The world’s largest cruise ever built set sail from the STX France Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. STX France indicated this first sea trial is devoted mainly to test her electric power plant and propulsion system, as well as maneuverability tests.
There are believed to be 500 people onboard Harmony of the Seas, including crew members, STX test teams, suppliers and Royal Caribbean’s customer monitoring team. Also onboard are engineers and technicians and representatives from the classification society DNV GL.
The next set of sea trials are scheduled to be held before the end of April.
Delivery of Harmony of the Seas to Royal Caribbean is scheduled for May 12, with departure to Southampton, UK around May 15.
The Harmony of the Seas is the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class. At 227,700 GRT, the cruise ship will be just slightly larger than her two sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which at 225,282 GRT are currently the largest cruise ships in the world.
Harmony of the Seas is expected to make her maiden voyage from Europe in May 2016. The ship is designed to carry a total of 6,410 passengers and 2,300 crew.