23 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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
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
An absolutely wonderful way to tour the western med with kids! The rooms were lovely, the activities were plentiful, the excursions were educational and family friendly. We went on a completely full sailing, and never found ourselves ... Read More
An absolutely wonderful way to tour the western med with kids! The rooms were lovely, the activities were plentiful, the excursions were educational and family friendly. We went on a completely full sailing, and never found ourselves waiting in line for anything that we wanted or needed. Used the Flowrider, zip line and water slides - all with little or no wait. Plenty of space to swim in the pools. Ultimate Abyss was very fun and kept us coming back for more! Bionic Bar was fun and cute. Japanese restaurant was absolutely delicious and very memorable. Same for Wonderland. We were on deck 8, near Central Park. It was a beautiful spot. We had breakfast every morning at the Central Park cafe and it was never crowded. Wifi was outstanding! Our tough-to-please teen never complained about the speed! And we streamed Netflix with no lag or buffering. We will be sailing this ship again soon! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Before cruising on Harmony of the Seas I had cruised on Liberty of the Seas with my family, the ship was amazing so I had very high expectations. I think it's fair to say that all my expectations were met and this has been one of the ... Read More
Before cruising on Harmony of the Seas I had cruised on Liberty of the Seas with my family, the ship was amazing so I had very high expectations. I think it's fair to say that all my expectations were met and this has been one of the best things I've ever experienced. We decided not to explore our departure city and to go straight onto the cruise as the ship was so large, therefore we needed time to look around and get a general idea of where things are. The process of embarkation and disembarkation generally went quite smoothly. Our first excursion was to Marseilles and the embarkation/disembarkation was brilliant however on our second excursion in Portovenere it was a little more complicated but still, it was okay. The only issue was that the boat hadn't arrived to take us on the trip and so that's nothing to do with the cruise. The ship is full of atmosphere with plenty to see and do. Everything was organised, clean and sanitary as well as being fun. The one thing that people need to be aware of is that the ship can become crowded however this only happens in the evening and on the final day at sea (because everyone's on board). The cabins that my family stayed in suited us very well, it was clean and pleasing. The dining experience on board is amazing, there's so much to choose from and everything tastes great. There are many different restaurants meaning there's something for everyone; please note that you have to pay extra for some. During our stay we dined at American Icon, Windjammer marketplace, Park Cafe and Sorrentos. There was never a dull moment on board as there was constant entertainment everyday with our personal favourites being the 18+ Karaoke and the Boardwalk Fiesta. If there is anything that they could improve on then I think that during the day they need slightly more for adults. The service was generally okay however there were a few complications when upgrading the drinks package but it got sorted in the end. Absolutely recommend it to anyone, I think that if you're travelling in a large group of all ages then you wont be dissapointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
A family holiday for 9 ages ranging from 13 to 74. This was our second cruise the first being on Liberty of the seas 2 years ago. Expectations were high as we had an amazing trip then and Liberty is so beautiful. I was slightly concerned ... Read More
A family holiday for 9 ages ranging from 13 to 74. This was our second cruise the first being on Liberty of the seas 2 years ago. Expectations were high as we had an amazing trip then and Liberty is so beautiful. I was slightly concerned about the negative comments before hand and hoped that the negatives were due to the rather large teething problems at the beginning. I understand that holidaying in a building site is never good. We had about a 20 minute wait at the airport for our travel documents to be checked by Royal Caribbean staff. This would have been so much quicker if people had read the website and had completed their information online before travelling. Having said that if you had booked through Thomson as we did and thought they had done the paperwork, you could have been left high and dry at the airport. Luckily we had uploaded our own photos and had printed out all our documents because we knew we had done this before.The worst part of this wait was that there was little to no air conditioning in the holding area. After this the coach swiftly took us to the port . It took about 10 mins from the coach parking to standing on the ship. Harmony is truly an incredible feat of engineering. We entered on to the boardwalk which was busy but did not feel crowded. It was spotlessly clean, and we found that all areas of the ship to be so as well. Alcohol gel dispensers were in abundance shame not everyone uses them ! There were also hand basins at the Windjammer which staff directed you to. Food. About 12.30 on our first day,we headed up to the windjammer for a bite to eat. I was dreading this as other reviews had inferred it was a cattle market and the food was of poor quality. In fact I found the choices and quality of food to be good. Lets face it we are looking at a buffet restaurant catering for the masses, not a michelin starred one. We even managed to get a table to seat all 9 of us. We ate there most lunchtimes. The first morning we couldn't find a table for 9 in the Windjammer, so instead of bleating about it we did the obvious thing and went to another restaurant. We went to the park cafe where we all had breakfast bagels. Not our usual type of breakfast but enjoyable. There were also fruit pots and yoghurt available too. In the evening we had traditional dining so were seated in the American Icon Grill. During the course of the week I think we all ate something new each night. For those first time cruisers there is a daily menu The food on the right side of the menu is the same each night and the daily options are on the left. The food was hot, well presented and of good - excellent quality. Our waitress and drinks waiter could not do enough for us. I think that how you treat someone reflects on how they treat you. I always treat people in the manner I would like to be treated. In Sorrento's pizzeria the children made their own pizzas which were superb. The grab and go slices were also good. The self serve ice cream areas on the deck never seemed to run out. The chocolate / vanilla swirl was my favourite. The staff looking after this area had a full time job keeping it tidy and stocked up which they never failed to do. We did splash out one night and went to Wonderland. It was amazing. Go if you can. Drinks. We were lucky and had drinks packages included in our holiday. I have read some reviews were individuals whinge that drinks are costly. If they researched their holiday better they would have been aware that there is a tax on drinks because you leave port and that gratuities are added to each drink. The first time we cruised we paid for the drinks package and I still feel it is worth the money.. Incase anyone is wondering I am not an alcoholic but I did enjoy 2 - 3 cocktails per day. The only annoyance was the soda machine which seemed to keep running out, We tend to drink cola as our main soda which was available at the bars, so we did that rather than use the machines. There was always plenty of squashes in the restaurants. There were also deck butlers who would fetch you drinks if you wished but we tended to fetch our own from the bars. It does seem lazy to get someone else fetch you a drink from a bar which is literally only a few steps away. I appreciate some guest expect this type of service though. Cabin. We had a superior ocean view stateroom with balcony on deck 12. The balcony was larger than that of Liberty. and the room was a good size. The beds were comfy and the whole room kept clean. Towels were replaced as we needed them. The shower gel dispenser serves a purpose and small tablets of soap are provided. They are adequate but if you are expecting Molten Brown or Acqua di Parma then you will be disappointed. I