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After unveiling the world’s largest cruise ship last year, Harmony of the Seas, it seems Royal Caribbean is upping its own game, announcing earlier today that it’s currently building an even larger ship, set to be released in 2018. Symphony of the Seas will be the cruise line’s 26th ship, measuring in at 1,188 feet long and 215.5 feet wide — it’ll weigh a whopping 230,000 gross registered tons, 3,000 more tons than its current record-holder Harmony of the Seas.

Symphony of the Seas is undergoing construction in France. Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean.
Symphony of the Seas is undergoing construction in France. Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Once complete, the 18-deck ship will have 2,775 guest rooms and will be able to carry a total of 6,780 passengers (at double occupancy) — an additional 2,175 members of the crew will also be on board. The vessel will sport many of the same features you’ll find on Harmony of the Seas, including an awesome 10-story water slide, an ice skating rink, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, the Bionic Bar — home to the ship’s robotic bartenders — and miniature versions of New York City’s Central Park and the Coney Island Boardwalk. So far, Royal Caribbean has only mentioned 13 dining options, so we’re waiting to hear more on that front, as well as which shows and other entertainment options will be offered.

The shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean.
The shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

When the ship is delivered in 2018, it will spend the summer exploring the Mediterranean, stopping in ports like Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples. It will then head across the Atlantic in fall 2018, arriving at the new PortMiami Terminal A, the ship’s home base for its Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries starting November 17, 2018. Royal Caribbean is taking reservations starting today by phone, while online bookings will be available as of March 9, 2017.

Featured Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean. 

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