Largest Cruise Ship on Inaugural Voyage

By ,   May 23, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

It was a big day for cruise fans on May 22 (Sunday) as Royal Caribbean's record-breaking new ship Harmony of the Seas set sail with paying cruisers for the first time.

At 226,963 GT, Harmony is the biggest cruise ship ever, a floating mega-resort with an adults-only solarium, a water slide complex, 3 main pool areas, 2 rock climbing walls, an ice skating rink, a basketball court and mall-like indoor promenade with bars, eateries and shops. Harmony of the Seas departed from Southampton, UK on a 4-night voyage to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Harmony is a bigger version of Royal Caribbean's giant Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, the previous size leaders in cruise industry. While a number of her features are the same as on the siblings, she also boasts some new additions. Among them: the Ultimate Abyss, which might be the most thrilling attraction ever at sea. Comprised of 2 swirling slides, it drops ten stories from near the top of the ship down to one of Harmony's lowest decks.

After an initial series of voyages in Europe, the ship will will re-position to Fort Lauderdale in the fall to offer alternating, 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.