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Here's where you'll be able to cruise on world's biggest ship

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/03/2017 Gene Sloan

Harmony of the Seas sports the same inward-facing “cavern” as its sisters, giving guests more options than ever for accommodations. © Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas sports the same inward-facing “cavern” as its sisters, giving guests more options than ever for accommodations. The biggest cruise ship ever built will operate nearly half a dozen distinct seven-night itineraries in the Caribbean. 

Unveiled on Wednesday, the initial schedule for Royal Caribbean's 230,000-ton Symphony of the Seas will include seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyages out of Miami to Basseterre, St. Kitts; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Nassau in the Bahamas. 

The 16-deck-high vessel, currently under construction at a shipyard in France, also will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyages that feature stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach destination in Haiti. 

Two more seven-night Caribbean itineraries will feature St. Thomas, Nassau and either St. Maarten or Labadee. 

Symphony also will operate seven-night Western Caribbean voyages that include stops in Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau.

The Eastern Caribbean itineraries start at $798 per person, based on double occupancy. The Western Caribbean sailings start at $848.

The Caribbean trips will kick off in November 2018 when Symphony begins sailing out of Miami. Scheduled to debut in April 2018, the ship will spend its first few months operating a mix of seven- to nine-night voyages in the Mediterranean.  

Symphony also will sail a single, four-night voyage from Miami to Cozumel when it first arrives in the city in November 2018. 

Royal Caribbean began taking bookings for Symphony's initial cruises on Wednesday.

Symphony will be the fourth ship in Royal Caribbean's groundbreaking Oasis Class series. The line Wednesday said Symphony would be about 3,000 tons larger than the last new vessel in the series, Harmony of the Seas, which currently is the largest cruise ship in the world. Unveiled just eight months ago, Harmony measures 226,963 tons and can carry up to 6,780 passengers. 

Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class vessels have made waves in the cruise industry since they began debuting in 2009. All three Oasis Class ships currently at sea are in excess of 225,000 tons — more than 30% larger than the next largest cruise ships.

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