World's Biggest Cruise Ship Makes its Maiden Voyage

© Michel Verdure / Harmony of the Seas / Courtesy of Travel + Leisure

By Jordi Lippe-McGraw Posted May 18, 2016

This $1.5 billion cruise ship is bigger than the Eiffel Tower.

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Two months after a successful first-run, the world’s largest cruise ship took its maiden voyage Monday, less than a week ahead of the inaugural voyage on May 22 to Barcelona. Thousands came out on Sunday to watch it set sail to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard. 

Since construction began in 2013, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas has one of the most highly anticipated cruise ships of all time. The estimated $1.5 billion ship boasts 16 decks, measures 1,187 feet long, and is bigger than the Eiffel Tower. It also holds the record for being the widest cruise ship ever built, and can hold 6,360-passengers.

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The ship houses 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools, a park, a water park for kids, and robot bartender.  It will also be home to the tallest slide at sea called "Ultimate Abyss,” and will also feature a casino, a movie theater, and an ice skating rink. Stay tuned for more details.

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