Royal Caribbean today unveiled the world’s largest cruise ship — The Harmony of the Seas, in a ceremony at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
“Harmony of the Seas is the product of our zealous spirit of continuous improvement, where we have combined revolutionary ship design with the technological strides that have defined the Royal Caribbean brand,” Royal Caribbean International CEO Richard Fain said of the 227,000-ton vessel, which took 32 months to complete.
At a cost of more than $1 billion, Harmony of the Seas boasts attention-grabbing first-at-sea experiences as well as the most popular features of her sister ships in Royal’s Oasis class, including:
- The Ultimate Abyss, at 100 feet the tallest slide at sea, plunging brave riders 10 stories down from deck 16 to the Boardwalk on deck 6 via the toothy opening above
- 4,700,000 pounds of water in 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf simulators and waterslides, including the Perfect Storm, a thrilling trio of waterslides, and the Splashaway Bay waterpark for kids
- The first two-story version of Wonderland, the specialty restaurant that debuted on Royal’s Quantum-class ships, delivering an innovative and whimsical feast for all the senses, and one of 20 dining venues on board
- The debut of Broadway’s hit musical Grease in the Royal Theater, and spectacular high-diving, acrobatic and aquatic performances in the AquaTheater
- 11,252 works of art showcased throughout the ship, and Central Park, a living park in the center of the ship featuring 10,587 plants, 48 vines and 52 trees, some over 20 feet high
- If stood on its stern, the ship would soar above the Shard, the Eiffel Tower and the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai; it’s is 330 feet longer than the Titanic, and can carry a human cargo of 8,880 including 2,100 crew from 77 countries
- VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, available exclusively to Royal Caribbean guests, which allows them to seamlessly stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment, video chat and share their adventures with friends and family at home
Harmony of the Seas will homeport in Barcelona, Spain and embark on the first of 34 seven-night sailings in the western Mediterranean on June 7. In November, she’ll arrive at her Florida homeport of Port Everglades, for seven-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings.
An architectural wonder at 227,000 gross registered tons, Harmony of the Seas employs the distinct seven-neighborhood concept that the Oasis class is known for and spans 16 guest decks that accommodate 5,479 guests at double occupancy in 2,747 staterooms.
Harmony of the Seas represents a shift by cruise lines to push the boundaries when it comes to size, passenger capacity and amenities. It’s also a major milestone for the industry and the Royal Caribbean brand experience, described as:
Throughout our over 40-year history, we’ve continually pushed the limits of what’s possible at sea. We’re the deliverers of adventure, innovators of normalcy, and rigid adversaries of any two days being the same. You’re on the ocean, but this is not a cruise. It’s an adventure filled with robot bartenders, the world’s longest overwater zip line, and more incredible culinary discoveries than you ever thought possible. On our ships, you have to see to believe. This is not the Caribbean. This is the Royal Caribbean.
More details in the infographic below: