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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise because of the ship the Harmony of the seas. It was our 4th transatlantic crossing and the best yet. This ship is amazing and so much to do its just has a fun feeling to it. Our cabin was beautifully appointed. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ship the Harmony of the seas. It was our 4th transatlantic crossing and the best yet. This ship is amazing and so much to do its just has a fun feeling to it. Our cabin was beautifully appointed. We enjoyed each and every meal. We ate at Jamies one evening wow the meal was fantastic. We also ate at Chops and had some good food there as well.The staff was incredible not sure how they do that all the time! We loved hearing the captain he has a very good sense of humor and is an intelligent man. We went to many of the shows and found them great as well.We had two port stops and went on ships tours the tour operator on one of those was excellent the other not so good. Embarkation was a little slow at first but not bad when you consider they were loading up about 5,000 people. I think that will improve once the ship settles into it's Caribbean routine. If you get a chance definitely cruise this ship :) with family and friends. The ship was built to entertain in warm weather lots of outside fun !! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
After some twenty cruises aboard Azamara and Celebrity ships, we had an urge to try the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas. We are avid readers of Cruise Critic, and we really had no prior expectations regarding this ship. ... Read More
After some twenty cruises aboard Azamara and Celebrity ships, we had an urge to try the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas. We are avid readers of Cruise Critic, and we really had no prior expectations regarding this ship. There are three companies under one umbrella – Azamara at the top of the list (in both price and quality), followed by Celebrity and then Royal Caribbean (RCCL), which is the company most suitable for families. We were pleasantly surprised. The ship was new and had naturally benefited from the technological developments that have taken place in the ship-building industry during the past couple decades. Harmony of the Seas is an architectural success: easy to find one’s way around, and the dining rooms were partitioned off into separate rooms so that one never had the feeling of being smothered in a crowd. The colors chosen are discrete and remind one of Azamara’s ships after their recent refurbishment. The shower was spacious and enclosed with an arched door – the most effective design I have experienced on any ship; designers have obviously taken into account that Americans (who are the primary target clients) have also become increasingly ‘spacious’. The arrangement leaves room for only a very tiny sink, and washing one’s hands, not to mention the usual morning face wash, results in a lot of water spilt on the floor. Fortunately the floor mat and towels are changed twice a day, so never mind. Restaurants Good, varied food in both the free restaurants and the special restaurants, which, by the way, are quickly fully booked. Our cruise was for only two weeks – if we had chosen a back-to-back arrangement and stayed on board four to five weeks, we would absolutely have longed for a break and a change of dining fare. Quick and efficient service in the self-service restaurant on the fifteenth level. The main dining room that rises three levels tall had random, slow and frequently unenthusiastic service; there was an apparent lack of effective management, because the staff did their best but was unfortunately somewhat inexperienced. The same might be said of the cabin attendants. A couple times we had to remind them that; “Yes, we would like to have our towels changed today, too”. Internet Although the company strongly profiles its VOOM package as the fastest Wi-Fi at sea, it was nevertheless as deplorable as that found on any other cruise ship. During peak Facebook-checking hours, one can simply give up. Five minutes to connect to a website is not what I would call voom! Otherwise, it was the usual routine: continual error messages, flashes of lost connectivity or no contact at all. Harmony brags about its lightning Internet access, but when you distribute it among five thousand passengers, it amounts to woefully little per person. As Elite class members on board both Azamara and Celebrity, we get free Internet time, but on RCCL we got only one day each. We thought maybe access would be better early in the morning or late in the evening, but no – people seem to lie in bed and surf the Internet. The best time to connect w s actually during mealtimes. This brings us to Royal Carribean’s own app, which is supposed to display the program for the day, the meal menus and shows, plus give you an opportunity to book what your heart desires. Royal iQ has gotten more than its share of awful ratings in Google Play and iTunes, and rightly so. It is slow, poor and lacks a lot of information; it is difficult to book events, lacking confirmation of bookings and double-bookings happened. The app is free and can be downloaded only to phones; it does not work on tablets. Booking of activities The information on TV was somewhat better and not as slow as what we have frequently experienced on Azamara and Celebrity. Unfortunately, one could not book via TV here because RCCL assumed that passengers use the telephone app or one of the deployed app boxes on board. The TV system was spoilt by junk mail; it is irritating that a system that is not particularly fast to start with has to be burdened with a large number of unnecessary messages that continually have to be deleted. Naturally, the