The world's biggest cruise liner, the 311-metre (1,035-foot) Voyager of the Seas, was scheduled to set sail last week from its birthplace in Finland to the United States. The $500 million vessel is the first of three sister ships ordered by cruise operator Royal Caribbean from Masa-Yards in the western Finland city of Turku.
The ship, a full 43 metres longer than the Titanic, will sail on its maiden commercial cruise on November 21. It features a 100-metre long "high street" promenade, hosting cafes, restaurants, shops and a casino with 400 slot machines. Special attractions include a three-story theatre with 1,350 seats, which imitates Milan's renowned La Scala, an ice-skating rink and a 10-metre climbing wall situated on the back of the ship's funnel.
It will be followed by two sister vessels, Explorer of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas, that are due for delivery in autumn 2000 and spring 2002.
More information: Masa Yards