The largest cruise ship in the world – measuring more than four football pitches in length with a maximum capacity for 6,780 passengers – has docked in Southampton for final preparations before its maiden voyage.
It will make its maiden voyage on Sunday – a four-day taster cruise to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands – and later this month will relocate to its summer base in Barcelona for tours of the western Mediterranean.
Royal Caribbean International’s ship has set new records for length (1,1188ft), gross tonnage (227,000), width (215.5ft).
With a crew of 2,100 from 77 countries, the floating city boasts seven 'neighbourhoods', a 10-storey slide that is the tallest at sea, 23 swimming pools, 20 dining venues, 52 trees, surf simulators, robot bartenders, a casino and climbing walls.
The 227,000-ton sea monster: The ￡800million cruise ship as it set sail from the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in France on Sunday.
There are nearly 3,000 cabins (sorry, staterooms) — for which prices start at around ￡900 per person for a week’s cruise up to ￡2,760 for a luxury suite — some with bunk beds for families with children, and most have balconies.
The auditorium: In the 1,300-seater main theatre, and the indoor ice rink should be a good place to cool off.
The ship also has 16 restaurants, including Jamie’s Italian and swimming pools in all shapes and sizes.
New York’s Central Park is on board, with more than 10,000 plants and 52 trees, flanked by shops ranging from Kate Spade and Bulgari to Cartier and Hublot.
Harmony of the Seas is essentially a floating city.