36 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean from Barcelona

Harmony of the Seas is a new ship. As a new ship. It has many options. It also has many people - about 6,000. It has approximately 2,500 crew. Sometimes it seems like it is not crowded. Other times not so. When I talk to friends and ... Read More
Harmony of the Seas is a new ship. As a new ship. It has many options. It also has many people - about 6,000. It has approximately 2,500 crew. Sometimes it seems like it is not crowded. Other times not so. When I talk to friends and family, some like cruising, some do not. We were interested in trying out a new ship (One of the largest in the world) but the destinations were what caught our attention. Barcelona, Mallorca, Marseilles, Naples, Rome. The cruise started from Barcelona on July 3rd and ended on July 10th. If you enjoy pools, slides, lounge chairs and continuous access to drinks and food, cruising is for you. A ship has to be designed to manage the large numbers of people, keeping them entertained and satisfied. Elevators and equipment must be working at all times and information should be constantly available. There are many choices for entertainment and dining. We found that a large new ship is the same as any other cruise ship in many respects. Here are some of our experiences on this very large, very shiny ship. We booked a cabin for two a year in advance and had our choice of cabin. Later in the year we decided to offer our grandchildren the option of coming with us and called the RC agents to make the change to include two of our grandchildren. Royal Caribbean did not confirm the new cabin for us until it was time to fly to Barcelona. There is some anxiety involved in waiting the rest of the year for a cabin confirmation. The Cabin - The cabin was called a state room. It was in quite a state throughout the voyage so perhaps it was well named. For sure it was not stately. We were essentially four adults. Our granddaughters had as much luggage (1 bag each) as my wife and I and were 12 and 13 years old. The clothing storage was inadequate and we kept our luggage on the floor as extra storage. There was no privacy curtain for the adults and no night light in the room to find our way to the bathroom as we tried to navigate the trundle bed which had about a 10" clearance to the cabinets. This is where cell phones or iPads come in useful, you can use them as flashlights. The cabin was a mess from day 1 with bathing suits hanging from every protuberance that was available. There was a long wall next to the main bed but alas, there were no hooks available. We lived in squalor for 7 days while we "enjoyed" our cruise. Comfort has become important in our retired lives and our "camping" days were over quite some time ago. The lights came on if you put your "sea pass" into the reader slot near the door. If you take your card out all the lights will go out and you will be in a dark cavern with obstacles in your path. The shower was OK and there was plenty of hot water. The toilet had a quick flush to conserve water. If you put a card in the reader by the door and switch off all the cabin lights there is a night light in the bathroom but a phone will do a better job. The couch beds were not very good. I’m glad my wife and I did not have to sleep on them. Throughout the cruise, the cabin was my least favorite place to be. A huge ship with nasty little cabins that are not very well thought out. I should add that the person looking after our cabin was very nice and concerned about us. We gave him an extra tip. Ship features - Our two grandchildren are 12 and 13 and were looking forward to trying out the various offerings on deck. We obtained the notarized waivers that were required from their parents. When one of the girls went to go rock climbing she was turned away because she needed an adult with her. No problem, I went with her. We were then told we needed the waiver document. The cabin was not close by so it would have been useful if she had been informed about that initially. I went and got the waiver. One of the staff was gesticulating at the other when shown the waiver and accused me of presenting a copy and not the original. I pointed out the different color inks and he said that I must have used a color copier (It was the original). A second staff member said that I should go to Customer Service and get a copy made so that they could keep a copy. Again, this could have been handled quite differently. I went to Customer Service and obtained the requested copy but my granddaughter was now so upset that she gave up. She had been looking forward to the rock climb since the girls had read about the ship online and she said that they would just find something else that was wrong. I was very angry at having been called a liar and heartbroken on behalf of my granddaughter. We were not treated well at all and she did not get to climb. She also hurt herself on one of the water slides, slipping and bruising her ribs (We hope they are not cracked) when she stepped out of the tube. Main Dining - The Main dining areas were on three decks. We had made arrangements to go to what is known as "My time" dining which is reserved for a time of your