Harmony of the Seas

5 ways Harmony of the Seas will be different from any other Royal Caribbean cruise ship

In:
21Aug2015

In less than a year, Royal Caribbean will debut its newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas and already guests cannot wait to get onboard.  

While Harmony of the Seas is not the first ship in her class, she will be the first Royal Caribbean ship to offer a number of firsts.

Royal Caribbean may have some more changes and innovations up its sleeve, but here are five ways Harmony of the Seas will be completely different from any other Royal Caribbean ship we have seen yet!

1. Water slides

Royal Caribbean will add water slides to Harmony of the Seas, making her among the first Royal Caribbean ship to have water slides added to a ship.

While other Royal Caribbean ships in the fleet will be also getting water slides, Harmony of the Seas will be the first to have the Perfect Storm water slides, which are a set of three water slides.

The three slide names are Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell.  Each slide is three decks in height.

For families, these water slides will be a lot of fun and something to try many times while onboard.

2. Splashaway Bay water park

Royal Caribbean has reimagined its kid friendly water play area with Splashaway Bay.

Instead of the H2O Zone that is found on other Oasis class ships, Harmony of the Seas will have a brand new aquatic adventure park.

Splashaway Bay will have, "a vibrant waterscape for kids and toddlers with sea creature water cannons, winding slides, a gigantic drench bucket and a multi-platform jungle-gym to keep everyone entertained for hours."

3.  Ultimate Abyss

Need more thrills on Harmony of the Seas?  How about a 10-story slide that has a 100 foot plunge!

Ultimate Abyss is a 10 story slide that begins in the Pool and Sports Zone at the aft of the ship down to the Boardwalk neighborhood below.

Unlike the other slides onboard, Ultimate Abyss will not be a water slide and will start at the top of the AquaTheater and bring guests down to the Boardwalk.

4. Two story Wonderland restaurant

Since Wonderland debuted on Quantum of the Seas, guests have fallen in love with the creative aspect of this specialty restaurant.

On Harmony of the Seas, guests will find the first two-story Wonderland restaurant, where guests can enjoy totally inventinve and "maddeningly delicious" cuisine.

Based on artist renderings, it also looks like Royal Caribbean will make this new Wonderland even more intriguing to look at, with a great deal of different decor choices.

5. First Oasis class ship to get a Bionic Bar

Another Quantum class innovation will reach Harmony of the Seas and this is the Bionic Bar.

Harmony of the Seas will be the first Royal Caribbean ship that is not a Quantum class ship to get a Bionic Bar, where guests can order drinks and watch as a robot bartender crafts their concoction from 30 spirits and over 20 mixers.

Like Wonderland, guests have enjoyed watching the robots create drinks and arguably, the spectacle of the drink creation is as fun as the drink tastes.

What are you most excited about on Harmony of the Seas? Tell us in the comments!

Royal Caribbean posts new Harmony of the Seas Infographic

In:
17Aug2015

Just how impressive a spectacle is Royal Caribbean's newest Oasis class ship, Harmony of the Seas?  There's a new visual means of understanding how big she is with this new infographic!

In anticipation of Harmony of the Seas' arrival in Europe in May 2016, Royal Caribbean compared Harmomy of the Seas to well known European landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Big Ben.

Royal Caribbean to offer new Splashaway Bay for kids on Harmony of the Seas

In:
17Aug2015

Royal Caribbean will offer a brand new aquatic adventure park on its third Oasis class cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.

Harmony of the Seas will be the first ship to feature Splashaway Bay interactive aqua park for kids.  

Royal Caribbean describes Splashaway Bay as, "a vibrant waterscape for kids and toddlers with sea creature water cannons, winding slides, a gigantic drench bucket and a multi-platform jungle-gym to keep everyone entertained for hours."

We first posted photos of Splashaway Bay last week and today we have more confirmation about what guests can expect for this special area.

In addition, Royal Caribbean reiterated its three new water slides known as The Perfect Storm, as well as The Ultimate Abyss slide that features a 100 foot plunge.

