“To me, the sea is a continual miracle; the fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships and the men in them. What stranger miracles are there?” – Walt Whitman – Poet & Journalist (1819 – 1892)
Mankind’s ongoing obsession with the sea has existed since long before records began. As our explorers journeyed to more distant shores, our greatest minds broadened the horizons of what we can achieve, enabling shipbuilders to raise the anchors of possibility in our minds and build ships capable of sailing beyond the wildest dreams of our ancestors. New York’s renowned 19th century writer Walt Whitman might have been impressed by the ships of his day, but he couldn’t possibly have predicted just how brilliant our boats could become. Thanks to Royal Caribbean International’s continued commitment to elevating our idea of cruising, their latest vessel, Harmony of the Seas, navigates the modern frontiers of human ingenuity, making Walt Whitman’s words truer now than ever before – the sea is a continual miracle.
Setting sail for the Mediterranean in May 2016, Harmony of the Seas joins her two sister vessels to become Royal Caribbean’s latest Oasis Class cruise ship. Big enough to accommodate over 7,500 guests and crew, longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall, this smooth-sailing giant of the sea blows everything you previously thought a cruise ship to be out of the water. And with an overwhelming amount of fantastic on board facilities and features, it’s difficult to decide which to talk about first. Harmony of the Seas boasts 18 dining options with cuisines from around the world, along with the first Starbucks coffee shops at sea. Its 150 Central Park Restaurant has menus developed by award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, ensuring that your appetite for food is satisfied before you put that newly acquired energy to good use, as you move on to adventure.
For high-octane thrill-seekers, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class vessels each feature two FlowRider surf simulators, two rock climbing walls, an 82ft zip line, a mini-golf course, a full-sized multi-sports court, an ice skating rink and a fully-fledged carnival along its colourful Boardwalk. Harmony of the Seas harbours a truly magical atmosphere for kids, not only through its DreamWorks experience, where little ones can meet their favourite film characters like Shrek, Donkey and Kung-Fu Panda, but there’s plenty more for them too in Royal Caribbean’s complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program, Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a teen-only lounge and disco, a 3D movie theatre, puppet shows and a kids’ water park.
Dazzling entertainment isn’t exclusive to kids either, as grownups will enjoy Broadway hit productions CATS and Mamma Mia, along with the Blue Planet aerial show, AquaTheater acrobatic and fountain shows, an 18,000sqft casino and a boutique shopping experience with a beautifully manicured outdoor garden. All of this excitement undoubtedly leads to a longing for rest and relaxation, making Harmony of the Seas’ fully serviced Vitality Spa, its four pools and adults only solarium retreat perfectly equipped to rejuvenate you, ready for your next big day of discovery. The fact that we’ve gone this far without even mentioning the rooms is a testament to just how delicious, fun-filled and relaxing your Royal Caribbean experience promises to be. With its state-of-the-art facilities and services, it should come as no surprise that Harmony of the Seas’ rooms and suites not only come complete with all the modern furnishings and amenities of the very best five-star hotels around the world, but are also available in a range of sizes and combinations to accommodate every need.
Standing aboard an Oasis Class cruise ship, surrounded by its countless attractions as you look out towards the adventures that lie beyond the horizon, one thing is abundantly clear, Harmony of the Seas is proof that the sea is a continual miracle.