Royal Caribbean will launch three new ships between now and April 2016. That's two new Quantum-class ships Anthem of the Seas (launching in April 2015 in Southampton, U.K.) and Ovation of the Seas (debuting in April 2016) plus Harmony of the Seas.
Harmony of the Seas is the line's next gen Oasis-class ship, the largest in the world.
She'll carry on many of the memorable features of the class, while expanding and evolving others.
"We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous vacationers. That is why we are calling our third Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
By the numbers
Harmony of the Seas will span 16 decks, encompass 227,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,747 staterooms. The hallmark of the Oasis class is the exclusive seven neighborhood concept, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. .
The ship will offer guests an array of new amenities and activities. They include three multi-story waterslides that spiral over Central Park 10 decks below. One of the slides also will feature a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride.
“The Oasis class ships continue to astound and delight both new and experienced cruisers. They shatter preconceived notions of what cruising can be and continue to stand in a category by themselves,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “With Harmony of the Seas, we are making the most exciting experience at sea even better.”
Harmony of the Seas also will feature a new Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade.
We had our first glimpse of the Bionic Bar during a shipyard preview for Quantum of the Seas. It's hard to top robot bartenders serving up hand-crafted libations while busting a move.
We also had the first exclusive look at the RFID technology behind Royal WOWBands. The rubber wrist bands provide guests access to their staterooms and let them make onboard purchases and reservations.
Harmony of the Seas will feature cruising fastest internet connection. Guests can stream video, SKYPE and post their experiences on social media at speeds similar to those on land.
While Oasis and Allure offered some of the largest staterooms in the fleet, on Harmony of the Seas the company has made some stateroom categories even larger. Interior accommodations also will be outfitted with RoyalCaribbean’s exclusive Virtual Balconies which offer a view in every stateroom, while single travelers will have studio stateroom choices. Suite guests also will have exclusive new areas to enjoy, from a well-appointed suite lounge and a private suites-only restaurant called Coastal Kitchen to an exclusive full-service Suite Sun Zone sun deck.
For younger guests, a handcrafted carousel awaits, as does a new classic games arcade on the ship’s Boardwalk neighborhood. Parents can relax at the Boardwalk's Starbucks.
Royal Caribbean’s Dynamic Dining will give Harmony of the Seas’ guests a culinary experience as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities with more choice and flexibility than ever before. Those preferring a more traditional cruise dining style may select the “Classic” option which will offer two set seating times. Dynamic Dining’s “Classic” option allows guests to rotate through each of the main complimentary restaurants at an early- or a late-seating time throughout their cruise with their dining group and the same assigned waiter each evening.
New Restaurant Concepts
New specialty restaurant concepts will provide even more variety for guests including Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, with a new teppanyaki menu, and the Sabor Modern Mexican restaurant. The new Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine will give guests the chance to experience a unique culinary adventure for the senses when Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes in a whimsical setting that challenges the imagination with never-before-seen fare.