TV system crashed from time to time, so it became extra difficult to check restaurant bookings; but strangely enough, it seemed that the advertisements always came through unscathed. All in all, the two or three important messages we got during the trip drowned in the spam soup. The idea is that all bookings of restaurants, shows and other activities are to be done on the app-tablets that are deployed throughout the ship. This would naturally have been done if only they were in working order, but they are unfortunately just as poor as the telephone app. The resulting scenario was that people were eager to try out the new tool for the first couple days, but as they gradually became frustrated with how poorly they worked, interest waned – and after a few days, the tablets simply stood there, abandoned and unloved. So, to book activities or a restaurant table, the easiest solution was to visit the attraction during opening hours and order from a living, breathing person; this worked fairly well, but there were times when one had to wait in a queue. We tried calling to place reservations; the main restaurant answered the telephone, the others did not. By good fortune, the invoicing system worked perfectly; there was never an error in charging our sea pass for drinks, etc. At the same time, one might question why they make the Diamond benefits system so complicated; the rules must have been written by lawyers who got paid by the hour. In some venues, we had to sign for free cappuccinos; in other places, we did not; we do not know why. Some of the staff did not know what was included, and this naturally led to unnecessary questions and (more or less helpful) answers. Facilities As might be expected, there were a lot of enjoyable activities, stage shows, zip-line (do it two or three times in a row), a nice pipe (slide) spanning 10 decks (well worth doing several times – not only a child thing), water slides, pools and jacuzzies; no crowding, no cramped spaces. Good programs, professionally carried out, and a good distribution of restaurants and activities across the different deck levels. Flushing of the toilet led a life of its own; it had a vacuum system with the usual warnings not to throw anything at all into the toilet that had not first been eaten. Frequently the flushing began when one pressed the button, but just as often, the mechanism seemed to wait – it paused a few seconds after the button was pressed, even up to a minute or two before the flushing was triggered. This prolonged one’s stay in the toilet while waiting to see that one’s dirty deed would be flushed away – it is not something one wants to expose other users to. Fortunately the vacuum flushing worked throughout the entire trip, so people undoubtedly deposited only authorized material in the toilets. But the strange pauses that the system took remained a mystery – could it be that the flushing system was manufactured by the same company that designed the Internet system on board? One of the pleasures of crossing the Atlantic is that you have to turn your clock back an hour; six times. People at sea are of course accustomed to this phenomenon and have an almost religious reverence for the correct time. On all other ships, we have always been informed when we needed to adjust the time on our watches; Harmony failed to do this. We were not informed, and our watches, the TV clock and the clocks around the ship showed three different times – there is no excuse for this. On Cruise Critic, there were many complaints about the personnel not being pleasant, kind or helpful. We are happy to say that this was not our experience. Everyone we encountered on board did everything they could to make our trip as pleasant as possible. In particular, the service provided by the staff of the self-service restaurant, the Windjammer, was superior. So I really do not know the reason for the criticism of the personnel; it is possible, of course, that the management of Harmony read earlier criticism and took measures to improve the staff’s attitude. It may also be that we were met by a new and refreshed staff; we noticed that after two weeks at sea there were certain crew members who perhaps began to get bored and were not as service-minded as one might wish. In general, this was a very successful cruise. However, those of us who prefer tours where there are less families with children will probably return to Celebrity’s newer ships. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
All in all, this was a good trip. The public areas on the ship were very nice, and the staff and service were exceptional. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta were fine, but pretty modern and full of resorts. Mazatlan was more ... Read More
All in all, this was a good trip. The public areas on the ship were very nice, and the staff and service were exceptional. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta were fine, but pretty modern and full of resorts. Mazatlan was more "Mexican," with a nicer vibe. If we ever go back to Mexico, we will go there. We were a little disappointed with our Neptune Suite, since it was in dire need of being repainted, but it was very clean and comfortable. Our wrap around deck afforded us fabulous views. I can't say enough about HAL's staff--they are warm, friendly, and very hard working. We are a bit disappointed with the food in the Vista dining room--too many dishes that were rather strange to us, such as sweetbreads and some horrible lamb my husband tried. Seems like HAL is trying too hard to create unusual dishes which aren't always better than well done less "fancy" food. Dinner in the Pinnacle Grill was fabulous, and food in the Lido was not bad. Entertainment was great--we enjoyed all of the shows. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
