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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review
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Celebrating Retirement at Sea

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by jdelatorre

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

We recently celebrated my husband's retirement by taking a 7 day cruise on the Harmony of the Seas. Our itinerary included the Eastern Caribbean destinations of Nassau, Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Basseterre, St. Kitts. We had two adjacent oceanfront balcony rooms on the 8th deck, and our rooms were toward the front of the ship. The cabin steward did an excellent job of keeping our rooms clean and well-stocked with ice. Most evenings, we dined at Silk, and enjoyed delicious meals and phenomenal service. On one evening, we went to Wonder Land, a specialty restaurant on board. Our dinner at Wonder Land was an amazing experience! The food and the unique manner in which it was presented were incredible. To add to the evening, our family was seated directly in front of the enormous glass windows overlooking the Boardwalk. The view was simply stunning!

The cruise provided endless entertainment options for our family of four (including two grown children, ages 21 and 29). We enjoyed the on-board production of Grease so much that we actually saw it twice! We found the comedy shows to be really funny, and we also really enjoyed the juggling / comedy duo. During our sea days, we participated in multiple trivia competitions, scavenger hunts, quizzes, and even Bingo! My husband enjoyed spending time by the pool, and my son enjoyed spending money (and even winning money) in the casino.

Our first port was Nassau, Bahamas. We did the Blue Lagoon Island Deluxe Beach Break. This excursion was a pleasant surprise for me. The water was crystal clear and the beach area never felt crowded. We floated and snorkeled, then enjoyed a delicious lunch. It was a very relaxing excursion.

Our second port was Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. We did the St. John Beach and Snorkel excursion. This excursion was a bit disappointing for us. It took approximately 30 minutes via boat to arrive at Trunk Bay. From there, it took approximately 20 minutes via jeep to arrive at the beach for snorkeling. As a result, we had about one hour to actually snorkel. While snorkeling, we saw one large tarpon and schools of bait fish. There was very little coral. The beach was extremely windy, making it impossible to relax and enjoy the sun. In addition, the area had no concessions available due to remaining damage from last year's hurricanes. The area was beautiful, but we did not feel that this excursion was a good value for the cost.

Our third port was Basseterre, St. Kitts and our excursion was the St. Kitts Dolphin Experience. This was our favorite excursion, by far! We had multiple opportunities to interact with our dolphin, Angeline. Our animal trainer, Gigi, was very knowledgeable.

She made us feel relaxed and comfortable interacting with the dolphin. We highly recommend this excursion to people of all ages. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

In conclusion, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Harmony of the Seas. We would cruise on this ship again in the future, and would seek out new destinations.

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