STX: the biggest ship in the world weighs anchor in Saint-Nazaire

The “Symphony of the seas, largest cruise liner in the world delivered by the shipyard STX, lifted the anchor Saturday morning from the port of Saint-Nazaire in front of several hundred people came to attend the maneuver spectacular.

The “Symphony of the seas”, which measures 362 metres long and 66 metres wide to 228.000 tons gross tonnage, is delivered to the shipowner american Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), historical customer of STX France.

This juggernaut of the seas, at a cost of one billion euros, can accommodate more than 8,000 people on board, of which 2.200 members of the crew. It delights with its twin “Harmony of the seas, delivered to RCCL by STX in 2016, the title of the biggest liner in the world for a few meters and a few booths over.

The maneuvers of departure started as planned at 8: 30, under a bright sun. The ship has left the port less than an hour later to get to Malaga, Spain. It will conduct its inaugural season in the Mediterranean sea, before joining in the fall of her home port, Miami, United States.

Floating city, it includes – such as the”Harmony of the seas” – over 66,000 m2 of spaces for dining and entertainment, including a Central Park, like in New York, raised a total of 12,000 plant species.

An ice skating rink, transforming itself into a “laser game” or a family suite luxury, with a slide inside, a private jacuzzi, or even a popcorn machine, are part of the innovations.

This is the thirteenth built by the shipyard of Saint-Nazaire for RCCL. The order of the”Harmony of the seas”, in December 2012, with optional one of “Symphony”, had been a breath of fresh air for the ex-construction Sites of Atlantic, after two years without a new contract.

Since then, the orders poured in: STX France, the last great French shipyard, has delivered nine ships by 2022, at the rate of two per year, a situation not seen since the departure of the Queen Mary 2 in 2003.

To cope with this workload, the shipyard has completed more than 900 CDI hires in five years. It does work currently 8,000 people, including 3,000 employees, and is seeking to recruit 200 engineers, technicians and workers.

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