Published On: Mon, May 16th, 2016

The world’s largest cruise ship in numbers

Harmony of the seasMore floating city than cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas sets sail from Southampton this week – the biggest, heaviest, most brazen vessel of its kind. Unsurprisingly, its vital statistics are whoppers.


The number of plants in the on-board park – plus 50 mature trees.

227,000 gross tons

The weight of Harmony – 1,718 GT heavier than the current record-holder.

10 million

The number of hours it took 2,500 workers to build and fit Harmony in the STX shipyard in St Naizaire, France.


The number of parrots you'll (quite possibly) find on the shoulder of ship's captain Johnny Faevelen. AJ always accompanies him on board, and sleeps in his cabin.

$1.1 billion

The cost to build the ship.

1,188 feet

The distance from bow to stern, 125 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower – and one foot longer than the previous record-breaking cruise ships Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.


Total number of cabins, with room for 5,479 guests at double occupancy – also a record. Options range from Interior Staterooms (with “Virtual Balconies”, which stream real-time footage from the deck to your TV screen) to Royal Suites (complete with inclusive food and drinks, spa access and “Royal Genies” – aka butlers).


Number of decks in total – 16 of which are for passengers, and two for staff.


The number of “neighbourhoods” on board – each with their own style and attractions. Take a twirl on the Boardwalk’s hand-made carousel, shop in the designer boutiques of the Royal Promenade, or stroll the leafy avenues of Central Park – complete with coffee shops, bars, and three waterslides twisting overhead.

10 storeys

Or 100 feet – the drop of the Ultimate Abyss water slide, a looping chute which hangs from the back of Harmony. Terrifying.


Take your pick from 23 swimming pools – with three white-knuckle water slides, dubbed “The Perfect Storm”. Harmony has 2,150 tons of water in its pools, waterparks, slides, surf simulators and whirlpools.


Love rock climbing? There are two purpose-built walls on board – plus zip lines, an ice skating rink, a full-size basketball court and mini golf course.


There is no single supplement for solo travellers in selected cabins – a big change for the cruising industry. Traditionally, lone sailors have had to pay for the privilege of having their own cabin, but Harmony’s “Studio Staterooms” boast standard-sized beds and bathrooms for no extra cost.

22 knots

The average cruising speed of Harmony of the Seas. After calling at Southampton on May 17, she will ply the waters of the Western Mediterranean – sailing to Barcelona, Marseille, Florence, Rome, and Naples.

7,500 horse power

The power of each of Harmony’s bow thrusters – the propulsion devices which help to steer the ship. She has four thrusters, with a combined power of 30,000HP.


The number of international crew members on board.

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