2 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Mediterranean

Having sailed with RCCL 10 times we always wanted to try an OASIS class ship. Along comes Harmony Of The Seas (HOTS), and an opportunity to try the largest cruise ship. My wife and I are 60, so not exactly young, but were saddened to ... Read More
Having sailed with RCCL 10 times we always wanted to try an OASIS class ship. Along comes Harmony Of The Seas (HOTS), and an opportunity to try the largest cruise ship. My wife and I are 60, so not exactly young, but were saddened to see some of the negative comments made about HOTS. Our emabarkation was easy but slowed down by the use of Ipads in Barcelona, the person booking us in took ages to run the credit card approval, even though it was pre-approved and noted on our set sail documents. however the biggest criticism goes to the delivery of luggage. We boarded at 11:00am and did not receive our luggage at all. Wandering around the ship, we then came across luggage spread out along the corridors both sides, we had to take the luggage from a-b times 3, not great RCCL. Our stateroom 12584 had a lovely balcony and the room was great for our needs, it had everything including better storage for clothes. The bathrooms are small, but the shower was larger than usual. Our attendant was never intruding, but always available to assist with anything required. Loretta was fabulous. The ship itself is large but fabulous, with many different environments, The Boardwalk, Central Park, Royal Promenade, Adult Area, Kids Zone and plenty of other nice areas just to walk and chill. Central Park was lovely with trees and plants and was wonderful to relax away from crowded areas. The Boardwalk again was fun with the Aqua theater in this area. The Royal Promenade is what makes RCCL better than most other lines. This is where you can people watch, eat, drink, chat with other guests and of course soak up and enjoy the atmosphere. Shows Grease, Columbus, The Fine Line, 1887, Iskate and Horation were wonderful and enjoyed by most people we spoke to, we thought they were fabulous. The teams deserve a huge well done. The casino is a bit of a problem for me due to the level of smoking allowed and thisnk this should be reduced. At times it was like walking through fog. However the machines have numbers on them and we decided to look for our house number, we put $5 in and had a very large win--just lucky, but it paid for lot. Windjammer is always difficult at peak times, but we choose times out of peak to use it. We always found seats, always had fabulous service and always had a laugh and koke with the staff. A negative is the food choice which is not as great as usual. The addition of a strange-set up of wash-stations is also a negative as queues build up and they are not always enforced. The Main Dining room was not used due to an error on RCCL part, giving us My Time Dining, which we dislike. Tips were removed from our accout as we dislike paying tips without a service being provided. Howevere we gave tips everyday to staff who went out of their way to provide a brilliant service, this received many thanks from those staff. Ports if call were fine, but trips organised by RCCL are overpriced and very poor value for money. The shops on board are similar and again provide very little value for money. A t-shirt was $30 plus taxes and would have been no more than £5 at home. HOTS also had no cigarretted and alcohol stre which was again a dissapointment. To some it up we thought HOTS was fabulous throughout. the accomodation, the staff and the entertainment included and enjoyed. Compared to the last ship we went on Queen Elizabeth, HOTS would score 5 and QE 2. Unfortunately for us HOTS is joinging its sister ships doing the same cruises in the Caribbean next year which we thisnk is sad and a waste. RCCL get your thinking caps on and be more adventurous. WOW is back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My wife and I chose this cruise to experience a brand new ship. We always cruise on Royal Caribbean as their style fits well with our action and fitness couple tastes. We fortunately selected a July 28, 2016 sailing and avoided the ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to experience a brand new ship. We always cruise on Royal Caribbean as their style fits well with our action and fitness couple tastes. We fortunately selected a July 28, 2016 sailing and avoided the incomplete construction issues experienced by passengers on the maiden voyage in May 2016 and up to about 35 days after. In our case everything was complete. Beware of maiden voyages, let them work out the kinks before you purchase a ticket! Yep, its the biggest ship on the seas with over 6,400 passengers!. The ocean were very calm and we did not think we were on a ship (even while arriving and departing from ports!). Royal Caribbean effectively managed the crowds by breaking it up by interest groups. Some migrated to the Boardwalk, others to Central Park, others to the Promenade and so forth. The shows and activity schedules are also designed to break up the crowd (although there was too much show repetition). The jazz musicians were great. Well done for RC as we could find sparsely populated areas when we wanted some privacy, particularly in Central Park and in the Solarium. The kids and youths also had their areas as in other RC ships. The headline shows seemed to be heavily lip synced and the music was recorded (cost cutting?). The ships interior design is minimalist which I think is an error. RC is known for affordable luxury and the minimalist concept (which I know is in vogue) was criticized by many passengers (more cost cutting?) . The effect was that few wore their formal attire on the formal nights and the ship photographers resembled the Maytag repairman from lack of work. The Promenade resembles an upscale shopping mall. Now this is a Baby Boomer's point of view after many RC cruises. The Gen X, Y and Z may think minimalist design is fine (as confirmed by my son!)....The break dancers sculpture on the Promedade gives it away as to who RC is courting!... The food was not to the same level of quality and variety as other RC ships. RC now thinks that Room service "tipping" is obligatory...hmmm... The rooms are spacious and the Virtual Balcony is cool. The walls are not properly sound proofed and we could easily hear next door conversations. The room entrance doors are side by side and this is a design flaw. Anyone knocking on the neighbors' door sounds like your door! And it is very annoying when the neighbor slams their door. The bathroom entrance has a step and it is a matter of time before someone trips and falls against the glass shower door. Something is wrong with the air conditioning vents as cigarette smoke is vented from the Casino into the Fitness Center of all places!...I mean nasty!....The dedicated jogging track is great. The Fine Line aquatic show is absolutely fabulous. Most of the performers have security harnesses but the high divers better have good life insurance. The ships build quality and materials is below other RC ships attention to fine detail. Several employees mentioned they wanted to return to their prior ships. Can anyone advise on how to maintain crease free shirts and pants if irons are not allowed? Well, I use the age old hot water vapor in the bathroom but it wastes water.... When will wi-fi be included? Ciao! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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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