94 Barcelona to Europe - Western Mediterranean Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise to be able to enjoy seeing Europe. We took an arranged tour for the morning we arrived that was a Royal Caribbean offering. It was given by a woman whose English was hard to understand. We had one stop to use the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be able to enjoy seeing Europe. We took an arranged tour for the morning we arrived that was a Royal Caribbean offering. It was given by a woman whose English was hard to understand. We had one stop to use the facilities and take a few pictures. When we got back on the bus she did not have much to say. I promptly fell asleep and woke when it was over. Boarding was easy and well organized. The cabin we had was a balcony cabin on the ocean side. We were more fortunate than other passengers who complained that they had inside cabins with balconies and had to listen to all the noise from the activities. I was surprised to find that there was no lotion, shampoo or conditioner available in the cabins. No chocolates with turn down service, no robes to use. Everything was extra on board the ship. We also found that there is a VAT tax of 22% on your purchases in Europe. We were told it was refundable to Americans. They post signs about it and mention it in their daily newsletters. Passengers who had cruised with Royal Caribbean before told us to forget seeing that money back. The purchases made on board the ship were never reimbursed. In Florence and other towns in Italy I saw booths for reimbursement for Americans right there. For the money we paid I felt we were getting a stripped down experience.An alcoholic beverage averaged $15.00, with a tip built in and a tax and then they had a line for you to add a tip, if you were not paying attention.We had signed up for activities and shows every night we were on board. They cancelled the comedy shows just before the cruise and did not replace them. The first night we rushed dining to attend a showing of Grease. It was cancelled when it was supposed to begin. We were told that we were all rescheduled for two nights later at 10:00pm (much later than the show we had been scheduled to see). At least that show went off without a hitch. The food on board the ship was OK. There was nothing exceptional about it. I have been on 5 other cruises and this food was average. Some meals were awful, some were good, but never great. However the servers were charming and really tried to accommodate. Because the boat is so large it has to arrive in commercial ports with no easy access to towns nearby. The cost was considerable to just get to Florence was a bargain at 80 Euros a person (that was over $160) just to get to the city and back. The biggest disappointment was the casinos. You did not see any big winners. The last night was a promotion called wipeout where for every 25 points you earn playing slots you won a chance to have your on board charges wiped out to the tune of $1000. maximum. They promoted it in the daily newsletter. The lady at the host desk first tried to tell us it was not happening. When several passengers got upset, brought the newsletter over, they changed their mind and chose to do it. But unfortunately it was clearly rigged. Don't bet in the casino, its not worth the experience. Overall the boat is impressive to see. Well maintained. The services pricey, amenities were non existent, not terribly impressed. I cruised with Norwegian in June and felt I got a lot more for my money. Lesson learned. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We choose this cruise for the ports and the ship. This ship was built in France and it was the only year the ship would sail in the Mediterranean Sea before re-positioning to Florida. The ship was awesome, the crew was awesome and our ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the ports and the ship. This ship was built in France and it was the only year the ship would sail in the Mediterranean Sea before re-positioning to Florida. The ship was awesome, the crew was awesome and our cabin with a balcony was the nicest cabin we have ever had. The shows were great as always and the activities kept us busy when we were not on shore. But the highlights of the cruise was the ports and the Shore Excursions were the best we have ever been on. We highly recommend that in Italy to do the long excursions in Rome and in Florence / Pisa. Both excursions were 11 hour days and worth every penny. We were with other cruisers that have been on 30 plus cruises and they agreed it was the best excursions that they have ever been on. You won't be able to take this ship in the Mediterranean, but they have other ships sailing the area and we highly recommend to take the RC excursions. The larger ships can't get into as many ports but the entertainment on these ships are second to none. The only thing we didn't get used to was the dynamic dinning, on our next cruise were going to go back to classic Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We live in Spain and drove to Barcelona to join ship. We parked in Trade Centre parking which is really handy for the cruise terminal. We arrived the night before embarkation and stayed in the Eurostar Grand Marina Hotel which is above ... Read More
We live in Spain and drove to Barcelona to join ship. We parked in Trade Centre parking which is really handy for the cruise terminal. We arrived the night before embarkation and stayed in the Eurostar Grand Marina Hotel which is above the car park. It is a bit expensive but really convenient for cruising. Emarkation was a bit of a disaster. We had checked in online, photos and everything and had Set Sail Passes. However we had to go through the whole process again in the check-in zone and were issued with a boarding pass. When we boarded the ship, the passes we had been given were not accepted by the computer and so we had the same process to go through again - passports, photos etc. We had been told in the arrivals hall that we could use our passes to buy drinks but as these useless passes were taken from us we were left we nothing to produce to buy anything. We were told we could visit our cabin and pick up our cards although we would not be able to use the cabin until 1 o'clock. This worked fine and in fact we left our hand luggage in the cabin at the same time. Disembarkation worked very smoothly with no hitches at all and no queue for taxis. We had reserved a boardwalk balcony cabin, similar to ones we had enjoyed on sister ships Oasis and Allure. We had the very end cabin and so we had a good view of the sea, the show and the boardwalk with no obstruction from the new Abyss slide. The sliding doors have a good seal and so once closed there is no noise. The cabin was slighter larger than on Oasis and Allure with a far better layout - more floor space. Cases fitted under the beds and there was plenty of drawer and hanging space. One negative about cabin is thatthere is no lightweight curtain for privacy as on sister ships - something which is really vital on these inward facing cabins. Our cabin steward was wonderful. My Time Dining - Silk Restaurant - for the first 4 or 5 nights there was not a queue and it all went smoothly. After Rome - there were extreme problems as they had taken onboard several corporate groups, 150 people in total, and they were able to walk straight through to their groups resulting in enormous queues and long waits for those of us who had gone to the trouble of booking well in advance. Food was good and service excellent. Breakfast - American Icon on Deck 3 seems to work ok and is more civilised than Windjammer. You can choose buffet or a la carte. The only downside is that it is not open for long so you have to make sure you check opening hours as it changes daily. Service ok. Lunch - limited options - major weakness. Windjammer has introduced handwashing station at entrance instead of hand sanitizer. Doesn't work. People, especially children, don't always wash their hands - just skip through. Compulsory hand sanitizer better. As on sister ships Windjammer totally inadequate for number of