It was a big morning for cruise fans in North America as the new world’s largest passenger ship, Symphony of the Seas, finally arrived from Europe.
Unveiled in March, the much-awaited, 228,081-ton Royal Caribbean vessel pulled into Port Canaveral, Florida before dawn after crossing the Atlantic from Barcelona. The ship is making a quick stop at Port Canaveral on its way to its long-term home of Miami, where it is due on Friday.
Despite the early hour of its arrival, around 4 a.m., Symphony on Thursday had a small audience of photographers and fans as it glided toward Port Canaveral’s Terminal 1. The vessel only will remain in Port Canaveral until 5:30 p.m., when it will depart for Miami under a water salute.
Symphony’s main coming out party in North America will take place next Thursday in Miami when it is christened by actors and mega-cruise fans Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their 17-month-old son Ocean.
Designed for vacationers who love big, bustling mega-resorts, Symphony is built on the same platform as Royal Caribbean’s 2-year-old Harmony of the Seas, the previous size leader in cruising. But it eclipses its sibling by more than 1,000 tons and offers several new features.