Royal Caribbean International’s new Harmony of the Seas has set sail, and now that we’ve had a chance to experience it, we’ve gathered out list of top 10 cool things to check out onboard the largest cruise ship in the world.
The Ultimate Abyss
At first it may seem odd that the tallest slide at sea is not a water slide, but this dry slide really is quite thrilling as riders spiral down over ten decks from the FlowRider surf simulators above to the carousel on the Boardwalk below. Special sound and lighting effects line the run as guests hop into a friction-reducing sleeping bag-like pouch prior to the speedy descent.
The Perfect Storm
Besides the Ultimate Abyss, there is a trio of more traditional water slides onboard called the Perfect Storm. Some of Royal Caribbean’s first ever water slides, two are racer body tube varieties and the third is a centrifugal champagne bowl one, and they are thrilling, although not quite to the degree of their dry cousin at the back of the ship.
Continuing with the theme of water, the AquaTheater is one of Harmony of the Seas’ main entertainment venues, and this one is outside with a deep pool, retractable stages, high dive platforms, kinetic fountains and an aerial acrobatic rig that activates the entire space above and around the stern in the evenings for spectacular shows. “The Fine Line” is especially captivating as water becomes a character. It even cleverly sets up a dance battle between the live performers and the fountain array.
The AquaTheater is part of the Boardwalk “neighborhood,” and a number of other ones divide the mega-ship into more discernible districts, the classic of which is the Royal Promenade that stretches the better part of the ship’s length with a mall-like horizontal atrium. Similarly, Central Park sits above with living plants and trees lining foot paths to specialty retail stores and restaurants, all under the naked sky. In true neighborhood fashion, there’s even a Starbucks to be enjoyed along the Boardwalk.
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