4 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Mediterranean

I have been on the Independence of the Seas and the Voyager of the Seas and was keen to try the new biggest cruise ship in the world. The boat is awesome, you can't help but be wowed by it. Everywhere so clean and new. Very ... Read More
I have been on the Independence of the Seas and the Voyager of the Seas and was keen to try the new biggest cruise ship in the world. The boat is awesome, you can't help but be wowed by it. Everywhere so clean and new. Very impressed with our cabin and all the public areas on the boat. We chose to get off at 3 of the 5 ports because we wanted to experience the boat when it was quieter. The shows are great as well. Overall it was a fab holiday with a few niggles which have stopped me rating it 5 out of 5. The cabin attendant and all the waiting staff are very helpful and friendly, especially Dennis a head waiter in the Windjammer from Grenada. However, my daughter and her fiancee were overcharged for their drinks packages and had to go to guest services 5 times to sort. On one occasion they were actually laughed at! All 6 of us were accused of stealing the plastic refillable mugs which were free on our deluxe package. I was so impressed with mine that I left it behind. There is a very hard sell on photo packages too. I bought a guess handbag in the shop for $122 and was then upset to learn there was a handbag sale the next night. I needn't have worried, because despite it being a 50% off sale, the same handbag was $189...work that one out ladies! The food was good. I avoided the Windjammer though as always crowded and felt more like a canteen. We used the Solarium Bistro which was a better dining experience and ambience. Only ate in one payable restaurant, The Sabor which was well worth it. I would go back on the boat when it heads for the Caribbean if some of the teething problems are sorted because overall we had a fab holiday Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I sailed very enjoyed my trip with Royal Caribbean on 11/8/2016 from Rome But my observation is the number of reception staff are very few and many passengers must wait for a time more than an hour The quality of the seats sixteen ... Read More
I sailed very enjoyed my trip with Royal Caribbean on 11/8/2016 from Rome But my observation is the number of reception staff are very few and many passengers must wait for a time more than an hour The quality of the seats sixteen floor next to the swimming pool are not commensurate with the elderly, especially the yen just sit outdoors and not into swimming pool Very few places smoking and the number of passengers is too much There are many places the ship can be used for smoking Why should I sit by the pool and noise smoking There are a lot of doors are not suitable for wheelchair The suffering of using a wheelchair I am a fan of Royal Caribbean, but I did not like this experience I am a Muslim and do not eat pork and in the restaurant there are foods with pork When asked Employee Is this pork meat in Some foods Some of the staff say there is not and some of the staff say there is I do not know what is the right Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My wife and I chose this cruise to experience a brand new ship. We always cruise on Royal Caribbean as their style fits well with our action and fitness couple tastes. We fortunately selected a July 28, 2016 sailing and avoided the ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to experience a brand new ship. We always cruise on Royal Caribbean as their style fits well with our action and fitness couple tastes. We fortunately selected a July 28, 2016 sailing and avoided the incomplete construction issues experienced by passengers on the maiden voyage in May 2016 and up to about 35 days after. In our case everything was complete. Beware of maiden voyages, let them work out the kinks before you purchase a ticket! Yep, its the biggest ship on the seas with over 6,400 passengers!. The ocean were very calm and we did not think we were on a ship (even while arriving and departing from ports!). Royal Caribbean effectively managed the crowds by breaking it up by interest groups. Some migrated to the Boardwalk, others to Central Park, others to the Promenade and so forth. The shows and activity schedules are also designed to break up the crowd (although there was too much show repetition). The jazz musicians were great. Well done for RC as we could find sparsely populated areas when we wanted some privacy, particularly in Central Park and in the Solarium. The kids and youths also had their areas as in other RC ships. The headline shows seemed to be heavily lip synced and the music was recorded (cost cutting?). The ships interior design is minimalist which I think is an error. RC is known for affordable luxury and the minimalist concept (which I know is in vogue) was criticized by many passengers (more cost cutting?) . The effect was that few wore their formal attire on the formal nights and the ship photographers resembled the Maytag repairman from lack of work. The Promenade resembles an upscale shopping mall. Now this is a Baby Boomer's point of view after many RC cruises. The Gen X, Y and Z may think minimalist design is fine (as confirmed by my son!)