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5 First Impressions: Harmony of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas has arrived at her home base in Fort Lauderdale. After boarding the ship for a two-night sailing, here are my first impressions of the ship.

What I thought of Harmony of the Seas

1. Massive size but great passenger flow

Harmony of the Seas.

You board in the Promenade, which resembles a shopping mall. It is a little overwhelming if you have never been on the Oasis-class ships before. The vessel is open in the middle with balcony rooms and venues all overlooking the boardwalk, which holds a large amount of the ship’s entertainment. There are 7 neighborhoods full of attractions, restaurants, and shops. It is likely that you will initially feel a little lost, but once you get the hang of the different neighborhoods and just follow the symbols on the elevators for the deck, you will have the ship down in no time.

2. Friendliness all around

The staff throughout the ship are all friendly, happy, and very welcoming. You get the sense that they all enjoy what they do. Everyone is extremely helpful and also very proud of their ship.

3. Beautiful ship 

The ship is absolutely beautiful. Hats off to the architects and interior designers; they did an amazing job with the design and flow. There are so many unique sculptures and artwork around every corner. It’s the little touches such as the lighting out on the boardwalk and the AquaTheater that make the ship so mesmerizing.

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4. Awesome venues & entertainment

The ship is designed with 7 neighborhoods full of entertainment and restaurants. There are 20 unique dining options, a bar around every corner, and activities such as zip lining, rock climbing, and wave riding that will keep you entertained for days. Royal Caribbean has kicked it up a notch with what looks to be an unforgettable lineup of shows. There are three different theaters to visit: Royal Theater which features the hit Broadway musical Grease, an indoor ice skating rink with nightly ice shows, and the AquaTheater featuring jaw dropping acrobatic stunts.

5. Lots of Technology

Robotic bartenders to keep your drinks full, wearable technology WOW bands for easy access to rooms and purchases, and an onboard app to keep your time organized are just a few additions to this ship to make your experience that much better. Not to mention, you can stay in touch with family and friends, catch up on social media, and take care of any business needed with the fastest internet anywhere at sea.

By Jenn Martin

Have you sailed or would you consider sailing on Harmony of the Seas? Let us know. 

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Property Brothers to Set Sail on Royal Caribbean Ship

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Royal Caribbean and the Property Brothers themselves, Drew and Jonathan Scott, are excited to announce a special upcoming cruise aboard Mariner of the Seas. 

Fans can join the twins this December 3 to 7 on a four-night voyage aboard the ship, which will have just completed a $90 million renovation this year. Sailing With the Scotts will include presentations with the brothers, as well as panel discussions and workshops. Attendees will also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the latest season of Brother vs. Brother, as well as a personal session of 20 Questions with Drew and Jonathan. The twins will also host shore excursions, meet & greets, photo sessions, and dance lessons, as well as their Scott Living Showroom at Sea, featuring a sneak peek of new pieces from the brothers’ own home goods collection.

photo: Sailing with the Scotts

The brothers will be donating $25 to the charity WE (formerly known as Free The Children) for each stateroom sold for this special sailing. Every $25 will provide one person with access to clean water for life in a developing community.

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Cuisine aboard the ship includes sushi, hibachi, freshly made pasta at Jamie’s Italian, and bar bites and arcade games at Playmaker Sports Bar & Arcade. The vessel will also feature the new Bamboo Room tiki lounge.

During the day, travelers can enjoy rock climbing, ice skating, surfing on the FlowRider, and the new Sky Pad – a virtual reality, bungee jumping adventure, as well as an escape room and glow-in-the-dark laser tag.

For more information on this special cruise, visit sailingwiththescotts.com.

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Royal Caribbean Names First-Ever ‘Godfamily’ of Ship

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Actors and huge Royal Caribbean fans Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their 17-month-old son Ocean, have accepted the honor to be Godfamily of the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean “popped the question” to the PenaVegas while they were onboard sister ship Harmony of the Seas filming Hallmark Channel’s Love at Sea. The couple has celebrated a number of milestones on the Oasis class ships, including getting engaged aboard Oasis of the Seas and spending their babymoon on Allure. Carlos took his first cruise when he was just 4 years old, and has now been beaten by his son, who took his first voyage at 13 months.

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“Carlos and Alexa have been an extension of our family for quite some time, and they truly personify our spirit of innovation and adventure in every way,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We’re very excited to welcome them and their son Ocean as the first-ever Godfamily to officially name a ship. Their passion for cruising and commitment to family make them the perfect choice to serve as the guiding spirits for Symphony of the Seas.

The PenaVegas aren’t strangers to the spotlight whatsoever. Alexa made a name for herself at a young age when she starred as “Carmen Cortez” in the Spy Kids film series. She’s since starred in a number of films and television series, most recently Enchanted Christmas for Hallmark. Carlos shot to fame after starring on the Nickelodeon musical comedy BIG TIME RUSH as “Carlos Garcia.” Like Alexa, he’s also starred in a number of films since then.

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This November, Carlos, Alexa, and Ocean will be the first family to have the honor of naming Symphony of the Seas and bestowing a blessing for the safekeeping of her crew and guests during a formal ceremony when she arrives to her permanent home in Miami.

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“Words can’t describe the overwhelming emotions we’re feeling,” said Carlos PenaVega, alongside Alexa and Ocean. “Royal Caribbean ships have been the backdrops to so many unforgettable moments in our life, and it means so much to us to be named Godfamily of Symphony of the Seas. Royal Caribbean continues to make amazing memories with our family, and this next adventure will be our best yet.”

The ship is homeported in Barcelona, Spain for the summer, operating 7-night Mediterranean sailings. On November 9, Miami will be Symphony‘s year-round home where she will operate 7-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises, including visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay – the line’s private Bahamian island.

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Why One Cruise Line Gives Passenger Names To The FBI

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Years ago, cruising was mainly thought of as something which appealed to seniors who were presumed to be using their walkers to toddle back and forth between the shuffleboard court and the buffet. But these days, cruise lines work hard to dispel that image and make it clear that when you step aboard a modern cruise ship, there’s something for everyone, including the kiddies. But during this week’s Cruise 360 conference — held in Fort Lauderdale’s Broward County Convention Center — it was revealed just how far Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will go to make sure that the children of their passengers are as safe as possible.

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Freed says it is of the utmost importance to Royal Caribbean that their youngest passengers be kept safe. Photo: Royal Caribbean

How They Are Keeping Kids Safe

During a popular event known as “The Hot Seat,” Vicki Freed — the senior vice president of sales and trade support for Royal Caribbean International — spoke to a crowd made up largely of travel agents. And it was during this session that she revealed something which likely came as a surprise to many in the room. “One sensitive issue that I think is important for agents to know,” Travel Pulse quotes her as having said, “is that 30 days before every sailing, we release our entire [passenger] manifest to the FBI. They do a complete scraping to see if we have any registered child offenders who are sailing on our ships.”

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In fact, the line believes strongly enough in keeping children safe that Freed told the travel agents, “We will protect your commission, but we ask these people not to sail with us because it’s important that all families feel safe and secure” while on board.

Freed went on to explain that the line’s commitment to safety, particularly when it comes to children, does not end there. She told the assembled agents that anyone involved in the various children’s programs which are available across the fleet has “a minimum” four-year college degree in either early childhood education or something equally relevant to the age of the children whose care is being place in their hands.

 

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