choosing. There are other dining areas, some included in the fee and others that are charged on top of the fee you have already paid. We had a large group of 17 people so we looked forward to the reservations that we had made. You can bring two bottles of wine on board when you board the ship and the waiters will store the wine for you until you need it. This is the ONLY time you are allowed to bring wine aboard. Any drinks that you buy will be expensive and will have tax and a service charge added so be warned. If you buy the drink package and want to receive your full value you will likely be tipsy most of the time. If you are careful and pay as you go (keep your receipts) you will enjoy a nice drink when you would like one and pay less. Food - As with all cruises the food is abundant and there is a cafeteria-style restaurant called the Windjammer that is available much of the time. We found the food quality to be mediocre, especially in the main dining room. Salmon cooked to a brick and steak still frozen in the center with no taste. We not impressed at all. Of course you can forget the payment you made that included the “meal” and go to the restaurants spread around the ship where you pay extra for a meal that may be better quality. We tried another complimentary restaurant called the Bistro. This was less crowded and had some different menu items. All waiters were pleasant and helpful. Casino - There is a casino on board also but if you don't like second-hand smoke you may need an oxygen mask to pass through the casino or take an elevator to another floor and walk down on the other side of the casino. We like to put aside some money to have some fun in the casinos but we could not bring ourselves to spend time in a place where the smoke stung our eyes and made us cough. Onboard Entertainment - Shows are scheduled for different nights but we found that by the time we finished dinner we missed all the shows we reserved with the exception of the comedy act which was quite entertaining. Photographers - You may remember film, negatives, processing and prints. These are no longer. Like many of us who converted years ago, the ship photographers use digital SLR cameras with flash. We suggest you do the same. These days a 16GB flash drive costs about $5 on Amazon. I usually buy 64GB drives. You will be bombarded by photographers on the two formal dinner nights and every time you go ashore. The resulting pictures are displayed on one of the decks and typically at least one member of the family will want to buy a package (Not me). The pictures are often poorly constructed, not centered and cost $20 each. You will be very lucky to escape with $100 of your well-earned savings for this very amateurish service. Find a good spot and take your own photographs, you will have them on your own flash drive. The ship will not put their photographs on your flash drive but they will sell you a small flash drive for $10 to put them on in addition to the $20 fee if you wish. Internet service - If you think that you pay too much for internet service at home then get ready for a shock. Typically home internet service costs about $30/month. On board ship it is $77 per person per device for the duration of the cruise. We had two granddaughters who spend most of their day sending messages and email etc. We purchased the internet service for them and one for my wife and I so that we could communicate with their parents and the girls on board ship. It turns out that there is also a messaging service on board that costs $7/day (In addition to the Internet service). So $49 plus tax for messaging each while you are on board. It’s not included in your $77 plus tax internet charge. Go figure. You will need to “forget” the service on your device if you want to move it to another device. Go figure. Yet another expensive overhead on top of insurance and tours and photographs and restaurants and drinks. Off-ship tours/trips - The dock areas where the ship arrives are not pretty and it will take time to get from here to the town close by. You need your ship pass and your passport and it was very hot wherever we went so take some shade and plenty of water. Do not take the water from your cabin fridge. I was thirsty in the middle of the night and after fumbling around in our dark cabin I found a water bottle for which I was billed over $12.00 in my final bill. The last day - Remember that you are now onboard with 6,000 other guests and they are all competing for food and loungers, pools and hot tubs. Plan the last day ahead of time if you want to read a book in a comfortable lounger near to some reasonable food. I suggest the Bistro in the Solarium. In theory there are no kids allowed in the Solarium but I’m not sure at what age the kids become adults on board. We did find a good spot and managed to stay put for most of the day. Also, be sure that you get off early enough to get transport back to the airport because you will be competing with thousands of people at every stage of your trip home including taxis, boarding passes, security checks, meals - what a treat! Final Bill - Check your final bill carefully. I found that it was not accurate and had to call after I got home to get an