980 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise so really had no idea what to expect. Everything far exceeded our expectations. The ship itself is amazing with more activities than you will ever be able to get to in a week. Cabin was comfortable and roomy for ... Read More
This was our first cruise so really had no idea what to expect. Everything far exceeded our expectations. The ship itself is amazing with more activities than you will ever be able to get to in a week. Cabin was comfortable and roomy for the two of us. No issues with storage. Food choices and quality was excellent. Be prepared to pack on a few pounds. The most noticeable feature of this ship was absolutely the crew/staff/performers. Every last person we interacted with was friendly, professional and genuinely concerned that we were having a great experience. Our ports of call were St Thomas, St Kitts, San Juan and Labadee. We chose not to book excursions but instead explored each place on our own. Wonderful ports to visit. Our first cruise was so enjoyable, we booked our next one while still on the ship. Will look into booking excursions for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had a Junior Suite 14230. There was a little foot traffic above us caused by the pool but it was all quite by 9:00 pm and not really a problem. The balcony was spacious and had 2 chairs with feet rest and a table. I ordered a room ... Read More
We had a Junior Suite 14230. There was a little foot traffic above us caused by the pool but it was all quite by 9:00 pm and not really a problem. The balcony was spacious and had 2 chairs with feet rest and a table. I ordered a room decor and a case of water which was in our suite upon arrive as well as all of our pre-booked excursion tickets. It was amazing that it did not feel crowded as there was over 6,300 people on board. Only ran into lines on excursion points. The food was very good as we eat all dinners at Coastal Kitchen or Specialty restaurants. Only real issue was disembarkation as the line was slow and a few customs agents only worked until 9:00 which seems weird and our agent went on break at 9:30 and we were his second to last persons cleared. We heard as we left that there was still over 1,000 people not cleared so why there was several stations without agents was baffling. We used a taxi this time as the past 3 trips we used Ubers but that lot is not designed well and waiting 35 minutes on average for an Uber was not worth the extra $7 - $12 dollars of savings. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was my first cruise anywhere and I had no idea what to expect. I was in awe when I stepped foot on the ship. There was so much to do, that I didn’t get to see everything on the ship. Our rooms were always kept clean with some ... Read More
This was my first cruise anywhere and I had no idea what to expect. I was in awe when I stepped foot on the ship. There was so much to do, that I didn’t get to see everything on the ship. Our rooms were always kept clean with some towel animals left on our bed. The Guest Service dept was incredible!! If you ever had a issue (minor or major) they would call and ask to come up to our cabin to make sure they made it right. The activities were all incredible and offered something for everyone. My only issue was if I was in my room at the time of announcements, I couldn’t hear them. Also, we were a bit confused about our “My Time” dining, but finally figured that out (part of being a newbie to cruising). Already booked our next cruise while on the ship. If you’re going, you’ll have the best time !! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We have cruised on a few RCCL ships before. First time on this class of ship. WOW. First off, we are not your typical snooty cruisers. We strictly book Grand Suites for the amenities and perks, we will never go lower that that. That ... Read More
We have cruised on a few RCCL ships before. First time on this class of ship. WOW. First off, we are not your typical snooty cruisers. We strictly book Grand Suites for the amenities and perks, we will never go lower that that. That being said, I really hate the "crowd" with the "pins" on their chest in the Suite Lounge. I thought a cruise was for fun, not for showing off that you are better because you are a Pinnacle or Diamond Plus or whatever. Too much of that going on. Just have fun, have a Coke and smile and...well you get the rest. I will get right to it. Grand Suite was awesome, Cabin 9654. We loved that cabin, well positioned. I will say that the Grand Suites on this ship might be a bit smaller than on some the other ships we have been on. But overall we loved it. The only critiques I have about this suite are the ice bucket....really guys, make those bigger. TV Programming kinda sucks, but hey who watches TV on a cruise. We really enjoyed the music playing on the Compass and Route Channel. Last critique I have is a very important one....Make-up mirrors for getting ready, invest in those RCCL. questo è molto importante. Cabin gets 5 Stars. Our Room attendant was awesome too. Food: Very brief and to the point. Chops Grill sucks, the only good thing about Chops is the slab of bacon I devoured, our server was not engaged at all, she was more concerned about the other bigger tables there, full of kids and loud obnoxious people. The quality of steaks and atmosphere reminded me of steak night at the Golden Corral. 150 Central Park was awesome, staff there were kinda douchey. Food was fantastic. Johnny Rockets ALWAYS one of my favorites. LOVED IT. Izumi, nope.... Sorrentos we loved it. American Icon for breakfast was awesome, we decided for the al a carte menu instead of buffet. We had a very nice experience, staff were great and food was perfectly prepared to our liking. Room service was good, pizza, burgers, wings...in the middle of the night, can't go wrong with that. Coastal Kitchen for dinner on the last night was absolutely amazing. Try the Lamb Shank over Risotto. Now the best for last. Jamie's Italian - we went there two times during our cruise. We regret not going in place of Izumi or Chops. Everything was on point in Jamie's, our server Pritesh was the best. We had a great time in this restaurant. Overall Winner here is Jamie's Italian. Suite Lounge was the best, the best bartender Roshan. We really loved the drink perks on this cruise, but there are too many unclear exceptions on this perk. 11:00-11:00 free drinks but limited options, Heineken are free but not Bud Light, Johnny Walker not free, but Jack Daniels is free, Champagne is free all day long...on second thought, this arrangement works for us. We absolutely LOVED the Suite Lounge. We met some really cool people in the lounge. The people we met were like minded, in the fact that we were there for fun, not to up our Status or Cruising Resume. JUST FUN..... Ship is big, lots of entertainment, the Halloween celebration was an added bonus, we enjoyed that and are considering doing another Halloween cruise. The ports were meh...our favorite was Labadee Haiti. Just wished there was more fun activities in the Suites Section. Embark/Disembark was effortless, the option for Suites to have baggage sent straight to airport was awesome. The only confusion and frustration was in Port Everglades, port personnel were inept and rude. The porters hustling for tips was a little over the top. Just get my bags and take your dollar per bag, don't fight or flip coins over it. Really shady characters. Overall we give this Ship and Cruise 5 stars. There were a few negative points, but the positive were way more than the negative. We will back on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I had a great vacation on the Harmony of the Sea ship. The staff was excellent and very friendly. Any concerns I had were quickly resolved. I was advised on two shore excursions that were great. Particular thank you to Saghordhary Umbay ... Read More
I had a great vacation on the Harmony of the Sea ship. The staff was excellent and very friendly. Any concerns I had were quickly resolved. I was advised on two shore excursions that were great. Particular thank you to Saghordhary Umbay Naiko, guest service officer. She was very friendly and helpful in resolving all my concerns. The rock climbing attendants gave me and my friends an exceptionally good time. They made the challenge of climbing the wall fun and exciting for me and my friends. The room was always clean and comfortable. The food was good at all the restaurants. The only thing I was not particularly fond of was having a garden view room. With adjacent rooms on the other side it seems a bit intrusive. I would advise guests who are concerned with privacy to stick with a ocean view room. Overall, it's a great ship and a wonderful crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My husband and I have done several cruises always have a great time but let me start by saying this by far great customer service which we have not felt this way in a long time. Shout to all staff we interacted with through out our 7 days ... Read More
