Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, will feature the Royal Caribbean’s first water park on board.
The ship, which will be headed to Fort Everglades in November 2016, is capable of carrying 5,497-passengers at double occupancy. Weighing 227,000 gross registered tons, the ship will be complete with 2,747 cabins and will span 16 decks.
Harmony of the Seas’ water park, called Splashaway Bay, will also feature the sea’s tallest water slide called the Ultimate Abyss with a 10-story (100-foot) plunge. The Perfect Storm, a trio of water slides called Cyclone, Typhoon, and Supercell, will spiral five decks above the ship’s open-air Central Park area, according to the Sun Sentinel.
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The water park is the first of its kind for the cruise line, which hopes to appeal to all age groups with its unique waterscape. Along with the thrill rides that will appeal to the older kids and adults, there will also be a toddler-friendly zone that will have a multitude of sea creatures, a huge drench bucket, and an expansive jungle gym, according to USA Today.
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Harmony of the Seas will makes its debut in May, and will be sailing seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries, which will include stops in Barcelona, Mallorca, Provence, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Naples, before it settles into its homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will then be offering seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings.
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The ship will also be the first in a new generation of Oasis class ships, holding approximately 100 more passengers than the other two Oasis predecessors, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which debuted in 2009 and 2010. It is currently the third vessel in the cruise line’s Oasis class series.
— Royal Caribbean Blog (@theRCLblog) August 17, 2015
Aside from the huge water park, the ship will also be the home to larger staterooms, virtual balconies in most rooms, a bionic bar with dancing robot bartenders, a surfing simulator, rock walls, a solarium, multiple pools, and new specialty restaurants: Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Sabor Taqueria, and Tequila Bar.
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