Paris, May 17: The STX Shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France was crowded to its ultimate limit to watch the world's biggest-ever cruise ship, the 120,000-tonne Harmony of the Seas, set sails for UK.
At 217 feet, it is the widest cruise ship ever built. 362 meters in length, it is taller than the Eiffel tower by 50 meters. 70,000 people clapped and cheered when the ship pulled away from the shipyard where it was built, on France's Atlantic shore.
The ship was built for the US-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL). The total cost of building the ship was one billion euros and it comprises of 16 decks that can carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members.
Heading toward Southampton in southern England, it will start its official voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona.