453 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I read many reviews prior to booking/sailing on Harmony so I wanted to give back and try to focus this review with some tips that I was not aware of prior to sailing and hoping others will find useful. Dining: We did my time dining and ... Read More
I read many reviews prior to booking/sailing on Harmony so I wanted to give back and try to focus this review with some tips that I was not aware of prior to sailing and hoping others will find useful. Dining: We did my time dining and made reservations in advance online - I highly recommend making reservations ahead of time as (especially the first 2-3 nights of cruising) the lines can be long - we never had to wait more than 5 minutes but several nights (night 1 & 2) when we left the MDR the line was out to the hallway for non-reservations and fairly long for reservations (our reservation was at 6:15pm). Windjammer - crowded at breakfast & lunch but we always managed to find a table- we enjoyed the dinners we had here, food was good (later in week less crowded). The Solarium Bistro was great for lunch very quiet never very crowded & you can bring kids (I have teens but others with younger kids were there). The selections is smaller than Windjammer but still good & so much quieter & relaxing. Drinks: We did not do the drink package as I didn't feel we would drink enough to justify the cost; we were a party of 5 with 2 cabins & were able to bring on 4 bottles of wine which was really nice as we had a glass of wine on balcony each night before dinner. Also, we bought a bottle of wine at Port and they delivered it to our room by 6:00 pm the last day of cruising so we were able to enjoy it that evening. Entertainment: Loved all the shows, especially Grease & Comedy Show - make reservations ahead of time. Book the Fine Line water show as early in the cruise week as you can as this show can get cancelled if winds are high & they will reschedule for later in week. Note on Reservations: a reservation lets you in prior to those without a reservation but does not give you a specific seat, more importantly- those without reservations are allowed in to all the shows at 10 minutes prior to show time - so if you want to sit close etc. arrive at least 15-20 minutes before show time. Music: We enjoyed the Caribbean band that played at Dazzles - they played a variety of music. Also, Jazz on 4 was nice. Cabin - you are allowed access to your cabin at 1:00 pm on the first day; no conditioner so bring your own (they have 2 in 1 in shower in a dispenser). The rooms do have blow dryers. Plenty of hangars & closet space (no need to bring your own hangars) Activities: you need to complete a waiver for zipline, wave rider, and dry slide - you can do these in the room on the tv or in person at the activity. Teen Club - they have late night events for teens each night - my 16 year old made many friends although basically they met up at the event & then did their own thing as they weren't crazy about the group led activities but at least it allows teens to meet. Ports: St. Martin: this was our favorite port, we were the only ship here & it was not crowded. We took the water taxi $7 round trip per person ($1 off coupon available at the Port Shopping Desk). We walked to the Holland House Hotel which is a very nice hotel in front of a pretty section of beach - $25 gets you an umbrella, 2 chairs, 4 drinks, free wifi, use of restrooms (which were very nice/clean). The water was beautiful and the beach not crowded, had a relaxing day. Did a little shopping also. Yes, you will be approached on the beach and boardwalk by locals selling their goods but they were harmless - I did get my daughter some braids in her hair. San Juan - we just got off ship & walked around, shops are within walking distance of pier- but after a while all the stores seem the same and streets are narrow and crowded at times. I do wish we had walked or taxied to one of the Forts but I was a little worried we would not have enough time as boat left at 1:30 pm. I also wish we had a decent map of town to make our short time there more efficient. Labadee: Very crowded, too many people for such a small area. Line for buffet is long get there when it opens as they run out of some food. The water was beautiful though - we went to Nellies Beach and we were able to get chairs in shade towards back of beach, there seem to be plenty of chairs and shade so no need to worry about not getting either. We did not get there super early maybe 10:30/11 and there were still spots/chairs. Also, all the beaches are walkable no need to worry about shuttles unless you have young children or elderly (my mom is 80 and was able to walk everywhere just fine). My husband checked out Columbus Cove & said it was even more crowded than Nellies & he thought Nellies was nicer. Embarkation: Took a long time 1 1/2 hours maybe a bit longer. If you are an early riser I suggest requesting the earliest departure time to avoid the lines. Two days before departure day you will get info delivered to your room about this. Overall - I was a little worried given the size of the ship and number of passengers about how the cruise would go but Harmony is a great ship with tons to do for all ages, the size was not overwhelming - after 1-2 days you get used to the layout; only seemed crowded by the pools and Windjammer early in the cruise. My elderly mom, teenagers, and my husband & I all loved it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Just a few thoughts re. traveling on this ship with 4 kids -- ages 12 to 4. We stayed in the ultra spacious family suite, room 11528. We loved it, it was really spacious. It had bunk beds behind a curtain, a couch that had a trundle, ... Read More
Just a few thoughts re. traveling on this ship with 4 kids -- ages 12 to 4. We stayed in the ultra spacious family suite, room 11528. We loved it, it was really spacious. It had bunk beds behind a curtain, a couch that had a trundle, and a king size bed. Also, a walk in closet that was so nice. The kids loved to sit in the porthole windows. A few tips that worked for us: we loved the specialty dining restaurants Jamie Oliver's Italian, Chops, Izumi Hibachi, and Chops. We enjoyed the food much better there than the regular dining room. We brought the kids everywhere. We had the 3 night dining package, which was great. We brought an iPad for the kids to watch during dinner. We brought water bottles to fill up and never needed them. We didn't book an excursion on 1 day at port and wish we had because everything is closed on the ship when you're at port -- no flow rider, no slides, no climbing wall, etc. We brought life jackets for our kids to use on excursions and are really glad we did. Especially for Labadee. We brought snacks for our room and didn't really need them. I ended up giving them to a nice local Haitian woman in Labadee. I wish I brought more food for the Haitian people. I gave them whatever I had (beef jerky, granola bars, applesauce) and they were so grateful for everything. I wish I had more cash to buy their goods as well. You can't get into your stateroom until 1pm, so there really is no need to get to the ship before then. The Windjammer restaurant is PACKED and most slides, etc. aren't open yet. There's a shampoo dispenser in the shower, but no other toiletries. The hair dryer was sufficient -- you have to hold down the button to make it keep working, but it was fine with our time constraints. The fortresses are definitely within walking distance from the ship on San Juan. No need to book an excursion there. No need to book an excursion on Labadee, either. The Fine Line is a must see. We loved it! The ice skating show was really cool, too. We didn't do any of the kids clubs. I'll post the cruise compass when I have the chance! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Cruised on the Allure several years ago which my wife and I enjoyed and our 8 family members wished to try the newest and largest Royal Caribbean ship. Very efficient getting on and off the ship. We saw all the scheduled entertainment ... Read More
Cruised on the Allure several years ago which my wife and I enjoyed and our 8 family members wished to try the newest and largest Royal Caribbean ship. Very efficient getting on and off the ship. We saw all the scheduled entertainment which was excellent. Loved the park cafe for breakfast in central park—very peaceful unlike the Windjammer which was always very crowded whereby finding an empty table was difficult. It was probably too small given all the passengers on the ship. Our party went to Chops Grill, a specialty restaurant, for dinner one evening—the steaks were delicious but did not care for the crab cakes for an appetizer which were very spicy and had too much filler feather than a lot of crab meat. Waiter did not ask us whether we wanted coffee. The apple pie also had a lot of raisins which I did not like. Food at the dining halls were very good and the service was excellent. Loved the hot tubs; Hard to find an empty chair around the pools during sea days. The ship did not offer a number of activities which we enjoyed on other RC ships such as cup cake making, flower making, towel folding into various animals, and did not have a large outdoor movie screen. We did not take any port tours since we have seen them a number of times. The ship had a large number of older as well as younger families with young children—a good mix— not all old folks like one of the other cruise lines that we have been on. For disembarkatation, we had our luggage picked up at 11:00 pm Friday evening and delivered directly to the airport—great service. Overall, it was a good relaxing vacation and a great value for your money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This is our first RCL cruise. We are typically Disney cruisers but the kids are now 13, 15, and 18 so I thought this cruse would keep the kids busy. The kids will LOVE this if they like to make new friends in the kids' clubs or like ... Read More
This is our first RCL cruise. We are typically Disney cruisers but the kids are now 13, 15, and 18 so I thought this cruse would keep the kids busy. The kids will LOVE this if they like to make new friends in the kids' clubs or like to hang out together. Our kids stayed up until 2-3 am doing as much as the activities as they could: skating, flowriding, zip-lining, rock-climbing, etc. We family only had dinners together and major shows (as well as excursions). We had two connection balcony rooms which seemed very roomy. They were very clean and the stateroom attendant was awesome. There is a moveable partition on the balcony that allows for a bigger balcony between the 2 rooms. Food is just OK. There were some stand-outs like braised Lamb shank and lobster tails...all you can eat (at the MDR). The best specialty restaurant was Wonderland where they had food items you've never had prepared in a very different way. The portions were on the smaller side but the waiter said we could ask for more if we liked a particular item....and we did just that. I'm not a fan of paying $x more for food already provided for but we used the BOGO free which is a good deal. We ate at 150 Central Park for the second night. If the restaurant you want to go to is full on the 1st or 2nd night, then they will charge you the appropriate night and then you can go on one of the other nights (that's what we did). On deck 5 there is walking/running track that goes all the way around the ship. We walked this after each dining. All in all a very good cruise and our teens were very entertained. The only negative was that the Solarium Bistro area, which is supposed to be adults only....was not. There were 12 yr olds in the hot tub and 14yr olds that were drinking. RCL personnel did nothing....until an 'alpha-alpha-alpha' was heard on the PA and some 14yr old got alcohol poisoning and was puking all over the place and yelling for her dad. They had her on a wheelchair. Stupid kids.... VOOM Internet - While pricey, the reception was excellent. All 5 of us had no problems streaming and I had no problems accessing my icloud for work. We were able to facetime as well. Be sure to purchase ahead of the cruise for a 30% discount. Embarkation was great. We arrived at 10:30am and were immediately let on and there were already many people onboard so they must have let people go on around 10am. Debarkation was fast as well. We just carried our luggage off with no issues at about 8:15am. We had a dayroom booked at the nearby Hyatt for $95 US from 9am-5pm for our 7pm flight to Seattle. We arrived at 8:45am and we had their free breakfast. Our kids crashed (slept) on the beds while my wife and I swam in the pool. At the airport (FLL) we expected to be more eating venues but for an international airport, it is very sparce. But we did like the Shula burger (very good) although the service was very bad. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Between the older kids' summer jobs and college, we had just one week together. It's hard to find something that is both fun for the kids and gives us family time. A cruise is a great way to do both. Together we went on ... Read More
Between the older kids' summer jobs and college, we had just one week together. It's hard to find something that is both fun for the kids and gives us family time. A cruise is a great way to do both. Together we went on excursions, to shows and to dinner and then the kids went clubbing. We had a nonstop week of fun. There wasn't time to do it all - my son tried and just couldn't do it! We liked almost everything on the Harmony but at times did find the crowds overwhelming. It's just a lot of people. Should you go? Yes! Pack your patience and book your shows and dinners early. We weren't able to reserve Grease early. I was disappointed but on the first day there was a staffed time set aside to reserve shows and we were able to get a reservation then. It was a really good show, I'm glad we were able to see it. My other complaint was that the Nassau stop was too short. Maybe arrive later to St. Thomas, leaving Nassau at 2pm is just too short of a stay. We went on the Behind the Scenes tour of the ship - it was pricey but worth it. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the galley and commitment to quality. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My husband, 20 year old daughter and I had a lovely time on Harmony of the Seas! We've been on 8 cruises and by now consider ourselves old hands at it. I've always enjoyed reading the reviews on Cruise Critic.. but everyone is ... Read More
My husband, 20 year old daughter and I had a lovely time on Harmony of the Seas! We've been on 8 cruises and by now consider ourselves old hands at it. I've always enjoyed reading the reviews on Cruise Critic.. but everyone is looking for different things from a vacation, so all I can do is relate my experience, and I hope it helps some planners! We flew into Ft Lauderdale the night before, and a lucky thing because thunderstorms held up our flight for hours and we arrived VERY late at our hotel. We had gotten a 2:00 appt to go on the ship, but we got over there about 12:30 and no one had any issue with us getting on. It was a breeze- took maybe 20 mins till we were aboard. We sailed on the Oasis a few years ago, so I remembered that the Park Café was the place to go upon boarding (buffet on the first day is always a nightmare!) and it was an excellent call, hardly a soul there and yes!- the beef on weck was just as good as I remembered! Speaking of crowds, my husband was convinced the ship was not full (although we did hear it was), because we did not observe insane crowds at any time. My theory is that because the ship is so huge, there are so many things to do and places to be at any given time, you rarely see an enormous bunch of people. The only time we were really aware of the crowds is on the elevators in the morning when everyone goes to the Windjammer, or when everyone is getting off in port. But an elevator you can get on eventually comes, don't sweat it. If you book the shows and dining before, easy enough to do online (and fun to anticipate!), you'll hardly need to worry about crowds there. The pool deck was full for sure, but with a little hunting I saw people get chairs with little difficulty. I went to the adults-only Solarium just about every day and not only did I have my pick of chairs, I was even able to snag the cushioned wicker chair/ottomans right outside the Bistro.. so after sitting in the sun I was able to amble through the doors of the Bistro for a cool drink and get back out in 30 seconds! Actually, that is pretty much my biggest disappointment with the ship- there was no pool or water feature in the Solarium, just a hot tub (I like a hot tub as well as the next girl, but not when it's 95 degrees out). There is an arch-shaped thingy that sprinkles water but it was not doing the job. Last year we sailed on Anthem of the Seas, and they had the most fantastic cascading pool in the Solarium... it was perfect. In fact I read that they listened to people who felt the way I did and did a similar setup on the new Symphony. I enjoyed the Solarium anyway, just not as much as I did on other ships. Our cabin was a balcony midship- very nice. I do love the newer Royal Caribbean setup of two closets on either side of the bed, lots nore space. I'm a big overpacker but I found a spot for everything. Bed was a bit hard but my husband and daughter slept fine so it could be just me. Now let's talk food! We ate at Jamie's Italian, it was much better than it was on the Anthem- much more of a real Italian experience (although my husband, who has just gone to Italy, still can't figure out why the Jamie Burger is on the "authentic" Italian menu!)The chicken cacciatore was delicious, and the bruschetta appetizer was outstanding. Our waiter offered to bring us smaller portions of anything on the menu as a "side dish", so we tried a pasta as well. It was our best dining on the ship. We also tried dinner at Sabor, which was fun (although a little warm- the front is opened to the Boardwalk area so it's not as air-conditioned as you might like). The Mexican food was good and they turned down the spice as per my daughter's request, although she was right when she said the food was a bit more lunch-like than dinner. High scores for the banana-chocolate empanadas and churros for dessert! One night we tried the main dining room, which was a bit of a disappointment- maybe because we ate there late in the cruise when we'd already been to the more upscale specialty restaurants. Food was average and our particular waiter that day wouldn't win any awards either- forgot the bread and we had to ask him numerous times for our diet cokes. Not horrendous, but compared to the special dining places, not so good. Another slightly disappointing experience this cruise was Wonderland. We dined there on the Anthem and thought the whole thing was unique and delicious. This time the entrees were not as outstanding (chicken a bit underdone, fish just meh, although beef excellent), and the appetizers were inventive but just not as tasty. My daughter, who is not a picky eater really, could find very little to eat. My husband pointed out that maybe Wonderland is the kind of place that when you experience it for the first time, you are blown away by the cool effects and how fab everything looks, but once the novelty is gone it's just so-so. Oh well. We can never understand why the Solarium Bistro is not more crowded for dinner. We love it- the appetizer buffet with meditteranean style food is delicious, and you still get the pleasure of having an entree brought to you by the waiter. My shrimp was yummy and then there was the dessert buffet too! We also visited the Windjammer for a couple of dinners when we couldn't be bothered to wait to eat- I remember the buffet on the Anthem being particularly standout, but no complaints here either. Lots to choose from and very good desserts too. I would also reccommend bypassing the crowds at the Windjammer for breakfast and go to the Solarium buffet- slightly less choices but all the usual faves and always a seat available! One area where the ship definitely stood out was in the entertainment options, both day and night. My daughter tried the Abyss slide (again no line to speak of, and it was the last day!!) and the waterslide and gave them high marks, and we enjoyed the name that tune and trivia games (we actually won the progressive trivia- my husband still can't believe it!). The comedy show was amusing, and the love and marriage game