- May be biggest event in history of Irish travel industry
- Harmony of the Seas will be biggest ship in the world
- 200 Irish agents wil participatie in a pre-launch cruise
There may have been better parties in the history of the travel trade in Ireland, it is just that nobody can remember them. About 200 Irish agents head for Royal Caribbean’s pre launch cruise on board Harmony of the Seas this week. Travel Extra has checked it out in advance and it is awesome, notice how much wider the ship feels that its previous two-in-class sister Oasis and Allure and notice how the boardwalk works better. The waterslide is higher, a ten deck drop hanging over the ocean. It is a 33cm longer than its sisters but several metres wider and sales for the Barcelona season are already ahead of anything Royal has seen for previous ships. While Royal’s decision to break up the main dining room from one big two tier restaurant has not been as successful with the clients as they expected, we love it (don’t worry there are 17 restaurants on board). The big question is who will be first to go down the scariest waterslide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss which, apparently was the idea of CEO Michael Bayley (listen here).
The coolest thing abut Harmony? The bubbles. Not those in the glass that will be served up to agents on arrival (although they come close) but this from the press conference. Harmony is 20pc more energy efficient than her sisters (listen here). The size fo the ship, the biggest in the world, present a technical challenge to ghe builders (listen here).