My husband and I have done several cruises always have a great time but let me start by saying this by far great customer service which we have not felt this way in a long time. Shout to all staff we interacted with through out our 7 days cruise but hands done to Mercelyn, Igede, Joseph and Richard from On air bar, Nizar and Imade from American Grill Icon dining. Since day 1 we encounter smiles, lots of laughs, service was just great!! Never change that great attitude you have!! We are already looking to travel again, we love cruising but this experience made us feel special! Lots of entertainment through out the day. I am happy that the formal nights were actually formal. We have encountered in our previous cruises that people are not using the proper attire for these 2 night of formal attire in the dining area. They should not be permitted in the dining area if they aren’t willing to dress up. There are lots of eating options for those who aren’t willing to dress up. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had a great time on Harmony of the Seas with our family of five! Embarkation was different from the last time we cruised with Royal 5 years ago. You don't get your seapass card until you get to your room. You had to go through ... Read More
We had a great time on Harmony of the Seas with our family of five! Embarkation was different from the last time we cruised with Royal 5 years ago. You don't get your seapass card until you get to your room. You had to go through security first and then in line for check-in. I had already filled out all the paperwork online before including photos, but they still took new photos there. We had two rooms. We had to go to guest services to see if we could get another card to get into each other's room. We were able to get second cards which worked out perfectly. The first day had some moments where the staff seemed new and unable to answer questions. We bought 4 soft drink packages and the employee seemed distracted with helping everyone but us. Guest services had a line before the line and the employee told us no we couldn't get the second card to the room but stand in line if we wanted. We came back later when the line was shorter and got the second card so that employee was giving out mis information. Buying shore excursions on ship with two rooms was a pain. We had to get help several times. Tickets weren't able to print out and they were not delivered to our room, so I had to go back down the next day to get them printed out. We had a large balcony room - much bigger than any previous ship we had been on. Very nice, spacious and modern. We liked it a lot. We had lots of bags, so hiding them out of sight wasn't possible. We also had an interior room - again very nice, modern and spacious compared to previous cruise cabins. Our attendant was wonderful! He kept the room clean, we got towel animals and I was very happy with the attention to detail. The ship is everything everyone said it would be. Yes there were moments and locations with overcrowding - Can't get into Windjammer on day one. Elevators were impossible after muster stations or shows, but we dealt with it. Overall the crowding wasn't that bad. Muster stations have changed!! We went to the ice skating rink and sat in air conditioning and watched a safety video. Very different and welcoming! Main dining was great. The first night was a little hectic and long but after that our waiters Robin and Giomire were fabulous. My kids had their appetizers as soon as they sat down. Food was excellent. However, the variety was limited. By the 7th night, I was getting tired of some of the same foods. No more singing to you and no more 'theme' nights. The last night they did sing - very nice! No more midnight buffets. However, one night in the windjammer they had chocolate festival. We ran up there to get chocolate covered strawberries and they were already out. I heard a kid broke the stand. I have a curse where I never get them on a cruise and the curse continues. Windjammer was what everyone talked about. Very crowded, felt cramped. It was long and windy but tight. Food was great on somethings and not so much on others. Their scrambled eggs were runny. Mini Bites was perfect to eat at while swimming. We loved eating there. Kids loved the all you can eat pizza at the Sorrentos. After 9pm - you can only get pizza at sorrentos, everything else was shut down! Kids loved the ice cream machines!! Yogurt was only on certain days. Ice cream was only available during certain hours but the kids figured that out quick! Shows were excellent. Grease was great! It was long and cold - take a sweater/jacket to the show. 1887 skating show was great - loved the lady with the hoola hoops. Columbus was dorky and corny - it made you laugh and I liked the songs but was probably my least favorite show. Juggler show was worth it - GO! I made reservations for all the shows before getting on the ship - DO IT! Don't wait. Reservations allow you to get there 30 minutes early to scan your card and find a good seat. They let non-reservations come in 10 minute prior. Best show we Fine Line in the Aquatheater - we went twice it was so mesmerizing. I loved the two guys on the bounce cords - so cool to watch. Wonderland was great! Tip - if you wait to book any extra restaurants, wait til you get on the ship. There are staff from each of the restaurants walking around offering 30% off to eat there. We did the cupcake decorating for $30 per person. We had a great time but $60 cupcakes were never eaten. They gave us 20% off Wonderland dinner and kids ate free if they ate the kid menu. If they ate Wonderland menu it was $10. Haiti - my kids did the Aqua Park. Tip - there is shuttle/tram but it doesn't run first thing in the morning, we had to walk and that was a long walk! Don't book the 9am Aqua Park. Although we got great beach chairs! Kids also did the Dragon Tail coaster - very cool. I had to ride with my daughter since she was too young. It was a nice day to play in the ocean for no additional fee. Straw market was aggressive as usual so we stayed away. We had to wait a long time for the tram back to the ship but worth not having to walk in the heat. Food was good for lunch. Had to wait on hamburgers for a few minutes but not bad. Jamaica - took a 5 hour tour and shopping, don't recommend. Bus was nice and air conditioning and the tours ladies Rachel and Merika were great. We spent the first two hours just driving. They stopped for 1 minute on the side of the road for pictures - can't get out of the bus. Finally after 2 hours we stopped at a spot but the line for the bathroom was long. If you tried to look at the landscape, you were moved to someone could take a professional picture. It was a little bar with music. It was just awkward and inconvenient. Then we went to one little store next where atleast we could go to the bathroom. Drove some more and then went to Reggae Hill where they had food but it was $17 per option and I knew most of it my kids would not eat. We were all starving but couldn't see buying food we wouldn't eat. I bought one meal for my teenager to eat. He just ate the chicken, bread and dessert while the rest of us watched. The location was beautiful but again awkward and kids were getting restless and annoyed and hungry. Then we had another 1 hour drive back to the ship with no talking/tour, just music. My teenagers slept all the way back. I thought there would be more shopping and I didn't realize we would have no other food options made available to us. But I always love seeing the island and learning about their way of life but 5 hours was way to much!!!! Mexico - loved, loved, loved Playa Mia!!! If you have a family go!! There are two packages $99 and $41. We got the $99 not realizing the difference. It included all the water stuff (aqua park, water trikes, slides, pool, etc...) plus buffet and all you can drink open bar. $41 gets you all the water stuff, no food or drink. We don't drink alcohol. The buffet was actually really good food! We only got a limited amount of types of drinks. They had icees but the kids had to pay - really? I had to pay to rent snorkel gear for the boys - I felt like that should have been included. I also got my daughter's hair braided. They wanted $55 but I talked them down to $25. It was relaxing, we got a chair and umbrella. The ocean was clear and beautiful. We only got 4 hours to play. Then a big rain hit. But we were ready to go back. Also you can buy food there and it is reasonable, the extra $50 per person wasn't worth it. We really liked the cruising days because teen lounge had stuff going on every night and the boys could sleep in. Minors have a curfew of 1am if unsupervised. My teenage boys loved the teen lounge, activities and hanging out. They met kids from all over the world and are now on a group chat to keep in