The world's biggest cruise liner, the 311-m (1,035-foot) Voyager of the Seas, will set sail this
week from 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 will leave Turku on Saturday for a three-week passage across the Atlantic to Miami, from where it will sail on its maiden commercial cruise on November 21.
"We are eager to get this baby to Miami and get as many passengers on board as possible," Royal Caribbean representative Magnus Granholm told reporters on a tour of the luxurious ship. The 137,000-ton floating hotel will be able to carry around 3,000 passengers and 1,800 crew in over 2,000 cabins spread over 15 decks.
It features a 100-m long "high street" promenade, hosting cafes, restaurants, shops and a casino with 400 slot machines.
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.