Harmony of the Seas Review

Crowded but Fun

Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Harmony of the Seas
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Feb 2023

I haven’t bothered to write a review in a number of years but thought I should, as Harmony was my first full capacity cruise since Covid hit. I’ve sailed on Harmony many times and the entertainment and activities are what keep me coming back. The food, however, leaves much to be desired. We felt the need to purchase the Unlimited Dining Package this year because of the decline in main dining room quality on our most recent Royal Caribbean cruise. The specialty restaurants were wonderful and after hearing MDR and Windjammer complaints, I felt it was money well spent. But it has also left me wondering if it’s time to move to a more premium cruise line, even though I have Diamond status.

Regarding full capacity sailing - it’s like the cruise lines are pretending Covid has been completely eradicated. If only you didn’t hear people hacking away in the jam packed elevators and the crowded bars. My friend tested positive for Covid the day after we disembarked - and we were some of the only ones wearing masks in those elevators! We had a wonderful time but if you are immune compromised I would seriously rethink cruising on a full ship.

The itinerary was fantastic- Aruba and Curaçao were particularly amazing.

Cabin Review

Typical Balcony cabin - no complaints

Port Reviews

Aruba

We walked to the Arubus station and took the public bus to Eagle Beach for $5 return each. We had trouble finding loungers as most of them belong to resorts. Arrive early if you want to enjoy this very beautiful beach.

Curacao

We booked the “free” Curaçao walking tour online and it was fantastic! The guides were very informative and we really enjoyed learning about the history, architecture and art on the island. They recommend a donation of $15-20 if you are satisfied with your tour and it was worth well more than that!

Labadee

Despite the unrest in Haiti, our stop in Labadee was very pleasant. Just remember what’s happening on the other side of the heavily guarded fence and tip the Haitians generously.

I always recommend Nellie’s Beach for the calm water and soft sand.

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