Harmony of the Seas

Photos from Grease on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

In:
24May2016

Grease is one of the all-time classic Broadway musicals, and it is being shown to guests on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas.

The Royal Theater is home to Grease, which marks the latest Broadway show to find a home on a Royal Caribbean ship.

Grease was specially adapted by Royal Caribbean Productions, and boasts original choreography, costumes and aerial elements set to amaze the most seasoned theater goers.

Featuring a soundtrack of crowd favorites such as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Born to Hand-Jive,” “Beauty School Dropout” and more, guests will follow the romantic twists and turns of Sandy and Danny as they navigate the tricky social waters of Rydell High School while keeping their reputations – and relationship – together.

Photos Harmony of the Seas staterooms

In:
24May2016

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas has a lot of great stateroom choices to consider, and today we have a look at some of these staterooms.

Royal Caribbean released photos from some very popular stateroom categories and since we love to daydream about staying in one of these staterooms, we are sharing these photos.

AquaTheater Suite

Royal Family Suite with Balcony

Owner's Suite with Balcony

Family Ocean View Stateroom

Presidential Family Suite

Boardwalk View Stateroom with Baclony

Which of these stateroom categories would you want to stay in? Tell us in the comments!

Drone video captures Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas sailing away in Southampton

In:
23May2016

There have been a lot of great photos and video of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas debuting over the last week or so, and we have one more that is quite impressive as well.

Ryan Atfield sent us this video of the brand new cruise ship in Southampton, UK this weekend.

The newest addition to the family combines the distinct seven-neighborhood concept that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships are known for with a lineup of the most modern and groundbreaking vacation amenities. Innovative features include The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea with a 10-story plunge; robot bartenders at The Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr; virtual balconies with real-time views of the destination and VOOM – the fastest internet at sea – so that guests can stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment and share their adventures with family and friends back at home.

Ultimate Abyss on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas promises big thrills

In:
23May2016

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship and offers the world's tallest slide at sea in the Ultimate Abyss.

The hair-raising, 10-story slide is “possibly the most thrilling manmade adventure at sea,” according to thrill engineer Professor Brendan Walker, Thrill Laboratory, U.K., director.

Walker was enlisted by Royal Caribbean to identify the level of "thrill" triggered by the Ultimate Abyss.  To do this, Walker measured physical reactions of testers brave enough to accept the challenge. Walker also compared the latest innovation by the global cruise line known for many firsts-at-sea to other Royal Caribbean signatures, the FlowRider surf simulator and RockWall, to compare the varying levels of thrill available onboard Harmony of the Seas.

Ultimate Abyss scored a Walker Thrill Factor of 45.35 percent as compared to the FlowRider (36.15 percent) and RockWall (34.59 percent). According to Walker, these scores are understood to be at the highend of thrill attractions; therefore, making Harmony the ultimate cruise ship for adrenaline junkies.

The tests

A two-day testing perior occurding during the final days of construction at the STX France shipyard and were observed 10 individuals who had never experienced Ultimate Abyss and only limited exposure to the two other activities. 

Demonstrating the effect that Ultimate Abyss has on the body, Walker’s data revealed that the slide experience caused heartbeats to increase by an average of 44 beats per minute compared to the resting rate for a 30-year-old adult of average fitness. Overall, Ultimate Abyss caused facial expressions of extreme pleasure to be activated more than 40 percent of the time, with the sympathetic nervous system – the body’s primary process in stimulating the fight-or-flight response – becoming 15.74 percent more active than when at rest. Riders on the Ultimate Abyss experienced a complex and unique set of sensations at each of the five stages of thrill, all culminating in a euphoric crescendo to guarantee the ultimate rider satisfaction. 

Walker believes that even though not all rides are the same, they need to deliver thrill across the following five separate stages in order to be classified as thrilling:

  • Imagining: When the rider consciously entertains the idea of riding. The stronger the rider can imagine riding the ride, the stronger the moments of thrill
  • Approaching: As the thought of riding becomes a reality, the moments of thrill created through imagination become intensified in a "countdown to thrill"
  • Committing: The rider passes through a stage of no return such as being strapped into a ride or being urged on by friends. At this stage, the only way to proceed is forward
  • Doing: The ride begins. If it’s thrilling, the ride will provide intense novel sensations that will immerse the rider and transport them into a state of flow
  • Celebrating: The ride ends. The rider experiences an afterglow as adrenaline and dopamine - the results of arousal and pleasure – continue to course through their brains

