I am from Florida, so my family and I just drove to Ft. Lauderdale and board the ship. Embarkation (though slow and made slower by a broken gangway) was fine as there were plenty of chairs for my grandpa, who is older and a dialysis ... Read More
I am from Florida, so my family and I just drove to Ft. Lauderdale and board the ship. Embarkation (though slow and made slower by a broken gangway) was fine as there were plenty of chairs for my grandpa, who is older and a dialysis patient, to sit while my mom and I waited in line. Disembarkation was awful for us as there were no chairs this time around and it was very hard on my grandfather, we were very upset about this part. The lines, though they moved swiftly, were still VERY VERY LONG and took about an hour to get through. The Harmony is the biggest passenger ship and you can tell. There was a lot of walking, which makes me wonder why it is a Dialysis at Sea ship. It was too much walking for my grandfather to go to any activities or any food places that weren't right next to the aft elevators. The cabin was a perfect size for 3 people (myself, my mom, and my grandfather). It was clean when we got there, cleaned twice a day by staff, we had a beautiful balcony, and the bathroom, though small, was just right. The sheets should have been changed more for my grandpa, and we almost always needed more towels as things get wet very quickly in that bathroom. The main bed was very comfy. Also, we could have used more towel animals; they made all of us happy when we'd come back after a long day and see a towel animal on the bed. The main dining room was hit or miss; either the food would be AMAZING that night, or disappointing. The crème brulee was never good. Solarium food was very good. WIndjammer food was always average and always HORRIBLE when it came to service and finding somewhere to sit, especially with my grandpa and him not being able to walk for very long. Wonderland is a MUST but ONLY if you are open minded to strange and abstract new foods - not great for my 82 year old grandfather that didn't want to eat it if he A) couldn't pronounce it and B) couldn't immediately recognize what it is by looking at it. For me, in my 20s and loving strange new cuisine, it was so amazing, so Instagrammable. Entertainment on the ship was okay. When I did go, it was a blast as the lady who led most of our activities, Rhiannon, was fun and hilarious. My biggest disappointment was the 90s party on board which said it was supposed to last a few hours but lasted only 45 minutes. The comedy club isn't all that funny, and the late night club for dancing is frighteningly empty. Karaoke is fun though, but they need more songs and to give it more time. Maybe two locations for karaoke since it's so popular now. The service was great, however the ship seemed understaffed. It's a huge ship, but I should be able to find an employee more easily than what I experienced. DON'T GO TO WINDJAMMER IF YOU LIKE EVEN DECENT SERVICE. The regular main dining rooms were pretty good with service. Cleaning service was more or less attentive. The guest service desk and retail staff were great, as were the wait staff at Wonderland. Labadee was great, though I wished I could have seen some authentic Haitian culture and not the small section that Royal Caribbean purchased. Ziplining was a great excursion. Falmouth, Jamaica was great, but I wasn't warned that the excursion I chose included an hour drive there and an hour drive back, definitely wasn't fun for the excursion. However, climbing the Dunn's River Falls was definitely a can't-miss activity. The food at the Shaw Park Beach Hotel and Spa was amazing, and tubing was fun. Cozumel, Mexico also had an excursion where we had to take an hour long ferry ride that was VERY bumpy and got me sea sick on the way back. However, that was also very worth it as climbing through the Rio Secreto caverns was more amazing than I can describe, and shopping in Playa del Carmen was super fun.
Ages of people travelling: 24, 52, 82. For me, the 24 year old, there was quite a bit to do, but this is more of a family cruise - too many kids, not enough young adult parties and events. It was PERFECT for my mother, 52, and there was almost always an activity or show she wanted to go to. For my grandpa, 82, there was very little he could do even though he can still walk. Some of the stuff was too far away or just didn't appeal to him. This isn't a cruise for the much older folk. I would suggest this cruise to couples, families travelling with children of all ages, and recently retired folk. I would consider going again, but maybe with a boyfriend or some friends instead. Read Less