touch. They learned more that week about other countries than they have in school the last 9 years. Plus I seemed to always know where to look for them when I wanted to check on them. My 11yr old stayed in the Adventure Kid Club a few times. She had fun but she preferred to stay with me and swim, go down slides and she loved the Abyss!! Yes we would definitely go again! This was my first cruise with kids and I am wore out. Keeping up with all the activities for them was fun but tiresome. I need another vacation for just dad and I so I can sit on my butt! I brought a water bottle and filled it up at all times and that kept me happy! Have the kids bring a drawstring back pack so they can keep their lanyard, water bottle and/or drink cup in. Make sure you buy a lanyard with a plastic pouch, they don't punch holes in the seapass cards anymore. Lanyards run about $8-10 on ship. Pictures are expensive!! $100 for 6 pics and $150 for 10 pics. They put it on a USB drive. They are great pics but really $150 for 10 pictures. Getting off the ship was very easy and quick. We were off by 8am. We went back to a hotel since our flight didn't leave until Sunday morning. We got a taxi for 5 people and 6 bags for only $19. Hotel charged $10 per person for taxi from hotel to ship. Take a taxi! Thursday night they have a $10 t-shirt sale - wait to buy a shirt then. It was a crazy mad rush of people but we got lots of great t-shirts from each of the islands and royal. Loved the vacation and would do it again in a heart beat! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We went on a back to back 6/10 and 13/10/18. Travelled with husband, daughter and partner 25 and 26 and daughter 16. The whole holiday was amazing, could not fault the ship it was huge, spotless and had the wow factor. The staff were ... Read More
We went on a back to back 6/10 and 13/10/18. Travelled with husband, daughter and partner 25 and 26 and daughter 16. The whole holiday was amazing, could not fault the ship it was huge, spotless and had the wow factor. The staff were fabulous, polite, friendly and professional and they deserve a huge thank you as they go out of ther way to make guests feel special, There is so much to do on board for all ages. i had read reviews before I went and some were mixed, however the most complaints were about the lifts being busy, too many peope and poor service in Windjammer 1) there are 24 lifts on board plus sairs, yes sometimes the lifts are busy, but we always managed to get in one and it really wasnt an issue 2)too many people, well surely when people boo a cruise of this size they know beforehand the ships capacity. We always found a sunbed without ny problems but did spend our time in the adult solarium area, one complaint about that is they should have a small pool there instead of all hot tubs. the pool areas were very busy but i cant comment on them. 3) the windjammer and solarium could be busy, however the staff were great and in my opinion very patient at the rudeness and untidiness of guests, who sometimes would push in. Food in the main dining was ok but not fanatastic, windjammer food was better. The speciality restaurants were super, 150 being the best, Jamies was good too. The ports were great with exciting excursions to suit all tastes. All in all a grat holiday, good value for money and we would most definately go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Where to begin! When I started reading reviews on the Harmony of the seas, I got a little worried. most reviews that I read was that they are very expensive or that the food was awful. that is so not true. This was my 8th cruise. I have ... Read More
Where to begin! When I started reading reviews on the Harmony of the seas, I got a little worried. most reviews that I read was that they are very expensive or that the food was awful. that is so not true. This was my 8th cruise. I have been on many different ships from NCL sky to the Escape. Carnivals Dream and Magic. so I was used to knowing what to somewhat expect from this line. Embarkation: I was really shocked we arrived at a little after 10:00 am from our hotel. met with the porters. they asked if our bags were there we said yes. he then said I've got everything you go ahead and enjoy your trip. wow amazing right. so friendly. we walked in and were greeted with a wonderful security staff. waited in line for maybe 5 mins and were on our way to check in. 10 mins later we were taking our photo and heading up the escalators. I was shocked to see no one sitting there waiting. we were greeted by Royal Caribbean security and they scanned our sail and sign card. and say your all set. I have never ever been able to board a ship that fast. I always have to wait until 11:00am or sometimes even 12pm. this was an amazing start to our cruise. First thoughts getting on the ship. WOW it looked like I stepped in to a mall. it was so grand and awesome. I had to stop by the guest service desk to deposit money too my onboard account it was simple and fast. I was pleased with the level of service given at that time. from there we went to look around as we were not very Hungary because we just ate breakfast ( if we had known we would have gotten something light to eat.). we decided to head to the boardwalk area and check that out. I am a huge fan of Starbucks so I wanted one right away. we sat there for a little while and admired really how big the ship was. then I finally had a chicken sausage at the dog house. it was so good. by the time we were done there it was time for our rooms to be ready. I was astonished at how large the ocean view balconies are they are huge and comfortable. we did a little more exploring and decided that it was now 3:15pm and we should head to the royal theater on deck 5 to get to our muster station. muster drill went fast they even had a short film on all the safety stuff it was amazing and entertaining. I believe all ships should use this technology. Sail away: we were able to get on an elevator rather quickly. for a ship that had almost 6,000 people on it I never had to wait more than 5 mins for and elevator it was great. and it was a straight shot to the 15th deck. from there we went to solarium for sail away it was the most perfect spot right at the front of the ship where you could see everything. after sail away we went to dinner. ok I might be biased but our waiter Ivaylo and willy were the greatest. Ivaylo would recommend what he liked on the menu and he would double check and sometimes triple check on how everything was. he also gave us a rundown of what was coming up the next day. he was by far my favorite part of the whole trip. he was warm and welcoming. a couple nights we were running late. he would be waiting for us by the host stand. by the 4th night the host was telling us you are in your normal seat please go ahead. we all chuckled at this because they began to know us. the head waiter Jomar would come over and ask us if everything was good and make us feel welcomed by the end of the trip everyone was joking with one another and having a good time. by our last night I was very sad to be leaving I wanted to know more about our wait staff their home countries and what its like to work on a cruise ship. over all my meals were complete oh and the food was amazing as well. Grease! what can I say Grease is the word. we went to the 10:15pm showing of Grease, I now know why they say it may not be suitable for children. Omg some of the dialog was aimed at mature audience. I loved it!! the cast is so talented. although the actress playing sandy that night looked lost at some points during the show so that was a downfall. The fine Line worth the wait our show got cancelled because of weather but we were lucky to be able to watch it another night. it is crazy how the cast is so put together and the divers really do take their life in there hands I would def. recommend. Columbus also amazing our first show got cancelled due to the 5ton ship that is used in the show has a hydraulic malfunction. if you don't like covers you wont be too impressed with it. Headliners. we had a group called Mo5aic on the ship that week. they really are a great acapella group. not to mention the sounds that come out of their mouths is amazing. I wasn't too thrilled with the lack of parties in the promenade. usually there is something going on every night. but on this ship there wasn't. the 2 parties there were great I enjoyed the 50's 60's party and the 90's being a 90's baby I enjoyed all the singing dancing and everyone getting into it. with the youth staff and sports staff. also not seeing the cruise director was a little deterring I'm so used to the cruise director running all the shows and parties so only seeing him during his late early morning show and at a couple events was a little disappointing. we did get to ride with him in the elevator on the last night of the cruise. all In all my cruise was amazing. thanks to Ivaylo. in the main dining room. would I recommend the ship of course its so beautiful. can you do it all in 7 day no way you need more time on the ship. but it is worth the investment and the wait. we waited a year and 10 month for this cruise we were originally suppose to go in jan of 2018. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This is my 37th Cruise. I am an NCL and RCI fan. I chose this ship because of the price, RCI was running hurricane pricing for an inside cabin so since I’m in Florida I bit. There were 1600 kids on this trip, with no issues ... Read More
