Royal Caribbean’s Newest Cruise Ship is World’s Largest

 

Royal Caribbean’s Newest Cruise Ship is World’s Largest

By Burt Carey

When Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas launches in May, it will be the world’s largest cruise ship.

You were expecting something different from Royal Caribbean?

Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas, the Ultimate Abyss, exciting concepts, Bionic Bar, RFID technology, challenges the imaginationWell, the Harmony is different in a lot of ways. In fact it’s so different from other cruise experiences that it’s worth booking one of the staterooms on this $1.1 billion beauty.

At 1,187 feet long and 218 feet wide, the Harmony offers guests 16 decks in which to frolic and have fun. (Don’t worry: There are 24 elevators for passengers to get up and down.) The ship is the third Oasis-class cruise ship built by Royal Caribbean and will accommodate 6,780 guests (5,479 guests at double occupancy), who will be pampered and served by about 2,300 international crew members. There are 2,747 staterooms.

In a recent test voyage from its dock at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, she sailed 1,000 miles in three days under the watchful eyes of 500 crewmembers who put the behemoth through its paces. In typical STX France corporate speak, the tests went “as expected,” and a second scheduled test is slated for later this month. STX expects to deliver Harmony of the Seas to Royal Caribbean May 12.

Harmony of the Seas is expected to embark on its first official cruise with paying customers in May, when it sets sail from Southampton, United Kingdom. Its first cruise season, June through October, will be based in Europe, and beginning in November it will sail year-round from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a series of 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.

The ship will include a passel of onboard fun for passengers, including the Ultimate Abyss, a 10-story Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas, the Ultimate Abyss, exciting concepts, Bionic Bar, RFID technology, challenges the imaginationwaterslide reported to be the tallest slide at sea; the Perfect Storm, a trio of waterslides; and Splashaway Bay, a water park for kids. But that’s not nearly all of the experiences, amenities and activities at sea.

“We are orchestrating a medley of new, exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous vacationers. That is why we are calling our third Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

The Oasis class is an architectural marvel touting Royal Caribbean’s exclusive seven neighborhood concept, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.

The new Bionic Bar will be on the Royal Promenade.  The Bionic Bar was first introduced aboard Quantum of the Seas, where robot bartenders serve up one-of-a-kind crafted cocktails while dancing to a fluid beat.

Guests will enjoy RFID technology with Royal WOWBands that provide them access to their staterooms as well as make onboard purchases and reservations.  Harmony also will feature the fastest internet connection at sea, allowing guests to stream video; Skype with family and friends back at home; and share their vacation memories through social media instantly while at sea.

The company has made some Harmony of the Seas stateroom categories larger than other Oasis-class ships. Interior accommodations will be outfitted with Royal Caribbean’s exclusive Virtual Balconies, which offer a view from every stateroom, while single travelers will have studio stateroom choices. Suite guests will have exclusive new areas to enjoy, from a well-appointed suite lounge and a private suites-only restaurant called Coastal Kitchen to an exclusive full-service Suite Sun Zone sun deck.

Younger and young-at-heart guests can take a spin on the handcrafted carousel or enjoy a new classic games arcade on the ship’s Boardwalk neighborhood. While parents enjoy the newly relocated Starbucks café on the Boardwalk, kids can meet new friends at a new climbing play area.

Royal Caribbean’s Dynamic Dining will give Harmony of the Seas’ guests a culinary experience as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, with more choice and flexibility than ever.

New specialty restaurant concepts will provide even more variety for guests including Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, with a new teppanyaki menu, and the Sabor Modern Mexican restaurant. The new Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine will give guests the chance to experience a unique culinary adventure for the senses when Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes in a whimsical setting that challenges the imagination with never-before-seen fare.

Watch this video of the Harmony of the Seas at STX France, as it prepares to take its first passengers.

For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should call their travel agent, visit RoyalCaribbean.com, or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

 

Source:  Baret News

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