thought we may be squashed having 4 of us in the room (2 adults and 2 teenagers) but we are tidy people so this wasn't an issue. Storage space having said that was less than on Liberty, but we got 2 suitcases in one wardrobe and the other 2 went under the bed. Hanging space was sufficient and there were enough shelves / drawers for all of us. Our room attendant was discreet which is what I prefer. Entertainment. We had booked all the shows we wanted to see a few weeks before our holiday. We went to see Grease, The Fine Line, Columbus and the ice show. All were enjoyable. I wish however if people wish to converse with each other they lower their voices rather than yapping away as though they are at home watching TV. Luckily for us the offenders sitting behind moved seats. We popped in to the On Air club a couple of times as the children found the karaoke highly amusing, especially the male host. The Schooner bar was a pleasant place to chill out, and the trellis bar was nice as it was in central park. We did have a drink on the rising tide bar so we could tick that box too. The 4 teenagers with us did not wish to go to the clubs as they had enough to do without venturing to these. They enjoyed the water slides especially which were well governed. A group of Spanish children ran as fast as they could to beat us to the steps but they were stopped and quite rightly told not to run as it could be slippy underfoot. I did find the spanish children to be the rudest at pushing in and a couple tried to push past us on the steps up to the slide. We politely asked them not to do so and they muttered a rude reply which was unfortunate as they hadn't expected my sister to be fluent in Spanish who then answered then in their native tongue. We did not use the gym though it looked impressive and neither did we indulge in the casino (which must have also served as a smoking lounge which would have deterred us anyway) I did go on the Ultimate abyss. I dislike heights, but knew I would regret not going on it. In fact I almost enjoyed it ! Staff /Service All the staff we met were helpful Those supervising the slide / zip wire / flow rider etc made sure you were happy with everything before you started. As i mentioned earlier we did not see much of our room attendant but I was happy with this as he clearly did his job and I didn't feel like I was falling over him each time we left our room. The staff at the bars were friendly and you didn't have to wait long to be served. There was no hard selling of gifts / trips / drink packages etc. They were there if you wanted to ask more. The only area which was substandard in service was guest services. Lots of terminals for staff to work from and only 2 open with several staff milling around. Excursions Yes we know royal caribbean are more expensive for the trips than a DIY job but it is your choice if you go on them. We did Scenic Marseilles as we only wanted a short trip. It was a lot prettier than I expected and Longchamps palace was beautiful. We also did the motorlaunch trip to Portovenere and a morning here was ample. The views from the motor launch of the coast were incredible. Generally the ports are not so picturesque - more industrial, but when you are on a ship the size of Harmony it will never get anywhere near the smaller ports as she is just too big. If you want to see pretty ports aim for a smaller ship. It didn't bother us as we knew this to be the case and in fact my dad rather likes sitting with his binoculars watching life on the docks My dad and husband did the All Access Tour. Following a reception of champagne and canapés they were escorted in a small group around the ship. Apparently it was incredible They raved on about it for the rest of the day - and are still doing so !. Again it was expensive but they felt it had been worth it. My mum had a manicure and hand massage and she said the staff were lovely and the gel polish she had lasted for a couple of weeks post trip. For a lovely view of the wake head towards the aft on the jogging track. Also the 'king of the world' spot was an excellent place for photos - you need to go through the solarium to get there. In conclusion Harmony is an awesome ship. She won't be for everybody but then if you do your research you shouldn't go wrong. i If you want a quiet, romantic holiday then it would probably be the wrong ship to chose as she is geared up for families. We had an excellent time and would travel on her / or with royal caribbean again. Note. I have written this review the day after the tragic loss of life on board her. Would I still travel with RCI / Harmony ? Yes I would Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have embarked the ship at civitavecchia, the embarkation was very fast in less than 15 minutes we were already in the ship. The ship is beautiful, there are us so much things to do and see. We have enjoied every minute in the ship. ... Read More
We have embarked the ship at civitavecchia, the embarkation was very fast in less than 15 minutes we were already in the ship. The ship is beautiful, there are us so much things to do and see. We have enjoied every minute in the ship. We have ate at the Main dining room and the windjammer and food was excellent. The shows were the best part of our cruise, we suggest everybody to book all the shows in advance , and come early to get good seat before the show. we loved all the shows but especially we loved the Columbus show and the Fine line (aqua theatre show) . At Barcelona we went to the Aquarium, our children love it. At La spezia we traveled to Cinque terra, It was wonderful trip. at all other ports we have stayed at the ship, and enjoied the pools and all ship's activities. Till now we have sailed on the Liberty an the Allure , this was our best cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Choose this cruise to experience the new RCL ship as had sailed on the Anthem last year. The ship did not disappoint. Boarding was easy , cabin position good .Shows excellent , plenty of sun beds even on sea day.. Our one ... Read More
Choose this cruise to experience the new RCL ship as had sailed on the Anthem last year. The ship did not disappoint. Boarding was easy , cabin position good .Shows excellent , plenty of sun beds even on sea day.. Our one disappointment was the menu in the Grand eat there only 3 times. No shorts rule was not enforced in restaurants in the evening would recommend the Solarium bistro. Central Park was lovely a great place to relax with a drink in the evening, good bar staff in schooner bar as well. Enjoyed all shows , Grease, Columbus, 1887 and both Aqua shows. As the ship is huge it seems that the only place to park it is in container areas. To get to town on a shuttle in one port was a charge of 18 dollars . We went to Rome on the train at a cost of 13Euros and Herculaneum by bus and train for 9Euros each . We stayed on the ship in Marseille and La Spieza . All in all a good holiday would sail on Harmony again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was the first time we were taking the kids (12 & 15 to Europe), so we looked for a cruise with the right destinations. We chose Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas because it was sailing to the ports we were interested (Italy, ... Read More
This was the first time we were taking the kids (12 & 15 to Europe), so we looked for a cruise with the right destinations. We chose Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas because it was sailing to the ports we were interested (Italy, Spain and France) in visiting AND because the ship had amazing activities for the kids. It was the perfect way to see so many places yet return to the ship each day. We didn't have to move our luggage. We arranged for guides at most of the destinations so we would go, go go at the ports and then come back to the ship to relax. Last year, we took a family cruise to Alaska and I'm so thankful we did that cruise first because the ships in that area DO NOT have the amenities that this boat has. Our family is forever ruined after cruising on this ship. We were a party of 6 (70, 65, 41, 43 and 15 and 12). We had 3 balcony cabins and we opened up the balconies so that we could walk back and forth. The ship met all of our needs and the kids LOVED it! I had read a few reviews that scared me about My Time Dining and about the ship not being ready. First, the boat is 100% complete, we had 0 problems. The boat is fabulous and we felt no movement. I was nervous about the capacity of the boat and feeling crowded and that never happened. The layout of the ship is done very well. I've been other other cruises where it takes the whole week to learn the layout, not with this ship. Also, this was our first time to do My Time Dining. I was worried that we would have to wait a long time to eat, not the case at all. When you board the boat, on the main deck, go to the reservations station and book a reservation for the first few nights that work out with your itinerary. Schedule 2 hours for dinner (this will give you time if you've booked a show). Then as the week progresses you can book additional reservations at the hostess stand. The only downside if you don't get the same table each night is that you get a different team of waiters each night. I was also very unnecessarily worried about booking shows. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and i was not familiar with the booking of shows online, so I mistakenly never checked out my cart. If you do not book your shows before hand (which would be helpful), you can book them as soon as you board on the main deck. I was worried because Grease was showing as sold out, so i thought we wouldn't get to see it. NOT the case. They reserve seats for those that don't book ahead. Just make sure you have 2 hours to eat dinner, or you will miss a show. ALSO, I recommend signing all waivers online at home before you go. HOWEVER, if you do not, there is 1 place onboard that you can sign all the waivers in 1 place. The ice-skating rink desk (you will need each of your kid's cards), then you can sign all their waivers (for zip lining, rock-climbing, ice-skating, flow-rider). If you don't do it at home and you don't do it here, you will have to go to each of the activities! Another tip, I recommend the kids take a pair of tennis and socks with them in a small bag. Each activity has requirements (skating must have pants and socks, zip lining- must be dry and have socks and shoes, rock climbing, needs socks and shoes) and they need their card for each of them. Make sure you have long pants for skating or tall socks. My daughter had low socks and her exercise pants came to the shin, she rubbed a terrible blister! The Entertainment on the boat surpassed our expectations. The comedian was really great, Grease was fantastic, the musicians were very good. We did all of our own excursions and guides and booked through Drive-in-Rome (HIGHLY recommend) and Trip Advisor in Barcelona. I really do not recommend booking cruise excursions unless you like going places in large groups. Also, I found that people dressed up a bit more on Royal Caribbean than on other ships. Also, the embarkation and disembarkation was a piece of cake. 1/2 the people get on in Rome and 1/2 in Barcelona, so it's very nice. You must have a pre-arranged driver booked to take you or pick you up from Civetaveckia. We will definitely look for another Royal Caribbean cruise with a ship like the Harmony. It was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Have been on RCC before and my son wanted to sail on this big ship. Got an early deal including flights and transfers which meant we could budget for two inside cabins. Transfer from El Pratt to the Terminal Dock took two hours just ... Read More
Have been on RCC before and my son wanted to sail on this big ship. Got an early deal including flights and transfers which meant we could budget for two inside cabins. Transfer from El Pratt to the Terminal Dock took two hours just waiting for other flights from USA and Israel to arrive. At the Terminal things speeded up and we got on board rapidly, next time we will get the taxi as we have done previously. Rooms were clean and functional and we chose a location to the rear of the ship, deck 9, close to stairs and elevators which was a really clever move on a ship of this size. Silk restaurant was busy but the food and service was good. We noticed a distinct increase in quality in the Windjammer restaurant, really noticeable. We also used the Solarium Bistro for lunch which fitted in nicely with sunbathing and using the plunge pools in the relaxed surroundings. Access to the two flowriders was easy in the morning and queues for the Abyss ride and zip line were never excessive. Needed more emphasis on football tournaments on the court for the children/teenagers as the cruise line seemed to want to cater more for basketball for the Americans on board. All the bars were quick and efficient with the best cocktails served in the Trellis bar situated in the Central Park area. Beware of the additional tax charges on the drinks package, for example, a $55 premium package actually was plus 18%, plus 20%! We did achieve at least a break even on that. The entertainment on board was higher quality than we have previously experienced. The main show 'Grease' was very slick. The 'Thin Blue Line' in the Aqua theatre was just fantastic, a must see. Stand up Mark Dolan was great. 'Dazzles 'nightclub could do with more disco and less live music = more dancing. Lots of bars and restaurants, so much variety to cater for all tastes on board. Well done RCC. The transfer was smooth from the ship but again a 45 min wait on the coach at the dock I thought was a little excessive. Overall a really good experience for the whole family, ( and never THAT crowded ). Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I really don't understand the negative reviews for this ship. We set sail from Barcelona and the whole experience for 7 days was fantastic. I have sailed with Royal Caribbean twice before on The Independence and The Anthem of the Seas ... Read More
I really don't understand the negative reviews for this ship. We set sail from Barcelona and the whole experience for 7 days was fantastic. I have sailed with Royal Caribbean twice before on The Independence and The Anthem of the Seas and thought this Ship is my favourite so far. Many of the guests were Canadian or Spanish which was an advantage for us as the ship was empty everyday when in Ports. This was the first holiday I've ever been on in the school holidays were I haven't had to get up crack of dawn for a sun bed. Sun beds were available all day and my teens had no trouble waiting to go on slides, zip line or Flo rider. In fact they were the only ones at one point on the Flo rider where it was so quiet. Maybe we were lucky the week of our sailing but do feel that the Ship had a very good deck space due to its size. Shows were fantastic, stand out for me Grease and my favourite area of the Ship was Central Park. Food was good not great but there was always something for everyone to choose from. I did miss the dynamic dining that we had on the Anthem. Main dining rooms all had the same menu which was a shame as the Anthem had more choices with its themed restaurants. Overall though enjoyed all aspects of this cruise and would be glad to sail her again, shame its going to the USA. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise company as it was recommended by our local Travel Agent as being disabled friendly, we have 2 disabled children, one physically, one Autistic, so this seemed ideal solution. Never been on a cruise ship before so we ... Read More
We chose this cruise company as it was recommended by our local Travel Agent as being disabled friendly, we have 2 disabled children, one physically, one Autistic, so this seemed ideal solution. Never been on a cruise ship before so we thought it may be a little noisy and crowded but there were plenty of quiet spots for us and the children, loads to see and do on board as well as the trips ashore. We chose short trips ashore which were great tasters for parts of Italy, and this was ideal for us.We visited Pisa and Pompeii on 2 separate days, these were excellent and well organised although our daughter couldn't get round most of Pompeii as too steep and uneven ground but found a lovely outside cafe in the market square. All the staff on Harmony are so friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble, from our Room Manager, Diana, to the waiting staff in the restaurants and the chefs in the Windjammer (especially Steve !) they do Royal Caribbean and the guests PROUD !! We were made to feel like VIP's during our week long stay. The facilities are fantastic, great for wheelchair users, although our cabin door was not wide enough to get the wheelchair through unless it was folded but it was not a huge problem. We got cabins with adjoining balconies and connecting door in case of any problems. Atmosphere is brilliant throughout the ship, we all felt safe enough to go and explore alone or together, plenty of shows/music at night. Service was top class throughout, only hiccup was our room service breakfast order for early morning trip was not picked up but when we phoned they rushed it through for us, BRILLIANT! Will definately go again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was a family cruise - 9 of us in total including 3 kids under 10 and 5 first time cruisers. The first time cruisers will definitely not be one time cruisers! EMABARKATION / DISEMBARKATION - flawless process - we boarded in ... Read More
This was a family cruise - 9 of us in total including 3 kids under 10 and 5 first time cruisers. The first time cruisers will definitely not be one time cruisers! EMABARKATION / DISEMBARKATION - flawless process - we boarded in Civitivecchia- had all the online checkin completed in advance so probably no more than 20 minutes from taxi to boarding the ship. Luggage was delivered a couple of hours after boarding - the cabin was ready about 12.30pm. I actually liked the interporting process - only about 1300 boarded in civitivecchia so it was really easy and because so many got off in Barcelona we basically had the ship to ourselves for a few hours! CABIN - we had a balcony cabin on deck 11 midship - cabin was spacious , bright , modern and very clean. Storage was good and the bathroom was well appointed. Toiletries are not provided as standard but if you ask they will get them for you without any problem. The bed was very firm but strangely comfortable! Our cabin steward was not the chattiest we have ever had but he was polite and did his job well. We had 3 towel animals across the 7 nights. We had the surf and stream wifi package and it worked flawlessly everywhere on the ship. Faster than my home connection. PUBLIC AREAS - The ship is simply stunning. Very impressive and definitely fully finished! It includes lots of "areas". Central Park was my favorite - very relaxing to sit in a park on a ship and listen to the birds singing (they actually pipe in the sound of birds singing to make for an authentic experience! There are many more - the boardwalk with the ultimate abyss slide ( my wife tried this - I was too chicken - she loved it!) , the promenade with shops and bars , casino , pool decks , solarium (I have to say I much prefer the solarium on quantum class ships - just has a much nicer feel to it ). We enjoyed Dazzles nightclub - some really good singers and bands and we also enjoyed the schooner bar - good for people watching on the promenade while listening to a good piano player! I have made this point on a previous review for anthem of the seas but I still feel that the shops are too skewed towards luxury high end goods. The ship never really felt crowded - quite often one looked around and wondered where 6000+ people were. FOOD - I am happy to be able to say that the food was of a very high standard - and this was the opinion of all in our group. We ate in the MDR (both formal nights ) , windjammer , wonderland , Jamie's , chops grille , park cafe etc etc! Food good , service excellent. Special mention to our waiters in the MDR and chops - they went out of their way to change dishes around for us and the kids to suit our tastes - nothing was too much trouble. ENTERTAINMENT - first class. Grease , fine line , iceskating shows , Columbus , puzzle break room, tenors of rock ( had seen them on ovation earlier this year) - the first time cruisers in our party said the entertainment was the highlight for them - a lot of effort has gone in to this programme - the result is superb. STAFF - with only one or two minor exceptions the staff we encountered were friendly , helpful , smiling and a credit to the ship and the company. We are firmly of the opinion that if we treat the staff with respect they will give us a good experience and I have yet to be proved wrong. I still cringe when I see how some fellow cruisers speak to some of the crew. We met some really interesting crew members and had some very interesting chats - especially with the bar man from the boot and bonnet who was on the anthem during the storm in the Atlantic earlier this year! PORTS - we had been to all the ports on this cruise before so we only got off the ship twice - this cruise was all about the ship! In conclusion we had an amazing time on harmony. The age range of our party was 6 - 76 and harmony provided an experience for everyone. Well done Royal Caribbean - roll on the next oasis class ship! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was a first time cruise that I was persuaded to go on by my nephew. I went with my sister and her family and my 82 year old Mum who needed to use a wheelchair. Boarding process was easy having filled in all paperwork online pre ... Read More
This was a first time cruise that I was persuaded to go on by my nephew. I went with my sister and her family and my 82 year old Mum who needed to use a wheelchair. Boarding process was easy having filled in all paperwork online pre cruise including photo for Sea Pass. Once on board went straight to our Stateroom and our luggage was already there. The only downside was the compulsory attendance at the safety at sea talk shortly after arrival when we had to make our way unassisted to the designated area when we knew absolutely nothing of how to get there and the lifts were busy opening and closing in bank of 8 lifts which set off before I could get to them with the wheelchair - that bit was stressful. After overcoming that and getting used to finding my way round with the wheelchair by day 1 I liked it, by day 2 was really enjoying it and from day 3 loved it to days 5 6 and 7 when I felt that I needed to stay for longer it was so fabulous. Getting off ship was easy via the ramp each time and assistance was provided by crew with the wheelchair. Mum came off ship with me in Marseilles and Naples and I went on my own at La Spezia for a couple of hours but we really loved the ship so much we wanted to stay on board lots..... It was not crowded apart from the one day when we were cruising all day, then the pool area was busy but that was to be expected. The entertainment was awesome especially the Fineline diving and aquatic show (went twice) and the ships own musical comedy Columbus superb. Grease show was just like West End performance. Mum preferred casual dining so we only went to the main Dining Room once and that was on a casual day. (There were 2 formal nights if you wanted to dress up). We found the Windjammer Restaurant to be superb. The staff were so kind and courteous, the views amazing and the food choice brilliant and cleanliness was top notch. I also loved the fact that Room Service was complimentary for most of the day as I had been surprised not to have tea and coffee making facilities in the room but for a short wait you just rang your order through and hey presto it was delivered. I cannot rate it too highly I am now a firmly committed member of the I love to Cruise Club and will be saving to go again with Royal Caribbean. Also loved the fact that our room was serviced twice a day and we had clean towels each time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
A few weeks ago I finished my 7-night cruise of the Mediterranean with Harmony of the Seas. This was my 15th cruise with Royal Caribbean and first cruise on an Oasis class ship, so I was very glad to see the usual Royal Caribbean touches ... Read More
A few weeks ago I finished my 7-night cruise of the Mediterranean with Harmony of the Seas. This was my 15th cruise with Royal Caribbean and first cruise on an Oasis class ship, so I was very glad to see the usual Royal Caribbean touches onboard. There were many things that surprised me about this amazing ship and fantastic cruise. Embarkation Our sailing was the first sailing in which new passengers boarded in Rome so I was expecting it to be a very slow process, but it was the contrary. We made it from the pier to the ship in less than thirty minutes. Though this is a longer number compared to those who board in Barcelona, we arrived before they began the check in process so we had to wait for about twenty minutes. We were in and out of the check-in line in less than five minutes. A tip for inexperienced cruisers, with Royal Caribbean, you don't have to show up to the port at the time they tell you. You can actually show up much earlier around 10:30-11:00 depending on the sailing. By doing this you can maximize your time onboard and get the most for your money. You can also enjoy a tour of the ship while it still has very few people on board. Ship Being a new ship, all of the public areas were spotless. When we first arrived in port, our jaws dropped to the floor. The size of the ship compared to any we had ever seen was truly remarkable. It does take a while to get used to the differences between this ship and other ships in the fleet. The sheer size and different layout make it an activity in itself