82 Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Extremely disappointed with this cruise. My husband and I were excited to be going on this brand new ship on its first cruise - being regular cruisers with Royal Caribbean we expected their usual high quality and standards. The on boarding ... Read More
Extremely disappointed with this cruise. My husband and I were excited to be going on this brand new ship on its first cruise - being regular cruisers with Royal Caribbean we expected their usual high quality and standards. The on boarding was managed very quickly and within 15 minutes we were on board. This was the only organised part of the cruise. We headed straight to the Windjammer for lunch, and was horrified with it. It is badly laid out and you feel really crammed in. On the fleet's other ships this is nicely arranged and flows well. On this ship you firstly have a bottle neck of a hand washing station, then it is very poorly laid out with cramped seating. It seems far smaller than on other ships - this is worrying considering the far greater capacity of passengers! Staff didn't appear organised, so as well as bumping into other passengers, you bump into staff as well. Then to the cabin - we had a boardwalk balcony. First impressions were good, although not many hangers were provided in the wardrobe. No tea or coffee making facilities were available, we were told they had all been allocated. Toilet had a mind of its own, it flushed when it felt like it some time after the button had been pressed. We were well positioned to be able to view the Aqua Show from our balcony - until we found out from other guests there was going to be no Aqua Show! Muster drill was a joke! Our muster station was in the Aqua Theatre exposed to the elements, and when the heavens opened everyone just ran for cover! Good points about the cruise were: 1. Chops Grille as always was excellent; 2. Central Park was a lovely part of the ship; 3. Ultimate Abyss slide is a fun addition; 4. Wonderland Restaurant was a fun experience; 5. Shows were good - Grease show in particular was fantastic, it has to be the best production we have seen on board a ship; Bad points about the cruise were: 1. Gym now in the bowels of the ship, no natural light - gym staff very officious not the usual friendly team; 2. Only Sauna and Steamroom on the ship have to be paid for; 3. Jogging track now tucked out of the way which is great, however drinking fountains don't work and it appeared to be a dumping ground with old doors, ladders etc.. left down there. The white lane marking strips are already damaged! Not expected for a first cruise on the ship!; 4. Guest Relations disorganised and chaotic - we had numerous issues so spent a lot of time here; 5. Shower in room didn't work; 6. Workmen all around the ship; 7. Abandoned tools and workmen equipment all around the ship - drills, angle grinders left unsupervised!; 8. Holes in sports deck; 9. Missing glass panels on Sports deck - by the crazy golf a toddler could have easily plunged 15 decks into the sea. When it was pointed out to staff tape and wire was put there to cover it up! Missing glass panel by Zip wire - when some mothers refused to move until it was replaced it was balanced precariously in place - there was no restriction to those walking underneath on the boardwalk - if the glass screen had slipped the consequences could have been very serious! Missing glass panels could be found elsewhere too; 10. Children's pool not open at all during the cruise; 11. Water slides not open at all during the cruise; 12. Only one flow rider open on any day during the cruise; 13. No sail away party on day we left Southampton; 14. General untidiness of Solarium area, staff were not clearing dumped towels, glasses or crockery; 15. Solarium area cannot be screened from elements so when in rains everything gets wet, towels were exposed to elements so all towels at towel station got soaked; 16. Toilets became blocked on day we visited Rotterdam, urinals and toilets were full, when we informed a member of staff they said they knew - why on earth weren't the toilets then closed; 17. Welding, drilling could be heard after midnight; 18. Music left on till after midnight on Boardwalk; 19. Staff seemed miserable; 20. Main dining rooms had no hand gel provision; 21. Diamond lounge small, dark and dingy, again tucked away in the bowels of the ship, with no natural light. Insufficient provision for the 600+ members on board, when we arrived we were greeted with a load of dirty cups and no milk in the coffee machine, this was only an hour after boarding!; 22. Card room - no cards and dangling wires; 23. No Aqua Show, and formal communication about its cancellation; 24. Lifts breaking down; Thank goodness we had no children with us otherwise they would have been very disappointed - no children's activities seemed to be organised. What should have been a wonderful experience was the worst cruise we have ever had - the ship has the potential to be fantastic. Much of the work required needs to be totally redone due to the shabby finishes - holes in decks/ damaged steps can't just be patched, nor should they on a new ship! Royal Caribbean claim to think that all guests knew it was a preview cruise. We certainly didn't and the price certainly didn't reflect that. If the ship wasn't ready, then cruisers should have been notified, and given the option to cancel or made aware of its unfinished state. We expected the usual high standards and quality we have experienced on other ships in the fleet - sadly this one was a let down. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Let me start by saying that I am a great Royal Caribbean fan but the recent trip on the Harmony of the Seas was a complete shambles. Let's start with the good stuff. The shows were spectacular and top drawer. The balcony cabin we had ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am a great Royal Caribbean fan but the recent trip on the Harmony of the Seas was a complete shambles. Let's start with the good stuff. The shows were spectacular and top drawer. The balcony cabin we had was a great layout, spacious and loads of storage. The staff in the Windjammer were also great, and attentive and the food was great also with loads of choice. That said, there was not a lot to applaud. This cruise was billed as the maiden voyage when in fact it was not. Some people had even changed their trip dates because it was made out to be the maiden voyage. The boarding process was fantastic. Straight through to the ship with no delays but from there on we were exactly what they kept telling us we were, Guinea pigs. I have read the responses from Royal Caribbean about how they have played down the issues, that they were all sorted and that things were not as they seemed and that the ship was pretty much ready. They said this despite the overwhelming evidence in terms of videos, pictures, reports, and confirmation from Royal Carribean that things were fine. This is alarming and condescending, especially when I and thousands of other passengers laid siege to the customer services desks for days complaining about just about most things on board. Spas were closed for cleaning as were pools. The water park was not open. Service was diabolical and there appeared almost no cohesion between the staff. Royal Caribbean keep banging on about prices reflecting the standard of the trip reflected in the prices we were charged. As a customer, I decide what is good value for money and we paid the going rate as did most other people. That said, there should only be one standard for Royal Caribbean to deliver, and we did not get it. The experience I paid for, and duly expected to get, was not delivered and for Royal Caribbean to effectively bury their head in the sand and brand the thousands of passengers who complained about the same issues, as liars effectively, is beyond belief. Staff were not trained right, service was atrocious, and to top it all, the Abyss had been working and I had been down the slide a couple of times on the first day. No problems, good fun. On day 4 I decided to do it again, only this time the tube I was riding in, which had been internally lit on the first couple of goes so as you could see what was happening, was completely in the dark, so you could not see, lost all orientation, and as a result, I flipped over and slammed my head into the tube grazing my head. At the bottom of the chute We complained to one of the crew who was busy discussing the lighting on her radio asking for it to be checked. When I complained of the black out in the tube and that I had banged my head, her response was first to deny there were any issues, followed by going on the offensive to tell me I should have leaned back further. At no point was she interested in my well being or the injury I sustained. She was not wearing a name badge either which I thought was compulsory. That topped the kind of slap dash attitude a lot of them head, more I suspect from lack of training rather than the isolated case of an unwillingness to help. The ship was a building site, and on the first day at the entrance to the Abyss, they were openly welding on the deck in the middle of all the passengers. Royal Caribbean are completely in denial despite the over whelminging evidence and sent letters out to passengers on leaving the ship offering a measly 15% discount off our next trip based on it being 15% of the price we paid. The Windjammer, which would normally be open all hours, would shut at 15:30 so no opportunity for the usual afternoon teas etc. You could only get a hot drink after 21:30 from one place on the ship. We travelled in a group of 6 and we all had problems. We reported a whistling sound from the cupboard outside our cabin, numerous times, and it had still not been fixed when we left the ship. Royal Caribbean have insulted the intelligence of so many faithful and new customers by denying the evidence. How can so many people be wrong. They should bite the bullet and at least make a far better offer of compensation to those people who suffered the upset of what we faced. All I would say to first time cruisers would be, please don't judge the crushing experience and all it has to offer, on this miserable trip. Unusually, Royal Caribbean have got it wrong. They should accept responsibility for doing so, rekindle faith in the line, and compensate people properly for this disaster. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Harmony of the Seas – 22-26/05/2016 I'm not able to attach here, but I have photographic evidence of raw chicken that was served in the Windjammer buffet on the Harmony of the Seas and video footage of the ongoing construction, ... Read More
