Three times the length of Big Ben, the world’s largest and most expensive cruise ship has sailed majestically into Southampton after leaving its French construction docks. It’s difficult to exaggerate when it comes to Harmony of the Seas™, the latest vessel to be launched by Royal Caribbean®.

New construction

The ship took 32 months to construct in its St Nazaire shipyard and can carry 6,410 guests, has an impressive 18 decks in total and is 362 metres long. Harmony of the Seas is truly built on gargantuan lines, and cost no less than $1 billion to build. With 2,300 crew members to cater for its passengers’ needs, the ship’s maiden voyage is set to start on 29th May this year.

Friendly neighbourhood features

The ship features a new concept in cruise design – separate neighbourhoods, with seven in total. The size of the vessel means it’s been divided into different areas, allowing passengers to enjoy different experiences while onboard. There’s a pool and sports zone, with 23 swimming pools in total – and they’re certainly impressive. You can have an exhilarating time on the two FlowRider® surf stimulators, or try out the zipline, or the Perfect Storm® three water slides.

For the ultimate in adrenaline pumping and jaw-dropping amazement you simply have to try out Ultimate Abyss®. Standing at over 150-feet tall with a ten story drop, this amazing slide is the tallest to ever be revealed onboard a ship.

A sailing park

Another spectacular feature is the ship’s park, Central Park. Containing 52 trees, 10,587 plants and 48 vines, Royal Caribbean hasn’t spared any attention to detail. The addition of 11,252 pieces of art displayed onboard also means aesthetics haven’t been abandoned in favour of scale.

Look out for Dazzlers if you want to learn how to dance, or practice your moves. This dance lounge spans three decks and overlooks the Boardwalk® below and is open by both day and night, or simply carry out some retail therapy in Central Park.

Wining and dining

Try the Bionic Bar – where customers can order their drinks on an iPad and their orders will be serviced by robot bartenders.

The ship has a whole host of different dining opportunities. Central Park® is the place to head to if you love Jamie’s Italian, or other restaurants including Chops Grille or Vintages, to name but a few. There are 20 restaurants in total throughout the ship.

While onboard, if you really want to enjoy another unusual experience, head to The Rising Tide Bar. Thanks to some nifty engineering the bar actually moves between the Royal Promenade on deck eight along to the Royal Promenade on deck five. Of course, you could become very confused if you have too much to drink.

Entertaining fun

Harmony of the Seas’ purpose is all enjoyment and pleasure, and the Entertainment Place is the neighbourhood where much of the ship’s amusement activities take place.

What better way to spend a night cruising the open sea than with a top musical production? Harmony of the Seas can certainly lend a helping hand with not just one fantastic production, but two. Firm favourite Grease and new to the scene Colombus, The Musical! are sure to keep spirits high. Despite the huge onboard Royal Theatre seating 1,380 guests, we still recommend you book your tickets at your earliest convenience as show stoppers like these are expected to sell out.

Skating more your style? Or maybe you just want to see all the entertainment on offer? Either way, Studio B is home to two quality skating extravaganzas, a Comedy Live show is featured and the fun doesn’t stop there, music lovers can relax to some blues at Jazz on 4 too.

Kids aren’t forgotten

Family pleasure is paramount on Harmony of the Seas. Young people of all ages can take part in the Adventure Youth programme. Even the very youngest of passengers are catered for with the age for participation starting at six months. There’s even two nurseries called Royal Babies® and Royal Tots® that’ll allow parents to have some time to themselves safe in the knowledge their young are cared for.

The range of activities for children and young people are imaginative and adventurous. There’s the world’s first theatre workshop at sea with special activities that are targeted at this age group. Any budding scientists can fulfill their passion at the Adventure Science Lab®. Teens can try out the Fuel Disco or the Living Room for socialising or just relaxing.

With all of its impressive statistics Harmony of the Seas is certainly awe inspiring. Family is at the very heart of Royal Caribbean’s new concept and even though Harmony of the Seas has been referred to as a ‘floating city’, it’s a city that’s easy to navigate and is dedicated to the pleasure of its residents.

Make sure you get onboard Harmony of the Seas, check out our best deals here and book now by calling us for free on 01642 107 2323.

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