The world’s largest cruise ship is undergoing its finishing touches in Hamburg. At 339 metres, the Freedom of the Seas is actually six metres shorter than the previous record holder, the Queen Elizabeth II. But at 59 metres wide, the ship is 15 metres broader than her predecessor. Thousands of people turned up to see the floating palace arrive: “I prefer the Queen Mary,” said one woman, “it had a nicer design, this one looks more like a tower block.”“We got up at four o’clock in the morning to get here,” said another, “it really is great!” The liner is equipped with, among other things, an ice rink and a climbing wall to help its 4,000 plus passengers relax on their cruises around the Caribbean. There will also be almost 1,400 crew members on hand to tend to their every need.
Record-breaking liner prepares for sea trials