Symphony of the Seas which is not long from entering service as the new world’s largest cruise ship has successfully completed its first trials. The major stepping stone towards completion is an important factor making sure she is seaworthy. With just the second sea trials to go the ship will be given the green light for delivery to Royal Caribbean.
Symphony of the Seas Passes First Sea Trials
The new Royal Caribbean Oasis-class cruise ship finally had a chance to head out on sea trials. The sea trials were delayed due to bad weather but a window opened and the world’s largest cruise ship went to sea between Thursday, February 15 and Sunday, February 18.
Do take a look at the latest Symphony of the Seas photos during the fitting out phase at the STX France shipyard.
Symphony of the Seas covered 80 hours at sea testing many parts of the new ship. The ship sailed off Belle-Île island which is located just off the Northwest French region of Britanny. 1,000 nautical miles was covered with the full range of systems being activated even though the ship is not yet 100 percent complete. This is the first chance workers can make sure the ship can cope with sea operations, an essential part of the build process before being delivered to the cruise line.
World’s Largest Cruise Ship is Almost Upon Us
The ship is now in the very final stages of fitting out all the interior spaces. The crew will begin to arrive at the ship while at the shipyard in France so that their departments can be set up ready for the first cruise guests next month. Still to come is Royal Caribbean taking control of the new ship with a delivery ceremony and the grand christening ceremony further after that.
Symphony of the Seas maiden voyage will depart Barcelona, Spain on March 31, 2018. This is actually three weeks earlier than first expected. The original first voyage was to be on April 21. These earlier sailings will be kind of shakedown cruises where work could possibly continue onboard.
The largest ever Royal Caribbean cruise ship will sail the Mediterranean for its inaugural season but cruisers in the United States shouldn’t worry as their chance to cruise on the most anticipated new cruise ship when it arrives at PortMiami, Florida on November 9, 2018. The fourth Oasis-class vessel will offer week-long Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
At an impressive 230,000 gross tons, she overtakes sister ship Harmony of the Seas for the largest cruise ship crown! Watch out on Cruise Hive for all the latest as we get closer to the arrival of Symphony of the Seas.