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astra k cruise controlEach ships share fundamental cabin types — standard inside (no window), ocean-view (porthole or window views) and balcony cabins — and even a few of the suite varieties.

Meraviglia debuts a few cabin firsts for the road, together with Duplex Suites, which bear a robust resemblance to Harmony’s Sky Loft Suites. Each are double-peak, with a residing room on the decrease stage main out onto a balcony, and the sleeping space above, looking out onto the living space. The place they differ notably is Meraviglia’s Duplex Suites embrace a sizzling tub on the balcony.

In addition they share some technological stateroom DNA. Harmony of the Seas has inside rooms with virtual balconies, offering cruisers views of the surface world by way of ground-to-ceiling excessive-def Television screens designed to mimic the balcony experience. (You can even pipe in wave sounds.) Meraviglia additionally offers a digital expertise in its inside cabins, however it is just a Television-sized house, designed to mimic a window fairly than an entire balcony.

Harmony additionally presents inside cabins with actual views (though not of the ocean) — as a result of ship’s construction, there are various rooms that have inside balconies and/or views. These embrace cabins overlooking the Boardwalk, the Promenade and Central Park.

Meraviglia debuts thirteen single cabins, with the aforementioned digital windows. Solo cruisers also will discover inside studio cabins (15 of them) on Harmony of the Seas, sized and priced for one particular person. Twelve of these have ocean views.

As for household-specific rooms, both Meraviglia and Harmony of the Seas have heaps to offer, including inside, ocean-view and balcony cabins specifically designed for families. Meraviglia debuts “Super Family Cabins,” that are three linked cabins (two balcony and one inside), which may sleep as much as 10 people.

Harmony additionally presents more than one sort of household-particular suite, together with the huge 1,165-sq.-foot Presidential Household Suite.

Meraviglia debuts the biggest Yacht Membership — the line’s “ship-within-a-ship” — within the MSC fleet. That is the place nearly all of suites are located (besides, oddly, the Duplex Suites). Here you’ll discover the usual Yacht Membership suites — the 226-foot Deluxe Suites (which additionally embody two “Wellness Suites” which have a Technogym Kinesis for figuring out in your room.) There are additionally two Royal Suites, which are available at 699 square toes and include a bedroom and separate residing space, in addition to a 430-square-foot balcony. The Yacht Club perks are intensive, with precedence boarding, and entry to a non-public sun deck, lounge with free drinks and dining room.

Harmony’s suites are on average considerably larger than these on Meraviglia. They start with a junior suite (287 square feet with a 78-square-foot balcony), and end with the huge, two-deck Royal Loft (1,599 square ft with an 874-sq.-foot balcony); in between you may discover Grand, Proprietor’s, AquaTheater, Crown Loft and Sky Loft options, and the aforementioned household suites.

Perks-smart, it relies upon on your suite category, which is divided into three lessons: Sea Class, Sky Class and Star Class. All Suite Class passengers get entry to the Coastal Kitchen restaurant for dinner, bottled water, luxurious bath merchandise from the likes of Hermes, Ferragamo and L’Occitane (depending on the class), bathrobes and pillow-topped mattresses.

Sky Class passengers moreover get all-day entry to Coastal Kitchen, in-suite dining, complimentary Voom internet entry, a one-day cross to the spa’s Thermal Room and concierge providers. Star Suite perks embrace drinks, dining at the ship’s specialty eating places and entry to a Royal Genie, a glorified concierge/butler.

Activities & Out of doors Enjoyable

There is no such thing as a shortage of fun on both of these mega-ships, whether indoor or outside, grownup- or child-oriented.

There’s at all times a celebration happening, on Meraviglia it’s usually on the Pool Deck. By day it’s pool games, trivia and varied water sports activities tournaments to the accompaniment of very loud music; by night time it is the White Celebration and an open-air disco.

On Harmony, you will find related daytime video games, but the ship is just a little extra sedate at evening.