just to try to explore every part of the ship. Good luck trying to see everything because even after a week onboard we still hadn't seen everything! I like how the company has changed their interior design to create a more sleek and modern design. It is a very refreshing change after being on so many other ships. Entertainment Harmony of the Seas has some amazing entertainment. Both of the theatre shows, Grease and Columbus the Musical, were outstanding, but I would go as far to say Columbus was better! Grease had a lot of crude gestures that are definitely not child-friendly. The singing was good, but this was something I had trouble getting past. Columbus was incredible! Before we got on board we didn't know about this and we hadn't heard about it until we were on the theatre tour and everyone was raving about it. We decided to check it out on the Rome passenger only showing and it was my favorite Royal Caribbean show I've ever seen and I have seen many. The show is fun and modern and has a lot of music that everyone can sing along to, which really is something special. The ending was also very creative. Columbus is a must! The Aqua Show was another story. The cast was very talented, but they chose to spotlight someone spinning in a circle for ten minutes (we counted), running on a treadmill, and cracking a whip randomly. Don't skip this show as it was still good, but leaps and bounds behind the normal theatre performances. Cabin We had a superior ocean view stateroom with balcony. This was probably the largest regular balcony stateroom on any RCI ship. This is due to the fact that Harmony is a meter or two wider than Oasis and Allure and the line smartly put this space into rooms instead of public areas. The room was very tidy, due in part by being only the ninth or tenth group of people to use the room, but also the fantastic stateroom cleaning staff. There was plenty of storage space, a large bathroom, and a great balcony. I would stay in this cabin again and again. Dining This is the category that Harmony slacked a little bit in, but it was still much better than other RCI ships. On our first day, they were serving filet mignon in the windjammer from Chops! They probably did this to get more people coming to Chops, but they did go out of their way to give us a great first windjammer experience. The rest of the food for the week there was good, but nothing special. The dining room also seemed to be a step above compared to our last cruises. Our staff, Carlington and Hank, were both engaging, fun, and made for a great dining room experience. A lot of the food was much better than in memory, probably because of a consolidated menu. Though there was a smaller menu, they increased the number of "Classic" menu items, which are on the menu every day. We also ate at Chops, which was fantastic as usual. Activities Harmony is jam packed with activities to do, but even all of the new things such as the Ultimate Abyss or the Perfect Storm waterslides had very short lines. The longest I waited for the Abyss was five minutes and the longest for the slides was probably around ten minutes and these were both on sea days. The Ultimate Abyss; What a thrill! First, you stand on a glass platform and you can look down ten stories to the Aqua theatre, then you are sent through multiple fast turns to the bottom. Incredibly fun for all ages. Just keep your knees down or you risk a burn. The waterslides were also all very fun and it was good to see them added. Many say that this is copying other lines, but RCI is just trying to improve their customer experience which I fully endorse. Other Royal activities on many other ships like Flowrider and mini golf were also quite fun. Harmony is very good at reducing crowds and a lot of the time, I felt that there were fewer people than there actually were. Even though the teen areas were expansive, I decided not to use them because I had boarded in Rome, so most of the kids already onboard knew each other and would be leaving in only three days. My family also did the escape room, Escape the Rubicon. This gem is kept under wraps and not publically advertised too much, as there is very limited space during the cruise, probably only about 600 out of the 5,000+ people per sailing. Debs was very fun and the puzzles were quite challenging. This would probably land in the top three things I have done on a cruise ship. The other two would probably be both varieties of slides on Harmony. Service Most service onboard was great. Carlington and Hank were some of the best dining room staff we have had in a while. The coffee guy at Cafe Promenade was also very attentive and learned our names and orders very quickly. We didn't even need to ask, he just knew! Almost all of the staff went above and beyond on our cruise and there are too many to write about, but I do have one warning. There is one woman on the bar staff who could be the worst employee have ever seen. On the first day, she passes out the Coca-Cola freestyle cups in the Royal Promenade. She is beyond rude and hates her job. If you see her, do not engage. Repeat. Do not engage. You will be flooded with sass, rude behavior, and slow service. At the ice show, we gave her our SeaPass card for one of our free diamond drinks at 8:20, and the promotion ends at 8:30 every day. She took the entire ten minutes, then proceeded to charge us because she took too much time. All of this without any kind of remorse and a grimace on her face. She worked at every show we went to. If possible, order from another bar staff member. Becuase of our experiences with this 'delightful' woman, we gave her the nickname Sunshine. We did get a good laugh when another passenger tried to order from her and they received the same 'warm rays of sunshine' that we did. But this was just one isolated case. She was actually the only bad employee we encountered on our cruise. I guess there is always a sour apple, but we didn't let this one spoil the bunch. Overall, we had another fantastic cruise with Royal and we will be back next year as well, but sadly not Harmony. I would probably choose to sail on Harmony again before sailing on her sister ships. My cruise with Harmony exceeded expectations. Every part of the cruise was amazing. P.S. Many of the poor reviews on this website for this ship are from back in May, when the ship was still being finished. I can promise, the ship is complete and their reviews that say it isn't so are now obsolete. Look through the more recent reviews as they are the ones that got to experience the true Harmony of the Seas. Do not let these reviews stop you from booking on this fantastic ship! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We are loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers and selected this itinerary as we have enjoyed the European cruises and the beautiful ports the past few summers. The bonus here was the new ship- we just had to see what Harmony had to offer from the ... Read More
We are loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers and selected this itinerary as we have enjoyed the European cruises and the beautiful ports the past few summers. The bonus here was the new ship- we just had to see what Harmony had to offer from the start. Overall- we had little disappointment. In summary, we are booked on her again for Spring Break 2017 as she moves to the Caribbean. Embarkation: This was fantastic. We arrived in Civitavecchia the evening before, staying at a hotel close by. We had door to door shuttle service from the hotel (Hotel San Giorgio) to the port on a full size bus- we were the only ones. We dropped off our bags, waited only a few minutes in the "holding area", and checked right in. We joined the cruise as the inter-port stop, so this may have been a factor to the speedy process (I'd guess only about 25% of the boat checked in at the Rome port as most join in Barcelona). Overall probably the smoothest check in we have seen in 15+ cruises. Cabin: Fantastic. Royal has done a nice job reorganizing the Harmony cabins to be efficient and at least leave you with the feel of more space. Our family usually stays in Jr. Suites or Grand Suites, but due to cost, we decided to book two balcony staterooms on deck 11. These were perfect. TVs are now wall mount, storage cabinets on each side of the bed, and the bathroom was very well designed. The shower is clearly more spacious, and for a tall family, we appreciated it! The dark earth tones were very modern/classy for a cruise ship cabin. A nice change from the earlier Oasis ships, Voyager and Freedom classes. Dining: Must admit the Harmony appears to be a step up from standard RC. We were a bit concerned at first