3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
My husband and I have been on many cruises and we have been on two Royal Caribbean before, but never on a ship this large. I was worried that it would be so crowded, but that was not our experience. SHIP The ship itself was ... Read More
My husband and I have been on many cruises and we have been on two Royal Caribbean before, but never on a ship this large. I was worried that it would be so crowded, but that was not our experience. SHIP The ship itself was beautiful. There were so many areas to explore. Central Park with the live trees was really nice as well as the boardwalk with the carousel. The main promenade has lots of shops and restaurants and was decorated nicely. There was the bionic bar, and the rising tide bar. There were many venues for music and dancing. There were waterslides, the abyss (a dry water slide) an ice skating rink, two rock climbing walls, a miniature golf area, ping pong tables, a basketball court, 2 flow rider areas and a water stage area for performances. CABIN We chose an inside cabin and were on deck 8 which was a great location. The cabin was laid out nicely and there was plenty of storage. Our room steward was good, not great. He made towel animals 3 out of the 7 nights. Room was always clean and he came twice a day. ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment was excellent. We saw all of the shows. Grease was fantastic with a very talented cast. We saw two ice shows. The second one, I-Skate was really good. The first one 1887 about the French Revolution was a little strange, but still good skating. There were two comedians we saw at the Attic and in the theater. They were both excellent and we laughed constantly. They also had a headliner who was a juggler/comedian and he was really great too. Very warm and interacted with the audience and really entertaining. The water show at the aqua theater was good too. There was one strange guy who was spinning a lot but the things they did from the diving to flying in the air, to walking a tightrope, to the synchronized swimming was fantastic. They also had 2 parades through the promenade which were nice and they had karaoke every night which was actually fun and lots of music and dancing in different clubs. They had some belly flop and cannonball contests in the pool on sea days and those were very funny although very crowded. The only show we thought was very strange was Columbus, the musical. It was a comedy musical based on Christopher's cousin. They sang modern songs and it was the same cast who performed Grease. Definitely our least favorite. But overall the entertainment was top notch. Make sure you make all reservations before getting on the ship for the shows. They are all free and then you don't have to stand in a standby line and hope to get in. DINING We had breakfast at Windjammer most mornings. Food was good but it was usually very crowded. We ate also a few times at the Solarium Bistro for breakfast. They had the same things that they had at Windjammer on a smaller scale, but it was much quieter and calm. If we were on ship during the day (only 2 sea days), we would eat at the Doghouse (good hotdogs in the boardwalk area) or at Minibites for hotdogs, hamburgers, nachos, etc. Once we went to the Windjammer for lunch. There was also soft ice cream on the pool decks that was really popular. When we boarded, we ate at the Park Café and it was very nice with paninis, salads, etc. For dinner we chose my time dining because we didn't want to be stuck to a set time. We did make reservations before getting on the ship for all dinners which is very smart to do. We ate at the Icon Grill on deck 3 and had the best waiter and helper ever. We ended up requesting them every night and were able to sit in the same place. Our guys were Iwayan and Ketut and they were beyond fantastic, catering to our every need. We were with friends so there were 4 of us each night. All food was good and there were plenty of choices every night. Sometimes we even got two appetizers because there were so many great things to choose from. High praise for the food and staff at American Icon. We also had pizza at Sorrentos one night after a show. It was okay. SERVICE Service overall was great. All workers were pleasant, helpful and said hello. No complaints at all. PORTS Coco Cay- was fantastic. We have been to many cruise ship islands and hands down, this was the best. They have everything there and it is laid out so nicely. The beach areas were great with a ton of chairs and umbrellas. There is also a huge pool with a swim up bar, large enough for 2,200 people!! They had a DJ and the pool although crowded, was really fun. They had some kid areas for them to play and with the waterpark, that left the pool to have more adults which was nice. There was ziplining, for a fee, a cool hot air balloon ride for a fee, and an awesome looking water park (which was expensive) but lots of families were there and it looked really cool. There were 3 places for lunch and the food was the best and most varied of any ship's island food we had. Top notch and it was nice that there were 3 different places to get your food so depending where you sat, you went to the closest place and it was not overly crowded. We really had a great day there. Kudos to RC for making their island so great. There were also plenty of little shops and stores that sold Bahamian goods. It really was a perfect day at Coco Cay. Costa Maya-nice port and so many things to do right at the port if you didn't want to leave. We did a tour not with the cruise as I can always find better, less expensive , smaller tours on my own. We went with Native Choice tours and they were great. We went to Chacchobben Ruins and to Bacalar 7 colors lake and had lunch. We had a great tour guide and a very nice day. Roatan-we went to Little French Key as we have been there before and love it. It's a small private island with everything included and there is so much to do there. Great day. Cozumel-We have been there many times and this time decided to make a reservation at Mr. Sanchos beach club. This was $55 pp for all you can eat and drink all day. The place was great. It included kayaks and the ocean was beautiful and so clear. They had two pools with swim up bars. The entire staff was great and worked their butts off. There was lots of shopping there too. Highly recommend for a relaxing day. EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION Both went very smoothly and no problems whatsoever. Good system they have. Although the ships holds 6,600 passengers and we were told it was full, it never felt overly crowded. Things were spread out really nicely. We loved their nightly themed parties in the promenade that had 80's and 90's, etc. We loved trivia at the Schooner Bar and loved the informal talk and questions with the captain and some of the head officers. One of the nicest thing I have ever seen was a tribute they did to all of the Veterans. It was held on the last sea day. The captain, cruise director, and head hotel guy all were elevated at the rising tide bar with an American flag draped and recognized all Veterans from all wars who served and people that have passed. There were a lot of Veterans on board visibly moved. They had a bugle player play taps, had a moment of silence, then our cruise director, Dennis sang a beautiful rendition of the star spangled banner while all of the ships officers lined the promenade. The chef even made a gigantic American flag cake for the passengers to enjoy afterward, The entire event was really moving and really nice. Kudos to RC!! The pool areas were crowded as they always are especially on sea days, but that is expected so although you are like sardines, it's okay. Because you can also use the water slides (3 of them), zipline, rock climb, use the flow rider, play golf, basketball, ping pong, etc. as another option besides the pool. There were plenty of chairs in the pool area so we were always able to find something. We have no kids so we cannot speak about that but they did have a great kid pool section for the little ones. The gym and spa also seemed nice although we did not use them, we walked through. Overall, a fantastic vacation on a truly beautiful ship with so many things to do!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We were supposed to sail to Cuba on the Majesty this same week. When the Cuba stop got canceled, we looked at options and found a great deal on a Grand Suite for this sailing. Since the GS for 7 nights cost less than $400 more pp than ... Read More
We were supposed to sail to Cuba on the Majesty this same week. When the Cuba stop got canceled, we looked at options and found a great deal on a Grand Suite for this sailing. Since the GS for 7 nights cost less than $400 more pp than the booking we had on the Majesty for 5 nights, we jumped on it. The ship is large. We certainly did not experience all that it has to offer. I did go to the fitness most mornings; it was very nice and I never had an issue finding a selection of equipment to use, even on sea days. We had the drink package and managed to try out most of the bars, at least once. My only "complaint" was the heavy pours. I had to specifically tell the bar tenders to put less alcohol in my drinks. They routinely put a double shot in all mixed drinks-a single shot is plenty for me! Others may find that a positive. We had breakfast in the Vitality Cafe twice, before working out. It was a very good, light breakfast. We also had lunch in the Park Cafe one day-very good, at Mini-Bites one afternoon-less good but not terrible and Sorenttos. The pizza was much better than expected. I really liked it, although I like most anything that i don't have to cook. We also went to the MDR for lunch one day. It was good, but it was very crowded and the atmosphere was hectic. We ate the other meals in the Coastal Kitchen. The food was fabulous. We ate breakfast there five mornings. The french toast and the waffles were excellent. We had lunch there twice and both times, it was really good. Dinners were excellent every night! We saw Grease-very good, The Fine Line-a little odd, but we enjoyed it and both ice shows. My favorite show was I-Skate, but I enjoyed them all. Other than that, we generally just sat on the deck or in the suite lounge and watched people and read. A big advantage of the suite lounge and deck is that we really got to know some of our fellow passengers, which I really enjoyed. With one or two exceptions, everyone was warm and friendly. The conceirges, Jeremias and Mohammed were fabulous, as was the CK manager, Ace and our waiter, Laurence. The pools were exceptionally crowded. We never really went near them, but could see the crowds. Other than that, we did not have any issue with crowds, perhaps because we only took the elevator once the entire week. We might have found the crowds more intrusive had we not had access to the suite areas. They were wonderfully serene. I had only two minor complaints: one the cruise director, Dennis, was somewhat offensive. The other was that they made me get off the ship when the week was over! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise for a family vacation and it did not disappoint! What an amazing ship and the staff was wonderful. It never felt overly crowded and we hardly ever had to wait in lines except for my time dining and that was not bad ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a family vacation and it did not disappoint! What an amazing ship and the staff was wonderful. It never felt overly crowded and we hardly ever had to wait in lines except for my time dining and that was not bad at all. We had 7:45pm reservations every night and we waited maybe 15 to 20 mins tops. We sailed from Port Canaveral. Embarkation and Disembarkation were a breeze! We drove and tipped a porter on the sidewalk to take our bags. We then practically walked right onto the ship with no lines or problems whatsoever! The ship was amazing. It was so clean and there was plenty to do as far as entertainment and activities. We did see Grease and the Fine Line Aqua show. Both were wonderful although Grease was a bit long. My only complaint is that they charged for popcorn for the show. I thought that was a bit cheap but the entertainment was excellent. We also caught the Love and Marriage show, which was quite funny and a couple of pool contests like sexy man and belly flop. These are always fun and entertaining. Our children are 18 and 20 so we really enjoyed the solarium in the late afternoons. It would have been nice to have a pool in the solarium but the hot tubs were wonderful and plentiful with cooling stations. There always seemed to be plenty of pool chairs and we never felt like the ship was over the top crowded. For dining, we did the my time dining because there were no reservations left. This was our first time doing that. It was nice to be able to go whenever if we didn’t show up right on time for our reservation but we missed not getting to know a specific group of servers. We had a different set of servers every night. The service was good but not as good as what we have experienced when we had regular times and the same set of servers. We did not choose any specialty dining as we have done this on past cruises and do not find the food to be that much better. The windjammer was the best windjammer we have eaten at so far with a large variety of quality good food available. The solarium restaurant had a nice salad bar. The park cafe had a wonderful selection of paninis for lunch and breakfast. Sorrentos Pizza was good. There was always a nice selection of pizza. Small bites was the only place to get chips and cheese unless you pay at Sabor, which we did not. They were just ok. We had nice chips and salsa off the boat but it would be nice if they would bring this back in the windjammer with Guacomole and some chunk cheese and crackers. We did not get a chance to try the dog house. We did order coffee and basic fruit as room service but the options are limited for breakfast and we enjoyed main dining and park cafe for our breakfast options. Overall the food was very good. The bars were great! We really enjoyed the Mimosas and Bloody Mary bar in the pub. The schooner bar is always a fav and their lavender daquari is amazing! Boleros has a coconut mojito that is wonderful. Wonderland is fun to pop into for a nice drink and to check out the scenery. Vintages had a nice wine selection. All the pool bars were great with very little wait time and the solarium was the best. All staff were polite and quick. The customer service on this ship is top notch! Our cabin was on the 7th floor. We had an extended balcony. It was wonderful. The rooms on this ship are laid out so nice with lots of storage space and drawers for clothes. We each had our own closet on either side of the room. The bathroom was roomier than any of the other royal ships we have been on. Our stateroom attendant was our favorite so far. She went out of her way to make sure we had a wonderful experience. The excursions were great. Coco Cay is wonderful and it is so nice that Royal honors your drink package and food on the island. The lunch was wonderful. We stayed on Chill Island for most of the day and did go to the pool with swim up bar for a bit. It was busy but so fun. We ended up spending $40 on 2 lounge mats for the day for the beach. I’m not sure that was worth it. I noticed some people brought their own small blow up loungers with netting and I would probably pack something easy like that for next time but the loungers were nice. Next we went to Cozumel and ended up booking an excursion at Mr. Sanchos all Inclusive. It was awesome and we cant wait to go back. I reviewed that on Trip Advisor and that is where I found them. Next, we went to Honduras. I booked Little French Key all island access pass. This was amazing!!! I booked directly online and have also reviewed them on Trip Advisor as this is where I found this excursion. Last we went to Costa Maya. We just got off the ship and shopped around the port. It was a lot of aggressive vendors on the inside that were willing to cut the prices if you started to walk away and a lot of expensive vendors in stores surrounding this. I probably would not get off the ship next time. They did have a pool and swim up bar people seemed to be enjoying. Overall this is our 7th cruise and the best yet! We would love to go back on Harmony of the Seas! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I sailed with my two adult children and 8 yr old granddaughter. We chose this ship for her and the myriad of things for her to do. The ship is beautiful and my cabin, a superior balcony, was very roomy with a lot of storage. The balcony ... Read More
I sailed with my two adult children and 8 yr old granddaughter. We chose this ship for her and the myriad of things for her to do. The ship is beautiful and my cabin, a superior balcony, was very roomy with a lot of storage. The balcony was roomy also, with two lounge chairs and foot rests. We dined in many different areas of the ship. The Icon restaurant, one of the main dining rooms we loved. The food was very good and many choices. Breakfast and lunch can be al a cart or buffet style. But patrons are allowed to do both if they desire. The buffet, was also good. We rotated all of them with the MDR except on formal nights. No dressing up for this group. There are many activities available for adults and children. My granddaughter enjoyed the children's club and the many slides and pools that were available. The shows were good and were enjoyed by all. Very talented people on board. Don't miss the Aqua show. The ports were not great, with Roatan, being the worst if you do not scuba. And most of all, the service was great. We had no complaints. The MDR waiters are attentive and helpful. Thank you to Chris at breakfast, and Win at dinner. Now, for the disappointments. We drove to Port Canaveral. There was no signage available, to guide us to the terminal. I rented a scooter from Special Needs Group and I was not pleased. The scooter would not hold it's charge and it just stopped twice and almost left me stranded. For this reason, I did not get off the ship. It was charged daily overnight and once in the afternoon for two hours, to get me through the evening. It should have some kind of odometer available to let the person how far they have traveled. I do not think I exceeded the distance, since I was just on the ship. I did file a claim and they said it would take one week to review. I am anxious to see what happens. Even with these problems, I would go on this ship again, only with a different itinerary. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
EMBARKATION-Very organized, quick, and easy DEBARKATION-Easy and well explained the night before and the day of leaving SHIP-Exceptional, elevators can be a problem on Embarkation and Debarkation,also after the popular shows. Best ... Read More
EMBARKATION-Very organized, quick, and easy DEBARKATION-Easy and well explained the night before and the day of leaving SHIP-Exceptional, elevators can be a problem on Embarkation and Debarkation,also after the popular shows. Best to take stairs, if you are able. Staterooms are very adequate for three people, four people would be tight. Bathrooms are definitely a one person only. Definitely bring your own shampoo and conditioner (none provided). Our room 12581 & 12580 were well appointed and very quiet. Water slide lines can get long, but they move quickly and they are well worth the wait. The Abyss, dry slide, is fun, but not as challenging or scary as they make it sound. Many of the activities are well supervised and cover everyone’s choices from small children to adults. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS- 150 North Central, Chops Grille, and Izumi Hibachi are amazing. Service was outstanding and menu choices covered anyone’s pallet from meat to vegetarian. Beef choices was excellent and very good quality. Seafood was very tender, large portions and the shrimp was large and meaty. AMERICAN ICON GRILL DINING ROOM-Service was excellent and main entree choices was excellent. EXCURSIONS-Perfect Day at CocoCay for our day was cut short due to severe storms. While we were able to go on the slides before the storms rolled in, were a lot of fun and yes, the lines do get very long. If there is lightning within 10 miles of the island all water slides get shut down. They do reopen when they get the “all clear” signal. Unfortunately their was such a severe storm that hit the island they shut down the island and very efficiently had everyone get back on the ship. Royal Caribbean is such a high class ship they refunded everyone’s money if they paid for the Thrillpark portion of the island. St. Thomas-We had seen the town and did shopping on pervious cruises, so we opted for the St. John On Your Own. DO NOT , I repeat DO NOT. Do this tour!! This was totally misrepresented in the excursion detail. It showed and explained that you would be dropped off at a beach and be picked up at a designated time to get back to the ship. WRONG! We were dropped off at a pier and told if you want a beach you had to walk three miles one way in very unsafe conditions. Dirt, rocks, and stones on a man made path. Nobody knew that we went this way and we were all in bathing suits and flip flops. Finally made it to Honeymoon Beach, no chairs, no drinking water, and nothing around. Please do not do this tour especially if you have younger children. St. Maarten- we chose the Power Boat tour with lunch. Well worth the money and excellent narration of the island and the many different areas. Overall this was more than all of us ever expected. Looking forward to going on another Royal Caribbean cruise in two years. Have to save money for the newer ship in 2021. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
I traveled on this cruise with my (extended) family, including 2 children. We had a great time. The kids loved the buffet, and one enjoyed the kids' club and the sushi classes. I took the other on the "all access" tour--it ... Read More
