Royal Caribbean International has announced that Symphony of the Seas, the fourth in the record-breaking Oasis-class, will be the world’s largest ship, eclipsing Harmony of the Seas.
Today, the company released the name of the ship, which will be delivered in April 2018, and revealed that it has broken ground on the PortMiami Terminal A, where the ship will home-port.
The vessel will have 28 more staterooms than Harmony of the Seas and, at 230,000 GT, be 3,000 GT larger.
It will feature new innovations, which are yet to be announced, as well as the standard Oasis-class features.
Symphony will spend its inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean, calling at Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Naples.
It will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries on November 17, from the state-of-the-art Terminal A.
The construction, dubbed the ‘Crown of Miami,’ is a 170,000 sq ft terminal, scheduled for completion for the arrival of Symphony and its sister ship Allure of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean says it will be the most innovative cruise facility in the US, with an expected $500 million in revenue and the addition of 4,000 jobs to Miami-Dade County.
It is anticipated that Royal Caribbean Cruises will generate at least 1.8 million passenger moves at PortMiami, representing 30 per cent of the port’s projected passenger traffic.
Today, the line also announced a multi-year agreement with the Bahamas, as well as significant investment to CocoCay, its private island destination in The Bahamas.
This will include the construction of a pier, plus additional guest features and amenities.
The signing ceremony was attended by Perry Christie, prime minister of the Bahamas and Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
“Royal Caribbean has been a long-standing partner of the islands of The Bahamas and their plans to significantly increase tourism to our country as well as to develop the talent of our youth and expand employment opportunities for Bahamians is commendable,” said prime minister Christie.
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