The largest cruise ship ever tests waters in France

By ,   June 22, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

The biggest cruise ship in the world slid on Friday (June 19) into waters off western France. Workers aim to have Harmony of the Seas ready for her 2016 inaugural trip.

The enormous vessel has been under construction in the shipyards in Saint-Nazaire since September 2013. When finished the 227,000-ton Harmony will measure 362 metres in length, which is 50 metres longer than the Eiffel Tower.

Harmony of the Seas is also a metre wider than the current ocean-going twin-monsters of the cruise world, which are also 362-metre long. The 225,000-ton Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, the biggest cruise ships currently in service, are 65-metre wide. All the three vessels belong to Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruise lines.

2,500 people are currently at work building Harmony of the Seas, which will require 500,000 litres of paint and 90,000 square metres of carpet. The test runs of the ship are set for the middle of February 2016 and the first voyage - for May next year, from Southampton, U.K. to Barcelona, Spain.

Harmony of the Seas will be able to accommodate 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members.