Last minute choices for a cruise were limited. We reluctantly chose the largest cruise ship in the world, the Harmony of the Seas. We don’t like noise, crowds and waiting in long lines. But we wanted a minimal effort vacation. They did a marvelous job, and we would go again.
Harmony is 1,188.1 feet long, just over a foot longer than its sister ships the Allure and the Oasis. It displaces 227,000 gross tons. Officially, It can hold 6780 guests [with more than two people in a room] and 2100 crew. We were told there were 6441 passengers on our cruise, about 3800 of
They divided the ship into seven “neighborhoods.” The most impressive to us was “Central Park” which soars from the 8th deck to the sky and boasts live plants and trees. It is surrounded by restaurants and bars. We also enjoyed the AquaTheater shows in “Boardwalk.” The pool depth can be adjusted to accommodate divers plunging from 55 feet above. At its deepest, it is 17.7 feet deep. The Boardwalk also has a carousel and arcade.
The ship has two FlowRider® surf simulators, two 43-foot high rock-climbing walls, three water slides, an ice skating rink, a mini-golf course and a zip line as well as the Abyss, two helix-shaped ten-story sliding boards. [Yes, I went down the water slides and Abyss.]
We once were on a ship where the average age was 82 [that’s what the crew told us]. On this June cruise, we were the old folks; at one show, the entertainer had to explain to younger members in the audience who the Beatles were.
There is the usual casino, dancing, youth programs, fitness and spa area and jogging track. A “Bionic Bar” has robot bartenders which create beverages from a broad menu.
They claim to have the “fastest Internet on the sea.” I wonder if Navy ships might be faster, but it was certainly fast enough.
Alie likes a balcony if we can get it. The room was very well designed but not the biggest we have had. On the other hand, there are two-story “loft suites” available. There are also rooms with balconies looking over Central Park and Boardwalk. I didn’t see one, but perhaps the most interesting offer to me was for inside rooms with “virtual balconies” which give the illusion one is looking outside.
The largest cruise ship in the world requires more than I care to write or you care to read in one post. Future posts will discuss the engineering systems and how they feed and entertain all those people.
In the meantime, as always, click on the photos to enlarge.