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We decided to try a very large ship after being on the smaller to medium sized ships. The largest ship previously was the Liberty of the Seas. We had some issues with our hotel (Days Inn) and taxi ride to the pier but were able to get on the ship very easily. Although the ship is very large, it was not very difficult to navigate except for Deck 6 which does not go across the ship at all. Thus you need to know how to get to the Schooner Bar and Boardwalk but it only took 1-2 mistakes before learning. The elevators were very crowded on the first and last days but rarely in between. Our balcony cabin on deck 9 was wonderful and roomy with plenty of storage space. Our cabin steward was great though we have been used to meeting on day one and we did not meet until day two. Though we were near Dazzles, we never heard much noise. The food in the restaurant was excellent and the menu choices over the balance of the cruise were pleasantly surprising in that they contained items that are also served in the specialty restaurants. We were a bit disappointed that there were items that had a surcharge and that roughly 75% of the menu was the same each day. However, with over 6000 passengers, I guess they have to do it that way. Service was mostly excellent though on one day the service was very slow and it took over 2 hours to eat. We had "my time" dining which allowed us the flexibility we wanted. The Windjammer was very good for breakfast but we didn't discover crepes and eggs prepared as you want them (in the back area) until the next to last day. We loved the Park Cafe and Solarium bistro as a nice change and enjoyed a free breakfast at Johnny Rockets. We also had a great meal in Chops- which is always excellent. The ship has multiple activities for kids of all ages and adults and the shows are held at multiple times and days though only one was before 5 PM. The pools were very crowded and you may not get a chair near where you want unless you are a very early bird or are very lucky. This could be a concern for those with small children. The mini-golf, zip-line and basketball courts were rarely crowded and the lines for the water slides and Abyss moved fairly quickly. There are also multiple club areas to visit at night. We especially enjoyed Dazzles Decks 8&9- though it is loud) and the Jazz Club on Deck 4. We did not like that the ship charges for popcorn at the shows and the cost of the arcade games ($2-2.50 each) are too expensive and can really add up very quickly. The soft serve ice cream (free) was great. The shows- especially Grease- were first class and highly enjoyable. The stars of Grease also held a concert in Dazzles one night and there was an informal talk in the Jazz Club one morning. The Captain and crew were very entertaining as well. There were popular theme nights activities on the Promenade and a parade featuring the major holidays held twice during our voyage. We enjoyed the ports but mainly because we stayed on the ship where we had almost full run of the pools, etc. with no crowds. We did take the ferry in Phillipsburg but all there was on the other side was a beach and more shopping. We do not believe that you get any bargains in the Caribbean- no matter how much they push it. We took a nice tour in Labadee (Labadee Traditions) where we learned about their culture and lifestyle. Otherwise, we were disappointed that there were "tours" on Labadee that charged you to go to a beach or child's play park. Of course, you can walk to the more rocky beaches for free. We were also shocked that they charged (a lot) for a tour of the bridge or a tour behind the scenes. Disembarkation was slowed by the Govt shutdown as some customs agents were not working so it took almost 3 hours to get through. At least we were not in any hurry. While I have no qualms about trying a mega-ship again, my wife felt there is just too much walking that has to be done to get from place to place. Maybe when her knees are better, she will feel differently. The smaller ships offer a nicer intimacy that this ship cannot quite match. However, if you have a family trip planned, you cannot beat a ship like the Harmony We will be making a family trip on the Allure soon. However, we are disappointed that RCL will no longer have the Dreamworks characters. We feel this is a mistake on their part. The kids we saw enjoyed meeting the characters and getting their faces painted. We hope that, at least, can continue.

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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by lovestwins

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
We decided to try a very large ship after being on the smaller to medium sized ships. The largest ship previously was the Liberty of the Seas.

We had some issues with our hotel (Days Inn) and taxi ride to the pier but were able to get on the ship very easily. Although the ship is very large, it was not very difficult to navigate except for Deck 6 which does not go across the ship at all. Thus you need to know how to get to the Schooner Bar and Boardwalk but it only took 1-2 mistakes before learning. The elevators were very crowded on the first and last days but rarely in between.

Our balcony cabin on deck 9 was wonderful and roomy with plenty of storage space. Our cabin steward was great though we have been used to meeting on day one and we did not meet until day two. Though we were near Dazzles, we never heard much noise.

The food in the restaurant was excellent and the menu choices over the balance of the cruise were pleasantly surprising in that they contained items that are also served in the specialty restaurants. We were a bit disappointed that there were items that had a surcharge and that roughly 75% of the menu was the same each day. However, with over 6000 passengers, I guess they have to do it that way. Service was mostly excellent though on one day the service was very slow and it took over 2 hours to eat. We had "my time" dining which allowed us the flexibility we wanted. The Windjammer was very good for breakfast but we didn't discover crepes and eggs prepared as you want them (in the back area) until the next to last day. We loved the Park Cafe and Solarium bistro as a nice change and enjoyed a free breakfast at Johnny Rockets. We also had a great meal in Chops- which is always excellent.

The ship has multiple activities for kids of all ages and adults and the shows are held at multiple times and days though only one was before 5 PM. The pools were very crowded and you may not get a chair near where you want unless you are a very early bird or are very lucky. This could be a concern for those with small children. The mini-golf, zip-line and basketball courts were rarely crowded and the lines for the water slides and Abyss moved fairly quickly. There are also multiple club areas to visit at night. We especially enjoyed Dazzles Decks 8&9- though it is loud) and the Jazz Club on Deck 4. We did not like that the ship charges for popcorn at the shows and the cost of the arcade games ($2-2.50 each) are too expensive and can really add up very quickly. The soft serve ice cream (free) was great. The shows- especially Grease- were first class and highly enjoyable. The stars of Grease also held a concert in Dazzles one night and there was an informal talk in the Jazz Club one morning. The Captain and crew were very entertaining as well. There were popular theme nights activities on the Promenade and a parade featuring the major holidays held twice during our voyage.

We enjoyed the ports but mainly because we stayed on the ship where we had almost full run of the pools, etc. with no crowds. We did take the ferry in Phillipsburg but all there was on the other side was a beach and more shopping. We do not believe that you get any bargains in the Caribbean- no matter how much they push it. We took a nice tour in Labadee (Labadee Traditions) where we learned about their culture and lifestyle. Otherwise, we were disappointed that there were "tours" on Labadee that charged you to go to a beach or child's play park. Of course, you can walk to the more rocky beaches for free. We were also shocked that they charged (a lot) for a tour of the bridge or a tour behind the scenes.

Disembarkation was slowed by the Govt shutdown as some customs agents were not working so it took almost 3 hours to get through. At least we were not in any hurry.

While I have no qualms about trying a mega-ship again, my wife felt there is just too much walking that has to be done to get from place to place. Maybe when her knees are better, she will feel differently. The smaller ships offer a nicer intimacy that this ship cannot quite match. However, if you have a family trip planned, you cannot beat a ship like the Harmony

We will be making a family trip on the Allure soon. However, we are disappointed that RCL will no longer have the Dreamworks characters. We feel this is a mistake on their part. The kids we saw enjoyed meeting the characters and getting their faces painted. We hope that, at least, can continue.
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