....The break dancers sculpture on the Promedade gives it away as to who RC is courting!... The food was not to the same level of quality and variety as other RC ships. RC now thinks that Room service "tipping" is obligatory...hmmm... The rooms are spacious and the Virtual Balcony is cool. The walls are not properly sound proofed and we could easily hear next door conversations. The room entrance doors are side by side and this is a design flaw. Anyone knocking on the neighbors' door sounds like your door! And it is very annoying when the neighbor slams their door. The bathroom entrance has a step and it is a matter of time before someone trips and falls against the glass shower door. Something is wrong with the air conditioning vents as cigarette smoke is vented from the Casino into the Fitness Center of all places!...I mean nasty!....The dedicated jogging track is great. The Fine Line aquatic show is absolutely fabulous. Most of the performers have security harnesses but the high divers better have good life insurance. The ships build quality and materials is below other RC ships attention to fine detail. Several employees mentioned they wanted to return to their prior ships. Can anyone advise on how to maintain crease free shirts and pants if irons are not allowed? Well, I use the age old hot water vapor in the bathroom but it wastes water.... When will wi-fi be included? Ciao! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Just returned from week on the Harmony of the Seas. My husband, two teenagers (18 & 15) have cruised many times before and had realistic expectations. Generally speaking, our expectations were either met or were exceeded. Here ... Read More
Just returned from week on the Harmony of the Seas. My husband, two teenagers (18 & 15) have cruised many times before and had realistic expectations. Generally speaking, our expectations were either met or were exceeded. Here is recap of what we LOVED, LIKED, and DISLIKED: LOVED -Ship is brand new and couldn't be cleaner or nicer. -Our balcony room on 9th deck, AFT, was roomy and well appointed. Kids inside room across the hall was fine for them as well. -Use of technology to improve efficiency is a big plus. Passengers can do more for themselves. -Embarkation couldn't have been easier or quicker. -Grease and Aqua show are outstanding. -Overall, staff is quite friendly. They consistently said hello and offered assistance. Small issue with our air conditioning was addressed and resolved quickly. -Itinerary was AWESOME!!! LOVED leaving from Barcelona. Spent 3 days there beforehand. -WIFI was a plus, although did create some family arguing throughout the week as we were sharing two passwords. -RC has figured out how to manage 5500 passengers. Aside from pool day (see DISLIKE below), it NEVER felt crowded. They have really nailed getting folks on/off the ship all week. -Rubicon puzzle room was so much fun. We really enjoyed it. -Pianist/vocalist at Schooner's Bar was terrific. We spent a few hours there throughout the week playing cards with our kids. Overlooks promenade, which is nice. Disembarkation was a breeze. We walked off with our luggage at 6:45 am, jumped into a taxi (no wait - 39 Euro), and at the airport by 7:15 am. LIKED -Food in the main dining room and windjammer were just OK...both selection and taste. We did not do specialty dining...preferred to spend money on tours. Waitstaff was very nice though. -Lots of folks from varying countries, which is great. Just less opportunity to develop friendships. (ie not a lot of social interaction in an elevator or at the pool) -Lots to do on Sports Deck....liked that ping pong had glass walls around it...ball didn't blow. Didn't love mini golf balls...they're made of foam...not easy to putt. -Always easy to grab an elevator as needed. Seems like a few less activities. Many involve RC trying to see something (art, Bingo, RC clothing). Would like more games, trivia, etc... -Booking entertainment is helpful, although they changed many times which had me scrambling a bit to reschedule. -They did not require reserving of beach towels with sea pass card. While nice, did create an issue in that there were lots of seats being reserved with a towel, and no one coming back to claim. -SPA looks lovely and they were quite friendly, but still trying to push services and products. Couldn't help but wonder how many people overspend based on this "expert" advice. DISLIKED -Pool day on Saturday wasn't great. Would really benefit from adding a pool attendant. Waaay too much chair saving, and lots of folks wandering looking for a place to sit. Also, too many kids and adults in the pool at the same time. We ended up in Solarium, which was nice, but lots of folks brought crying kids in there too. Definitely need an adults only pool. Lines at all water activities were quite long when they were open. -Music soundtrack very odd at the pool and not enough live music. -Casino waaay too smoky. -VAT - 2 Pina Coladas at the pool cost $28. (not kidding!) -Guest services line was at least a 15-30 minute wait all week. -Would like to see RC offer more help re: ports. They tend to push their own excursions or shopping with their retail partners, and refrain from answering simple questions such as distance to train, cost of taxi. -Photos have gotten waaay too expensive $19.99 each. We didn't buy any. -Didn't think comedian was funny at all. 60's Beatles boy band Zoots didn't seem to fit this itinerary/ship - would have preferred something more family friendly. -Lack of bars of soap and shampoo in the shower Read Less
Sail Date July 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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