Harmony of the Seas - What We Know
When Oasis Class ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, were first launched – they were considered record breakers for the cruise industry. Both ships currently hold the joint-record for the world’s largest passenger ship – with a gross tonnage of 225,282. A maximum of 5,200 passengers can sail on each ship at any one time and each passenger can enjoy amenities such as the FlowRider surf simulator, exciting restaurants, comfortable accommodations and the state of the art Royal Theatre.
Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis Class ship is currently under construction, with a launch date set for April, 2016. Not only will this ship be the largest in the world, registering a total of 227,700GT, but it will offer unbelievable amenities and facilities, never before seen on a cruise ship. Cruise Franchise takes a closer look at what we currently know about this gargantuan vessel.
Unlike its predecessors, which offered the H20 Zone aqua park, Harmony of the Seas will feature an expansive water park, suitable for all ages. The stand-out feature from the concept art is undoubtedly the vibrantly coloured waterslides, which rise high above the pool deck of the ship. Three slides, two of which are named Cyclone and Typhoon, will take thrill-seekers on a spiralling journey down a series of decks, whilst the third slide, supercell, will send riders swirling around a giant bowl. Toddlers will also be able to enjoy a range of features at the all-new Splashaway Bay water park, which features a multi-platform jungle-gym, water cannons and winding slides.
On the subject of slides, much speculation was made over the prospect of a huge 10-storey, 100 foot ride. This slide, which has recently been confirmed as a non-water-based slide, would take passengers from the Pool and Sports Zone at the aft of the ship, to the Boardwalk neighbourhood below. Details are currently limited, but this new slide would not only be a first for Royal Caribbean – it would be a first for the cruise industry as a whole.
Anyone who loved Quantum of the Seas will be delighted with the news that some of the popular features on Quantum Class vessels will be carried over to Harmony of the Seas. Guests will be able to head over to the Bionic Bar, where they can order a cocktail via a tablet device and watch two robotic arms swing and shake as they prepare your selected drink. The Wonderland restaurant, which debuted on Quantum of the Seas and offers guests “maddeningly delicious” cuisine, will also feature on Harmony of the Seas, with an intriguing two-story restaurant.
Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis Class vessel certainly looks set to offer a range of exciting new amenities and features. But if that wasn’t enough, Royal Caribbean are also building a fourth currently unnamed Oasis Class vessel, set to launch in 2018.
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