A host of new and specially crafted entertainment options have been announced for Royal Caribbean’s forthcoming mega-ship Harmony of the Seas, including a number utilising spaces around the ship custom-designed for them.
Among these will be an acrobatic, high-flying and diving performance known as ‘The Fine Line’. Taking place at the AquaTheatre at the rear of the ship, some of the world’s best acrobats will occupy a specially designed 360° stage, embarking on balancing wires and climbing two 10-metre high diving platforms into a hydraulically floored pool in an open-air, circus-like spectacular. An original comedy acrobatic production ‘Hideaway Heist’ will take guests back to a 1950’s holiday resort where a big-spending guest embarks on a quest to catch a burglar with the help of tricks from the high-flying resort staff.
The second innovative entertainment option is also brand new for Royal Caribbean. Puzzle Break will take place in a dedicated space and will be highly interactive, challenging guests to work together to “Escape the Rubicon”. Participants must locate clues to solve a series of puzzles to unravel the mystery of the “Rubicon” in 60 minutes or less.
In the main theatre, which seats 1,380 guests per performance, an entirely original Royal Caribbean production will play out to guests. ‘Columbus, the Musical’ has been created in the image of classics such as ‘Spamalot’ and recounts the imagined history of Marvin Columbus – a fictional cousin of nautical explorer and founder of North America, Christopher Columbus. The story sees Marvin set out on his own quest for global discovery after being banished from his family’s kingdom, featuring clever humour and hilarious antics. The new production will feature alongside the previously announced ‘Grease’ based on the famous movie.
In the Studio B ice rink, two new shows will skate out to guests. In ‘1887’, a story set in the time of nautical explorer Jules Verne, two performers travel through time and across multiple dimensions to discover the different wonders of the world. Separately, Harmony of the Seas’ cast of ice skating marvels will go rogue as they showcase their own personal talents and moves set to their own music. Guests are advised to prepare for anything.
A karaoke club known as the ‘On Air Club’ will also feature, while late night comedy and music can be enjoyed at a new evening hotspot, ‘The Attic’. In addition, a popular concept from other Oasis class ships will feature including the ‘Stowaway Piano’ which could see guests randomly greeted by a singing pianist – behind a door, beside the pool, in the corner of a restaurant, inside an elevator or quite possibly anywhere.
On the Royal Promenade, signature themed parades and parties will happen on a nightly basis as the popular ‘Promenade 70’s party’ is pushed forward 20 years and becomes the ‘Totally Awesome 90’s party’ with a live DJ backed by dancers in timely costumes. On other occasions, guests can celebrate an entire year of annual events in one go, as Halloween, Birthdays, St Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are all rolled into one.
Harmony of the Seas, on its debut in May 2016, will encompass 16 decks and carry nearly 5,500 passengers at twin share occupancy. The ship will debut in Barcelona sailing in the Western Mediterranean before moving west to spend the winter in the Caribbean.