I traveled on this cruise with my (extended) family, including 2 children. We had a great time. The kids loved the buffet, and one enjoyed the kids' club and the sushi classes. I took the other on the "all access" tour--it was expensive as heck, but I don't regret spending the money. The food at the buffet was good, especially the curries. The MDR did a decent lunch and an elaborate-looking buffet. My cabin was nice--the porthole window was great. My steward was attentive and nice--I actually ran into him "too" often because the facilities he needed were close by. He always seemed to be standing in the corridor when I went to my cabin. The shows were all wonderful, although the comedians were a 7 out of 10 at best. Labadee was fantastic. Maho Beach was theoretically very good, but that excursion didn't go terribly well for me in a few ways. All of the members of my party took issue with the safety video at muster, with one going so far as to address it with an officer. I really hope Royal does something about it. It's a waste of time AND doesn't impart the needed safety information. It fails in every way. Another member of my party was upset at being unable to book our group into dinner (MDR) a good 3 or 4 days in advance. Someone else went to Guest Services over it and got it fixed, leading to the first person being even more upset that it seemed to be about who you know or "who" is asking--in other words, why deny the first request and then have another crew member override it? People shouldn't have to go to Guest Services for a simple dinner reservation. Embarkation went fine. The transfer to and from the airport also went fine. I was on Symphony of the Seas not long before this one, and they were pretty indistinguishable. I'd be happy to sail on either one again if it fit my plans and needs. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We took our adult kids and grand kids (19 in total) and chose this ship because we had done Oasis in the past and the kids liked it. Also, we live in central Florida so it was easy to get everyone to the ship. The Harmony was nothing ... Read More
We took our adult kids and grand kids (19 in total) and chose this ship because we had done Oasis in the past and the kids liked it. Also, we live in central Florida so it was easy to get everyone to the ship. The Harmony was nothing short of spectacular. We parked at Park Port Canaveral lot and got to the ship fairly early (noon) so check-in was a breeze. We were hesitant to do the buffet on embarkation day so we went to the Solarium buffet instead. It was much quieter and the food was fine. Dining: We had early dining for the group (2 tables of 10) and the only disappointment was that they have moved the dining to 5:00. That is very early, particularly on a port day. But we couldn't do my-time dining for a group of 19. The ages ranged from 5-up and all enjoyed the food immensely. We had 2 different waiters and asst. waiters and all were some of the best we have had on our 42 cruises. Nobody had a 'bad' meal any evening. Even the free steaks were quite good. Our teenaged grand kids are huge eaters and the waiters seemed to love trying to fill them up. We usually ate breakfast and lunch in the restaurant also and the food and service were great. We did have lunch at Jaimie's Italian in Central Park one day and it was fabulous. I highly recommend it. Ports: The revamped Coco Cay is beautiful with much better seating and more food options. Some of our group paid for the water park and were disappointed with the very long lines and crowds. They said that they would not do it again in the future. St. Thomas and St. Martin were simply standard Caribbean islands. Certainly nothing special. The kids all did water-related shore excursions and were happy with them. Entertainment: Here is where we had some disappointments. Usually we love the ice skating and aqua shows. The shows on the Harmony were terrible. They made no sense and were not well-choreographed. Neither show did a good job of showing off the talents of the young performers. Everyone leaving the Fine Line Aqua Show was saying 'what the heck was that all about?'. Really bad. 'Grease' was fine (singing, acting all ok) but we were surprised at the amount of sexual innuendo since we had 9 kids under age 18 there. The one bright spot was the group Mo5aic. We had seen them on the Oasis and they were fantastic. Activities: There seemed to be the standard activities and nobody seemed bored. We had good weather so the kids spent a lot of time on the water slides. We like to dance, though, and found there was basically no chance for ballroom/swing type of dancing. We were on the ship on the 4th of July and they did a great celebration. The running track was great as usual as was the gym. All the staff seemed happy and seemed to enjoy this ship. Complaints (gotta have a couple): This ship has the HOTTEST elevators we have ever experienced. No air conditioning and very crowded. Everyone was talking about it. Miserable when you were stopping at every floor. Prices of drinks. It used to be that drink prices were about half of what you would pay in a restaurant. Now they are more than you would pay. We paid $42 for a bottle of wine that we purchase regularly for $12. Our kids were glad that they had carried on wine and just had a glass in their room before dinner. Also, a glass of fresh orange juice at breakfast was $8. REALLY, $8?? Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Hi, I have received so much help from posts on Cruise Critic, I thought I would pay it forward with my own review of our seven-day cruise last week on Harmony of the Seas. First, a little info about us. I was traveling with my DH, ... Read More
Hi, I have received so much help from posts on Cruise Critic, I thought I would pay it forward with my own review of our seven-day cruise last week on Harmony of the Seas. First, a little info about us. I was traveling with my DH, his three siblings and their families. There were 11 of us (six cabins) and we were all on Deck 9, forward. My DH and I have cruised many times on RC, but none of the other folks had ever been on a cruise. Since our nieces are in college and our nephews in high school, we didn’t experience Adventure Ocean or the teen programs. We all arrived in Cocoa Beach the afternoon before and stayed at the Holiday Inn-Cocoa Beach, next to the Publix. We hit a slight snafu when the hotel decided to arbitrarily change our hotel rate ($40-per-room increase). We had a copy of our confirmation with the rate displayed, but we were told that they could change the rate at check-in. The desk staff was not very friendly and we had to call corporate to get it resolved. Not a great way to start a vacation, but we vowed not to let it damper our trip. Because of the way we were treated and spoken to, I can’t recommend this hotel to anyone. The next morning, we took a private shuttle, booked via Larry’s Limos, and arrived at the terminal at 10 a.m. since I like to get to the ship early! In fact, we also used Larry’s Limos for our shuttle from MCO to the hotel the night before and I highly recommend them. Very fair rates, and they were very prompt and friendly! Security and check-in were a breeze and we were walking on the ship around 11 a.m. Of all the embarkation ports we have used, Port Canaveral was the easiest and quickest that I have experienced. They have really figured it out! We headed to the Windjammer for lunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the ship. Muster went very smoothly and we set sail promptly at 4:30 p.m. The rest of the review, I will break down in categories. CABINS We were all on Deck 9 forward, near the elevators. Two of us had balconies and had the divider removed. The other four were inside cabins directly across the hall. My sister-in-law had connecting cabins with her two sons. All of us commented that there was plenty of storage room. I was impressed with how the bathrooms were laid out. Plenty of storage and the shower seemed bigger than smaller ships we have sailed on. Because there was so much to do on the ship, we really didn’t spend much time there other than to sleep and dress. DINING We did not eat at any specialty restaurants, so I can’t comment on them. We had breakfast each morning in the Solarium Bistro and loved the quiet atmosphere versus the Windjammer. It’s the same food, but less people and a more relaxing area. We also had lunch either in the Solarium Bistro or Windjammer, based on what part of the ship we were at once we realized we were hungry! I realize food is very subjective, but we enjoyed the breakfast and lunch offerings at both locations. For dinner, we had early Traditional Dining in Silk. Our oldest niece has severe food allergies and the staff was wonderful in addressing her concerns and providing her meals each night without the worry of an allergic reaction. In fact, the waiters and entire staff provided top-notch service to all of us each night. The food was very good, and my only “criticism” is that I have noticed over the years that the offerings tend to repeat more than they used to. SHOWS We had reserved all the shows prior to sailing, so we had no problems seeing them. The Fine Line was fabulous! By far the best show at sea I have ever seen, especially considering we were on a moving ship as they were performing their high-flying acrobatics. The second aqua show later in the week was fun, if not a little “campy.” We also enjoyed Columbus and the ice show, 1887. Again, Columbus was a little “campy,” but it was funny and enjoyable. The comedians on board were also very good and provided a lot of entertainment. I did not see Grease, but those in our group who did attend really liked it. The only show none of us made it to was the Headliner Show. GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT We saw a few entertainers at Dazzles. Very good singers and the variety of music offered something for everyone. Some of us participated in karaoke and we only wished it was offered earlier than 11 p.m. so we could have participated more often. CASINO The casino was a pretty good size and we never really had trouble finding a seat at the blackjack table. Half of the casino allows smoking and the ventilation system worked pretty well in keeping the air pretty good. I wish they didn’t allow smoking at all, but it didn’t bother us too much. The wait staff was a little slow at times bringing drinks. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES We were lucky to have fabulous weather the entire week, so the pools and whirlpools were always crowded. That being said, our group never had trouble finding lounge chairs by the pools and we never had to deal with “chair hogs.” The kids enjoyed the water slides as well. We also played mini-golf and table tennis. None of us dared to try the flow riders, but enjoyed watching those who did. A couple of us experienced the Abyss and zip-line and enjoyed those as well. COCO CAY Since my husband and I aren’t really “beach people,” we decided to stay on the ship and explore. The rest of our family spent the day there and really enjoyed swimming and hanging out at Chill Island. They all said they would love to go back again. They did not use the water park or other “paid” options. ST. THOMAS We did not book an excursion, but took a taxi into Charlotte Amalie and went shopping for jewelry and other souvenirs. All the taxis have specific rates posted based on where you want to go, so no one needs to negotiate or worry about being taken advantage of. After shopping, we took another taxi from downtown to Magens Bay. We took a wild ride over the mountains to see this beautiful beach. The roads are very narrow and the locals seem to have no fear when navigating them! We really enjoyed Magens Bay before heading back to the ship. Our taxi driver also stopped at a couple of lookout points for us to take pictures. All in all, we all enjoyed St. Thomas. ST. MAARTEN This was my first time back to St. Maarten since the hurricane and you can still see restoration projects in process. Our group took the ship’s excursion to Maho Beach. Many in our family are aerospace enthusiasts, so we really enjoyed spending the day watching the planes land. This really isn’t a swimming beach (there was noticeably less sand than our previous visit before the hurricane), but our nieces and nephews did take a dip in the water. The adjacent restaurant, Sunset Beach, offers a great outdoor space to sit and have lunch while watching the planes land. We all enjoyed having a Guavaberry Daiquiri with our meal. The food was excellent and plentiful as well. Typically, I am not a big fan of large groups on a tour. However, this time, it worked well since we were only going to one location and no one on the bus was interested in stopping for optional photo ops or stopping in downtown for shopping. PORT CANAVERAL I have cruised out of many different ports over the years and this was by far the best experience I have had with a port. From baggage handling to check-in to customs and ground transportation, it was such a smooth experience. I look forward to many more cruises out of Port Canaveral! GENERAL OBSERVATIONS We booked this specific cruise because we knew Harmony would offer something for everyone. Harmony is a beautiful ship and in great shape! It was so smooth, it didn't feel like you were on a ship. Before the cruise, I was concerned about potential crowding problems. These concerns were unfounded as the layout of the ship and “neighborhoods” really spread folks around. The only time I really noticed the crowds was when the shows let out and at lunch at the Windjammer. Almost everyone on the ship seemed to be having fun and we only observed a couple of people who weren’t in the best of moods. This was a fabulous vacation for our entire family and are thrilled that our “cruise newbies” really loved the cruising experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We' cruised on the Allure out of Ft Lauderdale the past two years and wanted to try a new new ship. We traveled to CoCo Cay, St Thomas and St Marteen on the trip. OUr daughter and her best friend just graduated from college and the ... Read More
We' cruised on the Allure out of Ft Lauderdale the past two years and wanted to try a new new ship. We traveled to CoCo Cay, St Thomas and St Marteen on the trip. OUr daughter and her best friend just graduated from college and the trip was a gift to them. We took the Cortrans shuttle service from the Embassy Suites airport hotel in Orlando to the cruise port and from the cruise port to the airport at the end of the cruise. Relatively inexpensive, timely, friendly and comfortable. Embarking at Port Canaveral was a breeze. On the ship in 15 minutes from the time we stepped off the shuttle. The Harmony is big, beautiful, and busy. Longer lines than the Allure, but nothing severe. All the shows were fantastic, and the food was great. We tried the Abyss slide (very cool, only slightly terrifying at the beginning) and the water slides. Both were fun. We also did the Escape Room on the trip and found it very entertaining. We did "escape" with ten minutes to spare lol. We've done the zip line and rock climbing on previous cruises. The water view rooms we booked (3654, 3656) were fantastic! Quiet, convenient and perfectly situated. After the cruise the wife and I both agreed that we liked it better than our previous interior balcony view rooms on deck 12 on the Allure. Steps from the elevator and main dining room, but around a corner so there wasn't much foot traffic going by, and plenty of room to move inside, with lots of storage. St Thomas, St Johns and St Marteen have all come a long way from the hurricane damage of 2017. We love St. Marteen and toured the nation park on St. Johns. It was incredibly beautiful and we would love to go back. On St Marteen we toured Ft Luis in Marigot and took the See and Sea tour at Grand Case. Much cooler than I expected! Saw sting rays, sea turtles and a barracuda at the reef. The "kids" did the sting ray excursion at Coco Cay and the Sea Lion excursion at St. Thomas and can't stop talking about them. And speaking of, Coco Cay was wonderful. Lots of activities on the island, beautiful beaches and the water was amazing. We went kayaking and saw coral reefs and sting rays swimming by. Also spent some time swimming in the huge freshwater pool. We both liked it even more than Labadee. Dining room was excellent as always and it seemed that the staff on the entire ship have been given happy pills. The crew members on RCCL have always been great, but this was over the top. You always felt like a VIP every time you interacted with a crew member. All in all a great time! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This cruise ship was amazing and the staff was really nice and informative. After watching YouTube videos I had expectations of the embarkation and disembarkation to be a madhouse and frustration. But to my surprise both the embarkation ... Read More
This cruise ship was amazing and the staff was really nice and informative. After watching YouTube videos I had expectations of the embarkation and disembarkation to be a madhouse and frustration. But to my surprise both the embarkation and disembarkation was really smooth. We got to the terminal around 11:00 and we was on the ship by 11:30. (we did online check in prior, which I highly recommend) As far as disembarkation we left around 9:00 we waited in line to get off of ship for like 20 mins. Our suitcases were easy to find as well. Overall for disembarkation it took us like 45 mins to actually get in the shuttle to go to the airport. The ship was sold out so we had close to 6,000 people and yet it didn’t feel crowded. We wasn’t bumping into each other. The ship was so nice and clean. My husband and I stayed in a ocean view balcony cabin and it was spacious. I wasn’t feeling our stewardess, I feel she could had been a little more attentive. We had prepurchased dinner for 2 specialty dining and let me tell you that we wasted our money. The food nor the wait staff was good. We went to 150 Central and Chops Grill and we were so disappointed. We had a reservation for hibachi for our anniversary but we cancelled and got a refund because we were afraid we would had the same bad experience that we had with the other two restaurants. But let me tell you... the main dining for dinner was really good. Also the windjammer for breakfast and lunch was on point. They had plenty to choose from and the food was delicious. We saw the shows and hands down the best one to me was Columbus. Grease was not good at all!!! It was too long ( 90 mins) and boring. If we weren’t sitting in the middle of the row we would had been left and found something more exciting. The karaoke had limited out of date songs. They really need to update this. But overall this was a nice experience and I most definitely will go again. Next year we are doing the Symphony of the Seas only because it’s a littler bigger than Harmony and I want to see what it has to offer. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
4th tone on Harmony. Never disappointed. Great crew and service. Ate in the Main Dining Room Early seating and also for breakfast. Food was very good. We did Wonderland one night and loved it. Will do it again next cruise.First time to ... Read More
4th tone on Harmony. Never disappointed. Great crew and service. Ate in the Main Dining Room Early seating and also for breakfast. Food was very good. We did Wonderland one night and loved it. Will do it again next cruise.First time to Coco Cay. Amazing day. Only cost was for the Balloon ride. What fun. Got some great photos. The pool is great. Perfect depth and little benches and in water lounges a plus. The food was outstanding. Good variety. Can't wait to go back ..Had fun in the ports.Did the Chocolate tour in Roatan. Very informative and made some chocolate from bean to candy. Just walked around Cozumel and Costa Maya as we have been on most of the tours there already. Embarked at 11am very quick and was on the ship and eating lunch by 11:15. Disembarked at 6:30 and it was a very quick walking. About 10 min to car. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because we love the Oasis class ships and had been on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas the two previous years. While they are all very similar, each has their different nuances. We have been on 12 cruises ( 8 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love the Oasis class ships and had been on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas the two previous years. While they are all very similar, each has their different nuances. We have been on 12 cruises ( 8 with Royal Caribbean ) and this was by far absolutely the quickest embarkation ever. I can't say enough good things about it. I had coffee one morning with a guy that had been on over 70 cruises ( not a travel agent ) and he confirmed what I already knew, Royal Caribbean all the way. They have the embarkation down to a science. Another thing I've always liked about Royal Caribbean is they do the muster drill in one of the dining rooms so there is a place to sit as opposed to other lines that have you stand for 30 minutes or more on one of the outside decks. The ship itself was beautiful and well maintained. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely sail on this ship. The only thing I noticed and didn't like was that you could hear the noise inside your cabin from the Boardwalk whereas on the Oasis and Allure, you could not. We also noticed that the closets were configured differently ( which we liked ) and had drawers in them which the other ships did not. The shower was noticeably bigger with a completely closing glass surround. ( again, we liked this ) I don't remember the name of the motel we stayed in ( Titusville )( I think it was a Quality Inn ) but it was a dump and the steakhouse that they were so high on ( on the grounds ) had good food but I don't think they've cleaned their bathrooms in a couple of years. Our room steward Delano was great and very attentive. The entire staff was very friendly. The cabin was always very clean although I wished they had vacuumed a little more. Shore excursions were mediocre at best. Next time, I will not book any shore excursions. Perfect Day at Coco Cay was fabulous. We had a 10 o clock balloon ride booked which they had to cancel due to the wind. ( Royal Caribbean has no control over the weather ) Even though it started off cloudy in Port Canaveral, we had pretty good weather 95% of the time. ( again, Royal has no control over mother nature. ) The new Coco Cay is gorgeous. The entertainment on board was superb. As a guy, I don't normally like musicals but I thoroughly enjoyed Grease. Great production. We traveled with another couple and they enjoyed the cruise as much as we did. The service in the MDR was a little slow but there are 13 complimentary places to eat so this really didn't matter. That's another thing I like about the big ships, variety. Even though it was a large ship, I've been on smaller ships that seemed a lot more crowded. The belly flop contest, worlds sexiest man and women's cannonball contest were hilarious. The second Aqua show was a lot better than the first. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas relocated to Port Canaveral on May 6th and made its first seven day sailing on May 12th. My wife and I, along with several neighbors and friends, booked the cruise shortly after the relocation ... Read More