Harmony of the Seas – 22-26/05/2016 I'm not able to attach here, but I have photographic evidence of raw chicken that was served in the Windjammer buffet on the Harmony of the Seas and video footage of the ongoing construction, which will be put on Twitter. The cruise was sold to us as the ship’s maiden/debut/inaugural voyage, however when it became apparent that the ship would not be ready, Royal Caribbean began referring to it as a ‘pre-inaugural’ cruise. Either it was mis-sold or RCI changed their minds - either way it is unacceptable. Harmony of the Seas is an absolutely beautiful ship and I am certain that it will come into its own when it is finished, however this was not our experience. Of course you expect teething problems but there were hundreds of construction workers, working around the clock and staying in the cabins next to ours. Our cabin attendant told us that ours was the only cabin in the vicinity that wasn't occupied by contractors! Venues were incomplete, entertainment and activities cancelled, deck 15 and 16 windows shattered and missing, staff were not fully trained and the iPad systems did not work - the same issues brought up by others. But not only this, the ship was so unprepared for this sailing, that basic health and safety standards could not be met. There was no hand sanitizer near the main dining areas and on the penultimate day, we were told by a staff member that the ship had no hot water (?). On may 24th, in the Windjammer buffet, the guests were served a tray of breaded chicken that was completely raw. Being breaded, it only became apparent after I had begun to eat it. This issue was so severe that the Food and Beverage Manager immediately removed it from service and we spent the following hour in the onboard medical facility. I believe other passengers have reported food poisoning, but we actually have photos of the chicken. In response to Royal Caribbean’s claim that "As always, Royal Caribbean's highest priority is to ensure the safety of all its guests and crew members", we are bringing this issue to light. We contacted Royal Caribbean and gave them the chance to resolve the matter privately, but were told that although our complaint had been acknowledged, due to the number of complaints, it wouldn't be dealt with for up to 3 weeks... Regardless of what label you attach to this voyage, the passengers and crew were put at risk and the ship was just not ready to sail. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Well where do I start. Check in at Southampton was fantastic, quickest ever. Once aboard we went to the Windjammer for a bite of lunch, well for a ship that holds over 6000 guests seemed much smaller than i thought, in fact it was a ... Read More
Well where do I start. Check in at Southampton was fantastic, quickest ever. Once aboard we went to the Windjammer for a bite of lunch, well for a ship that holds over 6000 guests seemed much smaller than i thought, in fact it was a struggle to get a table. Food quality was not as good as on my last RCCL cruise. Afterwards had a wander on the open decks, seemed all the Jacuzzis were closed for cleaning, looked to me like they wernt even finshed, childrens play area pools had construction materials in and were roped off. The more we saw of the ship the more and more unfinished it was. The muster drill was done in the aqua theatre but the wait to start was so long it strarted to rain and I am sure not all guests heard the staffs instructions. Main dinning was ok but the vegetarian options are getting poore from RCCL not better! Day 2 was Formal and me and the wife like to dress for pictures and dinner, well jumped in the shower around 4.30 pm, not working, NO hot water, a visit to Guest services to be told sorry pipe burst and they were not sure where so they shut the wole ship down, other guests from different floors confirmed it was wide spread. I never imagined I would be on a cruise with around 1000 construction workers, this is not how it was sold to me. I paid the full price set down by RCCL, was never informed by the next cruise sales team it would be an unfinished unsafe ship! I understand there are always teething problems, but so many areas were unfinished or poorly finished, I suppose you buy a cheaper french ship and this is what you get, all of the other ships we have cruised on were built in Fnland by a german owned company and the difference in quality is clear to see. To sum it up feel cheated and ripped off by RCCL, shame really because we usually enjoy our cruises on RCCL ships. Was offered a small percentage but declined, will have to take it up with customer relations in the UK and Miami. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Awful cruise! Dreadful staff and ship not finished. Since our return we've emailed RCCL twice to complain but still haven't received a reply. Ship was dirty and we had to change drinking glasses and cutlery several times ... Read More
