The luxury cruise line Royal Caribbean is introducing its newest addition, the Harmony of the Seas, which will make its maiden voyage in May 2016 to the western Mediterranean region. The new ship can accommodate 6,410 passengers with 2,000 crew members spread over 16 decks that feature 2,747 state rooms.
Built in St Nazaire in France, the construction of Harmony of the Seas started in 2013 and reportedly cost a whopping US$ 1.1 billion. But the staggering cost has clearly translated into the stunning features and entertainment with which the new cruise line is equipped.
For starters, the luxury cruise includes seven magnificent “neighbourhood” concepts, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the pool and sports zone, the spa and fitness centre, entertainment venues and a youth zone.
What do these neighbourhoods offer? Guests can enjoy sipping cocktails served by robot bartenders at the ship’s “Bionic Bar”, or dare themselves to ascend 10 stories high on the tallest double-slides at sea: “Ultimate Abyss”, which will slide from Deck 16 to Deck 6 at almost 15kph.
Other attractions include a pair of FlowRider surf simulators, rock-climbing walls and an ice-skating rink. Elsewhere, guests can also savour a variety of menus amid the 20 dining options on board, such as Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, Sabor Modern Mexican restaurant and Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, to name a few.
For guests who are not in the mood for adventure, there’s heaps of world-class entertainment. Harmony of the Seas will offer myriad plays and musicals for everyone to enjoy. The main Royal Theatre uses 21st-century technology to create a performance environment that supersedes traditional theatres and can fit 1,380 guests. It will feature two musicals: Columbus, The Musical! and the Broadway hit Grease. Meanwhile, the AquaTheater, as seen on other Royal Caribbean ships, will boast two 10-metre-high platforms and a hydraulic-floored pool for spectacular hair-raising aerobatics performances.
“We are taking entertainment to the next level on Harmony of the Seas with more captivating, immersive entertainment experiences than ever before,” said Nick Weir, Vice President, Entertainment, for Royal Caribbean International.
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