This is my 37th Cruise. I am an NCL and RCI fan. I chose this ship because of the price, RCI was running hurricane pricing for an inside cabin so since I’m in Florida I bit. There were 1600 kids on this trip, with no issues involved. The ship is kept in tip top condition with cleaning and maintenance going all the time. The Music: The Latin Band was incredible and the Pop band was very good. The Food: I ate at the main dinning room on deck 5 every night and the food and service was great. The Cabin: I always bring wipes for a quick wipe down of the cabin before I use anything and the steward did a decent job at keeping it clean. The Shows: There is comedy, broadway type shows, plenty of game shows, Karaoke and trivia to keep you going. It seems the ship is the true destination and the itinerary is secondary, three sea days can get tough, but there is plenty to find and do on board. This being my third time on this particular ship and destinations it can become just okay, but if you haven’t done it, it just may be the best trip ever, as the ports are nice. Labadee is beautiful, lunch is provided and plenty to do there. Puerto Rico you can do a self guided walking tour, bus tour or shop and Sint Maarten you can walk to the beach, shop in the beach area, or take a bus or walking tour. The passengers were happy and friendly and the crew was hard working, I do recommend this company and cruise as they work hard to earn your business. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our first Presidents Cruise and if I could only cruise once a year I would pick this cruise. The entertainment, food and general overall atmosphere was wonderful! The only drawback is the sheer number of high-level crown and ... Read More
This was our first Presidents Cruise and if I could only cruise once a year I would pick this cruise. The entertainment, food and general overall atmosphere was wonderful! The only drawback is the sheer number of high-level crown and anchor members aboard, this limits the number of extras those in lower levels get, you still get to attend things , but maybe not in person it may be at the Aqua theater or Studio B. In terms of things to do - one could not attend every event but the opportunity to try was there. My only criticism in the negative is that the staff was pulled in many directions with the corporate CEOs aboard and service in the dining areas for breakfast and lunch needs attention. Harmony is a huge ship and for those with disabilities, the wait time to go from floor to floor with elevators can take time. Despite any negatives, this was the best I have taken in a long time already booked for next year! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Just returned from another great RCCL cruise. Service was even better than previous cruises on Harmony. Food which has always been good, seems to have improved in quality, especially the meats. Steaks and roast beef were much improved from ... Read More
Just returned from another great RCCL cruise. Service was even better than previous cruises on Harmony. Food which has always been good, seems to have improved in quality, especially the meats. Steaks and roast beef were much improved from previous Oasis class cruises. Entertainment on Harmony is vast and offers so much for every taste and interest. Cabins are done in low key, relaxing colors. Not the largest at sea, but thoughtfully appointed; it's the small things, like hair dryers NOT attached to drawers, walls, or counters. New this voyage was a cabin refrigerator I could actually use. Was wonderful to enter the cabin (boardwalk balcony) and NOT find it packed with cruise line items for sale. Really appreciated the empty refrigerator; who wants to pay that much a night for a hotel room with a frig only to find you can not use it as the cruise line has it full of items to sell. Kudoos to RCCL ! Cabin attendant Iputu S. was among the best I have ever had. I always marvel that embarkation and debarkation on Oasis class ships is the most efficient and speedy of any ship; I attribute this to the new RCCL super terminals ! My advice to those reading this review is to give careful consideration to cabin choice. I prefer the Boardwalk neighborhood, but do tend to switch depending on the purpose of the cruise; family when young grand children are with me, solo get a way to relax, etc. While I usually book a BW cabin, I love the open, peaceful, atmosphere of central park with its live light classical concerts nightly (acoustic guitar, string quartets, keyboard) and twinkling lights of the park at night. Those who worry that the boardwalk is "too noisy", I "usually" do not find it so, having said that, because the weather/wind can effect the aqua show on the Boardwalk, and often does in the Caribbean, the shows sometimes must be postponed and are performed as late as a 10:30 start. Although not often, there can be special parties, with bands and dancing that at times last until midnight. Again, not the usual, but, for those who may have very young children with early bedtimes, or those who themselves like to turn in early on cruises, or those who just want quiet when sitting on their balcony, the boardwalk is probably not for you. I personally also very much enjoy booking Central park balcony cabins at times, but usually go back to the view of the Boardwalk for the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Royal Caribbean – Harmony of the Seas (President’s Cruise) September 29 – October 6, 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, Labadee Haiti Cabin 6650 Introduction This was our 25th cruise and we are Diamond ... Read More
Royal Caribbean – Harmony of the Seas (President’s Cruise) September 29 – October 6, 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, Labadee Haiti Cabin 6650 Introduction This was our 25th cruise and we are Diamond Level on Royal Caribbean. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale the Friday before departure and spent a night at the Comfort Inn and Suites, close to the airport and cruise terminals. The hotel opened in March of this year. Dockers Café and Bar is a half block walk from the hotel and serves up steaks, seafood, salads and burgers. It’s a decent place for dinner. President’s Cruise On previous vacations, fellow cruisers had told us, if the opportunity arises to do a President’s Cruise, by all means do it. RCI’s president, Michael Bayley is your host and is the hardest working guy on the ship all week. Floral arrangements are everywhere, Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean and the Wild Boys supply the special entertainment and presents appear in your cabin such as baseball caps, a crystal paperweight of the ship and other surprises like a Midnight Buffet. An extra port stop in San Juan was added at the request of the president. Johnny 5 (Who Gets His Tips?) At the rear of the Royal Promenade is the Bionic Bar. It doesn’t even have a sign, but with two robots mixing drinks you can’t miss it. They move like Johnny 5 in the 80’s film Short Circuit. (See the “More Than a Woman” dance scene with Ally Sheedy on YouTube.) Order your drink from a touch screen and the robots go to work and add the customary 18% gratuity to your tab. O.K. who gets the tip I ask? So my wife, Joanne, walks next door to the boarding gate and asks a hostess, who gets the robots’ tips? She is clearly caught off guard and supposes the guys that maintain the robots probably get them. We weren’t buying that answer. A few days later, Jim from RCI’s marketing department joined us in the Diamond Lounge for cocktails. I asked him the same question and he said the tips went into a general pool shared by the staff. That makes sense. Special Entertainment Michael Bolton put on a wonderful concert Monday night in the Royal Theater. Billy Ocean played in a venue on the beach in Labadee and the Wild Boys played a couple of nights aboard. I have a nice shot in the photo section of Michael Bolton debarking in St. Thomas taking a picture of me. You get the impression he’s a really nice guy with a very dry sense of humor. Thursday evening after Billy Ocean’s concert on the beach in Labadee, the ship moved about a half-mile off shore and at 7:30 lit off a fireworks show launched from shore, not the ship. Very nice. There was a retro Midnight Buffet we didn’t stay up for after a full day of fun. Other cruisers said it was great. A New York Story Grease, O.K. show if you