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Harmony of the Seas: World's Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

Nov 13, 2016 05:40 AM EST

"A resort wonderland afloat" may be the best words to describe the Harmony of the Seas, known to be the world's largest cruise ship. It has been introduced to the world on Thursday at a sunset ceremony at Florida's Port Everglades. Its maiden voyage was witnessed by travel agents, people from the media, and other very important personalities.

The sister of Oasis of the Seas in 2009 and Allure of the Seas in 2010, Harmony of the Seas may have topped all three when it comes to size, efficiency, and luxury. It is approximated to be 1,700 tons larger than its predecessors and could carry an addition 100 passengers. It could seat up to 5,497 passengers that could sail all-year-round in between Fort Lauderdale to Royal Caribbean International.

Just imagine, what makes it so special is the nine-deck water slide, the so-called Ultimate Abyss, which its predecessors didn't have. A water park, inside a cruise ship - with long loopy water slides that leads to a luxurious pool on deck. It is also home to suites as large as houses, with deluxe furniture and a view to never forget. Inside the cruise ship are restaurants, shopping areas and decks upon decks of luxury suite rooms. Also, it may be large but it is quite competent, it was designed to be 20 percent more efficient that its predecessors.

To match its record breaking status, it was reported that its christening should also be noteworthy. The famous cruise liner has been christened with a Rube-Goldberg style mechanism that allowed a monstrous champagne bottle to be smashed onto its steel name plate, marking the beginning of its maiden voyage. The champagne was, of course special as well as it was a 'Sovereign' size bottle made especially for this event by Veuve Cliquot. According to officials, this is the first time such a christening gimmick has been ever done. 

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