Royal Caribbean International has announced the entertainment lineup for Harmony of the Seas, the line's new Oasis-class ship that is set to offer Western Mediterranean itineraries in Europe starting May 2016.
As we learned during November's CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Conference, the ship will host a new, full-blown Broadway production of the musical "Grease." Additional entertainment options range from ice shows in Studio B and immersive performances at the oceanfront AquaTheater to, for the first time, Puzzle Break, an interactive, problem-solving group activity in a dedicated, fully-produced space.
Seating 1,380 guests, the ship's main Royal Theater is home to two headline shows presented by Royal Caribbean Productions:
Columbus, The Musical! – An original Royal Caribbean production created in the spirit of "Spamalot" and "Something Rotten," the story recounts the imagined history of Marvin Columbus, Christopher's fictional, down on his luck, distant cousin. Banished from his family's kingdom, Marvin sets sail on a madcap voyage of discovery in the hopes of claiming his own place in history. Unforeseen romance and a "happily ever after" story are on the map as Marvin Columbus crashes into his Caribbean destiny.
Grease – The all-new, never-before-seen stage production, specially adapted by Royal Caribbean Productions, will boast original choreography, costumes and aerial elements. Featuring a soundtrack of crowd favorites such as "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'," "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee," "Born to Hand-Jive," "Beauty School Dropout" and more, guests will follow the romantic twists and turns of Sandy and Danny as they navigate the tricky social waters of Rydell High School while keeping their reputations – and relationship – together.
The ship's AquaTheater, an acrobatic performance space introduced by Royal Caribbean with the Oasis class of ships, will offer new aerial capabilities, including two 10-meter high platforms and the hydraulic-floored pool, the largest and deepest freshwater pool at sea.
New AquaTheater shows include the acrobatic The Fine Line and the comedic Hideaway Heist.
The ice rink in Studio B will offer a backdrop of ultra-high definition video and performances by world-class skaters. New Studio B performances include:
1887 – An original Royal Caribbean production about love and adventure that begins in Paris on February 14, 1887, at the height of the career of Jules Verne. Beginning their journey on the frozen River Seine, Juliet and her mysterious time traveling companion, the Tempus, travel in multiple dimensions to discover the wonders of the world, and of the heart.
iSkate Showcase – A Studio B ice show where Royal Caribbean's skaters put their best blade forward in a showcase of their very best moves set to their own favorite tunes.
Harmony of the Seas will also offer a number of favorite Royal Caribbean performances, including:
Puzzle Break: Escape the Rubicon – A puzzle that transports players to another world and another time where they must escape. Players will collaborate with friends, old and new, as they attempt to find the hidden clues needed to solve a collection of puzzles that will eventually unravel the mystery of the Rubicon. With only 60 minutes of life-support, the suspense builds with every tick of the clock. For the first time, this activity will take place in a dedicated space designed in partnership with ShowFX Inc.
Red Party – A high-energy party at sea with DJs, surprise performances, special effects and technology.
Stowaway Piano – The pop-up piano player, which originally debuted on Anthem of the Seas, heads to Harmony. Behind the door. Around the corner. In the elevator. By the pool. Guests never know where the Stowaway Piano will turn up next.
The Royal Promenade
On the Royal Promenade, Harmony of the Seas continues the tradition of Royal Caribbean's theme nights and parades with:
Totally Awesome 90s – Harmony of the Seas debuts the evolution of Royal Caribbean's Promenade 70s Party as the clock is pushed forward to the 90s. Guests can party it up in a new era when soundtracks are dominated by teen pop, dance-pop and the growing popularity of hip hop. A live DJ spinning favorite 90s hits, live pop-up performances and crazy neon track suits set the stage to transport partygoers back to this totally awesome decade.
Let's Celebrate! – Halloween, Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Fourth of July and New Year's Eve will all be celebrated at once, in a wild and crazy parade.
Guests on Harmony of the Seas also can belt out tunes at the On Air Club, revel in a symphony of brass brilliance with the High Cs Horns, Harmony's horn-led, nine piece orchestra, and take in live comedy and music at Harmony's new nighttime hotspot, The Attic.