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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,969 Reviews

Low quality food and lines everywhere, $$$ for everything

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by gilboman

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

I wanted to try one of the mega boats as my previous experiences have been with mid-large sized boats. I've cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, HAL, NCL, Princess and RCI and have mild expectations but RCI was a terrible disappointment for food (free and specialty dining), easily worse of any cruiseline I've been on.

Dining

MDR - Food temperature, taste and overall quality of ingredients and selection was disappointing, crab cake was just a gooey mess, salmon was always hard as a puck, pasta was overcooked and sauce watery and bland. Soups were always way too salty. Service was good when the servers were around, but they are of course usually too busy

Windjammer - Slop, cheap food court quality and selection. Easily the worse buffet I've ever had on a cruise ship, everything is not fresh and just sat in a heating tray before served, very cheap ingredients and selection. Never saw any fish other than Basa and occasional Talapia. no shrimps, squids, no smoked salmon, breakfast was like a holiday inn express affair. Lunch and Dinner are boring, dried up cold food..

Always crowded, tables not cleared timely due to lack of staff and too many guests.

Park Cafe - good for quick bite and grab stuff to go, prepackaged salads were poor, but they can make you a salad with basic ingredient which was nice for lunch. Sandwiches and wraps are what you get at a gas station qualitywise

Chops - worse than ponderosa, highway robbery for the $49USD they charge with the food they serve. Had a filet and ribeye, sides were terrible. Appetizers like colossal shrimp was hard and had no taste. Additional up charge for lobster or seafood appetizer

150 Central Park - best of the paid restaurants I've tried on board (but that's not saying much), had the grilled scallops and cod as main, standard chain restaurant affair. Appetizers were forgettable but not terrible at least.

Jamie's - basically olive garden quality for appetizers, pasta was fresh and good but sauce was watery and/or salty (had the carbonara and Shrimp linguine). Even olive garden has better sauce

did I say $$$ for everything that's free on other cruises? and very in your face selling all around the ship

there's no deck space to simply sit and have a bite to eat except for crowded small area by the Bites snack bar.

Cabin - Best part of my trip, cabin was spacious including bathroom, too bad the tv had nothing to watch and won't even let you connect your own content as it's locked down

Shows - watched Finish Line, 1887, Grease. They were fine, as expected for a cruise (don't compare to land based show), finish line is supposedly the feature show on the ship with the diving, but they stretched 4 dives and basically 5mins of content into a 50min headscratching show that was just weird

Gym - went to gym daily, it was a good size and you won't have too much problem finding a free machine to do resistance training (may not be one you want but there's ones free), though the free weights area/benches were always crowded. good amount of cardio machine


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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Nassau

terrible port, just stayed on the ship, been here a few times and everytime i've left the boat, wished i had just stayed on, so i stayed this time

St. Thomas

went to the beach after taking a cab from pier. not much to see or do other than beach day


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