World's biggest cruise ship in Palma
The new cruise ship the Harmony of the Seas has certainly been big news in all the newspapers lately as it dwarfed Southampton on its maiden voyage. And 'big' really isn't a word that does this ocean going city justice when perhaps more suitable for the world's biggest cruiser would be; colossal, mammoth, gargantuan, titanic, (hmmm, perhaps not) monstrous, vast and even Brobdingnagian!
About to start its carreer with the Royal Caribbean cruise line, it's the almost identical twin of the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, but thanks to being 33 cm longer it relieves them both of their former title as world's biggest. Starting from June 13th, the Harmony of the Seas (perhaps so named because it burns 20% less fuel than its little sisters) will be visiting the port of Palma a couple of times a week as it cruises the Western Mediterranean between Barcelona and Rome.
Don't worry about missing it if you're in Palma when it docks, as at 16 storeys high, it won't exactly arrive stealthily and you'll probably hear the happy passengers screams as they ride the 10 storey high twisting turning white knuckle water slide on the back of the boat!
When full, the Harmony will carry around 8,000 passengers and crew (that's them on our photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean) who will live and work in 'neighborhoods' and can enjoy nearly every recreational and sporting activity under the sun from ice skating, rock climbing, musicals, drinking cocktails made by robots, eating in a myriad of restaurants and, the ultimate luxury, drinking in a bar which ascends and descends through three decks of the ship! I've only ever known bars which spin round and round after a couple of swift beers.
Goodness knows what the port will look like, if like the other week, the Harmony is amongst 8 giant cruise ships in at the same time. It will soon be quicker and easier to tow Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza out to see the cruisers rather than the ships visiting the islands.