Royal Caribbean to Launch Third Oasis-Class Ship in 2016

harmony of the seas

Royal Caribbean has announced that the Harmony of the Seas, the third in its Oasis class of ships -- currently the largest cruise ships in the world -- will launch in April 2016.

Harmony of the Seas will have the cruise line's design of seven distinct neighborhoods for which the Oasis class is known, as well as an array of amenities, such as three multi-story waterslides, all of which twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below. One of the slides also will have a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride.            

Harmony of the Seas also will have a new Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade. The Bionic Bar was first introduced aboard Quantum of the Seas, and includes robot bartenders serving up cocktails while dancing to a fluid beat. Additionally, guests onboard Harmony of the Seas will enjoy RFID technology with Royal WOWBands that provide them access to their staterooms, as well as make onboard purchases and reservations. Like her sisters, Harmony also will have an Internet connection at a speed that allows guests to stream video, Skype with family and friends and share their vacation memories through social media while at sea.

The new ship will also have stateroom categories that are even larger than those found on her sister ships, Oasis and Allure. Interior accommodations will be outfitted with Royal Caribbean's Virtual Balconies, while single travelers will have studio stateroom choices. Suite guests also will have exclusive new areas to enjoy, from a well-appointed suite lounge and a private suites-only restaurant called Coastal Kitchen to an exclusive full-service Suite Sun Zone sun deck.

For younger guests, there will be handcrafted carousel and a classic games arcade on the ship's Boardwalk neighborhood, which will also have a relocated Starbucks cafe and a new climbing play area. 

In terms of culinary options, Harmony of the Seas will offer Royal Caribbean's Dynamic Dining experience, as well as a Classic dining option with two set seating times. Dynamic Dining's Classic option allows guests to rotate through each of the main complimentary restaurants at an early- or a late-seating time throughout their cruise with their dining group and the same assigned waiter each evening.

New specialty restaurant concepts will include Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, with a new teppanyaki menu, and the Sabor Modern Mexican restaurant. The new Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine will give guests the chance to experience a unique culinary adventure.

Harmony of the Seas will span 16 decks, carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy and have 2,747 staterooms.