Friday File: Making Of A Cruise Ship

It's rare that most of us get a chance to see a cruise ship under construction, even in pictures. Royal Caribbean's third Oasis Class ship will be Harmony of the Seas, currently being built at the STX Shipyard in France. Below is what it looks like now, precisely one year before it opens for business, in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea…

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An aerial view of the new ship before taking a bow.

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A close-up of the bow, on which its name is already visible.

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Soccer players get ‘capped’ internationally…as do cruise ships.

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Appears it’ll be ready sooner than May 2016, don’t you think?

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What the artist thinks Harmony will look like when she’s done.

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And if Harmony’s like the mother ship, you won’t know her from Oasis!

In the news…

• Puerto Vallarta expecting visits from 131 ships this year, up 16 per cent
• Norwegian introduces specialty dining package starting at $59 for three days
• Chinese cruise market close to hitting a ceiling; Caribbean looking stronger

Today at portsandbows.com: Carnival's new policy on bringing drinks aboard

Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam
7 nights
November 29, 2015
Fort Lauderdale (return): Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key West
Inside: $482
Cost per day: $68
www.hollandamerica.com

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