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9 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

9 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Harmony of the Seas
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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Nassau
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    St. Thomas
  • Day 6
    St. Maarten
  • Day 7
    San Juan
  • Day 8
    Labadee
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

One of the largest cruise ships in the world offers plenty of choice

Cons

Can feel crowded and busy, despite clever design to combat congestion

Bottom Line

Fantastic ship for families and those looking for great entertainment and activities


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy so many people on a ship, and that did not really bother me. What i didn't care for is how Royal Caribbean addresses it. You need to plan, plan, plan and reserve, reserve, reserve meals and shows in advance ... Read More
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy so many people on a ship, and that did not really bother me. What i didn't care for is how Royal Caribbean addresses it. You need to plan, plan, plan and reserve, reserve, reserve meals and shows in advance on their horrific online system. You don't have information to work with at the time such as which nights are formal nights and other events on the calendar when making these reservations. I felt the food on the Harmony in the Windjammer and dining room was the most mediocre I have had on a Royal Caribbean ship. Having to pay extra for specialty dining to get good food seems ridiculous, but also everyone's opinion will vary. Making reservations for dining on the boat proved to be very limited availability. We found Johnny Rockets and Sobor to be big disappointments, but Wonderland to be a must do experience. The addition of Central Park and Boardwalk was a pleasant addition, as we loved evenings in Central Park. The pool configurations for adults traveling without children was also disappointing. There is no pool in the Solarium for adults only, and the small pool for adults only is lumped together with the other 3 main pools. This boat design allows for very little shaded spots for relaxing by the pool that isn't next to the "smoking section" set right next to the pool. So much of the boat provides little or no view of the ocean, which was a disappointment compared with out last 5 RC cruises. If you are an activity junkie, than this ship is for you. Lots of different activities and areas to do things. The Fine Line Aqua show was amazing, one of the most entertaining and interestingly different shows I have ever seen. Mo5aic was the headliner and we thoroughly enjoyed it as well. The comedians were very funny in both the adults only show and family friendly show. We had a ocean view balcony, and felt it was one of the roomiest and well laid out cabins we have ever had, and we have always had at least an OC balcony. Embarkation with most information done in advance and your cards waiting for you in your room was smooth and quick. There was a little delay, but rooms were ready by 1pm. We sailed off the ship, using the express service for $25 per bag that sends you luggage directly to the airline. You have to have a flight that leaves no earlier than 11:30am to use this service. All of our previous trips have been with our children traveling with us from the time they were 8 and 6 until late teens, so this is the first adult only cruise. I might be inclined to investigate options for more adult only cruise lines in the future. We love the fun, activities, sports, etc., but having all of the hot tubs crowded with unattended children was a big turn off. It left the Solarium hot tubs cheek to cheek full the entire cruise. Definitely get the WOW band to not have to keep up with you seapass card, especially for drink packages. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We just wanted to get away and enjoy the gorgeous weather. We love sailing with Royal. We found the food in the main dining room at night to not be the same as other royal ships we have sailed on. For formal night, normally we have surf ... Read More
We just wanted to get away and enjoy the gorgeous weather. We love sailing with Royal. We found the food in the main dining room at night to not be the same as other royal ships we have sailed on. For formal night, normally we have surf and turf, on the Harmony it's either steak or lobster (and the tails are very very small). It just didn't seem as special on those nights. We like many others shopped, Jamaica has many deals and they really work with you on pricing and getting you what you want. Cozumel, ugh, the grovelling and begging you to shop with them get so old. Like our port shopping guide said, just say "no Gracias" and keep walking but after hours of having to say that you just really get turned off from the begging. The ship is amazing, and has so much to do on it. We usually love the water show, on this trip we weren't too fond of the water show, just seemed to not have a story line just tons of water being splashed all over everyone. The customer service crew, the port shopping guide (erin: and if you ever get on a ship she's the port shopping guide, she's amazing!), the managers in the main dining room, and omg you must try Jamie's Italian on this ship (this was the most amazing food and service we have ever had, and yes they have a steak on the menu with these to die for garlic fries............tiramisu, homemade pasta with bologesne.........the list goes on and on.......it's a definite you must try!). We weren't too crazy about the stale buns at the "the dog house", so that's not something we would try again. Johnny rockets hamburgers were amazing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
ARRIVAL: Spent the night before in Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at the Hotel Morrison in Dania Beach. Modern, clean, great value and close to Port Everglades. Ate at the Portly Pig which was a local fun establishment with great portabella ... Read More
