Harmony of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean's fleet

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Royal Caribbean president Michael Bayley and chairman Richard Fain celebrate the arrival of Harmony of the Seas with crew and project team.
Royal Caribbean president Michael Bayley and chairman Richard Fain celebrate the arrival of Harmony of the Seas with crew and project team.

Royal Caribbean on Thursday took delivery of the Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, in Saint Nazaire, France.

Spanning 16 decks, the 227,00-gross-ton Harmony has 2,747 cabins and capacity for 5,479 passengers at double occupancy.

The $1 billion ship surpasses sister ships Oasis and Allure of the Seas as the world's largest. The Oasis and Allure, which entered service in 2009 and 2010, respectively, each are 225,000 gross tons and have 2,706 cabins for a double-occupancy capacity of 5,412.

The Harmony will have a few features that its sisters don't, most notably the Ultimate Abyss, a slide with a 100-foot drop. Riders plunge from Deck 16 to the Boardwalk on Deck 6.

There will be thrilling waterslides, too, three of them; Royal Caribbean has collectively named them the Perfect Storm. Altogether, 4.7 million pounds of water will fill 23 swimming pools, hot tubs, two FlowRider surf simulators, the waterslides and the Splashaway Bay water park, Royal Caribbean said. 

Wonderland, the molecular gastronomy experience that made its debut on the Quantum of the Seas in 2014, is a two-story restaurant on the Harmony.

The Harmony's first cruise, a four-day sailing, departs Southampton, England, on May 22. The ship will spend the summer in Europe, sailing seven-day cruises from Barcelona. In November, the Harmony will arrive in Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, from where it will operate seven-day Caribbean cruises.

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