(CNN) — It has been three years within the making, however the world’s largest cruise ship is lastly able to welcome passengers.
Measuring a staggering 1,188 toes, Royal Caribbean’s Surprise of the Seas was delivered final month and is because of start its maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Caribbean on March 4.
The 18-deck cruise ship was constructed on the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and has capability for six,988 visitors and 2,300 crew members.
A rendering of the Surprise of the Seas, which is the world’s largest cruise ship.
“We’re excited to introduce visitors the world over to Surprise of the Seas and its world-class options after a six-year-long course of,” Mark Tamis, senior vice chairman of resort operations at Royal Caribbean Worldwide tells CNN Journey.
“From planning to supply, we have utilized our experience throughout Royal Caribbean, in addition to incorporating our visitor’s options and journey accomplice suggestions to create one thing actually awe-inspiring.”
The ship will start working five- to seven-night cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Caribbean in March earlier than launching Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Rome in Could.
Surprise of the Seas in the course of the begin of its bodily development at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France.
Bernard Biger/Chantiers de l’Atlantique/Royal Caribbean
“We have at all times prided ourselves on providing visitors one of the best and most revolutionary ships to offer them a really extraordinary expertise. Surprise encompasses all of that,” provides Tamis.
The ship was initially scheduled for supply in 2021, however this was pushed again as a result of delays caused by the worldwide pandemic.
Surprise of the Seas options eight on board neighborhoods unfold over 18 decks.
The fifth and latest of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class vessels, Surprise of the Seas is one in all a number of model new cruise ships which might be set to hit the waters within the coming weeks and months.
Discovery Princess, the latest addition to the Princess Cruises fleet, was handed over on the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
In the meantime, Disney Want, the primary new cruise ship Disney has in-built ten years, is because of be delivered this summer season, whereas Silversea Cruises’ new luxurious cruise ship Silver Daybreak is scheduled for a spring debut.
CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.