Table of contents:
- History and future plans
- The largest liner in the world: photo
- Powerful harmony
- What makes Harmony of the Seas so unique?
- Sea oasis
The Harmony of the Seas cruise liner is the largest liner in the world today. This giant class "oasis" reaches 362, 12 meters in length and 66 meters in width. It is 70 meters high and 22.6 meters deep. The crew is 2,100 people. The Harmony of the Seas, a cruise ship built at the French shipyard in Saint-Nazaire for Royal Caribbean International, is the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing its larger sisters, the Oasis of the Seas and the Enchantment of the Seas.
History and future plans
The success of the first two Oasis-class ships encouraged Royal Caribbean Cruises to order a third ship of the type in December 2012. "Harmony of the Seas" was first launched on June 19, 2015, since then her first sea trials began. On May 15, 2016, the ship set sail from France to its first destination - Southampton (England). At the end of October 2016, the ship will cross the Atlantic towards the United States and arrive at the Port of Everglades (Florida) in early November.
The largest liner in the world: photo
Comparison, for example, with the famous "Titanic" does not leave the latter any chance. If it were possible to imagine these ships together, then the famous giant of the last century, compared with the modern Harmony of the Seas, would turn out to be just a pleasure boat. The largest cruise ship of our century has 2,747 cabins of various shapes and sizes that can accommodate 5,479 guests.
From economical small options with simple and discreet interiors, to large luxury rooms (some of them are equipped with an almost floor-to-ceiling 80-inch wall-mounted screen that simulates a virtual balcony). The size of the room can reach 180 square meters, there are several types of "suites", including the new "royal class".
The largest liner has an incredibly rich infrastructure. In the stern there is a water theater. At a height of 20 floors there is a complex of dry sliding "Ultimate Abyss". The ship has a spa and fitness center, its own small bay where you can even surf, 2 climbing walls, a water area with three water slides, 4 pools and 10 hot tubs, including two hot tubs hanging over the edge of the ship.
On board has its own casino, 20 restaurants, including "Through the Looking Glass" with molecular cuisine, cinema, bionica bar where drinks are served by two bartending robots that can make two drinks per minute and 1,000 drinks per day. There is also a central park, a royal theatre, a life-size basketball court and numerous playgrounds for children and youth.
Voom high-speed Internet is also available on board. Each guest is given a special bracelet, which serves as a pass to many entertainments. The largest cruise ship is more like a resort town than just a big ship.
The Harmony of the Seas has two 4-story, 16-cylinder engines that, running at full power, would burn about 66,000 gallons of diesel per day. The cruise industry is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the mass tourism market: in 2016 alone, 24 million passengers are preparing for a sea voyage, in 2006 this figure was 15 million, and only 1.4 million in 1980.
As already mentioned, the "Harmony of the Seas" is the largest liner in the world (photos are presented on the page). And the most expensive. Travel prices start at $1,125 per person for seven nights, including the Western Mediterranean tour.
What makes Harmony of the Seas so unique?
1. An impressive selection of restaurants ranging from fast food to the finest dining establishments.
2. Sports entertainment. The complex of dry slides in the open air is just what you need for those who are looking for thrills. There is an ice rink where passengers can rent skates and skate during the day. There is a full size basketball court, an 18-hole mini golf course and two surf machines.
3. Mysterious indoor room for the Rubicon Escape game. This unusual event involves the creation of a team that will participate in simulated maritime emergencies. When "something goes wrong" and the cruiser is "captured", the members of the brave crew will have to find the keys to find the escape plan. A great way to spend time with families and friends looking for an active and different leisure time.
4. A new level of show on stage. The largest liner to date (weighing 226,963 tons) is the first cruise ship ever to offer a full version of the Broadway Grease. Of particular note is the aquatic theater with two 36-meter dive sites, which looks fabulous in the evening light.
5. More than just cabins. Prices range on average from about $800 for a basic cabin for three night flights to over $4,000 for a superior room for seven nights. Can't afford an expensive ocean view room? The 70 cabins contain floor-to-ceiling "virtual balconies" that are LED screensreminiscent of balconies, on which the image is projected from external surveillance cameras installed on the sides of the vessel, recreating a view of the ocean in real time. The screen also has computer railings, as testing has shown that having them made people feel much safer than with "open" virtual windows.
The ship even has its own oasis with over 10,000 plants and 50 trees. The cost of the ship is about one billion dollars. In the summer of 2016, the liner, according to the plan, will carry out seven-day cruises in the Mediterranean Sea, and in the fall, at the end of October, it will go on a trip to the Caribbean.