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HARMONY SHOWS SCALE, MANAGEMENT & VISION
 
As you know I have been talking about Respect, Harmony and Partnership as the 3 keystones of my Presidency, but this week Harmony is the Buzzword!
 
Harmony Of The Seas - Royal Caribbean's newest and the world's largest cruise ship has been all over the news as it made a visit to Britain for the inaugural cruise. I was lucky enough to be amongst the Agents who were invited on board at the weekend or who won a space on the pre-inaugural cruise on the #GetMeOnHarmony competition that was run by Royal Caribbean.
 
I've got to say that I was seriously impressed - not only by the size of the ship, but the sheer scale, management and vision of the entire operation. With the capacity to hold up to 6000 passengers you would think that perhaps quality might suffer, but in so many ways these guys are taking cruising to a new level - Broadway level shows - and an amazing choice of fine dining restaurants or authentic casual dining experiences. Throw in Royal Caribbean's signature Flowrider, Climbing Wall, Ice Rink and the amazing new Abyss ride and you have something for absolutely every age group on board.
 
I have to admire Royal Caribbean's commitment to working and engaging with the Trade - the trade is always invited to these launch events and RCI also hosted a question and answer session where Agents, Press and loyal passengers were allowed to pose questions and give their views on the new ship and the cruise line in general to the top brass. I liked this very open approach to communicating with Trade and passengers alike.  
 
So congratulations are in order to RCI for another tremendous investment in their product and another great ship on the high seas!
 
Alan Glen
SPAA President
24 May 2016
 
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