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Harmony of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Don't Miss Wonderland or Jamie's!

Review for Harmony of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Grand Suite with Balcony

We are foodies and really enjoyed Wonderland (both the service and the food were outstanding) and Jamie's (we're now addicted to the Taglietelle Bolognese)! Overall it was a good cruise. The ship was very clean and had a variety of activities on sea days to keep us busy. The port presentations, though, were geared towards shopping; no other activities available in port were mentioned. I'd like to see more about attractions, museums, cultural activities, etc. The food ranged from mediocre (Solarium Bistro, Main Dining Room, room service) to very good (usually in a fee-added restaurant). Of special note, other than the croissants, the pastries were generally bad, and the chocolate-frosted donuts were absolutely vile, too much baking powder and topped with a waxy, fake-chocolate blend -- or at least tasted like it. Room service coffee was acceptable, though for some reason the kitchen staff **always** put halfnhalf into a wine glass instead of a pourable creamer, which was messy to clean up after. Overall, the desserts seemed made for looks rather than taste -- the "Royal Chocolate Cake" was particularly disappointing.

I'd also like to see an interactive ship's map/diagram added to the cruise TV channel. Or even a hard copy...

Cabin Review

Grand Suite with Balcony

The suite was very clean, and spacious enough for two people. King-size bed, sofa, coffee table with two dining chairs, dry bar, roomy balcony with two regular chairs and two loungers, bathroom larger than our home one with a shower/tub combination and double vanity. The shower was a little weird, though -- both in its controls and the fact that only half of the shower was covered by a glass shield. We flooded the bathroom almost every time we showered, and, although there was a drain the floor, the floors weren't sloped to direct excess water into the drain. We wound up mopping up the water with some of the spare bath towels, and fear this made more work for our cabin steward (who did a great job, btw!).

Port Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Can't say much about this, as all we did was spend the night and hop on over to the cruise port. Embarkation was easy, and there were plenty of porters to assist with our luggage.

St. Maarten

Instead of an excursion we struck out on our own to go to Whiskey Paradise and Antoine's by the Sea for lunch. Both places were very good, and an easy walk from the water taxi (destination) pier. Antoine's is right on the boardwalk.

San Juan

Again, struck out on our own to go to Chocobar Cortes and Raices for lunch. Chocobar Cortes is simply amazing, and well worth the $12 taxi fare (plus tip) to get there right from the cruise port -- otherwise a long walk up steep hills all the way, on uneven streets. Raices is a chance to get some authentic Puerto Rican food, and isn't far from the cruise port, either. Old San Juan is scenic and charming. It's like the counterpart to New Orleans' French Quarter, only Spanish. Easy to explore on one's own.

Perfect Day at CocoCay

The weather ruined this stop for us, with 65 degree (F) temperatures and 35 mph winds. All aquatic activities and the hot air balloon were canceled. That said, Coco Cay would've been enjoyable had the weather cooperated -- and, of course, the weather isn't Royal Caribbean's fault. Throngs of people returned to the ship, and RC seemed prepared for this. Nothing more to say.

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