World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail From France

PARIS (AP) -
The Harmony of the Seas leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, France, on Sunday. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe)
The Harmony of the Seas leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, France, on Sunday. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe)

Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved goodbye to the largest cruise ship in the world as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard.

The $1 billion Harmony of the Seas cut a gargantuan silhouette Sunday as it left the western port town of Saint-Nazaire.

(Reuters/Stephane Mahe)
(Reuters/Stephane Mahe)

At 1,187 feet long, the 16-deck ship is bigger than the Eiffel Tower and holds the record for being the widest cruise ship ever built – boasting a 6,360-passenger capacity.

With more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools and a park with more than 10,000 plants and 50 trees, it’s been compared to a floating city.

The Harmony of the Seas is expected in Southampton on Tuesday, before its inaugural voyage on May 22 to Barcelona.