The construction of the largest cruise ship ever, Symphony of the Seas, hit a major milestone yesterday, June 9, as the vessel took to the water for the first time.
The 230,000 GT Royal Caribbean ship was floated out from a dry dock at the STX shipbuilding facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, where it's been under construction for over a year. The float out marked the end of exterior works on the ship. It now will undergo finishing works to its interior.
Debuting in April 2018, Symphony will be over 3,000 tons larger than the world's current size leader, Royal Caribbean's 226,963 GT Harmony of the Seas. Symphony will also be part of the record-breaking Oasis Class, though it won't be a copy of its sisters. According to Royal Caribbean, Symphony will boast a number of additional cabins and new features.
Symphony of the Seas is scheduled to sail to the Caribbean from Miami starting November 2018. It will move to the city following a few months operating cruises in the Mediterranean.