292 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

This is our 5th cruise, 4th will Royal. We have been on the Vision, Independence, Oasis and now the Harmony. I would rank them in that order as well. We travelled Feb 9-16th 2020 in the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Check in - ... Read More
This is our 5th cruise, 4th will Royal. We have been on the Vision, Independence, Oasis and now the Harmony. I would rank them in that order as well. We travelled Feb 9-16th 2020 in the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Check in - awesome, check out Awesome. Drink service (we are not big drinkers and only had 150$ billed) was very slow, it seems that a lot of people have the drink package with tips included and this equals bartenders taking their time, there is no incentive to hustle. RCL maybe make certain bars for the (All inclusive mindset people) other bars for people to have a good experience. You had trouble sitting as the seasoned alcoholics stayed at the bars pounding them back. It seemed more like a trip to Mayan then a cruise. Service at the Icon was hit or miss, we found it slow, they forgot things, we asked for coffee and desert, they would forget etc. Service at Sabor was very slow. We went for a quick lunch that took 1.5hrs, my wife left and I had to wait for the server to sign for the 40$ surcharge (not worth it). The Chop house and Jamie Oliver's were excellent, great food, great service, highly recommended. This goes to my theory that RCL wants to upsell everything, (drink packages, dining packages etc.) and everything else suffers to motivate you to spend spend spend. The entertainment was awesome, well beyond anything anywhere. Grease, the Water show, the ice show just excellent. Due to high winds the 16th floor was closed causing people to stay on 15 (pool deck) or in the front of the ship. It became impossible to get chairs because of the typical towels on chairs that nothing is ever done to fix the problem. In our experience the smaller ships were more intimate, better service, less crowded, and went to better places. These larger ships have limited itineraries. We most likely will not sale on an Oasis class again...after speaking to others onboard that seems to be a consensus. The Oasis of the Seas was top notch in every way (2018 sailing) Harmony just so so. A few pointers, if you need a wheelchair you need to arrange first and have prior to boarding...our in laws came with us and once on ship we could not get any assistance for them (recent hip and knee replacements). Make sure you cancel the tipping...at 14.50 per person per day it is excessive. Keep cash and tip who you want. This seems to be a practice at the bars to get the bartenders to pay attention to you....same as all inclusives. Pre book all your shows (with APP or online) it def helps. The drink package is excessive both people have to purchase, my wife hardly drinks so you would be paying about 130USD per day...drinks are 10$ for a pint of beer, 14$ for mixed drinks. (excessive). We payed about 1100$ each for the cabin which was fair. Watch the prices as they fluctuate ALOT, always going up and down. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Harmony of the Seas was an amazing cruise ship. Very engaging staff who helped made the experience memorable. The ship has a lot of on-board options; whether you're with a large group, with 1 other person, or by yourself. Cabin was ... Read More
Harmony of the Seas was an amazing cruise ship. Very engaging staff who helped made the experience memorable. The ship has a lot of on-board options; whether you're with a large group, with 1 other person, or by yourself. Cabin was fairly small but spacious enough for 2 people to move comfortably with 2 suitcases in the room. Dining options were nice. If you're on a budget, the free dining areas offer plenty of quality options; if you're looking for fine cuisine, the on-board restaurants offer many options/experiences too. The bar staff do a great job of personalizing your experience, with many of them remembering who you are and what your go-to drink is; and this was on a 6,000 traveler cruise ship. The waiters and other restaurant staff were great as well. They consistently looked to make sure you were OK and didn't need anything. The room staff was very good as well, personable. The port time-frames were very good as well, as most gave stops gave you time to explore even with long excursions. As for the excursions, very diverse options that cater to any type of traveler. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We booked Harmony two years ago because of the hype. Overall, our trip was ok. The ship is too big and spread out. We missed having every amenity conveniently located throughout, we enjoyed Brilliance so much more. (It took me 5 days to ... Read More
We booked Harmony two years ago because of the hype. Overall, our trip was ok. The ship is too big and spread out. We missed having every amenity conveniently located throughout, we enjoyed Brilliance so much more. (It took me 5 days to find the froyo on Harmony!) The crowds were a bit much, especially on formal nights. Our balcony stateroom on 10 was nice, but opening the door at all screwed up the A/C and we woke hot every single night. Mid ship was perfect for the crazy amount of waves (all the crew said they hadn’t seen anything like it in years) we had. The wait staff was phenomenal, especially with my need for gluten-free food. Loved that the casino had smoking and non-smoking! But at the slots we were never asked if we needed a drink, only at tables. Overall, Harmony was a fun one-time experience. But it’ll be smaller ships for us from now on. Side note: Do not book for CocoCay. Everything on island was much too expensive, the food selection where we were was crap (and we didn’t know until after that we had to search for more choices), and it was SO windy and cool. Not enjoyable at all in winter. RC shouldn’t send anyone there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This Ship is Extraordinary! I don't have the words to describe this ship other then to say it is extraordinary, exceptional and simple amazing. This was my first sailing on one of Royal Caribbean's four Oasis Class ships which ... Read More
This Ship is Extraordinary! I don't have the words to describe this ship other then to say it is extraordinary, exceptional and simple amazing. This was my first sailing on one of Royal Caribbean's four Oasis Class ships which are Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas with Harmony being now the second largest behind Symphony of the Seas. Harmony of the Seas can hold as many as 5479 passengers and 2,100 crew. I have been on over 20 different cruise ships in the last 30 years but this one is by far the best I have sailed on. And you would think that with this many people on board it would be crowded which was not the case here because of the way they have every one spread out in so call "neighborhoods". The only time we felt like we were on a ship with this many people were at breakfast, at the pool or attending one of the shows. But even then they may sure they were organized and had plenty of seats especially at the pools. I tend to choose my cruiseline and ships on the destinations I am interest in because I'm trying to check off as many place on my bucket list as possible so I try not repeating many of the favorite places I've been to such as islands in the caribbean. But since our plans to Cuba was canceled unexpectedly we had to replace it with another cruise. So I decided it's time to see what the Oasis Class ship were all about and Harmony was dock just 45 minutes away with us living in Orlando. The ship was going to places I have been before but my friend is still new to cruising so we decided this was a good time to sail with Royal Caribbean Harmony. I believe the Christmas Holiday time is one of the best because the ship is decorated with christmas decor and the tree they had in the atrium was one of the largest I have seen on a cruise ship. It makes a great place to take pictures to send to your family and friends to make them jealous and envious. lol. Just joking, ... sort of. We drove to Port Canaveral and parked with GoPort which only charge $45.00 for the week which is just the price for 2 people round trip to the ship. The only draw back is that it's about 6 miles from the docks and the shuttle they used are so small only about 6 to 8 people are packed like sardines. I have written cruising reviews before stating that my motto is if I didn’t get sea sick, food poisoning, my room was kept clean; the weather was decent most of the time (which this one was), the showers work, the toilets didn’t over flow and the ship didn’t sink, then it was a great cruise. Everything else is icing on the cake. With so many people on the ship we prepared ourselves that there were going to be time when we had to wait and to be patient. This was the case a few times at dinner when we and others were lined up and even given a time to come back in about 30 or 45 minutes. This was fine with us because there were so many places on this ship where you could kill a few minutes. And speaking of places on this ship our 7 day cruise just wasn't enough time to see everything she had to offer especially with stops on CocoCay Bahamas, Costa Mayo, Cozumel and Roatan. One of the things we love about cruising is waking up to a nice buffet breakfast in the morning before heading off to the next island and or country. We love having a nice hot egg omelet prepared just the way we like it at the omelet station. But on reading reveiws by others who have sailed this ship I was aware that they no longer did this in the Windjammer so you had to go to Johnny Rocket or to Mini Bites if your wanted a fresh omelet prepared for you. Now after being on other ships I realized why they moved the omelet station because in the main breakfast buffet restaurant most people would prefer a freshly made to order omelet to the regular pre-cooked egg and chesse omelet offered. So this usually creates a long line. But since Johnny Rocket and Mini bites were on another level and section of the ship many people didn't know so they ate whatever was offered in the Windjammer. Out of sight out of mind I guess, so it was our and a few others little secret. This is one reason I love reading others reviews and writing my own because these little tips help improve your vacation experience. Pros: I have already talked about how special this ship is. It's a beautiful ship, well taken care of and laid out. You can go to Royal Caribean web site and You Tube and see pictures and videos of the ship so I won't go into detail here because I could never do it justice. But I will say if you don't mine crowds at times and love cruising then you have to cruise one of these Osais Class ships. The staff was great all around from the person who