Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas will be the cruise line's third Oasis class cruise ship, launching in the spring of 2016. The first two Oasis class ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, made waves in the cruise industry when they debuted in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and are by far the largest cruise ships currently afloat. But Harmony will measure 227,000 tons, eclipsing its sisters by more than 1,700 tons! So how do you keep a record 5,400+ passengers entertained for seven days? Easy!
I love a good musical so I was excited to hear that the Harmony’s Royal Theater is home to two headline shows. The first I’ve mentioned briefly before, “Grease”. I love this show, a story about teens in the 50's. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fall in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their differences? Well, you know the answer to that! And who doesn’t love singing along to "Summer Nights”?
The second show is a Royal Caribbean original production. “Columbus, the Musical!” recounts the imagined history of Marvin Columbus, Christopher's fictional, down on his luck, distant cousin! Royal Caribbean says the story was created in the spirit of "Spamalot”. If it is half as funny as the Monty Python parody then I’m sure they’ll have a winner on their hands with this!
My favorite entertainment venue on the Oasis and Allure was the Aqua Theater! It’s always a nail biting experience watching these incredibly talented divers jumping into a pool that looks so small! There’s two new shows here too! The first is called “The Fine Line”, a gravity-defying diving and acrobatic display. Am I the only person who watches these shows with my eyes half covered because it’s so nerve wracking?
According to what I read on Royal Caribbean’s press release, Hideaway Heist is an family friendly action packed comedy aqua show that jumps into the world of a swanky 1950's holiday resort where guys 'n' dolls take the audience on a frolicking escapade in, on and around the pool as an undercover detective, playing the part of a high-rolling vacationer, pursues a crafty burglar.
Studio B debuts a couple of new ice shows on the Harmony of the Seas. “1887” tells a show on ice about Juliet and her mysterious time traveling companion, the Tempus, travel in multiple dimensions to discover the wonders of the world, and of the heart. If you have ever seen a Royal Caribbean ice show then you know the costumes, special effects and of course the skating will leave you breathless!
“iSkate Showcase” puts the spotlight on many of the talented skaters as they show off their very best moves set to their own favorite tunes. Sounds like less artistic interpretation and more good old fashion skating!
The last thing I want to mention is “Puzzle Break: Escape the Rubicon”. Maybe you’ve participated in a Puzzle Break experience in your hometown. Puzzle Break is a real-life Room Escape puzzle game in which you and a small group of people are trapped in a room and have to find the hidden clues needed to solve a collection of puzzles that will eventually unravel the mystery of the Rubicon. What a great activity for families that are traveling together! What a fun way to make some new friends!
So, this is just a small sample, (yes, you heard me right, I said a small sample) of the entertainment aboard Harmony of the Seas! Doesn’t it all sound amazing? Harmony of the Seas will debut with a European cruise season May through October 2016 and then follow it up with year-round Caribbean 7-Night Eastern & Western sailings starting November 2016 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.