Quirky Photos of the World's Largest Cruise Ship
by National Geographic
The Harmony of the Seas features several multistory waterslides, including the tallest one at sea. The Cyclone and Typhoon have clear sections so riders can see outside and spectators can look in.
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By Gulnaz Khan
Photographs by Alberto Bernasconi
Royal Caribbean’sHarmony of the Seas—the world’s largest cruise ship—is perhaps the epitome of excess. It’s heavier than 17,000 African elephants, taller than Mount Rushmore, more than twice as long as the Washington Monument, has more horsepower than seven Ferraris, and hosts more works of art than the Louvre has paintings on display.
Launched in 2016, the 226-thousand-ton ship boasts seven neighborhoods, multistory waterslides, and robot bartenders—Alice’s Wonderland at sea. It can accommodate nearly 7,000 guests and more than 2,000 crew members, earning it the title, "the floating city.”
Harmony of the Seas isn't an anomaly. The cruise industry is one of the fastest growing travel markets worldwide, and ships are increasingly becoming bigger and flashier. Scientists warn that these ships—which operate in fragile marine ecosystems around the globe—can have detrimental environmental and public health effects due to their significant release of sulfur dioxide and water pollutants.
Photographer Alberto Bernasconi wanted to document this high style hospitality with a dash of of sarcasm. "More than ever, it doesn't matter where you are going, but how you are reaching your destination,” he says. The resulting images are an ode to the fantasy—and at times, irony—of luxury on the high seas.
Two FlowRider surf simulators pump 34,000 gallons of water per minute, allowing guests to stand-up surf and boogie board.
Harmony of the Seas’ 23 pools, waterslides, and surf simulators contain more than 94 times the water of one eruption of Yellowstone National Park’s iconic geyser, Old Faithful.
The Harmony of the Seas—whose art
collection features more than 3,000 works by artists from 60 countries—hosts
art auctions aboard the ship.
The Harmony of the Seas—whose art collection features more than 3,000 works by artists from 60 countries—hosts art auctions aboard the ship.
High rollers on the high seas can try their hand at cards, slot machines, and roulette in the ship’s glitzy onboard artists from 60 countries—hosts art auctions aboard the ship.
As part of special DreamWorks programming, costumed characters from Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda pose with guests for quirky souvenir photo.
Entertainment Place houses the ship’s own nightclub district, which boasts karaoke venues, a theater, ice-skating shows, and a comedy club.
Guests can enjoy sweeping ocean views from one of 16 guest decks on Harmony of the Seas. The ship also comes equipped with a helipad.
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