is always a hoot. We saw Grease the musical and it was very well done- we've seen our share of clunkers aboard ships, but in my opinion you're ahead of the game if you start with a show that everyone knows. Columbus the Musical was cute too- not much of a plot, just a vehicle for the cast to sing pop songs, but the dancing was good and the sets impressive. The Headliner show was an a cappella group, the Edge Effect, and despite a half-empty theater they were absolutely fantastic! The ice skating shows were very enjoyable- my husband was baffled by the plot in the 1887 show ("wait.. we're in Paris.. now ancient Egypt.. what happened?") but the costumes were beautiful and you have to hand it to them to land difficult jumps on a rink the size of a postage stamp. We didn't manage to squeeze in the diving show but everyone who saw it seemed to like it. Only one disappoinment really with the entertainment- we like our rock 'n' roll music and on many of our cruises have loved the house band- again, Anthem last year had an amazing band, but the house band on the Harmony was below average. I didn't care for them at all. I also wasn't thrilled with the '90s parade on the Promenade, not many people seemed to be into it either! There were dance parties galore and my daughter enjoyed them, she met some very nice young people to hang with so that was a bonus. The Harmony also offered a few activities for the 18-20s crowd which is a great idea! The ports were nice, only a few hours in Nassau (our least favorite destination), but this time I booked a day pass at the British Colonial Hilton through Resort for a Day, which was within walking distance from the port. Good idea because we were only there until 1:30 PM so a few hours hanging around a private pool and beach was just the ticket. We took the ferry to St John while in St Thomas, then took an open air taxi tour, it was lovely but the poor island is still hurting from the storms. Hubby and daughter took the rainforest hike excursion in St Kitts while the non-athlete (me) hung around the port and did some shopping. Not much to buy but interesting to walk around. All in all a lovely trip! I would reccommend the Harmony any time! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Royal Caribbean – Harmony of the Seas – 8/11 to 8/18/18 Celebrating our 30-year anniversary, we decided to go on a cruise as we did on our honeymoon. We had a wonderful week!! Although there were little things to nitpick, RC did a ... Read More
Royal Caribbean – Harmony of the Seas – 8/11 to 8/18/18 Celebrating our 30-year anniversary, we decided to go on a cruise as we did on our honeymoon. We had a wonderful week!! Although there were little things to nitpick, RC did a great job handling the 6600 people on board. Embarkation was simple as long as you complete everything online before sailing. Don't waste your money on the wrist bands (in lieu of the sea pass card). As long as you don't mind carrying it, it works just fine. The ship is huge!! After a week, we still got lost trying to find our cabin. It is super clean and the crew doesn't get the credit it deserves. It's the people you sail with that suck. Our fellow shipmates would leave empty glasses, towels, etc. around like slobs. If everyone did the right thing and returned towels, glasses, etc. it would've been better. Regardless, crew walked around 24/7 cleaning up. Our cabin was bigger than expected, we had an outside cabin (porthole). That being said, it was still a little tight at times, especially when sitting on the bowl. Room service is available (with a service charge of $7.95 and 18% gratuity). Forget about watching tv for the week, there are maybe 12 channels, half devoted to RC. MSNBC and Fox News are your news sources, lol… ESPN – Caribbean and some kids channels. They did have the movie Like Father on a continuous loop and pay per view movies available. There was plenty to do, it was actually hard to keep up. Reserve shows beforehand, but don't stress out if you don't. RC's policy is to release seats 5 minutes after line-up time (first come/first served even with reservations) giving you plenty of time to find a seat before show time. The Fine Line in the aqua theater was excellent! Grease was very good, Columbus was good. The Ice Skating show (1887) was very good. Comedian Jeff Tracta was very funny as was the Last Laugh Comedy Show featuring Robbie Printz and Miguel Washington. There are three pools, a mini splash/water park, many Jacuzzi’s, three water slides, the Abyss which you slide down on using a mat, two rock climbing walls and the zip line. There are two arcades, ping pong, a full-size basketball court, a walking/running track around the ship and a huge gym with yoga and spin classes. If you or your kids are bored – it’s you and your kids, not RC. We stopped in Labadee, Falmouth and Cozumel. If you zipline in Labadee – go early so you can enjoy the rest of the day. Labadee was by far our favorite! We weren’t interested in expensive excursions and were perfectly content to visit a beach at each stop. Labadee had beaches, a water park, two spots set up for lunch, bars (even a floating bar!), and the crazy people ziplining overhead. Falmouth was a gated shopping community to shop and meet to go on excursions. We went to the Blue Water Beach Club which was a short 10 minute bus ride. They have a VIP package which offers food and drinks but we kept the basic package for $32 per person. Drinks and food are available, we had a couple of drinks but I wasn’t interested in the jerk chicken. Cozumel was also gated shopping but you could venture outside to get a cab or rent a scooter. We thought we would outsmart RC and take a cab to a place called Mr. Sancho’s. The cab ride was $17 and when we pulled up the cabbie asked us if we had reservations. We didn’t and he said it was all inclusive for $55 per day/per person. We asked if there was a cheaper place close by and he brought us to Paradise Beach. What a beautiful place!! For $3 per person, we enjoyed the beach and pool. Only requirement was to buy $10 in food or drink per person. We had two buckets of Sol beer (4 @ $4.50=$18) and some chips and salsa ($6). For a total of $48 (plus taxi fare and tips), we had a great day. The Mayan ruins were probably cool but I wasn’t there for a “class trip.” Back to the ship… There are many, many options for food. Most were very good but again it’s the people you travel with that ruin it. Windjammer (buffet) gets crowded and people are like animals acting as if they hadn’t eaten in days. They’ll walk by the hand washing station, cut the line, hover in front of food, put things back, etc. Again, the staff tries their hardest to keep order but people can be rude. The Solarium was much calmer for breakfast, just not as many choices. The dining room is also much more civil for breakfast. Lunch is available EVERYWHERE whether it’s Quick Bites, a hot dog on the boardwalk, pizza at Sorrento’s or Windjammer, etc. The main dining rooms for dinner are very good and if you see two of something you like, don’t be shy, ask for two appetizers, entrees, or desserts. Staff is more than eager to please. We ate dinner one night at Jaime Oliver’s which was OUTSTANDING ($42 per person which included anything you wanted)! We took a guacamole making class at Sabor which was reasonably priced and included lunch (w/margaritas). The “Wines Around the World” was an absolute waste of money. They set up four glasses of wine and one glass of Champaign each containing about an ounce of wine. You get a little lecture and sample some small pieces of cheese left over from the buffet. No lunch, no additional wine, nothing. Left feeling ripped off. Some “heads-ups:” 1. $14.50 per person, per day will be added to your bill for “onboard gratuities.” 2. Every purchase you make will be subject to an 18% gratuity. RC is kind enough to give you the option to give MORE, but not LESS, lol. The staff is very good, but personally, I’d rather give what I want to give and not be locked into 18%. 3. Pricing is vague at the specialty ($) restaurants, research them before you go. 4. There are many excursions, all of which are very expensive and some of which require very long bus rides. Again, do your research. 5. Practice saying “NO.” You will be bombarded with RC people trying to upsell things (drink card, dining package, etc.). In Labadee, near the gift shop, local people will try to talk you into looking at their arts and crafts. Just say no. Falmouth wasn’t bad because you were gated in. Cozumel was the worst! Locals hard selling everything! You can talk them down, walk away if you don’t like the price and they’ll follow you and lower the price to make a sale. It was still a pain in the neck walking around with people trying to sell you stuff. On the way back to the ship, we stopped at Margaritaville for a late lunch. While enjoying a couple more Sol beers, a guy walked over to us and put sombreros on our head and asked to take some pictures (you know where this is going). As we were about to leave, he came back to us with the printed pictures, looking for $15 per picture. There is no obligation to buy, just walk away if you don’t want them or offer what you think they’re worth. 6. The drink card!! My wife and I aren’t heavy drinkers but since we wanted to have a good time, we debated the drink card over and over again. Prior to boarding, the best deal we could’ve gotten was $836 for the two of us (all people over 21 in the same cabin would have to get it). Once on board, the discount disappears and the price goes up to just over $1000. That’s a lot of money!!! We decided against it and made the right choice. Our bar tab was less than $300. Budweiser - $7.25, Corona - $6.95, wine starts at $7 per glass, Coke - $3.50, specialty drinks of the day are $8. Beware… your beer choices are extremely limited. You can forget about Sam Adams and craft brews or beer on tap. We went to the “Irish” bar and when I asked for a Harp, she said “what?” I asked for a Guinness and she said nope… She offered me a Heineken, I said no thanks and walked out. If you don't get the drink card and you drink a lot of water, consider buying a case of Evian (online prior to boarding). It's in your room when you arrive and very convenient to have. 7. Be prepared to buy a watch, lol. RC must make a fortune on watches and jewelry because they really push shopping for them. Between the shows on RCTV and the fact that you have to walk past all of the stores (and salespeople) on the Promenade, its almost like they brainwash you. Riding down in the elevator one day, I said to my wife, I think I need a watch!! 8. Consider the luggage valet when leaving. RC offers a service where your bags will be delivered to your last stop (if flying home). They’ll pick them up outside your cabin the night before you leave and you won’t touch them again until you pick them up at your final destination. It’ll cost $25 per person (plus airline baggage fees) but you won’t have to shuffle them from the port, to the transfer, to the airport. 9. Plan on living without WIFI for the week unless you’re willing to pay $15 per day per device. I think RC should lower the price and should even consider making it free. Overall, we had a great trip. We came back tan, fat, and happy. I only wish cruising returned to the days where all inclusive meant all inclusive. The price you pay at the onset may double if you really want to enjoy everything they have to offer. Bon voyage, hope my review helps!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My mom lives in South Florida between Port Everglades and Port Miami and we have done several fun short cruises to the Bahamas and Royal Caribbean was our favorite one. My 12 year old son was obsessed with doing Harmony of the Seas and I ... Read More
