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The Ultimate View with Stephen Wiltshire

By JoTuesday 15th December 2015

There’s nothing quite like an ocean view. There’s nothing quite like an ocean view.

Did you know that Harmony of the Seas will take the title of world’s largest ship when it launches next year? This spectacular ship weighs a massive 227,000 tonnes and stands at an impressive 72 metres above the waterline, offering views that have to be seen to be believed.

In celebration of the ship’s launch – and these breath-taking views – renowned artist, Stephen Wiltshire MBE, joined us onboard Allure of the Seas to create a unique panoramic cityscape, combining three coastal views from around the Mediterranean, which is where Harmony of the Seas will make its first sailing. Using his unique skill, Stephen created the artwork, which merges views from Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, and Barcelona, from memory, a talent which he has used to create cityscapes all over the world. Stephen enjoyed strolling around the ship, exploring all the different neighbourhoods. Stephen enjoyed strolling around the ship, exploring all the different neighbourhoods. We sat down with Stephen to ask him a few questions about his time onboard.

How did you find the cruise?

It’s the first time I’ve been on a cruise and it’s a great place to be. My room was so beautiful and the food and entertainment were amazing. The ship is huge; it’s like an adventure onboard. It was great fun!

Which has been your favourite destination on the cruise and why?

Barcelona. I’ve been to Barcelona before; the first time was about 22 years ago. It’s such a beautiful city – it has the Gaudi cathedral with the four spires. Being in Barcelona made me remember my first trip there – there were three of us and I was aged 19. We did many drawings of Gaudi’s architectural buildings. Stephen sketches his cityscapes from memory. Stephen sketches his cityscapes from memory.

Which has been your favourite view on the cruise and why?

The panoramic view of the city, of Barcelona, because of the classical old towns, churches and cathedrals. From the viewpoint I could see the ships, the high-rise buildings, residential areas in the distance and the hills. Before I do a drawing I have to concentrate and memorise as much of the view as possible. From the ship I can get a good panoramic view because I am high up. It’s a bit like a bird’s eye view.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done on the cruise?

I had a go at lots of the activities onboard, including mini-golf, ping-pong and basketball, as well as visiting the amusement park and going on the carousel. We also danced together which was the best; it was fun and exciting. Soaking up some of the Mediterranean sun. Soaking up some of the Mediterranean sun.

Want to see these views for yourself?

Harmony of the Seas will set sail for the Mediterranean next year, so book your spot onboard today.

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