Europe: World's Biggest Cruise Ship On Trials
Harmony of the Seas on her first sea voyage
Harmony of the Sea building in the shipyard in France
The largest cruise ship in the world so far, currently under construction at STX France shipyard left the yard for her first sea trials on Friday, March 10th and will complete them today, Sunday 13th.
The ship, with 500 people on board, left Saint-Nazaire at around 5 p.m. helped by 6 tugs.
This first round of trials will focus on her electric power plant and propulsion system tests as well as manoeuvrability tests.
The ship is now the largest passenger ship in the world at 227,700 gross tons and has a length of 1,187 feet (362 metres). She exceeds her sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas by 2000 gross tons.
The ship is destined for the Mediterranean market in the summer months before crossing the Atlantic to perform Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades.
With 16 passenger decks she will accomodate over 6000 passengers.
She was floated out on 19th June 2015 and delivery to Royal Caribbean is expected in May this year.
The next sea trials are scheduled to be held before the end of April 2016.