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World's biggest cruise ship to launch

20 May 2016 08:07

The world's biggest cruise ship is ready to launch

The world's biggest cruise ship is ready to launch

Holidaymakers are gearing up for the launch of the largest cruise ship in the world.

Ahead of its maiden voyage at the end of this week, the Harmony of the Seas has now arrived in the port of Southampton.

The 1,188 foot long vessel will venture from the south coast of England to Rotterdam on a four-night cruise for its maiden trip out to sea.

It cost one billion US dollars (£695 million) to build, while the ship is capable of carrying up to 6,780 guests and 2,100 crew members.

Because of its scale and the number of facilities on board, it took more than two and a half years to construct the boat.

Holidaymakers will be able to dine in 20 different restaurants while they are aboard the Royal Caribbean ship.

Travel insurance

Those heading abroad, whether by boat or plane, should always consider the benefits of travel insurance before setting off.

This can cover them against unforeseen events when they are abroad.

Key features of the new boat include:

- a 10-storey water slide called the Ultimate Abyss, which includes a 100ft drop

- a production of the musical Grease

- its own park, which contains 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees

- a total of 11,252 works of art

What the experts say

Stuart Leven, managing director (UK and Ireland) at Royal Caribbean International, said bigger "can be beautiful" when it enables so many facilities to be included on the boat.

He added: " Cruising is changing - it's becoming a holiday for all the family, it's not just white table cloths and ties at dinnertime - now the sort of holiday you get at all-inclusive resorts on land can be replicated on the seas."

Mr Leven said the ship offers a wide variety of features, which is thanks to its large size.