also offer the venues and experiences that were introduced on sister ship Harmony of the Seas. These include Royal Caribbean’s seven-neighbourhood concept, multiple dining venues and concepts, Bionic Bar robot bartenders powered by Makr Shakr, Broadway-calibre entertainment, the waterfront AquaTheater, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea. Symphony of the Seas will also offer 28 more staterooms than Harmony of the Seas.
Following her April 2018 launch, Symphony of the Seas will spend her inaugural summer season exploring the Mediterranean, calling at ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then reposition to Miami in early November to begin seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.