NEW SHIP NEW PLAYGROUND

Ahoy from GayTravel's Cruise Guru!  I am writing from the biggest and boldest ship out there, Harmony of the Seas.  The newest member of the fleet is the most innovative cruise ship in the world!  She is touted as the ultimate destination for travelers looking for the perfect combination of adrenaline-pumping experiences and relaxation. Royal Caribbean's newest ship arrived for the first time at her homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL on November 5, and I am so thrilled to have been invited to be part of her exclusive naming ceremony.  Just when I thought they could not possibly raise the bar and push the limits of my imagination any further,
Royal Caribbean International has blown me away yet again! To read more about my first voyage on Harmony, click here and you will see it was a smashing success!

THERE ARE 7 DISTINCT NEIGHBORHOODS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE!

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    CENTRAL PARK - With 12,000 lush, live green trees and plants, Central Park lives up to its name. This is the place to enjoy uptown dinner and shopping. Or grab that favorite someone’s hand and stroll through this Royal Caribbean signature in the middle of the ocean.

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    ROYAL PROMENADE - There's dancing, karaoke, shops, bars and restaurants. Be sure to stop by the Bionic Bar, where the robot bartenders have a tasty cocktail with your name on it. Be on the lookout for the popular Royal Caribbean parade and join the fun.

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    BOARDWALK - It’s all fun and games at the Boardwalk. Enjoy the sweet nostalgia of the handcrafted carousel and the arcade. Then take it up a notch at the AquaTheater, where there are spectacular high-diving shows at the deepest pool at sea.

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    POOL AND SPORTS ZONE - The Pool and Sports Zone is all about the thrills. There are four out-of-this-world slides — five waterslides and one 10-story plunge (the Ultimate Abyss) — ready to take the bravest for a spin. Join other adventurers on board at the rock-climbing wall, zip line and Royal Caribbean's surf simulator, the FlowRider.

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    VITALITY SPA AND FITNESS - Known for its refreshing scent of aromatherapy. Or the distinct vibe of full-body wellness throughout. Visit the Vitality Spa and Fitness neighborhood to recharge the body, mind and spirit.

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    ENTERTAINMENT PLACE - This is the place to be for music, laughs and Broadway hits. After applauding, guests can get some chips in their hands at the Vegas-style Casino Royale.

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    YOUTH ZONE - Teens, kids and babies, too, can hang out in a neighborhood that’s just for them. Grouped by age and supervised by trained and certified staff, there’s themed play, workshops, video games and more..

COME ONBOARD AND LET'S SLIDE INTO ADVENTURE!

Harmony of the Seas is an adventure onto itself, and below are some of our favorite experiences for you to try. For those of you who have cruised with Royal Caribbean before...I wonder who will have the nerve to try Royal Caribbean's newest thrills at sea.

ACTIVITIES 

ULTIMATE ABYSS - At 10 stories high, the Ultimate Abyss is the tallest slide at sea and an epic adventure, not for the faint of heart.

THE PERFECT STORM -A tremendous trio of waterslides; Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell will take vacationers on an unforgettable ride.

FLOWRIDER - The surf’s always up at the two FlowRider surf simulators. Whether it is your first time or you're already a pro, guests can grab a board and ride the waves.

SOLARIUM - An adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat with a jaw-dropping view of the ocean. Soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a beautiful indoor pool.

SPLASHAWAY BAY - The ultimate kids water park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls, and a giant bucket that fills with water then tips over, giving everyone below a super-sized, soaking.

ROCK-CLIMBING WALLS - Travelers can get a little closer to the clouds atop one of the two signature 40-foot, rock-climbing walls.  

ZIP LINE - Strap in and go for a ride 10 decks up and 120 feet above the Boardwalk.

BIONIC BAR by MAKR SHAKR - Robot bartenders run a smooth operation at the Bionic Bar, mixing and serving classic cocktails or your own signature creation. Their only limit is your imagination.

SPA & FITNESS - The ideal spot for guests to relax their muscles or enjoy a daily workout routine, the Vitality Spa and Fitness Center.

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ENGAGE YOUR INNER PEACE AND STRENGTH

Unleash a powerful new you at the Vitality Spa and Fitness Center, one of the largest spas at sea. With award winning fitness facilities, specialized classes, enrichment seminars, Medi-Spa services, and a full-service spa and beauty salon, the team onboard promises to make you look as good as you feel. 

