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Royal Caribbean International sets the standard for quality food and service, fun and diverse entertainment and activities, and cruising innovation. I can vouch for this because I have always had good experiences on this cruise line in the past, but unfortunately I cannot say the same of my most recent experience on the Harmony of the Seas. My husband and I chose to sail Harmony of the Seas for our anniversary because it is the newest and biggest cruise line in the world. It also happened to be sailing from our home port (Port Everglades). We were very satisfied with the cabins and quality of the production of the shows. However, we were very disappointed with the quality and taste of many of the food selections as well as the disorganization of some of the onboard activities. We ate in the dining room for dinner every night. The food was consistently less than lukewarm in temperature. The vegetables resembled the diced frozen vegetables you get from any grocery store. Many of the dessert selections were not tasty or well-executed. We often visited the Windjammer buffet after dinner because we were not satisfied with the dining room selections. There were faux black olives in the Windjammer, but for the most part, it never let us down. The theatre/aqua/ice show productions did not skimp on quality, but we did not care for the storylines or concepts. Many of the small classes/activities/demonstrations were either cancelled or the facilitator did not show up or showed up late. We sailed to the eastern Caribbean visiting Nassau, Charlotte Amalie and Philipsburg. The ports of call were pretty standard. We were in Nassau for a very short time and many of us felt cheated because the ship left at 1:00 pm. There is an escape game onboard called Escape the Rubicon which was very fun and challenging. It was probably the highlight of our trip. Beside our dining room waiters and stateroom attendants the staff were not very friendly. We were also sailing at max capacity so it was very crowded. In summary, we felt that there were some significant cutbacks in quality.

Disappointed - Not the typical Royal Caribbean quality or experience

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by itsmeangee

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Royal Caribbean International sets the standard for quality food and service, fun and diverse entertainment and activities, and cruising innovation. I can vouch for this because I have always had good experiences on this cruise line in the past, but unfortunately I cannot say the same of my most recent experience on the Harmony of the Seas. My husband and I chose to sail Harmony of the Seas for our anniversary because it is the newest and biggest cruise line in the world. It also happened to be sailing from our home port (Port Everglades). We were very satisfied with the cabins and quality of the production of the shows.

However, we were very disappointed with the quality and taste of many of the food selections as well as the disorganization of some of the onboard activities. We ate in the dining room for dinner every night. The food was consistently less than lukewarm in temperature. The vegetables resembled the diced frozen vegetables you get from any grocery store. Many of the dessert selections were not tasty or well-executed. We often visited the Windjammer buffet after dinner because we were not satisfied with the dining room selections. There were faux black olives in the Windjammer, but for the most part, it never let us down.

The theatre/aqua/ice show productions did not skimp on quality, but we did not care for the storylines or concepts. Many of the small classes/activities/demonstrations were either cancelled or the facilitator did not show up or showed up late. We sailed to the eastern Caribbean visiting Nassau, Charlotte Amalie and Philipsburg. The ports of call were pretty standard. We were in Nassau for a very short time and many of us felt cheated because the ship left at 1:00 pm. There is an escape game onboard called Escape the Rubicon which was very fun and challenging. It was probably the highlight of our trip. Beside our dining room waiters and stateroom attendants the staff were not very friendly. We were also sailing at max capacity so it was very crowded. In summary, we felt that there were some significant cutbacks in quality.
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Cabin Review

Cabin
The interior design is very fresh and modern. The split closet layout is very efficient and spacious. The TV placement in front of the bed is ideal and also swivels out to be viewed from the couch. The bathroom is small, as usual.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    We took a ferry to the island to visit Atlantis but were delayed by breaking down. It was very scary because we didn't know if we would be rescued. Thankfully, they were able to repair the ferry and we arrived at the island where Atlantis was. We took a lengthy walk to Atlantis where we were disappointed to find out that it cost $50 per person to look at the aquarium. After all that, we turned around got back on a (different) ferry and headed back to the ship. The ship was docked at Nassau for only a few hours. We felt very cheated having to leave Nassau by 1:00 pm. It was a waste of time.
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  • St. Maarten
    We did not go anywhere on the island--only visited the small shops close to the gate. There was a coconut stand where we bought a coconut smoothie that was to die for.
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  • Coral World Tour
    The park has so much potential, but it is quite run-down. There are many aquariums and wildlife to view, but tanks are dirty, buildings are old and cracky. The semi-submarine was cool, but we could not see very much because the water was cloudy. Plus, we did not go out very far--just kept going in circles seeing the same things. I would rather have spent more time on the boat and gone out further rather than spend most of the time at the park.The park was not close to the ship either. It was a very scary 30 minute ride each way up and down steep mountains on very narrow roads.
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