cleaned our room to those that served us in the main dining room. These people work hard, long hours, spend months away from their families for little pay compared to many of us so we need to show them respect, thanks and be fair with the gratuities we give them. And speaking of gratuities I remember when I first started cruising the envelops we would receive in our cabin near the end of the cruise for housekeeping and the restaurant staff which was replace by just paying it up front which I now prefer. So I was surprised when on our last night our room attendent left a gratuities envelop in our room. Now as alway we paid up front when we booked the cruise so this was unexpected. But since he was great I didn't mind leaving him something extra. Embarkation and disembarkation was the smoothest I have ever seen on a cruise ship. It helps to check in online 3 months before your cruise because they now use facial recognition to get you on and off the ship much quicker. The shows they had on the ship was nice but it's best to book on line once again 3 months before the cruise or you might not make the show on the night you want or have to wait in line until those with reservations go in first. Columbus The Musical was good but kind of quirky for us but some may like it. A Journey in Time was a ice show which was a great show with lots of great skaters and had a nice story. The Fine Line Aqua Show was our favorite with high flying stunts and acrobrats in and out of the water. Just don't sit in the front rows because you will get wet. The Quest is always a delight but this one was the best I ever seen mostly because of the host who is eccentric and hilarious. This show is not for the young. The Impressionist was good and he did a funny impression of Trump. We didn't get to see any of the comedians which we usually make time to see but with dinner and so many things to do we just didn't have time. Cons: This ship has no pool in the Solarium which most ships I've been on has but I've read that Symphony of the Seas does so the RC people must have listened to the negatives review concerning this issue and put it back on their newest ship. There was a couple of shows that had to be canceled because of technical difficuties but these things happen so they were just rescheduled. We enjoyed Grease when they stayed with the original storyline but when they strayed to do something different it was awful. Also there were times that the actors use crude hand gestures for no reason so it not appropriate for kids.True Grease lovers like me felt if it's not broken don't fix it. I love to hit the gym a few times during a cruise to stay in shape and burn off some of the calories from eating so much food. And it makes it easier when there is a nice view of the water but on this ship there are not the huge windows with a nice view but smaller ones. Also, this was the first ship I've been on that didn't have a locker room in the gym with a shower. Just small lockers in the gym to keep your personals. After a few cruises I've learned that the gym was a great place to get away and take a nice shower after working out with room to reach every part of your body. At 6' 4" 210 lbs the showers in the standard cruise rooms can be to small with you continually hitting your hands, arms and legs on the wall, knobs or ceiling. And don't drop the soap because you have to open the shower door to pick it up. But at least cruise ships are getting rid of the plastic shower curtain and replacing them with the glass doors. Nothing like a shower curtain sticking to your back side while you are trying to shower. Lol. It seems like they took the shower and locker room space to place more retail area to up sale the guest. But every cruise line I've been on lately are pushing upselling more produces and service to the guest so it's just the nature of cruising today. But even these cons are over shadowed by the Beauty and Grandeur of this ship. The people at Royal Caribbean and the designers took cruise ship designing to another level, which is going to take other cruiselines years to catch up. It's like being at a mall in a small city and with the technology used I only felt the ship move once so you can easily forget you are on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. If you have not been on a Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ship I would say you have to try it at least once. I definitely can't wait to experience the other Oasis Class ships and hope that they will be repositioned to places on my Bucket List I haven't been yet. Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas What can I say this was a Perfect Day at Coco Cay! The weather was perfect and the changes and improvement they made to the island was well worth the wait. There is plenty to do especially for the kids. We just found a nice place near the pool, bar and food and relaxed. It helps that the drink package we purchased can be used on the island. Once again the video's online give a great perfect description of the island. Costa Maya, Mexico I booked us a private excursion online with The Native Choice Tours because they were going to the Chacchoben Ruins for a great price alone with the Seven Color Lagoon with food and drinks included with the price. We were told the office was a short 4 block walk from the dock's gate but they didn't tell us that it was about 4 blocks from the ship to the gate. So we and a few other had quite a walk with taxis trying to pick us up. At least coming back they drop us off at the port gate. I'm a big history buff so when going to other countries I want to learn as much as I can about their culture, the people and history. Since I've been here before I wanted my friend to experience the Mayan Ruins. Our guide was nice and very informative but acted like a drill sergeant to keep us on schedule leaving little time to take pictures. He would try to embrass anyone who fell behind even if it was just to take pictures. Roatan, Honduras This was a very poor looking country with a lot of new contruction going on which hopefully will help their people and improve their lives. In researching what to do on the island I kept coming across great reviews of a small island called Little French Key which wasn't part of RC excursion list. So I became interested in checking it out so we paid a down payment online and booked it. It didn't start off well because when we got off the ship we had to walk through a sea of taxis drivers trying to get our business. It was a mad house. I stopped and asked a few people where do we need to go to get to our tour guide and gave my first name to a driver who asked and then he just came out and said my complete name in a crowd of people out loud who all turned their head and started laughing. I have a very unique name and I guess our tour guide told his friends there and they all were curious how I would look or if I was even a real person. Our tour guide came out of the crowd with a poorly hand written sign with my name on it and introduced himself. He led us to what I thought would be a tour bus but was a old car with the front window broken and no air conditioning. He begin driving us through the city up and down hills nowhere near the water and this is when I turned to my friend and said I guess this is when we are going to get robbed. She looked at me and said she was thinking the same thing and we both had a nervous laugh. Well he met and transfered us to a nicer car after a few miles which took us to a dock where we took a 5 minute small boat ride to Little French Key. This island was fantastic and even better then the video I saw online and well worth the adventurous ride through the city. They have nice beaches and bars with water sports and where you can even go horseback riding. It's also a wild animal refuge so they have monkeys, pumas, jaguars, parrots, rabbits, deers and even a lion. It was odd to see the worker walk freely in the cages with the big cats. For a price we could get a picture in the cage with them or take a swim in the ocean with one. This is where I passed. My only complaint was when I booked the website said they served lobster and shrimps but when I didn't see it on the menu I was told that they had a fire recently in the kitchen which is the reason they don't serve both anymore. An obvious Bait and Switch but with the beautiful view of the ocean and beaches I ordered the jerk chicken, which of course didn't taste anything like jerk chicken but was still good and along with the 2 drinks that was included in the meal. I sat there wondering why RC didn't have this place on their excursion list and how I would tell anyone that if you go Roatan to definitely visit Little French Key just don't expect lobster and shrimps on the menu. Cozumel, Mexico This was our last stop before a sea day and then back to the real world. I have been here many times and even took my friend recently so we just decided to do some shopping near the dock, they have plenty of nice stores with great bargains, and eat at Margaritaville. The food was great and there was a band as we got some specially made margarita's drinks made at our table while listening to Margaritaville and 5 O'clock Somewhere. I would definitely recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We caught the cruise bug a while back (2014) and this was our 7th cruise We have sailed Disney, Princess, Carnival but have sort of settled in on RCCL for various reasons. We have been on small ships (Empress of the Seas) and up to the ... Read More
