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I am no expert cruiser, but wanted to share our experience for those seeking a December experience on this REALLY big ship! Pros: *Holiday ease w/lots of options for the entire extended family. *Informed captain that made expert decisions to avoid storms and find sunnier ports. *Ship design that allows for folks to getaway from the crowds. *Great Teen club that my two teenagers said "Was actually pretty cool." *Super shows! Grease is a knockout. El Gaucho was ok and the adult only comedy night was very funny! (Rodney Laney, I think and don't remember the other comedian). *We all took Bonine EVERY night without fail including 2 days before sailing. The boat was rockin' and rollin' especially the first night. Please do not wait until you are sick to take medication. It is very difficult to reverse the effects of motion sickness!! Take Bonine whether you think you are prone to motion sickness or not. It can save your vacation! *Staying on board on a port day makes for lots of room by the pool! Cons: *This boat is HUGE. We had 6700 passengers on board. Knowing that both the Park Cafe and the Solarium offer breakfast at no charge is key to avoiding the crowds;) * Prepare for a not-so-sunny day or two in December. We had great weather most of the trip despite dismal forecasts for the entire week from The Weather Channel. We prepared for the worst and experienced the best most every day! *Main Dining room service can suffer a bit on a really big boat. The personalized experience that you get at dinner on a smaller ship is difficult to replicate with massive crowds of diners. We changed tables after the first night because we experienced sub-par service. Things were wonderful for the rest of the cruise. We did not eat in any specialty restaurants and ate in the main dining room every night so it was important to us to be at a table with experienced servers that were invested in providing excellent service. * The Christmas theme is over the top. Ok...it's a Christmas cruise so it is expected to hear Christmas songs on an infinite loop and for families to appear in matching pj's on Christmas morning ready for photos in the dining room. You need to be prepared for an excess of Christmas everything until after Christmas day. It is definitely the focus of every person on the ship. We were very much over Christmas music by 12/26!! There can be too much of a good thing;) * You usually pay more for this time frame so budget accordingly.

Christmas 2019 on the Harmony

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by mdblock

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
I am no expert cruiser, but wanted to share our experience for those seeking a December experience on this REALLY big ship!

Pros:

*Holiday ease w/lots of options for the entire extended family.

*Informed captain that made expert decisions to avoid storms and find sunnier ports.

*Ship design that allows for folks to getaway from the crowds.

*Great Teen club that my two teenagers said "Was actually pretty cool."

*Super shows! Grease is a knockout. El Gaucho was ok and the adult only comedy night was very funny! (Rodney Laney, I think and don't remember the other comedian).

*We all took Bonine EVERY night without fail including 2 days before sailing. The boat was rockin' and rollin' especially the first night. Please do not wait until you are sick to take medication. It is very difficult to reverse the effects of motion sickness!! Take Bonine whether you think you are prone to motion sickness or not. It can save your vacation!

*Staying on board on a port day makes for lots of room by the pool!

Cons:

*This boat is HUGE. We had 6700 passengers on board. Knowing that both the Park Cafe and the Solarium offer breakfast at no charge is key to avoiding the crowds;)

* Prepare for a not-so-sunny day or two in December. We had great weather most of the trip despite dismal forecasts for the entire week from The Weather Channel. We prepared for the worst and experienced the best most every day!

*Main Dining room service can suffer a bit on a really big boat. The personalized experience that you get at dinner on a smaller ship is difficult to replicate with massive crowds of diners. We changed tables after the first night because we experienced sub-par service. Things were wonderful for the rest of the cruise. We did not eat in any specialty restaurants and ate in the main dining room every night so it was important to us to be at a table with experienced servers that were invested in providing excellent service.

* The Christmas theme is over the top. Ok...it's a Christmas cruise so it is expected to hear Christmas songs on an infinite loop and for families to appear in matching pj's on Christmas morning ready for photos in the dining room. You need to be prepared for an excess of Christmas everything until after Christmas day. It is definitely the focus of every person on the ship. We were very much over Christmas music by 12/26!! There can be too much of a good thing;)

* You usually pay more for this time frame so budget accordingly.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2D
We had an ocean view balcony, but am unsure of which category it was! I HIGHLY recommend a balcony on a boat this size! You will want to get away from the crowds a bit and laze in the sun (or shade) on your own balcony if you cannot find room at the pool, or if you have some down time between pool time and getting ready for dinner, etc.
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