Travel writer and blogger Andrea McVeigh has just had a chance to view the largest cruise ship in the world this is what she had to say about it!
The statistics alone are staggering. Royal Caribbean’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’ stands higher than the Washington Monument, has more boroughs than New York City and houses more works of art than the Louvre has paintings.
The world’s largest cruise ship weighs in at 226,000 tonnes and measures 1,187 feet in length and it sailed out of Southampton on Friday 20th May for a two-night pre-inaugural sailing.
If you want to see more here’s a peek as to what you can expect as you take a film tour courtesy of ‘The World in a Glass’ during the cruise.
It didn’t take long for the guests – mostly journalists, travel agents and travel bloggers – to start exploring its seven ‘neighbourhoods’, 20 restaurants and sample any number of the 127 speciality cocktails that were on offer.
The ship boasts the seven-neighbourhood concept that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships are known for, as well as new innovations such as the world’s tallest slide at sea and is called The Ultimate Abyss. Thrill-seekers drop down 10 floors in 13 seconds, and, at 45.72 metres above sea level, The Ultimate Abyss ride is taller for instance than Buckingham Palace.
Royal Caribbean crowd-pleasers, such as the ‘Bionic Bar’ where robot bar tenders will serve up drinks and its virtual balconies with real time views of the destinations being visited for the passengers accommodated on inside cabins.
Whether you fancy playing a game of crazy golf or rediscovering your inner child on a vintage-style carousel on the Boardwalk, there’s lots to keep all members of the family busy whilst at sea. In addition to the 2,747 staterooms the ship has two rock-climbing walls, zip lines, an ice-skating rink and even a full-size basketball court.
WORLD RECORD HARMONY
Harmony is the 25th ship in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet and will be offering itineraries across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. In all it will carry 5,479 passengers looked after by around 2,394 crew- members.
The ship’s inaugural summer season starts on 7th June with 34 seven-night western Mediterranean sailings before she relocates to Florida later in year, where she will offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.