guests. Also a problem if you eat alone is to make sure they don't clear your food away before you have finished. Advisable to take a jacket or something to leave on seat to indicate that you will be returning. Twice I put my food selection and cutlery on table and went back for a drink only to find on my return that it had all been cleared away. And it hadn't even been started! Food adequate. Lunch in American Icon which was only available on the one sea day was not very successful. Took ages to get seated. Seemed a reluctance to use all tables and to reset tables which had been used once. Service only ok. Park Cafe - on sister ships we had enjoyed the roast beef rolls. This time the beef was raw not rare. Went back again but same thing so stayed clear. Chops Grille - ok - not fantastic. All activities first class. Entertainment - musicals absolutely fantastic. In fact we thought the Christopher Columbus show the best. Two different ice shows which were both great. Aqua theatre shows fantastic. Best to book all shows and arrive early to get a good seat - at least 15 to 20 miinutes before start of show. People who have booked but arrive after this for popular shows will find that their places have been given away. Some guests kick up a fuss and get really upset but they should read the small print. The captain was really hands on and very visible. Great. Formal nights - there were two and we chose to dress in formal evening dress which is something we enjoy doing. Many others felt the same although it is quite funny to see a guy in a tuxedo next to someone who seems to be dressed for the beach! Photographs - have always found RCL have great phtographers and the quality of their prints is also good. Returning from shore in port stop - having been through security in port before re-embarking I find it really insulting to be presented with another onboard "security" experience which I think is a bit disingenuous when what it really is is an "alcohol check". Why not treat guests with some respect and ask if anyone has any alcohol? General - ship generally immaculate and like sister ships fantastic - at times difficult to believe you are at sea. On sea days you are aware of just hoow many guests there are. One annoyance, although on this particular cruise there weren't many children, is that children are allowed to run around unsupervised in elevators and eateries. One thing - for those who may have found the forward sun deck on Deck 14 as a good viewing area - on the Harmony it has disappeared as it has been incorporated into the solarium. Having now done all 3 Oasis ships - that's it - will probavbly return to mid-sized ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Harmony before she relocated to US. So glad that we took this opportunity. When we booked only "Guaranteed" cabins were available so we took a chance and booked a Balcony cabin. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Harmony before she relocated to US. So glad that we took this opportunity. When we booked only "Guaranteed" cabins were available so we took a chance and booked a Balcony cabin. Were allocated cabin 7138 about 4 weeks before travel and it was perfect as was Ed our cabin attendant. Really enjoyed all of the new things to do on this ship. Particularly enjoyed Wonderland Restaurant. The staff were outstanding and the food amazing! The Bionic bar was fascinating also the Rising Tide bar was innovative and fun. Thought this ship might prove to be too big for us but, not at all. Rarely seemed crowded apart from peak times in the Windjammer but there are so many alternative eating places free of charge that you can easily avoid the crowds. A great atmosphere with a happy crew. Don't hesitate if you are thinking about booking a cruise on Harmony. Great ship! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We loved the cruise, our stateroom with the virtuall balcony gave us enough room, the staff, everything was fine. It was surprising for us that so many people don't make a bigger crowd. Last year we did the med cruise aboard the ... Read More
We loved the cruise, our stateroom with the virtuall balcony gave us enough room, the staff, everything was fine. It was surprising for us that so many people don't make a bigger crowd. Last year we did the med cruise aboard the Allure of the Seas so we knew what to expect. The all access tour we did on the last day we liked most. It was the highlight of the trip and totally worth the money. We enjoyed the bionicle bar very much, cool idea. The shows were great, Grease, the musical was amazing, but the Fine Line Show in the Aqua Theatre is unbelievable. We took two shore excursions: Valldemossa/Mallorca and Rome City Sights. Both were well organized and fine, but the Rome description said: not much walking, which was untrue and we felt sorry for the disabled. We are sad that next year non of the big RC ships are coming to Europe. We would have been guests again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
After cruising on Oasis in March and loving it we decided Harmony a must for us. Embarkation was easy and quick, we did online check in prior to boarding and were on the ship in no time at all. Knowing the layout of the ship made it ... Read More
After cruising on Oasis in March and loving it we decided Harmony a must for us. Embarkation was easy and quick, we did online check in prior to boarding and were on the ship in no time at all. Knowing the layout of the ship made it easier as we didn't spend so much time finding our bearings this time. First stop bionic bar, we had great fun here ordering and making up our own cocktails. We had lunch in Park cafe and enjoyed the lovely atmosphere of Central Park. Staterooms were ready not long after and we were pleasantly surprised with our room, it was certainly more spacious than our equivalent on Oasis, plenty storage as well. We pre booked shows but there were many changes/ cancellations which proved annoying...... the production of Grease was very good. We also pre booked dining times which ended up a disaster..... we never ate at our booked time slot on any of the evenings, we always had to queue and although we chose to dine as a couple it seemed the quickest way to get a table was to share. Guests who had not booked were often seated before the booked guests. This experience was the one thing which we found very disappointing about the cruise. Our favourite breakfasts......... Solarium & Johnny Rockets Service on board was good especially our room attendant, nothing was problem, nice and friendly. Love the big ships, Harmony has something for everyone and given the ship was full it never felt crowded. We didn't manage to do everything we'd hoped mainly as it was quite a busy port schedule and would have preferred more sea days to enjoy the ship. Guess we'll have to return! Must do .... Ultimate Abyss .... great fun We did self assist disembarkation and were off the ship in 15 mins... would definately do this again. We had a lovely surprise of champagne and strawberries delivered to our room on the first day but unfortunately don't know who it was from....even asked at Guest Realtions .... was it you RC!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I have been on 4 other cruises with all but one being on RCCL. I normally don't do reviews for my trips that due to all the negativity about the ship I thought it be necessary to give what I feel is a fair and realistic review of the ... Read More
I have been on 4 other cruises with all but one being on RCCL. I normally don't do reviews for my trips that due to all the negativity about the ship I thought it be necessary to give what I feel is a fair and realistic review of the ship and my experience. I have not cruise for over 10 years so my experiences and interpretations of various things maynot be accurate. Please understand that my review is from the perspective of a traveler who has normal expectations or a vacation. This review will be from the point of view of an every day individual who may only have been on a few cruises and it's not a lifetime cruiser. In regards to services area are I observations. In regards to General service and expectations for a cruise ship I found that the crew themselves seem to be friendly and more than happy to fulfill any needs that you have. But if you expect someone to come up every five minutes and offer you a drink or something that isn't going to happen and I believe is too much to expect on a ship of this size. The crew also seem to be generally happy and willing to help as compared to my previous three cruises with Royal Caribbean. I will agree that the quality of the food service is not as impressive as when I originally started cursing. This may be from simply that I am getting used to their food and it no longer got the wow factor.don't interpret that as saying that their food is horrible or is not enjoyable. I do have a couple of things I'd like to bring to attention those who may be disabled in regards to the ship. One exiting the gangway to go we sure can be difficult with the scooter as there is a gap between the gangway plank and the entry to the ship going to and from the shop I wish they could do something about that. The second thing is that if you are in a wheelchair or scooter you will have to wait longer for the elevator I will also very is that the variety a free beverages has changed. It is hey surprised that soda tea and most coffees were not provided free of charge as I've experienced in my past cruises. By no means is did it have a dramatic impact on my vacation. I did attend to specialty restaurants 154 Central Park and Wonderland. 154 Central Park was a more enjoyable experience only because it's food choices peeled on my palate. Wonderland on the other hand is a great experience though in regards to food choices it is more geared to those who like seafood . In regards to the cabin set up let me tell you that I am disabled so this review is it in respect to the handicapped accessible room which is significantly bigger than your traditional cabin cabin. I was very impressed with the way out of the room and the amount of space it allowed me especially in the bathroom which had a nice roll in shower. The betting was comfortable are cabin attendant did an excellent job. And that my expectations. The only negative I have about my cabinet is the fact that the entry door did not have a pushbutton entry on it which would be helpful for those in a wheelchair and scooter. Also as I traveled the hallways with the state rooms were at the metal separators between parts of the ship did become a bit of a hazard and more difficult to manuver and got in the way. I will have to say that harmony of the seas is not my first choice of ship only because I am an individual who doesn't like crowds but in regards to the level of traffic it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I don't know if this is because it was in the fall and instead of in the summertime when it will be more crowded and have more kids. I will see if you're in a wheelchair or scooter you will have to wait longer for a available elevator because of so many people on the ship it is difficult to get an elevator that has enough room for you to use your wheelchair and scooter. At times my friends and I had to wait as much as 10 minutes for an elevator. It would be great if royal Caribbean would designate couple of elevators for the elderly and those with disabilities and make them only Accessible by use of your seat see pass card. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We decided to book this cruise very well in advance (a year or so) to try the newest and biggest ship even though we are not fans of this size of ships. This was a Family cruise with a party of five, both of us (38 and 39) with around 16 ... Read More
We decided to book this cruise very well in advance (a year or so) to try the newest and biggest ship even though we are not fans of this size of ships. This was a Family cruise with a party of five, both of us (38 and 39) with around 16 cruises; and the in laws (51 and 65) and a teenager boy (17), for them their second cruise. for both of us this was more about the Ship than the ports of call and she did not dissapoint. In general I would say that we were really amazed and surprised by the ship, she is a true beauty in every aspect and also really really big, HUGE i would say. the art around the ship is really cool and give you sometimes the WAO factor, loved the comics style in the toilets around the ship. Embarkation: we did the online check in and uploaded the pictures in advance, once we arrived to the port terminal in less in our allocated time slot and in ten minutes we were on board. we did not get our Sea pass cards in the terminal but were informed they were going to be in the door of our stateroom in a sealed enveloped, this was great in the meantime we could use our SetSail documents to order things on board. it was not a problem. Once inside decided to go to Guest services (the only time there was not a queue during all the week) to buy the WOW bands. they work well but sometimes you still need the Card because you still have to take it out to give it to the waiter, they should implement that the waiters have a mobile device where they can read the band and card; however life is easier when you are spending your days at the pool and can leave the card in the stateroom. Cabin: we had a balcony D8 in deck 6, cabin 6584, perfect location in deck six, close to the elevators/lobby, easy access to the promenade and the spa/gym. this has to be one of the best designed cabins we have ever had, one of the most comfortables and spacious balcony cabins in RCCL, a lot of storage space, very well designed, big balcony, bathroom size OK. The balcony has perfect ocean views, the only thing I imagine could be a problem for some people (it was not for us) is that sometimes during the night you could hear a little of music from Boleros that is in deck five. Dining: Harmony provides you with so so many options to eat that would be impossible to try everything in seven days, we did our best and this is the result: - Windjammer Market Place a.k.a the main buffet: One of the best designed buffets in all RCCL, we ate there twice for lunch and the food was better than expected, no problem to find a table for two and service was around to order drinks. I imagine sometimes could be crowded but after all there six thousands passengers and 20 restaurants so the space is not designed to have all guests at the same time. a recommendation would be to be SMART when deciding where to eat and at what time. - The Solarium bistro: also a very nice option for lunch with a small buffet, not crowded at all. kind of a hidden gem. - Main dining room - The Grande: we had my time dining and when to the main restaurant just once for late dinner, food was average, service was average.but again is a question of preferences, the in laws loved it, for us it was OK. - Wonderland: a refreshing and interesting dining concept, we enjoyed the dinner and the surprises of the presentations. Service was great and the food was very good and weird. I would do it again... - 150 Central Park: maybe here we had some big expectations being this the most expensive restaurant on board, we were dissapointed and not because it was bad but because for the price (around 90 USD with wine pairing) you expect more than average. The food was OK but not worthy the price, the wine selection was also OK and the service was more like the main dining room than a specialty one. - Chops Grille: we are kind of fans of Chops in other smaller ships however here it was again a disappointment. Food was average, service was too fast and the design of the restaurant in Harmony makes it very noisy and loud, it was almost impossible to have a conversation because you couldn't´t hear a person through the table. I just can say that Chops in Harmony is not what it used to be some years ago in other ships. Again I would say is a question of personal taste, the in laws loved it.... - Jamie Oliver´s restaurant: Oh Boy where to start.... This was our favourite meal from all the cruise.... everything was on point and the food was extremely good. The service was amazing and the wine