Harmony Of The Seas Delivered To Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of its third Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, with a traditional flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France. Executives and staff from both the STX France shipyard and the line came together to celebrate the occasion, which took place onboard at the AquaTheater.

 

Constructed in 32 months at a cost of over USD 1 billion, the new ship is the largest cruise ship in the world and boasts a mixture of experiences pioneered on her Oasis- and Quantum-class sisters, as well as highly anticipated first-at-sea experiences.

 

Neighborhoods, RCI’s First Waterslides

The distinct neighborhood concept from Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas returns with 7 neighborhoods spread throughout the ship, including the Boardwalk with its own Starbucks cafe, Central Park, Royal Promenade, Entertainment Place, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Youth Zone and the Pool & Sports Zone.

 

For the first time on a Royal Caribbean International ship, passengers will be able to twist and slide down 3 multi-level waterslides (including “The Ultimate Abyss”, the tallest slide at-sea spanning 10 decks) at Harmony of the Seas’ Pool & Sports Zone. Complementing the thrill ride are 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, 2 FlowRider surf simulators and the Splashaway Bay waterpark for young guests.

 

Specialty Restaurants

Harmony of the Seas will offer cruisers 20 distinct dining options with an emphasis on specialty dining. Jamie’s Italian makes its debut on the Oasis-class and the ship will also be one of the first in the fleet to feature Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, adding a teppanyaki menu to the line’s Japanese offering. She will also have a Bionic BarSabor Modern Mexican, as well as the first double-deck Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine promising a kaleidoscopic culinary journey for the senses.

 

Larger Cabins, Studios and Virtual Balconies

The new ship also has several cabin enhancements, with most being larger size and studio cabin choices for single cruisers. All interior staterooms also get virtual balconies, where a floor-to-ceiling LED screen projects real-time exterior footage. New to Harmony of the Seas will be a full-service Suite Sun Zone sun deck only for suite passengers, in addition to exclusive use of the Coastal Kitchen restaurant.

 

Technological Advancements

With the successful introduction of some of the cruise industry’s groundbreaking technological advancements on the Quantum-class, Royal Caribbean will extend these to Harmony of the Seas. The RFID-embedded WOWBands that allow access to cabins, onboard purchases and reservations will be available to every guest, while passengers can stay connected via VOOM, touted as the fastest internet at sea.

 

Grease at Sea, AquaTheater and Flora at Central Park

Expanding Royal Caribbean’s Broadway entertainment lineup, the hit musical Grease will headline the ship’s production shows in the Royal Theater. Other Oasis-class highlights include spectacular diving shows in the AquaTheater, 11,252 works of art showcased throughout the ship and Central Park, a living park in the center of the ship which features a total of 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees, some over 6.1 meters high.

 

Harmony of the Seas will now depart France for Southampton, where she will sail her inaugural cruise. The ship then moves to her summer homeport in Barcelona, operating 7-night sailings in the western Mediterranean. In November 2016, she will cross the Atlantic Ocean and arrive at her homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There, she will offer 7-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings, joining sister-ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

 

For more information, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.

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