Royal Caribbean prepares for Harmony of the Seas launch in April

Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, is set to launch in April 2016.

The third in the Oasis class of ships – currently the largest cruise ships in the world – will continue the award-winning cruise line’s innovation and imagination to offer a unique experience for holidaymakers.

“We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous holidaymakers.

“That is why we are calling our third Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president Royal Caribbean International.

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Harmony of the Seas, featuring the cruise line’s design of seven distinct neighbourhoods for which the Oasis class is known, will offer the most amazing collection of experiences, amenities and activities at sea.

“Guests can test their mettle on the ship’s three multi-story waterslides, all of which twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below.

“One of the slides also will feature a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride.
 
Harmony of the Seas also will feature a new Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade. 

The Bionic Bar was first introduced aboard Quantum of the Seas, and features robot bartenders serving up one-of-a-kind crafted cocktails while dancing to a fluid beat.

Additionally, guests on board Harmony of the Seas will enjoy RFID technology with Royal WOWBands that provide access to their staterooms as well as allow them to make on board purchases and reservations.

Like her sister ships, Harmony of the seas will also feature the fastest Internet connection at sea where guests can stream video, Skype with family and friends back at home and share their vacation memories through social media instantly.

While Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas offered some of the largest staterooms in the fleet, on Harmony of the Seas the company has made some stateroom categories even larger.

Interior accommodations will also be fitted-out with Royal Caribbean’s exclusive Virtual Balconies, offering a view in every stateroom, while single travellers will have studio stateroom choices.

Suite guests will also have exclusive new areas to enjoy, from a well-appointed suite lounge and a private suites-only restaurant called Coastal Kitchen to an exclusive full-service Suite Sun Zone sun deck.

Younger and young-at-heart guests can take a spin on the handcrafted carousel or enjoy a new classic games arcade on the ship’s Boardwalk neighbourhood.

While parents enjoy the newly relocated Starbucks café on the Boardwalk, kids can meet new friends at a new climbing play area.
 
Harmony of the Seas will span 16 decks, encompass 227,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,747 staterooms.

The Oasis class of ships feature Royal Caribbean’s exclusive seven neighbourhood concept, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.

With Quantum-class ships Anthem of the Seas (launching in April 2015 in Southampton, UK) and Ovation of the Seas (debuting in April 2016), Harmony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s third new ship to launch within the next 18 months.

Itineraries for Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas will be announced this coming March.