New photos of the construction of Harmony of the Seas (June 2015)

Harmony of the Seas - June 2015

Royal Caribbean has released a new batch of photographs showing the current build progress of their latest Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas.

The third-Oasis class ship to be ordered by Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas will incorporate some of the features introduced in the Quantum-class of ships including the Makr Shakr Bionic Bar, Virtual Balconies,  and the Dynamic Dining concept. The ship, which will take the crown of the world’s largest passenger cruise ship next year from Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, will also offer a selection of new features including a new new climbing play area for children and a trio of water slides, a first for the cruise line.

Significant progress in construction has been made since World of Cruising editor John Honeywell visited the STX shipyard in St Nazaire, France, in April. The photos below cover progress from February, May and June 2015.

Harmony of the Seas - February 2015
February 2015: Workmen prepare the glass dome that will sit in the Central Park area of the ship
Harmony of the Seas - February 2015
February 2015: The glass dome is craned into place on Deck 8
Harmony of the Seas - February 2015
February 2015: The glass wall (either that found next to Central Park or the boardwalk areas) starts to take shape
Harmony of the Seas - May 2015
May 2015: The massive Azipod propellers used to propel and navigate the ship
Harmony of the Seas - May 2015
May 2015: The bow receives a coat of paint
Harmony of the Seas - May 2015
May 2015: The structure, formerly used for the Viking Crown Lounge on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, is craned into place. Forming decks 17 and 18 this space will be occupied by cabins, the Coastal Kitchen restaurant for suite guests and a suite lounge.
Harmony of the Seas - June 2015
June 2015: The bridge is craned into place
Harmony of the Seas - June 2015
June 2015: An alternative shot of the bridge being craned into place
Harmony of the Seas - June 2015
June 2015: The bridge is finally in place on Harmony of the Seas. The world’s largest cruise ship is taking shape.
Harmony of the Seas - June 2015
June 2015: A close-up shot of the Harmony of the Seas with the bridge in place.

In March Royal Caribbean released the Harmony of the Seas itineraries revealing she will be home-ported in Barcelona for the summer 2016 season, operating seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries. The ship is scheduled for delivery in April 2016 but her first scheduled passenger sailing from Barcelona is not until 7 June 2016. A one-off sailing from Southampton to Barcelona is scheduled for the 29 May 2016.

(Photo credits to Royal Caribbean)