explanation. Items are added and removed and you may have more than one version of a final bill like we did. We did resolve the issue in the end with the help of the web site number. Summary - For the four of us including airfares from the USA the trip was expensive. I know we could have done much better. If you enjoy being held to a schedule from the time you leave home to when you get back, being herded around like cattle, bumping into people constantly while you get your own food, waiting for elevators, pushed around on tours, bruising your shins and other parts as you try to get around a cabin for four that would be hard-pressed to serve two and fast marched around historical places this is for you. If you want a relaxing, memorable vacation with your wife where you can buy your own wine anytime you want, choose reasonable restaurants with amazing menus and take a trip when you feel like it, think about renting a place where you will be left alone until you are ready to explore and come back happy, refreshed, with a big smile and money left in your wallet. We are now quite sure that cruising is not for us. Instead, we will make enquiries with friends who have taken a different approach and do things in peaceful surroundings at our own pace and with no Captain announcing at the top of his/her voice hot hot we are going to be in an annoyingly cheerful way that reminds me of the cheap self-contained holidays of my youth. The ship is not cheap but it is definitely not for us. In general, the staff on the ship were pleasant and eager to help. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My wife wanted to travel on the "Big" ship so we booked Harmony of the Seas. We have sailed with Royal C I before and always had a great time. The ship had a lot of nice activities for the kids, at times with so many people on ... Read More
My wife wanted to travel on the "Big" ship so we booked Harmony of the Seas. We have sailed with Royal C I before and always had a great time. The ship had a lot of nice activities for the kids, at times with so many people on board it was hard to find a deck chairs together, even on the suite deck. Over all the cruise was nice cruise and I would give it a 4 star rating but the dinning room food was horrible. The first night all but my youngest daughter was disappointed with their dinner. We have been on a number of RCI cruises before so we though it was a fluke but the next night it was even worse, We arrived to our table only to find out that another family wanted our table so the head waiter gave them our table an put us into a corner. Our waiter was very nice apologized and took our order. I ordered the halibut, it had no flavor and was as firm as a hockey puck. The waiter noticed I had not eaten the fish and asked if I wanted something else, but the others in our party shook their heads no. From then on we eat our dinners in the Windjammer Cafe. It was decent but my kids always looked forward to the dinning service. So, over all the cruise was average. Cost was good, kids loved the activities. I would rate higher if it were not for the food, but that is a big part of cruising. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
After sailing on the Allure of the Seas last year we could not wait to try Harmony. We sailed the Med cruise from Barcelona early July. Embarkation was a breeze in Barcelona mainly due to the fact we had a Junior Suite which give priority ... Read More
After sailing on the Allure of the Seas last year we could not wait to try Harmony. We sailed the Med cruise from Barcelona early July. Embarkation was a breeze in Barcelona mainly due to the fact we had a Junior Suite which give priority boarding. Once on board the Harmony is almost identical to the Allure apart from some new unique additions like the Robotic bar. Our JS suite was 8632, spacious, decent size balcony with a very décor and furnishings, you could easily tell the ship is brand new. We did not do any excursions so can not comment although we did get off the ship in Civitavecchia and wander in to town for lunch on foot which was ok. Our friends took a private excursion in Naples for Euro 280 in a private minicab and did Pompeii and Sorrento for a full day which they said was good value for money split 3 ways. I always take a drinks package, which I think is very good value, there is however not much difference between Premium and Ultimate so check that out, alcohol is the same although Ultimate allows you to have some speciality Coffees etc. Premium does the trick for me. We ate every night in the Grand My Time dining, we had the same staff and table each night. Milan was in charge of our area and he and his team were fantastic, I have no complaints at all, they looked after our table of 6 exceptionally well every night. Shows were very good, we all enjoyed Grease and the 'ISkate' show was also excellent. Aqua show was a strange story line but we enjoyed it on the whole. Occasionally used Windjammer and Park Café, all good. We did not use any for fee restaurants, I don't see the point of that. Casino is a good place to visit at sea, the atmosphere is buzzing and hats off to Joanna, Michael and Roland behind the bar, they do a great job and provide