ARRIVAL: Spent the night before in Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at the Hotel Morrison in Dania Beach. Modern, clean, great value and close to Port Everglades. Ate at the Portly Pig which was a local fun establishment with great portabella sandwiches and craft beers. Took a Lyft to the port Sunday morning (far less expensive than taxi or hotel shuttle) and we were on board by 12:00, smooth and fast embarkation. SHIP: We had sailed several times on Oasis, so used to this class of ship. Impressive, beautiful, we always enjoy the art and this one didn't disappoint. Very impressed with many of the large art installations and found the buddah and shiva statues in Silk impressive. Lots of attention to detail. Bionic Bar was a lot of fun to watch. Crowded the first day but after that so manageable. Elevators busy only after a large show and they were very fast. Kept the ship spotless. Not big drinkers and after getting one drink at the pool for $14.95 I took advantage of the mimosa $2.00 sale at the casino during sailing days. Also they gave free mimosas on the last day while waiting for breakfast in the dining room. We got the zoom streaming which was great. We did have one day where the reception was iffy and my husband contacted them and they gave us a refund. DINING: We are vegetarians (ovo/pescatarians eat fish and eggs) so we did not do any of the specialty dining because there was not a lot for us to eat in a Chops for example. We ate most of our breakfast in the Solarium Bistro which I love. It is quiet, healthy fare and not too many people. We ate lunch there often and also this trip tried it for dinner. At breakfast ask for lox, they keep it in the kitchen. Dinner there is romantic, quiet and they have a huge assortment of appetizers such as mussels, ceviche and calimari. The menu trends towards Meditteranean. Dinner in the dining room was fun and the food was fine. Not spectacular but the service more than made up for it. We did Any Time Dining and always asked to share a table and me interesting people. Tried the Windjammer for two lunches the days we were in port and stayed on ship. Like the international flavor and felt the options were extensive and good. ENTERTAINMENT: The director was Michele and I was thoroughly empressed with him and the quality of the entertainment. By far this is the best entertainment I have experienced on board ANY ship. Very edgy and the art direction and costuming were phenomenal. The Fine Line: Fantastic, cool, graphics synchronized to the music and action was great. Far more than a diving water show. Also took in Hideway Heist toward the end of the cruise which was kitchy...both great. 1887 was pretty out there for an ice show, but cool. Great projection showed the ice changing to water and back to ice again. Alot more plot and content than most ice shows and great costumes. Also watched the free-form skating show the last few days which was excellent. Far more orchestrated than advertised and preferred the second i-Skate to the 1887. Comedians were hilarious, took in the adult show as well as the last night family friendly show. Columbus show was wacky and fast paced, enjoyed the romp and the ship onstage was amazing. Grease was well done, great leads and the Orchestra was amazing. We had seen them at Jazz on Four the night before and got to see how talented they were. SERVICE: Prior to going I had read a lot of reviews saying the onboard staff were phoning it in. Did not find that at all, in fact quite the opposite. Everyone was lovely, seemed genuinely interested in us and our trip and went out of their way to be of service. It makes me think that you get what you give. I did see some rude people who were horrible to the staff, always complaining about something. After we were on our excursion in Jamaica (keep reading) it put lots of things into perspective. EXCURSIONS: We had been to Labadee and Cozumel several times so we opted to stay on the ship and enjoy pool time without all the people. The first night of our cruise we met a couple who had been on an entire "Give Back" cruise and they were talking about how great it was to do something for others. They told us about the Volunteer Excursion available in Jamaica so we signed up. There were 13 people in our group and we rode in a bus from Falmouth to Montego Bay. Started at a halfway house where residents can stay for 6 months to get their lives together. The entire place held about 25 residents and was totally self-sustaining. They raised chickens, sold eggs, grew their own food and made crafts to sell. While there we collected eggs and tilled their garden. We also noticed they were in need of a new washer and we collected money to use towards that. Next we went to the heart of downtown Montego Bay which was teaming with people and traffic. We visited a wonderful mission that provided showers and toilitries to the people as well as three meals a day. We were there at lunchtime and helped in the kitchen and served people both inside and out. It was incredibly moving to see the work this group is doing and the people of Jamaica. After seeing people with no shoes and basically living on the street, coming back to the cruise ship and all the oppulence had new meaning. It was so rewarding and I felt good knowing that both of these chairities were getting some of our excursion fees. Our driver Mr. Robinson was a delight and in the future I will look for more volunteer excursions before deciding on a ship. Overall we had a fabulous time and I highly recommend Harmony of the Seas. We took advantage of everything we could...really enjoyed the many parades on the promenade-great costumes and energy. A few suggestions which I will share with Royal Caribbean: Solarium should be no kids at all times. I didn't see any during the day, but people brought them to dinner and it was disruptive. Sorry, I have raised my kids and would prefer dinner that is quiet. Don't fall for the mobile passport app, customs wanted to see the real deal. Zoom was fantastic and allowed us to stay connected via facetime both on ship and with kids back home. Read Less
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