Symphony of the Seas, pictured during her float out in summer 2017, will start service in April 2018 (Image: Royal Caribbean International)
Royal Caribbean International’s new Symphony of the Seas has successfully completed sea trials in France.
Originally scheduled for January but rescheduled due to poor weather, the ship’s sea trials were carried out over 80 hours between 15 and 18 February near Belle-Île, an island off the coast of Brittany in north-west France. All of the ship’s systems were tested and adjusted to meet the requirements of both the classification society and Royal Caribbean.
Symphony of the Seas has since returned to the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire for final outfitting work. Prior to her delivery at the end of March 2018, the ship will return to sea for some second short nautical performance tests.
Once delivered, Symphony of the Seas will be the largest ocean cruise ship in the world and offer multiple new onboard amenities and features for guests.