HARMONY OF THE SEAS departs Saint Nazaire, France today on her way to Southampton, England with the tallest slide at sea – The Ultimate Abyss.
Following 32 months of construction at the STX France shipyard the world’s largest cruise ship is expected to arrive in the English port on May 17, ahead of her maiden voyage May 22. The new behemoth will span 16 guest decks, is 361 meters (1,188ft) long and will carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy in 2,747 staterooms. She measures 227,000 gross registered tons.
From the RCCL Release:
“Costing more than a $1billion, HARMONY OF THE SEAS will be the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet and boasts highly anticipated first-at-sea experiences, including:
A 100-foot drop with TheUltimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, plunging courageous adrenaline seekers 10 stories down from deck 16 to the Boardwalk on deck 6
4,700,000 lbs. (2,150 tons) of water in 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf simulators and waterslides, including the Perfect Storm, a thrilling trio of waterslides, and the Splashaway Bay waterpark for young guests
The first double-story Wonderland, the specialty restaurant concept first introduced onboard the global cruise line’s Quantum class of ships delivering an imaginative and whimsical feast for all the senses
The debut of Broadway’s hit musical Grease in the Royal Theater and spectacular diving shows in the AquaTheater
11,252 works of art showcased throughout the ship and Central Park, a living park in the center of the ship which features a total of 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees, some over 20 feet (6.1 meters) high
VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, available exclusively to Royal Caribbean guests, which allows travelers to seamlessly stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment, video chat and share their adventures with friends and family at home
HARMONY OF THE SEASwill be based in Barcelona, Spain until November 2016, thenwill arrive at her homeport of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL., from where she will offer seven-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.