Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise ship will weigh 227,000 gross tons – 1,718 more than the current record-holder
Fresh details for what will be the largest cruise ship in the world, tipping the scales at a colossal 227,000 gross tons, have been unveiled by Royal Caribbean.
The behemoth 16-deck vessel, to be called Harmony of the Seas, will have room for 5,479 guests in 2,747 cabins and will measure 1,188 feet (362.15 metres) from bow to stern. Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, which currently share the title of world’s largest cruise ship, each weigh 225,282 GT and are 1,187 feet (362m) and 1,186.5 feet long, respectively.
It will cost $1.35 billion to build and is scheduled to make its maiden voyage in April 2016, according to Royal Caribbean, and will feature three multi-storey waterslides, robot bartenders (as can be found on its latest ship, Quantum of the Seas), and a “handcrafted” carousel.
Culinary venues will include two new “concepts” – Izumi Hibachi & Sushi and the Sabor Modern Mexican – and a branch of Starbucks. It will also have the fastest internet connection at sea, the cruise line claims.
Like the two other ships in its class, Harmony will be divided into seven “neighbourhoods”: Central Park, the Royal Promenade, Boardwalk, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality (spa and fitness), Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. It is expected to share other features common to its sister ships, such as a surfing simulator and a zip line.
Royal Caribbean has two other ships under construction – Anthem of the Seas, due to launch in April – and Ovation of the Seas, which will also debut in April 2016. The three new vessels will increase the size of the company’s fleet to 25.
The majority of its ships are based in Florida, but Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas will both be based in Southampton next summer.
Future ships could be called Apex of the Seas, Emblem of the Seas or Joy of the Seas. The website cruisemapper.com reported that Royal Caribbean renewed the trademark for each of these names – along with Harmony of the Seas – last September.