Ultimate Abyss is a 10 story slide that begins in the Pool and Sports Zone at the aft of the ship down to the Boardwalk neighborhood below.

The Perfect storm slides of Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell will offer guests even more thrills, with Supercell featuring a champagne bowl swirling guests around as they descend into their approach towards a big splash finale.

Harmony of the Seas will debut in May 2016 for her inaugural summer season in Europe before heading to her homeport of Port Everglades, Florida in November 2016 to begin offering seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings.

Royal Caribbean releases Harmony of the Seas brochure with hints at what's to come

In:
09Aug2015

Royal Caribbean released a digital copy of its Harmony of the Seas brochure, which previews some of the new and exciting features on its soon-to-be-built third Oasis class ship.

Harmony of the Seas will debut with a European cruise season June through October 2016 and then follow it up with year-round Caribbean 7-Night Eastern & Western sailings starting November 2016 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

You can read the entire brochure here, but here are the highlights.

Harmony of the Seas will have a two-story Wonderland specialty restaurant

One of the big hits on the Quantum class ships was Wonderland, and on Harmony of the Seas it will be available too but it will be the first two-story Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine.

Other specialty restaurants on Harmony of the Seas will include Chops Grille, Vintages Wine Bar, 150 Central ParkSabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar, Izumi Hibachi & Sushi.

Royal Caribbean introducing the Royal Suite Class

Royal Caribbean had announced earlier this summer it was revamping its suite class offerings and on Harmony of the Seas, guests in suites can expect a new kind of suite service.

The new Royal Suite Class will offer 

  • 24/7 Personal butler service
  • All-inclusive beverages
  • Private dining at Coastal Kitchen specialty restaurant
  • Private sun deck
  • Onboard gratuities covered
  • Complimentary high speed internet
  • Complimentary access to the Vitality Spa thermal suite

UPDATE: You can read all about the new Royal Suite Class details.

Pool & sports zone offerings

Royal Caribbean has reimagined its pool and sports zones with some new offerings and classic favorites returning.

Royal Caribbean has adding the Perfect Storm water slides, a new H2O Zone, and the Ultimate Abyss 10-story drop.

Entertainment on Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean guests can expect to find onboard Harmony of the Seas a lot of entertainment.  Some of the highlights include.

  • Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr
  • The Attic - A new comedy club to the Entertainment Place neighborhood
  • AquaTheater
  • Broadway in the Royal Theater (no word on which show yet)

Harmony of the Seas will feature lots of new tech

Royal Caribbean will roll out its best tech on Harmony of the Seas, with new features first developed for the Quantum class ships.

Guests will have access to high speed Voom internet, that gives guests high speed internet access just like at home for $15 per day, per device.

Royal Caribbean's brand new RFID bracelets, WOW Bands, will also be available, so guests can leave their SeaPass in their stateroom and have an easy and wearable way to enter your stateroom and make purchases.

The Royal IQ smart phone app will be available for guests to let you book shore excursions, reserve entertainment or manage dining reservations.

Guests can book virtual balcony staterooms to have an inside stateroom price but with a balcony view.

Thank you Katina Bradley for finding this brochure.

New renders of Royal Caribbean's H2O Zone on Harmony of the Seas

In:
07Aug2015

New renders have appeared that show the H2O Zone onboard Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.

The renderings show the water play area that is sure to be frequented by plenty of kids onboard.

Based on these renderings, there appears to be at least two kids water slides in addition to the play area comprised of fountains, sprayers and buckets.

Last month Royal Caribbean announced Harmony of the Seas would also have three water slides and a giant 10-story slide.

Harmony of the Seas is being worked at STX France shipyard. She is the third Oasis-class cruise ship.

Tip of the hat to Matthew Brand for finding and posting these renderings.

Does the H2O Zone on Harmony of the Seas look like fun? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Possible Royal Caribbean 10-story slide design on Harmony of the Seas revealed

In:
04Aug2015

A new design schematic has emerged that appears to show the layout and configuration of the 10-story slide coming to Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas.