Both ships boast water slides — on Meraviglia you have obtained the Polar Aqua Park, which includes a youngsters’ splash space and three slides, one called the Champagne glass, which deposits you at excessive pace, into a bowl-like structure the place you spin round and spherical; on Harmony, in the meantime, you’ve got bought the right Storm trio of water slides: Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell, as nicely as the household-pleasant Splashaway Bay with smaller slides, water cannons and drenching buckets.

However it is Harmony’s dry slide which has garnered essentially the most headlines — The ultimate Abyss is a 10-story dry slide that drops one hundred ft to the Boardwalk and is not for the faint-hearted.

Each also have a basketball court docket that may convert right into a volleyball court or occasional soccer pitch. Both have four swimming pools.

Additionally they share a characteristic, which up until the debut of Meraviglia was distinctive to Royal ships: a central promenade, lined with retailers, bars and restaurants, which turns into a spot for parades and parties at evening. The important thing distinction is Meraviglia’s has an 80-meter-long LED ceiling that tasks gorgeous photographs day and night time.

On Harmony, you’ll discover plenty of unique-to-Royal features: an ice skating rink, a Boardwalk-fashion arcade with basic carnival games (skee ball, ring toss, and so on.), the FlowRider surf simulator, climbing walls and a zipline. Meraviglia has a ropes course above the aqua park.

Meraviglia additionally has an arcade with bowling, a 4D cinema, two Components One race car simulators and a digital flight deck.

Day and Nighttime Entertainment

The massive ticket shows for Meraviglia come from Cirque du Soleil, which has created two productions completely for the ship (and will be rolling out more on future ships). Sonor and Viaggio are classic Cirque — extraordinary acrobatics, great visuals, booming sound and fairly plot gentle. Meraviglia also provides quite a few more “customary” revue-type shows in the principle theater.

Harmony grabbed headlines with the primary ever production of Grease on a ship, and the primary one which mixed elements of the movie and the Broadway production. It’s outstanding. Harmony also has full-scale manufacturing ice reveals within the ice skating rink, two completely different acrobatic diving shows within the AquaTheater and in addition to Grease and a full-size Broadway-model present: “Columbus, the Musical.”

Meraviglia has plenty of bars and lounges, with live music in most, in addition to in the Atrium. Both ships additionally supply karaoke in very comparable spots — on Meraviglia it is known as the Tv Studio; on Harmony it’s known as On Air. Both are along the principle promenade. Harmony of the Seas also provides Jazz on 4.

Kids’s and Teen Programming

Both ships rating high marks for his or her youngsters offering, with devoted spaces at the highest of the ship: Doremi Membership on Meraviglia and Journey Ocean on Harmony.

These big areas have devoted rooms for specific age groups, as well as further rooms equivalent to a science lab (on both) and a family/performance room (on both).

Additionally they cater outstandingly for infants; MSC’s has a hyperlink-up with Italian babywear specialist Chicco and has no decrease age limit for infants (counselors will even change nappies). Harmony gives the Royal Tots and Royal Infants Nursery, which provides interactive activities for children from 6 months to 36 months previous (when accompanied by a father or mother), in addition to further payment drop-off babysitting providers. On Meraviglia for-payment after-hours babysitting is available within the club solely, on Royal Caribbean, you can also get in-cabin babysitting for a price.

MSC’s partnership with LEGO means all the youngsters’ rooms are LEGO-themed; while Royal’s partnership with DreamWorks means the designs evoke a number of the movie firm’s most popular films and characters (Shrek, How one can Practice Your Dragon).

Teenagers get hangout rooms on both ships — the Teen Club on Meraviglia, plus entry to a nearby disco; and on Harmony The Lounge, which doubles as a disco.

Programing across all age teams is outstanding, with kids occupied all through the day with sports, activities, games and educational activities.

And, in fact, youngsters on both ships get to enjoy the splash water parks talked about above, complete with slides, water cannons and dunk buckets.

Meraviglia is Mediterranean-based mostly and offers seven-night time sailings calling at Genoa, Rome, Naples, Sicily, Malta, Barcelona and Marseille. It would reposition to the Caribbean in 2019. Harmony operates out of Port Everglades, offering Bahamas and Japanese and Western Caribbean sailings, with stops at St. Thomas and Royal Caribbean’s personal Haitian island of Labadee.