It doesn’t get much splashier than this. Splashaway Bay water park for children, plus, for adult thrills, a 100-foot plunge and a collision of big water slides, are the latest reveals for Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Harmony of the Seas cruise ship.
Harmony will be the biggest cruise ship to hit the water when it debuts on western Mediterranean routes in May. The ship will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting in November 2016 and sail itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
The kiddie park Splashway Bay features a drench bucket, water cannons with sea creature themes and simple slides.
That’s where the kid stuff ends. The Ultimate Abyss is a slide that whisks passengers down 10 stories, starting at the top pool level and ending at the Boardwalk, one of the ship’s themed “neighborhoods.”
A trio of thrill-ride water slides called the Supercell, Typhoon and Cyclone converge to form -- what else? -- the Perfect Storm.
Royal Caribbean describes the Supercell slide as “a Champagne bowl swirling guests around as they descend into their approach toward a big splash finale.”
The Quantum-class ship will carry more than 5,400 passengers. The ship will be divided into different hangouts: Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
Other techno-touches included on other ships will be on the Harmony too: robot bartenders at a Bionic Bar and virtual balconies in interior cabins.