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas relocated to Port Canaveral on May 6th and made its first seven day sailing on May 12th. My wife and I, along with several neighbors and friends, booked the cruise shortly after the relocation announcement. We all live less than one hour from Port Canaveral so the Harmony will be our home port RCCL ship. The Harmony will be sailing from terminal one, a relatively modern port designed for the Oasis class ships. So we had a new ship, a new port, a new terminal and the first seven day cruise. We booked a grand suite so we have the Harmony and a suite experience from its new home port. Nice! Embarkation: Efficient and fast. The process starts with a check of paperwork followed by a security check. Check-in begins before 11:00 am but boarding doesn’t begin until about 11:00 am. A lot of people check in early and wait in a large holding area. There is a separate, adjacent holding area with comfortable chairs and couches for suite, diamond plus, and pinnacle members. It is not real large. Check-in is done using iPads, so having checked in on line and holding a sea pass and passport are necessary. Photos may be taken with their iPads if necessary. Boarding is done orderly with the priority area boarding first followed by each RCCL cruisers’ status, so loyalty does have rewards. We have our own wheelchair so we were met by a “pusher” at the terminal entry who guided us through the process and on to the ship. We did call ahead to ask for assistance and it was provided willingly. Dozens of passengers were in the same situation, some with their own wheelchairs and some just needing one of the RCCL’s chairs to get up the ramp onboard. Ship: The Harmony is an Oasis class ship with more up-to-date features that one would expect with newer ships. The iPad check-in system is the first of the new features. The card key system that uses a touch process (touch the cabin door) rather than a slide or insert system for use around the ship. The casino slot machines, for instance, use the touch process so no more concerns about leaving your room key in a slot machine. There are digital and interactive displays in many places around the ship. There are new water slides and even a dry slide, a huge multi-story slide called the “Abyss”. Apparently, the RCCL app is useful on board the ship for getting a variety of information. We left our iPhone in the cabin and got along just fine. It is newer, nicer and more modern than its sister the Oasis and the Allure, as would be expected. Restaurants, Food and Service: All the restaurants we sampled had excellent food and service. Our primary breakfast and dinner restaurant was the Coastal Kitchen on deck 17 that is reserved for suite guests and pinnacle cruising status members. The Assistant Maitre D’, Ace, leads an excellent staff who are seasoned veterans. Ace described the process for becoming a staff member and the results have produced some of the best servers. They all have different personalities but work very well together. Ace rotates the waiters among tables so it is easy to meet most of them in a week. The food was very tasty and nicely presented. Chef Henry led the kitchen staff and was out sampling feedback from guests. I try fish at many meals. The branzino was the best. The lobster, cod and shrimp were also nice. We ate in the Windjammer for a few lunches. The food was very good and a nice variety was presented. Some people miss the pasta bar and desserts, complete with ice cream located toward the back of the ship (aft). We also had lunched in the Sabor and Izumi restaurants. Both are recommended. Casino: The Harmony of the Seas has a large, brightly lit and active casino on deck four. It contains a wide selection of modern slot machines and table games. There is seldom a time when there are no places or machines to play. We had no problems. The casino uses the “tap the card key” process for logging on to each machine when played. The computer awards points for play that can be redeemed for cash and used for awards of small discounts on future cruises, although the restrictions are pretty stiff. Onboard credit can be redeemed at the machines and cash can be charged to the cabin. No more standing in line and having the cashier handle the transactions. There are also machines for cashing in chits, much like on land casinos. Interestingly, the casino is open a lot more than in the past. It was closed only for the port of St. Thomas on this trip. We enjoyed playing every day that the casino was open. Our favorite time is in the mornings while the place is quiet. The downside of the casino is that smoking is allowed in one area. Smokers, many who do not play, just use it as a smoking lounge. A real negative and no one but the smokers’ benefit. Suite Experience: We have enjoyed the experiences and the benefits of ship suites for a while. They may be of interest to some readers. First, the cabins and the benefits do cost more, sometimes a lot more. It might be worth a try once, but be careful as it is easy to get hooked. Hint: Suite cabins sell out very early in the booking process so procrastination can cost you your favorite location. We book at least six months in advance and normally a year. We tried four months recently and the selection was limited. The experience starts at embarkation. The terminal has a special, comfortable lounge for waiting embarkation. Suites are the first to board so you can beat the race to the restaurants. The Coastal Kitchen and the adjacent suite lounge are open so it is an opportunity to relax then have a nice lunch at noon, when the restaurant opens. Snacks and beverages are also available in the lounge area. The cabin is the next benefit to experience. The grand suite is 371 square feet with a 105 square foot balcony. It has a bedroom, TV room, two TVs, large bath with combined tub and shower, an entryway with a bar, lots of storage space, a safe, coffee maker and large balcony. Treats are delivered a couple of times during the cruise. The concierges, Elaine and Checker, are located in the suite lounge area and are helpful in making reservations and arrangements as well as answering questions. The Coastal Kitchen is open for every meal. Breakfast and lunch require no reservations but dinner does. Sometimes there is a waiting list for dinner. The food and service, as mentioned above are superior. Assistant Maitre D’, Ace, and Chef Henry do an excellent job managing the operation. There is also an outdoor suite pool and lounge area. We did not partake in that benefit. Reserved seating is available for suite guests in the ice, aqua and main theaters. A special area is saved until about ten minutes before showtime. The seat locations are nice. Disembarkation is the final benefit. The concierges lead guests off the ship at three times, the first meeting at 7:15 am and leaving at 7:30 am. The suite guests are provided priority at each point in the disembarkation process. This is a very nice benefit. Because we have a wheelchair the concierge also made special arrangements for a “pusher” to get us into the terminal. Conclusion: The Harmony of the Seas and our suite experience on the ship’s first seven-day cruise out of Port Canaveral was all we expected it to be. The entire staff that we encountered were excellent. The venues were all in top shape, many have to be seen to be believed. We highly recommend the suite experience for at least a once in a lifetime experience. We are booked for our next Harmony experience from Port Canaveral. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose Harmony of the Seas because we wanted a short cruise out of Port Canavarel with all the amenities. We like Suites and the Coastal Kitchen experience. Embarkation was a breeze, our room cards were waiting for us in our room. ... Read More
We chose Harmony of the Seas because we wanted a short cruise out of Port Canavarel with all the amenities. We like Suites and the Coastal Kitchen experience. Embarkation was a breeze, our room cards were waiting for us in our room. Loved the Coastal Kitchen for Breakfast and lunch. We actually bought the dining UPGrade and had a dinner in 150 Central and Chops Grille. While the service was nice in both restaurants; the food quality was just ok. We ordered the Halibut in the 150 Central and it was definately overcooked; I know we could have sent it back but..... The next night in Chops; the appetizers were great. We both ordered filets; medium rare. Not the best quality filets we ever had; they lacked flavor. Thought at first they were overcooked but the center was medium rare. As much as we liked the smaller dining experience I don't think it was worth the upgrade price. The Coastal Kitchen service was great; the one dinner in the Main Dining Room was also great; just too big. We went to the Grease show; well done. I always think these shows go on just a bit too long. People were beginning to leave before the show ended. Loved the Grease music so we stayed for the entire show. We went to the Fine Line water show. WOW, WOW, WOW. Best show of this type that we have ever seen, Pay attention to the first performer to come on stage; we twirls and spins for at least 15-20 minutes and then he is also in the show. Super High energy. Well done Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I cruised on the Harmony of the Seas for our Anniversary. We were interested to cruise on a big boat without the price tag of a seven day cruise. Harmony gave two, three day cruises in early May before it started regular ... Read More
