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SAINT NAZAIRE, FRANCE — Built at a cost of more than US$1 billion for 5,479 guests in 2,747 staterooms, and weighing 227,000 gross registered tons, Harmony of the Seas was unveiled at a delivery ceremony yesterday in Saint Nazaire, marking the debut of what will be the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet.
Following 32 months of construction at the STX France shipyard involving thousands of shipyard employees, sub-contractors and suppliers, Harmony of the Seas is now home to 2,100 crew members from 77 different nationalities.
Joining the festivities in the ship’s AquaTheater were Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International together with Laurent Castaing, General Manager, STX France.
“Harmony is truly magnificent in every sense of the word, from her architecture and design to the level of care and attention to detail with which our incredible crew are taking to prepare for our first guests,” said Bayley. “The ship is the ‘best of the best’ of what our guests love most about Royal Caribbean, combined with new and thrilling experiences never before found in one place but it is the passion and dedication of our crew that will make everlasting memories for our guests.”
Added Fain, “Harmony of the Seas is the product of our zealous spirit of continuous improvement, where we have combined revolutionary ship design with the technological strides that have defined the Royal Caribbean brand.”
Among the ship’s ‘first-at-sea’ experiences, Harmony of the Seas offers:
Harmony of the Seas will homeport in Barcelona and embark on the first of 34 seven-night sailings in the western Med on June 7. In November 2016 Harmony will arrive at Port Everglades, FL for seven-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings. The newest member of the fleet will join sister-ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, sailing from Port Canaveral and Port Everglades respectively, on the east coast of Florida.