Royal Caribbean International honoured the instrumental project team of Symphony of the Seas during a highly anticipated delivery event at STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France Friday.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France, led the traditional flag-changing ceremony, which symbolizes the ship’s official delivery from the ship builder to Royal Caribbean. The maritime ritual was followed by a celebration of the industry’s best, the crew whose hard work and meticulous collaboration came together to create the world’s largest cruise ship.
“Symphony of the Seas is the latest example of how our people work to push the envelope of innovation with each new ship,” said Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain (pictured left) . “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. We’re thankful to have a partner in STX France that is every bit as ambitious as we are about building technologically advanced ships.”
The 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony of the Seas is 228,081 gross registered tons, measures 238 feet tall and spans 1,188 feet long. The ship has a capacity of 5,518 guests at double occupancy in 2,759 staterooms, including 28 additional balcony rooms that overlook the ocean or signature Boardwalk neighbourhood.
Symphony features seven distinctive neighbourhoods, the tallest slide at sea with the Ultimate Abyss and countless adventures for guests of all ages.
New culinary options include Hooked Seafood, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, El Loco Fresh and Sugar Beach.
New ways to play include Battle for Planet Z, Royal Caribbean’s first glow-in-the-dark laser tag game, and Escape the Rubicon a custom-built escape room.
Accommodation includes the Ultimate Family Suite, a two-level, 1,346-square-foot suite. Features include an in-room slide, a private cinema with an 85-inch HD TV, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, a 212-square-foot balcony complete with table tennis and a full-size whirlpool.
Symphony of the Seas will welcome its first guests on March 31 for a one-time-only, five-night preview sailing, calling on Naples and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy.