Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship the Symphony of the Seas has made its US debut in Miami.

The vessel is the largest cruise ship in the world and is a whopping 228,081 tonnes.

Port Miami, the largest cruise terminal in the US, will now be the cruise ship’s year-round home, with its first cruise starting this weekend.

The enormous Symphony of the Seas will welcome 5,510 guests on board each week at double occupancy in 2,759 staterooms, including 28 additional balcony rooms.

Cruises: Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – the world’s largest ship – arrives in Miami

The huge ship itself measures 238 feet tall and spans 1,188 feet in length.

A family ship, Symphony of the Seas will sail year-round seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami beginning 17 November.

It will add visits to the cruise line’s private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, when it launches in May 2019.

A particular highlight of the Symphony of the Seas is the two-story Ultimate Family Suite for eight guests includes an in-suite slide, air hockey table, building block wall and “Royal Genie” concierge.

There is also an onboard glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience called Battle for Planet Z.

The ship also boasts the tallest slide at sea (at a huge 10-storeys) and a trio of multi-story waterslides named Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell.

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Cruises: Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – the world’s largest ship – arrives in Miami (Image: Royal Caribbean)

Further water rides include two FlowRider surf simulators, which pump 34,000 gallons of water per minute.

Guests can also make the most of twin rock-climbing walls, standing at 40 feet tall and boasting stunning sea views.

There is also a zip line nine decks high, which speeds riders 82 feet across an open-air atrium.

In addition, there’s an AquaTheater, an open-air theatre with jaw-dropping, high-diving acrobatic and aquatic performances in the deepest pool at sea.

Lastly, there is a green sanctuary lush with more than 20,000 living plants and trees.

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Cruises: The ship boasts the tallest slide at sea and a trio of multi-story waterslides (Image:
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largest cruise ship royal caribbean cruises miami holidays 2019

Cruises: The huge cruise ship itself measures 238 feet tall and spans 1,188 feet in length (Image: Royal Caribbean)

“Symphony takes family holidaying to an all new level with energy and options never before found in one place,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

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 – all purposefully designed around guests’ preferences.

“With her US homecoming this week, Symphony is changing the game for how guests of all ages holiday on our biggest and boldest vessel yet.”

The official naming ceremony for Symphony of the Seas will take place on 15 November 2018, during the pre-inaugural celebration.

It will be hosted by the ship’s first-ever Godfamily – American actors and avid Royal Caribbean fans Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their toddler son Ocean.

It’s been revealed that there is one food item you should never take on board a cruise ship.

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