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11 Must-Try Attractions on Harmony of the Seas



The world’s largest and newest ship Harmony of the Seas is packed with new adventures. Here’s a list of some of the top attractions.

1. The Ultimate Abyss

Grab a carpet, hold on tight, and take the 10-deck plunge on the tallest slide at sea. Make sure you smile and check out your photo when you’re finished.

2. Rock Climbing

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The back of the ship has two large rock climbing walls with available shoes. Make your way to the top which sits right below the crow’s nest, and ring the bell.

3. FlowRider

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You don’t have to be a professional wave rider to enjoy this experience. You can stand and ride the waves or simply boogie board. There are two wave pools located on the back of the ship.

4. Zip Lining

Take a scenic ride up high over the Boardwalk. The zip line starts at the back of the ship and although the ride is short, the thrill and views are spectacular.

5. The Perfect Storm Waterslides

Take a ride on all three water slides, Typhoon, Cyclone, and Supercell. These high-speed slides are the ultimate wet and wild experience!

6. Bionic Bar

Two robots take over the bartending scene at the Bionic Bar, located on deck 6. Have a seat and place your order on an ipad, the digital board will show you when your drink order is up and take you through the steps while it’s being made.

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7. Rising Tide bar

Step into the Rising Tide Bar on Deck 5 or 8, grab a drink, sit back, and relax as the bar goes up or down giving you a fantastic view of the Promenade. Great for people watching, the bar departs every 30 minutes.

8. Solarium

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This adults only area located in the back of the ship is the perfect getaway spot. Grab some food in the Solarium Bistro, relax on a lounge chair, or take a dip in one of the many whirlpools. Did I mention it was for adults only?

9. Boardwalk

Home to the AquaTheater and the beautiful hand-crafted Carousel, the Boardwalk is full of games, bright lights, and good times. Be sure to catch one of the spectacular acrobatic water shows and grab a hot dog at The Dog House.

10. Central Park

Take a stroll through the Central Park neighborhood and enjoy all the greenery, shops, and cafés the park at sea has to offer.

11. Wonderland

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Take your taste buds for an adventure as you travel down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. The imaginative cuisine along with the unique design and service lead to the ultimate dining experience.

What attractions are you looking forward to the most on your sailing aboard Harmony of the Seas?

By: Jennifer Martin

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Cruise Line Private Island Gets Complete Makeover



Royal Caribbean is about to change the way you think of private islands. While every major cruise line has gotten into the private-island business over the years, but the stakes are about to be raised as Royal Caribbean invests $200 million in renovations for CocoCay… including a name change to Perfect Day At CocoCay! But that is only the beginning of the story.

Coco Cay Will Get A Waterpark

The centerpiece of the massive renovation program will be Thrill Waterpark, featuring two towers and 13 water slides… including the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak, which will become the tallest waterslide in North America. The park will also feature a wave pool and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool. At the Oasis Lagoon — which promises to be the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool — guests will find a swim-up bar and in-pool loungers that will allow you to soak up the sun even as you keep cool.

But wait… there’s more, including a 1,600-foot zip line which will let you splash down into the water, and a helium balloon (similar to the one Walt Disney World operates at Disney Springs). No word at this point on whether these thrills will come at an extra charge or be included in your cruise fare.

Two Whole New Beaches

The project will also create two distinct beaches. The first will be known as Chill Island, and it’s dubbed as “the ultimate beach escape” featuring white sand and crystal-clear waters. There will also be daybeds and cabanas available for rent. Meanwhile South Beach will be the hot spot for folks who want to play beachfront sport and activities ranging from paddle boarding to zorbing. (Don’t worry… we didn’t know what that was either. Turns out it involves rolling across the surface of the ocean in a giant, inflatable ball that resembles nothing so much as a huge gerbil ball.

And for those looking to lay out a little extra dough for the ultimate beach day, there’s the Coco Beach Club, offering an upscale experience featuring the Bahamas’ first over-water cabanas.

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When Will The Transformation Begin?

The changes to Coco Cay will be rolled out in phases starting when the island’s new pier is completed, with the majority of experiences being opened by the spring of 2019. (Coco Beach Club, the final phase, will not open until around November 2019.)