We caught the cruise bug a while back (2014) and this was our 7th cruise We have sailed Disney, Princess, Carnival but have sort of settled in on RCCL for various reasons. We have been on small ships (Empress of the Seas) and up to the Freedom Class (Freedom and Independence). We typically have sailed with kids (teens) but this was our 25th anniversary cruise so just me and the wonderful wife. This cruise was book over a year ago and I chose the Harmony OTS based on dates, ports and accommodations, plus price (book early). I also wanted to try one of the OASIS class ships. We had a balcony cabin (8540). This cruise was in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary so just my and my amazing wife took this trip. Pre-Cruise / Embarkation: We flew into Orlando the day before, rented a car (Hertz) and drove over to Daytona Beach for the day. Had a nice time and good meal at a favorite of ours “Aunt Catfish’s”. We stayed about 10 miles South of Port Canaveral using Marriott points I had. Next morning drove to the Port Canaveral Hertz return which was ½ mile from the port entrance. They shuttled us over where we handed our luggage over the to porters around 10:30 and we were on the ship less than 30 minutes later. Easy Peasy! My wife has celiac, so she cannot eat gluten and we informed out wait staff in the MDR on our first night. We never had to tell another sole after that. We had the early fixed dining and our waiter (Adrian) and section Head Waiter (Taylan) bent over backwards to accommodate her dietary restriction. Taylon would bring the menu to my wife for the following night and told her to order anything she wanted, and he would be sure they made it gluten-free. They even made French Onion soup of her one night with gluten-free bread. I could name numerous other items as week but generally anything on the menu she wanted, they made it GF. We even ate at Wonderland one night and it was AMAZING. Not for the meat and potatoes crowd but if you enjoy culinary adventure, this place is a MUST. Our waiter there, ‘Junior’, was fabulous and had a great sense of humor. I highly recommend Wonderland. We only ate in Windjammer for lunch on our first day and breakfast on our last day and it was very good as well. We ate breakfast and most lunches in the MDR. My only issue with the meal was our first night in the MDR where I ordered escargot, which I do every time when it’s on the menu and it was actually bad for some reason. Anyway, I ordered it again following night(s) and it was like I remember it being on past cruises. Yummy! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first cruise as a couple after 20 years or so cruising with family. We took our first RCCL cruise back in 1997 and have taken around 25 cruises in that time, around half of them with RCCL. It is sad to see how far this line is ... Read More
This was our first cruise as a couple after 20 years or so cruising with family. We took our first RCCL cruise back in 1997 and have taken around 25 cruises in that time, around half of them with RCCL. It is sad to see how far this line is prepared to go, to erode the cruise experience totally. I'm sure those relatively new to cruising won’t know any different and so don’t know what they missed. First the good. The ship is a physical masterpiece and a tremendous feat of engineering (I work in the ship building business). Despite its size it was very crowded. Embarking and leaving the ship was exceptional with both taking less than 10 minutes. Airports could learn a thing or two here. The not so good. We had a boardwalk balcony (since all sea view balconies had sold when we booked). The balcony was fine, but we would not choose this type again for a couple of reasons. First, there is little privacy and secondly, there is a lot of noise. In our room, the air conditioning was not working and only really got sorted at the end of day 2. For interest, there were quite a few portable conditioners around the ship so perhaps ours was not an isolated incident. We had “my time” dining using the American Icon dining room. It might as well have been called “no time” dining, since there were no times available to book! On the first night, we queued for 30 minutes and once we were allocated a table, waited another 30 minutes to have our existence acknowledged. The food was bland and cold when finally delivered. We checked the menu for the rest of the week to see that it barely changed day-to-day. Under duress we purchased a dining package ($600+]. Here is where we feel RCCL have changed for the worst; the “extra-fee” restaurants are rather good, but basically offer no more than what used to be offered in the main dining room only a few years ago for no more than the cruise fare. We find it ironic that the line describe the eateries (main dining rooms, windjammer etc) as free dining....hmm, I think we have already spent a few $000’s of dollars for the pleasure! Unfortunately, eating in the main dining rooms, is no longer an “event”...unless you think a trip to Denny’s is an event. No disrespect to Denny’s as in fact we had a better meal on our way home there! Whilst we purchased the dining package, it didn’t stop the constant hard sell to buy it (for the first 4 days of the cruise), or to buy a beverage package, spa treatments or to buy a $35 kitchen tour etc. The whole constant up sell is tiresome and intimidating. Just another note, getting anything to eat after 9:00 PM is limited to pizza as even the windjammer is closed by then. Whilst having dinner in the main dining room on the first night, we noticed that the imminent Grease show had been cancelled and moved to day 7. (Coinciding with our dinner reservation on that day). On the second night, the Aqua show was cancelled, then on the fourth night, the skating show suffered the same fate. Ultimately all of the shows were squeezed into the last day. Grease was very good, as was 1887. The headliner show was an acquired taste (not ours) and Columbus we felt was rather poor. Unfortunately due to constant rescheduling we couldn’t see many of the other events as they were showing simultaneously. I’m not sure we will choose RCCL again simply because you can get an identical experience for much less money on lines like Costa and MSC, where the price paid = expectations. RCCL still charge premium prices for an ordinary experience and then have turned the up-sell into the reason for you to be onboard. They are prepared to spoil the experience to chase the last dollar. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Harmony. Cruise Sept 8,15-2019- Survey. * This was our 3rd sailing on Harmony, my wife & I have also been on the Oasis and the Allure several times, we are at the Diamond level.. We went on the Harmony again on May 3, 2020. My ... Read More
Harmony. Cruise Sept 8,15-2019- Survey. * This was our 3rd sailing on Harmony, my wife & I have also been on the Oasis and the Allure several times, we are at the Diamond level.. We went on the Harmony again on May 3, 2020. My overall review on the Harmony.... * Coco Cay experience was Great!!! Beautiful island!!! Perfect Day at CocoCay.. * The Royal Caribbean staff overall on the ship seems very happy which in turn gives good service, from taking care of our room to the restaurants service. * For what ever reason the Beds are still very uncomfortable in our room. We have taken Royal Caribbean many times and this time the beds were not that comfortable. * My wife and I thought that the Entertainment was not up to par compared to the last time we were on the Harmony. Had no problem with the Entertainment on the Oasis and the Allure and the last time we were on the Harmony was very good and we have been on these ships many times before. The water show which was always very good wasn’t very good this cruise. Heard other people saying the same thing... * It seems as the wi-fi was not as good on the Harmony this time compared to other Royal Caribbean ships. This time it kept freezing up and was very slow. * Many times the elevators were not enough to handle the people on the cruise, had to wait a long time to use elevators. * Item of great concern to us was the designated Smoking Area by the pool area should be moved to another floor/level or another part of ship... It’s a shame that the Smoking Area has to be by the pool on the 15 Floor where Kids & Adults have to walk through this area and subjected to the smoke from the cigarettes/pipes & cigars, the smell is just horrible. Need to move to another area..... away from the pool area. * Lobster night was great and our waiters in the dining room were excellent and our room attendant did a great job with our room.... * Very disappointed with the Diamond Club on the Harmony, very small room compared to the Oasis & the Allure. The Diamond Room on the Harmony is about half the size of Diamond Rooms on the Oasis & Allure. The Diamond Rooms on the Oasis & Allure Have two levels/floors, the Harmony only has one level/floor. Also, very disappointed with the Casino regarding table games. On the Harmony Casino you don’t have a game named “Let It Ride”. There were at least 3 or 4 tables in the Casino that had dealers just standing there with no players at their tables. I have been on the Oasis & the Allure and they have the table game “Let It Ride”, it was very popular there. They should get “Let It Ride” card game on the Harmony. * Starbucks that’s normally on the Fifth Floor/Level like the Oasis & Allure was moved to Boardwalk on the Harmony, in my opinion this was a bad move.... It should be put back on the Fifth Floor/ Level.... There are some problems with the Solarium, there’s no pool as there is on the Oasis & Allure and there seemed to be a lot of kids in the Solarium very young age when there is a sign that states no children under the age of 16. Who is suppose to enforce this. **Even though we had some concerns as stated above we had a wonderful time on Harmony the week of, Sept. 8-15, 2019.. Harmony ship is amazing!! My wife and I are both Diamond Members..... Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was my 2nd time on Harmony (1st time was Nov 16'), and it was as good as I remembered the 1st time when it was a fairly new ship! Embarkation - smooth and quick, literally from curb to ship in less than 10 minutes. Keep in ... Read More
This was my 2nd time on Harmony (1st time was Nov 16'), and it was as good as I remembered the 1st time when it was a fairly new ship! Embarkation - smooth and quick, literally from curb to ship in less than 10 minutes. Keep in mind we were prepared with "Set Sail Pass" after completing online chick in, and passports! Ship - as amazing as it was 3 yrs earlier! Great décor, very neat, and flow was as good as I recalled. I have been on 3 of 4 Oasis class, and outside of first day (which is normal on all ships), it never seems like a ship with a few thousand onboard! Cabin - beautiful, and very spacious, with plenty of space to get situated for 7 days. My lady and I put away 4 full large suitcases worth of clothes, shoes, and toiletries, then easily hid the empty cases under bed.....comfortable as always! Balcony is a descent size, not too big and not to small. Food - Very good, not excellent!! Overall meals were good. Options were good, in either MDR or buffet/walk thru eating options. The only 2 complaints I have are; 1 the fact on this ship they seem to have less amount of omelet stations (only in MDR and Mini Bites on 15th floor) 2 MDR does not have many options as far as a "starch" (non-meat/vegetables). It seemed all my dinners had mash potatoes, to be fair I don't eat sea food. Entertainment - Very good!!! Grease, "1887" ice skate show, & "Fine Line" aqua show are all a must. All the other entertainment really depends, "Columbus" is really good, but headliner event varies! Activies - Excellent. Between the slides, zip-line, Flow-Rider, Ice skating, Mini-Golf, rock climbing walls, etc....there is almost too much!! Then you add cruise staff activities at the pool, promenade, theaters, etc.....Plenty of fun!!! Service - Excellent as always!! MDR staff were exceptional. Tidar & Ljubo were amazing, my lady and I wish we knew which ship they were gonna be on next so we could request them!!! Ports/ Excursions - Labadee is a favorite!! Old San Juan was nice but hours @ port were bad (2pm-9pm). Very nice to be steps away literally, from OSJ area. St. Maarten beautiful as always. We had great weather, so that helps! Overall I'd definitely go again, even if same itinerary, although prefer more ports, than 3 on a 7 day. If you have this many "sea" days this is a good ship for it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We came all the way from New Zealand to come on harmony of the seas. We were not disappointed. Ship is just amazing. We personally did not find it crowded. Staff were fantastic except 1 man at guest services. Besides that really could ... Read More
