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World’s largest cruise ship adds Cozumel to upcoming agenda

Cozumel, Q.R. — The largest cruise ship in the world is part of the lines that will make their way to the popular island of Cozumel for the upcoming Mexican Caribbean cruise season.

Several cruise lines have already announced Mexico’s Caribbean is on their 2018-2019 agenda, with Cozumel being one of their main stops. Of the lines including Cozumel is Royal Caribbean’s new Symphony of the Seas.

Deemed the largest cruise ship in the world, Symphony of the Seas kicked off its maiden voyage March 28 when it departed Barcelona for a five-night cruise to Italy. The ship will spend the next few months sailing Mediterranean waters out of Barcelona before she moves to Miami.

From there, Royal Caribbean has announced the cruise ship will begin offering Caribbean cruises that will include Mexico’s Cozumel island. Data from the state Port Administration shows last year, over 4.1 million cruise ship passengers enjoyed touring the island of Cozumel.

Symphony of the Seas has a passenger capacity of 6,680 with a crew of 2,200 totaling nearly 9,000 people when full. The ship began construction in early 2015 at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire, France and announced its completion in October of last year.

With a cost of more than $1 billion USD, it was delivered to Royal Caribbean in St. Nazaire on March 23, spending a week re-positioning to Barcelona where it began offering cruises days later.

Other cruise lines that have announced stops at Cozumel for the upcoming 2018-2019 Caribbean cruise season include Norwegian Bliss, Carnival Horizon, and the new Celebrity Edge by Celebrity Cruises, which the company says should be in operation for December of this year.