It will be the world’s biggest cruise ship – so to show how many activities there will be on Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean filled a British beach with just half the sports equipment that will be on board.
A team of 20 people spent seven hours laying out more than 1,700 items of kit across 85 metres of sand in Boscombe, Dorset.
The equipment carefully counted out included:
- 900 ball pit balls
- 192 golf balls
- 144 badminton shuttlecocks
- 80 ping pong balls
- 31 surf boards
- 30 basketballs
- 16 ice hockey sticks
- 16 pool cues
- 144 pool balls and
- Eight table tennis tables.
Harmony of the Seas, which will arrive in Britain next May, will feature waterslides, surf machines, a sports court, mini golf course, ice rink and a zip line among its 30 sports and activities.
There’s even Blongoball – a mix of bocce, horseshoes, croquet and other lawn sports.
Stuart Leven, managing director UK and Ireland, said: ‘There aren’t many holidays where families can visit multiple destinations, try their hand at ice-skating, body boarding, a zip wire and learn how to Blongoball all in one trip! Harmony of the Seas offers holidaymakers the opportunity to explore amazing destinations and enjoy a world of new experiences, with an activity to cater for every age and every taste.’
Harmony of the Seas will launch with two short getaway sailings. The three and four-day cruises will sail roundtrip from Southampton and incorporate a visit to Cherbourg in France and Rotterdam in the Netherlands respectively. The two cruises will be an exclusive first chance for British passengers to experience the ship ahead of her inaugural sailing to Barcelona, from where she will sail the Mediterranean throughout next summer before moving to the Caribbean.