Cruise Ship Preview: Harmony of the Seas' "Ultimate Abyss" Water Slide (VIDEO)

Royal Caribbean International has revealed new details on the upcoming Harmony of the Seas, the line's new Oasis-class ship that will be the largest in the Royal Caribbean fleet when it sets sail in May 2016. 

The ship will sail with The Ultimate Abyss, billed as the tallest water slide at sea at more than 150 feet above sea level, overlooking the AquaTheater at the aft of the ship. The pair of side-by-side slides will release travelers into a 100 foot drop that twists and turns in a serpentine-like movement as they slide nine miles an hour, approximately, from the Pool and Sports Zone on Deck 16 to the Boardwalk on Deck 6 below. 

Guests launch onto the ride from a glass platform above the Boardwalk 10 decks below before taking the plunge through spontaneous audio effects within each tunnel. The Ultimate Abyss is made up of two separate cylinders, each a reflection of one another. Both have a diameter of approximately 2.6 feet and are constructed of stainless steel.


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When it launches Harmony of the Seas will have a capacity for 5,497 guests at double occupancy, with 2,747 staterooms. Like the other ships in the Oasis class, it will have Royal Caribbean's seven neighborhood design concept, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.


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