UP CLOSE WITH HISTORY
New Harmony of the Seas is a shiny new cruise ship from Royal Caribbean International. That’s the same people who have offered sailings in their middle name for decades. Founded in Norway, the company launched the first in an initial trio of ships in 1970. First was Song of Norway, followed by Nordic Prince in 1972 and Sun Viking in 1978. From there, Royal Caribbean and its ships have grown to be one of the largest travel companies in the world. One of the ways they got there was by building unique ships. Each has a character of its own. Grouped by class, each one has sister ships of roughly the same size. Still, each is unique. New Harmony of the Seas is no exception. Let’s take a look at ten unique reasons to like Harmony of the Seas.
- Like- Size Matters- Technically an “Oasis class” ship, Harmony of the Seas will weigh in 227,000 tons. Sisters Oasis and Allure of the Seas come in at 225,282 tons. New Harmony of the Seas will technically be the new largest cruise ship in the world. For cruise travelers who want bragging rights, you’ll need to sail Harmony to keep your badge of honor.
- Like- The First Water Slide. Royal Caribbean will be adding water slides to other ships in the fleet. But Harmony of the Seas will be the first to have one. New Harmony will also be the first to have the Perfect Storm. That’s actually a set of three slides named Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell. Each is three decks high. All will be towering five decks above the Central Park neighborhood.
- Like- Ultimate Abyss is the tallest slide at sea, actually two of them and not a waterslide as guests sit on mats to ride it. At 10 stories high, the slides begin in the Pool and Sports Zone high up on deck sixteen and ends in the Boardwalk neighborhood far below. Sliding at nine miles per hour, guests will experience sound effects on the way down the 100-foot drop.
- Like- Grease- Broadway’s hit musical Grease is the headline show onboard new Harmony of the Seas. The never-before-seen stage production, specially adapted by Royal Caribbean Productions, will boast 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.
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