Arrivals & Departures Royal Caribbean takes delivery of the world's biggest cruise ship

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Royal Caribbean International has officially taken delivery of the world's biggest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas. 

Symphony is the 25th ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet, and the latest addition to its Oasis class of vessels — and comes with some supersized statistics.

The ship is 72m tall and 362m long, with 18 decks and 2200 crew members. It can carry 5518 guests at double occupancy in 2759 staterooms.

The ship has seven on-board "neighbourhoods", with amenities including what Royal Caribbean says is the tallest slide at sea.

RCI president and chief executive Michael Bayley said Symphony of the Seas would "take family vacationing to an all-new level with energy and options never before found in one place".

"This ship is the perfect blend of our greatest hits we know guests love and a lineup of vibrant, new restaurants, activities and unparalleled entertainment," he said.

Among the new eating and dining options are a New England-inspired seafood restaurant (with ocean views, naturally), along with a sports bar with 31 big-screen TVs and an arcade with 20-plus games, and a lolly and ice-cream shop with more than 100 types of sweets. 

There will also be a glow-in-the-dark laser tag game — a first for Royal Caribbean — along with a new two-storey Ultimate Family Suite equipped with its own slide, private cinema, floor-to-ceiling Lego wall and a 20sqm balcony with table tennis and a whirlpool. 

The ship will home-port in Barcelona for the northern summer before heading to Miami, Florida, from where it will operate seven-night Caribbean cruises. 

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