suggestions were on point. we just loved every minute of the meal and everything was tasty, yummy and gooooooooooooood. the atmosphere is also very cozy and familiar.... This is a MUST do more than once... - Sabor: we also had one dinner there for three of us and it was so gooooooooooooood and tasty and the service was excellent. The guacamole made table side is delicious... the tacos and quesadillas and small appetisers were enough to feed us in a sharing concept, it´s a must if you like this kind of food. The margaritas we tasted in the bar were also very good. - Park Cafe: this was our favourite place for breakfast, loved this small place. - Sorrentos: good pizzas for a snack during the day - Drinking package: we had our drinking package upgraded due to the changes implemented and for us it was worthy: specialty coffees, fresh juices, smoothies, wines, drinks, beer, and sodas... Entertainment: Spoiler free comments: it´s Amazing..... just book every single show: Grease, Columbus, 1897, The fine line, are a must see.... we missed the second aqua show and the iSkate due to schedule conflicts but again in seven days it´s not possible to experience all. The 90´s party and the celebration parade in the promenade were funny, the silent party was great....Waterslides and abyss.... you just have to try these.... I loved it. Service: in general I would say it was average taking into consideration most of the staff was close to finishing their contracts after the inaugural season. there is always the ones that make your cruise special but all the staff deserves gratitude and being treated good, after all they make our vacations, vacations...... Our stateroom attendant was great Ports of Call / Excursions: we didn´t get out of the ship in one week, do we regret it... NO way.... there is so much to do... and after all is enjoyable to have the pool deck almost empty sometimes to relax ;-P Disembarkation: easy breezy.... Would I sail in the Harmony or another Oasis class ship???.... YESSSSS... without any doubt but in the Caribbean... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 5th cruise, the first with Royal Caribbean. We boarded in Barcelona and had a day to explore the city before boarding. Be sure to check out the Magic Fountain of Montjic. It is amazing. When we boarded we were surprised how ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise, the first with Royal Caribbean. We boarded in Barcelona and had a day to explore the city before boarding. Be sure to check out the Magic Fountain of Montjic. It is amazing. When we boarded we were surprised how much the Promenade resembled a mall. I missed the champagne welcome of the other line we usually cruise with. The ship is beautiful and because it is new, everything is in excellent condition except for the wind torn panels in the Solarium. We saw Grease, 1887 A Journey in Time, The Fine Line, Columbus the Musical and a second ice skating show - all very well done and entertaining. The food in the MDR was quite good and our waiter was excellent. We did My Time Dining with reservations and never had to wait for a table. We did have problems finding seating for four in the clubs after dinner and in Sorrentos and the Café Promenade. There was a tour offered exploring the workings behind the dining rooms, however, I was disappointed to find out you had to go to a luncheon which cost $35.00 each to take the tour. We took a similar tour on another line at no extra cost. I wish they would enforce the dress code in the MDR. We saw people in shorts and t-shirts being served, even on the two formal nights leaving us feeling overdressed. They should also enforce the No Children under 16 policy in the Solarium because some parents either do not read or ignore the signs. We have never purchased beverage packages because they cost more than we normally spend on drinks and on this trip we would only be on board in the evenings. It may have paid off on this cruise. After taxes and gratuities are added to the cost of a drink, my $11 drink ended up costing close to $15. At dinner a wine and a beer added up to over $20. The Casino smelled terrible as half of it was open to smoking and permeated the non-smoking side as well. The ports of call were great and were the reason we booked this cruise. We had private tours for Florence/Pisa, Rome, Positano/Pompeii and this is the best way to go. The Cruise tours are overcrowded with no personal attention and almost as expensive. Plus a car can take you more places than a bus. Although we had fun on this cruise, I doubt if we will cruise another ship this size. We enjoy talking with and meeting new people but on this ship, once we did we never saw them again. Too many people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is our 3rd cruise with Royal Caribbean. Last year we cruised the Med on the Allure of the seas and loved it. Harmony is practically the same ship with a few extras like the water slides and the ultimate abyss which is the slide at the ... Read More
This is our 3rd cruise with Royal Caribbean. Last year we cruised the Med on the Allure of the seas and loved it. Harmony is practically the same ship with a few extras like the water slides and the ultimate abyss which is the slide at the back of the ship dropping you 10 decks. Great fun, and the robotic bar. Loved it. My wife and i had an interior room which was all we needed for the time we were in it. We dinned in the main dinning room in the evening and found the service and the food excellent. We purchased the drinks package which we found initially expensive but over the coarse of 7 days worth it. The entertainment was very good. The production of Grease to the ice show, the Fine Line and my personal favorite show Columbus was of a very high standard. The parades in the royal promenade in the evening were fun. The ship is amazing and as big and impressive as it is with 6000 guests it never feels crowded. We found the staff friendly, polite and chatty. We had breakfast in the Park cafe and lunch in the solarium bistro which were quieter than the windjammer which can be very busy, having to do a couple of circuits to get a table at peak times. We did 2 shore excursions to Pisa and Pompeii through Royal Caribbean booking the guided tour. Our guides were funny and informative. This class of ship has amazing facilities and entertainment for all ages. We have booked another cruise with Royal Caribbean in January from Dubai for my 50th birthday, then back on the Allure of the seas next year in the Caribbean.Cannot wait. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The ship was amazing, the staff was courteous and helpful. We had the 5 night specialty restaurant dinner package and it was wonderful. My favorite was chops grill, but I thoroughly enjoyed Wonderland Restaurant and Jamies Italian ... Read More
The ship was amazing, the staff was courteous and helpful. We had the 5 night specialty restaurant dinner package and it was wonderful. My favorite was chops grill, but I thoroughly enjoyed Wonderland Restaurant and Jamies Italian restaurant. Our ports were first Palma De Majorca where we went to see a flamenco show at Son Amar which we loved, and our second port was Provence Marseilles France we went on a scenic Marseille excursion, that one we did not like very much. There is a lot of poberty and people living under the bridges. They took us to a shopping mall which was very expensive, they even charged to use the restroom. Next port was Florence/Pisa Italy we went to Coast of Cinque terre & Portovenere excursion which was a beautiful coast by boat. Then the next day we went to Rome to Saint Peters square and Trevi fountain and the coloseum, that was the Imperial Rome Excursion that was quite an experience. Someone in our group got her wallet stolen at the Trevi fountain, you must make sure you have your coin in hand so you can make a wish before getting there as their are pickpockets everywhere in Europe especially in the tourist areas. The final port was Naples Italy we went to Sorrento and Amalfi Drive and what a drive that was, the views were breath taking and very much worth the scary drive up the mountain. We had a great time we saw and learned many new things. Thanks for reading my review from crusingwithmylove Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The most amazing ship...went on my own for the first time and it was ideal. Lots to do. Lots to eat and drink...Just fabulous. Room amazing. Staff incredible. Activities to die for. Ultimate Abyss and water slides so much fun. Cruise ... Read More
