New luxury liner breaks all the records

Propelled by Large Pistons from KSPG, Harmony of the Seas to set sail in 2016

The world’s largest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas, is set to enter service in the French port of Saint-Nazaire in April 2016. Belonging to Royal Caribbean International, the new luxury liner weighs in at 227,000 tons and is 362 metres long, thus surpassing the former recorder-holder, its sister ship Allure of the Seas. In terms of comfort and entertainment, too, the Harmony of the Seas – with 16 decks and 2,747 cabins – is poised to set new standards.

Six diesel engines made by Finland’s Wärtsilä deliver the necessary power, together generating 32,000 kilowatts (around 44,000 horsepower), enabling a top speed of 22 knots, or roughly 41 km/h. The core element of these engines: 84 large pistons from KSPG, which help to reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions. “These pistons have a diameter of 46 centimetres and weigh 250 kilograms”, declares Wolfgang Hartmann, head of KSPG’s Large Pistons unit, adding that, “pistons of this type are already installed in the diesel engines of the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

The Harmony of the Seas, the newest member of the Oasis class, can carry 5479 passengers (based on double occupancy). Some of the cabin categories are larger than those of its sister ships. In addition, certain inner cabins feature virtual balconies for the first time, and the ship is equipped with multi-storey water slides. Though its sister ships already cater to practically every culinary whim, its culinary range is set to include two new specialty restaurants: the “Izumi Hibachi & Sushi”, serving Japanese teppan yaki dishes, and the “Sabor Modern Mexican Restaurant”. Also new is the “Bionic Bar”, previously the preserve of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class cruise ships. Here, two robot barkeepers mix the cocktails, all while dancing to a suitable beat.

At present, the new sister ship of the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas is still under construction. “We call her Harmony of the Seas because our ‘orchestra’ of fleet-wide innovations is harmoniously united and perfected on board”, declares Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Starting in May 2016, passengers will be able to judge for themselves: during its first season, the world’s largest cruise ship will set out from Barcelona on 7-day cruises in the western Mediterranean; alternatively, passengers can begin their cruise in Civitavecchia, the Port of Rome.

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