exceptional service, Roland even remembered me from Allure of the Seas 12 months before, not bad going considering he meets thousands of guests every week. Nightclub is ok, international sounds, Jazz bar was ok for a chill, comedian was ok. Boot and Bonnet is a nice place to relax and watch the world go by, the choice of beer is amazing, Archie and Clinton are great chaps behind the bar. Did not have any young children so can't comment on the waterpark, flow-rider or Abyis but it was always busy and popular. We did not have any issues at all worth whingeing about, a couple of things could have been a little better for example I never received my drinks sticker (UP) for my sea pass card and it took an age to fix and similar small jibes happened on day one in addition to this but opposed to some of the reviews I have read previously, I don't get hung up about trivial issues ! I just enjoy the holiday. In a nutshell to bring this review to a close, we had a great time, the ship is great, 99.9% of the crew are fantastic, the guest services queue is crazy like every cruise I have been on, (this need sorting RC !), I would not hesitate to recommend RC and the Harmony, I would love to sail on her again before she leaves Europe in October. I am already looking forward to my next RC cruise in August which makes me a Diamond apparently although I am yet to actually see any benefit of the RC loyalty club, I am not sure there is much to be had or get excited about to be honest. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
It was intended to be a complete family cruise and our daughter made all arrangements. Instead of a party of 13, we were a party of eight. When we were gathering information on the ship, I was very concerned about the size of the ship ... Read More
It was intended to be a complete family cruise and our daughter made all arrangements. Instead of a party of 13, we were a party of eight. When we were gathering information on the ship, I was very concerned about the size of the ship (wow!) and what type of service could be offered with so many passengers. Then, after reading the critical reviews for the maiden voyage, I was very concerned, and hoped we had not made a bad decision. And we didn't. We flew to Barcelona, arriving in the morning, and took in some wonderful sights. The next morning we headed to the ship. Check in was seamless (this was another concern) and service was excellent. Security on and off the ship was comforting. We had calls of port each day, except the last day, so we were off the ship every day. This limited some our daily activities, but the kids loved what was available. The ports of call were wonderful, with staff helping everyone with their daily arrangements as they left the ship. We had made our own arrangements for shore excursions We had two youngsters with severe peanut allergies, and special dinners were always available for them. Our cabin (with a balcony) was perfect, and the room always attended to in a timely manner. Dinner service was excellent and the food of good quality. Breakfast buffets were also very good. It takes some time, but you find all of your favorite places onboard, and then the cruise is over. Beautiful ship, so many things to see and do, very nice cruise. B Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Beautiful ship. I traveled with my family including 2 kids age 14 and 11. Pros-the cabins seem more roomy and are laid out much better thereby maximizing personal space. A little different from Oasis and Allure in that the Starbucks is ... Read More
Beautiful ship. I traveled with my family including 2 kids age 14 and 11. Pros-the cabins seem more roomy and are laid out much better thereby maximizing personal space. A little different from Oasis and Allure in that the Starbucks is outside and they don't have RC's "traditional" Italian restaurant-they have Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant, which is nice. Shops are "higher end" on the boardwalk -Bulgari and Tiffany. You can book excursions and check your account at kiosks they have on the Promenade so you don't have to wait in line at Guest Relations or check the TV. My kids loved the production of "Grease" as well as the Abyss slide and the water slides. The food and service in the dining room was the best on any of the RC's we have experienced. The kid's club activities were great and both my kids enjoyed their time there. Staff at kid's club was A+. American Icon Dining Room was very nice. Great art. Internet was good, but good. I would've rated it higher, but the first Aqua Show "Fine Line" wasn't great, there was soot everywhere when watching the Aqua Show (stained our clothes), difficult to get any issues resolved as guest relations/customer service rarely answered the phone and the line was always ridiculously long, the Abyss was closed way too much and the Diamond Lounge was like an after thought with no access to outside, like a balcony and no windows. It was on deck 4 forward. The "unlimited" self serve soda machines ran out of drinks 2 days before the cruise ended. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy. Our cabin was ready upon arrival and bags came really quickly as well. The keys to the room were taped on the door. I also liked that we were able to upload our own photo prior to boarding. There was an option to have a bracelet which functioned as a key instead of a room key. This really helps for kids and those not wanting to carry a key. We had 2 staterooms with a ocean view balcony and it was nice to join the balconies. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise because of the dates (school holidays) and the excitement of taking our 3 children on the biggest ship in the world. If you like a 'Disney - American' feel you will like this ship - except it doesn't ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the dates (school holidays) and the excitement of taking our 3 children on the biggest ship in the world. If you like a 'Disney - American' feel you will like this ship - except it doesn't come with the service or friendly staff. There didn't seem to be enough staff and they often appeared to be inconvenienced if asked for assistance. We have taken our teenage children on 2 celebrity cruises in the past and only encountered enthusiastic, friendly and helpful staff who contributed to the overall positive experience. (One morning my daughter and I were trying to find the rest of our family for breakfast in the main dining room - this particular morning breakfast finished at 9 am -I was unaware of this and discovered breakfast was served on the level below but was told by the lady at the dining desk l couldn't go down there and that l would be refused entry. I did go down to find my husband and sons and sat with them while they finished their breakfast. Ten minutes later the woman actually came to find us and gave me a lecture - she was rude and I was embarrassed.) The decor of the ship is lovely and our balcony cabins were spacious, and always serviced perfectly by our fantastic porter. The beds and pillows are very comfortable - always a great night's sleep. There were no toiletries provided (except soap) - which l found to be really poor - especially that this cruise was a lot more expensive than our previous cruises - and even basic accommodation offer shampoo and conditioner.The food was just OK and the speciality restaurants did not offer the special/ exclusive/fine dining experience offered by the restaurants on Celebrity. The entertainment on the ship was excellent - although the queues on the slides and flo riders were too long for my kids to wait. You also have to pay for the aerobics/pilates classes in the gym. So, I would not cruise with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The ship was amazing. The staff members were terrific. The crown loft suite was fabulous. Grease and Columbus were wonderful. The food was good everywhere (we ate mostly in the Coastal Kitchen, but also tried the Hibachi, Sabors, Johnny ... Read More
The ship was amazing. The staff members were terrific. The crown loft suite was fabulous. Grease and Columbus were wonderful. The food was good everywhere (we ate mostly in the Coastal Kitchen, but also tried the Hibachi, Sabors, Johnny Rockets, and all were great). Water slides were really fun. Highly recommend iSkate show as well. 1887 was good but we had trouble following the plot. Also recommend the comedian. He was very funny. We did our own shore excursions so I can't rate those. We got the beer/wine package which was worth it. I am not sure I would recommend the photo package because there weren't that many photographers around and you can take photos with your phone anyway. Our teenagers loved it and made friends on the ship (two 18-year olds and a 14 year old). Only criticism was the Solarium restaurant. It was hot and the food was not as good as elsewhere in my opinion. We would highly recommend Harmony of the Seas to all! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
LOVED this ship! I cruised on Harmony on June 26 from Barcelona. We visited Italy, France and Spain. I absolutely loved the ship, although I have sailed on Harmony previously! The staff is amazing. The ship is beautiful ... Read More
LOVED this ship! I cruised on Harmony on June 26 from Barcelona. We visited Italy, France and Spain. I absolutely loved the ship, although I have sailed on Harmony previously! The staff is amazing. The ship is beautiful with lots to do. The WindJammer can get pretty crowded at lunch! But otherwise you don't feel the enormity of the cruise. Absolutely recommend for any age, especially teens. There were 13 in our group and they absolutely LOVED the cruise! I do have a few recommendations for this cruise. First, it's the Mediterranean, with stops pretty much every day. It's tiring if you plan on doing tours at the ports it is going to test your stamina. And you really won't have much time to explore the ship. I didn't make it to the pool. The ship docks early and leaves late, but if your day if packed you are completely exhausted at the end of each day. We had late dining, so our shows were after 10:30 nightly. Brutal! Secondly.... BE SURE TO BOOK your shows as soon as they open up, or you'll have a hard time getting into shows. They are pretty booked. Third... DO NOT WASTE Your time with the drink packages! They are a complete waste of money! First, you can only