Cruise ships grow four times as big in 90 years

For the past 90 years, people have enjoyed cruising from South Florida. The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, will set sail in the Mediterranean Sea in Spain, France, England and Italy in May 2016 and in the Caribbean from its home port of Port Everglades in November 2016. The ship is 1,188 feet long from bow to stern and almost four times the size of the Mary Weems, the first passenger ship to call at Palm Beach Harbor in 1926. Take a look at the chart comparing one of the earliest steamers to the most luxurious ship sailing the ocean next year.

Mary WeemsHarmony of the seas
First sailing dateJanuary 1926May 2016
HarborPalm Beach HarborEverglades Harbor
length300 feet1,180 feet
weight3,133 tons227,000 tons
Costs (3 days)$ 75.21 *$ 501.50 *
ShipownerBaltimore & Carolina Steamship Co.Royal Caribbean International

Mary Weems

This was the first passenger ship to enter the new port of Palm Beach. The steamer docked at around 8:30 a.m. on January 3, 1926. Passengers were greeted by the Mayors of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Kelsey City and Riviera and members of the Admission Committee. The ship spent a day in Palm Beach and then went to Miami.

* The Mary Weems cost a 3 day round trip from Philadelphia. The costs included food and accommodation. The rooms had two single beds, showers and bathtubs.

Harmony of the seas

This ship will cruise the Mediterranean in May 2016 and then the Caribbean in November. The Harmony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world. The ship has 14 pools and whirlpools, 3 multi-story water slides, a 3D cinema, a zipline, an ice skating rink, surf stimulators, a carousel, a royal theater with hit musicals, a water park and 20 restaurants.

* The costs for the Harmony of the Seas apply to a 3-day round trip to the Bahamas from Port Everglades in November 2016. The costs include food and accommodation. These are the minimum costs and do not include taxes, fees and port costs.

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