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