This was our 14th sailing with Royal Caribbean, of which three were on Oasis that we loved. Sadly, even though she's a beautiful ship, all in all, Harmony was a let-down for us in several important areas.
The most notable sore point of this cruise was our Main Dining Room experience. Even though our waiter, Roque, worked very hard to please, and always wore a great smile, the quality and temperature of the food sabotaged his efforts: The escargot were lukewarm; the onion soup won "worst I've ever had" --- barely warm, totally lacking in taste, and with a huge glob of cheese hanging on desperately to what looked like a drowning slice of whole wheat bread; a tiny Caesar salad drenched in dressing; stuffed mushrooms that were tired and tasteless. Incidentally, we sailed on the Mariner OTS a couple of weeks prior, and my husband commented (and I agreed) that the menu was pretty well the same, with the difference being that the Mariner MDR's food was hot and tasty. After the second evening, we opted to dine in the Windjammer instead. There, the variety, temperature, taste and presentation of the food were substantially better.
We being night owls, were also disappointed in the late-night offerings of the Cafe Promenade which are no longer little treats; rather, they've become non-descript and bad enough to choose Sorrento's pizza instead which, by the way, was no treat either.
Coffee lovers be warned: With the exception of the Cappuccino in the Diamond Lounge, coffee throughout the ship was tepid and had an odd taste to it.
Interestingly, the fun facts about Harmony of the Seas on our Welcome Aboard photo point out that the ship can accommodate 6,780 Guests and 2,175 Crew. I think most of us would agree that those numbers explain the long waits for elevators. We were fortunate to be located mid-ship on Deck 6 which allowed us to take the stairs most times, but we also found ourselves waiting patiently for elevators when walking would have been too difficult.
We don't know why, but for some reason we did not receive the invitation to the Cruise Critic Meet 'N Greet and consequently missed it.
It seemed strange to us that the Welcome Back get-together on Harmony was held at the Aqua Theatre?!
Of course, not all was bad.
The comedians Cary Long and Paul Ogata provided side-splitting comedy that still has me laughing. We also really enjoyed "Grease" and the music of Umoja4.
As usual, embarkation at Port Canaveral was a breeze (as was disembarkation). Our deluxe veranda stateroom was conveniently located on Deck 6 midship. It had two separate closets and plenty of additional storage space. Our room was well kept by our steward (nicknamed Sam) who was Johnny-on-the-Spot, and his service and attitude were definitely worth the additional tip we left for him. The bump-out balcony was spacious and enjoyable (except for the times our neighbors were out there smoking whatever). Speaking of 'smoke', its smell was very noticeable not only in the Casino, but also in the hallways leading to it. Maybe it's time to enlarge the non-smoking area and reduce the other?
Would we sail on Harmony again? Probably not.