Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean invites anyone who hates parking to try to win a cruise on Harmony of the Seas


Royal Caribbean is inviting any one of the 214 million registered drivers in the United States to skip parking their car and instead, park themselves on a free cruise aboard Harmony of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's "Ticket to Adventure" promotion is giving residents of the United States a chance to win one of 55 trips for two onboard Harmony of the Seas during an exclusive preview sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in November.

To enter, simply visit the Ticket to Adventure site between now and October 1 and enter the code “PARKINGTICKET.”

While at the promotion site consumers can also virtually discover and explore Harmony’s thrilling features and seven neighborhoods, and enter for their chance to win other exciting prizes that range from a seven-night Caribbean cruise for four, to more than 150 GoPro HERO4 cameras, over $40,000 in cash gift cards, and more.  

Aerial photos of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas


Royal Caribbean released new aerial photos of Harmony of the Seas, this time in the Mediterranean.

Harmony of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship and it is the company's third Oasis-class cruise ship. She is currently sailing in the Mediterranean for the summer season, and will head to Port Everglades, Florida in November to her new homeport.

This is the second batch of aerial photos released, with the first batch posted in early June.

Harmony of the Seas slides: What you need to know


The slides on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas are arguably the most exciting and popular forms of entertainment on this innovative ship.

Whether you or your kids (or both) want to go on a ride, here are the important details to know before you shove off.

Access to all the slides on Harmony of the Seas is included in your cruise fare.

Perfect Storm water slides

Harmony of the Seas features three water slides: Cyclone, Typhoon (the yellow and blue slides) and Supercell.

Copyright, Simon Brooke-Webb Photography

Cyclone and Typhoon racer slides twist and turn, while Supercell slide is a "champagne bowl" slide, which has clear sections so guests can see those riding the slide. Guests exit Supercell in the Beach Pool.

Copyright, Simon Brooke-Webb Photography

All the slides are suspended five decks above the ship's Central Park outdoor courtyard.

The slides are complimentary to ride and the minimum height to experience any of the water slides is 48" (1.22M). 

Ultimate Abyss slide

Ultimate Abyss is a 10-story dry slide on the rear of the ship that is advertised as the tallest slide at sea.

The Ultimate Abyss is more than 150 feet above sea level and offers side-by-side slides that send guests down 10 decks at a rate of 9 miles per hour. 

Guests must be 44" (1.1M) tall to go on the slide.  The maximum weight of a participant cannot exceed 330 lbs/149 kg. Only one person on the slide at any time. Children cannot ride on the lap of another participant.

To ride the Ultimate Abyss, guests head up to deck 16 and go to the aft of the ship.  Near the Wipeout Cafe are a set of stairs that will bring you to the slide, which is contained inside a giant Angler Fish.

Guests are handed a black mat with an opening to place your feet.  You then sit down, lean back, and while holding onto a strap, wait for the "Go" sign to turn green.

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas begins maiden season from Barcelona


Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, began her inaugural cruise season from her summer homeport of Barcelona, Spain this week.

The cruise line says the ship is coming off of receiving stellar guest satisfaction scores and feedback on its first repositioning cruise, from Southampton, U.K. to Barcelona.

The world’s largest cruise ship is sailing an exclusive five-night Western Mediterranean itinerary with visits to Rome (Civitavecchia) and Naples, Italy at full capacity, with guests representing more than 34 countries.

Harmony of the Seas’ inaugural summer season will offer seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries, showcasing Europe’s most popular destinations – Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseilles), France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. The adventure-packed ship will reposition to the U.S. in November, where she will make Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL her permanent homeport.

Aerial photos of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas


Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is a truly impressive looking cruise ship, but aerial photos really give you the perfect perspective for appreciating her grandeur.

Royal Caribbean shared these new aerial photos of Harmony of the Seas, taken during her recent inaugural sailings.

Aerial of Ultimate Abyss

Aerial of water slides and pool decks

Video: Royal Caribbean Premieres Grease Onboard Harmony of the Seas


Royal Caribbean International is the first cruise line to feature fully licensed, Tony Award-winning Broadway productions, and now the line is bringing Grease to Harmony of the Seas. Get a glimpse of the show's opening night and how it is thrilling audiences.

Royal Caribbean offering cruise credits to guests on initial Harmony of the Seas sailing


Royal Caribbean is offering guests that were on pre-inaugural Harmony of the Seas sailings a future cruise credit to make up for the work that was being done on the ship.

Emails were sent to guests on the May 26, 2016 sailing on behalf of Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley.  The email reads as follows:

Each guest on the 3-night sailing is receiving a Future Cruise Certificate for 25% of the cruise fare paid for that sailing.  Guests on the 4-night sailings are receiving 50% of the cruise fare paid back in cruise credit.

It is unclear as of yet if guests from other sailings are also receiving similar offers.

The decision to offer guests future cruise credits appears to be a result of negative press in the UK, that highlighted work was still being done to the ship and allegations that the ship was not complete.

First look: Fitness Center on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas


Staying fit and exercising are some of the many things guests can do on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas and today we have a photo tour of the Fitness Center.

Access to the Fitness Center is complimentary to all guests, with special classes that do have an additional charge.

Fitness equipment from Life Fitness provides guests with cardio and resistance training. 

In terms of classes, here is an example schedule of classes that include yoga, Ryde spin classes, Pilates, fab abs and more.

Some fitness classes have an additional charge, while others are complimentary.

To sign up for any class, just write your name down on the sign up sheet, located in the fitness center.

Harmony of the Seas' Fitness Center features many exercise machines, treadmills, free weights and more.

The Fitness Center on Harmony of the Seas is normally open from 6am until 1am.

Special thanks to Rich Freudenberg for providing these photos.

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas makes maiden call to Vigo, Spain


The world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, made a stop in Vigo, Spain today on its maiden voyage from Southampton, with some 8,000 people on board, including passengers and crew.

The massive ship, which was build at STX France, made her first stop in the city earlier today.

To commemorate the occasion, the ship's captain and the President of the Vigo Port Authority met to officially welcome Harmony of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's General Director of Spain and France, Bethlehem Wanguemert, has been estimated  an economic impact to Vigo of some 350,000 euros. 

Harmony of the Seas spent almost 12 hours in port, and as the ship sailed away from Vigo, about 200 blue balloons were released to celebrate the world 's largest cruise ship's presence.

Harmony of the Seas headed next to Malaga, Spain and from there to Barcelona, ​​where he is scheduled to arrive on Sunday.

First look: Starbucks opens on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas


It took a few extra days, but the latest Starbucks at Sea location as opened up on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas.

One change Royal Caribbean fans may notice is Starbucks on Harmony of the Seas is located in the Boardwalk neighborhood, instead of the Royal Promenade.

Inside, the new Starbucks location is very bright and colorful, with plenty of whites, teals and tans around the venue.

There is not a whole lot of seating in this Starbucks, but there is a walk-up bar that guests can use for casually enjoying the drinks, as well as some stools that line the wall.

Naturally, you may be wondering what is available to order at this Starbucks.  There is a fairly standard Starbucks menu available for guests to choose from.

Ordering your drinks at this Starbucks is very similar to ordering at any Starbucks location. The barista takes your order, as well as your payment.  You then step to the preparation area and pick up your Starbucks drink when it is ready.

Thanks to Rich Freudenberg for providing these photos!

Let us know what you think of this new Starbucks location in the comments below!