World’s Largest Cruise Ship Makes First North American Call

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The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, docked at Port Canaveral yesterday, November 8, marking the ship’s first North American port of call. The 18-deck Symphony of the Seas outweighs the previous record holder, another Royal Caribbean ship, by about 1,000 gross tons.

Upon arrival at Port Canaveral passengers and crew members were required to disembark for the ship to clear customs. During this time many guests visited the nearby Kennedy Space Center or the historic Cocoa Village. After receiving the all clear, the Symphony of the Seas left Port Canaveral on time for Miami, where it will be home-ported.

The Symphony of the Seas marks the fourth Oasis-class vessel from Royal Caribbean, following the Oasis of the Seas, the Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, the former record holder. Costing over $1 billion to build, the Symphony of the Seas has a capacity of 6,680 passengers and 2,200 crew members.

The Symphony of the Seas has held the title of world’s largest cruise ship since making its maiden voyage early this spring. During that time, it has spent the past half year sailing Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona, Spain. It arrived yesterday in Port Canaveral from Malaga, Spain with around 5,500 cruise guests and 2,200 crew members.

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