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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by MTdreaming

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

We chose this cruise to sail with our adult children in their 20/30's, we are in our 60's. They love the flow riders, water slides and outdoor activities. We had both good and bad experiences.

First the good, the crew were helpful, friendly and worked hard to make everything pleasant for us. We also liked that they used the room number/key card for taking pictures, so you could easily retrieve the digital images. Didn't like that if you listed two rooms, they would separate individual couples and you could not mix them into a set for purchase..even though both rooms were on one reservation. So hint.. just give them one room number!!. The escape room was very fun, the Royal mystery game was as well. Trivia was fun and a bit challenging so we liked that. Aqua shows were great. Ice shows were very good. Dining room service was very good, however food was meh. Our room steward was exceptional, we had two ocean view balcony room mid-ship and they were as expected. Joining the two balconies was handy. We did do Wonderland uncharge restaurant, and it was a wonder, we throughly enjoyed our adventure there, food, presentation and service were very unique, making it a worthwhile evening.

Now the not so greats.. The ship was so crowded. They built a bigger ship with more rooms and a few more activities, but it felt like they did not increases the community spaces proportionally. The windjammer rightly has "jam" in the middle of the it's name. When they have to broadcast asking people to move on and enjoy other neighborhoods on the ship because folks are wandering around searching for seats - not once but several times this happened, and at different times, breakfast being the worst. Food selection was fine, typical. The promenade as well often felt like a busy day at Disneyland.. hard to move from one end to the other due to crowds, and the Noise Level.. oh my! There is often music being played, meanwhile in the lounges off the area on the next level they have different music being played and it is all jumbled. We did find it hard to find a peaceful spot on the ship. Central Park was best for this and had a good guitarist outside of the Italian restaurant, however at times groups would gather there and loudly chat/laugh etc right near the performer and it made it difficult to enjoy the music. The entertainers were very talented, the shows didn't impress us. Columbus had a good cast, great sets and a mess of a story. Grease, again a good cast and sets, but they made it quite vulgar with explicit sexual gestures... weren't needed at all. We had a good embarkation and disembark in Fort Lauderdale, however the disembark in Labaddee was a chaotic mess, and was the disembark in Puerto Rico. The embarkation in Puerto Rico was long lines as well.

All in all we were a bit disappointed. We felt the food was so so and not as different as we have had enjoyed in the past and on other cruise lines. The ship was noisy, crowded. Would we go on it again...we might to the right ports and with a young active crowd that would make good use of the all the wonderful outside activities. The ship is clean, beautiful.. but just too crowded for us.

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St. Maarten

Have been many times.. usually go to the French side, have done several tours here in the past.. we just walked around, kids did jet skis.. not much to say about the town

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Stayed the prior evening at a hotel, used Uber to the port, worked well. After the cruise we had a later flight, so used the valet service for our luggage (which worked very well) took an Uber to a local theater, had some lunch and watched a movie and then uber to airport. Have done several tours in the past, it was raining so this was a good option for us.

San Juan

I really enjoy Old San Juan, have been here before staying 5 days.. we walked the old city, visited both forts and had lunch on the Patio at El Convento.. always a lovely spot. The one complaint here is the port stop is so short, you get in around approx 8:30 and leave around 2. Lines were long getting on and off, plus nothing really opens until 10am.. so the timing on this port stop is not great. It is by far one of the most interesting ports to visit.


The younger set did the Jetskiing, we all had lunch at Columbus Cove and spent some time in the water. There really isn't any snorkeling to do, no fish or coral really. The water was warm and nice. Lunch was the usual, but fine. Getting off the ship was again a chaotic mess. They say excursions have priority. found out from our experience and others we talked with, that there really is no procedure for this to happen.

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