My mom lives in South Florida between Port Everglades and Port Miami and we have done several fun short cruises to the Bahamas and Royal Caribbean was our favorite one. My 12 year old son was obsessed with doing Harmony of the Seas and I was curious to try it for a full week so we were off to vacation this summer. I went with my husband, mom, and my 9 and 12 year old. The quality of the ship and service for families was very impressive. The boat was packed with families traveling together from all over the world having a good time. The food was surprisingly very good and plentiful. (Wonderland and Izumi are very special and not to be missed!) My kids loved the all you can eat ice cream and pizza. I was happy coffee was at hand everywhere and it was good. The entertainment was diverse and fun. My husband and I would go to the casino and the jazz club. My mom, my kids and I enjoyed the productions. The embarkation/debarkation was impressively smooth. The staff at all levels were top notch. The ship for the sheer size was spotless. We rented two adjacent ocean view balcony rooms - one for my mom and my kids and one for my husband and I. The beds were comfy and the bathroom, despite being compact was very well designed and comfortable. My kids had the time of their lives - watersliding, arcading, zip-lining, and swimming. I should have spent more time in the solarium - the crowds/noise got to me, but this is a personal thing and not to knock the cruise line - they are the best at what they do for this type of cruise. I learned about myself during this vacation - I'm a shorter cruise girl I think. I like the boat for the boat and felt cheated at excursions because I wanted more time in Jamaica and Cozumel to do more. In a way, I'd be happier if we just went to places like Labadee so we can get off the boat and hang on the beach for a few hours each day. Let's call it like it is - we weren't going to Jamaica - we were getting off the boat in Jamaica and getting a tour through a glass window from heavily screened personnel. The port towns seemed eerily similar. IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE • Plan this cruise vacation like you are planning a Disney vacation. Do not wait until you are on the boat to book a specialty restaurant reservation, a spa appointment, or a my time dining experience. Otherwise you will not get your ideal time or a spot if at all. I was so glad that I spent a few hours with my son planning out our trip ahead of time. We were able to see all shows, dine at Wonderland and Izumi. The sheer size of the ship forbids spontaneous decision making. We ate dinner at 5:30 PM often because we made that mistake. The spa was gorgeous but I missed out on a treatment because I attempted to book an appointment the first day. The only thing you can decide fairly last minute are excursions as they create additional ones to meet demand. We went on a later day excursion in Cozumel due to this which was wonderful as we aren't morning people. • I hope you don't mind crowds. This boat was JAMMED. Breakfast at Windjammer was defensive driving. Finding a table could be stressful - don't come too hungry :). Dinner was much better. You will wait in line for the hot food at Windjammer for a long time. It's good, but you'll wait. The wait for the BBQ Buffet lunch at Labadee was 20-30 minutes (those ribs though! yumm). Spring for specialty restaurant reservations and a balcony room to have piece of mind. That saved us. I had to have quiet time in my room for those few hours between day activities & dinner. The pool area was unbearable. On the first two days at sea it was impossible to get a chair in the shade. I was kicked in the head inside the pool by so many normal kids just trying to swim. I couldn't fault them so I wound up in the spa pool mostly. This boat desperately needs another pool deck. * Don't make the same mistake my family made: Pack long pants and closed toe shoes - we had to cancel our behind the scenes tour because we didn't bring those. Formal night is really formal on this boat. We felt underdressed. Also, the workout facilities are gorgeous - bring workout clothes. You'll also need long pants and socks to ice skate + socks to rock climb. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was a unique and beautiful ship with many activities for all age groups. We booked 3 staterooms... my wife & I in our mid 60's in a balcony room, our daughter and granddaughter sharing an inside cabin, and our son in a ... Read More
This was a unique and beautiful ship with many activities for all age groups. We booked 3 staterooms... my wife & I in our mid 60's in a balcony room, our daughter and granddaughter sharing an inside cabin, and our son in a singles cabin. We booked this cruise specifically to try the newest and at the time the largest Oasis class ship and we wanted to avoid the eastern / southern Caribbean ports due to the past hurricane damage. We did not book based on the ports... My wife & I cruise just about every year, and we have been on many Royal Caribbean ships... with Royal Caribbean being our go to most favorite cruise line. As for ports... Labadee was wonderful. Our most enjoyable port. We simply did the beach, ate, drank, etc. The only additional expense for us was renting a flotation mat. Our favorite beach was Columbus Cove...very sandy, no rocks, great for family and children. Also very close to the lunch area. Falmouth, Jamaica... we never left the ship... while everyone else went ashore, we enjoyed the less crowed ship. Cozumel... a fun port with lots of options. We did a private boat excursion (not through the cruise lines) where they took us to many nice areas, snorkeling, relaxing, and they provided a great lunch and drinks... When we cruise, we often do our own thing by booking excursions ourselves and not through the cruise lines... If we simply want a good beach, we research beaches, get off the ship, grab a cab and head for the beach. No need to have the cruise lines charge you a ton of money to do the same thing. Just do a lot of research on every port with google, tripadvisor, cruisecritic, etc. Regarding the drink package... probably not worth it, but we always buy the drink package. You really need to drink a lot to justify the package, but it does free you up to totally enjoy yourself on the ship without adding up all the costs. It also allows you the fresh squeezed orange juice, specialty coffees, bottled water, etc. The Internet / wifi packages... We always sign up for this... On this cruise we purchased the 3 pack, giving us internet / wifi on 3 devices. This not only allows you to access the internet, but allows you to communicate with your other family members... We use Whatsapp, and can text, call, or even video chat to our other on board family members. This really helps to stay in touch and communicate where we are all gathering, etc. Pro's... The ship was very clean and the staff were great... very courteous, helpful, and polite. The entertainment was outstanding...we booked everything that was offered and enjoyed them all. The aquatics show by far the most entertaining. Big tip...always book all the entertainment well in advance of the cruise... perhaps 85 to 90 days prior to cruise departure date... The food, food choices & desserts were better than average. Dining... Everyone is different on this subject. Because of our granddaughter and kids, we tended to lean towards the buffet meals offered at the Windjammer (despite the crowds)... better choices for food offerings. We found the food to be very good, actually better than expected. Many choices and good tasting. The desserts were outstanding...too good, we ate way too much. On the first night we did the my time dining at the main restaurant... we found it to be very good with excellent service. Con's... We rated the entire cruise a 4 out of 5... very good. We did enjoy the cruise, but had several items that we did not like .... Very crowded...not as crowded as we initially thought, but still a lot of people, especially on Sea days. The Windjammer restaurant always a crowded mess...mass humanity. On past RC cruise ships, the Windjammer was always open...we could go up in the mid afternoon to grab a cookie and coffee or a dessert, or even a glass of wine. On the Harmony, they had specific hours...as an example it would open only at 5:30 pm for dinner, the line would be very long just to get in. We always tried to eat early as we almost always had shows or other activities scheduled in the evenings. We did not like the Solarium at all. A ton of floor space designated for this area (3 levels). Very hot and noisy when the ship was at sea. RC made no attempt to keep kids out of this area. It also did not have a swimming pool...just whirlpools, a major disappointment. On past RC cruises, we often spent a lot of Sea day