My husband and I cruised on the Harmony of the Seas for our Anniversary. We were interested to cruise on a big boat without the price tag of a seven day cruise. Harmony gave two, three day cruises in early May before it started regular seven day cruises from Port Canaveral. We were excited to take advantage of the opportunity. Harmony is a very, very beautiful boat. She is new, updated, sleek and technologically advanced. The decks are so huge. I can see where it would be easy to become lost. But, after a few days, its easy to catch on. The boat is divided by colors: blue, green, yellow, and orange. But, if the halls and stairs were labeled, I missed it. We had a great cruise and would sail on Harmony again. But, cruisers must be prepared for a TON of people. There are people and lines everywhere for the first day. Then, it starts to even out. Thus, embarkation was very, very crowded. But, we made it through security and onto the boat in just about 25 minutes. We chose to park off site at the Raddison in Port Canaveral and it was efficient and easy. Food: We totally avoided the Windjammer on the first day and made a beeline to the Solarium buffet, which was delicious and had plenty of options (the Solarium didn’t open until Noon on embarkation day). The Solarium never seemed crowded and there were always plenty of shade and chairs. We also had a bite at Park Café and Sorrentos; both were very good. Park Café offered an awesome bagel bar in the mornings and it was actually really, really good. We ate one hot dog at the hot dog stand on the Boardwalk, and tried to get several more hot dogs… but the hours were squirrely and even when the hot dog stand appeared open, staff would not serve… very strange and kind of frustrating. We ate dinners in the Main Dining Room, which provided great service and great food. One night, we were out of the Main Dining Room, within about 65 minutes, which was awesome! We also requested a table for two during breakfast in the Main Dining Room. After a little humming and hawing, we were accommodated, which was really nice! I was SO disappointed the Main Dining Room was not open for lunch when we were in port at Nassau. I was really looking forward to avoiding Windjammer and having a relaxing lunch… but no luck. On the day we were in port, there were only two (free) food options available…. Windjammer and Park Café. Since we had yet to be at Windjammer, we decided to bite the bullet and try it. It was crowded, but the food was very good. They even had a ice cream bar in the back, with staff scooping different flavors. That was very unexpected and very nice! So, I should not slam the Windjammer too much. But, the best dining experience we had was at Jamie Olivers. I highly recommend up charging to Jamie’s. We went for lunch and it was the highlight of our cruise. The service from Daniel was suburb and the food was absolutely amazing! We let it slip it was our Anniversary, and they treated us so very well. Casino: We had fun playing in the casino. The craps minimum was $10 and we found low-limits for Blackjack in the cruise compass for $6. The dealers were fun and the crowd was great too. Shows: When checking in online, I noticed there were options to reserve seats for the shows. So, I was confused when there were TONS of people in long lines to get show reservations. Then, when we went to the shows, there was no one “checking” to make sure we had reservations. I inquired about this, as I was confused. If you arrive at the shows 10 minutes prior to start time, the show becomes general seating and anyone is welcome. We never had a problem getting a seat and we arrived just moments before the show started. I didn’t care for the water show, but my husband loved it. My husband walked out of Grease, and said it was boring with no sets and inconsistent dancing. But, we both agreed Columbus was THE BEST SHOW we’ve ever seen on a cruise boat. Columbus was totally entertaining, funny, and we didn’t want it to end. The Ice Show was good too. There were men dressed as women in the opening scene, which was very painful to watch (it seemed to be purposeful and part of the show). But, after that, the ice show got a lot better. Water Slides/Abyss Slide: The Ultimate Abyss is one awesome slide! You start on Deck 15, aft and slide down to the Boardwalk. The slide is not scary. It has fun lights, wind, and sounds during the slide. The best part is even before sliding… the view at the top of the slide are amazing. You are allowed to have a cell phone (they show you how to tuck it away) and you can tuck away sun glasses too. If you have bare shoulders, bring a sweater or shirt to wear, as they won’t allow uncovered shoulders. Don’t bring your coke glass, as you’ll have to leave it and then retrieve it later. This looked like a giant pain for guests. On the flip side, the water slides on Deck 15, forward were very, very disappointing. The Perfect Storm was a disaster from the beginning. The lifeguard at the bottom of the slide made us remove everything…. Jewelry, sunglasses, waterSOCKs, and even my WATERPROOF watch. This was a complete turn off, as we had to take valuables back to the room and leave flip flops and watersocks by our chairs. Then, we had to trudge through the boat, barefoot, which was gross to me. The lines were long and they are overly cautious with when guests can slide. Once on the slide, it was so slow, dark, boring, and especially slow, I was glad when it finally ended. Honestly, my hair didn’t even get wet. Did I mention how SLOW the ride was? So, this made us even more frustrated… why have us remove all our jewelry, go barefoot, with THAT SLOW of a ride?? It was a complete turn off. Save your time and go on the Ultimate Abyss or do anything that’s fun. It would have been helpful to know there are more “rules,” besides the ones posted on the signs. I hope by reading this review I’ve saved you some time. Diamond Lounge: The Diamond Lounge was wonderful with great service. The food was good and the drinks were plentiful. Since there were so many Diamonds on the cruise, they opened up a second option for lounging, which I thought was a really nice touch. Thank you! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our first experience on the cruise. We really enjoyed the food and the entertainment. They had a great daycare and kids areas. Even though it was raining for 3 days, with the amount of activities available on the ship we didn’t ... Read More
This was our first experience on the cruise. We really enjoyed the food and the entertainment. They had a great daycare and kids areas. Even though it was raining for 3 days, with the amount of activities available on the ship we didn’t even notice the bad weather. we were extremely impressed with the service. Our waiter Zaldy was incredible - he would make figures out of napkins for our kids. That was definitely a highlight of their trip - they were looking forward dinner time every day. His assistant Giomire would tell us plenty of entertaining stories. They definitely made our stay extra special. Our cabin was without windows but it felt big enough for a comfortable stay. The facilities were really clean. What we really enjoyed was spending our evenings listening to the live music. Karaoke nights were also fun. Overall it was a great experience and we would definitely recommend. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We loved this ship! We experienced lots of new things. We rode the carousel even though we are older, we rode the rising tide bar twice, watched the bionic bartenders, saw the show Grease, Columbus the musical, the ice show, the aqua ... Read More
We loved this ship! We experienced lots of new things. We rode the carousel even though we are older, we rode the rising tide bar twice, watched the bionic bartenders, saw the show Grease, Columbus the musical, the ice show, the aqua show and all were very entertaining. Our cabin steward Xavier Fernandes was exceptional, he kept our cabin 12698 spotless, made a big deal out of our anniversary, and had a please personality. The food was delectable, our main dining staff, Tianyu, Rhoy, and Blanca were the best! Service throughout the entire ship exceeded our expectations. We did not get off of the ship for the ports because we had such a great experience. The last night parade was fun. We ate at Jamie's Italian and the risotto was just like what we had in Italy. Chops Grille was beyond exquisite! From the bread to the final course, the food was amazing! The service is on the slow side, but we didn't care. Since we enjoyed it so much we booked Allure of the Seas for December 1st. I would highly recommend this ship to all. The Solarium is actually 3 levels which I never saw before, however, they do not have a pool in there. Too many kids on board though. I don't know if they have to provide proof that their kids has shots for measels or not, but they should have to as this is a major health concern. Lots of rude people not sanitizing their hands. This needs to be reinforced more. We used the fitness center 4 times during the week, so we didn't gain any weight, and there were plenty of machines. I never had to wait for a treadmill, or recumbent bike, plenty of towels, a scale, and restrooms. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
19 times on oasis class ships. Lately the food has been going downhill fast. Royal listened to feed back. This April 2019 sailing on the Harmony was wonderful. The food overall was very good and the presentation was improved as well. ... Read More
19 times on oasis class ships. Lately the food has been going downhill fast. Royal listened to feed back. This April 2019 sailing on the Harmony was wonderful. The food overall was very good and the presentation was improved as well. Service in the dining room and our room steward service was wonderful. Every person we encountered was friendly. We were beyond pleasantly surprised. I always recommended Royal, but I stopped and also we weren't looking forward to going again. The casino was boring and wasn't really playing very well - so I quit going there. Perhaps they are using the money saved in there for food. The comedy club was disappointing. Adult is ok, but disgusting isn't necessary. It seems with such a diverse group on board a ship, the comedians could be funny without being crude. I wish they would clean this up a bit. We are heading back to the Harmony for Thanksgiving with our family - pretty sure I won't be booking the comedy club. Not much enrichment but I'm not sure what I would suggest. Otherwise everything was fantastic and we are looking forward to Coco Cay. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We were traveling with our two daughters, sons in law, and 4 grandkids ages 6 to 10. We last cruised together two years ago on the Allure and wanted another newer Oasis class ship. We had an ocean view balcony and the other two families ... Read More
