With under 100 days to go excitement is building for the launch of Royal Caribbean’s latest ship Harmony of the Seas.
From the magnificent bars and restaurants to the huge range of staterooms this ship will also have seven unique neighbourhoods. You will soon find that no day or evening will be a boring one on this ship.
Let’s take a look at the magnificent seven!
Have you ever imagined walking through Central Park, New York, in the middle of spring no matter what time of year it was? Now you can in the Central Park district of the ship. With over 12,000 lush green trees and plants, Harmony’s Central Park may even surpass the real thing. Enjoy an uptown dinner with a real cosmopolitan feel at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and 150 Central Park.
Sip a new vintage wine at the ship’s wine bar Vintages; or go shopping at one of the many swank and ultra-chic boutiques. This location is perfect for relaxing after a long day as you sit in one of the floral armchairs that are sure to soothe the body as well as the eyes.
For those that are looking for a more urban feel, Royal Promenade could be the right neighbourhood for you. Whilst you can go on a pub tour, you won’t be able to find one as unique as the Bionic Bar, which may seem like an British pub from the 1800s until you see their workers; all robots! With a brick wall façade and floor, the neighbourhood looks as though you are in a small corner of a major city.
You can get in on the fun of a street parade that routinely goes through the area. Want to dance? The Promenade promises great sounds with a live DJ spinning the tunes. There will be evenings dominated by live performances to take you back to other decades.
Step back in time to the days of the seaside boardwalk when you stroll through this neighbourhood. With turn of the century delights that are Coney Island inspired such as a shooting arcade and even an enormous carousel, this is sure to impress even the most 21th century person.
There are also retro restaurants that serve as a time machine to other time periods from the 50s to the 80s. The Sabor Taqueria and Tequila Bar, a Boardwalk Dog House, Starbucks café and the RCCL staple of 50’s style diner Johnny Rockets for casual fare are all situated in the Boardwalk. Don’t miss out on seeing the AquaTheatre, which offers daring high dive shows into the deepest pool on the ship.
Who needs Las Vegas when you have this wonderful floating alternative with all the glitz and glamour of the original? Music fills the air at all times and the Casino Royale will be packed with gamblers hoping to get in on the money.
An enormous array of gambling options from blackjack to slot machines to roulette wheels amongst other casino games can be found here. Make it a night to remember with a show stopping Broadway extravaganza, as well as a few laughs’ at the Attic Comedy Club and some smooth jazz at Jazz on 4.
The Pool and Sports Zone:
For those looking for the thrill factor, there’s no better place than The Pool and Sports Zone. Harmony of the Seas will be the first Royal Caribbean ship to have four enormous water slides. The Ultimate Abyss, situated at the aft of the ship is an enthralling trip down ten stories; perfect if you want to add some adrenaline and excitement to pool time.
The other three will be just as impressive at three decks in height. The ship will also introduce a brand new aquatic adventure park called Splashaway Bay. It will be a child friendly water play area complete with a multi-platform jungle-gym with slides and water cannons that will keep the children busy during a day at sea. Other challenges include the rock climbing wall and zip lines.
Vitality Spa and Fitness:
This neighbourhood is decorated with tiles that resemble Greek mosaics. The rejuvenation of the body and spirit at the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre is totally recommended. The spa menu offers a variety of facials, exotic body treatments and contains a state-of-the-art wellness center. Yoga and Pilates classes will be available as well as a customised diet and body toning program especially for you.
As with other members of the Royal Caribbean fleet, Harmony of The Seas will have designated areas for children of all ages and has really gone to town with more exposure of DreamWorks Animation characters.
Youngsters can meet and greet Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots of Shrek; Po of Kung Fu Panda; and several members from Madagascar including the ever loving and off the wall Penguins. The Youth Zone is divided up by age. Each area contains activities that are themed to ages and ports of call. For teens there will be special workshops, an interactive video game centre and evening activities.
Harmony of the Seas will debut in May 2016 for her inaugural summer season in Europe with 3 or 4 night samplers out of Southampton and 7 night Western Europe sailings from Barcelona. She will then head to her home port of Port Everglades, Florida in the autumn.
Images courtesy of Royal Caribbean
Written by Veronica Shine
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