Everybody wants to dock at Barcelona
Barcelona is Europe’s busiest cruise port in terms of passenger numbers. Over 700 cruise ships dock there every year, carrying between them 2.5 million passengers to put the Catalan capital in first place ahead of Rome’s Civitavecchia.
It was the in Mediterranean where the Lady Mary Wood sailed. This paddle wheel steamer had the honour of being the first vessel to take passengers on cruise trips. That was back in 1844. It carried 60 passengers first class and 50 second class, a large number at the time but just a fraction of what the Harmony of the Seas
can accommodate. And life on board the two vessels could not be more different.
Harmony of the Seas is divided into seven concept-defined neighbourhoods: Central Park, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, swimming pools and sports, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre, Entertainment Place, and Youth Zone. Passengers will use electronic wrist tags to access their cabins and to manage all their purchases and reservations with just one touch. To ensure that everything functions smoothly, Harmony of the Seas will have a crew of over 2,000 personnel. Additionally, there are the robots of the Bionic Bar, highly specialised electronic cocktail waiters. While they mix, not shake, they dance to the rhythm of the music, while nightly performances of Grease add a touch of on-board festivity. Back in the cabins, there is no need to imagine a view over the waves. Interior accommodation comes with virtual balconies that replicate the panoramic views enjoyed by passengers travelling in outside cabins.