Billion Dollar Boat Gets Ready For Its First Ever Cruise

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The ginormous ship you see below is the world's largest cruise ship. Called the 'Harmony of the Seas', the cruise ship will undertake its maiden journey between Southampton, England and Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Sunday.

The Harmony of the Seas is part of the Oasis fleet of gigantic cruise ships from cruise ship operator Royal Caribbean. The gargantuan cruise ship cost its owners a massive £800m ($1.15 Billion/Rs. 77.27 Billion).

However, the price is not the only record that this cruise ship has broken. The ship can play host to a record crowd of 6,780 people though it will usually travel with 5,479 with double occupancy who will lie around in luxury in 2,747 staterooms and suites(another record).

It also carries a crew of 2,100 people from 77 different countries around the world to ensure that that everything onboard works perfectly.

To accommodate this massive sea of humanity, the Harmony of the Seas is 1,188-feet long (164-feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower), 215.5-feet wide(the widest cruise ship on the sea.)

The cruise ship boasts of seven 'neighbourhoods' which requires passengers to use GPS to navigate. Also present is a 10-storey 100-foot slide, that is the tallest at sea.

Other features include 23 swimming pools, 20 dining venues, 52 trees (part of the replica of New York City's Central Park along with surf simulators, robot bartenders and a casino.

Prices for a seven day cruise start at £7,525 (Rs 7,25,023) per person.

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Story first published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 11:39 [IST]
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