The world's largest cruise ship is a ridiculous wonderland
Royal Caribbean (RCL) recently launched the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, in Miami after three years of construction.
On November 13, the Symphony took her maiden voyage boasting a 10-story fun park slide, 24 guest elevators, 18 decks, and a full-scale laser tag arena. And that’s just the beginning.
The launch comes on the heels of a global cruise ship industry boom. ‘Cruising,’ a term used by those in the industry, has become the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market. And there were 1 million jobs — paying $41 billion in wages and salaries — in the industry as of 2016, according to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.
The Symphony of the Seas weighs nearly 230,000 tons, consumes 2,000 tons of fresh water a day, and offloads between 120 and 160 cubic meters of solid waste per week. This all occurs while nearly 9,000 humans live day-to-day aboard the vessel.
Yahoo Finance visited the world’s largest cruise ship to see if it’s really worth the hype. What we found was wild.