Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time – in pictures

Some 70,000 people watched from along the coast of Saint-Nazaire in France as the Harmony of the Seas pulled away from a shipyard. Stephane Mahe / Reuters

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

The Harmony of the Seas is pulled away from a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire as thousands of people look on. Stephane Mahe / Reuters

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

At 66 metres, the Harmony of the Seas is the widest cruise ship ever built. Jean-Francois Monier / AFP


Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas was built for the US-based Royal Caribbean Cruises. Jean-Francois Monier / AFP

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

The floating town, which cost close to €1 billion to build, has 16 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. Edward Boone / EPA

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. Edward Boone / EPA

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas’ 362-metre length makes it 50 metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. Edward Boone / EPA

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas is headed for Southampton in southern England and is to embark on its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona. Edward Boone / EPA

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

The floating town, which cost close to €1 billion to build, has 16 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. Edward Boone / EPA

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas was built for the US-based Royal Caribbean Cruises. Stephane Mahe / Reuters

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. Jean-Francois Monier / AFP

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

At 66 metres, the Harmony of the Seas is the widest cruise ship ever built. Jean-Francois Monier / AFP

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. Jean-Francois Monier / AFP

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Harmony of the Seas is headed for Southampton in southern England and is to embark on its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona. Jean-Francois Monier / AFP

Harmony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship sails for the first time - in pictures

Some 70,000 people watched from along the coast of Saint-Nazaire in France as the Harmony of the Seas pulled away from a shipyard and onward to southern England. Edward Boone / EPA

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