Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas reached an important milestone today, when she was floated out for the first time at the STX France shipyard.
Following its float out in the construction area, Symphony of the Seas was transferred to basin C. About fifty people were onboard Symphony of the Seas during the maneuver. Three pilots and eight tug boats assisted in moving Symphony of the Seas, since the ship's engines were not not being used.
To assist in the positioning, the port of Saint-Nazaire provides a sophisticated, portable and autonomous GPS system, which allows to give a position down to the centimeter.
Symphony of the Seas will remain at this position until her delivery date in mid-April 2018.
UPDATE: Royal Caribbean has released new photos from the float out of Symphony of the Seas.
Symphony of the Seas will spend her inaugural summer season exploring destinations in the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.