like everyone in the cast doing their best to imitate Vinny Barbarino from Welcome Back Kotter. Not nearly as awful as Cats on Oasis. Drinking buddies Drs. Bob and Eileen in the Diamond Lounge told me a story about an audience that really hated the cast. I was retelling the story to Joanne over dinner in the Main Dining Room. Our new friends were watching “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Westbury Music Festival on Long Island years ago, a heavily Jewish community. Towards the end of the play, the Nazis enter her house. Most everyone in the audience yells out, “She’s in the attic!” Talk about hating the cast. Having grown up in New Jersey and living in Manhattan for a couple of years, I retold the story to Joanne, I said, “That is so New York.” At the next table, a black woman my age was having dinner with her family, and leaned over to me and said, “I’m from New York, I overheard your story, and you are so right. That IS New York.” Lights, Camera, Harmony! On one of the ship’s TV channels they loop the films ‘Like Father’ and ‘Love at Sea’, a couple of recent movies filmed on Harmony of the Seas. No Oscar candidates here but they were filmed on Harmony and showcase the ship very well. ‘Like Father” stars Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer. A Tip of the Hat to Michael Bayley This guy has been with RCI for 38 years and has worked his way up the ladder, starting with a job on a cruise ship. The first night, he walked up to us during cocktails in the Diamond Lounge (Comedy Club) and introduced himself and we chatted for about five minutes. A few nights later, he sat down with our group again and we talked for about a half-hour. He’s personable and you can tell, extremely smart. I may just buy some RCI stock. There wasn’t an event he didn’t attend and he joined the ship’s officers at the Captain’s Q&A session on our last sea day and fielded his share of questions. The next “President’s Cruise” is sailing 11-2-19 out of Miami on the new Symphony of the Seas. The cruise desk was doing a brisk business during the week booking reservations from satisfied passengers on this year’s cruise. Look into it. Jacked My Ride I rented a mobility scooter for the week from Special Needs Group, Inc. (My knees have turned to crap and it is the largest ship in the world for the moment.) It was waiting in our cabin when we boarded. However, on Saturday, while waiting to get off in Ft. Lauderdale, we had coffee and a pastry in the Promenade Café. I was sitting ten feet from it and when I went to park it back in my cabin, it was gone. My name was on it. I told several ship’s personnel and they said not to worry, the rental company would find it. All I can say is that if I ran into the perp with my scooter, they would definitely be needing one of their own for the foreseeable future. Summary Seriously consider a President’s Cruise. Although we’ve sailed on sister ships Oasis and Allure, I think they are too big for my taste. For breakfast and lunch, the Windjammer Café is just too small to accommodate the passenger load. It is claustrophobic with all the tables jammed together and you often face a line to get in and find it challenging to get a seat at a table. I am old and crotchety, however if I had a young family, this is the ship you want to sail on. There is no shortage of entertainment options. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because we were traveling with friends in a separate cabin who were First Time Cruisers traveling with their nine year old child. It MORE than lived up to our expectations! It is a most impressive ship when first ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were traveling with friends in a separate cabin who were First Time Cruisers traveling with their nine year old child. It MORE than lived up to our expectations! It is a most impressive ship when first approaching by land (before boarding), it's fantastic on the inside - like a shopping mall, so much to see and do. It has a multitude of specialty restaurants, shops, pools, water activities, etc. The ship makes the cruise more than the destinations. One can't take it all in on a 7 day cruise! A great reason to take another cruise - which we hope to do, next year. Food was great. Entertainment superb - especially the diving shows. So many choices, it was wonderful. However, there were 6,000+ people (guests and crew) so it is like a small city and a floating resort. The huge size of the ship also make it very stable and smooth, we could hardly tell it was moving. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My dad and his wife had been on 15 cruises in the past and have been trying to get the rest of our family to join them for the past few years. My wife and I were always reluctant, mostly due to the price, and usually ended up at an ... Read More
My dad and his wife had been on 15 cruises in the past and have been trying to get the rest of our family to join them for the past few years. My wife and I were always reluctant, mostly due to the price, and usually ended up at an all-inclusive resort in places like Cancun or Punta Cana. One day my dad asked us to drop by cause he had some news he wanted to share. We arrived and he generously told us that he was going to take me and my wife, as well as my brother and his wife, all on the Harmony of the Seas with them! For the six months or so leading up to the trip, we were told how amazing the food was, how great the entertainment was, and how we would never run out of things to do. We were a bit skeptical since we were going to be "stuck on a boat", but excited to see what all the hype was about. IT. WAS. AWESOME! Everything they told us about was true. The food was incredible! The shows were amazing! The activities were fantastic! On top of all that, the service was unreal! The crew was more than happy to get us anything we needed at any time, and never once did we feel like we weren't the most important people on the ship. We made friends at the pools, the nightclubs, and the sports courts. We explored the beaches and shops of Labadee and St. Maarten. We participated in the daily games, shows, and tournaments. We sang, danced, and ate...boy did we eat! I really could go on and on about the details, but the highlight of the trip was seeing my dad's face light up while he watched us thoroughly enjoying his favourite thing...and that will stay with me forever. As always, you were right dad. It was everything you said it would be and more. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to get away for Labor day andreceived a Casino offer from UR Comped for the Harmony of the Seas at a price too good to pass. We live in Miami so we just rode Lyft to the part and arrived at 11:45 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to get away for Labor day andreceived a Casino offer from UR Comped for the Harmony of the Seas at a price too good to pass. We live in Miami so we just rode Lyft to the part and arrived at 11:45 am and were on the ship by 12:15. We went to the Windjammer like we always do but it was full and there was a huge line of people waiting to go in. We were directed to go to Little Bites for Burger, Hot Dogs and Nachos. It turned out to be nice and not too crowded. Our cabin was ready by 1 pm. It was an inside cabin with a queen bed, a couch and lots of drawers for storage space. The closet was small but our clothes fit fine in there. Bathroom had a shower and enough space for our toiletries. The muster drill was held inside - ours was in the theatre. The Casino was large - half of the area was designated for smoking and the other half was non-smoking. There were a lot of slot machines, table games - roulette, poker, black jack, etc. but they were high $15 blackjac, $10 poker. There were several jackpot winners - I saw someone playing $2 in the slots win $8900 jackpot. We had My Time dining - I had made reservations for 7:30 everynight. Our servers were Giselle and Miriam and they were excellent. Food was delicious - much better than I've had on other ships - Royal, MSC or Princess - in the past two years. There were many options for breakfast and lunch - Windjammer buffet, Little Bites, Solarium and Park Cafe. The buffet sometimes gets too crowded if you don't go early. The Solarium has a good selection for breakfast and lunch and it is not crowded. Little Bites has omelets for breakfast and Park Cafe has soup, sandwiches, Panini's and salads for lunch. Sorrento has very good pizza and salad. We had dinner at the Windjammer one night and it was very good. They had a pasta station, crepes, and some great looking desserts and ice cream selection. We had to schedule the shows prior to getting on the ship. We saw Grease which is a Broadway production. I have seen the movie over 25 times because it was my daughter's favorite when she was growing up and l loved John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Although the music and the dancing and the stage was great I