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Let me preface my review, by saying my trip was great. There truly wasn't anything wrong, it just did not meet my expectation. I would not discourage anyone from sailing Royal Caribbean or the Harmony as long as you know what to expect. Just so you understand my review and can be assured the Harmony is a good vacation and just not MY cup of tea... We sailed the Allure in 2017 and have since been ruined. The Allure is classy and beautiful, the staff makes you feel like you are the only and most important people on the ship, every staff member/entertainer/housekeeper/dining room staff went above and beyond, the only lines we encountered were on the first day while signing up for beverages, exploring the ship, etc. Basically 5,000 people corralled on to 3 floors? because the cabins weren't open yet, we received our SeaPass at check-in, entertainment was professional and top notch, Central Park beautiful and quiet with soft music and the sound of crickets, made reservations but got into every show at any time we tried without issue, food was amazing, service was out of this world everywhere on the ship, I never felt like there were 5,000+ people on the ship. HARMONY OF THE SEAS Embarkation: Easy, acceptable, quick, no issues Disembarkation: Easy off, long wait for luggage in terminal, customs quick and easy, no real issues -suggest carry luggage off if you are in a hurry Ship = OK - same general layout as Allure - paintings/decor appeared cheap, garish, odd, almost juvenile - lines for everything, long wait for elevator and then it would be full - very few ship announcements overhead and difficult to hear (we missed the announcement about the gangway being open in our first port and were late getting off) - Central Park beautiful, but noise level high with loud music and small children screaming - The Abyss, 2 dry slides, needs shirt with sleeves, fun - 3 water slides (2 reg, 1 funnel), fun Cabin = Great - Central Park Balcony -no issues, as expected - 1 half closet with shelving and 2 drawers, 1 full closet, 5 drawers, lighted mirror, couch Dining = Food & Service Great - wanted Main Dining Room, ended up with Anytime Dining, but requested and received same table and waiters at same time every night Entertainment = OK, disappointing - reservations difficult, shows full, very long lines for stand-by - Grease -best show on boat, very cute - Columbus satirical comedy, most bizarre show I've ever seen, but the performers were good - 1887 Ice Show, special effects were good Service - The Fine Line did not "wow" me, left early - Stand-up Comedy was very funny, glad I saw it Ports and Shore Excursion St. Maarten/St. Martin - ship remains on EST but the island is 1 hour ahead (8am on ship is 9am on island) - reserved non-ship excursion tour of island for $50/pp - it was good - reserved ship sponsored "Sea Trek" that was fabulous, had low expectations because I am a certified diver but husband is not, was still very enjoyable for me, too San Juan, PR - not enough time in port - grabbed a taxi tour when got off ship for $15/pp, good but had to wait on bus 20 minutes while driver filled bus before he could leave Labadee, Haiti - peninsula leased by Royal Caribbean - only food on island is served from 11:00-2:00 - average, limited choices - all beaches were over crowded with 6,700 passengers on the ship - Adrenaline Beach has more water movement that resembles waves but must have water shoes because of the rocks when you wade into water, lots of seaweed and trash in water - Columbus Cove is nice, but lots of kids and families since the water play area is there - Nellie's beach was my favorite, will rent a cabana there if we ever go back

Good, not Great...

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by tarbro242

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Central Park View Balcony
Let me preface my review, by saying my trip was great. There truly wasn't anything wrong, it just did not meet my expectation. I would not discourage anyone from sailing Royal Caribbean or the Harmony as long as you know what to expect.

Just so you understand my review and can be assured the Harmony is a good vacation and just not MY cup of tea... We sailed the Allure in 2017 and have since been ruined. The Allure is classy and beautiful, the staff makes you feel like you are the only and most important people on the ship, every staff member/entertainer/housekeeper/dining room staff went above and beyond, the only lines we encountered were on the first day while signing up for beverages, exploring the ship, etc. Basically 5,000 people corralled on to 3 floors? because the cabins weren't open yet, we received our SeaPass at check-in, entertainment was professional and top notch, Central Park beautiful and quiet with soft music and the sound of crickets, made reservations but got into every show at any time we tried without issue, food was amazing, service was out of this world everywhere on the ship, I never felt like there were 5,000+ people on the ship.

HARMONY OF THE SEAS

Embarkation: Easy, acceptable, quick, no issues

Disembarkation: Easy off, long wait for luggage in terminal, customs quick and easy, no real issues -suggest carry luggage off if you are in a hurry

Ship = OK

- same general layout as Allure

- paintings/decor appeared cheap, garish, odd, almost juvenile

- lines for everything, long wait for elevator and then it would be full

- very few ship announcements overhead and difficult to hear (we missed the announcement about the gangway being open in our first port and were late getting off)

- Central Park beautiful, but noise level high with loud music and small children screaming

- The Abyss, 2 dry slides, needs shirt with sleeves, fun

- 3 water slides (2 reg, 1 funnel), fun

Cabin = Great

- Central Park Balcony -no issues, as expected

- 1 half closet with shelving and 2 drawers, 1 full closet, 5 drawers, lighted mirror, couch

Dining = Food & Service Great

- wanted Main Dining Room, ended up with Anytime Dining, but requested and received same table and waiters at same time every night

Entertainment = OK, disappointing

- reservations difficult, shows full, very long lines for stand-by

- Grease -best show on boat, very cute

- Columbus satirical comedy, most bizarre show I've ever seen, but the performers were good

- 1887 Ice Show, special effects were good

Service

- The Fine Line did not "wow" me, left early

- Stand-up Comedy was very funny, glad I saw it

Ports and Shore Excursion

St. Maarten/St. Martin

- ship remains on EST but the island is 1 hour ahead (8am on ship is 9am on island)

- reserved non-ship excursion tour of island for $50/pp - it was good

- reserved ship sponsored "Sea Trek" that was fabulous, had low expectations because I am a certified diver but husband is not, was still very enjoyable for me, too

San Juan, PR

- not enough time in port

- grabbed a taxi tour when got off ship for $15/pp, good but had to wait on bus 20 minutes while driver filled bus before he could leave

Labadee, Haiti

- peninsula leased by Royal Caribbean

- only food on island is served from 11:00-2:00 - average, limited choices

- all beaches were over crowded with 6,700 passengers on the ship

- Adrenaline Beach has more water movement that resembles waves but must have water shoes because of the rocks when you wade into water, lots of seaweed and trash in water

- Columbus Cove is nice, but lots of kids and families since the water play area is there

- Nellie's beach was my favorite, will rent a cabana there if we ever go back
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Cabin Review

Central Park View Balcony
Cabin 2J 10187
- Central Park Balcony -no issues, as expected
- 1 half closet with shelving and 2 drawers, 1 full closet, 5 drawers, lighted mirror with table and seat, couch
- room attendant was great and did his job
Deck 14 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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