as we were reassigned to "my time" dining at the last minute. Royal sent us an email explaining the change. We are "old school" and enjoy the "stability" of knowing we have a set dining time, a wait staff we get to know (and for the most part love) during the cruise, and have had the fortune of meeting wonderful table mates that we have connected with over the years (and even cruised with again). Overall, "my time" works. We were fortunate to be assigned to "Silk" and Carlington and Hank were our waiters after day 1. We never had a problem with a seating time or being seated in their section by request. The head waiter was always at our table, probably more than in any prior cruise making sure all of our needs were met. He left us his business card/number, so we just called ahead and in we went. Quite nice. The menu is more limited compared to other ships, but that is understandable with the increased volume of food they are putting out each meal. The Windjammer is the Windjammer, if you know what I mean. I like to stay away as I'm not a fan of fighting for a table and dodging hundreds of people in a hurry the hands full of plates and cups. There were plenty of other locations for a quick (and more peaceful) bite and those never appeared crowded. The ship lay-out was exceptional for the variety of restaurants. Part of our group ate at Chops one evening and we all did the Hibachi Experience at Izumi. Both were very good, and of course, the speciality restaurant food is a step above the complementary dining. Oh, I cannot forget one shout out to the Jammer..... when have you ever seen filet mignon for lunch? You get it on the Harmony... and it was quite good. Enrichment: Never the strong card for Royal. My son always enjoys the trivia, so we did play once. Of course, he won. Beat several teams of 5-6 adults. We did not miss the "enrichment" activities as this cruise was such a port heavy experience, and the ship was enrichment in and of itself. Entertainment: Harmony excelled here again in my opinion. When the bugs get all worked out with the new shows (we recognized we were one of the first sailings with all new casts still trying to get it all down), this will be amazing for guests. Don't miss the Puzzle Room. It is tucked away on floor 11 I think by the toddler/baby area- it seems to not be well publicized. What fun trying to solve the break out room with 10 other strangers. The water show was pretty good (could have done without the spinning guy with the whip). The ice show cast is very talented, with great costumes and effects.... the show is just a bit odd and hard to follow. We were on the ship for the Euro Cup, and we enjoyed how RC had the games playing in the aqua and main theaters for fans throughout the cruise. "Grease" was a "WOW". Can't say enough for the singers/dancers. The original Royal production show "Marvin Columbus" is fantastic. My yard stick is whether my husband uses the show for his pre-evening "nap". Here, his eyes were open the entire time. By far the best show we have seen out of Royal in 15+ cruises (husband agreed- that is BIG). Again, some bugs to work out with the stage, etc.... but do not miss this one. The headliner show was the Tenors of Rock. They were fantastic as well.... talked with them after the show. If you are in Vegas, look them up! The comedy was just so-so, so I'd advise skip and enjoy the other parts of the ship in the evening as there are so many nooks and crannies with live entertainment. Fitness and Recreation: The gym was well equipped, but must say this area was one area of disappointment. In other Royal ships, you have nice views in the gym and the track is outside around the pool area so you can enjoy views and activities as you walk / run. Here, the gym is tucked away and the track is semi enclosed in a lower deck (protected by the elements, but I felt claustrophobic). You have little time to exercise on the Harmony anyway... and just walking the ship is a work out given its size! Take the steps as they are well positioned to avoid crowds near the elevators. The recreation was a "10". The flow rider, zip line, rock wall, three water slides (wow) and the large slide by the aqua area were great fun. The pool area was nice, and there are plenty of deck chairs. Again, maybe due to the port-heavy itinerary, I never found the pool area overly crowded even on the one sea day. Always had a deck chair (although they are very closely spaced). Public Rooms: Harmony and its design excels. There are so many lounges and relaxing spaces. The solarium has plenty of chairs, water sprays, and hot tubs (no pool). The bionic bar and rising tide bar were always in use, along with the good old standard the Schooner lounge. The theater looked pretty much like all other RC ships as did the ice rink. Central Park and Board Walk were great public areas to pull up a lounge chair and people watch. Shops were a step up compared to other ships... but noticed nobody was really shopping/buying. So many other things to do in the evening after you sail from port, so I'm sure this does little for the shop business. Service: Overall, solid, but with greater variability than we are used to. I'll cut RC a break here, as building a great team takes time. The staff is just themselves getting to know the ship, and clearly much is new to even veteran employees. The technology is slick, when it works, and customer services, bar tenders, and concierge staff tried to be helpful but at times were lost themselves. Let's hope this gets worked out, as "so-so" service will hurt in the long run regardless of how magnificent the ship is itself. Training appears to be a work in progress in many areas. Captain Johnny runs a tight ship, however, and when we cruised the Mariner years back under his helm, that still remains the best staff we have experienced to date on any RC ship. We are not a fan of the cruise director we had for the front end of trip, but he left in Barcelona. I assume the new guy is the one staying (Bobby Brown). Ports/Shore Excursions: We did take any RC excursions, favoring to schedule private tours on our own. These work out best for us (you choose the time, where you want to go, and when you want to do things). Each was fantastic. We arranged a private tour of two wineries while ported in Marseilles (and lunch in Cassis). Great! We visited the Cinque Terre at the La Spazia port. Wonderful little towns with winding roads, lovely restaurants and breathtaking views. If you have been to Pisa and Florence, consider Cinque Terre at this stop. We are not a fan of Naples, so we jumped at a chance for a private tour of the island of Capris. Capris is gorgeous-- highly recommend. Palma was a great little stop where we just walked around and enjoyed time grabbing a brunch at an outdoor cafe- looks like a mini Barcelona of sorts. We are familiar with Barcelona, so we took the subway to Gaudi's Park Guell and then enjoyed the day at La Rambla taking in the cafes, people, shops and some sangria before returning to the ship. Overall, the itinerary was excellent. In all, another wonderful vacation for a family that has grown to absolutely love cruising. Sure, there were some inconveniences and obvious growing pains with a ship newly launched. Look past those. You are on vacation. Smile and thank the crew, and they will smile and deliver back to you a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
After sailing on the Allure of the Seas last year we could not wait to try Harmony. We sailed the Med cruise from Barcelona early July. Embarkation was a breeze in Barcelona mainly due to the fact we had a Junior Suite which give priority ... Read More