was a little disappointed with the characters. The Fine Line (the water show) was great, and so was (A Journey in Time) the ice skating show. Columbus...The Musical was ok but the story was a little weird - but it had nice music and dancing. The Stand Up Comedy show was not that good. One of the comedians was not good at all (the first one to perform) the second one was great. My favorite show was the Headliner starring Earl Turner. He is an experience entertainer who has played in Vegas. He was fabulous. He sang old songs and new songs, he was funny, he could dance, he got the audience involved singing, clapping and dancing. Since we have been to Jamaica and Cozumel many times we did not book any tours but just did our own thing. Had never been to Labadee. We spent the day at the beach which was very nice but you need water shoes since it is a little rocky. The buffet lunch was great. It was easy to get off and back on the ship. We made sure we were not the first to leave or last to return so there were no long lines at anytime for us. Our cabin steward was excellent, she kept cabin clean and provided everything we asked for. All the personnel on the ship was very helpful, friendly and attentive. Bartenders were very good although I did not see many of them around the buffet or the pool area as I have seen in the past. I ordered several drinks - Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada and Mud Slide and they were very good. Departure was very organized and we left the ship around 8:30 am. The line through Customs moved fast. Overall I would like to summarize what I liked and did not like about the ship. What I don't like: The way the ship is designed there is no covered area to sit like in a lounge or bar where you can see the ocean. Maybe I just did not find it. I don't like having to book my dinner or my shows. I liked the old way where you ate at 8 and your shows are at 10. When I am on vacation, I don't want to have to think. I want them to plan everything for me. I think the Windjammer is too small for that many people. Maybe they should have 2 buffets like MSC Seaside has. Although the casino is divined in half - snoking and non smoking - many people who don't play come to the casino to sit and smoke. That should not be allowed. Only those who are playing should be allowed to smoke. What I liked: The ship is beautiful, the personnel is very courteous and attentive. The food is very good - quality and flavor. It has a lot of pools and areas to sit by the pool. I was always able to find a place to sit by the pools or hot tubs. I never saw any pool attendant or security monitoring that people left towels on the chairs for hours. Love the Central Park area and the Promenade Loved the Headliner show I would love to come back again on this ship. It is very modern, has a lot of technology upgrades. it is kept very clean and the food and service are great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Seriously nice ship. I have been on the Oasis as well- thought there were a number of improvements. Entertainment: Aqua show and Grease were great. Columbus was wacky but fun. Ice show was fantastic. Food: Main dining room was good ... Read More
Seriously nice ship. I have been on the Oasis as well- thought there were a number of improvements. Entertainment: Aqua show and Grease were great. Columbus was wacky but fun. Ice show was fantastic. Food: Main dining room was good but Chops, 150, and Olivers were amazing- absolutely worth the premium. We also ate in the Solarium (really nice for a more quiet meal) and Savors (way too much food but yummy!). Solarium during the day is wonderful- really never gets too crowded. Crew is incredibly friendly. Doesn't feel at all like 6000 passengers, especially early morning and at sunset. Music in the pub was super fun- they have a guitar player that keeps the crowd going until about 1:00am. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived around 11 and were on well before noon. Getting off was also easy- Got in line around 6:30 and was out the doors of customs by 7:15. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife and I enjoyed our sixth cruise on an Oasis class Royal Caribbean ship. It was our first on the Harmony of the Seas. In one word: NICE. The ships have gotten progressively better with the introduction of each ship. The Harmony has ... Read More
My wife and I enjoyed our sixth cruise on an Oasis class Royal Caribbean ship. It was our first on the Harmony of the Seas. In one word: NICE. The ships have gotten progressively better with the introduction of each ship. The Harmony has incorporated several changes/improvements making the ship even better. The ship was very well maintained. Driving and parking: We drove to Port Everglades and parked just across the driveway from terminal 18. Our arrival was greeted by a very hard, driving rain storm so the covered walkway to the terminal offered some protection. Fortunately the prime parking lot had spaces because the overflow lot, although relatively close has less covered protection. Cabin: Our cabin was a grand suite on deck six. We enjoyed the perks that came with the suite especially expedited embarkation and disembarkation along with access to the Coastal Kitchen restaurant and suite lounge. Every cabin location has distinct advantages. We liked our deck six location. One deck down to the Royal Promenade. A short walk aft to the Boardwalk activities including Sabor, Johnny Rockets and the Aqua Theater. Embarkation: Embarkation was fast and efficiently managed. We were on the ship within 10 to 15 minutes of entering the terminal. That included security, check in, a boarding photo and walk up the ramps to he Royal Promenade on deck 5. The Harmony uses the new sea pass/room/card key system so our keys were waiting in a slot outside our cabin door when we were given access to our cabin about 1 pm. We did not need the card key before that because they just noted our cabin number for a photo and the Coastal Kitchen was open. Restaurants: The dining experiences and options on the Harmony of the Seas were excellent. We dined in the Coastal Kitchen, the main dining room for suite cabin occupants. The breakfasts were excellent. The dinner menus changed every day and offered nice selections. The Windjammer was our choice for many lunches. Good food and selections. We also tried the Sabor and Izumi specialty restaurants. Both meals were very good. There are numerous food options, both complimentary and extra charge. Most people should find it easy to find their favorite foods and venues. Hint: Seriously consider an option other than the Windjammer on embarkation day to avoid the crowd unless you will be boarding after 1 pm. Service: Our experiences with the ship’s staff were excellent in every venue where their services were used. Our stateroom attendant Ronald Garth was timely every day and our cabin was well attended. Jose Sabino, the Coastal Kitchen supervisor, was pleasant and efficiently seated us every day. The waiters, of course, were well informed about their menus, and fast. The concierge, Mohamed Sayeh, took care of our requests, especially on disembarkation, and demonstrated real concern for our special needs. The Customer Service Officers, especially Akshaye Madoo and Bibi Nuroollah were patient, expert and efficient in taking care of concerns we had when we changed ships with three days to embarkation. The Coastal Kitchen Sous Chef, Henry Navarro, was available nearly every meal making certain that all was well with the food and service. The next cruise representative, Ms. Veldin, expertly booked a cruise for us. The casino host took care of our concerns. Everyone seemed expert at customer service. Perhaps the performance standard was set by the Captain who was frequently out and about talking with guests. Nice. Crowds: Yes, there were crowds at peak times in many venues, just like we have experienced on many ships. There are a couple of hints for minimizing the effects of crowds on your vacations: (1) Make reservations for shows and shore excursions before boarding. (2) Avoid peak times in the Windjammer buffet and for getting off and back on the ship in ports. We have little, if any, problem with crowds. We have found that Royal Caribbean is very good at crowd management and the first experience with their expertise is during the boarding process Conclusion: We enjoyed our Harmony of the Seas experience from embarkation to disembarkation. The shows were very good. The food and food options were first rate. The service was excellent in every venue. We are looking forward to our next Harmony of the Seas experience when the ship relocates to Port Canaveral in May of 2019. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have been on several Royal Caribbean cruises from the smallest ship the Empress to the Oasis class ships. Since we have been on the Oasis several times so we decided to try the Harmony if the Seas since it’s a newer ship. Embarkation ... Read More