times in the Solarium, but not on the Harmony Very few quiet relaxing / reading areas... unless you sat in a bar. On Sea days, my wife and I would like to find a nice quiet area to read in comfortable chairs and look out at the sea. Perhaps if you were in one of the upper suite classes, they had such a room, but with just a standard balcony room we could not find such a place. The Harmony was geared for internal neighborhoods, very few places to look out at the sea. Computer room... not everyone brings a computer on a cruise. If you want to check email or forward pics, etc. you would generally go to the ship computer room (whatever they called it). Even on the last day you want to confirm air and print boarding passes, etc. On the Harmony, they combined the game room, library and computer room all into one small very noisy room. Kids would be playing board games, screaming, yelling, having fun, etc... not the best atmosphere for spending a quiet time on the computer. Very limited outside deck/rail area to walk around ship and view the surroundings... As mentioned before, the ship was geared for internal neighborhoods, all located inside the ship. Perhaps on the running track on 5 or the swim area which was always packed, no place to really grab a chair and watch the ocean. I believe the ship was laid out to maximize balcony staterooms, with very few areas to walk around the outside decks... Specialty dining... We have never had positive experiences on any cruise ship specialty dining. On this trip, against my wife's better judgement, I booked the Jamie's Italian specialty restaurant. It was terrible, even terrible does not describe just how horrible the experience was... Just stick with the main dining room options or the Windjammer, don't waste your money on the specialty dining... Promenade Cafe... very small area considering size of ship. Speciality coffee was terrible. Snack options not the best. On other RC cruises we always enjoyed this cafe, but not on the Harmony... Overall... We had an enjoyable vacation, but would not book an Oasis class or bigger ship again in the future. We prefer a size down. Our next cruise with RC already booked on the Freedom of the Seas in 2019 to the Southern Caribbean sailing out of San Juan. We booked the Freedom of Seas cruise mainly for the southern Caribbean itinerary, with the ship being the secondary concern. We generally book a year ahead for our cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The ship was very impressive. Overall the cruising behemoth was more than expected. The Promenade was very nice except for the (watch an merchandise booths).They were cheap looking and needed to be more elegant and luxurious. The ... Read More
The ship was very impressive. Overall the cruising behemoth was more than expected. The Promenade was very nice except for the (watch an merchandise booths).They were cheap looking and needed to be more elegant and luxurious. The Sports section was amazing with a wide variety of sports for all guests( ping pong, basketball, surfing, zip line, mini golf, etc). The shows and entertainment were plenty and a wide variety offered. The Central Park was beautiful and the landscaping was immaculate . The food it’s good overall. Plenty of quantity but the quality was just ok. I was expecting a lot more high end food quality and food presentation. The service was outstanding. Our cabin attendant (Jean da Silva) was extremely courteous and friendly. The main dining room servers ( Mark Gutierrez and assistant John Bordador) were excellent in every respect and went above and beyond to serve us during dinner all 7 days of the cruise. The pool area was very clean but a bit crowded during cruising days but with plenty of available lounge chairs and towels and bar service. The Solarium area was also very nice But it needs a pool to cool off. The complementary Windjammer and Solarium Bistro were good overall but needed better quality food and better breakfast options like an omelet station. The main dining room breakfast was good overall . Lobster night was exceptional. The lobsters were perfectly broiled. Sorrentos Gad good overall pizza to snack on and Park Cafe Gad good sandwiches ( particularly the roast beef sandwich) and great fresh Salads. The cabins were excellent and well appointed and clean. The shore excursion to St Thomas was disappointing . The island is rather delapilated still after toast years hurricanes. Overall we had a very good experience in this Cruise trip. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have cruised many times - Harmony is one of our favorite ships - the staterooms are a bit larger, the ship is immaculate, shows are great (especially the High Wire!) and staff is super friendly. Jeffrey, our cabin steward, was the ... Read More
We have cruised many times - Harmony is one of our favorite ships - the staterooms are a bit larger, the ship is immaculate, shows are great (especially the High Wire!) and staff is super friendly. Jeffrey, our cabin steward, was the best we have ever had. Although we didn't love the food at Wonderland, the experience was different and phenomenal. We did feel, however, that we were "nickled and dimed" for absolutely everything aboard - when we sail NCL, for example, the drink package is included, as are typically 3 or 4 specialty dining nights. Places like Johnny Rockets and Sabor should be included. RCCL Harmony's drink package is ridiculously expensive, as are the excursion packages. Bingo is too much $. We were traveling with two 17yr olds. There were not many events designed for that age - they all seemed to be geared toward the 12-15yr olds. Also, I feel that more coverage should be given to the Solarium. It's a beautiful, quiet area. Although signs said the areas were for 16 and up, there were many, many kids younger than that in that area, and in the hot tubs there as well. We love RCCL, but wish that they were a bit more competitive with pricing. All in all, a great trip! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This ship is simply amazing. It has so many things to do that we found it hard to fit it all in during our recent 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Of the cruises we've been on this ship and it's on-board staff were the best. With ... Read More
This ship is simply amazing. It has so many things to do that we found it hard to fit it all in during our recent 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Of the cruises we've been on this ship and it's on-board staff were the best. With the exception of a single staff member from the Next Cruise group, everyone we met were kind, professional and helpful. The ones we interacted with the most were our stateroom attendant and our main dining room staff were the absolute best of any cruise experience thus far. This ship itself is well maintained and clean. The staff at the flow riders were also amazing. They helped my son get the hang of the boogie board and by the end of the cruise he was up on his knees. My biggest complaint has to come with the extra and hidden costs we found once on board. If you want room service, be careful, even though the bill shows "No Charge" when you're ordering, you might see an $8 service fee still depending on what you ordered. There was no way to tell from the menu which would incur a fee and which wouldn't. This to me was a blatant hidden charge and unacceptable. There were also a lot of extra expenses that made it feel like they were trying to nickel and dime us to death. For example, on the way to a show in the Royal Theater we smelled popcorn. When it comes to popcorn my daughter can sniff it out like a blood hound. She quickly found where the smell was coming from. We asked for a couple of buckets (smaller than the small buckets at most movie theaters) but was appaled to find they would cost $3 each. Really Royal Caribbean? You gotta charge for the tiny box of popcorn? I also felt that all of the restaurants on the board walk should have been inlcluded, not just the hot dog stand. I mean if Carnival can offer a burger joint and burrito stand at no additional cost to its guests, why can't Royal Caribbean do the same? In the end, I felt like I paid a premium to go on this ship but was being offered budget fare style amenities some times. Those were our only cons, the rest of the experience was fantastic save our Labadee experience which I'll get to. Getting on and off the boat was the easiest of all the cruises I've been on. There was never too large a crowd at the gangways and they always had multiple entrances. It was fast and simple. The same was true for disembarkation. It took us no time at all to get off the ship once we arrived home. We chose the self-carry option and we just grabbed our bags and walked off the ship. Our cabin was good. About what we expected for what we purchased. It had a king bed plus a sofa bed with trundle. I would have preferred a Pullman bed above the sofa bed however as with the trundle pulled out it basically cut off access to the balcony. Dining on board was also about what we expected. We ate all of our dinners in the main dining room. The food was great with the exception of a couple of dishes but that's ok. Lunches we had in the Windjammer, Mini Bites, The Park Cafe and Jonny Rockets. I would avoid Mini Bites unless you have small kids. The burgers there are soggy grey mush. They also offer hot dogs, chips and fries with various toppings such as melted cheese and chili to top them with. The biggest problem is that kids often go there unaccompanied and are simply nasty. The burgers are cooked with a bit of onion and I witnessed one boy picking off an onion and throwing it back in the serving tray. No thanks. Just avoid it. The windjammer was good. We had a breakfast and a lunch there. They make everyone wash their hands before entering and it's a more supervised buffet than the Mini Bites. The choices were also greater. Both our breakfast and lunch experiences were enjoyable. One of our favorite places to eat for lunch however was the Park Cafe which was included. Soups, deserts, sandwiches, salads and paninis, all made to order. Best lunch venue on the boat. For breakfast however, head over to Johnny Rockets, it's the only meal there that is included and it's all made to order. The best breakfast on the