'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

March 1, 2015

Yachting Journal

Harmony of the Seas - Image by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.  

 
The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas, will measure 227,000 tons, eclipsing its two record-size sisters by more than 1,700 tons.
 
Royal Caribbean confirmed that a cruise ship it has on order for delivery in 2016 will be the largest ever built.
 
The 16-deck-high cruise ship will hold a record 5,479 passengers at double occupancy, nearly 100 more than the two earlier Oasis class vessels, the line says.
 
The first two Oasis class ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, made waves in the cruise industry when they debuted in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and are by far the largest cruise ships currently afloat. Chock full of dozens of eateries, bars, showrooms and deck-top fun zones, they each measure 225,282 tons and carry 5,400 passengers at double occupancy.
 
Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said that the company is the middle of ushering exciting new concepts and innovations meant to strike the perfect chord for the most adventurous vacationers.
 
He added that the MV Harmony of the Seas will have new features that were not found on the MV Allure of the Seas including seven district neighbourhoods, three multi-story waterslides, a Central Park located 10 decks below, a slide that will feature a champagne bowl that swirls guest around until they reach the end of the ride, among other amazing amenities and innovative activities at sea.
 
Initial reports also indicate that the upcoming world’s largest cruise ship will have a twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpool, an ice skating rink, a Royal Promenade, and an interior boulevard that will be filled with restaurants, bar lounges, and boutiques.
 
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