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11 Feb

Harmony Of The Seas To Set Sail In Spring 2016

Harmony of the SeasThe Launch Of Royal Caribbean’s Newest Oasis Class Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean are breathing new life into the cruise market this spring with the launch of the fresh and innovative Harmony of the Seas, setting sail in Europe from May 2016.

Royal Caribbean hope to have something to celebrate this year with the launch of their new ship, Harmony of the Seas, which debuts in Europe this spring. This ship features some of the best from the rest of their fleet, and some new amenities and entertainment offerings. The company’s blog is full of tales of the Broadway show Grease, the ultimate abyss – a 10 storey monster water slide, Dreamworks character breakfast and film showings, and extra perks for central park and boardwalk staterooms from November 2016. Here’s more of what you can expect from the third of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class cruise liners.

Harmony of the Seas in Brief

The Oasis class of ship paved the way for new innovations at sea, such as the first park at sea, complete with thousands of plants. With Harmony of The Seas you’ll find familiar Oasis Class design and some new features. These include Royal Caribbean’s first multi-storey waterslides, WOWband payment technology and a Royal IQ App for bookings, and larger balcony and suite staterooms than other ships in the fleet. There’s also new ‘virtual balcony’ on some rooms, and suite only areas including a private restaurant.

Speciality restaurants, a bionic bar with robot bar tenders, spectacular shows at the AquaTheater, a traditional carousel, shopping promenade, new children’s play area, and plenty of casual dining options when you want to grab a drink and snack – just some of the other amenities on board. This is a ship that caters for the young and old, couples and families, whether you want to relax with a spa treatment, take part in a workshop, or watch a show.


Royal Caribbean is known for their outstanding on-board facilities and entertainment, but while it’s tempting to stay on-board ship and experience all that’s on offer, the itineraries planned for Harmony Of The Seas post-launch means there are some great opportunities to sight-see as well. From May 2016, a range of short cruise breaks will take the ship through the summer in Europe, while from late October it seeks out the sun further afield and heads for some Caribbean sunshine.

Itineraries Include:

  • 3 night break from Southampton from/to Cherbourg in France.
  • 5 night western Mediterranean from/to Barcelona, Spain, taking in Civitavecchia (Rome province) and Naples in Italy.
  • 7 night western Mediterranean from/to Barcelona, Spain, sailing to Palma De Mallorca, Marseille, Florence and Pisa, Civitavecchia, Italy.
  • 13 night Barcelona to Florida. The ship will sail to Palma De Mallorca and Malaga before crossing the ocean to the sunshine state.
  • 7 night eastern Caribbean cruise. Roundtrip from/to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, calling at Nassaau (Bahamas), Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas, and Philipsburg in St Maarten.

When You Book a Cruise

Once you’ve decided to book a cruise, then the fun begins. You’ll have all the usual admin stuff to sort out such as checking passports and visas are in order, along with arranging your cruise travel insurance. You can do a lot of this online, along with providing Royal Caribbean with all your passenger information, and you can even make use of their handy cruise planner tool where you can plan some elements of your trip, if you want to pre-book dining, on-shore excursions, or on-board entertainment.

All things considered, it sounds like there’s an interesting summer in prospect for cruise goers when Harmony of the Seas sets sail.