A closer look at Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

A closer look at Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

Construction on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is nearing completion, with the ship’s maiden voyage set to take place in April.

Currently under construction in Saint-Nazaire, France, the ship measures 1,188 feet long and 215 feet wide, hosting 5,500 passengers; when Symphony of the Seas sails in April, it will become the largest cruise ship in the world, taking the title from Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.

The ship will be spread over 16 bridges including 2,774 cabins of various categories.

Among the top features will be the Ultimate Family Suite, which will include a 212-square foot balcony, a 3D cinema with a popcorn machine, a jacuzzi and a slide to move quickly between the first and second floors.

Elsewhere on the ship will be a Bionic Bar where service is provided by a robotic arm, a 100-foot free-fall slide, a sports bar and an arcade with 30 televisions.

In order to limit waiting time at check-in before boarding, passengers will be able to use the Royal Caribbean mobile application to upload their "security selfie" in advance, allowing them to access their cabin faster.

The Symphony of the Seas will be inaugurated on the Mediterranean, with scheduled stops in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Naples. He will eventually travel to Miami, where a brand new marine terminal will be waiting for the vessel.