We came all the way from New Zealand to come on harmony of the seas. We were not disappointed. Ship is just amazing. We personally did not find it crowded. Staff were fantastic except 1 man at guest services. Besides that really could not fault anything. We had inside cabin as doing Alaskan cruise 2 weeks later. Saved balcony for that one. Inside we were actually impressed. Size was not to bad as had smaller. We enjoyed a cafe on deck 8 it was called park cafe located in central park. We are there for breakfast and some lunches. We went to chops and grill. That was our favorite. Wonderland was good and different. Worth a try. Central 150 good to. We were not totally impressed with Izimu hibachi as had better .also we would not rave about Jamie Oliver's. Shore Excursion were good. We just think it was a great experience. Shows and the entertainment were world class. Best we seen on a cruise ship and I've done 21 cruises. Best cruise Director ever I have seen on a cruise. Dennis I'm pretty sure his name was.we would go again if lived closer.we just loved it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Oh where to start... The cruise started as a bit of a disaster. First, when I went to check in, they did not have me on the manifest ANYWHERE. Apparently their archaic AS400 system did not bring me over onto the manifest. So they had to ... Read More
Oh where to start... The cruise started as a bit of a disaster. First, when I went to check in, they did not have me on the manifest ANYWHERE. Apparently their archaic AS400 system did not bring me over onto the manifest. So they had to manually check me in at the customer service desk and print my card there. That would have been all good and well, except that we had paid for the drink package, which was NOT listed on my card and thus my card did not work for drinks. Yay. I ended up having to purchase the bracelet so I didn't have to go through the spiel at each bar and have them try to figure out what was going on, but that is for later. They use a mishmash of computer systems which caused non-stop problems the first couple of days.This included random surcharges showing up on our room. Poor customer service must have groaned whenever they saw me coming because they knew there were more charges to remove. The random surcharges happened to everyone in our party and judging from the constant line at customer service, I am guessing we weren't the only ones. My suggestion for checking in is to make sure that you have a paper copy of your reservations. The systems don't always talk to each other and if that's the case, the barcode on your phone won't work. Absolutely make reservations for the shows. This ensures that you get a good seat and since we had my grandparents with us, we never had to wait in the standby lines which can get quite long. Although, again, there were some glitches with their computers randomly cancelling and reassigning us to different shows. We had to take care of that once we got on board. The shows themselves though were amazing. My grandfather is a hard man to please and he loved them all. Making the reservations ensures that you will get to see them all, and I highly recommend seeing all the shows. For those of you going on the Harmony, the ship rocks a surprising amount for the size. I get sea sick easily and as a preventative put a sea sick patch on prior to boarding. However the first night I encountered quite a few women in the restrooms rather sea sick. Just something to keep in mind as Royal has no control over the wave size. If you know you're prone to sea sickness, take measures to prevent it. Our cabin was an interior cabin, but it was lovely. I learned a lesson and will get a window or balcony next time. Sea sickness and interior do not go well together. Not Royal's fault, all mine on this one. Our cabin steward though was amazing. He always had a smile on his face and asked us how our day was. Loved him and loved the cute towel animals he left us! For those of you that are early risers like myself, you will be disappointed. Very few amenities are available for early risers. There is only one coffee shop that opens somewhat early. I enjoyed going up to the solarium before anyone else was up and just relaxing. Caution though, it gets HOT up there. It is covered in glass with very little ventilation. Also, for an adults only area, kids order at the bar there a surprising amount. There also is no pool in the adult only section, just a bunch of hot tubs. It would be nice to see even a small pool in the adult only section. For those of us that look forward to the soft serve machines, prepare to be severely disappointed. They are only open for a few hours a day, you cannot serve yourself, there are no toppings and the only flavor options are vanilla/strawberry swirl or chocolate/strawberry swirl. The desert options in the buffet weren't that great either. The Windjammer had excellent food, but much like the Solarium, it was uncomfortably hot in there, no matter the time of day. The food choices varied day by day which was nice, but it was not really a pleasant experience to eat up there. The only saving grace was our attendant Cipran. Nicest guy and always had a fresh mimosa for me. The man is a saint. It's best if you can just explain the drink you want to bar tenders. Even though there is a standard drink book at each of the bars, many of the bartenders don't really know the drinks in them and you often have to point them out. Just tell them how to make it and you'll be fine. I did have one bad experience with a bartender when I ordered a drink and he looked me in the eye and said "You know that drink is literally my nightmare, right?" Seriously dude, I just wanted to try the drink. The Central Park area is fantastic first thing in the morning and in the evening they often have musicians up there. My fiance and I really enjoyed that area a lot. It was a great spot to relax and decompress from the day's activities. The plants were beautiful and with the open air above, at night it was simply gorgeous. 10/10 would spend more time there. The band is a good idea in concept, they seem to have some glitches to work out still. It did not work in Coco Cay because their computer systems were down... again. Let me tell you, first port of call and I was already tired of the computer glitches. And yet, they continued. On St. Marten, people were having trouble getting on and off the ship because the systems went down again. So many complaining people about missing their dinner times and shows. I get it, the main dining room food was spectacular. The main dining room was nothing but exceptional. The only thing I didn't enjoy was having all the waiters do a dance. I worked at a Johnny Rockets back in the day. There was nothing I hated more than having to stop working to do a dance in the middle of a rush. I can relate to these servers. They are busy, please just let them do their job. I don't need to be entertained during dinner. Our server Erik was amazing. He regularly made my grandfather laugh and made the entire dining experience amazing. The food was beyond fantastic. We didn't try any of the specialty dining options because we honestly never really felt the need to. The menu changes nightly and we were never once disappointed with the food. Okay, I think that about sums it up. Royal, get on the ball and fix your computer systems. That initial day was so incredibly frustrating and having to buy the band just to stop going through the hassle was annoying. The band is a great idea though... when it works. I only encountered the one rude bartender the entire time, so that says something for your staff. Honestly, most of the staff was simply amazing. I loved talking to them and hearing where they were all from. The activities offered onboard were okay, but the only way to learn about any of them was through the app. The ship is massive and beautiful. Once onboard, you don't even realize there are almost 7000 people on the ship with you. We booked all of our shore excursions ourselves. The ones offered by Royal were a little too touristy. We booked tours of the islands privately and had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise for a family vacation and it did not disappoint! What an amazing ship and the staff was wonderful. It never felt overly crowded and we hardly ever had to wait in lines except for my time dining and that was not bad ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a family vacation and it did not disappoint! What an amazing ship and the staff was wonderful. It never felt overly crowded and we hardly ever had to wait in lines except for my time dining and that was not bad at all. We had 7:45pm reservations every night and we waited maybe 15 to 20 mins tops. We sailed from Port Canaveral. Embarkation and Disembarkation were a breeze! We drove and tipped a porter on the sidewalk to take our bags. We then practically walked right onto the ship with no lines or problems whatsoever! The ship was amazing. It was so clean and there was plenty to do as far as entertainment and activities. We did see Grease and the Fine Line Aqua show. Both were wonderful although Grease was a bit long. My only complaint is that they charged for popcorn for the show. I thought that was a bit cheap but the entertainment was excellent. We also caught the Love and Marriage show, which was quite funny and a couple of pool contests like sexy man and belly flop. These are always fun and entertaining. Our children are 18 and 20 so we really enjoyed the solarium in the late afternoons. It would have been nice to have a pool in the solarium but the hot tubs were wonderful and plentiful with cooling stations. There always seemed to be plenty of pool chairs and we never felt like the ship was over the top crowded. For dining, we did the my time dining because there were no reservations left. This was our first time doing that. It was nice to be able to go whenever if we didn’t show up right on time for our reservation but we missed not getting to know a specific group of servers. We had a different set of servers every night. The service was good but not as good as what we have experienced when we had regular times and the same set of servers. We did not choose any specialty dining as we have done this on past cruises