Cruise ships have come a long way from the days of the humble steamship. With modern engineering and design, some of the biggest vessels to sail through the Panama Canal are awe-inspiring floating cities. The largest cruise ship to go through the Panama Canal is Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, at 228,081 gross tons.
The Symphony of the Seas is a behemoth in comparison to other vessels that have sailed through this important waterway.
It stretches over 1,188 feet in length and 136 feet in width. The ship is capable of carrying up to 6,680 passengers and 2,200 crew members. Onboard amenities include an ice skating rink, rock climbing walls, multiple pools and whirlpools, and an array of dining choices.
The ship made its inaugural voyage through the Panama Canal on its journey from Southampton, England to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2018. During its time at sea, it made stops in Barcelona and Rome before finally entering into one of world’s greatest engineering feats – The Panama Canal.
To make sure that all goes smoothly during its transit through the canal, Royal Caribbean has employed some special measures such as specialized navigational equipment for precise measurements and tugs for added security in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
The impressive Symphony of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship to go through the Panama Canal. Measuring over 1,188 feet in length and 136 feet in width and weighing 228,081 gross tons – this behemoth is capable of carrying up to 6,680 passengers and 2200 crew members. Royal Caribbean has taken extra safety measures for this voyage as well such as specialized navigational equipment for precise measurements and tugs for added security – making it a memorable experience for all who embark on this journey.