We have been on several Royal Caribbean cruises from the smallest ship the Empress to the Oasis class ships. Since we have been on the Oasis several times so we decided to try the Harmony if the Seas since it’s a newer ship. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. We had a loft suite and the perks that went along with it made the cruise a phenomenal experience. We were able to have our own lounge and sun deck with cabanas both on the ship as well as on Labadee their private island. We were able to have priority seating at shows, reservations for dinners and excursions. You really do not have to stress anything or plan online months prior to sailing with the perks of a suite. I strongly suggest getting a suite because the ship is large and there are many people all wanting to do the same thing at the same time. With the perks of a suite it eliminates the lines, crowds and overall stress. My room attendant and concierges were PHENOMENAL!!!! I recommend the ship and the advantages of a suite, it was definitely a cruising game changer and spoiled my family and myself. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was my first time cruising and I chose to start with Harmony. This was an excellent cruise with phenomenal shows, activities and services. Were there occasional issues? Absolutely; however, I still immensely enjoyed my cruise. The ... Read More
This was my first time cruising and I chose to start with Harmony. This was an excellent cruise with phenomenal shows, activities and services. Were there occasional issues? Absolutely; however, I still immensely enjoyed my cruise. The main pitfall is that it does get crowded at times. EMBARKATION: I arrived at the cruise port at 12:50 PM. By 12:57 PM, I was walking on the ship. The process was quick and pain free. SHIP: The ship is absolutely stunning. With plenty of artwork and design, it made walking around to be an incredibly pleasant experience. Likewise, there was never any issue finding chairs in the Solarium (adult only section). The only pitfall was that the 3 pools on deck 15 were always incredibly crowded. There were signs saying "maximum 21 people" in the pool, with nearly 75 people in it. The 3 waterslides were excellent and the wait for each was always reasonable. The flow-rider was a fun activity to try once. Likewise, riding the Ultimate Abyss at least once is a must on the Harmony. This was an excellent experience. FOOD: WINDJAMMER The variety is excellent. However, immediately before/after port days, it gets very crowded here. There were times where the line to get in snaked down the hall. Likewise, once inside, it was occasionally a bit difficult to find a table. That said, the egg stations, pancakes, fruit, salads, meats, burgers, desserts and more can satisfy anyone. MAIN DINING HALL This was definitely a highlight. I chose My Time dining and was assigned Silk, on deck 5. The food was excellent throughout the week. Note that making reservations for large parties is a must. They often closed the restaurant to walk-ins. In particular, the lamb shank, lobster tail, lamb chops and more were excellent. Likewise, the warm cookie with ice cream is amazing. IZUMI SUSHI ($) Unfortunately, this was disappointing. The sushi was nothing special and the service wasn't great. Likewise, this was the only time during the week where the waiters seemed to ask people systematically to rate them favourably in the post-cruise survey. The mochi for dessert was decent though. PARK CAFE I only ate here once. However, the specialty roast beef sandwhich was very good. JOHNNY ROCKETS ($) Although this place costs extra, my room included 1 meal here. The milkshakes were excellent. The burgers were nothing spectacular. MINI BITES This was on the pool deck (#15) and had a decent selection. However, the line was generally quite long, especially after port days. SHOWS GREASE This was a fun show. The acting, production value and orchestra were excellent. However, just remember that it is not the full show. At 90 minutes long, a lot of key components were cut. As a result, the plot does not entirely make sense. COLUMBUS This show was made by Royal Caribbean. It is a loose story about Columbus exploring the sea, with tons of popular songs thrown in. The singing was excellent. The ending was very cheesy (Columbus joins Royal Caribbean...). COMEDY The 2 comedians were the same all week during my sailing. They were both excellent at Improv and generally made each show entertaining. However, there were times where they started repeating jokes from earlier in the week. HEADLINE SHOW On this sailing, "The Edge Effect" performed. They are an A Capella group similar to Pentatonix. This was absolutely excellent. The only negative... it was only 50 minutes long. THE FINE LINE This is the nighttime aqua acrobatics show. The performance, production value and tricks were phenomenal. The open air setting of this performance made it even more enjoyable. 1887 A JOURNEY IN TIME This was interesting. It was definitely enjoyable. It's largely a figure skating show with fancy costumes. ENTERTAINMENT: THE QUEST I am glad I attended this. As a first time cruiser, I had no clue what to expect. This was amazing. It is an ADULT ONLY show with audience participation. JAZZ ON 4 This was a small jazz group from Italy. The area has a nice vibe. However, on some nights, with so many activities going on, the area was lacking people. HARMONY OF THE SEAS HOUSE BAND This group performs in various areas throughout the week, including the Promenade, as the music for Grease, as the nightly jazz band on 1 occasion and more. They are excellent. KARAOKE This is on deck 5 each night. It is well animated and well attended. STAFF SERVICE ROOM ATTENDANT The room attendant for my room was great. When I asked him to come at certain times, he always accommodated. GUEST SERVICES This was probably the only area that I struggled with. I had an issue with my on-ship charge account and I received inaccurate information from multiple people on multiple occasions. This included 2 senior guest services officers. The lines for guest services are long 4 or 5 days per sailing, so some time was definitely lost trying to deal with this. I expected a bit more when interacting with these individuals. EXCURSIONS NASSAU (BAHAMAS) Atlantis half-day adventure. Although this was incredibly costly, it was definitely worth it. I still had enough time to go on all the major rides and really enjoy my day there. That said, as the new Coco Cay waterpark in the Bahamas opens soon (owned by Royal Caribbean), I think this port will be visited less frequently. The transportation to/from the park was well organized with everyone gathering in the ship's theatre to be processed. ST THOMAS (US VIRGIN ISLANDS) Mountain Top and Botanica Gardens. The botanical gardens was beautiful with lots of natural wildlife and nature. The mountain top, which included the "world famous banana daquiri" was fun, but very much a tourist trap. BASSETERRE (ST KITTS) Dolphin Push, Pull & Swim. This was fun, even if it was short. The opportunity to have a dolphin push you on a boogie board, pull you to shore while you hold on was definitely great. Note that no photos are allowed and the company's photos are not cheap. ALL ACCESS TOUR (on the ship) For a first cruise, this was a must for me. It was definitely interesting to see the galley, engine control room, bridge and more. Each section took the time to answer our questions without making us feel rushed (with the exception being the bridge, our time was limited there). DEBARKATION: This is a busy morning. By 8:15 AM, the announcements were playing in the staterooms telling everyone what numbers were being called. That said, it was a quick process and the baggage claim/customs was easy. The only negative is that I purchased transportation to the airport from Royal Caribbean and they didn't have my name on the list. Fortunately, I had my receipt from guest services. OVERALL: This was the first time that I cruised and I didn't know what to expect. The key thing is to make the most of your time. Between the food, the service (overall), the shows, the activities and atmosphere, I had an excellent vacation and would absolutely return to this ship or another new Royal Caribbean ship (like Symphony of the Seas) in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This cruise was non stop fun and excitement! Harmony of the seas really impressed us on this one. We had a balcony cabin that was very well appointed and very clean. The ship itself was huge with entertainment to match! The zip line was ... Read More