We were traveling with our two daughters, sons in law, and 4 grandkids ages 6 to 10. We last cruised together two years ago on the Allure and wanted another newer Oasis class ship. We had an ocean view balcony and the other two families were across the hall in boardwalk balconies. They liked the layout on the Harmony cabins much better, particularly the two separate closets and the trundle bed as opposed to bunks. Edwin our cabin steward was great, best we have had. We ate breakfast in deck three American icon restaurant. We enjoy the option of either ordering off the menu, using the buffet or both. We found the breakfast buffet far superior to our last few cruises with NCL, MSC and Princess. Quality was much better as well as selection. Service was outstanding! For lunch we did either Windjammer or when open American icon. Again Windjammer was far better for lunch and dinner than the previously mentioned lines. Had trouble initially getting grilled cheese sandwiches for the grandkids, but we spoke to manager and we were able to get the sandwiches. My time dining was at Silk. Again, Royal was superior to other lines. Service was top notch as well, especially Jansen and Marilyn. The shows were very entertaining. The fine line aqua show was amazing! I didn’t think the Allure could be topped, but it was. We went twice it was so good. The grandkids enjoyed the ice show as well. They sId they enjoyed grease too, but I thought it was too long. The swimming pools were a big hit as well as water slides and abyss. They also did zip line, rock wall, basketball, soccer, ping pong and carousel. Daughters and sons in-law had drink package and enjoyed it very much. Bar staff was super. Grandkids had soda package that comes with boardwalk balconies. They loved the all you can eat ice cream There were a few negatives along the way. The beds are hard as rocks, and all adults woke up sore on a regular basis. The comedy show was a real let down. Both comedians were below average and we are accustomed to much more talented and funny comics on all other cruises we have taken including Allure two years ago Our main gripe was the kids club. The staff in general and one person in particular were terrible. Dinner stretched out for well over an hour and kids were done eating in 15 to 20 minutes and forced to sit there. A lot of negative interactions between staff and children it was not a welcoming and friendly place. We felt so let down, we did not book our next trip onboard as we did last time. Despite all the positives, we will explore other options. Other parents were interacted with were similarly disappointed. We did our on thing at the ports of call. There were only three and four would have been ideal. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our first cruise, no idea what to expect but oh boy, we were not disappointed! We are a family of four (10 year old daughter and 13 year old son) and this was the best holiday we’ve ever had. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale the ... Read More
This was our first cruise, no idea what to expect but oh boy, we were not disappointed! We are a family of four (10 year old daughter and 13 year old son) and this was the best holiday we’ve ever had. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale the night before after the million year journey from Australia. We stayed at the Rhodeway Inn which was basic but I highly recommend. The Rhodeway offered transport right to the door of the Royal Caribbean terminal and we on the ship in less than 30 minutes. Not that we knew we were on a ship... this thing is massive!! I could honestly not cover everything it has to offer in one review but the highlights for us were: - Food. Variety, quantity, quality, just everything about it was 10/10. - Drinks. We originally didn’t purchase the package but once on board they had “buy one get 50% off the second”! This proved to be awesome value as we were easily drinking over 10 cocktails a day! The drinks were incredible and available everywhere, I especially loved the Bionic Bar! - Kids/Teen Club. We hardy saw our son. He would hang out at the teen club most the time and wouldn’t be back til 1am. He stayed out later than us!! He said it was the best time of his life and was quite upset once it was over as he had made so many friend. Our daughter was able to sign herself in and out of kids club at will but preferred being at the pools and slides. - Entertainment. There was always something going on and a surprise around every corner, from the pool games to the piano player that would pop up in the elevator! The atmosphere everywhere was so fun and the positive vibe of the ship is just incredible. I wish I could live here! Ports: Haiti - we chilled at the beach with a view of Harmony in the background. Our drinks from our drink package were included here and lunch was to die for! Jamaica - we did a trolley tour of the local area which we arranged in the port itself, $20pp and fantastic value. Souvenirs out of the port are so much cheaper. Mexico - We arranged our own excursion to Mr Sancho’s all inclusive resort. $55pp with all you can eat and drink. Can’t rate this place highly enough, definitely consider it! Side notes: Internet is super fast and reliable everywhere on the ship. Each and every staff member we encountered was perfection. Wonderland is a must do. Make show reservations early online so you don’t miss out! Grease was fantastic! Despite this being a 7 day cruise, I feel like we barely touched the surface of what this floating city has to offer and could have easily stayed twice as long. We are planning to make the long journey back in a couple of years for my husbands 40th. The kids are already on the countdown! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
What a great ship, this was our second time on Harmony and she continues to impress. This time around we opted for the 9 night itinerary and I don't know how we can ever go back to a 7 night cruise. One of the reasons Harmony ... Read More
What a great ship, this was our second time on Harmony and she continues to impress. This time around we opted for the 9 night itinerary and I don't know how we can ever go back to a 7 night cruise. One of the reasons Harmony continues to impress is the staff, the ship is great don't get me wrong but the staff from Captain Johnny, Mark the cruise director to our cabin steward and everyone else was great. We stayed in a Grand Suite which was perfect for three people, plenty of storage space and lots of room in the cabin. One of the perks of being in a suite was that we get access to Coastal Kitchen which was fantastic, Aysun the manager and the entire staff was very helpful and extremely friendly, the food was great, quite a few steps up from the dining room. We also dined at Park 150, Chop's and Jaime's which were fantastic as well, absolutely no complaints about the dining. The only entertainment we watched was the aqua-theater, comedian and the magician and all were great. We didn't attend Grease because we have seen it before and I find it to be to long of a show. The night life on the ship was okay but the nightclub almost never opened before 11pm and by the time it did open it wasn't very lively. On this 9 night itinerary we went to Nassau, St. Thomas, St Maarten, San Juan and Labadee. Nassau is nothing special, you can walk the downtown in an hour, and Atlantis is extremely overpriced, $200 to enjoy the water park is a bit steep. In St. Thomas we walked the downtown on our own which is always nice but you can see that not all of the stores have reopened after the hurricane. In St. Maarten we decided to book an excursion to Maho beach so we can watch the planes fly overhead, this is my only complaint about the entire cruise, the tour was advertised as being 4 1/2 from the time you leave the pier until they drop you back off at the ship. The entire excursion took us 6 1/2 hour leaving us no time to see anything else in St Maarten which happens to be my favorite of all the ports. The two extra hours were due to lots of traffic and our tour operator not being in any rush to get back. Maho Beach, the beach itself was overly crowded making it almost impossible to navigate around so we decided to grab a table at the restaurant to enjoy some drinks and watch the planes until we were rudely told that if we were not eating we could not sit at a table, we took a look at the menu and everything was extremely overpriced so we went to the outdoor bar instead, again at the bar everything was overpriced 2 mojitos and a pina colada was $30.00 and it didn't contain much alcohol, the entire experience felt like I was in a tourist trap. In San Juan we booked a city tour with a stop at the mall, the city tour was great, we learned a lot about Puerto Rico's vast history the stop at the mall was nothing special but I definitely recommend a city tour. We also walked around Old San Juan which is beautiful. In Labadee we kept it simple and spent the day at the beach, Barefoot Beach which is only for suite guest was beautiful, not crowded with plenty of chairs, access to the beach, its own bar, buffet and restrooms so we had no need to leave. The ship overall was great, we had no complaints about the ship, the service and the crew. One thing that continues to bother me though is the drink package policies enacted by RCCL. For those that don't know, if you plan on purchasing a drink package everyone in your cabin must purchase one as well, whether it be an alcohol package or soda package. I know the cruise line is trying to prevent people from abusing the package but when you book a suite you have access to The Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen were drinks are already provided so it seems a bit redundant to make everyone purchase the package if you're in a suite. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose to sail on the Harmony of the Seas because we had not been on Royal since 2011, when we sailed on the Monarch of the Seas. We were tired of going on Carnival over and over again and we needed something different. That's ... Read More
We chose to sail on the Harmony of the Seas because we had not been on Royal since 2011, when we sailed on the Monarch of the Seas. We were tired of going on Carnival over and over again and we needed something different. That's exactly what we got on the Harmony. This was hands down the best cruise I have ever been on. The ship was absolutely stunning. If you have not been on an Oasis class cruise ship, you should really consider making it your next cruise. The Harmony stood out in so many ways... The staff on board were amazing. Much better than what I have experienced with Carnival and Norwegian. Our room steward would clean two times a day, every single day. He also never had a problem with stopping what he was doing so he could have a conversation with you about your day ashore or about the ship. The next big thing that stood out to me was the room. The cabin on board the Harmony was noticeably bigger than on other cruise ships that I had been on. It was tastefully decorated. There was tons and tons of storage. It was perfect. We stayed in a standard balcony room (ocean facing). The food. The Harmony of the Seas had some of the best food I have ever had, period. The food was absolutely amazing. From the buffet, to the dining room, to the specialty restaurants. All of it was perfect. Regarding the specialty dining... we went to Chops and Wonderland on the ship. Wonderland was fantastic. Our server, Elton... was one of the best crew members that we had the pleasure of meeting on the ship. The food was presented in really neat ways, it was all really good. Overall a great experience. The embarkation process for the Harmony of the Seas in Port Everglades was amazing. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 11:15 and we were on the ship at 11:30... no lie it took only fifteen minutes to give our bags to the porters, check in, get our pictures taken and walk right onto the ship. The entertainment on the Harmony was really good. We only decided to see a couple of shows. But the one that really stood out to me was "The Fine Line" aqua theater show on the back of the ship. The things they were doing was absolutely outstanding. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Harmony of the Seas is HUGE - and has something for everyone! We are an active family of 5 (with 3 teenagers) and all really enjoyed our cruise. We scored a 9-day itinerary instead of the usual 7 days, and loved the extra ports plus felt ... Read More