and do not find the food to be that much better. The windjammer was the best windjammer we have eaten at so far with a large variety of quality good food available. The solarium restaurant had a nice salad bar. The park cafe had a wonderful selection of paninis for lunch and breakfast. Sorrentos Pizza was good. There was always a nice selection of pizza. Small bites was the only place to get chips and cheese unless you pay at Sabor, which we did not. They were just ok. We had nice chips and salsa off the boat but it would be nice if they would bring this back in the windjammer with Guacomole and some chunk cheese and crackers. We did not get a chance to try the dog house. We did order coffee and basic fruit as room service but the options are limited for breakfast and we enjoyed main dining and park cafe for our breakfast options. Overall the food was very good. The bars were great! We really enjoyed the Mimosas and Bloody Mary bar in the pub. The schooner bar is always a fav and their lavender daquari is amazing! Boleros has a coconut mojito that is wonderful. Wonderland is fun to pop into for a nice drink and to check out the scenery. Vintages had a nice wine selection. All the pool bars were great with very little wait time and the solarium was the best. All staff were polite and quick. The customer service on this ship is top notch! Our cabin was on the 7th floor. We had an extended balcony. It was wonderful. The rooms on this ship are laid out so nice with lots of storage space and drawers for clothes. We each had our own closet on either side of the room. The bathroom was roomier than any of the other royal ships we have been on. Our stateroom attendant was our favorite so far. She went out of her way to make sure we had a wonderful experience. The excursions were great. Coco Cay is wonderful and it is so nice that Royal honors your drink package and food on the island. The lunch was wonderful. We stayed on Chill Island for most of the day and did go to the pool with swim up bar for a bit. It was busy but so fun. We ended up spending $40 on 2 lounge mats for the day for the beach. I’m not sure that was worth it. I noticed some people brought their own small blow up loungers with netting and I would probably pack something easy like that for next time but the loungers were nice. Next we went to Cozumel and ended up booking an excursion at Mr. Sanchos all Inclusive. It was awesome and we cant wait to go back. I reviewed that on Trip Advisor and that is where I found them. Next, we went to Honduras. I booked Little French Key all island access pass. This was amazing!!! I booked directly online and have also reviewed them on Trip Advisor as this is where I found this excursion. Last we went to Costa Maya. We just got off the ship and shopped around the port. It was a lot of aggressive vendors on the inside that were willing to cut the prices if you started to walk away and a lot of expensive vendors in stores surrounding this. I probably would not get off the ship next time. They did have a pool and swim up bar people seemed to be enjoying. Overall this is our 7th cruise and the best yet! We would love to go back on Harmony of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon as it came highly recommended. Unfortunately we were ver disappointed with our experience. Day 1 - we were not let into our rooms till after 1pmm this left many passengers holding onto hand luggage ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon as it came highly recommended. Unfortunately we were ver disappointed with our experience. Day 1 - we were not let into our rooms till after 1pmm this left many passengers holding onto hand luggage meaning activity options were limited. None of the bars had menus out and the staff were only intrested in selling the drink packages rather than service. Day 2 - coco cay was a pleasant island but there was a lack of communication around what activities would be available along the beach. There was very little signage to tell you what drinks you could buy or where advertises activities were being held. Dinner at Icon grill was also a mess. The servers did their best with a very overbooked restaurant, but we were kept waiting for 20 minutes for a pre booked table. Our food then took so long to arrive that we missed a show we had booked for 2 hours after our dinner reservation. It was too noisy to even have a conversation with the person across the table so we ate in silence. Day 3 - at sea. Entertainment offered was great, however there were not many activities offered for entertainment. Rather most seemed to be focused on seeing how much they could get you to spend. This made for quite a boring day aboard. Day 4 - getting off the ship in Mexico was a mess. There was no organisation of your groups, rather we were told to go to the end of the pier at a certain time. The timeframes given to get to the designated area was ridiculous as it was set for 15 minutes after we were able to leave the ship, meaning everyone else was also trying to get off at the same time. My husband and I had also purchased a dining package and were told we can dine at any specialty restaurants. After dining at hibachi we were informed this was not included. We felt very ripped off as nowhere on the ship website is this outlined. We were also told at the end of the dining experience, removing our option to choose. Extremely disappointed as we spent a lot of money on this cruise with expectations of a relaxing vacation, when really we were sucked into a money eating scheme and have yet to see the benefit of the cost. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My husband and I are frequent cruisers with RCCL, but this was our first time on Harmony. We have always driven down in the past since we live in South Carolina, but decided to fly this time (so much better!!). We caught a direct flight ... Read More
My husband and I are frequent cruisers with RCCL, but this was our first time on Harmony. We have always driven down in the past since we live in South Carolina, but decided to fly this time (so much better!!). We caught a direct flight out of Charlotts for a good price, and booked hotel and transportation with Go Port Canaveral. Flew into Orlando, caught hotel shuttle to hotel for the night, then the shuttle to the port the next morning. Easy peasy. Embarkation was a breeze! RCCL now has employees with tablets posted at the front of some lines to check people in who already have their Set Sail pass printed and ready to scan, so take time before your cruise to do the online check-in and print your passes!! We were on the ship within 10 minutes, and our ship cards were waiting at our room. So easy! Our room was ready at 1pm sharp, and was beautiful! We had our usual Central Park balcony, as on the Oasis OTS, but the layout was different and the room seemed much more spacious! Very clean, cool, comfortable, included a bottle of wine and some extras. My only complaint is that the pillows were extremely flat. I recently had a disc replacement in my neck so by the end of the cruise I was really hurting. My fault for not bring my own pillow. We went to eat in the WIndjammer, which was busy but manageable. Food was yummy. They were REALLY pushing the deluxe beverage package, offering buy one, get one 50%. We never get the beverage package, but after cruising on Norwegian Sky with drinks included we decided to try it on RCCL. Almost $900 later, we had our drink package and began enjoying it immediately. Drinks were mostly good but bars got crowded and slow, and kids using the bar areas did not help! Parents and RCCL: PLEASE keep kids out of the bars, at least prohibited from sitting at the bar and ordering sodas. There are other places to get sodas. Leave the bars to adults drinking bar beverages. Especially where the seating is limited, like the Rising Tide Bar. I get it, it goes up and down and kids dig it, but a bar is for adults and we should be able to find a seat not occupied by kids eating pizza with their faces in their phones. Sea days were fantastically relaxing! Roaming the ship, watching the Flow Rider surfers, shopping, CASINO!!! (I love this casino has a non-smoking side! As a heart patient who can't be around smoke, it's lovely to enjoy a casino!) We ate in the dining room once, with My Time dining. Luckily I reserved our time online in advance because the non-reservation was ridiculously long! Windjammer was really good for dinner and lunch, as was Solarium Bistro and room service. I cannot say enough about the ports we visited (besides Coco Cay which we didn't participate in due to the upcharges). 1. In Costa Maya we booked the Port Pass excursion thru the ship and that was great! Included tequila tour and tasting, chocolate theatrical tour and tasting, and aviary which was very cool. And 3 free drinks per person. All without leaving the cruise port! 2. In Roatan we booked a private tour with Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary. One of his tour guides, Felicia, picked us up at the pier and drove us around the island before stopping at a chocolate factory, the animal sanctuary (phenomenal to hold a sloth and play with monkeys), the iguana and marine sanctuary (loved this! huge iguanas, lobsters, huge tarpon fish and amberjack fish), and a beautiful local restaurant with the best seafood and view right on the water! ) FYI: the ship offered an excursion to the monkey and sloth sanctuary for about $149 per person; we got a 5-hour private tour of the island, including the sanctuary and more, and paid $40 per person by booking directly with them. Plus, this ensures the islanders get all the financial benefit from our visit, not the cruise line. 3. In Cozumel we booked an excursion via Vacations To Go, called Taste of Mexico. This was so much fun and educational! We learned about the chocolate-making process, ground our own beans and made our own chocolate bars, enjoying authentic Mexican mole dip and chocolate with tequila drinks. We learned all about tequila: difference between sipping and mixing tequilas, the process of growing and harvesting blue agave plants, the proper way to drink sipping tequilas, and even got our own graduation certificates at the end! We also enjoyed the all-you-can-eat taco bar with home made tortillas. Entertainment, as always, was top notch! I, personally, found Grease to be a huge disappointment, but the aqua show, ice skating, Columbus musical, and everything else more than made up for it! Again, I was glad I reserved our seats and times online before the cruise because a lot of people without reservations did not get seats for some shows. All around, a great cruise that we will always remember and look forward to going again!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Cruised with 27 others. Had family, friends and Niece and Nephew 17&18. HOTS june 2019. We all felt the free food was excellent except for Solarium poor service & food. I reserved two times for free dinner every night, Solarium 6pm ... Read More