Awful cruise! Dreadful staff and ship not finished. Since our return we've emailed RCCL twice to complain but still haven't received a reply. Ship was dirty and we had to change drinking glasses and cutlery several times because they weren't clean. Hand sanitiser was rarely available. Loved the shows on Anthem but the entertainment has definitely taken a step back on Harmony. Food was less than average unless you wanted pay extra. Even 150 which we've dined at before on the Oasis was a mess. The 10 deck slide was fun but not worth the hype. Cabin and steward were lovely. To make matters worse I had a dreadful stomach virus for the last 2 days of the cruise...a coincidence that hand sanitiser was no where to be seen?! We will never cruise with RCCL again and fear that they have lost a lot of loyal cruisers after this dreadful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We went on this cruise expecting to see a great ship and fantastic things to do. The embarkation was really good very easy and didn't take long at all within 30 min we were on the ship this was the best bit. We got onboard the ship ... Read More
We went on this cruise expecting to see a great ship and fantastic things to do. The embarkation was really good very easy and didn't take long at all within 30 min we were on the ship this was the best bit. We got onboard the ship and headed to the pool area as my son of 4 years wanted to swim. We walked pass the children splash area which was closed. We asked a member of staff why it was closed they said it would be open later. (The splash area was never open the whole cruise and we were just told lies the whole time). We were then allowed to head to our cabin at 1pm the rooms were very well appointed and it was clean and very welocming nothing wrong there. Lifeboat Drill well having been on at least 50+ cruises in my lifetime this was by far the worst drill I have ever seen!! I am sure RC will tell you it was due to some protocol or something but I didn't feel at all safe after this drill! All cruise we were joined by workmen still finishing the ship. Painting, fixing and finishing the ship. I know its new and would expect a few testing problems but I might as well sailed with it once it left dry dock with the amount of work going on and things not working. I'm now going to tell you about Oasis Class ships having been on this ship and Oasis of the seas and this will be last time on any of them. Yes they do have some great things onboard for all ages to do from waterslides, zip wires etc etc but they can not handle the amount of people on them. If you want to spend your time in a cue all holiday well this is for you. over 5000 people on 1 ship really does not make for a comfortable experience. I am part of RC crown and anchor and am Diamond plus now so have cruised a lot with them in the past. This is the first ship I have canceled my gratuities on any ship! and only handed out one tip to my stateroom attendant. Over the last 5 years the service on board RC ships has got worst and worst and there was no way I was paying any crew for this disastar at sea (If you want a tip smile and be approachable). The front desk is a joke good luck if you need them was always packed and has less people working it than o there smaller ships!!! I don't know if I will sail RC again as I really have had enough now. They have offered us compensation for the cruise in the form of a cruise voucher not sure if I will use it or just let it go. The standards have dropped and cost cutting has taken place you don't get any nice shower gels shampoo etc even some of the cheapest hotels offer this. Overall this is ship is not worth the money and I would like for another Cruise Line and spend your money else where. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
A totally un-pleasant experience, ship was not fit for paying passengers, workmen were everywhere, drilling, welding, floors being prepared and repaired, cables everywhere, ladders everywhere, there seemed no area on board that was not ... Read More
A totally un-pleasant experience, ship was not fit for paying passengers, workmen were everywhere, drilling, welding, floors being prepared and repaired, cables everywhere, ladders everywhere, there seemed no area on board that was not receiving some sort of work, hot tubs not working, childrens water area not working, aqua theatre not finished, ceilings being fitted, we had one crew member tell us we were guinea pigs for proper passengers, we brought this cruise sold as a maiden voyage back in Sept 2015 only to be told the real maiden voyage is from Spain on 29th May. We were totally miss sold this trip, if it had been appropriately priced and we had been aware it was a shakedown cruise then we would have known what to expect, but we paid full price for this and were told by passenger services on board we could have 20% off our next booking, we have no intention of ever booking another Royal Caribbean cruise, we will be sticking to the more professional P+O. A complete waste of money and valuable holiday time, if you want to holiday aboard a floating shopping center, save money and book into a cheap hotel near a large shopping complex and visit each day for the duration of your holiday. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Harmony of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Enrichment 2.5 3.9
Service 3.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9

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