This cruise was non stop fun and excitement! Harmony of the seas really impressed us on this one. We had a balcony cabin that was very well appointed and very clean. The ship itself was huge with entertainment to match! The zip line was short but a very cool experience being right over the boardwalk area! There was a carousel on the board walk area that was more of a novelty item, but none the less amazing to experience at sea. The giant slide at the back of the ship was thrilling! It was not super intense but was super fun and is completely dry! The ice show was amazing with Olympic ice champions performing. The robot bar was neat but more of a novelty item as well. I didn't really care for how it mixed drinks compared to the real people but still a neat experience! The rising tide bar into central park was also super cool, and the fact that there is a park in the middle of the ship is amazing. The aqua show was the thing that really put this ship over the top! It was an amazing show and the high flying acts were amazing to see at sea! Just be sure not to sit in the first few rows unless you are in your swimsuit! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We are a Diamond Plus couple and have sailed Harmony before. Liked it so much we returned. Had a credit from earlier cruise so moved up to a Sky Class Suite (8654). Extra benefits were very nice. Concierge service by Mohamed and ... Read More
We are a Diamond Plus couple and have sailed Harmony before. Liked it so much we returned. Had a credit from earlier cruise so moved up to a Sky Class Suite (8654). Extra benefits were very nice. Concierge service by Mohamed and Checker was excellent throughout They whisked us off the ship on Disembarkation through heavy traffic. Saved us lots of worries. Had helpful tips throughout. Coastal Kitchen a mixed blessing. Nice facility on deck 17 with great views. Evening drinks were nice. Breakfast was great. Evening meal saw a limited menu but good food. Excellent benefit of Sky Class is the chance to have MDR meals delivered to the room. Had a great meal on veranda while sipping complimentary champagne as we watched the seas go by. Delightful memory. Learned to ask at breakfast for evening menu. Then compared with MDR and went where our tastes took us. Entertainment was great. Discovered what went on at Rydell High from GREASE cast. Very talented actors, dancers, musicians and stage hands. Do not miss ice show. Suite benefits allow you to get a reserved seat. Nice. Overall service was great. Room was spotless, nice size with big balcony. Met Julie who ran the Bionic Bar. She was terrific. So were all the pubs and bars we visited. Labadee. Barefoot Beach a delight. Great food and service there. I did the wave rider. Great fun. I signed up for the zip line over the water, but due to high winds they would not take anyone over 180 lbs. I weighed in at 191 lbs! They told a family ahead of me that they would not fly the smallest of their kids because she was not over 120 lbs. Jamaica. Nice port to just walk around all the shops. Took a tour doing tubing down a river. Very pleasant experience. Cozumel, we went to Xcaret for the day. It was overwhelming. It is a Mexican version on Disneyland. Took ferry to Playa Del Carmen and bus inland to site. We spent an hour swimming down an underground river. Then changed for lunch. Then spent 1.5 hours walking through jungle like terrain seeing lots animals. Exhausted by the time we found the meeting place for the bus back. Overall a fascinating day. The ship is still new and even on our second visit we were still finding new places to go and things to do. Tours of back stage and food prep area are recommended. Missed the Bridge Tour because we were bust elsewhere. The reserved area for suite guests to get some sun is very nice, particularly on days when everyone is out getting the last rays of the cruise. Both the Crown and Anchor Society and the Dining Room Director sent us complimentary bottles of champagne. We enjoyed both while dining on the big balcony watching the sea go by and remembering the highlights of the day. On departure we had our luggage sent ahead so we did not have to collect it in the morning. It is worth the extra $25.00. We are Royal Caribbean regulars and enjoy the big ships but still go to smaller ships for a different experience. We are off to the Freedom and the Southern Caribbean cruise soon. Can't wait! (We also do Celebrity for a bit more elegant experience). Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our family & friends cruise was EPIC on some many levels. For the past 15 -18 months I've dreamed; plotted; planned; saved & overspent and stressed my immediate family immensely to make this happen (LOL...they have forgiven ... Read More
Our family & friends cruise was EPIC on some many levels. For the past 15 -18 months I've dreamed; plotted; planned; saved & overspent and stressed my immediate family immensely to make this happen (LOL...they have forgiven me). It was a dream came true with 34 beautiful people. We had multiple flights delayed & cancelled. Our pre-cruise hotel was a disaster :(but we made the best of it. Through it all we relaxed related and released any doubts or troubles during our EPIC cruise. This ship was perfect for our group. Something for everyone to do. We had special t-shirts, a baby dedication Svc by Reverend & custom-made mass-choir, fun filled sea days, reconnected & celebrated 40 years of friendship Wild-Bunch style, island hopping & shopping with toes in the sand; family-style dining with the best wait-staff ever & specialty restaurants (Chops Grille, Izumi, & Wonderland) they spoiled us Royally; a private deck party; multiple milestone birthday celebrations; thrilled by the Robotic Bar, Sip Sip Sipped with drink packages; Voomed w/WIFI, loud Hush Parties (aka Silent party) Exchanged clothes during the Quest game-night ; took in Broadway style shows with a WIN at the Casino,Flow riding & boogie boarding; concurred the water slides & scarred by the Abyss; Zip-lining to our hearts content; Closed our trip with a family breakfast & Wakanda night extravaganza ending w/On-Air karaoke "At Last"!!!! So we will enjoy the tan lines & carry the cruise vibes with us always. We had plenty of Harmony on the seas. Can't wait to cruise again. #weCelebratedEverything #myfriendsaregoals #ItsAllLove #Loyal2Royal xoxo Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We decided on Royal Caribbean because of the onboard activities primarily. I have 2 kids that love to surf so they were on the flow rider non-stop. I was able to relax at the pool/spa and enjoy the casino, while my boys were entertained by ... Read More
We decided on Royal Caribbean because of the onboard activities primarily. I have 2 kids that love to surf so they were on the flow rider non-stop. I was able to relax at the pool/spa and enjoy the casino, while my boys were entertained by the flow rider & ping pong, basketball, mini golf etc. So we met for lunch & then reconnected for dinner & a show. It was perfect! I didn’t have to entertain them at all. The food was great. We enjoyed the Windjammer the most due to their huge selections. The stateroom attendant was terrific. Actually all of the staff was amazing! Anytime we had a question they were determined to find an answer no matter what. Everyone was extremely friendly & accomidating. We also enjoyed the excursions. The ship was amazing it was like being on a floating city. I would highly recommend Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The biggest cruise ship? It was huge. The employees were exceptional, always with a smile on their face and willing to help. Everything was by the book. The cabin, the food, the entertainment, the food, the shows, the music, even the ... Read More
The biggest cruise ship? It was huge. The employees were exceptional, always with a smile on their face and willing to help. Everything was by the book. The cabin, the food, the entertainment, the food, the shows, the music, even the karaoke sounded like professionals. Thinking about embarkation, I was complaining about how long it usually takes, but was surprised that it took less than 20 minutes from sidewalk to the cabin (we arrived at the port at 12noon.) The cabin was decorated as requested (and paid for) As crown and anchor members we had fruits and cheese and a cold bottle of white wine waiting for us. The ship was very easy to navigate around (without having to go through the smoke filled Casino). My wife loved the landscaping of Central Park and also the ship decoration. Attended a different show every day and liked them all. Disembarked at each port of call and enjoyed what each place had to offer (the clear waters at St. Martin's beach, the history and spanish architecture of Old San Juan and the playgrounds and beach of Labadee (the food they take to Labadee is terrible) They have an app on the ship called the Royal IQ. DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR MONEY. Works only 5% of the time. It keeps disconnecting from the ship wifi becoming worthless. I can't remember the last time I was robbed like this. Overall a good trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 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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