After sailing on the Allure of the Seas last year we could not wait to try Harmony. We sailed the Med cruise from Barcelona early July. Embarkation was a breeze in Barcelona mainly due to the fact we had a Junior Suite which give priority boarding. Once on board the Harmony is almost identical to the Allure apart from some new unique additions like the Robotic bar. Our JS suite was 8632, spacious, decent size balcony with a very décor and furnishings, you could easily tell the ship is brand new. We did not do any excursions so can not comment although we did get off the ship in Civitavecchia and wander in to town for lunch on foot which was ok. Our friends took a private excursion in Naples for Euro 280 in a private minicab and did Pompeii and Sorrento for a full day which they said was good value for money split 3 ways. I always take a drinks package, which I think is very good value, there is however not much difference between Premium and Ultimate so check that out, alcohol is the same although Ultimate allows you to have some speciality Coffees etc. Premium does the trick for me. We ate every night in the Grand My Time dining, we had the same staff and table each night. Milan was in charge of our area and he and his team were fantastic, I have no complaints at all, they looked after our table of 6 exceptionally well every night. Shows were very good, we all enjoyed Grease and the 'ISkate' show was also excellent. Aqua show was a strange story line but we enjoyed it on the whole. Occasionally used Windjammer and Park Café, all good. We did not use any for fee restaurants, I don't see the point of that. Casino is a good place to visit at sea, the atmosphere is buzzing and hats off to Joanna, Michael and Roland behind the bar, they do a great job and provide exceptional service, Roland even remembered me from Allure of the Seas 12 months before, not bad going considering he meets thousands of guests every week. Nightclub is ok, international sounds, Jazz bar was ok for a chill, comedian was ok. Boot and Bonnet is a nice place to relax and watch the world go by, the choice of beer is amazing, Archie and Clinton are great chaps behind the bar. Did not have any young children so can't comment on the waterpark, flow-rider or Abyis but it was always busy and popular. We did not have any issues at all worth whingeing about, a couple of things could have been a little better for example I never received my drinks sticker (UP) for my sea pass card and it took an age to fix and similar small jibes happened on day one in addition to this but opposed to some of the reviews I have read previously, I don't get hung up about trivial issues ! I just enjoy the holiday. In a nutshell to bring this review to a close, we had a great time, the ship is great, 99.9% of the crew are fantastic, the guest services queue is crazy like every cruise I have been on, (this need sorting RC !), I would not hesitate to recommend RC and the Harmony, I would love to sail on her again before she leaves Europe in October. I am already looking forward to my next RC cruise in August which makes me a Diamond apparently although I am yet to actually see any benefit of the RC loyalty club, I am not sure there is much to be had or get excited about to be honest. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
It was intended to be a complete family cruise and our daughter made all arrangements. Instead of a party of 13, we were a party of eight. When we were gathering information on the ship, I was very concerned about the size of the ship ... Read More
It was intended to be a complete family cruise and our daughter made all arrangements. Instead of a party of 13, we were a party of eight. When we were gathering information on the ship, I was very concerned about the size of the ship (wow!) and what type of service could be offered with so many passengers. Then, after reading the critical reviews for the maiden voyage, I was very concerned, and hoped we had not made a bad decision. And we didn't. We flew to Barcelona, arriving in the morning, and took in some wonderful sights. The next morning we headed to the ship. Check in was seamless (this was another concern) and service was excellent. Security on and off the ship was comforting. We had calls of port each day, except the last day, so we were off the ship every day. This limited some our daily activities, but the kids loved what was available. The ports of call were wonderful, with staff helping everyone with their daily arrangements as they left the ship. We had made our own arrangements for shore excursions We had two youngsters with severe peanut allergies, and special dinners were always available for them. Our cabin (with a balcony) was perfect, and the room always attended to in a timely manner. Dinner service was excellent and the food of good quality. Breakfast buffets were also very good. It takes some time, but you find all of your favorite places onboard, and then the cruise is over. Beautiful ship, so many things to see and do, very nice cruise. B Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The ship was amazing. The staff members were terrific. The crown loft suite was fabulous. Grease and Columbus were wonderful. The food was good everywhere (we ate mostly in the Coastal Kitchen, but also tried the Hibachi, Sabors, Johnny ... Read More
The ship was amazing. The staff members were terrific. The crown loft suite was fabulous. Grease and Columbus were wonderful. The food was good everywhere (we ate mostly in the Coastal Kitchen, but also tried the Hibachi, Sabors, Johnny Rockets, and all were great). Water slides were really fun. Highly recommend iSkate show as well. 1887 was good but we had trouble following the plot. Also recommend the comedian. He was very funny. We did our own shore excursions so I can't rate those. We got the beer/wine package which was worth it. I am not sure I would recommend the photo package because there weren't that many photographers around and you can take photos with your phone anyway. Our teenagers loved it and made friends on the ship (two 18-year olds and a 14 year old). Only criticism was the Solarium restaurant. It was hot and the food was not as good as elsewhere in my opinion. We would highly recommend Harmony of the Seas to all! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
LOVED this ship! I cruised on Harmony on June 26 from Barcelona. We visited Italy, France and Spain. I absolutely loved the ship, although I have sailed on Harmony previously! The staff is amazing. The ship is beautiful ... Read More
LOVED this ship! I cruised on Harmony on June 26 from Barcelona. We visited Italy, France and Spain. I absolutely loved the ship, although I have sailed on Harmony previously! The staff is amazing. The ship is beautiful with lots to do. The WindJammer can get pretty crowded at lunch! But otherwise you don't feel the enormity of the cruise. Absolutely recommend for any age, especially teens. There were 13 in our group and they absolutely LOVED the cruise! I do have a few recommendations for this cruise. First, it's the Mediterranean, with stops pretty much every day. It's tiring if you plan on doing tours at the ports it is going to test your stamina. And you really won't have much time to explore the ship. I didn't make it to the pool. The ship docks early and leaves late, but if your day if packed you are completely exhausted at the end of each day. We had late dining, so our shows were after 10:30 nightly. Brutal! Secondly.... BE SURE TO BOOK your shows as soon as they open up, or you'll have a hard time getting into shows. They are pretty booked. Third... DO NOT WASTE Your time with the drink packages! They are a complete waste of money! First, you can only order drinks every 15 mins with the packages. So don't do it! Also, they will check the picture of you on your seapass every time you use your card to make a purchase. I bought the package to use it at Starbucks whenever I wanted coffee. However, Starbucks was closed while I was on the ship! The Royal Replenish package... WASTE of money. It doesn't even allow you to get water bottles. Don't do it! FOURTH... Do not steal from the workers and avoid tipping the crew. That's totally disgusting when people do that and unfair. These guys work hard for their money and they deserve more than what they get paid. I pay the mandatory tips AND I give my stateroom, drink guy, waitress and waiter an additional large tip. The cabins are new and a bit larger than Oasis. Also, note that if you have multiple cabins and they are next to each other, you can open up the balconies and move between rooms. Kinda nice! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first time Cruising and was really looking forward to it but was a bit disappointed to read the first reviews of this ship when it launched back in May BUT we need not have worried because to say this ship is AMAZING is an ... Read More
This was our first time Cruising and was really looking forward to it but was a bit disappointed to read the first reviews of this ship when it launched back in May BUT we need not have worried because to say this ship is AMAZING is an understatement! It is truly exceptional beyond description because you just have to go on it to understand. I personally think the negative reviews must have been given because of the weather as we were on this ship only a mere 3 weeks later and it is 100% finished and operational. The staff on RC are exceptional and must get a big THANK YOU from us because you all made our trip memorable. All staff from stateroom attendant to dining room staff and everyone in between. Ship is spotless (know its new but can only imagine older ships have same standard of cleanliness and hygiene) well designed and to us newcomers would only know you are sailing along by looking out! The food is fabulous and the choice is vast. Spa was so relaxing and again the staff exceptional. The entertainment on board is as good as anywhere. The production of Grease was outstanding. I could go on and on about our week long (way too short) holiday but it would read the same so if you want a holiday of a lifetime go on Harmony of the Seas or any other Royal Caribbean cruise ship and you wont be disappointed. The only negative all week long is that you could easily come off the ship at least 1 stone heavier with all the delicious food....... Take a bow you are a fab company Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