ship. The solarium bistro is also a good option and typically less crowded. Kids aren't allowed there but they don't enforce it. We saw a few families there with their kids. As for dress codes, they don't really enforce those either in any of the included dining venues. In the main dining room we saw people in t-shirts and cut off jean shorts a couple of nights. Most people did tend to put on their Sunday best however. If you are planning shore excursions for any of your ports, please read independent reviews of those where you can find them. I'll give short descriptions of what we did. For Phillipsburg, St. Marteen we took the troll tour. The kids found it boring and it mostly was. The good thing is it dropped you off near Great Bay Beach and if you wanted, you didn't need to get back on the trolly to go back to the boat. Just stay there and take a ferry back to the port for $3 which is what we did. Great Bay Beach was really nice with a lot of wonderful restaurants along the boardwalk. There are a lot of street vendors there but I found them to be less pushy than most I've visited so it wasn't too bad. Some of the best food I had on my vacation was at this beach. Try something local, I don't think you'll be disappointed. For San Juan, we didn't book any excursions as we weren't on the island for long. We just walked over to the fort and toured that before finding something to eat and getting back on the boat. If you haven't been to San Juan before I do recommend the fort. It was very interesting. We were most excited to go to Labadee and it was the most dissapointing. Some of this I will admit was our fault. My advice, don't book too many things to do. You'll spend your whole day walking all over the island and standing in lines. We booked the snorkel safari which was only just ok. There wasn't a lot to see there. Then we booked the Arawak Aqua park. The kids did have fun playing on all the bounce toys in the water but be aware they don't seperate by age so if you have small ones, know that there will also be teens in there with you. The biggest disapointment though was the coaster, our third booked activity. We purchased the all-day pass because it was cheaper since we only needed tickets for myself and my wife. Our two kids got to ride with us for free. Our all-day pass got us a single ride. Royal sells too many single ride arm bands and the line got too large and moved extremely slow. Only one cart can go at a time, and they have to wait for that one to get 120 feet away before they launch the next one. We waited in line for an hour, with no shade. The ride itself was awesome. Once on we had an absolute blast. We neither had the time or the desire to stand in that hot line again however. If you're going to do it, buy a single ride ticket and hit it first thing otherwise forget about it. Overall, we'd definately do this ship again, it was a great vacation despite some of the disapointments. We've learned what to do better next time and now know what to expect with the hidden and extra charges. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Embarkation/Disembarkation proved to be truly seamless in their operations.HOTS was immaculate. Dining was divine. Our balcony cabin on the 11th floor was cozy and the square footage just enough for us. On the other hand, Guest ... Read More
Embarkation/Disembarkation proved to be truly seamless in their operations.HOTS was immaculate. Dining was divine. Our balcony cabin on the 11th floor was cozy and the square footage just enough for us. On the other hand, Guest Services. GS is just that. A Service Team. GS must prove to be better when assisting passengers. We are there to enjoy our sabbatical. For many, this happens once a year. Some of us have planned this event for over a year or so. When we are in need of aide, please assist. And do so with all the sincerity you can muster. Large ships can be overwhelming and especially for the young, the challenged and the more mature. Shop curators likewise could use some quality customer service training. Assist. Be helpful. Yes, I love the years of Royal's consistent top-shelf level of superior quality customer service and because of this will most assuredly cruise again with them...on a different ship. Fine tune Harmony and let's see what merchant shanties strum along. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Inter generational cruise to celebrate a 40th birthday. Booking direct with Royal Caribbean from Australia difficult as it was impossible to speak to the same person twice and necessary to keep punching phone numbers to get to the right ... Read More
Inter generational cruise to celebrate a 40th birthday. Booking direct with Royal Caribbean from Australia difficult as it was impossible to speak to the same person twice and necessary to keep punching phone numbers to get to the right area. Call centre staff less than knowledgeable and benefits of a suite were not explained until we boarded, which required cancellation of paid packages. Excellent for children. Royal Genie, who was provided with our stateroom, materialised from his lamp at appropriate times and was invaluable at boarding, disembarkation and at times in between. Our cruise experience would not have been as good without his magic. Our cabin attendant was a lovely and helpful person who worked long hours keeping our stateroom in immaculate condition. The facilities in the Children’s club were excellent.. The children wanted to spend most of their time there. There was a huge variety of food in the Windjammer, to provide for all tastes. The shows were of very high quality, with professional actors. Negatives are constant noisy music everywhere. Difficult to find a quiet place. Shore excursions were chaotic. Had to wait for too long milling around in the hot sun ( up to an hour). Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise line because we thought it would be great for our teenage daughters. It was a not a great experience for our kids. They tried every night to meet and mingle with other kids. They didn't make one friend the entire ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because we thought it would be great for our teenage daughters. It was a not a great experience for our kids. They tried every night to meet and mingle with other kids. They didn't make one friend the entire week and they both tried so hard. It was so disappointing. The people in charge of the kids program could do so much more to encourage kids to mingle with each other. The ship itself is beautiful but your definitely knew how many people were on board. There was often no room to get into the pools and definitely no pool chairs available unless you got to the pool very early. I'm very surprised that the adult only area "Solarium" doesn't have a pool. It has a splash pad. What's up with that? It was our first cruise so we were very excited to experience it. We'll definitely cruise again but will try another cruise line that is more kid oriented. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We choose this cruise for the ship! The ship is absolutely beautiful. There is everything on it that anyone could imagine ..from young to old. We went with a group of almost 50 people, from the ages of 18 to 68. There are activities for ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the ship! The ship is absolutely beautiful. There is everything on it that anyone could imagine ..from young to old. We went with a group of almost 50 people, from the ages of 18 to 68. There are activities for everyone. The restaurants are lovely. My complaint about cruise : I believe there is a lack of shore to ship communication. For example I have a large group .. for dining I had set seating arrangements and times that were submitted to the cruise line. Well I went to check in the dining room and my group was scattered all over and some of the times were wrong! How can this happen I have been on 6 cruises as group leader and this was the worse dinner mess up. I will say the dining room staff was wonderful and the manager did fix the problem. Not only was the dining room reservations a mess ..so were the specialty restaurants. Yes the fixed them all but I had to spend my first day on the cruise ship fixing all the problems. Good thing I checked all reservations previously made. One other complaint is something is seriously wrong with their software...or and the employees do not know how to use the computers. For example the photos..terrible..You cannot find your photos because they are not assigned to you. Random people are in your photo page. You room key has your room on it but not the floor...every time You use it they ask the floor number ok I understand for privacy but somewhere in the software should be a place for the floor that shows up on their computer when you use the card. Oh the card key works at some places but not all...computer issues! Very frustrating for the workers and guests. Bionic bar great idea! Fun! If the software and computer worked properly, and made the correct drinks. Royal Caribbean website needs help..software problem! So you have an absolutely beautiful ship FANTASTIC crew/workers and a computer system that does not live up to expectations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
In the past cruises, the bartenders are usually the most customer friendly, but this time it was all about the dining servers. Jefferson and Nilesh were absolutely superb! Every night they gave us an above beyond experience and made us ... Read More
In the past cruises, the bartenders are usually the most customer friendly, but this time it was all about the dining servers. Jefferson and Nilesh were absolutely superb! Every night they gave us an above beyond experience and made us feel so special. They sang happy birthday to my cousin every single night! I looked forward to dinner every single night. The one night we went to Wonderland was also one of the experiences that stood out. The server was also great (although I can’t remember his name) and gave us the “wonderland” experience. Overall the biggest downside was the lack of a pool in the solarium. I look forward to going to the solarium every single cruise because it’s an adults only section. I would not go on the Harmony again because of this. That being said, it was one of the funniest cruises I’ve ever been on. The nightlife was awesome and DJ Tony Scott did a great job of mixing up all genres of music every single night. And yes we went out every single night! The shows were great. The Fine Line was okay. But the Grease and 1887 were very entertaining. Also the comedians were hilarious! I look forward to sailing again with Royal very soon! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Largest ship sailing the Eastern Caribbean this summer. We chose it for the activities provided for our teenage granddaughters. They are seasoned cruisers and expect non-stop fun. You get that, and more on this ship. Food in Main Dining ... Read More
