Cruise hub Miami gets its largest ship ever with arrival of Symphony of the Seas

The new giant of cruising, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, finally has reached its year-round home.   

Unveiled earlier this year in Europe, the much-awaited, 228,081-ton Royal Caribbean vessel pulled into the Port of Miami on Friday before dawn after a 12-night voyage from Barcelona. The arrival came a day after the 18-deck-high vessel made a brief stop at Port Canaveral, Florida — its first call in North America. 

Arriving in the vicinity of Miami’s cruise port before 3 a.m. on Friday, Symphony was met by fire boats spraying water in the air in celebration. It made a turn in the basin in front of Miami’s Museum Park before docking at the port’s new Terminal A around 4 a.m.

Symphony will be feted again late Friday with fireworks over the Miami harbor. But the ship’s main coming out party in North America will take place next Thursday in Miami when it is christened by actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their 17-month-old son Ocean.   

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