Photo gallery of the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, at its shipyard


Floating city: The enormous ship at its shipyard in St Nazaire

For videos of Ultimate Abyss, scroll to the end of this story

The world’s biggest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, is still under construction in France – and, hard as it is to believe, this huge floating building site will be ready to make its first public appearance in May.

On a hard-hat tour of the STX shipyard in St Nazaire today, I stepped over metal plates, ducked under cables and climbed plastic-wrapped stairs to explore this latest and biggest addition to the Royal Caribbean fleet.

Still to be added is the most exciting new feature – Ultimate Abyss, a ten-storey slide using mats. It will be constructed in late April. But even now, you can see the dizzying drop that riders will face.

Harmony of the Seas will be 33cm – just over a foot – longer than its sister ship Allure, slightly wider, and measure around 227,000 GRT. In theory, it could accommodate 2,185 crew and 6,700 guests, though the number of passengers is more likely to be around 5,600.

Below are some pictures to illustrate just how much work has been done – and remains to do – to create the largest pleasure park afloat. British cruise lovers will get a chance to see the completed ship when it sails into Southampton in May.


Building sight: A welder works above one of the staircases


Ice, ice baby: The site of the ice rink


Raising the bar: When the levitating bar will sit on the ship


Spanish promise: The future site of Boleros


One stage at a time: The theatre takes shape


Plenty in store: This area will one day be the Royal Promenade


Cabin fever: A corridor with outside rooms


Outside edge: The balconies are larger than on sister ships


Sign of progress: A few cables hang over the ship’s name


Boarded walk: Work on the Boardwalk continues


Aqua plain: The AquaTheater is far from finished


Park strife: Central Park is still devoid of its 12,000 plants and trees


A bridge too far: The captain’s bridge is being built


Driving seat: Displays around the captain’s chair


Water feature: Some of the slides


Cruise zip: The zip wire will run from above the Harmony sign


Long way down: The view of riders about to go on Ultimate Abyss


Still to come: A couple of metal poles mark the future entrance to Ultimate Abyss

A video of Ultimate Abyss as seen through virtual reality glasses

A video of the Ultimate Abyss shown at its construction point

Dave Monk (Shipmonk) has been shortlisted as best blogger in the Cruise International Awards 2017. To vote, please click here


2 thoughts on “Photo gallery of the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, at its shipyard

    • Hi Flavia, I think I would – unless I’m too chunky to go down it! Thanks for your ‘likes’ and comments yesterday – sadly, I had to cut short the Periscope feed because I needed to conserve battery and data. Plus use the phone for other things! I did try to tweet you back but I then lost signal for hours around the shipyard. I appreciate your continued interest and input. Best, Dave.


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