Cruise News: The World's Largest Cruise Ship
And what a voyage it will be for the world's largest cruise ship. Royal Caribbean has pulled out all the stops with the newest addition to their fleet, which began her maiden voyage on May 22. Measuring 1,188 feet (that's nearly four soccer fields long), the Oasis class ship has a lineup of amenities that will make booking your next Royal Caribbean cruise a no brainer. Last week, we talked about some of the most notable amenities on Harmony of the Seas, which include the tallest slide at sea and 23 swimming pools to choose from. Then there's the ever popular Bionic Bar, which uses robot bartenders to create their cocktails.
Watch the future unfold for yourself:
Harmony of the Seas is scheduled to arrive in Barcelona on June 5, where she'll launch her inaugural summer season with 34 seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises two days later. Then, she's headed to her homeport of Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) for seven-night Eastern/Western Caribbean sailings.
FUN FACT: James Hand, the man who came up with what was arguably one of the coolest ship names in ship naming history, will be sailing on Harmony of the Seas this month. If you're sailing on her too and happen to run into him, let him know we're big fans of his.
The dedication ceremony took place on May 20 in Rotterdam. The largest ship in the cruise line fleet entered service just last month and features elements such as a two-story theater with a 270-degree high definition LED screen and a culinary arts center for hands-on cooking classes.
Carnival Vista, who set sail for the first time on May 1 in Europe, has some of the coolest features we've seen on a ship--such as the first IMAX theater at sea and an 800 ft. long aerial attraction. So, we were pretty excited to hear that her sister ship, Vista II (a placeholder name until she gets a real one) is already in the works in Italy and will be a continuation of all the greatness Vista has to offer. Vista II will be the 26th ship in the cruise line's fleet and will include a few of Vista's onboard features, such as the IMAX theater and SkyRide. Further details of the new ship's layout have yet to be revealed (although we do know that her bow structure has already been completed), so stay tuned to our blog for updates.
We're all about experiencing cruise destinations like a local, and Princess Cruises' newest program allows cruisers to see destinations at the hands of those who know it best. The Global Partners + Local Experts program features exclusive shore experiences that are designed in partnership with local experts. From tourism boards to tour operators and port agents, these experts are on-hand to help create authentic experiences in each port.
The program also features footage from local pros sharing their experiences and recommendations about their home. Here's a video from Giovanni Spadoni, Commercial Director of the port of Livorno, Italy and a Tuscan regional expert discussing the beauty of of visiting Livorno:
Ever wonder what it feels like to see the world from a cruise ship? Seven Seas Navigator is back with an epic world cruise itinerary scheduled to sail in 2018. The journey is called Navigate the World, and this 137-night cruise is one that you won't want to miss. Here's a breakdown of her journey:
- The ship departs from Los Angeles and sails to Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, American Samoa and Fiji
- Multiple stops include ports of New Zealand and Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
- After touring Southeast Asia, Seven Seas Navigator will cross the Bay of Bengal with stops in Richard's Bay, Durban, East London, and Cape Town, South Africa
- From Cape Town, the ship crosses the Atlantic and arrives in South America for stops in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina
- From South America, it's off to sailing the Caribbean Sea to Curacao and Aruba and then traverse the Panama Canal. Guests will explore ports in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala, then it's back to homeport (Los Angeles) on May 25, 2018.
Hang on--we're not done yet.
During the cruise, guests will sail to 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including:
- Singapore-Singapore Botanic Gardens (a 156-year-old tropical garden and the only UNESCO recognized garden
- Australia-Sydney Opera House
- Malaysia-Kinabalu Park, which contains more than 90 lowland mammal species and 5,000 vascular plant species
Navigate the World also includes a variety of free shore excursions for all 64 ports of call.