World's largest cruise ship docks at Port Canaveral

Irving Hamilton
November 9, 2018

The world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, made its way to Port Canaveral early Thursday. The massive ship heads to South Florida Thursday afternoon. It's the length of four football fields and has 18 decks.

Royal Caribbean chose to make the ship's first US stop at Port Canaveral allowing passengers to clear customs and get a Coast Guard inspection. "As a brand-new ship, coming from a foreign port, it's important that the customs clearance and Coast Guard inspection operations run smoothly and efficiently to avoid time delays and preserve a positive guest experience".

The ship's 5,439 passengers have to disembark in Port Canaveral.

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The Harbor Pilot Doug Brown says that "when you get something that's this big out at sea, it takes over a mile to stop and I have about 2,000 feet to stop it".

Symphony will be based at the Port of Miami.

Royal Caribbean's new ship was unveiled in March and is a 228-ton vacation wonderland for people looking to enjoy a little bit of everything on the seven seas.

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