Largest ship sailing the Eastern Caribbean this summer. We chose it for the activities provided for our teenage granddaughters. They are seasoned cruisers and expect non-stop fun. You get that, and more on this ship. Food in Main Dining Room is excellent and varied. We have a vegetarian granddaughter who always has problems finding food but NEVER once this past week. We shipped all the specialty restaurants--way too overpriced. Windjammer is a zoo--over 6500 people wandering around the food stations with no clue what they want. So annoying! We did lunch in the Park Cafe. Best hidden secret on the ship. Also, Solarium Grill--great choices for lunch. Cabins are roomy. We overlooked the Promenade. Wrong choice if you want to go to bed before 11. On Air karaoke is rocking and loud. Lots of activities daily but many had up-charges. Drinks are extremely expensive. A martini is $16. Good thing we get comped in the Casino. The odds on Video Poker were horrible but we managed to hit a Royal Flush and a few 4 Aces with Kickers, so we came out ahead. Nice modern slot machines if you play those. Table games are pricey but lower during the day. We cleaned up on $5.00 Three-card Poker. Took the money and ran!! Had a great week overall. Stayed on the ship in the Bahamas(been there, done that) and in St. Thomas (not up for seeing the devastation from Maria)but had a wonderful day in St. Kitts. Georgous island. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean many times and have always had good experiences! My husband and I were traveling with my parents (age 70) and 18 year old son and his 17 year old friend. We had no trouble getting on or off the ship! ... Read More
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean many times and have always had good experiences! My husband and I were traveling with my parents (age 70) and 18 year old son and his 17 year old friend. We had no trouble getting on or off the ship! It was very easy and organized (especially for people who have cruised before). Everyone was able to find things to do that suited their interests and needs. The ship was beautiful and did not disappoint! We had previously sailed on the Oasis of the Seas several years ago, so we mostly knew our way around and were prepared for the large crowds. However, this cruise seemed more crowded than our Oasis experience for some reason. (You will always encounter rude and inconsiderate people when you are traveling with thousands.) We had a balcony cabin on the 12th floor and we were impressed with the amount of room we had and the storage space. There wasn't a thing I would have changed about the cabin. We went to Jamie's Italian restaurant and it was great! We had a wonderful waiter who helped us decide what to order. It was well worth the price and the food was delicious and plentiful! We also went to Izumi and got a last minute reservation. It was good, but more expensive than Jamie's and not as good in my opinion. Several menu items were at additional cost over the $45 extra you paid per person. We went to Johnny Rockets for lunch and the burgers were delicious!!!! However, the shakes cost extra and the cost was more than I expected per person (I had thought the website said it was like $6-7 per person, but it ended up being over $11 per person???) We went to see Grease and it was really good! We got there early and got great seats for our family. Everyone enjoyed! We also went to the Columbus show and it was cute, but a little goofy. Most of use enjoyed it and laughed quite a bit. My parents and kids went to the 1887 ice skating show and loved it (wish I would have gone)! We went to the Jazz club several night and enjoyed the music and atmosphere. We also went to the Promenade and saw a few of the dance parties. They were fun! The crew was amazing and patient! I can honestly say that I did not meet an unfriendly or unhelpful crew member all week!! I loved seeing Captain Johnny ride around on his scooter or motorcycle and just walking around greeting guests at the Windjammer! Everyone there seemed to enjoy their jobs! We went to Pearl Island in Nassau and had a nice, relaxing day! We did the snorkeling there and the staff was knowledgeable and very helpful. I have been snorkeling in the Caribbean several times and I can say that I saw the prettiest and the most variety of fish than I have ever seen at one place! I would recommend this tour! It's a small island, but it did not feel crowded and everyone had a place to sit and something to do. The lunch provided was not great, but ok. On St. Thomas, we went on a 3 hour tour and visited the mountain top overlook. We had wanted to go to Magen's Bay, but that excursion was sold out. We contemplated doing it on our own because we have been there before and loved it, but opted for the tour instead. We enjoyed the tour and shopping at the Mountaintop shop. It's a bit of a "tourist trap", but the view is amazing and they have some nice souvenirs and awesome banana daiquiris (that were expensive, but tasty)! On St. Kitts, we wanted to go on the 2 hour tour since we had never visited the island, however, that tour was booked. We ended up getting off the ship and going to the shops that were right off the ship and then getting a tour driver to take us on a private tour. We only wanted our tour to last about an hour or a little more because we were nervous about getting back on time. Our driver, Nida, was awesome! She took us to see the main attractions and to the overlook where you can see the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean sea on the other side of the land. She only charged us $10 per person. My suggestions to people traveling on this ship is to try to book as many activities online before your cruise as you can! We waited a little too late, but were still able to do most of the things we wanted with a little work and patience. We had a great crew member who helped us book shows on the day we boarded. I will definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again, but will most likely choose a smaller ship. We have always enjoyed RC, but the large ship was a little crowded for me (or maybe my tolerance for inconsiderate people has lessened as I get older). haha Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The ship looked awesome so i had to try. Getting n the ship was very effecient and quick Lunch on day 1 was good but nothing special after that. Cabin was really well laid out with tons of storage. Boardwalk can get noisy at ... Read More
The ship looked awesome so i had to try. Getting n the ship was very effecient and quick Lunch on day 1 was good but nothing special after that. Cabin was really well laid out with tons of storage. Boardwalk can get noisy at noght Elevators are terrible you literally can spend an full half hour a day on them. They stop on EVERY FLOOR when you can even get on. Absoltely terrible Food at specialty was excellent and main dining room it was "good" Entertainment was amazing,,, water shows cannot be missed! Adult area has no pool The Stop in Haiti was ok. I would not pick it as a stop if i had a choice. A bit crowded and loungers were old and broken Getting off the ship was very well run and no issues i would not do this cruise again. I would go on this class of ship , which i loved the ship itself, but with 1) fixed elevators 2) betters stops 3) better dining room food 4) adult pool Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My experience was awesome I cruised with my husband and a group of friends, the shows, the activities were endless. I never thought after 7 days, that I could have easily stayed at least another 3 days to complete the activities on the ... Read More
My experience was awesome I cruised with my husband and a group of friends, the shows, the activities were endless. I never thought after 7 days, that I could have easily stayed at least another 3 days to complete the activities on the cruise that I unfortunately just did not get too. I wouldn’t need another port stop to assure I complete the onboard activities. Looking forward to our next cruise ...& I told my husband the group Way is definitely the best way to go. I am now, a large , new ship Royal Caribbean Fan ! In 150 words or less, the cruise was amazing and full of things to do especially for someone who is super hyper as myself , I am extremely active and things bore me quick yes, that’s even at the age of 49, so the entertainment , the casino, the thrills ( zip lining , rock climbing , the slides omg amazing , my heart was beating so fast , I went without expectations of doing so many activities , I actually thought I would get some reading and however I didn’t ... the exercise gym was state of the art as well. And extremely clean and helpful staff that were visible. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The biggest ship at the time was the main reason for choosing the Harmony. The quality of the food has decreased in the dinning rooms and the quality of the room service has decreased as well form other cruises that I have taken. Some ... Read More
