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The world’s largest passenger ship
Everything about Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas cruise ship “sounds overwhelming and over-the-top,” said Christopher Muther in The Boston Globe. “And it absolutely is.” Taller than Mount Rushmore, this 18-deck behemoth accommodates 6,700 passengers and holds 23 pools, a casino, a park, an arcade, a rock-climbing wall, and a carousel. Those who’ve sailed on big ships might shrug—but this was “sensory overload.” Watching a robotic bartender mix, shake, and muddle my cocktail was almost as entertaining as the “Cirque du Soleil meets extreme synchronized swimming” routine staged at the ship’s 1,400-seat theater. Somewhat regrettably, I later befriended some bawdy older British women at the bar, and they coaxed me into attempting the FlowRider—a pool for simulated surfing where I promptly fell and lost my swimsuit. Thankfully, it was easy to slip away. That’s the joy of traveling on “a massive resort at sea.”
The Prince tribute tour
Prince passed away six months ago, but in his hometown of Minneapolis “his fans are still going crazy in memoriam,” said Elaine Glusac in the Chicago Tribune. Since April, a new tourism trail has organically sprung up in honor of The Purple One. You can take a fan-run bus to Prince’s favorite record shops and clubs, and travel to his suburban home and studio Paisley Park, where “a purple profusion of emotion” adorns the fence. The official opening of the Paisley complex has been delayed until December, said Chris Riemenschneider in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But this week, a few lucky fans got to take a peek inside Prince’s studios and offices—complete with the audio notes and luggage left in the room the day he died. There was “an unsteady mix of celebration and sadness,” but with the music legend’s tunes pumping and his grandiose outfits on display, it was “hard not to have a little fun.”