Harmony of the Seas: Central Park
A living park at sea with more than 12,000 plants and trees.
Ever strolled through a lush green park in the middle of a wide blue ocean? Welcome to Central Park on Harmony of the Seas. The expansive green space, located on Deck 8, brings the outdoors onboard for botanical bliss that spans the length of a football field, and then some.
With the center of the ship opened up to the sky, natural light shines down upon the vast onboard arboretum. The inspired open-air design calms the nerves and soothes the senses with serene pathways, seasonal flower gardens, canopy trees, and quiet nooks for reading and relaxing.
The most verdant of Harmony of the Seas’ seven neighborhoods is a gardener’s dream and a breath of fresh air for anyone who appreciates natural beauty. From towering Cuban laurels to clusters of calla lilies and rabbit foot ferns, the park’s collection of plants is a mix of coastal and sub-tropical species from around the world that are well-suited to thrive on Harmony of the Seas’ Caribbean voyages.
A series of columns interlaced with vines is just one of the welcoming entry points into Central Park, and is elegantly landscaped with tropical foliage and seasonal flowers, shrubs, and trees. Drifts of calla lilies among giant elephant ears, red ginger, rabbit foot ferns, banana croton, and butterfly lily are some of the plant life guests discover. Impressive green walls spanning 25 feet host ferns and a variety of flowering vines. The park also has changing displays of accent plants, such as birds of paradise and ground orchids. Trees, some eventually reaching more than two-and-a-half decks high, include cherry of the rio grande and amstel king ficus.
Drawing on the concept of surprise, garden spaces throughout Central Park emerge from charming pathways. The Pergola Garden is a unique plant garden featuring tendrils of flowering bleeding heart entwined through the overhead trellis. The Sculpture Garden integrates artwork and unique plantings, while sweet olive trees frame a cozy area to sit and enjoy a view of the park. The middle pathway transports guests over a bridge spanning a river of plants and past a series of special gardens and on to the central square, lined with lacey black olive trees.
The park’s central piazza is also the ship’s town square, with entertainment, shopping, alfresco dining, and upscale specialty restaurants.
150 Central Park
The jewel of the neighborhood is 150 Central Park, created and run by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. His restaurants have set the bar for farm-to-table cuisine by focusing on simple, delicious food. The celebrity chef started with the cruise line on Oasis of the Seas, tantalizing taste buds with his seasonal menus. He continued to impress guests on Quantum Class ships with his culinary passion in the warm, friendly atmosphere of Michael’s Genuine Pub. Now, with Harmony of the Seas, Oasis Class welcomes back the revered restaurateur at 150 Central Park.
The award-winning chef and restaurateur has created a tasting menu that makes mouths water. It’s an intimate, gourmet experience featuring two dining options: a three-course meal or a four-course menu with customized wine pairings. Contrary to casual, 150 Central Park is a fine dining delight. Asian or Mediterranean tuna tartare is prepared table side, dry-aged ribeye for two is sliced there, too. Artisanal cheeses, baby beet salad with red quinoa, and tres leches grace this menu. His commitment to sustainable, seasonal food provides a delicious “farm to ship” experience.
Delectability abounds at Royal Caribbean’s hallmark dinner restaurant, Chops Grille. The upscale venue fills up for dinner thanks to a revamped menu that adds a contemporary flair to traditional steak house fare. Undeniable classics—filet mignon, New York strip, braised short ribs, veal chops—are natural standouts, and now they stand proudly beside inventive tempters like shrimp cocktail with a chipotle kick and roasted organic chicken with truffled chicken jus.
It’s a people-watching bonanza at this deli-style breakfast-and-lunch café. Look for light fare like bagels, salads, paninis, and sandwiches, and pre-made meals in convenient containers for those on-the-go. But don’t leave the ship without trying the legendary Kummelweck, Royal Caribbean’s signature roast beef sandwich. It all starts with a slow-roasted strip loin, rubbed with Royal Caribbean’s secret spice mix, topped with fresh rosemary and thyme, cooked for 12 to 14 hours for ultimate flavor. When roasted to perfection, the carved slices are stacked on a special bun—the Kummelweck roll—that’s spongy on the inside, crusty on the outside, and topped with a flavorful mix of seeds and salt. Park Café’s jus is a mix of mustard, red and green peppers, onions, and pickles. It’s been called an onboard sensation, a perfect snack sandwich, and a tantalizing treat.
There’s something for every wine lover at Royal Caribbean’s Vintages Wine Bar. Guests can savor favorite blends or expand their knowledge with samples from some of the most famous vineyards in the world.
It is Royal Caribbean’s largest wine bar at sea, yet still delivers an intimate, romantic experience. Whether sampling a two-ounce tasting size, five ounce full size, or indulging in a full bottle, the intention at Vintages is to create a comfort zone for guests that also introduces new palate adventures.
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