Royal Caribbean is not investing only in their Bahamas property, as Asia, Australia and the Caribbean will also be added to what’s being called the Perfect Day Collection. “We are introducing the Perfect Day Island Collection to deliver the most memorable vacation for adventure seekers on land and on board our ships,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Once completely, Perfect Day at CocoCay will be the ultimate family destination in the Caribbean.”

Why The Move Makes Financial Sense

While Royal Caribbean will be investing a huge amount of money in the Perfect Day collection, it’s easy to see why they — as well as other cruise lines — believe such investments are worth while. When ships visit ports and passengers disembark, their money goes with them. But any money passengers spend during their time on private islands is still going into the cruise line’s coffers. For more on Royal Caribbean’s plans for CocoCay, check out the video below!

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Royal Caribbean Plans A Game-Changing Move



Cruise ships are often compared to floating cities and, like any other city, they produce a heck of a lot of garbage. This week, Britain’s Telegraph reported that Royal Caribbean is looking into making a change that, if successful, could have a major impact on the industry and cause others to follow suit.

The Idea Behind Royal Caribbean’s Big Plans

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In speaking to the British newspaper, Royal Caribbean’s President and CEO, Michael Bayley, revealed that the cruise line is working toward eliminating single-use plastics such as straws and plastic bottles from the ship’s waste-stream. But that’s only the first step in their revolutionary plan. “We have a newly-formed plastics team within the corporation,” he touted. “We manage our waste very well but we have an exciting opportunity to play our part in the overall reduction of plastic which, it’s becoming clear for all to see, has such a negative impact on our oceans.”

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Obviously, cruise lines have a vested interest in protecting the environment in general and oceans in particular. Bayley says that’s why Royal Caribbean — along with sister lines Celebrity and Azamara — are taking this new initiative so seriously. While there is no deadline in place for the change, it is something they are hoping to have “a clear position by the end of the year.”

What They Want To Change

Eliminating single-use plastics from the waste stream is only part of a bigger agenda, according to the exec. “There are three elements to this,” said Bayley. As well as eliminating single-use plastic items, they are also looking to “reduce the amount of plastic in [the operation side of] the business — chairs, bags, staff belts and shoes, for example. [We also] want to influence our supply chain, because we have to do this together.”

The team working on this major push eventually will come from all walks of ship life across the three brands. “We’re bringing together people who are passionate about this topic,” says an enthusiastic Bayley.

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Royal Caribbean to Debut Renovated Ship for Weekend Cruises



After an extensive $90 million makeover, Mariner of the Seas will be ready to wow guests and take them on fun weekend cruises to the Bahamas. Beginning in June 2018, travelers will be able to enjoy 3 and 4-night escapes from PortMiami to Nassau and CocoCay – Royal Caribbean’s private island.

Thrill-Seekers’ Dreams

Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss the Sky Pad, a brand new virtual reality bungee trampoline experience on the ship. Guests will strap in and don their VR headsets to transport them to another time and planet, to bounce over moon craters or compete in intergalactic games. The activity can also be enjoyed without the VR headsets, for those who want to jump around on the ship while looking out over the ocean.

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Mariner of the Seas will see the addition of several recent Royal Caribbean favorites, including The Perfect Storm, duel racing waterslides Cyclone and Typhoon, and a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience. The ship will also offer a new escape room activity called Puzzle Break: The Observatorium, where competitors put their minds to the test, working together to solve a series of high-tech riddles. Fans of the FlowRider surfing simulator will also be able to get their fix aboard the revitalized ship.

Reinvented Nightlife

On Royal Caribbean, the fun never stops just because the sun goes down. The Bamboo Room – a new Polynesian-themed watering hole found only on Mariner – will be a bar on everyone’s “must-visit” list. The lounge will have a retro, kitschy feel, with specialty handcrafted cocktails to savor in the evenings. Sports fans will enjoy Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, where they can enjoy the biggest live sporting events over ice-cold brews, wings, sliders, and more.

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Culinary Creations

For those looking for a taste bud adventure, Mariner of the Seas will not disappoint. Jamie’s Italian offers Chef Jamie Oliver’s rustic Italian dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, including pastas made in-house each day. Caffeine addicts can get their fix at the onboard Starbucks, and sushi fans can enjoy Izumi Hibachi & Sushi with made-to-order hot and cold dishes.

The 15-deck Mariner of the Seas will continue to offer an array of classic Royal Caribbean experiences, including the Studio B ice-skating rink, a 40-foot rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, three pools, a basketball court, and outdoor poolside movie nights.

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