The name of the third ship in the Oasis Class of ships has been revealed by Royal Caribbean to be Harmony of the Seas. The new liner will join sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, and will become the largest cruise ship in operation upon its launch.
With a maximum capacity of 6,360 guests, the ship will dwarf its mega-liner sisters. Early drawings suggest the ship will continue Royal Caribbean’s emphasis on the family market, showcasing a number of water slides winding around the top deck. A large open-air street and park area, reminiscent of sister ships’ Central Park areas, runs through the centre of the ship.
The name of the ship will not come as a surprise to guests aboard an Oasis of the Seas cruise earlier this month when the ship’s captain accidentally leaked the new name of the ship in an address to passengers. Harmony of the Seas was one of five new names trademarked by Royal Caribbean in September 2014 alongside Spectrum, Joy, Emblem and Apex of the Seas.
The new ship is expected to feature a number of unique, world-first features upon its projected launch next April. With Royal Caribbean constantly pushing the boundaries of cruise ship design, the world’s new largest ship presents an excellent opportunity to debut new technologies and holiday ideas.
The launch of the ship is set to arrive six years after the launch of the second vessel in the Oasis Class, and much has developed in the ever-evolving cruise industry.
Royal Caribbean is yet to release details regarding the itineraries and home port of the Harmony of the Seas. The ship, currently in construction in the STX Finland shipyard is estimated to cost roughly €1 billion.
In early 2014, the cruise giant exercised the option to build a fourth ship in the Oasis Class fleet, expected to arrive in 2018. The steel cutting of the new ship began this month. Alongside the two Oasis Class ships, Royal Caribbean are preparing for the launch of two new Quantum Class ships, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, in April this year and summer 2016 respectively.
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