As with the two previous cruises we took with Royal Caribbean, this cruise was terrific. We arrived several days early so we could explore Barcelona, especially Barre Gotic as well as taking a half-day tour with Barcelona Day Tours. ... Read More
As with the two previous cruises we took with Royal Caribbean, this cruise was terrific. We arrived several days early so we could explore Barcelona, especially Barre Gotic as well as taking a half-day tour with Barcelona Day Tours. Our embarkation and disembarkation experiences were very good and smooth. As other reviews and news stories will note, the Harmony of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship. There were 7,016 guests on the cruise (our previous in the Western Mediterranean on Legend of the Seas has about 3,300 guests). Although the promenade deck (5) was occasionally a little crowded, we did not experience any problems or concerns. The layout of the ship in the seven neighborhoods was really nice. The ship offers a wonderful variety of on-board activities. The food was terrific. Our main dining room waiter (Celino) and assistant waiter (Irma) were outstanding -- very personable, friendly, efficient and, when asked, helpful. They provided excellent and attentive service. We enjoyed our oceanview balcony stateroom and our stateroom attendant (Diogo) was very good. We found the vast majority of the staff to be very friendly and helpful. We took shore excursions in each port and very very happy. We especially enjoyed the following excursions -- Pope’s Summer Residence, Vatican City and Its Gardens (Civitavecchia), Coast of Cinque Terre & Portovenere (La Spezia), and North Coast and Wine Tasting (Palma de Mallorca). We experienced two minor issues, but nothing that would cause us not to cruise with Royal Caribbean again. The first occurred when the staff member at the dock sent us to the wrong boarding area (gang plank) as he was confused about which end of the ship was forward and which was aft, even when I said I could see our stateroom right above him. Consequently we walked a longer to get to the aft and then, after boarding, walk all the way to the forward. The second was in Rome. We went to the Windjammer Marketplace for breakfast a few minutes after 6:00 a.m. as we were disembarking at 7:15 for our excursion (the Cruise Compass said the Windjammer would open at 6:00). When we arrived at the Windjammer, an employee told us to go to the other entrance which we did. The other entrance was locked and no employees were visible. We ended up going to the Cafe Promenade for coffee/tea and pastries -- not the breakfast we wanted for our long day (the excursion was 11 hours). Other than these minor items, we experienced no problems. If you like to jog or walk, be sure to use the track on deck 5 -- it was great. We will definite cruise with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
After reading the reviews the day we set sail I was a tad worried!please let me re ashore all of you guys thinking of booking BOOK.we are on day 3 and have travelled on 3 other Royal Caribbean ships and must say this is by the best Quality ... Read More
After reading the reviews the day we set sail I was a tad worried!please let me re ashore all of you guys thinking of booking BOOK.we are on day 3 and have travelled on 3 other Royal Caribbean ships and must say this is by the best Quality with a capital Q an amazing experience thanks royal Caribbean .dining plan excellent no waiting food excellent entertainment fantastic pool heated a big bonus when sailing from the uk,children's splash zone better than all other ships ,it seems that all of the work time and effort has paid off .we stayed in a Broadwalk view with balcony stateroom where all facilities great TVs and channels fantastic internet service very fast quality very good sports courts great and the zip line not for the faint hearted as you glide above the Broadwalk and if that is not enough thrill try the abyss a 100 ft slide that takes you from deck 16 to 6 in about 12 seconds WOW WOW WOW Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Being a diamond+ member of the Crown and Anchor society thought we would try its newest and largest ship. We are a party of 10 ranging from 4 years to 70 years. Embarkation was the easiest ever with staff outside the terminal building ... Read More
Being a diamond+ member of the Crown and Anchor society thought we would try its newest and largest ship. We are a party of 10 ranging from 4 years to 70 years. Embarkation was the easiest ever with staff outside the terminal building with their ipads looking for passengers. Logged in with them and entered the ship. Cabins ready for occupation from 1pm and stateroom cards, one outside the others inside the cabin. Couldn't have been simpler. The ship is big but because there are so many areas to go to it never felt crowded. I don't know if there was full occupancy. Every single one of us thought the cruise was fantastic. I was a little apprehensive before we went thinking all the public areas and popular activities would be crowded and we would have to queue for hours as you do in Disney parks. Nothing further from the truth. All the rides including ultimate Abyss easily accessed. Maybe 20 in a queue at worst time but still not much waiting time. My children and grandchildren loved the pools which again, because there are so many of them were not overcrowded, plenty of people in but still able to play ball games and have enough room to play about, although swimming lengths a little difficult, but I am sure you would be able to find a pool you could do that in if you looked. The adults only solarium a lovely peaceful place with comfortable well spaced beds, also its own little restaurant. Grease was superb and because we booked our shows before getting on board, we just turned up at the theatre and went to our seats. Seats are not bookable but we never had a problem sitting where we wanted to. The ice show was magnificent although found a man twirling in circles for 10 minutes a bit laborious in the aqua show, otherwise that again was superb. We did my time dining and on the first night were taken to our table where the waiter Miguel and his helper Fransisco looked after us better than on any cruise before. We were on a drinks package and thought maybe wine would be hard to come by after our first glass at the table - no such thing - it flowed as easily as the water. Our dining experience in the Silk dining room was second to none. We mostly booked a time to dine but on the occasions that we didn't, even getting at table for 10 was no problem at all and all but 2 nights we were seated at our favourite, although the other 2 came a close second. The food was delicious with plenty of choice and everything cooked perfectly and tasting delicious. We only got off for a walk in Malaga as there was so much going on on the ship we did not really want to miss any of it. It is a floating resort and we kept having to look overboard to see if we were moving. I admit the sea was like a millpond, but we never felt the ship move. What a fantastic cruise. Only wish we could afford to do it every year. For those wanting a less hectic cruise there are plenty of areas to relax in peacefully. I thought Central Park was a lovely area but then I love plants and could not believe I was on a cruise ship surrounded by so many. A bit of a disappointment at Johnny Rockets, they did not sing to us, but otherwise good and staff lovely again. Went to all of the shows in the main theatre which were varied and good, but after Grease, that took some following. We particularly liked the Tenors of Rock, 5 gorgeous men with gorgeous voices. All in all we had the time of our lives, the children did not want to get off, and to be honest, neither did I. Read Less
Sail Date May 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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