order drinks every 15 mins with the packages. So don't do it! Also, they will check the picture of you on your seapass every time you use your card to make a purchase. I bought the package to use it at Starbucks whenever I wanted coffee. However, Starbucks was closed while I was on the ship! The Royal Replenish package... WASTE of money. It doesn't even allow you to get water bottles. Don't do it! FOURTH... Do not steal from the workers and avoid tipping the crew. That's totally disgusting when people do that and unfair. These guys work hard for their money and they deserve more than what they get paid. I pay the mandatory tips AND I give my stateroom, drink guy, waitress and waiter an additional large tip. The cabins are new and a bit larger than Oasis. Also, note that if you have multiple cabins and they are next to each other, you can open up the balconies and move between rooms. Kinda nice! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We decided on this cruise as we wanted to experience the brand new Harmony of the Seas. Embarkation in Barcelona was quick and easy. Disembarkation was fairly quick, however, the queue to get a taxi was horrendous - we waited in ... Read More
We decided on this cruise as we wanted to experience the brand new Harmony of the Seas. Embarkation in Barcelona was quick and easy. Disembarkation was fairly quick, however, the queue to get a taxi was horrendous - we waited in queue for about 45 minutes. Note of caution - if you have a morning flight out, be sure to disembark at the earliest possible time. Cabin layout was good; lots of storage space. Bathroom sink could have been bigger, but it was manageable. Our cabin attendant was excellent. We did not have a lot of time to experience the ships' facilities as most shore excursions left fairly early in the morning and by the time we got back on the ship, we didn't have time to use the pool, etc. The one sea day we tried to get some lounge chairs in the solarium, but many had towels, etc on them. All the lounge bubble chairs (not sure what you would call them) had towels on them or people at 7 am. The food in the dining room was fine; although the reservation process was terrible. We had made online reservations prior to boarding but could not get any reasonable time; eg. we had 8:30 pm or later. However, you could go to the dining room and wait in the no reservation line for a table. This was often quicker than waiting in the reservation line. Also, we had reservations one night and when we showed up were told our table was given to another party and to come back. When we came back, we were again told that our table was given to another party. At this point, it was getting fairly late and we just wanted to eat so we opted to sit in another area. The service was hit and miss in the dining room. When we sat in our "regular assigned table" the servers were excellent. We dined at three of the specialty dining restaurants: Chops Grille, Jamie's Italian and 150 Central Park. Chops and 150 Central Park were excellent - would highly recommend. Jamie's Italian was the least favorite, but still very good. The reservation process for specialty dining needs improvement. We could not reserve times online prior to boarding and had to resort to going to Customer Service to get reservations. We had lunch at Johnny Rockets one day; it was ok, nothing to write home about. They should have made this space bigger; not many booths. Windjammer - we only at here a couple of times for breakfast; too busy and the food was ok. We had breakfast at the Solarium Bistro the other days; definitely a better option than Windjammer (fresh fried eggs, fruit, standard pancake/French toast/bacon fare). We saw two shows: Grease and The Fine Line (we saw this twice). Grease was fairly good, but The Fine Line was excellent, very entertaining show with lots of acrobatics; the guy spinning at the beginning and throughout was amazing. Mini Bites was nothing to write home about - the food tasted somewhat off/stale. Café Promenade was ok; they served the exact same sandwiches/pastries every day though so it became old quite fast. Shore Excursions - we did three shore excursions through the ship: 1) Palma di Mallorca beach transfer - they drop you off at the beach where you can spend a few hours. This was fine; you are essentially paying for the bus ride there and back. 2) Olive oil tasting in Civitavecchia - not worth the money. We spent most of the time on the bus getting there. They did took us to a small town; which would have been fine except almost all the shops and cafes were closed on Thursday afternoons. 3) Marseiles - we did Cassis extended time - this was the best of the ship shore excursions we did through the ship. We would have liked to have done a boat tour to see the Calanques(45 min - 1 hour) but did not get there in time and we would have cut it close for the meeting time back - if you do this excursion, try to get on the first boat tour when you go to Cassis. We had lunch at a restaurant and walked around the main square. We went to the casino one night - very smoky. This was enough to turn me off from going back. Same with the pool area - why would they put a smokers area in the middle of an area with pools where you have kids, etc is beyond me. Overall thoughts - a beautiful ship; if you plan on enjoying the activities or facilities on board, consider skipping some shore excursions. We paid a lot of money for this cruise and really did not get to fully enjoy the ship's amenities (no fault of RC). Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first time Cruising and was really looking forward to it but was a bit disappointed to read the first reviews of this ship when it launched back in May BUT we need not have worried because to say this ship is AMAZING is an ... Read More
