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Take a look at the massive new cruise ship that features a 10-storey slide, a robotic bar and a zip-line

A massive cruise ship that features a 10-storey slide, a robotic bar and a zip-line has completed its trial run after it set sail from the French port of Saint Nazaire.

Guests onboard Harmony of the Seas can test their mettle on the ship’s three multi-story waterslides, all of which twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below. One of the slides also will feature a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride.
Guests onboard Harmony of the Seas can test their mettle on the ship’s three multi-story waterslides, all of which twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below. One of the slides also will feature a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride. Image by Royal Caribbean

The Harmony of the Seas took a trial run before it brings on passengers for the maiden voyage on 29 May.

The massive ship is 1187 feet long and 218 feet wide and will hold 6410 guests in total and 2300 international crew members. It will have 16 guest desks and 24 passenger elevators.

The new two-level Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine will give guests the chance to experience a unique culinary adventure for the senses when Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes in a whimsical setting that challenges the imagination with never-before-seen fare.
The new two-level Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine will give guests the chance to experience a unique culinary adventure for the senses when Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes in a whimsical setting that challenges the imagination with never-before-seen fare. Image by Royal Caribbean

The ship, owned by cruise company Royal Caribbean International will sail around the Western Mediterranean.

The ship features a large array of features, including what is billed to be one of its highlights the Ultimate Abyss – a 10-storey slide and the Perfect Storm, a trio of waterslides.

The Perfect Storm trio of water slides also will thrill guests of all ages. These multi-story waterslides all twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below, with one slide featuring a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride.
The Perfect Storm trio of water slides also will thrill guests of all ages. These multi-story waterslides all twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below, with one slide featuring a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they make their approach to the end of the ride. Image by Royal Caribbean

The boat is so large it has seven designated neighbourhood areas: Central Park, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, a pool zone, spa area, entertainment place and kid’s zone.

The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, will intimidate the bravest of guests onboard Harmony of the Seas when she debuts in May 2016. Towering more than 150 feet above sea level, the pair of side-by-side slides will release adrenalin-seeking travelers into a chilling 100 foot drop that twists and turns in a serpentine-like movement as they slide nine miles an hour from the Pool and Sports Zone on Deck 16 to the Boardwalk on Deck 6 below.
The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, will intimidate the bravest of guests onboard Harmony of the Seas when she debuts in May 2016. Towering more than 150 feet above sea level, the pair of side-by-side slides will release adrenalin-seeking travelers into a chilling 100 foot drop that twists and turns in a serpentine-like movement as they slide nine miles an hour from the Pool and Sports Zone on Deck 16 to the Boardwalk on Deck 6 below. Image by Royal Caribbean

The pool and sports zone will have four unique types of pools, two FlowRider surf simulators and a zip line. There will also be an adults-only Solarium with “a three-deck high, glass-paneled enclave designed with seating on various ‘islands’ surrounded by water, providing guests with the sensation of floating on air. The open-air Solarium offers a tranquil swimming pool, two serene whirlpools, and four cantilevered whirlpools suspended 136 feet (41.5 meters) above the ocean”.

Harmony of the Seas is the first Oasis-class ship to feature the futuristic Bionic Bar, a technology-forward venue complete with two robotic bartenders that shake, muddle and mix a wide variety of drinks made just to order.
Harmony of the Seas is the first Oasis-class ship to feature the futuristic Bionic Bar, a technology-forward venue complete with two robotic bartenders that shake, muddle and mix a wide variety of drinks made just to order. Image by Royal Caribbean

The Boardwalk area will feature a carousel, places to eat and two rock-climbing walls, while Central Park is at the centre of the ship, featuring plants, flowers and trees in an area the length of a football field. On the Royal Promenade, there is the futuristic Bionic Bar, which uses robotic bartenders to mix drinks to order.

Royal Caribbean’s Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr, captivated Festival-goers at their South Florida debut and stole the show during the opening night of South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The robot bartenders did not miss a beat while mixing and shaking cocktails to the rhythm of the music, becoming a hot spot for selfie-snapping. The Bionic Bar will be featured on the world's newest and largest ship, Harmony of the Seas when she sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, FL in November 2016.
Royal Caribbean’s Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr, captivated Festival-goers at their South Florida debut and stole the show during the opening night of South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The robot bartenders did not miss a beat while mixing and shaking cocktails to the rhythm of the music, becoming a hot spot for selfie-snapping. The Bionic Bar will be featured on the world’s newest and largest ship, Harmony of the Seas when she sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, FL in November 2016. Image by Royal Caribbean

The ship will undergo another trial run before it is ready to set sail with travellers on board.