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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Harmony Of The Seas May 2018

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by enapage

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

My family and I joined 17 other friends on the Harmony of the Seas in May 2018. This was our first cruise vacation. We will probably do another one on Royal Caribbean in the future. Because I had not been on a cruise in the past, I read dozens of reviews on this website so that I went onboard somewhat educated.

The ship was very clean and modern. There were always crew members working to keep it that way. Our cabin on deck 11 was an ocean balcony room. I was really happy with the room. Only thing I would have changed was having the bed close to the balcony. Some rooms were set up this way, but we would wake up early and have to step over the kids on the pullout to sit and enjoy the morning on the balcony.

The dining experience was great, atmosphere, the wait staff, appetizers, desserts, but I thought the entrees were lacking. Most steaks, prime rib, etc were not very good. Pasta and fish dishes were good. We did try Chops one night, and the meat was definately better, but that was the type of steaks I was anticipating in the Main Dining Room, not having to pay extra for.

We spent a lot of time on the pool deck. The pools, hot tubs, and waterslides were awesome. Loved the Flowrider, but it seems to be very clique there with the sports deck staff and some of their preferred guests, how much time on the Flowrider, who got extra turns, lessons, etc.. Rock wall was fun. Abyss was fun to try once. Never had the chance or time to get to the zip line. If you are into sports that are happening back on the main land, it was tough to find a place to watch the games. NBA playoffs, Red Sox vs Yanks, etc.. Most tvs only got ESPN 1 and 2. Some random tv's would get TNT for NBA playoffs, but most of the crew had no idea what channels they got, how to change channels, where channels where available, etc.. I believe Symphony has a Sports Bar, that would be nice on Harmony.

Overall service was very good. We had a great Head Waiter, Waiter, and Assistant Waiter in the Grande with Alen, Dordue, and Vikash. With 21 people in our group, they were able to accommodate us and were very personable. Pool and Bar staff were always working hard to keep pool deck clean and drinks flowing. Marie, our stateroom attendant was dependable and it was always great to come back to our room midday and at night being in nice clean order with fresh towels.

We did three excurions, but only one through RC at Aquaadventure Paradise Island Nassau. We were really looking forward to this excursion. RC gets you into the park early, but the waterslides and Rapid River didn't open until later. Then it was tough to get more than one ride on The Leap Of Faith, Tower Of Poisiden, etc.., wish we had more time there.

Overall great experience and I would recommend a cruise on Royal Caribbean to anyone who is interested.

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