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World’s largest cruise ship announced by Royal Caribbean

The world’s largest cruise ship is expected to launch in April as Royal Caribbean adds another ship to its fleet.

The new Symphony of the Seas will be the company’s fourth Oasis-class ship and the largest in the world. Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley announced the new ship saying, “What can you say when the best keep getting better?”

He added that in terms of sales, the new ship is already outpacing Harmony of the Seas, the company’s most popular ship. Symphony of the Seas will offer new features including a two-bedroom 1,346 square foot family suite capable of sleeping eight.

Passengers booking the family suite can enjoy their own 3D cinema room with video games and popcorn machine, 212-foot wrap around balcony with whirlpool, an air hockey table and floor-to-ceiling Lego climbing wall.

The world’s largest cruise ship will also offer a mobile app for self-check-in, eliminating long lines at terminal checks. Ship passengers will also be able to upload a “security selfie” to their account before they arrive, allowing them to head directly to their cabin after screening.

Once onboard, passengers can enjoy similar features of Harmony of the Seas including a 10-story Ultimate Abyas waterslide with 100-foot drop, Bionic Bar, The Boardwalk, Sweet Ice Cream Shop, Sugar Beach and other features such as new sports bars and arcade equipped with 30 television screens.

At 1,188 feet long and 215 feet wide, the new 16-deck ship will spend its inaugural summer season, from April to October 2018, in Europe calling at Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Naples before arriving at a new 170,000 sq-ft state-of-the-art cruise terminal in Miami.