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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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A very remarkable cruise but with some shortcomings.

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by rashel144

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2016
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We were a family group of 15 (ages 3.5 to 70), and all in all we enjoyed our cruise. The inner public areas, the Promenade, Broadwalk and Central Park are amazing. It is a totally different experience from regular ships which cater for 2000-3000 passengers. The atmosphere is gay and vibrant, but noisy. It's almost impossible to find, in the evening, a quiet place to read or have a quiet conversation. I also felt the lack of an open deck where you can sit or lean on the rail relax and watch the sea, relatively far from the noisy crowds next to the pools. There are two rather small open "balconies" extending from the Solarium area, which is not enough and not accessible to children. The choice of food was remarkable and the quality was good. However I can't find it acceptable that a dinner at the main dining rooms should takes two long hours. Why? The choice of exciting activities is endless. However it arouses great expectations which can't be fulfilled due to the limited opening times and the long lines. We got a Daily Planner which was crowded with more than hundred items in small print. I suggest keeping it constantly in your pocket and even so you'll miss half the things you want. The younger children activities, in their special area, are in particular too structured in time and don't fit a vacation mood. My older granddaughters were disappointed by the rather insufficient slots of time allocated to Ice Skating, and only on two days during the cruise! This was far from enough and many, including them were turned back.

The Shows were very good, but could have been even better if the volume was turned 30% down… The room attendants and the waiters, especially in Windjammer, were excellent and very helpful. The Guest service was less so. I suspect that a major reason to the long lines was that they, or other people in the offices, made a mass with the On Board Credits. For instance,

in 5 of our 6 cabins, they were assigned to the youngest passenger in the cabin which forced us to stand in line to fix it.


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Very good. A lot of storage space. No amenities apart from soap and shower gel. Full, thus useless minibar.


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