Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas has upped the ante this year.
The ship will feature Broadway’s hit musical Grease, high-tech ice shows, immersive performances at the oceanfront AquaTheatre, and, for the first time, Puzzle Break, an interactive, problem solving group activity.
“We are taking entertainment to the next level on Harmony of the Seas with more captivating, immersive entertainment experiences than ever before,” said Nick Weir, vice president, entertainment, Royal Caribbean International.
The main theatre on board Harmony of the Seas, the Royal Theatre, that seats 1,380 guests, and will run ‘Columbus, The Musical!’ – an original Royal Caribbean production that recounts the imagined history of Marvin Columbus, Christopher’s fictional cousin – and ‘Grease’, the all-new, never-before-seen stage production, specially adapted by Royal Caribbean Productions.
The AquaTheatre, the distinct high diving, acrobatic performance space, will welcome two new shows – ‘The Fine Line’ and ‘Hideaway Heist’ – featuring heart-stopping balancing tricks on the highline and aerial manoeuvres by acro-artists allowing them to dip into the audience and catapult back to the stage. Two 10-metre high platforms and the hydraulic-floored pool, the largest and deepest freshwater pool at sea, below will serve as podiums for high-diving, hair-raising aerobatics.
The ice shows for this year, where world-class skaters show off their skills against a multimedia backdrop, include ‘1887’ – an original Royal Caribbean production about love and adventure that begins in Paris on February 14, 1887 at the height of the career of Jules Verne, renowned author of timeless adventure novels such as ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ (1864), ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ (1870), and ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ (1873.
The second ice show is the iSkate Showcase where Royal Caribbean’s cast goes rogues to battle it out with their best moves.
Fan favourites that will return in 2016 include:
Puzzle Break: Escape the Rubicon – an immersive problem solving challenge where players must use clues to break out of a room in under 60 minutes.
Red Party – An party with DJs, surprise performances, special effects and technology.
Stowaway Piano – the pop-up piano player, which originally debuted on Anthem of the Seas, heads to Harmony. Behind the door. Around the corner. In the elevator. By the pool. Guests never know where the Stowaway Piano will turn up next.
Royal Caribbean’s signature theme nights and parades for 2016 include:
Totally Awesome 90s – A live DJ spinning favourite 90s hits, live pop-up performances and crazy neon track suits set the stage to transport partygoers back in time.
Let’s Celebrate! – when on a cruise, travellers really don’t need an excuse to celebrate, but Royal Caribbean is giving guests one anyway with Let’s Celebrate! – the ultimate celebration of celebrations. Halloween, Birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve will all be celebrated at once.
Guests on Harmony of the Seas can also belt out tunes at the On Air Club, revel in a symphony of brass brilliance with the High Cs Horns, Harmony’s very own horn-led, nine piece orchestra, and take in live comedy and music at Harmony’s brand new nighttime hotspot, The Attic.