The most amazing ship...went on my own for the first time and it was ideal. Lots to do. Lots to eat and drink...Just fabulous. Room amazing. Staff incredible. Activities to die for. Ultimate Abyss and water slides so much fun. Cruise Director very sweet. The shows are incredible...Grease in particular. Silk dining room beautiful and lovely Nevil was my waiter and did a great job of looking after me as a solo diner. Central Park so tranquil. Bionic bar has to be seen to be believed. Great fun. Boot and Bonnet pub very nice. On Air bar great fun. Bingo...one number away from winning $500. Vitality Spa is amazing.T he treatments are wonderful albeit a bit expensive. The Spanish tax was very annoying too as I cant claim it back as an EU citizen. But in a nutshell I would definitely cruise again on Harmony of the Seas. Totally recommend it to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
First time on RCL - just went for the sake of being on worlds biggest ship. Great mix of international passengers & age groups. Itinerary was port intensive would prefer some extra time at sea to enjoy the ship. Seemed to be over ... Read More
First time on RCL - just went for the sake of being on worlds biggest ship. Great mix of international passengers & age groups. Itinerary was port intensive would prefer some extra time at sea to enjoy the ship. Seemed to be over staffed in the dining rooms and public areas rather than too many passengers. Loved the Solarium Spa areas but Too many loud PA announcements gave us head aches. Many of our pre booked shows were cancelled or times changed but not updated in our cruise calendar causing confusion especially with My Time dinner reservations. Very satisfied with our Superior Balcony Stateroom #12688 which was spacious, functional & brand spanking new. Cabin Stewardess was best ever experienced from over 30 cruises. Presentation of food was excellent but everything tasted like wet cardboard. Royal Theatre & Ice Skating Show performances were great but never got to see Aqua Theatre as it was cancelled, rescheduled and cancelled again. Loved Room Service continental breakfast in bed or on our balcony every morning. Favourite spot on the ship were the blue high chairs over looking the ships wake eitherside of The Abyss opposite Wipe Out Bar. A lucky win in the casino on last night paid the onboard account & more Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
For just a big ship I thought getting on and off in Barcelona was so easy. I have been on the Allure out of Ft Lauderdale and it took longer. We got on the ship by noon and the luggage were by our door when we got to the rooms at 1pm. ... Read More
For just a big ship I thought getting on and off in Barcelona was so easy. I have been on the Allure out of Ft Lauderdale and it took longer. We got on the ship by noon and the luggage were by our door when we got to the rooms at 1pm. For having so many on this ship you would never know. They were so organize for getting us to the excursions. We used the ship excursions but did our own in Rome. Pisa I could have done without. But the other ports were great. Our cabin was a balcony and couldn't believe it had so much storage for clothes. Our room attendant was alway on top of everything. I'm a Diamond and I couldn't believe how much free stuff there is for it now. We did early dining and thought it went great. The day we were in Rome we had asked if we could eat at 8:45 seating and they said it would be fine, but we got back in time to do 6:30pm. Our waiters were great. We did most of the entertainment on the ship and thought they were great. Since we weren't on the ship much we didn't do much of the activities. We were on it with two other couples and no kids. Yes I would do this again but I think there should be two sea days because of all the walking we did. We are in our 60's. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This cruise was our 16th - the 12th with RCI so straight away, you'll see that we are biased towards Royal Caribbean or 'loyal2royal' and whenever they launch a new class, we usually sail during the inaugural season. ... Read More
This cruise was our 16th - the 12th with RCI so straight away, you'll see that we are biased towards Royal Caribbean or 'loyal2royal' and whenever they launch a new class, we usually sail during the inaugural season. We're a couple with children in their twenties, who needless to say don't come on holiday with us any longer! We sailed from Barcelona and didn't stay before or after because we've done that on previous occasions. Embarkation was the best it's ever been. I'm not sure whether that's because we were relatively early at 12;30pm, but we didn't need to queue and were on the ship and in our stateroom - deck 7, room 270 - by 1pm. We'd booked a balcony stateroom, it wasn't the biggest but it was enough. It was decorated in blues/silvers/greys. The bathroom was the usual pod size and didn't look any different to any of the other RCI ships, but it was fine. One negative is that on all previous ships, inc all other RCI, P & O, Celebrity and Princess our TV has always had an abundant amount of British TV and a selection of movie channels. This time, you had to pay. My husband wasn't happy all he could get was CNN when previously we've had Sky News. The ship has a boutique feel (similar to the Britannia) and is, understandably very modern. Technology is everywhere, in the shape of ipads where you can sign in using your Seapass card and make reservations for the many restaurants or excursions and check your diary for booking clashes. It isn't new, this was on the Anthem last year but we could never get it to work then. We paid £132 for 3 x speciality restaurants and this was excellent value. We chose Jamie's Italian, Chops Grille and Wonderland. We also went to Johnny Rockett's, which has a cover charge (increased now from $5 to $6.95). All of them were exceptional but actually, we preferred Jamie's. Wonderland is fantastic for something a little bit different and Chops is great for steak. We only went to the dining room twice. It was fine and the service is great, but we've got a bit of a liking for the speciality restaurants and they'll probably always feature during our future cruises. The entertainment is absolutely fantastic and is one of the main reasons we enjoy cruising so much. Land based holidays can't compare with cruises in this respect. We watched a 90 minute, full length version of Grease, a 45 minute aqua show, an illusionist and two different ice shows. If you don't want to 'be entertained' then there are plenty of pubs you can go to. We don't usually bother with them unless it's between shows. Most evenings at 10:45 they have a Royal Promenade party with a theme and the dancer's get everyone to join in. On Friday night they had a 'Hush' party in the nightclub. Everybody gets a set of headphones and there are 2 different channels tuned in. You switch channels whenever you want and everybody dances in silence but it's great. I don't club now, apart from on holiday, maybe this is the thing, but I haven't seen it before and loved it. With regard to the ports, we visited 5 from Monday to Friday - I can't remember the order, but they were Marseille, La Spezia, Naples, Civitivecchia and Palma. We've been to them before apart from Marseille and I have to say I was impressed as I'd been expecting an industrial port but it was far better than that. We rarely book excursions on the ship preferring instead to do things under our own steam *** As we didn't even bother looking at the excursions because we knew where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do, I have marked this as 'excellent' because there isn't an option to say 'not applicable' and if we had done them, I'm sure they would be!! *** We booked Harmony because we like big ships, the smallest we've been on is the Navigator class. If anyone is thinking of dipping their toe in the water, we'd (a) recommend Royal Caribbean in a heartbeat because their attention to detail and service with a smile attitude is highly commendable, and (b) recommend this ship. It sails with about 6,500 passengers and was full the week we were on. Surely that many people can't be wrong? Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I had read a lot of the reviews before I actually sailed and was feeling quiet nervous about the ship due to the volume of negative reviews. I can understand the issues that were had the first couple of weeks but was worried with the ... Read More
