The port of Southampton in the U.K. was all abuzz yesterday as gawkers who wanted a chance to see the world’s largest cruise ship gathered for her first arrival into port.
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas — nearly three years in the making — is the 25th ship in the fleet... and now the official largest cruise ship in the world. She spans 16 guest decks, encompasses 227,000 gross registered tons, carries 5,497 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,747 staterooms. She's divided into seven distinct neighborhoods — like an actual city — and has nearly 2,400 crew. (Just a few more hands on deck than Below Deck Mediterranean.)
Here's a look inside some of the ship's most over-the-top features.
1. The tallest slide at sea
The Ultimate Abyss, billed as the tallest slide on the water, towers more than 150 feet above sea level. Guests enter the ride from a glass platform, climb onto a customized mat, and take the plunge. The Ultimate Abyss is made up of two separate cylinders, each with a diameter of approximately 2.6 feet, and made of stainless steel. The pair of slides drop 100 feet, with twists and turns. Expect to speed about nine miles per hour from the pool and sports zone on deck 16 to the boardwalk on deck six below.
In addition to the Abyss, there's the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides for memorable all-ages fun.
2. A bionic bar
If you've never had a robot bartender fix you a drink at sea, you're missing out. Yes, it's a fleet of non-human machines who mix the cocktails at the new ship's Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr technology.
3. A central park
Given that Royal Caribbean's ship is like a city at sea — remember those distinct neighborhoods? — it's only fitting that there is a central park. The giant park has more than 10,500 living plants, some of which are more than 20 feet tall.
4. A solarium
A ship this big couldn't have just one pool, of course. No, indeed it has four pools — including the Solarium. It's an adults-only retreat similar to the one on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, which The Real Housewives of New York City's Dorinda Medley recently checked out with her man.
5. An Alice in Wonderland-inspired restaurant
We're pretty curious about what mystery lies behind the entrance to the dining experience known as Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Royal Caribbean bills the two-level restaurant as a kind of "rabbit hole" to venture down, offering "an elaborate dreamscape of never-before-seen fare." Consider our curiosity piqued.
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