For a maiden crossing , the ship was well prepared. Embarkation was professional. Royal brought in their best employees. The steward knew his job and was very helpfull. The dining staff ALL over the ship was polite and also did a ... Read More
For a maiden crossing , the ship was well prepared. Embarkation was professional. Royal brought in their best employees. The steward knew his job and was very helpfull. The dining staff ALL over the ship was polite and also did a fine job. Even with 6780 guests, the waiting was almost nonexistent . Dining venues all over the ship catered to just about any taste. If you want to spend money fancy restaurantrs are all over the ship. Complimentary (free) places are just fine. The Windjammer is huge and crowded. Park Cafe is cozy. Solarium bistro is relaxing. Get places early! A word to the wise , plan everthing online EARLY . Mesh dining , with shows so you do not get fouled up. All tickets are tied to your seapass card. The cruise Director seems young (I'm old). He did 80's, & 90's dance nights. What no 70's night. The shows were great. The stage was better than most NY theaters. The Promenade was a show everynight all by itself. Parades there were also well performed. An ACBL bridge director was to be on the ship, they did not show, a guest director took over and we played with 15 tables almost every afternoon. Bring back cruise ship bridge!!!! Exiting a huge ship was not done to the royal standards. I'm sure that problem will be addresed. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I had a wonderful crossing on the Flyer in Oct. 2015 and booked early to secure a good cabin this year. Overall, there was no comparison with last year. I am not going to moan about things that are outside anyone's control ( poor ... Read More
I had a wonderful crossing on the Flyer in Oct. 2015 and booked early to secure a good cabin this year. Overall, there was no comparison with last year. I am not going to moan about things that are outside anyone's control ( poor winds, virus outbreak, no internet ), but my main complaint ( and that of many others ) was that the on- board entertainment was abysmal! I know, from before, that it is passenger driven, but we do need a lead in. This year there was no Halloween Party, no Pirate's Night, yet another showing of the same old documentary, and a poorly organised Fashion show. As many other repeaters said, the ship only came alive on Captains night/ Talent Show night, the last but one night of the crossing! All praise to the passengers, and Gerry the musician,not the Cruise Director, Sabrina, who was finishing her contract, and showed it. As a friend said, last year EVERY night was like Captains night. Daytime was even worse. Last year we had a lecture series on Columbus by an on board academic ( sell out ), waltz classes (hilarious), classical music concert, sea shanty singalong, Karaoke, a very well planned quiz marathon, etc. This year we had the laziest quiz imaginable. If you won today, you had to pose the questions for the next days quiz! The result was that NO-ONE wanted to win. A lazy way out for the organiser! The alternative was endless Yoga lessons, talks on Yoga, Yoga diets, etc etc. It was in fact a Yoga-themed cruise, and should have been advertised accordingly. Many think it is rubbish! I am copying this to Star Clippers and won't go again unless assured that they will get their act together again. Crossings are all about sailing and interacting with like-minded people, but they can't freeload. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Repositioning from Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale, where our home is in Hollywood. There were only 3 children on board, making it an adults only cruise. Great people to enjoy a treat and coffee at the International Café. The original ... Read More
Repositioning from Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale, where our home is in Hollywood. There were only 3 children on board, making it an adults only cruise. Great people to enjoy a treat and coffee at the International Café. The original production shows in the theater were outstanding. Very relaxing and the food as always was spectacular. MILK: I really enjoyed the whole milk as a treat on board. I asked but never found out the source of the dairy milk, but it was good with every meal I had on board. It could have been a little colder, but I put ice in it and it was memorable. By accident we joined the Cruise Critics for lunch, but were welcomed and had a enjoyable time. We are dedicated Princess Repositioning Cruisers. We have been to China, Europe, Panama Canal, and South America. As soon as we get home we start looking for our next cruise Lee and Lourdes Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
The east seaboard is full of history and cruising out of Quebec to Fort Lauderdale gives a glimpse of the past.Quebec City full old style buildings, narrow streets ,and that French influence . Sydney Nova Scotia with the infamous coastline ... Read More
The east seaboard is full of history and cruising out of Quebec to Fort Lauderdale gives a glimpse of the past.Quebec City full old style buildings, narrow streets ,and that French influence . Sydney Nova Scotia with the infamous coastline and Fort ,Halifax Nova Scotia the original gateway to Canada, Bar Harbour is very quaint and is a stepping stone for the Arcadia National Park, Boston with so much History one day does not do it justice. Newport with all the historic mansions and past wealth, New York so much to see and do ,a no brainer for a visit and Norfolk ,close to Williamsburg ,should be on every bodies bucket list. How ever the down side was that the service in the ships any time dining room was slow and when the food did finally arrive was cold and under cooked.Beware the if on a drinks package only expect quick service if you go to a bar and order your drinks direct. You could have eaten your meal in the dining room before your drink would arrive. On this voyage we did not see the Captain or any senior offices other than the Hotel Director and Cruise Director,even at the Captains cocktail party or at the Captains circle cocktail party, these were hosted by the cruise Director. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We enjoyed our Breeze cruise so much, and the Vista was so hyped as the flagship, that we booked this two years ago. Much was made of the new Havana Cabanas and all of the amenities. Here are some things you need to know. DO NOT WASTE ... Read More
