7 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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 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
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
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
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
This was an agent appreciation cruise. it was amazing. only half capacity so a great opportunity to see everything and not wait in long lines. The service and food was amazing and a great experience for me as it was my first oasis ... Read More
This was an agent appreciation cruise. it was amazing. only half capacity so a great opportunity to see everything and not wait in long lines. The service and food was amazing and a great experience for me as it was my first oasis class ship to sail on. we just sailed the MED and no port stops so i cant comment on shore excusrions. Barcelona is an amazing city to stay before you sail from there. I am sailing on Symphony this October from Rome to Barcelona. I cant get enough of this magical city. People say that oasis class is too big. i never once felt over crowded and the adult pool area is to die for. we saw Grease onboard and it was fabulous. I hope that symphony meets all my expectations, 3 days of exploring eating and drinking with only 1 port day in Capri. Happy Cruising 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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