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Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver - It’s chef Jamie Oliver's love of Italian cooking and the Italian way of life that drives the menu at Jamie's Italian on
Anthem of the Seas
Izumi Hibachi & Sushi – Chef Travis Kamiyama offers guests an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. 
Main Dining Room - Sweeping, multi-level ambiance, world-class cuisine and the most attentive staff at sea. Our main dining room serves exceptional, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a new dinner menu each evening in an elegant setting, with extraordinary personal service from your dedicated wait staff. Two seatings nightly, or choose My Time or My Family Dining for more flexibility.
Johnny Rockets The Original Hamburger - Serving up delicious American fare to diners around the world since 1986. 
Chef's Table - Fourteen guests. Five courses. Once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. And the chef has masterfully paired the perfect wine for each dish, so your enjoyment is multiplied beyond measure.
150 Central Park - The jewel of the Central Park neighborhood, 150 Central Park features menus by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. His commitment to sustainable, seasonal food provides a delicious “farm to ship” experience.
Coastal Kitchen - A rustic retreat exclusively for Suite guests. A little bit Napa and a little bit Tuscany, the experience caters to eclectic cravings, from homemade blueberry pie to Serrano ham.
Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar - At Sabor, the Mexican flavors dance on your tongue. So do the tequilas. You’ll love the traditional dishes, like Carne Asada burritos. But when you try the chef’s Chili Calamari and Mole Short Rib, the fiesta really gets going.
Windjammer -  A global culinary pavilion that invites you to explore the world, dish by dish. Enticing food islands weave throughout, showcasing international fare while mapping your way between new, interactive stations.
Mini Bites - When you’re having big fun at the Pool and Sports Zone, you want to grab a snack and get back out there. So head to Mini Bites for grab-and-go sliders, grilled cheese and other deliciousness.
Sorrento’s - Sorrento's is one of six casual-service dining options on Harmony of the Seas® that cater to a wide variety of tastes and preferences, offering something for everyone at no additional cost. 
Boardwalk Dog House - Let’s be frank: hot dogs are delicious. And the Dog House toppings bar makes it easy to dress them up New York-style, Chicago-style or in your own personal style.
Wonderland - A creative and experiential new concept showcasing superior variety, quality and design.
Chops Grille - Contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse offerings. 
Rooms Service - Morning, noon, night, whenever you like – order up room service 24/7. 

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ROYAL SUITE CLASS - When it comes to luxury travel, there are certain things we’ve all come to expect. But you expect something more. For you, luxury is nothing without the experiences it affords you. You want stories to tell. You want an adventure. You want travel that inspires and surprises because, to you, a life richly lived is the ultimate luxury. Debuting on Harmony of the Seas.
STAR CLASS - As a Star Class Suite guest, you’ll enjoy the round-the-clock services of an exclusive Royal Genie personal assistant. During your voyage, your Royal Genie will attend to, and anticipate, your every need and desire. Your wish is your Royal Genie’s command.
SKY CLASS - As a Sky Class Suite guest, you’ll have special access to an exclusive concierge who will remain at your service throughout your time onboard to assist you with priority reservations and theater seats, securing access to the private suite Sun Deck and any other requests that may arise.
SEA CLASS - Pamper yourself with luxury bathroom amenities by Hermès, Ferragamo and L’Occitane. Let the ocean gently lull you into the slumber of a lifetime on your luxury pillowtop mattress. And enjoy exclusive dinner access and breathtaking views through floor-to-ceiling windows in the Coastal Kitchen restaurant.
PARK VIEW BALCONY - Nestled within the gardens of Central Park, Park View Balcony accommodations connect you with nature, serenity and each other. Every day and night reveal a new delight with exclusive EAT • DRINK • PLAY complimentary amenities available only to Park View Balcony guests.
BOARDWALK VIEW BALCONY - Nothing gets you closer to the action than a Boardwalk View Balcony. Overlooking the colorful and fun-filled Boardwalk neighborhood, these unique accommodations include EAT • DRINK • PLAY complimentary amenities you won’t receive anywhere else.
VIRTUAL BALCONIES - Designed to provide real-time views of the ocean and our exciting destinations, these select interior rooms will feature virtual balconies that span nearly floor to ceiling and capture all the beauty of the sea to wow our guests in a way never done before. Imagine enjoying the sunrise and sunset from the comfort of your interior stateroom.

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