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This Is What the Inside of the World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Looks Like

It's twice as long as the Washington Monument and home to the sea's tallest slide.

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The world’s biggest cruise ship

To some, cruises sound like nightmares: hundreds of people trapped on a ship in the middle of the ocean with nothing to do. But what if your cruise ship was large enough to accommodate a nine-story-tall zip-line, a boardwalk with a carousel, three stages for performances, and a 150-foot tall slide? This seems like a lot, but there’s plenty of room for all this and more on the world’s biggest cruise ship: the Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.

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It boasts 23 restaurants…

It’s been nearly a year since Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas hit the waves to Italy, making it the biggest cruise ship in the world. Within the ship are seven “neighbourhoods,” 23 restaurants (including an Alice in Wonderland-inspired eatery), 42 bars and lounges, and 24 pools, waterslides, and flowriders. Families can enjoy Sugar Beach, a sweets shop with ice cream and 100 candies, along with glow-in-the-dark laser tag and an escape room. There’s also evening entertainment, but nothing like you’ve seen on a cruise before—think an ice rink and an AquaTheater, which overlooks the ocean and has a performance pool. Visitors can check out “Flight: Dare to Dream,” an original Royal Caribbeans production which incorporates 3D flying technology, video, and automation to make actors “float” while going through the history of aeronautics.

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A 13-second, 10-story slide…

In addition to being the world’s biggest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas also boasts the tallest slide at sea. The “Ultimate Abyss” slide rises 150 feet above sea level for a 13-second, 10-story drop for thrill seekers. Adrenaline rush not your thing? This ship is also equipped with a Bionic Bar featuring a robotic bartender. You can order your drink customized based on ingredients and pour order.

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And 2,787 rooms!

It’s no wonder this ship can pack a week’s worth of entertainment. Coming in at a whopping 228,081 gross registered tonnes, 238 feet tall, and 1,188 feet long, it took three years and 4,700 shipbuilders to bring the Symphony of the Seas to life. It boasts a capacity of 6,680 guests across 2,787 rooms, according to Business Insider, including a two-level family suite with an in-room slide, private cinema, lego wall, whirlpool, and balcony.

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Planning your next cruise ship?

The Symphony of the Seas is currently sailing on routes through the Eastern and Western Caribbean, as well as the Bahamas.

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