World's Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail From France

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First Voyage for World's Biggest Cruise Ship

Paris (AP) -- Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved goodbye to the largest cruise ship in the world as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard.

The $1 billion Harmony of the Seas cut a gargantuan silhouette Sunday as it left the western port town of Saint-Nazaire.

View of the upper deck.
View of the upper deck.
Photographer: Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP via Getty Images

At 362 meters (1,187 feet) long, the 16-deck ship is bigger than the Eiffel Tower and holds the record for being the widest cruise ship ever built — boasting a 6,360-passenger capacity.

It's been compared to a floating city with more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools and a park with more than 10,000 plants and 50 trees.

The Harmony of the Seas is expected in Southampton on Tuesday, before its inaugural voyage on May 22 to Barcelona.

The auditorium inside the Harmony of the Seas.
The auditorium inside the Harmony of the Seas.
Photographer: Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP via Getty Images
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