Cruised with 27 others. Had family, friends and Niece and Nephew 17&18. HOTS june 2019. We all felt the free food was excellent except for Solarium poor service & food. I reserved two times for free dinner every night, Solarium 6pm and then also My Time Dining 8:30 since we had no idea of show times & did not want to miss since dinner service is alloted 2 HOURS every night. The room attendants and food staff that we saw or spoke were almost all exceptional. There is an 18% tip already paid, we paid an extra 10 to 15% on top and could charge to our room. RC constantly nickel and dimed during the entire pre cruise, items that stated would be included were not get everything email led to you if they tell you something. Voom almost NEVER worked, no way to communicate with rest of our group, RC should atleast put dry erase boards on doors so we could tell everyone where wewent and in four hours where we will be. Print out your entire daily planner, to prove what you paid for and time you scheduld since their app hardly worked. I had to fight to get 1-arcade $ back, since card did not work( had already worked with attendant night before), 2- $ back from cancelled port RC excursion, 3- proof of dinner reservation # reserved and time 4-i have limited mobility and diarrhea was noted on my reservation and RC could not confirm where the $1200 Chill Island Cabana i paid for was..of course 2nd in line on Day one excursion CS had my reserved cabana the farthest last one as far away from bathrooms as possible to walk in 4 inch sand THANKS RC for working with me . 4- got $ back on voom since down so many days. 5- got $ money off cabana since items that should have been included were not - combination locking lid, speaker, usb outlet all none Existant. 6- Got bottle of wine since CS sold me personal Flowrider for my Fam of 3 (my Ipad blocked some drop downs for some reason and i never could read the excursion notes) but not the personal whole hour one on one, was only personal with 12 other guests. 7- RC sponsored excursion start time changed weeks ago, noth Ng noted on my stuff, noone informed us i guess they dont know how to pick up phone or knock on door but willing to interupt my meal to ask me to change my dinner time to 9pm for the remainder of the cruise. Oh the biggy, the weather was crummy, the second largest ship in the world swayed all day and night the first 3 days - in bed, during day, durring dinner, on top deck on bottom deck while walking, everywhere. It was not killer, but i have vertigo so it affected me more than others, but everyone was talking about it. Cool to watch the water swaying out of the pools though. So when it rains no Flowrider, mini golf, rockclimbing or ofcourse pool..could use hot tub since under cover. Since voom did not work, dinner reservation for everyone went out the porthole, first three nights instead of 2 hrs, took an extra 30 to 45/min to seat, so turned into 3 HOURS for dinner. Which dominoed into evening events , that were cancelled. Bummer again. Ps RC luggage tags are competely different, confirm size and shape before buying the cutesie tags. We had an okay time, expectations were high, being let down could have been avoided. Check out Rcblog to get good tips. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This cruise ship was amazing and the staff was really nice and informative. After watching YouTube videos I had expectations of the embarkation and disembarkation to be a madhouse and frustration. But to my surprise both the embarkation ... Read More
This cruise ship was amazing and the staff was really nice and informative. After watching YouTube videos I had expectations of the embarkation and disembarkation to be a madhouse and frustration. But to my surprise both the embarkation and disembarkation was really smooth. We got to the terminal around 11:00 and we was on the ship by 11:30. (we did online check in prior, which I highly recommend) As far as disembarkation we left around 9:00 we waited in line to get off of ship for like 20 mins. Our suitcases were easy to find as well. Overall for disembarkation it took us like 45 mins to actually get in the shuttle to go to the airport. The ship was sold out so we had close to 6,000 people and yet it didn’t feel crowded. We wasn’t bumping into each other. The ship was so nice and clean. My husband and I stayed in a ocean view balcony cabin and it was spacious. I wasn’t feeling our stewardess, I feel she could had been a little more attentive. We had prepurchased dinner for 2 specialty dining and let me tell you that we wasted our money. The food nor the wait staff was good. We went to 150 Central and Chops Grill and we were so disappointed. We had a reservation for hibachi for our anniversary but we cancelled and got a refund because we were afraid we would had the same bad experience that we had with the other two restaurants. But let me tell you... the main dining for dinner was really good. Also the windjammer for breakfast and lunch was on point. They had plenty to choose from and the food was delicious. We saw the shows and hands down the best one to me was Columbus. Grease was not good at all!!! It was too long ( 90 mins) and boring. If we weren’t sitting in the middle of the row we would had been left and found something more exciting. The karaoke had limited out of date songs. They really need to update this. But overall this was a nice experience and I most definitely will go again. Next year we are doing the Symphony of the Seas only because it’s a littler bigger than Harmony and I want to see what it has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because we love the Oasis class ships and had been on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas the two previous years. While they are all very similar, each has their different nuances. We have been on 12 cruises ( 8 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love the Oasis class ships and had been on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas the two previous years. While they are all very similar, each has their different nuances. We have been on 12 cruises ( 8 with Royal Caribbean ) and this was by far absolutely the quickest embarkation ever. I can't say enough good things about it. I had coffee one morning with a guy that had been on over 70 cruises ( not a travel agent ) and he confirmed what I already knew, Royal Caribbean all the way. They have the embarkation down to a science. Another thing I've always liked about Royal Caribbean is they do the muster drill in one of the dining rooms so there is a place to sit as opposed to other lines that have you stand for 30 minutes or more on one of the outside decks. The ship itself was beautiful and well maintained. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely sail on this ship. The only thing I noticed and didn't like was that you could hear the noise inside your cabin from the Boardwalk whereas on the Oasis and Allure, you could not. We also noticed that the closets were configured differently ( which we liked ) and had drawers in them which the other ships did not. The shower was noticeably bigger with a completely closing glass surround. ( again, we liked this ) I don't remember the name of the motel we stayed in ( Titusville )( I think it was a Quality Inn ) but it was a dump and the steakhouse that they were so high on ( on the grounds ) had good food but I don't think they've cleaned their bathrooms in a couple of years. Our room steward Delano was great and very attentive. The entire staff was very friendly. The cabin was always very clean although I wished they had vacuumed a little more. Shore excursions were mediocre at best. Next time, I will not book any shore excursions. Perfect Day at Coco Cay was fabulous. We had a 10 o clock balloon ride booked which they had to cancel due to the wind. ( Royal Caribbean has no control over the weather ) Even though it started off cloudy in Port Canaveral, we had pretty good weather 95% of the time. ( again, Royal has no control over mother nature. ) The new Coco Cay is gorgeous. The entertainment on board was superb. As a guy, I don't normally like musicals but I thoroughly enjoyed Grease. Great production. We traveled with another couple and they enjoyed the cruise as much as we did. The service in the MDR was a little slow but there are 13 complimentary places to eat so this really didn't matter. That's another thing I like about the big ships, variety. Even though it was a large ship, I've been on smaller ships that seemed a lot more crowded. The belly flop contest, worlds sexiest man and women's cannonball contest were hilarious. The second Aqua show was a lot better than the first. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose Harmony of the Seas because we wanted a short cruise out of Port Canavarel with all the amenities. We like Suites and the Coastal Kitchen experience. Embarkation was a breeze, our room cards were waiting for us in our room. ... Read More
We chose Harmony of the Seas because we wanted a short cruise out of Port Canavarel with all the amenities. We like Suites and the Coastal Kitchen experience. Embarkation was a breeze, our room cards were waiting for us in our room. Loved the Coastal Kitchen for Breakfast and lunch. We actually bought the dining UPGrade and had a dinner in 150 Central and Chops Grille. While the service was nice in both restaurants; the food quality was just ok. We ordered the Halibut in the 150 Central and it was definately overcooked; I know we could have sent it back but..... The next night in Chops; the appetizers were great. We both ordered filets; medium rare. Not the best quality filets we ever had; they lacked flavor. Thought at first they were overcooked but the center was medium rare. As much as we liked the smaller dining experience I don't think it was worth the upgrade price. The Coastal Kitchen service was great; the one dinner in the Main Dining Room was also great; just too big. We went to the Grease show; well done. I always think these shows go on just a bit too long. People were beginning to leave before the show ended. Loved the Grease music so we stayed for the entire show. We went to the Fine Line water show. WOW, WOW, WOW. Best show of this type that we have ever seen, Pay attention to the first performer to come on stage; we twirls and spins for at least 15-20 minutes and then he is also in the show. Super High energy. Well done Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We loved this ship! We experienced lots of new things. We rode the carousel even though we are older, we rode the rising tide bar twice, watched the bionic bartenders, saw the show Grease, Columbus the musical, the ice show, the aqua ... Read More
