Royal Caribbean is leading the field when it comes to mega cruise ships, that's for certain! They own and operate the biggest cruise vessels at sea, and last week their three most enormous fleet members met for the first time in a spectacular show of maritime might. We love the images from this amazing rendez-vous, and we thought you might too.
The Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and newly-launched Harmony of the Seas came together on Friday for the first time - and possibly the only time! This marked the arrival of the Harmony in the United States, after her construction in France and a season sailing from various ports in the Mediterranean. Her new homeport is Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - a cruising hub with easy access to the beautiful isles of the Caribbean.
Oasis Class innovation
All three ships pictured are part of Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class, named for the original member: Oasis of the Seas. They are engineering and architectural marvels, with a whole heap of new and exciting experience for their passengers. Standard Oasis Class features include themed neighbourhoods, lush and leafy "Central Parks", FlowRider surf simulators, zip lines, outdoor AquaTheatres with incredible daily shows, interesting bars, a huge range of restaurants and some unique accommodations including luxurious multi-level loft suites.
The Harmony of the Seas, just arrived in her new home, stole the title of largest cruise ship when she debuted earlier in 2016. Claiming just one extra foot over her nearly-identical sister ships, she boasts a few extras - such as the Ultimate Abyss 10-story tall waterslide, and new specialty restaurants including Jamie's Italian and the imaginative Wonderland. There are also all-new entertainment options like the Grease stage show, a classic favourite.
To sail on one of these three giants in the foreseeable future, you'll have to make the trip to Florida, North American cruising mecca, and sail into the Caribbean. Very worth the trip for keen cruisers! However, you can get a peek at a Royal Caribbean megaship Down Under with the Quantum Class Ovation of the Seas which visits Australia and the South Pacific regularly.