Early Sunday afternoon, around 70,000 spectators waiting along the beaches and on Saint-Nazaire jetty, waved farewell to Harmony of the Seas - the world's largest and newest cruise ship.
Handed over on May 12 by STX France to Royal Caribbean after 32 months of construction, the megaship Harmony of the Seas (362 m long, 66 m at the beam and 72 m high), sailed out accompanied by two tugboats and escorted by scores of other smaller vessels.
Harmony of the Seas arrives at Southampton on Tuesday, May 17, where she will make her debut in the following days. After a pair of short cruises, calling at Cherbourg or Rotterdam, on May 29 the ship will set course for the Mediterranean. Barcelona will be Harmony's home port for 34 seven-night summer sailings.
In late October Harmony of the Seas will cross the Atlantic, bound for her new base, Port Everglades, and service in the Caribbean.