Written by on Tuesday September 22, 2015
Set to launch in April 2016, Harmony of the Seas will be the third in the Oasis Class of ships (the largest cruise ships in the world). Oasis Class was first introduced in 2009, featuring seven distinct neighbourhoods and a revolutionary design that made way for the first ever park at sea, Central Park, the first ever Carousel at sea on the Boardwalk and the first ever synchronised fountain show at the AquaTheatre to name a few of the groundbreaking innovations. I first sailed on Oasis of the Seas in April 2011 in the Caribbean and on Allure of the Seas in the Med last month. I was wowed by this class of ship first time around and again on my recent return visit.
Fun for all the family
We all enjoyed The Boardwalk - it’s like a seaside esplanade with relaxing cafés - Johnny Rockets, Dog House and Starbucks as well as an abundance of carnival games - I can highly recommend the hand-crafted carousel - yet another first at sea.
Nearby you will also find the outdoor Aqua Theatre, an amphitheatre-style space offering a pool and sun bathing area by day and an entertainment venue at night. Travelling with 2 teenagers, we found this area fabulous with loads to keep us all entertained. We particularly loved the acrobatic and diving shows and the fountain show is well worth watching too.
My personal favourite was Central Park, I loved sitting outdoors in elegant, tranquil surroundings on a warm summers night enjoying a glass of wine…..it’s easy to forget that you are actually on a cruise ship with the scents of over 1200 real plants.
Amazing choice of bars and restaurants
Another new innovative feature planned for Harmony is the Bionic Bar, where robotic bartenders mix your drinks - already a success aboard her sister ships - but don’t worry popular favourites still remain such as the Rising Tide Bar, Schooners Pub bar and Boleros Latin Dance Club
A great new concept for Harmony is Dynamic Dining, allowing you to experience vast and varied dining options included in the fare as well as a huge range of additional speciality restaurants. If you prefer a more traditional cruise dining style you can still select the ‘classic’ option but overall the new Dynamic Dining will give you more flexibility and choice allowing you to sample cuisines from around the world in beautiful surroundings.
On our recent cruise we took the Galley Tour and were blown away by the amount of food, time and effort which goes into keeping 5479 guests well fed:
- The kitchen area is spread over 2 1/2 acres and three entire floors excluding any storage space.
- In the bread section alone, 11 staff work 24 hour shifts to make everything fresh.
Let Harmony entertain you
As lovers of musicals, we were enthralled by the full Broadway/West End Production of ‘Mamma Mia’ on Allure of the Seas and I am certain ‘Cats’ the planned production show on Harmony will be just as amazing.
We also enjoyed the comedian at the Comedy Club on Entertainment Place and the ‘Ice Games’ ice show. The entertainment programme on board is second to none and suits all tastes.
Although she is large and carrying up to 5,479 guests, the ship never felt crowded, as there are so many different areas to keep everyone entertained. Royal Caribbean really has thought of everything for “the perfect holiday” regardless of age and interests.
I can’t wait to try out Harmony of the Seas in the not too distant future – I’m already booked for 2016!
Rhiannon Kilbride, Head of Cruise Marketing
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