I had read a lot of the reviews before I actually sailed and was feeling quiet nervous about the ship due to the volume of negative reviews. I can understand the issues that were had the first couple of weeks but was worried with the amount of continuous bad press. It’s about my 14th cruise but my first review. I decided to write this as I think a lot of the comments and ratings are a bit unfair. So I’ll try and make this a balanced review. The Good The Ship – the ship is amazing. The amount of facilities available on board is a credit to Royal Caribbean. In my view they are the most innovative at sea and is one of the reasons why we have sailed with them the most. The activities include two flow riders, zip line (I did this and enjoyed it), the Ultimate Abyss (a dry slide dropping 10 floors in the dark. It’s an adrenaline rush), 3 large water slides (again great fun), Escape the Rubicon (definitely recommend this if you like puzzles. It’s a one hour group game where you have to solve puzzles to get your space ship back on track!). The ship has different areas too such as Central Park which is like a little oasis in the middle of the ship. It was probably my favourite place and where a few of the restaurants were. The Boardwalk area has the carousel, Johnny Rockets, Arcade, Dog House The Stateroom – We got a family oceanview stateroom which I think is about 270 sq ft. There was plenty of room in it and was worth the extra money for the space. The Food – I thought the food in the windjammer was probably the best of any ship we have been on. We used dine early so didn’t face the long queues people complained about. They also have a section for live cooking which has different items every day. We spend 3 evenings in here too as its far more convenient with an 18 month old! I thought the overall layout was good two. They have it split into two areas both exactly the same but the people would be kept apart not like other ones. I feel a lot of the complaints about windjammer were over the top. Yes it gets busy at peak times but so does every hotel. Top Tip: If it’s too busy or you don’t like it go to the main dining room. They have it split to menu based ordering or a buffet set-up. We went to Jamie’s twice, Chops and 150 Central Park. We purchased the 4 night dining package online before the cruise and there is quiet a few $ to be saved doing this. We used eat at 6pm so there was never an issue getting what we wanted. As part of the package you can’t book your restaurants until on-board and one of them must be used on night 1 or 2. Top Tip: As soon as you arrive on-board make your bookings and you’ll get what you want. Jamie’s was fab, a more casual dining option and 150 Central Park was superb. It’s more upmarket. The 23oz rib eye for 2 is excellent. The Staff – Again, I read an awful lot of complaints about the staff but we found them nothing but friendly. Out stateroom attendant “Tut” was excellent and the waiting staff were always friendly to our baby and some would go out of their way to come over to her and say hello. Embarkation – this was quick in Barcelona, probably about 10 minutes. The online method is great. Aqua Theater- The only show I saw was in the aqua theater which is well worth a look. Running Track - Finally a proper walking/running track. This is the best I have seen at sea. It goes around the entire circumference of the ship on deck 5 and is one way. I think i'ts about .6km all around. No more avoiding people with drinks, or chairs etc. And it's also linked to the excellent gym on deck 6. The Bad The Size of the Ship – This ship is massive. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. Our stateroom was right at the front so we did a lot of walking. I don’t think they should build any bigger. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but I wouldn’t recommend this ship for people who are less able bodied. It also means that you are often further out in ports. The Cot – We ordered a cot for our stateroom before we sailed. When we arrived it wasn’t there so our baby had to sleep on a make shift bed on the floor. It didn’t arrive until that evening which was a bit annoying as we asked for it to be in our stateroom on arrival. It is also quiet small and it didn’t come with a mattress as per their website so it wasn’t that comfortable. Considering you have to pay for your child and they expect tips, I’d except better than this. Chops – Chops grill used to be my favourite but it didn’t live up to expectation this time around. My wife ordered a cookie dessert which we were expecting to be cookie in a skillet or something like that but it was actually 3 cookies on a plate. This is just lazy and not what you’d expect in a pay restaurant. But what annoyed me more was that when we asked for our bill our waiter pointed out that there was a section to leave more and on returning to us I could see him looking if we left an additional amount. There is already a surcharge on this restaurant and there is 18% gratuity on drinks so I wasn’t impressed with this. This was the first time this ever happened on a cruise. Embarkation Sales – As you arrive on-board there is people everywhere trying to sell things. Just leave us on the ship and take it all in rather than trying to avoid sales people. Costs – This is more a complaint about Royal Caribbean than the ship itself. We started cruising with RC nearly 10 years ago. The cruise fares I feel now are gone very expensive. On top of that their drink prices are crazy, $28 for two cocktails, $8 for a beer. It’s more expensive in Europe as they put 10% tax on the price and of course it still includes the 18% gratuity. The gratuities are now $13.5 and they even charge that for a baby. I just feel the costs are getting too high and will probably impact on who we cruise with in the future. In Marseille we were docked 7km from the town and the shuttle bus was $18 return. I mean come on, $9 each way for a bus ride. The Baby Adventure Ocean – this is the kids club. They have an open play area where you can go anytime with your child. There are then different rooms based on age category. We used the 6 – 36 months one. You can drop your child in there for $6 p/h before 6pm and $8 per hour after that (not $10 as per ship review). Some of the staff in there are great and definitely recommended to get some time for yourself. If you can bring your own cot, do so as the one provided is not good and its smaller than expected. If you can get a bigger room do as I would hate to have been in a normal size room with our little active one. We had oceanview which was great. I wouldn’t recommend a balcony cabin as if we did I can only imagine the whole time trying to stop her from trying to get out onto it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our 6th cruise but our first since having our daughter who had just turned 3 years. We hoped that a boat like HOTS would give us the cruise experience we wanted but would cater sufficient for her and we weren't disappointed. ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise but our first since having our daughter who had just turned 3 years. We hoped that a boat like HOTS would give us the cruise experience we wanted but would cater sufficient for her and we weren't disappointed. We flew and transferred under RC umbrella and it made embarkation so easy. We checked in at the airport with the reps then jumped on a bus to the boat where we walked straight on. Debarkation was equally well managed. Our cabin was an oceanview and one of the best cabins we've ever had. It wasn't the biggest but it was designed by someone who understands that people need drawers and places to put stuff. There was so much storage it felt a lot bigger. Immaculately clean. Having sailed with RC before we weren't excited about the windjammer but on HOTS it is outstanding. We never struggled for a table and the staff were active in helping with this. They brought complimentary drinks to the table and the food! The food was amazing. We even ate there twice in the evening. Unheard of on any other boat we've been on. We also ate in the main restaurant which was good and Jamie's Italian. However what is a currently underrated place is Sabor the Mexican restaurant and bar. The food was amazing and reasonably priced. (Tip: For a more relaxed breakfast head up to Mini Bites. They do cereal, fruit and the usual hot stuff like bacon and eggs etc and its empty and you're guaranteed a sea view!) As we had our 3 year old with us we spent a lot of time at the splash pool and this is great for little ones. Its always staffed as well which I was impressed with and they had swim vests available at the other pools. The vast majority of the staff were happy and gave great service. They were especially attentive to our daughter. There's so much to do on this boat its impossible to comment on everything but I will say 7 nights isn't enough to really experience everything. One aspect I was concerned about was the sea day following other reviews saying it was very busy. I'm not a fan as a general rule of this day however it was the best sea day we have ever spent. At no point did the boat feel crowded not did we have to queue for anything excessively. With HOTS RC has dropped some of the more annoying aspects of cruising. the announcements are minimal and there is no where near as much focus on shopping or upselling as on other boats. Without a shadow of a doubt we would sail again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Wow! This cruise did not disappoint! This was my first time in Europe, and first time taking a cruise. I have a feeling that my boyfriend and I will be disappointed by future cruises because this cruise was so amazing. From the service, to ... Read More
Wow! This cruise did not disappoint! This was my first time in Europe, and first time taking a cruise. I have a feeling that my boyfriend and I will be disappointed by future cruises because this cruise was so amazing. From the service, to the amenities on the ship, and the qualify of the rooms - we were blown away! Our room attendant was friendly and went out of his way to make us feel at home. The service in the main dining hall was efficient, and fast. We ate at two of the " specialty" restaurants, including Wonderland and Chops. Although the food and service at Chops was great, the experience of dining at Wonderland was out of this world- awesome! We did an excursion at each port every day of the cruise as well. I highly recommend the catamaran excursion in Palma de Mallorca. Swimming in the Mediterranean for the first time on our own private island was an experience that I will never forget. My only complaint is that the gym did smell like smoke. It's bizarre because the casino is on a completely different floor of the ship, but if Royal could make one adjustment- that would be it. Other than that, the cruise was outstanding and I would love to go again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Very well organized. both boarding and landing as well as during the stay, ( and I had a transfer between the airport and the ship) Very friendly cabin staff and efficient as well as the Solarium Bistro at where my mother 87 years ... Read More
Very well organized. both boarding and landing as well as during the stay, ( and I had a transfer between the airport and the ship) Very friendly cabin staff and efficient as well as the Solarium Bistro at where my mother 87 years rather take most meals to have a very warm atmosphere and all the staff was very friendly. The boat has several shows of entertainment and areas that meet the expectations both of the youngest and the areas where older people feel good also. I will strong recommend a cruise, at this ship to my friends who like to cruise every year because this is a new boat that i found very comfortable. I would like to repeat the experience of making a new cruise on this boat. It would be nice to cruise to another destination but with the same quality. In short an experience to repeat without question. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Ship: Being the largest cruise ship in the world, I was concerned with a sold out ship being a logistic nightmare. To my surprise, the ratio of staff to passengers and vast ship size alleviated any issues of the feeling of ... Read More
Ship: Being the largest cruise ship in the world, I was concerned with a sold out ship being a logistic nightmare. To my surprise, the ratio of staff to passengers and vast ship size alleviated any issues of the feeling of overcrowding. Tip: the running/walking track on Deck 5 is a VERY quiet getaway with a few deck chairs on the stern. Cabin: The inside cabin met our needs well with our cabin steward being exceptional. For a quiet cabin, we booked on Deck 9 toward the ship's bow. Dining: WindJammer (buffet) delivered a high quality and variety of selection. Finding an available table can be challenging at times, but not a showstopper. A well kept secret is breakfast at the Park Cafe where passengers slowly discovery this option towards the end of the cruise. Entertainment/Activities: Puzzle Break escape room and Abyss Slide is well worth the adventure. Both Ice Skating shows and Grease Broadway production were well executed. Columbus: The Musical starts off awkward, but picks up speed and ends strong. 2 shows not worth attending for adults: Magician headliner and the afternoon (day 6) Aqua performance. Ports and Shore excursions: For active adults, Harmony of the Seas cancelled or do not offer options: 1. Hiking Royal Path (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) shore excursion: Cancelled. 2. Marmore white water rafting (Civitavecchia, Italy) shore excursion: Cancelled. 3. Cinque Terre (La Spezia, Italy): not offered. Port Tips: 1. La Spezia, Italy: Cinque Terre is a must for hikers. After utilizing a free shuttle from the ship to the cruise terminal (aka Terminal Crociere di La Spezia), purchase your Cinque Terre Card for 16 Euros per person at the cruise terminal where they will provide you a free Cinque Terre train schedule and map. Walk 1 block north to the bus stop in front of the large round church Cattedrale di Cristo Re. Take the public bus 3 or S or L for free using your Cinque Terre Card. Travel for 15 minutes and exit at the La Spezia Centrale train station. After validating your Cinque Terre Card at the train station, travel 20 minutes NW to Monterosso al Mare and hike SE 75 minutes toward Vernazza and another 75 minutes to Corniglia. The trails to/from Manarola and Riomaggiore were closed as of Sept 2016 due to landslides. 2. Marseille, France: You will have 2 logical options to travel from the ship to the city center (5 miles): a. $18 per person round trip RCCL bus shuttle to/from the Old Port, b. Free shuttle bus to the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center. We opted to walk from the ship for 8 minutes along the green designated walkway pass the Seaman's Club/Security checkpoint to take the free white Les Terrasses du Port bus shuttle. Les Terrasses du Port shopping mall was great and only a 10 minute walk from Cathedrale La Major and an additional 5 minutes to the Old Port. 3. Palma de Mallorca, Spain: From the ship, walk 6 minutes on the designated walkway to just outside the port to the city bus stop across the street from the Museo Historico Militar de San Carlos. Take Bus #1 for 1.50 Euros per person to any stop along the waters edge with the Catedral de Mallorca being a primary must-see. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The embarkaton process on and off the boat was quick and painless at Barcelona (pick terminal C lot less crowded) - carry your luggage off the boat it is a lot easier. RC made the shuttle/ check in process at the Barcelona airport very ... Read More
