The Harmony of the Seas is due to hit the water next year, and will beat out sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas for their current titles as the largest ships in the world. Slightly larger and just as fantastic as the current Oasis Class ships, she will take 5,479 passengers at a time on fantastic cruise holidays in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
In exciting news for the cruise community, Royal Caribbean announced yesterday that the Harmony of the Seas' exterior construction has been completed and she has been floated out of drydock to begin getting her sea legs at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. A cause for celebration in any new ship build, this completed phase of construction means she can officially take her place as the biggest cruise ship afloat.
It also means that the Harmony is one step closer to completion, and right on schedule for her launch date of April 2016. Royal Caribbean is making a splash with a hat-trick of new vessels in 2015 and 2016: In addition to the Harmony rounding out the Oasis class, the Quantum Class has been expanding with the launch of the Anthem of the Seas in April of this year and the Ovation of the Seas due to take to the waves late next year.
What to expect
As we reported previously, the Harmony of the Seas will combine Oasis Class features with some great aspects of the newer Quantum Class for a unique cruise experience. Here is a recap of the highlights for those curious about this new mega-vessel:
- The Neighbourhoods concept, a distinctive Oasis Class feature, will be embraced again on the Harmony of the Seas. There are seven of these - Central Park, the Boardwalk, The Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
- Not one, not two, but three multi-storey waterslides will provide plenty of watery fun.
- The Bionic Bar, a Quantum Class feature, does away with those pesky human bartenders and replaces them with cocktail-making robots.
- The Royal Loft Suite might just be bigger than your own home, with a loft-style master bedroom and bath, two more twin bedrooms and another bathroom downstairs, a dining area, dry bar, living area and whirlpool on the private balcony.
- Twelve dining options are included in the cruise fare, with a further eight charging a small cover fee. Exclusive to Harmony is Mini Bites, a new place to grab a snack.
- Voom is the fastest internet connection at sea, and it will be available onboard the Harmony of the Seas.
- Want some stats? the Harmony of the Seas will have 16 decks, 2,747 staterooms, a double occupancy of 5,479 and will weigh 227,000 tons.
- There will be a zip line above the boardwalk for adrenaline lovers.
- The technologically-savvy Quantum Class introduced WOWBands, a wearable version of a cruise card using RFID technology. These will be implemented on the new ship for a more seamless experience.
Following the Harmony of the Seas' launch in April 2016, she will sail the Mediterranean out of Barcelona and Rome before heading across in the fall to her permanent homeport in Florida, Port Everglades. We look forward to hearing from any cruisers who get aboard this mammoth ship!
Images from Royal Caribbean