The biggest ship at the time was the main reason for choosing the Harmony. The quality of the food has decreased in the dinning rooms and the quality of the room service has decreased as well form other cruises that I have taken. Some shows are just great and others are just bad. The ship is a hot ship in the summer specially in the cabins. Some people carry their own electric fans for the staterooms. The best thing was that the ship is the most stable ship I've seen. Most of the time you don't notice the movement at all. Cabins are smaller that in other comparable ships. Overall be ready to spend USD$1,000 more for a family of 4 for food, internet, drinks and mandatory tips and gratuity at the ship. Be ready to spend $1,000 more for 3 shore excursions with your family. Expect to spend $10,000 for your overall vacation, including airfare, ship, excursions, food and drinks, internet, etc. for a family of 4 for your 7 days per year life allowance. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Ship: Last year was the Biggest in the world. Over 6000 passengers. Impressive level of luxury (decorations,seating,carpeting, etc) Relatively calm seas all voyage but impossible to feel motion at almost 20 knots. 17 decks and impressive ... Read More
Ship: Last year was the Biggest in the world. Over 6000 passengers. Impressive level of luxury (decorations,seating,carpeting, etc) Relatively calm seas all voyage but impossible to feel motion at almost 20 knots. 17 decks and impressive open areas like boardwalk and Central Park. Lots of space so you do not fell crowded by numbers of passengers Cabin. Adequate space and bathroom size. Super clean Dining: 27 bars/restaurants so everything is nearby no matter which deck you are on. Free dining is above average, We had dinners at the main dining room (American Icon deck 3) most nights with set table and waiter. Turned out to be most rewarding as our waiter Peter knew names and favorite drinks waiting. Explore different restaurants for breakfast and lunch. Study ahead of time so you are prepared. Roast beef sandwich at Park cafe deck 8 highly recommended for lunch. Entertainment/Activies: We ranked the shows as follows; 1887 (Ice show), Columbus the Musical, Fine Line and Grease (too long). Make time for "Escape the Rubicon" great family fun. Service: Excellent. Room steward had room ready each day promptly and turned beds down at night. Dining room waiter was a show onto himself. They both earned additional gratuity. Ports/Shore excusions; Save water adventures for the Labadee Private bay. If you want to see San Juan, PR book a private tour. These buses line the street at the end of the pier. One must get around these to cross street to get to walking portion. Steep hills. Advertised free city routes to landmarks were nowhere to be found. waited a 3 different stops for over 20 minutes. Very heavy weekday traffic. St Marteen only has newly built shopping center next to dock. Taxi or water taxi needed to get to town. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We just returned from a family cruise with 14 of us, ages 9 months to 68 years old and all had a great time. There was something for everyone. The food was good, not great. Service in the main dining room needs work. There needs to be ... Read More
We just returned from a family cruise with 14 of us, ages 9 months to 68 years old and all had a great time. There was something for everyone. The food was good, not great. Service in the main dining room needs work. There needs to be more attention to detail...for example, when a baked potato is served, sour cream should be offered without having to ask. . Although the Harmony is a 5000+ passenger ship, we had no trouble finding a table in the Windjammer or any other food venue. We did wait in very short lines on occasion. We especially appreciated the hand washing sinks that you must pass through before you enter the Windjammer. We did find some empty Purell dispensers throughout the ship. We had a similar family cruise on the Allure 4 years ago and have noticed that the quality of service on Royal Caribbean has deteriorated somewhat. Our room was fairly clean, but we noticed water glass rings on a table that was there when we checked in and a jar of some kind of cream in the night stand. We rarely saw our room attendant and in the past have seen them in the hall throughout the day. Getting on and off the ship was fairly easy and quick, considering the number of passengers. Elevators were easy to get---once in a while we had to wait a few minutes. The pool areas were crowded but we were always able to find chairs. RC is definitely geared for families and that is what made our cruise so enjoyable. A little more attention to details would help, but all in all, they know how to make it fun!!. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The ship is impressive. It's huge with a lot of passengers, but never did it feel crowded. I sailed this cruise with quite a large group, but I had my own cabin. It's good to know that paying for double occupancy as a single ... Read More
The ship is impressive. It's huge with a lot of passengers, but never did it feel crowded. I sailed this cruise with quite a large group, but I had my own cabin. It's good to know that paying for double occupancy as a single traveler will earn you twice as many crown & anchor points! Ship: It wasn't until the fourth day that I had canvased the entire ship. With it's size and 7 days to explore, I felt there was no rush. Deck 5 is the embarkation deck. It houses the shops and a few bars and eateries. I highly recommend the Rising Tide Bar. It's a 10-15 minute ride from deck 5 to deck 8 in Central Park where it stops under a covered roof. You can hop on or off on either level, depending on available seating. Tip: say 'hi' to Luis and get the "Let's Get Fizzical" drink. If you like bubblies, it's a good one. Deck 15 is the pool deck and adult-only Solarium. Unfortunately, the Solarium was never occupied by only adults. There were kids sprinkled here and there each day. *sigh* I did enjoy the Solarium Bistro, but wish there was a bit more variety at the buffet. I sailed the Anthem of the Seas in the past, and the buffet selections at the Solarium Bistro varied a bit each day, so I was hoping for the same on this ship. Deck 6 houses the Boardwalk. Due to a late booking, I ended up with a boardwalk balcony cabin. Be forewarned: THESE ROOMS ARE NOT SOUND PROOF! I was directly above the carousel, the exit to the Abyss slide is also on that level, and the aqua theater is there too. The noise, including screaming kids, teenagers yelling from their balcony to another balcony several decks below, and just the overall loud atmosphere started as early at 7am on some days and lasted close to midnight on other days. The older couple in the cabin next to me relocated after the first night. I wish I could have also, but there was a sign placed at guest services advising there were no more available upgrades. :-( Dining: Dining in the main dining room was a bit underwhelming. Our service the first two nights was well below the expected standard. After a couple of complaints in the drop box, our service the rest of the trip was much better. The food was good, but not great. I usually take pictures of dishes that are impressive and delicious. I didn't take a single food picture in the main dining room the entire 7 days. The specialty restaurants are worth the price. Aside from Izumi and Johnny Rockets, they all have a flat rate and are essentially all you can eat. I ate at Sabor, Chops Grille, Izumi, and Johnny Rockets. All were very good and much better than the main dining room. Izumi was impressive. Get the futomaki roll! Entertainment & Activities: The entertainment was pretty spectacular. I attended iSkate and The Fine Line. I skipped my reservations for Grease and Columbus the musical, and I never reserved a spot for 1887. All of the entertainers are extremely talented. There were high dives, even higher dives, tight rope walking, and Olympic grade stunts being performed. If you are over 18 and not a prude, go to the adult comedy show. I hadn't laughed that hard in a while! And as always, the cruise director staff was great! Dru (from Anthem of the Seas) jumped ship *pun intended* and is now the cruise director for the Harmony. He kept us laughing whenever he made an appearance. If you do nothing else from the entertainment and activities list, go to The Quest. I won't give it away, but... WOW. Service: Overall, the service was above average. My friends and I got quite familiar with a bartender at each bar. By the third day, they started to call us by name and predict our drink orders! My stateroom attendant was amazing! She called me by name every time she saw me and often stopped to chat with me too. She really went above and beyond for all of my requests, and made my stay more comfortable. Ports and shore excursions: Nassau, Bahamas - We docked at 7am and were scheduled to leave at 2pm. Considering I didn't wake up until about 9am, I didn't schedule an excursion. I didn't want to risk being a pier runner, plus I had been there before. I did get off the ship, but didn't go any further than Del Sol for a souvenir. It was miserably hot and just the hour and half I spent there was exhausting. I do recommend stopping at Linda's Place for conch fritters. Just eat them before returning to the ship because you can't bring back any prepared foods. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Beautiful at first, but around noon, it was overcast with a storm rolling in. I booked a botanical gardens excursion that included a ride to Blackbeard's Castle. The tour happened, but was delayed by the storm. And all of the glorious views that I was supposed to see were dimmed by the cloudy skies. I was so disappointed. But thankfully, our tour guide did take us to a couple of the scheduled shops for souvenirs, and I was able to get a few great pictures at the botanical gardens before the rain. St. Kitts - I recommend booking an excursion. Otherwise, you'll end up like me, wandering the few shops that were close to the pier. I did get to try some local chocolates and other food, so that was a plus. But once I had my shopping bags full of souvenirs, I was ready to return to the ship. I was back on board by noon and able to enjoy the pool and slide without the crowd of people. Those pools on sea days were jam packed! Overall, Royal Caribbean has a great ship and staff. There are definitely some needed tweaks. This ship is of the Oasis class, and though it's still one of the higher classes, there is clear difference between it and the upgrades of the Quantum class. I'm not sure if I would sail this ship again, but it was a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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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