We loved this ship! We experienced lots of new things. We rode the carousel even though we are older, we rode the rising tide bar twice, watched the bionic bartenders, saw the show Grease, Columbus the musical, the ice show, the aqua show and all were very entertaining. Our cabin steward Xavier Fernandes was exceptional, he kept our cabin 12698 spotless, made a big deal out of our anniversary, and had a please personality. The food was delectable, our main dining staff, Tianyu, Rhoy, and Blanca were the best! Service throughout the entire ship exceeded our expectations. We did not get off of the ship for the ports because we had such a great experience. The last night parade was fun. We ate at Jamie's Italian and the risotto was just like what we had in Italy. Chops Grille was beyond exquisite! From the bread to the final course, the food was amazing! The service is on the slow side, but we didn't care. Since we enjoyed it so much we booked Allure of the Seas for December 1st. I would highly recommend this ship to all. The Solarium is actually 3 levels which I never saw before, however, they do not have a pool in there. Too many kids on board though. I don't know if they have to provide proof that their kids has shots for measels or not, but they should have to as this is a major health concern. Lots of rude people not sanitizing their hands. This needs to be reinforced more. We used the fitness center 4 times during the week, so we didn't gain any weight, and there were plenty of machines. I never had to wait for a treadmill, or recumbent bike, plenty of towels, a scale, and restrooms. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I traveled with my wife March 1st. . We had an amazing time. Got to and on the boat with absolutely no issues. T he boat was full and loaded families with kids. Later I was told it was still spring break not aware of that ... Read More
I traveled with my wife March 1st. . We had an amazing time. Got to and on the boat with absolutely no issues. T he boat was full and loaded families with kids. Later I was told it was still spring break not aware of that it booking time but it Didn’t matter we were able to escape to the solarium where we spent our days, The reality is though the the pool area was overrun with children. This is kind of a vibe killer but again, the Solarium saved the day. We love the boat and the layout. We were never bored and always kept busy We both work out and use the track and gym and both were phenomenal. The food is cruise food. Remember you’re going on a moderately priced cruise not the queen Elizabeth. If you understand this and look for good food options you will be more then satisfied. The windjammer is a bid crowded at most times try the solarium bistro or some other options for lunch. We always have a balcony this time we just got a large window it was more than fine for us and we saved a lot of money. The evening entertainment and shows ware spectacular I work on Broadway in New York City they were comparable to shows seen there- some even better. Saint Martin, Labadie, and San Juan Nice island stops we didn’t need to do excursions and had a great time anyway. We did a self disembarkation took our luggage off of the boat ourselves And we’re at the airport in minutes. Personally I'd only go on this cruise again if we had kids coming along but that does not mean without them you could not have a ball. BTW the casino is awesome, albeit there is a smokey smell. All of the service was great !!!!! Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Warning, long review incoming. We have sailed Disney three times, and this was our second RC cruise. First time on this class ship. Ship/Cabin: Getting on board was a breeze. We were emailed and asked to show up not before noon. ... Read More
Warning, long review incoming. We have sailed Disney three times, and this was our second RC cruise. First time on this class ship. Ship/Cabin: Getting on board was a breeze. We were emailed and asked to show up not before noon. We showed up at noon and were on the ship by 12:25. Our room was ready at 1:00 and our luggage was already there. Very nice sized balcony room, and worth the price in my opinion. Plenty of storage space for two people. The balcony is my sanctuary and is needed for me. We purchased the deluxe beverage package and VOOM for one device. The app is nice but needs work. We were able to relax, and had a small lunch in the Solarium Bistro, then walked around and tried to find our way around the ship. We also did the Ultimate Abyss slide right away, and that was a lot of fun. This ship is AMAZING! I do not like crowds, and there were over 6000 guests on board and I only felt the crowds poolside on days at sea and at a couple of shows. I love the design of this ship. Also, the water slides were an absolute blast. Almost 70 steps to climb, but I did that multiple times each day (8 was my record, and loved the green slide). There are places to relax and have quite when you want. I love the Solarium, but no pool was a bit disappointing. Days at sea were very relaxing there, and it was still a very short walk to the Water Slides. I spent about 20 minutes in the Casino (too smokey for me) and did walk around a lot. My wife and I avoided the elevators, so we got a decent workout walking stairs. We also used the gym three times and the walking/running track on deck 5 often. I gained a few pounds, but the stairs and walking helped keep that number low. I love the options and activities on this ship. Dining: Dinner (SILK, deck 5) day one was the first disappointment, and set the tone for mediocre dining the entire week. We were my-time dining, as "traditional" was already full when we booked 14 months earlier. We were sat right away, and we had mentioned that we wanted to sit with other people and not at a two seat table. This did cause some confusion by the terrible hostess, but eventually someone was able to tell her what we wanted, and we were sat with two other couples. The food was ok (salmon overcooked, lobster tails had one that was good, one was rubbery), the service was terrible and consistently bad in the main dining room. I never did get the name of our assistant waiters, and we had three different waiters/assistant waiters the four nights we ate in the main dining room before deciding to call it quits. It became a joke at our table to see what they would mess up first. One night, the appetizers were almost completely finished before we had our drinks. Another night, one person was delivered the wrong entree and wrong desert. Another night, someone asked for two different appetizers, and never received them. Another asked for two deserts and only got one. I asked for and received the wrong desert twice. After the 4th bad main dining room experience, we were done. I booked the Solarium Bistro for dinner one night, and that was the best dining experience of the week at that point. I was fine with pizza or hot dogs or whatever the rest of the week, but someone suggested Wonderland. We decided to do that, and while I am not happy about being steered to upscale restaurants because of terrible service, we both loved the food and service and wonderland, and I tipped and extra 25% to Maria, since the entire experience was great. Basically, Wonderland gave us what we had received with no up charge when sailing Disney. You do get what you pay for. Maybe I get a suite next time, since that would more accurately compare the two lines? Eating in Coastal Kitchen would be much nicer I imagine. We usually had breakfast or lunch, rarely both. I enjoyed Mini Bites since they had a made to order omelet option for breakfast. We also both enjoyed the Solarium Bistro for any meal. We had pizza once, and a hot dog on the boardwalk once. We only ate in the Windjammer once during lunch while in port. Too crowded to be enjoyable, though the food was fine. I preferred the Solarium or Mini Bites to the huge buffet. I would rather have fewer options in a less crowded area. Service: My wife and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and also her birthday. We booked this while on board Independence of the Seas in 2017. While the travel agent "made a note" of our reason for the celebration, and so did the phone agent I spoke with when booking show times, the day came and went with zero acknowledgement. That was my first trip to Guest Services. The agent apologized and offered a bottle of wine. Sure, it was kind, and something. Just sad that I had to mention it. They also forgot her Birthday. How hard is that one? You have everyone's birthday on the ID they use to get on board. Again, Disney makes you feel welcome, Royal may do that for Diamond types, but I am not there. The cabin was kept spotless, and the beverage service throughout the ship was amazing the entire week (except in the main dining room. I know, same people). I made a second trip to guest services after our 4th bad experience in the Main dining room. She offered to remove the prepaid gratuities. I declined. The staff was all working hard, just needed either better training or management. I just used the cash I had brought to tip the bar service I enjoyed and the cabin attendant instead of giving extra to the waitstaff. Entertainment/Activities: We love the aqua show, and I got to see it a second time by just hanging out by the rock climbing wall. There are chairs there, and some were open right before show time. We liked Grease, but had seen it before and often enough that it was just OK for me. The had to alter the story a bit for time and no intermission. I absolutely loved both comedians. I did not go back for the family friendly version, but heard that was good. Voctave was also very good. Columbus could have been skipped. It was ok. I see enough ice that I skipped the skating show. I mentioned the smoke in the casino, other than that there is plenty to do while on board. I was never bored. Zumba poolside, different contests and activities and dance party's. We both had a blast, and it was a memorable week with a few hiccups and mediocre dining. Ports: Labadee. Rented a cabana and loved the day of relaxing. Food was fine. I fed the local starving dogs that were around (they liked the chicken), and wanted to rescue them. Jamaica: Did not do much. we shopped, then got back on board and braved the WindJammer, then hit the pools and waterslides since they were not crowded at all. Cozumel: been here plenty of times. Did a bit of shopping and got back on board the not-crowded ship. Will I go again? Probably. I will either pay extra for a suite, or pay for a dining package. I have to do math to decide if Disney is worth the extra expense. I like all the activities that RC has on board. I will cruise again, I may need to look at other lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This our third cruise. Many positives. A few negatives. First the positives. Dining room food and service exceeded expectations considering some of the reviews we read. Food was good. Portions are small but that is fine with me. ... Read More
