Whether you love it or hate it, there is no avoiding it; Harmony of the Seas is here!
The world’s newest and biggest cruise ship arrived on British shores early on Tuesday morning, and has been dividing opinions ever since. Some lament the loss of traditional cruising facilities such as a promenade deck, whilst others are counting down the days, minutes and hours until they finally step foot on board. One thing is for sure; if you are planning a family cruise this summer, Harmony of the Seas couldn’t better fit the bill.
From rip-roaring fun on the biggest slides at sea, to lazy afternoons in Central Park and summer days spent splashing in one of 23 pools; here are five reasons why should let the whole family experience a cruise on Harmony of the Seas this summer.
Central Park on Harmony of the Seas
Central Park is one of seven different neighbourhoods on Harmony of the Seas and, like its New York namesake, it is a haven of relaxation amidst the madness. Walkways and seating spots are hidden amongst no fewer than 10,587 plants and some 52 trees; some of which are as tall as 20ft. We can’t wait to enjoy some peace and quiet here during the day, shopping in the ship’s designer boutiques and enjoying a casual cocktail or two. Evenings will be spent dining at some of Royal Caribbean’s most upscale signature restaurants, including Chop’s Grille, Jamie’s Italian and 150 Central Park, the eatery created in partnership with the award-winning Michael Schwarz.
Opt of for a Central Park View Stateroom and the serenity of Harmony’s most peaceful neighbourhood sits just outside your balcony.
The Boardwalk on Harmony of the Seas
There’s more than a hint of Coney Island-inspired nostalgia behind the Boardwalk, one of the most popular neighbourhoods on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships including Harmony of the Seas. Taking the lift or stairs to the Boardwalk is for wimps; instead, brave the Ultimate Abyss. The tallest slide at sea will see you enter the giant jaws of a giant bionic fish, from where you will plummet ten storeys in just 12 seconds to the Boardwalk below.
The colourful Boardwalk neighbourhood itself features a full-size carousel, carnival games and traditional arcades, plus relaxed al fresco dining at the Boardwalk Dog House, Sabor and Johnny Rockets. Look up and you’ll spot thrill-seekers zip lining overhead, venture towards the stern of the ship and you’ll find yourself in the Aqua Theater; home to the deepest pool at sea and evenings of action-packed aqua acrobatics (trying saying that after a tipple of two!)
Practice your hand jive and dust off your leather jacket; everybody’s favourite high school sweethearts are taking to the seas. The West End and Broadway smash hit, Grease, will see the stage in the Royal Theater transformed into Rydell High and we’re already warming up our vocal chords ready to join in with the stirring rendition of Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’ and Beauty School Dropout.
We’ve already mentioned the terror-inducing Ultimate Abyss, which plummets over a 100ft, but that isn’t the only thing keeping the adrenaline junkies happy on Harmony of the Seas. Three slides make up the petrifying ‘Perfect Storm’ – Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell – with each of them more exhilterating than the last. They might be designed to appeal to the kids on board but we suspect that we might spot one or two brave grown-ups being coerced into giving them a go too.
The Bragging Rights
We can already imagine how September’s conversations will go down, once the kids return to school after their summer holidays…
“What did you do this summer?”
“We went to Spain. It was so cool, the kids club was ace and I made loads of new mates. The pool was really big as well. What about you?”
“I went on the biggest, newest cruise ship in the world! We sailed to seven different places in the Mediterranean but I didn’t really want to get off the ship because it was awesome. It had water slides, loads of pools, a zip line and a massive slide that dropped, like, ten storeys down from the back of the ship. It’s the biggest slide ever at sea! The kids clubs were ace; we had pool parties and watched 3D movies and ate burgers and hotdogs. We went ice skating as well, in the middle of the sea!”
Book your family holiday on Harmony of the Seas today and start counting down the days until you experience the biggest, newest cruise ship in the world.