We enjoyed our Breeze cruise so much, and the Vista was so hyped as the flagship, that we booked this two years ago. Much was made of the new Havana Cabanas and all of the amenities. Here are some things you need to know. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY on the Spa Package. The Spa area is so oversold that you cant get in to use the chairs, they are always taken. Gone are the days of find dining. The tablecloths are gone except for Captains night. The table service is none existent. Plates were not retired and sat there from one course to the next. No water poured. Just unbelievable how deteriorated the service was in the Dining Room. The "Your time dining" is a joke. The lines were very long and disorganized the first two nights. You have to check in, get a device and wait for a half hour to go to your dining room, which is on another floor. They didnt even tell the Platinums in line that they could just walk in. The shopping area is choppy and poorly merchandised. I was able to compare prices to US and Barcelona, and to my amazement prices exceeded Manufacturer's suggested, such as Swarovski, by several dollars per item. Customer Service was on the verge of hostility from this mostly slavian crew. We are Platinum and will probably not go to Carnival again. We are exploring other options. We left Carnival in the 90s because of a decline in customer service and came back after a surprisingly good cruise a few years ago. We feel that they are as bad as they had become then. It is a cattle-herding experience. The Breeze was an awesome experience with good ship layout, we may try that again, but as far as any other ship. We are done. So long Carnival, I doubt you care. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I thought I would focus my review on the features of this lovely new ship I loved the most. Overall the interior of the ship is stunning. The variety of finishes of wood, fabrics, metal and marble used with effective lighting accents ... Read More
I thought I would focus my review on the features of this lovely new ship I loved the most. Overall the interior of the ship is stunning. The variety of finishes of wood, fabrics, metal and marble used with effective lighting accents plus the wide, spacious passageways are terrific. There are an infinite number of great places to sit in and enjoy. I was seldom conscious that I was sharing the ship with 4000 people. Another highlight was the Lido deck with three very large pools, one forward reserved exclusively for adults. There are plenty of lounges to go around. We took good advantage of the speciality restaurants as well. They cost extra, however. My favorite hands down was the Epicurean. It is elegant, quiet and the service as well as the cuisine on two different menus were outstanding. The other outstanding feature for me was the Retreat which costs extra, but provides a welcome opportunity to be in a more intimate, secluded outdoor environment, away from all the music around the lido deck pool area. Limited food is served at lunch in the Retreat as well. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Just completed our sailing on the Vista TransAtlantic cruise. I would like to start by saying we had a terrific time. This cruise was absolutely fabulous and special and It had everything to do with the crew and the reason we return to ... Read More
Just completed our sailing on the Vista TransAtlantic cruise. I would like to start by saying we had a terrific time. This cruise was absolutely fabulous and special and It had everything to do with the crew and the reason we return to Carnival cruise after cruise. From the Captain and all his officers brilliant handling of the ship during difficult weather while we headed to the Azores to the staff who delivered our food and beverages who continue to deliver with a cheerful smile and awesome professional service. Regarding the Vista ship on the plus side the Havana Bar area, The Sky Ride, the Lobster Shack, and the amazing IMAX theater really are great additions and we look forward to using them again on our next Vista cruise. The Vista does have some downsides however. This main theater is the worst we have ever experienced including the Sunshine which at least has decent site lines from the balcony. Carnival took a bad design from the Sunshine and made it worse. The Ocean Plaza area is nice but frankly this area is way overused especially in the morning. The breakfast area really should be used just for a continental breakfast. Using this for a hot breakfast interferes with everything else they are trying to do here from Crafts to Trivia to Bingo and seriously Yoga should not be held there. It really makes it uncomfortable for the participants and the people eating. I really believe they should use the Limelight lounge for many of the activities. On this cruise the Arts and Crafts was extremely popular and when people are trying to eat at the same time it made it nearly impossible. ALL in All though another great cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines. Read Less

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