The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, set off on its first sea trial from Saint-Nazaire in western France on Thursday, just two months before it is due to be delivered to the US-based cruise company Royal Caribbean International.
Thousands of people gathered at the dock to watch as the 120,000-tonne ship was helped out to sea by six tugs.
Some 500 people – mostly crew as well as engineers, suppliers and Royal Caribbean International staff – were on board for the trial, which is set to continue until Sunday.
Workers at Saint-Nazaire’s STX shipyards first began building the €1 billion ($1.1 billion) behemoth in September 2013. With all but the finishing touches completed, tourists have been allowed on board to marvel at the ship for months. At 362 metres (1,187 feet) in length, it’s 100 metres longer than the Titanic. Flipped vertically, it 50 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.
The next trials will take place before the end of April, with delivery to Royal Caribbean International scheduled for May 12.
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(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2016-03-10