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Three Polin Waterslides Top Royal Caribbean’s New Harmony of the Seas

Dilovasi, Turkey (21 July 2016) Five decks above a main courtyard of the world’s largest cruise ship, passengers on the Royal Caribbean’s new  “Harmony of the Seas” will catch a glimpse of the expansive ocean as they ride slides towering 10 stories above the blue sea.  One 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 highest rated features are its three Polin 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.

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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.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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