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New Ships Signal Bigger Is Better

A two-story family suite, with a slide, is one way example of how the cruise industry is upping its game for travelers.

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Will the cruise industry ever rest in its pursuit of building bigger and bigger ships?

It sure doesn’t seem like it.

In April, Royal Caribbean International celebrated the inaugural voyage of the world’s largest cruise ship. Symphony of the Seas carries more than 5,500 guests and will be based in Miami beginning in November.

The ship boasts new restaurants, a two-level family suite with an in-room slide, a glow-in-the-dark laser tag area, a puzzle room and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

Heightened interest in cruising may be a trend driving investment in larger ships.

About 27.2 million passengers are expected to sail this year, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. That’s 1.4 million more than 2017 and 10 million more than 2009.

Have you sailed on a massive cruise ship? Tell us about the experience in the comments. 

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