The story behind Royal Caribbean’s ‘ludicrously entertaining’ Symphony of the Seas cruise liner: report

Imagine more than three dozen restaurants, a zip line, a 10-story fun slide, a carousel, an open-air garden, two giant theaters and 23 pools, hot tubs and water slides all floating in the middle of the ocean. Seem a bit unbelievable? Meet Royal Caribbean’s new Symphony of the Seas.

Wired has the fascinating story of how the more than $1 billion ship — which has room for nearly 9,000 people and is roughly five times the size of the Titanic — came to be, tracing the race to build ever-larger, amenity-packed cruise liners to the influence of the Finnish architect who has led Royal Caribbean’s effort to push the limits of ship design.

Wired’s Oliver Franklin-Wallis recounts his early 2018 tour of Symphony as the finishing touches of the build were being completed. In addition to…

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