Royal Caribbean’s new “Harmony of the Seas” cruise welcomes a waterpark
Five decks above a main courtyard of the world’s largest cruise ship, passengers on the Royal Caribbean’s new “Harmony of the Seas” might catch a glimpse of the expansive ocean as they ride slides towering 10 stories above the blue sea. But that word “might” gives a clue as to what typically grabs their attention during the slip-sliding journey: the heart-pounding adrenaline rush. A guest called one of the attractions the “quite possibly the best waterslide at sea.”
Royal Caribbean Lines launched the new ship – the world’s largest ever built – in May 2016. Among its most-revered features are its three waterslides, together referred to as The Perfect Storm: the Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell. Polin Waterparks manufactured the waterslides using two of its most popular waterslides namely the Aquatube and Space Hole.
•Aquatube. Polin installed two of these slides – individually named on the Harmony as the Cyclone and Typhoon- to form the ship’s signature attraction, which RCL calls The Ultimate Abyss. Guests enter the slides on Deck 18 in the Pool and Sports Zone at the back of the ship. They zip in whooshing circles through its enclosed tubes, alternating between transparent and dark sections, before dropping about 100 feet and exiting to the Boardwalk onto Deck 15.
•Space Hole. This ride – named the Supercell on Harmony – features a giant basin that some reviewers have referred to as an elegant “champagne bowl.” The attraction is one of the largest slides available for speed riding. Guests zoom through an enclosed tube that deposits them into the open bowl. There, centrifugal force whirls them around the interior before they exit through the center and make a breathtaking splash below. Guests access the slides from a glass platform, which provides a feeling of being suspended in mid-air, giving many riders pause before they even begin the 10-story plunge. (More than a few, in fact, change their minds about taking on the challenge, which begins 150 feet in the air.)
All of Harmony’s waterslides are produced using Polin’s innovative Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) technology. This process which is the latest technology in waterslide manufacturing creates waterslides components that are smooth and shiny on both sides. This feature – which Polin calls Magic Shine – means the tunnel components don’t get dirty as quickly and are easier to clean – definite advantages for the variety of weather conditions a cruise ship can encounter. It also means the slides are stronger – yet lighter – and easier to install. Especially important, it provides the slides with extra strength to stand up to high wind loads. Plus, the waterslides offer Polin’s patented Natural Light Effects technology.
Polin worked with project-management partner Myrtha Pools (Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy) to oversee the special engineering and installation requirements that the project required. (Myrtha designed and installed two 50-meter pools that will be part of the 2016 Rio Olympics.)
Despite the unique considerations that a cruise ship offers, Polin’s waterslides on the Harmony of the Seas still deliver the same heart-thumping thrills of slides on terra firma. In fact, the slides on RCL’s ship offer a wholly different kind of excitement.
A Special Section for the Littlest Guests
While being the largest ship in the world is reason enough to get guests’ attention, and offering a 10-story slide to boot, Harmony is also the first ship in Royal’s fleet to feature a mini waterpark area for kids: Splashaway Bay. The aqua play structure is a colorful waterscape specially created to entertain the ship’s youngest guests. It features sea-creature water cannons, winding slides, a gigantic tipping bucket and a multiplatform jungle-gym.
Following the Trend in Attracting Families
Between waterslides for all and the splash park for little ones, Harmony’s inclusion of a variety of aquatic attractions is now considered crucial by many within the cruise ship industry. The different slide options are attractive to family members of all ages but are especially critical for entertaining teens who want options where they can spend time with others their own age. It’s no surprise, then, that including highly engineered and exciting waterpark options was important to RCL. In fact, being asked to develop the plans for Harmony’s family-friendly offerings followed a trend Polin Waterparks has seen coming. Over the last several years, Polin Waterparks has been involved in innovative installations on many other ocean liners. They’ve been included in the Huffington Post’s list of the “5 Craziest Cruise Ship Water Slides.” and many other likewise lstings under the World’s best cruise waterparks. Polin Waterparks is feeling so proud for their clients.
Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976 and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is a world leader in the design, production and installation of waterparks, waterslides &and water-play attractions. Polin has completed 2,500 waterpark projects in 100 countries around the world and is the biggest waterslide supplier in Eurasia. Working with a wide variety of clients has helped Polin reach several milestones including installing the first waterparks in many countries and many other award-winning rides at parks with world-renowned reputations.
Polin offers the industry’s widest range of products, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra, Magic Sphere, Spheres, Magicone, Space Shuttle and Space Race. Polin is the pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. First implemented in 2006, 100 percent of Polin’s annual fiberglass production has been converted to resin transfer molding (RTM) and meets the industry’s highest standards. Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effects technology and Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent-RTM waterslides.
Polin has been an ISO9001 certificate holder by TUV Germany since 2003, and all Polin slides conform to European norms. All steel parts conform to international DIN standards, all designs conform to ASTM practices, and Polin is also CSEI-approved for projects in China. Polin is the only waterslide company that holds a quality certificate for all of its waterslides by TUV and was the 2012 Export Winner of Turkey in the SMSE Category. Polin is identified as among The Turkey100, a prestigious list of “game-changing entrepreneurs” identified by AllWorld Network. This is the second time that Polin has been privileged with an appearance on the list, as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Turkey. It was included for the first time in 2013. In total, only 16 companies have received the honor more than once. Polin is listed in top 200 companies in R&D investment by TIM (Turkish Exporters’ Assembly)-2015 and 10 SMCS in holding world wide patents by TPI (Turkish Patent Institute)-2015. Polin is selected as WINNER company in the exports in Machinery and Equipment category by TIM (Turkish Exporters’ Assembly)-2015.
Polin oversees a high-capacity design-and-manufacturing facility in Turkey with a team that totals 350 people with five offices throughout the world.
Polin is committed to providing the best-quality products and services by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations.
Please visit Polin at www.polin.com.tr for product information, news, events and other updates.