This our third cruise. Many positives. A few negatives. First the positives. Dining room food and service exceeded expectations considering some of the reviews we read. Food was good. Portions are small but that is fine with me. Don't like overeating. Service was perfect every night. My Time Dining was flawless. Longest wait to be seated all week was 5 minutes. Our enjoyment of the shows was mixed. Grease was fantastic. I had seen Grease on Broadway and this production was much better. The diving shows were also incredible. Almost too high and scary to watch. Ice shows good but not great. Other shows including comedian and RC production just average. Embark and disembark very smooth. They have that figured out. Worst part of embarkation is the ridiculous bottleneck getting into the port terminal. Add at least a half hour waiting for your cab to get past security checkpoint. Excursion experience was mixed. Super good time on the Paladar and Starfish snorkel in Cozumel. The reef is stunning. Great guides and flawless execution. Chukka Horseback ride in Jamaika could have been an awesome experience but very disorganized and terrible facilities considering the number of guests that they get per day. The changing facility to get into swimsuit for the water ride is a one stall bathroom where you dont want to touch anything. They left us milling around asking what we are supposed to do. Should be much better at $100 a person. Labadee excursion cancelled due to wind. The island is quite nice but by the time we figured out the layout it was late in the day and we missed some great beach areas. Suggestion would be to give or have a map to help guide like an amusemant park would have. Balcony room was comfortable. Room steward did his job perfectly and with a smile. Earned an extra tip for sure. Our friends were next door so they can open the balcony between the rooms which was very fun. Negative experiences on the pool deck. Just too many people jostling for too few chairs and pool space. Should definitely have a pool in Solarium for adults only. Just no way to provide enough poolside room in this big a ship. The other areas don't seem crowded at all. Went to one specialty resturant and the food was good but not sure it is good value to pay added $100/couple over the Main dining option. Overall this is a very clean and friendly ship with dedicated staff. Lots to do. Trade off is between all the shows and entertainment options versus sharing the pool deck with 5000. Nice ship, nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We opted for this cruise for the experience and time to explore the Harmony of the Seas and also escape from northeastern winter. Embarkation was delayed for some reason and it was a canumdrum when boarding began as we stood for over ... Read More
We opted for this cruise for the experience and time to explore the Harmony of the Seas and also escape from northeastern winter. Embarkation was delayed for some reason and it was a canumdrum when boarding began as we stood for over an hour. The ship, staff and entertainment was excellent,especially the bar service and the main dr waiters. We had been to the ports of call many times and had opted to take advantage of the ship pools as on sea day as the pool decks are extremely crowded on sea days. We got off at Labadee and rented an umbrella on the beach which was simply charged to our sea pass card . We had specialty dinners at Jamie’s Italian one night and Chops on another and neither disappointed . The main DR service was excellent but the food is just a little repetitious from cruise to cruise We enjoyed the shows, especially Columbus, the aqua show and the ice show...A DONT MISS...Make sure you book in advance to assure seating We bought the drink package prior to boarding which simplified drink ordering and we also purchased VOOM for one device. Although the.connection was good, I believe it to be somewhat pricey. We opted to walk off the ship for disembarkation and having left our cabin at 630AM, we were through customs and at FLL by 745AM. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have previously been on the Oasis and Allure. We were excited to go on the Harmony. As expected, the Harmony is a gorgeous ship. I love the Oasis class ships, as they are easy to navigate and all the neighborhoods help to spread the ... Read More
We have previously been on the Oasis and Allure. We were excited to go on the Harmony. As expected, the Harmony is a gorgeous ship. I love the Oasis class ships, as they are easy to navigate and all the neighborhoods help to spread the people out on the ship and help make it feel uncrowded. The shows on this ship are absolutely top notch. Grease was, by far, the best show we've seen on a ship and so fun! Every single show on the ship is just amazing. The ports were great, too. Between the ship, shows and ports, this had the potential to be the best cruise we've ever gone on. But... We usually go this particular week because it's between school breaks in the U.S. so we've found it a good time to cruise when there isn't many kids. Except this year! We were told there were 1,500 kids on the ship!!! That was way too many! Children were everywhere, even where they shouldn't be (solarium, bars and hot tubs). From what I understand, RC was offering a "kids are free" promotion that might have been the reason why it was so inundated with little kids. There was a Jewish holiday that week so there were certain things done that week to cater to the Jewish passengers (changing the Solarium Bistro to a kosher restaurant, for instance). It seems like it would have been better to set up the kosher restaurant away from the Solarium, since that brought kids into that area. Most of the other passengers on the ship were from Brazil. You can tell that customs are different there, as the entire time people (especially children) were cutting in lines and behaving in a way that most Americans would consider rude. We alternate between Royal Caribbean (because their ships are just magnificent) and Carnival (which really are a bit more fun). Whenever we go on Carnival, I find people turn their nose up about it and want to make comments about the kids or lower class of people on the ships. I can honestly say that this was the worst experience I've ever had as far as fellow passengers on any ship. Hot tubs were full of toddlers in swim diapers, leaving no room for adults. Some families had to be told over and over again that they couldn't have their kids in the Solarium. Kids were constantly cutting lines. I was kicked hard in the back in the pool by a bigger kid who didn't even take the time to apologize. Another thing we saw on this ship that we haven't seen before was 2-3 small dogs. Sorry, but a miniature poodle or a yorkie is not a real service dog and have no place on a ship! A couple we met in the hot tub (which we could only get in at night when people finally got their toddlers out of there) told us that one of the dogs was left in the cabin all day while the lady who brought it was on an island and it barked non-stop, causing them to avoid going to their room at all. In summary, I can only say that the Harmony of the Seas is a fabulous ship. It's a marvel on the sea. If RC continues on this quest to fill the ship with as many kids as possible, though, they're not going to remain our first choice. We get very little time off work and choose a cruise to relax. When you can't go into a pool without getting splashed and kicked, can't get into a hot tub during the day due to it being full of kids with floaties on their arms and swim diapers on and can't even escape to the Solarium without waiting for kids to be served sodas at the bar before you, it really deters from the relaxing trip we had hoped for. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was my fourth Royal Cruise and one of my favorites. The size of the ship allowed for an easy flow of people and the only time I really experienced a crowd was when we embarked on the first day. It was also nice having a larger ship ... Read More
This was my fourth Royal Cruise and one of my favorites. The size of the ship allowed for an easy flow of people and the only time I really experienced a crowd was when we embarked on the first day. It was also nice having a larger ship because that meant I hardly felt the motion of the ocean. There were lots of opportunities to find things to do either on a sea day or port day. On sea days there are multiple quizzes and games in the Schooner Bar, the escape room or other physical actives (like the rock wall, zip line and mini golf). There are also the pools, which my wife and I didn’t really spend any time at. I may not have made it to all the shows, as there are so many; however, I made it to most of them. From karaoke competitions to the Battle of the Sexes to the shows that require reservations, I wasn’t ever bored. There were lots of delicious places to stop, but one of my favorite places is Park Café where I was able to enjoy my roast beef sandwiches. I also like the main dining room. I personally think that it is close to the quality of the specialty restaurants. Overall, the ship was nice and large, so it didn’t feel like people were on top of one another, and I rarely felt the movement of the ship. I was always entertained and could tell the staff and crew wanted to make sure their guests felt special. I definitely didn’t go hungry and left happy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go on the Harmony of the Seas. We have traveled to the Eastern Caribbean many times and enjoy the ports. While on this cruise our friends celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Royal ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go on the Harmony of the Seas. We have traveled to the Eastern Caribbean many times and enjoy the ports. While on this cruise our friends celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Royal Caribbean provided a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for the occasion. We are Diamond members of C & A and truly enjoy the nightly get togethers for drinks. We enjoy meeting people and have made some great friends in the lounge that we continue to stay in touch with. There is one thing I don't quite understand about the DL. We enjoy Bourbon. Plain old Bourbon. There is not a single Bourbon on the drink list for the DL. The bartenders say we have Jack Daniels, Jack Daniels is not Bourbon. The dining room (American Icon) staff was exceptional, although we would have preferred to have been assigned the Grande dining room. We did self disembark due to an early flight and it went well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Harmony of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.1
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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