The embarkaton process on and off the boat was quick and painless at Barcelona (pick terminal C lot less crowded) - carry your luggage off the boat it is a lot easier. RC made the shuttle/ check in process at the Barcelona airport very easy thus taking your luggage at the airport, essentially checking in with RC rep and on the ship in about 1.5 hours. The megaship was city like from the outside and stunning from every vantage point. Never did I feel too crowded with a little common sense and planning. Don't do the Windjammer for lunch the first day or beat the crowd, Windjammer for breakfast from 7:30 AM to 9:00 tends to be crowded. The Park Cafe was a good option for a quick breakfast dining in an outdoor setting and one floor down from our cabin enroute to a shore excursion. RC seemingly has gone to anytime dining for the Main Dining Room, again watch the crowds 06:00 to 7:45 seemed to less crowded and while we were finishing eating at 09:00 PM the waiting lines were long. We signed up for a combo pack for 3 specialty restaurants and they threw in a champayne brunch - in order of the best dining experience 150 Central Park, Chops Grille and Jamie's Italian (tied with Chops). You must use one specialty dining restaurant on night 1 or 2. Main dining room was also excellent, but there is not that rapport with wait staff or commensuate tips or recognition. The entairtainment was top notch with Grease, Skating show, Aqua show, pub singer and adult karoke. I only used one shore excursion from RC and we had a great time on the Cinque de Terre coast but the boat ride was overbooked with seniors not even having a valid seat and although not RC's fault rude behaviour of passengers wanting to be the first off and on the boat (RC used the same boat for multiple tours - simply not acceptable). I used private companies for other shore excursions that more expensive and at the most 6 people. I believe Harmony of the Seas deserves about an 80% approval rating based on the cruising and research that I have done, personally I don't think the ship was ready for the first couple of weeks out of South Hampton and the rating has suffered. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
have been wanting to do this for a long time, it was way better than our expectations, will be going again. Its hard to imagine you are on a ship, everything was excellent, all the staff are very courteous and helpful, training must be a ... Read More
have been wanting to do this for a long time, it was way better than our expectations, will be going again. Its hard to imagine you are on a ship, everything was excellent, all the staff are very courteous and helpful, training must be a big thing with this company, we have never been treated so well, the word no does not exist as soon as you get on board. Our cabin was lovely, cleaned twice a day, hygiene is a big thing on board , everything is regularly sanitized, Quality of food throughout the ship was top rate, recommend the main dinning room for evening meal , good opportunity to dress up, and be treated like royalty. Would recommend buying the full package including gratuity's, drinks. The standard of entertainment on board is as good as the west end or Broadway, you will never be bored. Being a first timer we went on trips every day the ship docked, this was a bit exhausting, would recommend selecting just a few places to visit, don't try fit it all in in one trip. I have to give a special mention to the staff in main dining, the make the whole experience special. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have chosen the Harmony because she is brandnew and huge......That was a mistake! We never had the impression to be on a ship but more in a big shopping mall and on deck Disneyland! The whole ,of my life, I have been working at ... Read More
We have chosen the Harmony because she is brandnew and huge......That was a mistake! We never had the impression to be on a ship but more in a big shopping mall and on deck Disneyland! The whole ,of my life, I have been working at sea and I have never seen a vessel where the lifejackets are NOT in the cabin. My stateroom was on deck 12 and in case of emergency I should go to deck 5 (Royal Theatre) were the lifejackets would be distributed.....Afterwards, someone of the crew would bring us to the lifeboats....To my opinion, that is absurd! In case of listing ship or smoke inside (or fire in the Royal Theatre!!) .....what would be the result? The messages in german or French, on the general call, were terribly bad....On a ship with 6000 guests, yhe least thing you can expect is someone with enough knowledge of this languages.....especially in european waters! Sometimes, very long waiting times at the elevators and the same problem as on other vessels : not enough room in the Windjammer Restaurant. In the room, the safety box is so small that it even can not take a decent camera lens or a laptop. The good things of the vessel : very good food (how do they do it with so many people on board ?), comfortable beds and quiet a big shower.....The shows on board were very nice as well. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
There were 8 of us (4 couples) and having booked 18 months ago, the excitement level was at an all time high by the time we boarded at Civitavecchia. First impressions were that the ship was totally amazing, and was overflowing with WOW ... Read More
There were 8 of us (4 couples) and having booked 18 months ago, the excitement level was at an all time high by the time we boarded at Civitavecchia. First impressions were that the ship was totally amazing, and was overflowing with WOW factors. The boarding process at Civitavecchia was a piece of cake, although there were far fewer boarding here than at Barcelona. We headed for lunch in the Windjammer, which was as good as we expected it to be for a large buffet restaurant. (Next day had the beef sandwich at Central Park cafe and ...... superb). Cabins were great and the cabin attendant opened the dividers giving us a 4 cabin long balcony. My case went under the bed, with some clothes in it, although we had enough wardrobe space. Now to the good points ( and there were many): Every member of staff that we came into contact with was friendly, polite and helpful. Cabin attendant (Tanoe) had a permanent smile and helped by decorating the cabin for one of our party's birthday. Our table staff in Silk (Rigor & Olena) were a credit to RCI and did everything they could to make our evening meals enjoyable. I would choose them again in an instant. Bar staff were also friendly and efficient. The food was very good, Prime rib and Filet Mignon being especially good. Loved the Water slides, Abyss, and zip line. Escape the Rubicon was great fun but not easy and we ran out of time on the last section. The shows were all good, especially the 1887 Ice Show. Having done most of the ports before we stayed on board most of the time so there was no feeling of being overcrowded. But even on the sea day it was never too busy. Not so good things. Royal IQ was a little disappointing as there were quite a few places where there wasn't a signal. The idea of royal IQ is a good one but it should work everywhere. Crown and Anchor promised me OBC for each new (1st time) booking that I introduced. I introduced 3 new bookings but the OBC never materialised. When I checked with Customer Relations the answer was that the offer couldn't be in addition to any other offer. Given that there is always some other "offer" happening, then that means I'd never get it. I reckon I kept my side of the bargain and RCI should have kept their side. All in all a totally enjoyable cruise, and would we do it again .............Yes. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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