This was our first time Cruising and was really looking forward to it but was a bit disappointed to read the first reviews of this ship when it launched back in May BUT we need not have worried because to say this ship is AMAZING is an understatement! It is truly exceptional beyond description because you just have to go on it to understand. I personally think the negative reviews must have been given because of the weather as we were on this ship only a mere 3 weeks later and it is 100% finished and operational. The staff on RC are exceptional and must get a big THANK YOU from us because you all made our trip memorable. All staff from stateroom attendant to dining room staff and everyone in between. Ship is spotless (know its new but can only imagine older ships have same standard of cleanliness and hygiene) well designed and to us newcomers would only know you are sailing along by looking out! The food is fabulous and the choice is vast. Spa was so relaxing and again the staff exceptional. The entertainment on board is as good as anywhere. The production of Grease was outstanding. I could go on and on about our week long (way too short) holiday but it would read the same so if you want a holiday of a lifetime go on Harmony of the Seas or any other Royal Caribbean cruise ship and you wont be disappointed. The only negative all week long is that you could easily come off the ship at least 1 stone heavier with all the delicious food....... Take a bow you are a fab company Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
As with the two previous cruises we took with Royal Caribbean, this cruise was terrific. We arrived several days early so we could explore Barcelona, especially Barre Gotic as well as taking a half-day tour with Barcelona Day Tours. ... Read More
As with the two previous cruises we took with Royal Caribbean, this cruise was terrific. We arrived several days early so we could explore Barcelona, especially Barre Gotic as well as taking a half-day tour with Barcelona Day Tours. Our embarkation and disembarkation experiences were very good and smooth. As other reviews and news stories will note, the Harmony of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship. There were 7,016 guests on the cruise (our previous in the Western Mediterranean on Legend of the Seas has about 3,300 guests). Although the promenade deck (5) was occasionally a little crowded, we did not experience any problems or concerns. The layout of the ship in the seven neighborhoods was really nice. The ship offers a wonderful variety of on-board activities. The food was terrific. Our main dining room waiter (Celino) and assistant waiter (Irma) were outstanding -- very personable, friendly, efficient and, when asked, helpful. They provided excellent and attentive service. We enjoyed our oceanview balcony stateroom and our stateroom attendant (Diogo) was very good. We found the vast majority of the staff to be very friendly and helpful. We took shore excursions in each port and very very happy. We especially enjoyed the following excursions -- Pope’s Summer Residence, Vatican City and Its Gardens (Civitavecchia), Coast of Cinque Terre & Portovenere (La Spezia), and North Coast and Wine Tasting (Palma de Mallorca). We experienced two minor issues, but nothing that would cause us not to cruise with Royal Caribbean again. The first occurred when the staff member at the dock sent us to the wrong boarding area (gang plank) as he was confused about which end of the ship was forward and which was aft, even when I said I could see our stateroom right above him. Consequently we walked a longer to get to the aft and then, after boarding, walk all the way to the forward. The second was in Rome. We went to the Windjammer Marketplace for breakfast a few minutes after 6:00 a.m. as we were disembarking at 7:15 for our excursion (the Cruise Compass said the Windjammer would open at 6:00). When we arrived at the Windjammer, an employee told us to go to the other entrance which we did. The other entrance was locked and no employees were visible. We ended up going to the Cafe Promenade for coffee/tea and pastries -- not the breakfast we wanted for our long day (the excursion was 11 hours). Other than these minor items, we experienced no problems. If you like to jog or walk, be sure to use the track on deck 5 -- it was great. We will definite cruise with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Harmony of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Enrichment 2.5 3.9
Service 3.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9

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