Results

Walker commented: “Across the three rides we tested, the combination of thrill levels achieved at each stage caused riders to experience an overwhelming sense of elation - and Harmony of the Seas’ Ultimate Abyss recorded the highest combined thrill score across all stages. The initial arrival experience – riders climb the stairs leading up to the slide platform, walk over the clear platform suspended above a more than 90-foot drop – sets the tone for the experience, and when combined with the multisensory experience during the slide, Ultimate Abyss has a hugely thrilling effect. This combination of a natural phenomenon – the feeling of being small in comparison to the endless ocean view – coupled with a manmade experience (i.e. a stainless steel slide) is defining a new genre of thrill that is setting the standard for future attractions as people demand more extreme and expertly crafted thrill-seeking adventures.”

“Royal Caribbean's legacy of imagination and innovation is reflected in all of the ships we build and Harmony of the Seas is no exception. It's not about building the largest cruise ships in the world, it's about creating the most amazing collection of unexpected experiences and activities at sea," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "Having experienced it myself, I have no doubt that the Ultimate Abyss will be absoluately thrilling for our guests but it is really gratifying to get confirmation from such a thrill expert as Professor Brendan Walker. The exciting multisensory experience that this tallest slide at sea offers, combined with other Royal Caribbean firsts such as the Flowrider and the RockWall, confirms that Harmony isn't just the largest cruise ship in the world but also the ultimate adventure at sea."

Royal Caribbean will hold a competition to find Harmony of the Seas' godmother

In:
21May2016

One of the last questions about Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is who will be its godmother.  Turns out, Royal Caribbean is not certain either.

Speaking onboard Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley told TTG the company is looking to find a godmother for the ship who has commited their life to the education of children in someway.

Bayley said the competition to find a godmother will be held throughout schools in the United States, and possibly extended to include UK schools as well.

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Royal Caribbean's history of choosing the ceremonial role of a ship's godmother is quite varied.  

In some intances, Royal Caribbean has chosen celebrities to help bring additional media attention to a new ship, such as performer Gloria Estefan, actress Jane Seymour, comedian/actress Whoopi Goldberg and tennis champion Steffi Graf, to name a few.

Other times, Royal Caribbean has opted to pick a godmother that honors the industries and causes the company champions, such as picking a travel agent for Anthem of the Seas or an "extraordinary" person on Freedom of the Seas.

Video: Harmony of the Seas Steel Cutting to Southampton Arrival

In:
20May2016

Take a look at the construction process of Harmony of the Seas process, from steel cutting to Southampton Arrival.

A closer look at the impressiveness of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

In:
19May2016

If you have followed any bit of the details surrounding Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, then you probably know how amazing this ship really is.

We now have a better understanding of what Royal Caribbean has packed into Harmony of the Seas with two new infographics.

Pretty neat, eh?

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is about to begin offering her first cruises, following her delivery to Royal Caribbean last week.  

Harmony of the Seas will officially launch her inaugural summer season with the first of 34 seven-night western Mediterranean sailings on June 7.

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas arrives in Southampton

In:
17May2016

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas arrived among a throng of onlookers into Southampton, U.K. this morning.

“Harmony of the Seas is redefining vacations and intriguing a new generation of travellers with a bold and unexpected line-up of first at sea innovations, while enticing them to explore the world from a new perspective,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “From thrilling onboard activities and experiences to visiting awe-inspiring destinations across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Harmony places guests at the forefront and encourages them to create their own adventures onboard and at every destination.”

Harmony of the Seas will sail from Southampton, U.K. on a series of short getaways to Northern Europe before embarking on her maiden cruise on May 29, arriving in Barcelona, Spain on June 5.

Harmony of the Seas will officially launch her inaugural summer season with the first of 34 seven-night western Mediterranean sailings on June 7.

In November 2016, Harmony will arrive at her homeport of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from where she will offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings. 

Photos of the Carousel on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

In:
16May2016

The Carousel in the Boardwalk neighborhood of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is in place and there are new photos of what the final product looks like.

Carousel Works shared photos of their latest creation on the world's largest cruise ship.

Photos by Carousel Works

The carousel on Harmony of the Seas is hand-crafted and especially designed by Carousel Works for Royal Caribbean and is one-of-a-kind.

Carousel Works said the installation took about a week.  Its design is inspired by classic carousels found near many seaside destinations.

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