Harmony of the Seas is HUGE - and has something for everyone! We are an active family of 5 (with 3 teenagers) and all really enjoyed our cruise. We scored a 9-day itinerary instead of the usual 7 days, and loved the extra ports plus felt like we had time to relax and enjoy the ship. Embarkation - we flew into Ft. Lauderdale the night before, the airport / hotels / cruise port are very close and easy to get to. Boarding the ship was quick and easy thanks to completing info online in advance, and then picking up SeaPass cards at our staterooms after boarding. Disembarking was also smooth and easy. Ship Activities - So much to do! We enjoyed the zip line, flow rider, rock climbing wall, water slides, Abyss slide and did the Escape Room just to name a few. Fitness center is excellent. Teen Activities - they have a separate Cruise Compass with teen activities, broken down by 12-14 and 15-17 age brackets. My son especially enjoyed the sports court with teen basketball, etc and the flow rider. The kids have a nice "living room" area to hang out with ping pong, the Mini Bites restaurant, and stuff for them to do. Entertainment - We enjoyed all the shows. Grease was great, Columbus was a little wacky (had tap dancing sharks!) but fun; we loved the ice skating show and the Aqua Theater Fine Line show. All of the entertainers were extremely talented and did a great job. Reserve shows online as early as you can - the reservations fill up and some (Aqua shows) have long lines of people without reservations waiting. If the seas are rough the Aqua show will cancel and reschedule. Main Dining Room - we really enjoy the MDR, we ate there every night. It had something for all of our different tastes (including our kids), and if we didn't care for something we just got a different item instead. Waitstaff was great about making sure we enjoyed the food, and gave excellent service. Breakfast buffet in MDR was also great. Windjammer - crowded and hard to find an open table, but lots of food choices and we liked the food. It's shaped like a long narrow "U" shape, and it's really hard to find a family member if they are already sitting somewhere. VOOM internet - the ship is so big we paid the $ to get internet for all of us & texted A LOT to touch base when we wanted to find each other. Even when searching for each other in the Windjammer. Internet was very good. Watch for pre-cruise discounts on VOOM internet in Cruise Planner in advance, you can get a 4-device package (4 people can use) for a good discount. Since we had 5 of us, I booked a Deluxe Beverage with VOOM package for myself to get the 5th internet connection. Deluxe Beverage Pkg - I thought it was worthwhile for me. I got a couple hazelnut latte's each morning in Cafe Promenade, and soda in the afternoons. Every time I went to the bar I got a water bottle and stockpiled in my room fridge so I always had a cold bottle - very convenient. Afternoon frozen drinks by the pool, wine with dinner, a drink at a show or bar in the evening - it's pretty easy for them to add up. Every time I got a drink I also got a water or soda so I didn't load up on too much alcohol and I never had a problem with drinking too much but I felt like I got my money's worth. Pkg works on Labadee too. Consider what other "paid" drinks you would get (vitamin water in the spa, fresh squeezed OJ at breakfast, soda, coffee, bottled water) and add that to alcoholic drinks when deciding if it's worthwhile. Plus once or twice I got drinks I didn't like so I left them behind and got something else. Shore Excursions - We booked through Royal Caribbean for 3 of the ports. Nassau - Balmoral Island beach break - rode ferry to the island which had a really nice beach and 2 pools. It rained on us, but would have been great and relaxing if the weather had cooperated. St Thomas - fantastic! Did the Fast Cat catamaran snorkel and beach break excursion - loved it. Great crew. Clean safe friendly port area. St. Maarten - awesome! My guys did Loterie Farm Zipline Excursion - very active & included ropes course / climbing. They had a great time. My daughter & I did the horseback riding excursion at Lucky Stables, trail riding and rode horses into the ocean. It was great - horses were well cared for, our guide was great, we really enjoyed it. We walked from the cruise port to the town area with shops and restaurants along a beach. Nice and easy to get around. Still some hurricane damage. San Juan - we explored on our own; toured San Cristobal fort ($7 each) - lots to see, we really enjoyed it. Could have gone to El Morro fort with our tickets as well, but we skipped that one and did some sight seeing in Old San Juan. "Umbrella" street was neat to see. We bought some souvenirs and stopped in a cafe for a snack. Everything was easy walking distance from ship. Labadee - great beach day!! Went to Columbus Cove beach (the farthest) it had nice sand and calm water for floating around and relaxing. We took our own inflatable floaties. BBQ lunch was good. Lunch, a bar, and bathrooms were all close and nice. Loved Labadee. Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle - it was fun! There were prizes and giveaways. We had a large group. They had coffee & breakfast there - if I had realized that I would have gotten there earlier and skipped the long coffee line at Cafe Promenade. I wish there had been a little more "mingling" afterwards, but a big group had pre-planned a casino outing right after the Meet & Mingle, so most headed out. It was really nice connecting online in the Roll Call forum before the cruise; the ship is so big I wish I had run into the people we met more often but that's the downfall of a huge ship. We didn't see some of our "new friends" again for the last half of the week. I hope my review is helpful! I read tons of reviews, articles and blogs before our cruise and really appreciated the info when I was planning. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Firstly I just want to say how good the service was at every restaurant especially at the main dining hall. We ordered kosher food every and within minutes the food arrived. And every meal was so delicious. The ship was so big I ... Read More
Firstly I just want to say how good the service was at every restaurant especially at the main dining hall. We ordered kosher food every and within minutes the food arrived. And every meal was so delicious. The ship was so big I could've been on it for another year there were so many things I didn't get to do that looked like so much fun. There was entertainment every night whether it was an aqua show or in the theatre. The activities went on all day and I never stoped for a minute. I played basketball every day for at least 4 hours went surfing multiple times and did the watersides. There was also mini golf which was the best I played so much. The excursions were amazing whether is it was sitting at the beach in Haiti for 5 hours with a beer going horse back riding in Jamaica or even walking around the city in Cozumel. I just wanted mention again how good the service was and I would go back anytime. My children said that they'd go back anytime and that it was the best cruise ever and I agree with them. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
First of all sorry for the bad english :-) 3 years ago i got cruising on Oasis of the Seas and i was so well impressed that i decided to sail on another Oasis Class ship. We were 6 women (around 50 yo) from Rome, Italy. It was my ... Read More
First of all sorry for the bad english :-) 3 years ago i got cruising on Oasis of the Seas and i was so well impressed that i decided to sail on another Oasis Class ship. We were 6 women (around 50 yo) from Rome, Italy. It was my 4th cruise with RCI, and 1st for my friends. I could find some differences from Oasis of the seas, more kids on the Harmony maybe caused by the introduction of the Abyss and waterslides, so you couldn't find sometime a place where to be quiet except for the solarium area that is adult only but has not a pool. The many whirlpools were to much hot than on the other ship. The internet voom connection went lost many times and for more than 1 day it didn't work. I noticed there were less people working on the ship, difference underlined in the main dining room where was missing the excellent service i found on the Radiance and then Brilliance of the seas. We arrived at the terminal in Port Everglades from Miami around 11 am and in about a hour we were on the ship. They were well organized and all went quick. My friends were excited entering in the ship from the Promenade at deck 5, they didn't know exactly what to expect. And i was happy to look at their faces. The first day on the ship was more crowded than the others 'cause people had to organize and chose their loved place to stay. We had chosen traditional time at 8.00 pm in the American Icon grill to have always same service and the same table. The food at the main dining was good but not excellent, a few small in choices. The service was good but i think under exstimated for the many people having dinner. For breakfast we went to windjammer and solarium 'cause we wanted to have a seat in the adult pool and the closer place where to eat staying away a short time were these two. (you can't go away rounding on the ship leaving your pool seat reserved) I think that if your group is numerous the windjammer is the best place where to have lunch or breakfast because you can find many different choices. I also loved to go at Park cafè in the fascinating Central Park, so quiet and beautiful surrounded by many plants. We tried the different activity the Abyss, the rock climbing wall, the mini golf, the zipline and we had fun. The shows were great and we loved first of all the Aqua Fine Line, then the show in the studio B, Grease, Columbus.... We had 3 interior cabins and even if they are without window they are comfortable, with the needed space to stay. The cabin attendant also was great. About ports of call, we booked a couple of excursions with Royal on Labadee. The port was a big village well organized even if too much crowded for having lunch. When in Falmouth we reserved a private car with a guide, we went first to Blue Hole (we planned to go to the Dunn's Falls but too crowded) and it was a good choice, then the driver brought us to a market and finally in a public quiet beach to stay laying at the sun and having a swim. In Cozumel, that we liked really deeply, we had friends waiting with their cars and we went to Punta Sur, beautiful place, and then in a private beach. Cozumel has the best sea where to see and swim with fishes. At the end of all i can say that it has been a great cruising time on an amazing Royal ship, and we are already ready to book our next cruise on the same Oasis Class. Read Less
Harmony of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
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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