Harmony of the Seas: Inside the world’s largest cruise

Built in a budget of more than $1 billion, Harmony of the Seas is the 25th ship from Royal Caribbean International and is the world’s largest cruise ship.

Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International recently presented the 25th ship from their shipyard, named Harmony of the Seas. The world’s largest and touted as the most innovative cruise ship, it was constructed at the STX France shipyard. The huge cruise ship took around 32 months of production time with thousands of shipyard workers, sub-contractors and suppliers contributing towards the process. The total cost of building this massive cruise ship amounted to more than $1billion and it boasts of some highly anticipated never before seen at sea experiences.

Pool aboard Harmony of the Seas

Pool aboard Harmony of the Seas

The ship houses a massive 47,00,000 lbs. (2,150 tons) of water, which is spread across 23 swimming pools, whirlpools and other bonus rides such as FlowRider surf simulators and waterslides, the Perfect Storm – a breathtaking trio of waterslides – and the Splashaway Bay water park for the younger guests. Harmony of the Seas is also home to the tallest slide at sea, The Ultimate Abyss, which offers a 100-foot drop for courageous adventure seekers. The drop sends them 10 stories down from deck 16 to the Boardwalk on deck 6.

Harmony of the Seas is home to the first ever double-storey Wonderland, a specialty restaurant known for delivering an inventive and fanciful feast for all the senses. Wonderland was introduced in the Quantum series of ships by Royal Caribbean International and takes a whole new shape in this new cruise ship.

 Wonderland, a double-storey restaurant aboard Harmony of the Seas Wonderland, a double-storey restaurant

Wonderland, a double-storey restaurant

Several live shows will be held within Harmony of the Seas. Broadway’s hit musical Grease will make its debut in the Royal Theatre and some stunning and extravagant diving shows will be showcased in the Aqua theatre.

Skaters from the Studio B performance of 1887 onboard Harmony of the Seas

Skaters from the Studio B performance of 1887 aboard Harmony of the Seas

The ship features a living park in the centre, Central Park, and it boasts a total of 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees with some well over 20 feet high. 11,252 works of art and masterpieces are displayed in various levels of the ship to enhance the decor of the cruise ship.

Central Park aboard Harmony of the Seas

Central Park

Royal Caribbean’s guests are also treated with the world’s fastest internet service at sea, VOOM, which allows travellers to stay connected via social media and video chatting applications, and stream their favourite shows and movies to keep themselves entertained.

Art installation within Harmony of the Seas

Art installation within Harmony of the Seas

The most luxurious of all cruise ships, Harmony of the Seas, is to homeport in Barcelona, Spain and go on its first journey to the western Mediterranean on June 7. This would be the first of its 34 seven-night sailings which will take the cruise ship to some of the most exotic locations in Europe. The Harmony of the Seas will arrive at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL, in November, 2016 and will offer seven-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings.

For further details on the ship and its schedule, please visit their site royalcaribbean.com.