Photo posted by Bente Borvik

No word from Royal Caribbean yet as to if this slide design is the real deal.

The slide, known as The Abyss, will be located on the aft of Harmony of the Seas and based on this design, descend from the FlowRider deck to the Boardwalk.

In addition to the design, we are hearing The Abyss may not be a water slide, but instead a "dry slide", similar to a slide you would find at a playground.

Royal Caribbean announced the 10-story water slide in July 2015 but has not officially released any other details other than the name.

Harmony of the Seas is the third Oasis class cruise ship that is currently under construction and will debut in Spring 2016.

Tip of the hat to Lloyd Marchand for alerting us to this new design.

4:44pm UPDATE: Blog reader Ola found the Royal Caribbean Sweden web site has this rendering posted. Thanks Ola!

Aug 5 UPDATE: The original image and Royal Caribbean Sweden web site have pulled down their posts.

Royal Caribbean will add a 10 story water slide to Harmony of the Seas

In:
16Jul2015

Royal Caribbean's third Oasis class cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas is getting a 10 story water slide added to it known as The Abyss.

At a media event in New York last night, Royal Caribbean revealed the names of the water slides that we knew about for Harmony of the Seas, and announced there would be a fourth water slide that is 10 stories tall, named the Abyss.

Royal Caribbean had announced in February that Harmony of the Seas was getting three water slides added to the ship's Pool and Sports Zone, which was a first for Royal Caribbean.  

The three slides together will be known as the The Perfect Storm, with each slide called Cyclone, Monsoon and Typhoon. These three slides are about three decks in height.

In addition, Royal Caribbean announced last night a fourth water slide known as The Abyss, which will be ten-stories tall and will start at the top of the AquaTheater and bring guests down to the Boardwalk.

UPDATE: Royal Caribbean has released new renderings of The Perfect Storm slides.

Everything we know about Harmony of the Seas' water slides

In:
30Jun2015

If there is one feature aboard Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas that has guests really excited, it's the water slides that will be a first for Royal Caribbean. These are the first real water slides on a Royal Caribbean ship and it promises to be a beacon for families looking for some high-paced fun.

Understandably, there is a lot of intrigue regarding this new feature and people want to know what the water slides will entail and what to expect.  Here's everything we know about the water slides in one place.

How many water slides will there be?

Royal Caribbean is adding three multi-story slides that will be above Central Park.  The slides are called The Perfect Storm: Cyclone, Monsoon, Typhoon.

UPDATE 7/15: There will also be a 10 story water slide on the aft of Harmony of the Seas, known as The Abyss. It will take guests from the ship's AquaTheater to Boardwalk neighborhood.

Are there any special features to the water slides?

One of the water slides will feature a champagne bowl that swirls riders around as they approach the end of the slide.  

There’s also a bar overlooking the slide bowl, so people can watch that.

The water slides will start with a clear acyclic section, so other passengers can see people as the start at the top.

There will also be racing slides.

Where will the water slides be located?

The water slides will begin on a platform elevated above the ship’s bridge level, and end in runouts.

The slides descend three decks through a series of twists and turns over the ship’s tree-lined Central Park neighborhood 10 decks below.

Are you excited about Royal Caribbean adding water slides to Harmony of the Seas? Let us know in the comments below!

Royal Caribbean photos of Harmony of the Seas float out

In:
19Jun2015

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas completed its float out of its building at STX France in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Harmony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's third Oasis-class cruise ship and is scheduled to have her first cruises in late Spring 2016.  She will be the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuts, coming in just slightly larger than her Oasis-class sisters.

These photos are copyright Royal Caribbean International.

Photos from Harmony of the Seas' float out

In:
19Jun2015

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas had her float out process and we've found photos to share of this important step in her journey to entering service.

Harmony of the Seas is being worked at STX France shipyard.  She is the third Oasis-class cruise ship.

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