As cruise ships become more and more stacked with cool amenities, my kids seem to care less about where the boat is headed. When everyone gets off and heads to the beach, they revel in the fact that they now have the waterpark to themselves.
Despite creating some incredible splash areas for kids, Royal Caribbean has shied away from adding a water slide to one of their ships until now! Royal’s third Oasis class ship, Harmony of the Seas, will hit the water in 2016, and fans of the line will be thrilled to learn that the new ship has waterslides!
But in true Royal style, there is a bit of a twist. Guests of all ages will get the ultimate heart-pounding thrill ride on the Ultimate Abyss, a 10 story slide that begins in the Pool and Sports Zone at the aft of the ship down to the Boardwalk neighborhood below.
Spiraling five decks above the lushly landscaped, open-air Central Park in the center of the ship, water slides Supercell, Typhoon and Cyclone come together as The Perfect Storm, inviting travelers to slide into an incredible adventure. Thrill seekers can test their mettle in Supercell, featuring a champagne bowl swirling guests around as they descend into their approach towards a big splash finale.
Little cruisers will also get their own cool water space called Splashaway Bay, an interactive aqua park for kids. Splashaway Bay will be a vibrant waterscape for kids and toddlers with sea creature water cannons, winding slides, a gigantic drench bucket and a multi-platform jungle-gym to keep everyone entertained for hours.
Harmony of the Seas will debut in May 2016 for her inaugural summer season showcasing Europe’s most popular cruise destinations on seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries calling on Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. In November 2016, Harmony will arrive to her homeport of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. offering seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings.