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We took this re positioning cruise from 10/27-11/6. The Experience was great. From the time we got on until we got off the Princess Company kept the standards high and they did everything they could to give you a great cruise experience. ... Read More
We took this re positioning cruise from 10/27-11/6. The Experience was great. From the time we got on until we got off the Princess Company kept the standards high and they did everything they could to give you a great cruise experience. From the Dining room Matre d to the guy that sweeps the Pool deck, everyone takes pride in what they do, and to make your experience exceptional. We had a balcony B511 on the Baja Deck and we were centrally located on the ship. We heard nothing, We were close to the elevator and the Laundry. The Shows were good but short, 30-35 min. The down side is to get a seat in the theater you needed to be there 40 minutes before the show. They need to fix that. We saw really good shows though. We did not do any shore excursions because of the cost. They are extremely expensive. There is a casino that we do not use the odds are with the house and they win all the time! It is easier not to gamble and shop the Islands. We stopped at St. Martin a great port with great shopping, Bonaire, a beautiful port, and if you are a diver I hear it is a place to go. We loved this small dutch Caribbean town. Friendly , nice people and they want our business. Then we went to Antigua. The town is a toilet! You get harassed by the cab drivers as soon as you clear the gate. They have a lot of stores, but you have to fight your way through the cab drivers to get there. I did not get a very warm or safe feeling in this port. If I were Princess and any other Cruise ships, since I have had this same experience in Antigua before, I would seriously consider changing that port to Aruba or Curacao. I understand they have no control over what goes on in the port but a discussion with the officials may be useful. That is the only negative I had about this wonderful ship and its great Crew. Take a cruise on the Royal princess it is excellent. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Repositioning from NYC to the Caribbean aboard the wonderful Regal Princess Summation – • We had a wonderful repositioning, 10-night cruise from NYC to Ft Lauderdale. Details will be included after the Summation We used: ... Read More
Repositioning from NYC to the Caribbean aboard the wonderful Regal Princess Summation – • We had a wonderful repositioning, 10-night cruise from NYC to Ft Lauderdale. Details will be included after the Summation We used: • Princess EzAir (recommended) • Princess transfer from LaGuardia to the Brooklyn Pier (recommended) • Sailed on the Regal (Stunningly gorgeous) • Our first Repositioning Cruise (awesome) • Booked a bit later (got a great price) • Had a Balcony on the Lido deck (very nice) • Buffet laid out much better than the Ruby Class Ships • Used the gym (very good) • Pools were great (used the Retreat pool mostly) • Didn’t use the Spa • Did go to the Crown Grille (OMG) • Princess EzCheck (disembarkation Air & Luggage service OUTSTANDING!) • Took a taxi from Ft Lauderdale to FLL (no luggage to worry about, - see above - cost $18 w/ tip) Detailed Review – I am 57 and my wife is 55. We are Princess Platinum cruisers and have been on RCCL as well, but like Princess better. We booked the 10 repositioning from NYC to Ft Lauderdale around the beginning of September and got a balcony stateroom for $729 per. I did see prices for $699 but decided not to push things ($73 per person per night for a balcony? Really!) We are from Boston, so I was toying with the idea of saving a few bucks and taking Amtrak to NYC, then flying back from FLL. I checked Kayak and one way was going to be about $530 each. On the advice of my wife, I checked roundtrip using Princess EzAir. We got a round-trip (Bos – LaGuardia, FLL – Bos) for about $350 each (AA, with a connection in DC – Reagan airport). Not knowing the airport, NYC or traffic we got the Princess transfers ($30 each, money well spent). There were Princess representatives at the luggage area awaiting our arrival. After we got our luggage, we were led to the bus. Painless and carefree. There was a bunch of traffic and it took us about 90 minutes to get to the pier. If we got a taxi it would have been much more expensive. Once at the pier, folks were loading our luggage quickly. I found it much better than Port Everglades. The longshoremen in FL seem to be more interested in getting tips than tending to your luggage. In NYC, the guy seemed surprised that when I gave him a few bucks and was thankful rather than entitled (again, these are my impressions). Embarkation – As a point of reference, it was about 1:00 PM. In Port Everglades, this is usually the busiest time. In NYC, the only way to get aboard faster is to stand on a catapult and be launched over the side of the ship. Princess has this down to a science. As Platinum members, we get priority, but the regular line was non-existent as well. We got our cards quickly and were on our way to explore the ship. Cabin – We were on the Lido deck – cabin L119, forward. This was a smaller stateroom in comparison to the Ruby class Balconies. The balcony was shorter as well. There are Deluxe Balconies, maybe those would be a bit bigger. The bed was VERY comfortable. My wife wanted to pack it and bring it home. Our steward was Melissa from the Philippines. She was nice, but seemed to be new. We had an issue with the balcony door, it would stick, when it was closed, I had to lift it and slide it to open it. I told Melissa and she had the repair team there the next day. Another thing about the room was that if you left the balcony door open there was an insane whistle that forced you to shut the door. Walking through the hall, you could easily tell who left their doors open. We love the sound of the ocean at night, but didn’t do so on this cruise. The Lido deck was nice as we were one deck below the Retreat Pool and on the same deck as the main pool. We were also right near the buffet and the elevators down to the International Café. I recommend this location. We hardly had any movement even coming from NYC during the last days of October. Weather – Out of NYC it was drizzling, then it rained for the next 6 days. It didn’t matter, the cruise staff kept us entertained, the cooks kept us full and the ship was amazing. Food – The Regal did this right. Our usual game-plan for food is, we have breakfast in the buffet, lunch is where ever (maybe grab a slice of pizza at the pizzeria if we are at the pool or buffet) and dinner depends upon what they have in the dining room. This cruise was no different, except we had ½ of our dinners in the buffet. Odd for us as we usually like being served and relaxing a bit. The buffet was that good. We’d see what they were having in the dining room, take a look at what was in the buffet and say what the heck this looks good. This gave us plenty of time to make a show, moves-under-the-stars or to get my usual beat down in rummy from my wife. We also stayed in casual dress. My usual routine was to go down for coffee at the International Café before heading down for breakfast, as my wife was getting ready. We get the coffee card and use about ½ the punches during a cruise, so it lasts us two cruises and we get fresh brewed coffee. I’d walk through the pastry line after getting coffee for a pre-breakfast treat. The pastry chef Vladimir would smile and say “Come on I know you want it.” I dropped a $10 in his hand at the end of the cruise, he was awesome. Yup, I fell for his charms each day. Some days the other coffee-fetching husbands and I would enjoy a coffee, then head back to listen to the hum of the blow dryer, others I’d bring my treats back to the room and enjoy the balcony. Breakfast - (the real one, not the pre-breakfast) was at the buffet. There are omelet stations if that’s your thing, but it’s the usual breakfast fare. Also, the layout of the buffet is better on the Regal. We never looked for a seat, walk a bit either way and you’ll find one. Service was always great. These waiters work so hard. Lunch – When it wasn’t raining, we had lunch at the buffet. The Trident Grill and Pizzeria were great options when we were at the pool. Also, Alfredo’s on the 6th deck is outstanding. My wife loved the eggplant rolled up with cheese and angel hair pasta then baked with mozzarella. The pizza was great. Dinner – We had ½ of our dinners at the buffet, we usually have only 1 or 2 there on usual cruises. We had anytime dining and of the dinners we had in the dining room, we never waited for a table. My wife loves lamb. She had various lamb selections at the buffet on 4 occasions. The one night she opted out of lamb was for prime rib, which I stole a taste of (yum). We had the Crown Grille one night. It was great. The service is excellent; the food was even better. It does come with a $29 surcharge but our meal would have cost $200 easy at Morton’s or Capital Grille. My wife got the lamb chops, I had the filet mignon and I added a pair of lobster tails (no extra cost). The Black & Blue soup is so good, it’s sinful. Get the dessert sampler, your belly says “no more”, but your taste buds say “go for it”, then say “ahhh, thanks”. Entertainment – All of the shows we attended were at the very least fun and at the very best great. As I mentioned there were 6 rainy days. The cruise staff went above & beyond to keep us entertained. The Princess Live shows are fun. The Theater has production shows, which were very good. The bars have different folks each night (sometimes steel drums, piano or singers). There are happy-hour specials two times per night (Crooners at 4 and Club 6 at 10). The piazza has something throughout the day. On one night, the Cruise Director Martyn Moss organized a World Symphony, which was nothing short of fantastic. At the end of the performance, he sang a song, then proposed to his girlfriend (a violinist). Any guy who was thinking of proposing on the cruise had to rethink his scheme, Martyn raised the bar so high with that. Not a dry eye in attendance. Internet – we are Platinum so each of us got 120 minutes of free time so we never came close to using them. Keep in mind that the internet goes through a satellite hook up, so it is slower (in some cases much slower) than your land-based internet speed. The gym – I hit the gym on most days. The equipment is good. I spin at home, so I took a chance and brought my spin shoes. All of the spin bikes has the usual spin clips, so it was a good choice. The spin classes are OK, that said I have two excellent spin instructors at home, so anyone else who at least gets me to sweat is OK. They have a couple of Spinning Bikes (with clips) and a couple of cool simulation spin bikes where you can set up a scenario to challenge yourself against other virtual riders. There are the usual weights and a smith machine along with some usual other leg & arm equipment. The Casino – We hit the casino every night, not crazy money, but for fun. Overall we broke even, maybe a couple bucks to the good. Also, we played bingo and we hit for $300, so it was fun. Ports – St Maartin – It was rainy, so we did some shopping. I got a really good price on a watch at Kay’s Jewelers and they replaced a tanzanite stone on my wife’s ring for free (we bought it there 15 years ago). Antigua – It was a holiday, due to their Independence Day, which was exciting. It didn’t rain until later in the day, but it looked like it was going to pour at any moment all day. We shopped and had a few drinks at a local bar. Bonaire - We loved the island, but never did too much sightseeing. We did some shopping, but didn’t book an excursion because they were calling for rain. We got back to the ship early and went to the retreat pool and had an awesome day there. Disembarkation – We received a pamphlet on Princess’s new EzCheck service. For $25 each, they would take our luggage and bring it to FLL, print our boarding passes and if our bags were overweight, we wouldn’t be charged. Not seeing a downside, we opted for it. It was the best $50 I spent. They took our luggage the last night (just be aware that you’ll not see your luggage again until your home airport) and bring it to the airport. We had our carry-ons and that was it. We had a nice breakfast, and then got off the ship. We didn’t have to search for our luggage and breezed through customs, then caught a taxi to FLL. We skipped checking on our luggage and went right to security. Did I say this was the best $50 I spent? All in all, it was the best cruise we’ve had and are thinking of this itinerary aboard the Regal in the future. If anyone has any questions about this itinerary or review, please feel free to send me an email (ditomsween@gmail.com), please ensure to say Princess review in the subject so I won’t think it’s spam and I’ll do what I can to answer your questions. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise to visit some islands we had not been to, and to snorkel their reefs. This was our first Princess cruise and our first 10 day cruise. The embarkation process was a breeze, and we went directly to lunch and ... Read More
We chose this cruise to visit some islands we had not been to, and to snorkel their reefs. This was our first Princess cruise and our first 10 day cruise. The embarkation process was a breeze, and we went directly to lunch and immediately met interesting people. This was repeated at nearly every meal. The food was excellent, but my wife wanted more choices. The cruise staff was also excellent: funny and engaging, yet there needed to be more activities (like dancing, etc.) as there were so many sea days. The activities that existed were made fun by the staff and their personalities. The stage shows were very good, as was showing the World Series games and the Halloween party. I enjoyed Alfredo's (although the service could improve) and the Cafe and other food venues. The cafe could use regular coffee and tea, so that you wouldn't have to go all the way up to the bistro. The ship is gorgeous and well designed and decorated, but there are several dead ends and flow problems getting to certain areas. It was easy to get disoriented and I heard this complaint from several guests who had been on these ships many times. The public areas were beautiful, as was much of the music, although more of it would be better. The snorkeling trips (Antigua and Bonaire) were well organized, beautiful, and the crew made the trips more fun than anticipated. These vendors should be commended. The cabin was spacious, well-designed, with plenty of storage. The steward had the cabin returned to perfect condition every (and I mean every) time we returned. The disembarkation was well-organized and easy. We had an early flight, and we walked off, went right through customs, and out to a taxi with barely any line to slow us down. The Princess staff could not have been more helpful in directing us. I would travel on Princess again as the overall experience was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I am Elite on Princess and I absolutely love this cruise and have done this itinerary 6 times, and have already booked next year's. There is a large group (growing larger each year) who make a point to take this cruise. We met on ... Read More
I am Elite on Princess and I absolutely love this cruise and have done this itinerary 6 times, and have already booked next year's. There is a large group (growing larger each year) who make a point to take this cruise. We met on Cruise Critic and have formed close and lasting friendships. We plan many activities, from dinners together, to excursions, and a real celebration on Halloween. This year we started by meeting in the Piazza (a modern day marvel) in costume, and walked into the anytime dining room (we had made arrangements first because there were over 100 of us). We were warmly greeted. At 9:00 pm we all met in the Piazza and commenced a flash mob dance (still in costume) to Happy. One of our roll call members had choreographed it and we ran through it the day before. Very well received and filmed by the ship's videographer. We then went on deck for the Halloween Deck party. For the last 2 years Princess assigned our roll call our own videographer and she travelled with us on excursions, dinners, Halloween, etc. They prepared a special Cruise Critic DVD of our cruise and had a private screening for us the last sea day. I can't say enough good things about the way Cruise Critic is treated by Princess. We have a couple of members who do the bulk of the work contacting the corporate headquarters to make arrangements for various things, and they are always received warmly and professionally. Heck, we had almost 200 at our Meet and Greet and several officers attended. As for the ship, I can't say enough good things about her, and her crew. The Cruise Director, Martyn Moss, and his staff were top notch and the programs they offered were amazing. I only went to a couple of shows, but what I saw was outstanding and very entertaining. Very professional singers and dancers. And the stage is a modern miracle. Food - well presented and very well done. Everything from the mind-blowing buffet to the Crown Grill and everything in-between, is memorable and begs you to come back. We did the Crab Shack one night ($29.00 upcharge, as are all of the specialty venues). The food was excellent. I'm from the Jersey Shore and really appreciate great seafood. I wish they had kept the price at $20.00 (since we already pay for our food in our fare) because raising the fees up 33% was a very hefty increase. I've been to these islands several times, so I did no excursions. I wandered around and shopped a bit. We stopped at Antigua (one of my favorites) and it was their Independence Day so many of the shops by the ship were closed and almost none were open in town. We also stopped in Bonaire and St. Maarten. Both lovely islands. We had a lot of rain, both at sea and on the islands, but that didn't interfere with my enjoyment. We docked in Ft. Lauderdale on a Sunday and decided to spend an extra night there, as airfares were very high on Sunday. I love adding a day to an already incredible vacation. Are there a few things I'd like to see changed? Of course, but I do not let that spoil all of the positives. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
What fun, to visit New York City then cruise to the southern Caribbean. We visited some great ports when plenty of time to explore. The Ship was, as always well maintained and sparkling. The crew and staff there for us for any need. ... Read More
What fun, to visit New York City then cruise to the southern Caribbean. We visited some great ports when plenty of time to explore. The Ship was, as always well maintained and sparkling. The crew and staff there for us for any need. We had a balcony in the aft section of the ship. While we had a few scattered days of weather, we never felt any motion in our cabin. The dining was excellent, both in the buffet and formal dining room. Service in both courteous, attentive, and friendly. Princess makes it easy to embark and disembark the ship in a timely manner. We enjoy the coffee card perks . The Captain was visible often and more than friendly as he stood by the gangway greeting passengers. Thank you Princess for not allowing passengers to come into the dining room on formal nights in flip flops, ball caps, t-shirts. We sail often and remain loyal to the Princess Cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We booked the Caribbean Islander cruise from New York to enjoy several relaxing days at sea followed by visits to 3 islands before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale. The Regal is an unforgettable ship - the crew, the food, the shows, the ... Read More
We booked the Caribbean Islander cruise from New York to enjoy several relaxing days at sea followed by visits to 3 islands before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale. The Regal is an unforgettable ship - the crew, the food, the shows, the activities, everything about it is top-notch and most enjoyable. Our reason for sailing was to relax and enjoy shipboard life. This we did daily. While the weather did not cooperate enough to enjoy our balcony until we actually got to the Caribbean, our mini suite was a haven. The food options were incredible. We dined few times in the dining room, but also took in the Alfredo's pizzeria, the BBQ, and the fabulous buffet. The Pastry shop is indescribably delicious. We also spent countless hours walking the ship, watching the entertainers and just immersing ourselves in the sheer luxury of the ship and its many treasurer troves - boutiques, art gallery, and the like. An amazing holiday and we did come back renewed. We chose not to take shore excursions in the islands because we have been there so many times. We did take the Fort Lauderdale debark tour of the inland waterways aboard a paddle wheeler. Amazing views of the harbour, the many, many majestic mansions along with an informative dialogue by the crew. Since my return, I have booked to go on another 10 day Caribbean cruise on the Regal December 29th, with my neice, her husband and two great-nieces. I look forward to sharing this amazing ship with them on their first cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We actually chose this cruise because of an opportunity to go away presented itself. The ship was clean, great service, dining options and food were great. The buffet was the best of all the ships we have been on and loved the pastry ... Read More
We actually chose this cruise because of an opportunity to go away presented itself. The ship was clean, great service, dining options and food were great. The buffet was the best of all the ships we have been on and loved the pastry shop. Staff were exceptional and ship well maintained. My wife was on a knee scooter and the average age on the Halloween cruise was the oldest we have been on so nobody used the stairs like we normally would have extending travel time anywhere on the ship but that was no fault of the ship or crew. Our room was very comfortable and well taken care of even considering my wifes limited mobility (unexpected 3rd foot surgery 3 weeks before we left). We look forward to going on the Regal princess in the future. If there were 2 suggestions I would add is 1 to add the diner menu on the interactive tv so it can be viewed in the room daily without traveling to the dining room first (like on some other ships) and 2. make lemonade and ice tea a NON premium item for the dining room. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our fourth Azamara cruise. We chose it specifically because it started in New Orleans, a city we had always wanted to visit. We stayed in New Orleans, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Iberville Street, for 5 nights and loved ... Read More
This was our fourth Azamara cruise. We chose it specifically because it started in New Orleans, a city we had always wanted to visit. We stayed in New Orleans, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Iberville Street, for 5 nights and loved the city. Our hotel was extremely well located on the edge of the French Quarter and we were pleased with it. Embarkation was, as usual, quick and easy and we were soon on board drinking our welcome glass of bubbly. Our stateroom on deck 6 was a verandah stateroom. There was plenty of storage space in the cabin, and the bed was very comfy. The large TV opposite the bed was great and there is a reasonable selection of channels to watch. The bathroom was small, with a small shower with a curtain, but it was fine and we liked the new shelves for storage as well as the cupboard under the sink. I always take a couple of sets of cloth pockets to hang on the hooks on the inside of the bathroom door so that I can find a home for everything. We mainly used Discoveries (MDR) for our evening meal. We felt that the food had regained its Wow factor (missing on our last cruise). We loved the fact that although you can see the menu on the TV and outside the dining room each day, there are two main course dishes (Chefs Special and World Destination special) that are a surprise until your waiter tells you about them. The menu always had a great choice, with some dishes, such as Escargots in garlic butter, Prawns with Marie Rose sauce, New York strip steak, Salmon repeated every day alongside all the dishes of the day and the specials. Dining on Azamara is free time dining and most days we were able to be seated when we were ready (usually between 7:30 and 8:00pm). Sometimes we shared with others and sometimes had a table for two. We also bought a good value package for the two speciality restaurants - Prime C and Aqualina. The cover charge is normally $30 for each, but for $70 you can make 3 bookings. Meals there are exceptional, even better than the excellent quality in the MDR. We had breakfast and lunch in Windows - there were always plenty of choices and the food was lovely. You could have Bucks Fizz ( Mimosa) or Bloody Mary for breakfast if you wanted! I particularly enjoyed the ginger based 'Energiser' smoothie every morning. Most of the entertainment was very good. There was a pianist and guitarist who played in various venues and there were shows in the cabaret lounge. All the shows were good except one comedian who failed to get a laugh! We also enjoyed joining a trivia quiz team and taking part in the daily quizzes. We went ashore in all but one of the Caribbean islands the ship visited. We did not use any of the ship's excursions on the islands but did our own thing. In Grand Cayman we just had a walk around the town. In Port Antonio, Jamaica we got a taxi to give us a tour of the area, including the Blue Lagoon - not cheap at $40 a head for a couple of hours. In Curaçao we just had a wander around Wilhemstadt - very pretty little town with plenty of shops and restaurants and an interesting market along the canal. In St Barts we just had a look around - very expensive place, window shopping was the order of the day, as well as walk to Shell Beach which was nice. At St Maarten we took a taxi to Mahoe Beach ($20 a head) right next to the airport runway. Good fun standing right under the flight path as jets come in close over your head. At Nevis we took a taxi ($20 a head) to the Botanic Gardens and the Montpelier Plantation (Princess Di's favourite Hotel). The gardens are beautiful - well worth visiting. As we had a few hours before our plane home from Miami, we took a ship's excursion on the Hop On Hop Off bus. This was excellent - the bus picked us up at the dockside, including our luggage. Our luggage was then stored for us at Bayside Marketplace whilst we took the bus on the Blue, Miami Beach, route which we loved. Then we had an hour or so wandering around Baysie Marketplace which had a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first with Azamara, a repo from New Orleans to Miami. Part of our promotion was a overnite in NO with a dinner cruise on the Natchez Queen which was lovely. We stayed at the Doubletree Inn in the French Quarter -- good ... Read More
This was our first with Azamara, a repo from New Orleans to Miami. Part of our promotion was a overnite in NO with a dinner cruise on the Natchez Queen which was lovely. We stayed at the Doubletree Inn in the French Quarter -- good location, clean room. We had a handicapped accessible room due to DH use of a scooter which was on the 7th floor. First morning there -- a power failure (30 sec.) caused ALL elevators to stop working and we were stuck in our room for 5 hours. Why the designers of this hotel had all elevators on one system was extremely poor planning not to mention dangerous for safety reasons. After complimentary room service --- manager was finally able to get us on one of the service elevators so we could catch our Gray Line tour --- only for the elevator to quit between the second and first floor !! As the manager was with us --- staff on the other side of the door were finally able to get us out --- really funny when we talked about it later but not at that moment. The Big Easy is "OK" -- we really didn't get too see very much -- would have liked to see a plantation or two and more of the country. Bourbon Street is just a dark, dirty,narrow alley IMO. Didn't impress us at all. The Quest is a lovely ship -- the smallest we have cruised on to date. The service is OUTSTANDING. You couldn't ask for a more happy and accommodating crew !! Our Club Continental suite was wonderful -- so much more room than the original V 2 balcony I had booked. Actually was able to look into one and I have never seen such a small, cramped room and balcony. Of course, the CC came with a much higher price tag but we would have been very uncomfortable in the first one not to mention no space for DH's scooter ! Only drawback to Suite 8063 were the loud noises during the night from the deck above (Windows Cafe) from rolling carts and furniture. Islands: Were "ok" --- poor planning on Azamara's Itinerary Dept. to schedule Jamaica and St. Bart on Sundays when everything is closed -- not even a mini mart to grab a snack or two. Would choose the Quest again but i will look for better prices in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise because Equinox has always been my favorite Solstice class ship and I knew this would be its last European voyage. The service on this cruise was excellent as is the norm for Celebrity. The food served in the main ... Read More
I chose this cruise because Equinox has always been my favorite Solstice class ship and I knew this would be its last European voyage. The service on this cruise was excellent as is the norm for Celebrity. The food served in the main dining room (table 218) was superb and my waitress Julia would be hard to equal. The food in the oceanview cafe was unbelievably diverse offering many choices of every type of food imaginable and tons of dessert choices as well. People who like food were more than satisfied on this cruise. The cruise director, Alessandro, is extraordinary. He is a naturally funny comedian who kept the passengers in stitches all day every day. He was always visible, taking part in many activities and lending his enthiasm to all participants, increasing everyone's desire to be a part of the action. He really stirs things up. The entertainment offered on this cruise was excellent to average in my opinion. Some nights were extraordinary and others less so. All in all, however, there was more entertainment on this cruise than any other cruise I have taken. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
the service and the crew were wonderful shows were good the Captain and Alejandros were great personalties. our cabin was comfortable clean and well stocked food and service in the dining room was great. we felt water should be given in ... Read More
the service and the crew were wonderful shows were good the Captain and Alejandros were great personalties. our cabin was comfortable clean and well stocked food and service in the dining room was great. we felt water should be given in the cabin. the spa facilities were good except the prices were outrageous. ports of call were good except we did not care for Morocco. we would not hesitate to go on the Equinox again. i was only disappointed in not getting a veteran discount. when it rained the crew cleaned up the wet decks as soon as possible. i would recommend Celebrity to anyone who asked me about cruises. we love the tranatlantic cruises. we are interested in transpacific cruises. your choices of transpacific cruise are not great. we did not take excursions because we had been to all the ports. we are presently booked on a June 5 cruise to slovakia. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was the second segment of our Back to Back cruise. We were allowed to stay on the ship in Barcelona and we didn't change cabins, thanks to the Future Cruise folks who made the original reservation. There were something like 300+ ... Read More
This was the second segment of our Back to Back cruise. We were allowed to stay on the ship in Barcelona and we didn't change cabins, thanks to the Future Cruise folks who made the original reservation. There were something like 300+ B2B'ers. This was our third X cruise. We are Elite due to our RCL points. There were something like over 1000 Elites or above, resulting in paper vouchers for the happy hour drinks, only available in 4 bars. Ship: Everyone on staff seemed genuinely happy we were there. They always had a "Good Morning" and a big smile. Folks were always cleaning, wiping things down, picking up litter. The ship is quite smooth especially when docking and leaving. Very little vibration or noise. Cabin: 8192 Deluxe Veranda; category 1C. We didn't really use the veranda, mostly to check the temperature outside. The cabin was very quiet, midway between the two elevator areas. We had the adjoining configuration and the hallway doors were open. The cabin had many closets and cubbies we didn't even use. Our suitcases fit under the bed (A CC suggestion.) We brought our magnets and they came in quite handy to keep our paperwork in control and clipped to the wall instead of getting lost on the desk (Another CC suggestion.) The cabin steward and assistant were super. They were always busy, especially when they got the new, smaller-looking cabin supply trollies in Lanzarote. We heard a rumor that X was changing the cabin staff to just one Attendant per cabin. Hopefully, they will also lower the number of cabins each attendant needs to clean. Will that change the gratuities we pay or they receive? Himmm. The Internet speed improved when I moved my Kindle to a few inches from the cabin door despite there being a Cisco wireless unit a few doors away. At home, my Kindle speed is 15 meg; in the cabin it was 1.1 meg. I wasn't the only person complaining of slow email downloads, especially from gmail. The solid shower doors made the shower compartment spacious. We had more clothes hangars than we could use. The provided pillows were quite flat so we asked for contour pillows, which were much better. Dining: We had Select Dining in the MDR, which takes up the entire 4th deck of the MDR. We always asked for a shared table and were seating with different folks in different places each time. On a previous cruise on the Equinox, we had Select dining with a reserved table. We were seated by 5:45 and out in time for the 7 pm show. This time the service was slower. We were rarely out by 7:30. Maybe X has cut back on some dining staff?? The food was always super and it was nice having shrimp cocktail each evening. We had no concerns with the dress code. Long sleeves was fine. Quite a few folks were really dressed up in suits and tuxes. The ladies, of course, always looked smashing. For breakfast and lunch, we most always ate in the Oceanview Cafe. You can get it yourself or they'll custom cook you most anything. Omelettes in the morning, steak, pork or chicken for the other meals. Sometimes the Cafe had nationality nights and all the food was labelled. The desserts were always a massive spread. Activities: We had four presenters who each gave something like 5 or 6 presentations each. We really enjoyed the presentations on Archeology, Hollywood legends and diseases and plagues (although I wish the latter presenter would have ended with "and don't forget to use the sanitizer as you leave.") Everyone enjoyed picking on Cruise Director Alejandro, including himself. Justin, his assistant, seemed to work all day and all night, and he still was enjoying himself. The evening shows were great, and since the performers were stuck on the ship for 7 days, they did a number of afternoon performances, too. There really is plenty to do on a re-positioning cruise. We did a CC Cabin Crawl, from the very spacious interior cabin to the enormously spacious Sky Suite. And we did a CC Slot Pull, where one person got us a 1000 credits! I think I saw the Casino Manager shed a tear. Ports: Barcelona, Cartagena, Agadir, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Ft Lauderdale. Barcelona: We didn't get off the ship, but X had various tours to the city and Montserrat. Cartagena: This was DIY with a double decker bus that wasn't a hop on/hop off. There is only one bus and it runs once an hour. It gives a fair overview of the area. I had printed a copy of Tom's Guide and we used it to walk around. We always felt safe. We went in the Roman Museum, which is easy to miss. That self-guided tour ended up in the Roman Theater that was just discovered a few decades ago. When you buy your tickets, tell them you are a pensioner (age 60 or so) and you save a few Euros. Agadir: This is the place made famous by 60 Minutes in their piece about Argan oil and tree-climbing goats. X had many warnings about Agadir (third world, panhandlers). We had joined a CC tour to Taroudant and Tiout, but it went downhill fast. The operator, Agadir Journey, over-extended himself. He made several reservations with other CC'ers and perhaps other folks. One tour consisted of two vehicles with one tour guide between them. One vehicle was in the garage and he merged our two vehicles into one. The tour guide got to sit on the floor. Someone wanted payment before we left the dock; we refused. Our vehicle's air conditioning didn't work. Most of the windows didn't open. The tour guide, Rod, wanted to sing to us and tell us about his girlfriends and wanting 4 wives. We had to ask him what we were seeing outside. The Tiout oasis was interesting, but if you have trouble walking, this might not be for you. The lunch at the oasis was quite good, and they had a western-style bathroom. After that, we headed to Taroudant. It was Friday, and we were told some businesses in the souk marketplace might be closed because Friday is a big prayer day, especially between noon and two. That was actually a good thing as it kept crowds light. We headed to the Argan Oil shop where the proprietor has 2 ladies crushing the Argan nuts into oil and had a room full of various Argan items. He explained what was going on and that the oil was good for smooth skin, sleep problems, sex, dandruff, puffy eyes, wrinkles and on and on. The shop also had a western-style bathroom. As we were walking out of the souk, some shops were just opening. On the way back to the ship, about a mile from the port, the guide starting yelling at the driver. Were we being kidnapped? Were we lost? No. We had to wait 10 minutes for Mr. Agadir Journey to get on the bus to get his money. After we voiced our displeasure about the lack of air conditioning, he lowered the price a bit. We got back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. Lanzarote: We didn't get off the ship. Tenerife: This is where the X warning of "don't come back late" really hits home. We decided to take the X tour to the Mt. Tiede national park. It was very interesting and quite good. Safety: We took the CC warning about pickpockets to heart and each had a moneybelt with a copy of our passports and minimal currency and plastic. We never felt threatened. Embarkation/Debarkation: We had embarked on the ship on the previous cruise with no issues. The folks at Barcelona know what they are doing. Luggage was delivered before the muster drill. Debarkation was also smooth, especially since X had told us that US Customs needed to see all employees in person before we could get off. There were no problems and we got off as expected. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I love the Transatlantics...those sea days and 25 hour days are the best way to de-clutter your mind and let the stress go. Celebrity excels at trying very hard to exceed passenger expectations. The itinerary Barcelona, Cartagena, Agadir ... Read More
I love the Transatlantics...those sea days and 25 hour days are the best way to de-clutter your mind and let the stress go. Celebrity excels at trying very hard to exceed passenger expectations. The itinerary Barcelona, Cartagena, Agadir (Morocco), Lanzarote and Tenerife in the Canary Islands was the reason I chose this ship. Now the Equinox will be in the Caribbean all year around. I was a B2B passenger and as I did not change cabins my transition between cruises was very easy. They took your old sea pass and gave you a new one. Dining Room - I was on Select dining and because I was traveling with friends we were able to secure our table nightly. I was pleasantly surprised that the menu had some new items one or two every night (not the exact same menu from the previous cruise or even the previous week.) the one thing I did notice was the assistant waiters seem to be fewer than previously. Other than filling our water glasses on arrival and perhaps pouring our coffee at the end of the meal it was left to the waiter to deliver the food. They always seemed so rushed off their feet and I think this is why it took so long for our orders to be taken. Speciality Restaurants - I ate in Tuscan and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner, although it did seem rushed even though the restaurant was not crowded. The replacement of Bistro on 5 with Sushi on 5 still appeared to have the same issue, no-one ate in there! Prices appeared very steep and were items were priced on a per item. Or if your paid for a three restaurant dinner package Sushi on 5 could be one of the choices. Cabin - I had an AFT cabin that was lovely when docking or sailaway, noise nor soot were an issue, but inclement weather meant your deck was wet. It was a long walk from the elevators but I do not mind the exercise. Entertainment - my biggest issue with Celebrity is their insistence of shutting down all entertainment in the bars during the theatre shows. If you do not watch the show in the theatre then sitting in one of the lounges is very quiet. The guest lecturers were interesting Ports and Shore Excursions - I prefer smaller private groups on SE however I did take a couple of SE via Celebrity. One excursion was promoted as small group (25) but when you get your sticker there were actually 3 groups of 25. I would rate the SE I took with Celebrity an 8/10 because of their size and the focus on washroom and shopping stops. Crew - the crew were wonderful and seriously interested in your enjoyment. Always with a smile and ready to help with anything. It was obviously a lead by example as the captain was often seen walking about and adking if everything was OK. I must rate the crew as a 10/10...they really were the best TEAM I have seen on Celebrity in a while. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 2nd cruise on this ship. The music options is far better than any cruise line (Carnival, RCCL, NCL, Princess, Seabourn). The shows were excellent in one of the most unique show rooms. The lights and sound was super. Seats ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on this ship. The music options is far better than any cruise line (Carnival, RCCL, NCL, Princess, Seabourn). The shows were excellent in one of the most unique show rooms. The lights and sound was super. Seats were great. The food service was great. A few improvements were pointed out and there were quickly handled. The Lido Deck food area is great and they have great service. The addition of the Dive-In Burger is SUPER. The New NY Deli with sandwiches and Pizza is great addition. The outdoor movie screen is a great addition in the mid-ship pool area where there is a cover to close at night. There were plenty of activities (speakers, guest entertainers, etc..) during our repositioning cruise (Oct 2016: Rome to FLL). The ship is different from the rest of HAL fleet and I did noticed many of the 4+ star Mariners cruisers have a a hard time with the "change". But times are changing but HAL is moving in the right direction. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Before we took this cruise we were getting worried because it seemed most of the reviews we were reading were very negative. Well, we were very happy with the ship, the service, the food and the entertainment. The embarkation in ... Read More
Before we took this cruise we were getting worried because it seemed most of the reviews we were reading were very negative. Well, we were very happy with the ship, the service, the food and the entertainment. The embarkation in Rome was smooth and quick. We had a mid-ship verrandah cabin on deck 5 with a huge balcony. The room was very nice with enough storage, a comfortable bed, big wall mounted tv with on demand programming and a nice bathroom with good size shower. The toilet in the bathroom was the only complaint we had about the cabin. Anyone the least bit tall has to sit "side saddle" or your knees are hitting the shower wall. The service on the ship was very good and we found the crew to be very warm and welcoming and eager to please. We had most of our meals in the Lido, and we think the food was the best of any cruise we have been on. There were always many choices to pick from. Most times we had no trouble finding a seat in the Lido. Once or twice we did have to hunt for a seat. The dining room is nice but we did find the service there a bit slow. The Culinary Arts Center was great for dinner. We liked it so much we did it twice so that we could experience both their menus. The guest lecturers on board were very good and packed the theater at each lecture. The entertainment was good but we felt there could have been more activities planned for all the sea days we had. Overall it was a great cruise and we would gladly sail on the Koningsdam again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Family invited to do the TA with them on this new ship...We had never sailed on the Holland America. The Koningsdam was new and we enjoyed everything about...There were some complaints about the interior was not as old world as the ... Read More
Family invited to do the TA with them on this new ship...We had never sailed on the Holland America. The Koningsdam was new and we enjoyed everything about...There were some complaints about the interior was not as old world as the previous ships..Since this was our first, it was great. We liked the cabin 8118. We thought the food was above average. Bothe the Lido and main dining room. Entertainment was good. The on-board speakers were very popular...It would have been nice if we could have caught the lectures on our state room TV. We found the service to be good...both in the state room and dinning room. We did not purchase any excursion from the ship. Found HoHo in many ports and felt that provided a good experience. My only gripe, is that some parked an electric cart in an exit isle. People coming and out had to basically trip over it. I called it to the attention of the staff...however the situation persisted...If they can't take care of the obvious safety issues... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The dates fit into our schedule.The food was very ok on this ship. Not bad, not great. Too many people at the buffet lines and tables. MDR too physically crowded. The shows were fabulous. Momma Mia was Broadway quality. The shows were ... Read More
The dates fit into our schedule.The food was very ok on this ship. Not bad, not great. Too many people at the buffet lines and tables. MDR too physically crowded. The shows were fabulous. Momma Mia was Broadway quality. The shows were great.The cabin was a good size with a nice seating area. There was plenty of storage for 2 people. Also we enjoyed our excursions specially in country of oman with the best tourism Company there ( Lifetime-tours),Oman was my third stop on a four country vacation and I immediately fell in love with this country. At first I could not put my finger on why, but I think it was the heart of the people that made this place special. Ahmed, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and professional. He spoke with a certain pride about his country and I could see why. He took great care to make sure we had a great time and he altered the tour a bit due to my disability to make sure I could still experience a Wadi, but just not a challenging.Also the excellent service and organisation we had with this agency.Finally it was everything beautiful and relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Just returned from Spain on the 13n transatlantic cruise on Harmony of the Seas. Normally do not write a lot of reviews but read some others on HOTS and thought i should offer some thoughts. First, we have been on over half of RCs ... Read More
Just returned from Spain on the 13n transatlantic cruise on Harmony of the Seas. Normally do not write a lot of reviews but read some others on HOTS and thought i should offer some thoughts. First, we have been on over half of RCs ships including the Oasis and Allure multiple times. Also have 20 or so cruises on other cruise lines. So this is my perspective for this review. The ship is amazing. Some have complained it is "big". When you book a cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world, yes it is big. Bear that in mind. Having said that, generally they handle the 6000 passengers extremely well. This particular voyage had 2300 diamond/diamond plus and 200 pinnacle cruisers so there were a lot of seasoned cruisers with status. We chatted with dozens of people and most were very happy with the service/entertainment/total offering. I saw a post about beware of all the pinnacles if you are star/sky class. i could not disagree more - we were a star class cruiser and had incredible service. in fact the pinnacles were a bit annoyed with it at times. but you get what you pay for. The Genie program is outstanding and i am likely to not cruise without it. it makes the whole trip much easier and is worth the premium if that is an option for you. we have three more cruises booked with RC and i just made sure we are in the genie level for each. Our Genie was Alexandra and i hope we have her as a genie again. The service on the ship was some of the best we have seen on RC. staff is very friendly and go out of there way to make you happy. The entertainment options were very good. Grease is definitely worth seeing. The new Wonderland restaurant was one of the most incredible dining experiences i have ever had - our waiter, Marlon made the event for us!!! ask for him. Only difference i notices from other Oasis class ships is many of the spaces have been improved upon in terms of usage. It appears RC studied feedback from the other two ships to improve how HOTS could be laid out. Nice job on design. Only negative on this cruise was a few venues closed up early compared to Allure/Oasis - mainly due to everyone in bed early (higher average age on transatlantic). Casino closed up a bit early and so did several bars. but there was always something open. Finally, the Meeting of the Three Sisters was an incredible experience. Thank you RC for this once in a lifetime experience. It was really cool to see the three ships together. We will definitely be on each one of them again. Cheers Shout out to Rico, Mohammed, Ivan, Heyn and everyone in the Coastal Kitchen!! Incredible job!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Transatlantics are best value especially when booked early. Cabin had creaking metal overhead which made it difficult to sleep. Otherwise the cabin was fine. Room attendant was very pleasant and efficient. Johnny Rockets was best for ... Read More
Transatlantics are best value especially when booked early. Cabin had creaking metal overhead which made it difficult to sleep. Otherwise the cabin was fine. Room attendant was very pleasant and efficient. Johnny Rockets was best for breakfast because they serve omelettes and good OJ to your table; no extra fee at breakfast. Mini-bites also makes omelettes and is a nice out of the way option to the Windjammer. Windjammer is much larger than the Allure and has better logistics. Now you have to physically wash your hands at a sink when entering the Windjammer. We had the 4 specialty restaurant package. The highlight for us was Wonderland. The waiter explained all of the menu options and encouraged us to try some things we would not ordinarily order and he was right to do so because it was a delicious experience. David Kirkpatrick, a former Hollywood exec, had a highly entertaining series of lectures. The ship is huge and you get in your daily steps. The elevators only seemed crowded at mealtime when folks were heading to dinner or coming out from the shows. Front elevators tended to be less crowded. Captain Gus was a delight. VOOM Internet worked like a charm the entire cruise. Book internet in advance for discount. Overall they did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were nervous about this ship as we usually prefer Radiance class ships which are rather smaller but the ship was fantastic and the entire cruise was great. We never felt that the ship was too big, and the ambiance and the extra ... Read More
We were nervous about this ship as we usually prefer Radiance class ships which are rather smaller but the ship was fantastic and the entire cruise was great. We never felt that the ship was too big, and the ambiance and the extra facilities were wonderful. The shows were outstanding and the use of new technologies helped immensely . Really enjoyed the abyss and water slides with no queues but I feel the lack of these was down to the nine days at sea any less would have meant that you would not have time to enjoy all the ships facilities, a seven day port intensive cruise would not be long enough for this ship in my opinion . Food and service was good as usual with RCI and the choice for coeliacs is ever expanding which is good to see. The only change I found this time was that my food is now served separately in the main dining room often causing a delay with my fellow diners which could cause problems. I am unsure if this is new RCI policy or just our waitress being extra cautious. We would certainly take this class of ship again if one comes to Europe, hopefully once they have built the new fourth vessel in this class. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I tend to like longer voyages, especially transatlantics, maidens, and repositioning sailings. I also look for good value when I cruise. I picked an inside cabin with virtual balcony, which I greatly enjoyed onboard Quantum of the ... Read More
I tend to like longer voyages, especially transatlantics, maidens, and repositioning sailings. I also look for good value when I cruise. I picked an inside cabin with virtual balcony, which I greatly enjoyed onboard Quantum of the Seas. Unfortunately, at least most of the inside virtual balconies on Harmony of the Seas don't have the sound... so you don't hear the wind, and the sea. A bigger problem is the exposure latitude on the camera feeding the virtual balcony screen is limited, so (in particular) it looks much darker outside in the early mornings than it appears on (say) the camera feeding the in-cabin TV screen. It's also disappointing that (unlike Quantum) many of the inside cabins on Harmony don't have virtual balconies. This is perhaps one of the biggest dumb design decisions that RCL made for Harmony. I enjoyed the main dining rooms. I recommend My Time dining, and ignore the pressure to reserve specific dining times way ahead. Just show up, and offer to share a table. You'll meet more interesting people that way (most of the time) and have much greater flexibility. Don't fail to try some of the other free venues, including Solarium Grill. Don't miss the various shows. Harmony has amazing entertainment. Be sure to see Grease the Musical, Columbus the Musical, both of the ice shows in Studio B, both the shows at the Aqutheatre, and the headliner shows in the main theatre. The comedy club show in the Attic, shows in the jazz club, and other entertainment shouldn't be missed, either. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 3rd T/A and 17th cruise with RCCL; we have had some excellent experiences, but this is the best so far. Beautiful ship and a wonderful crew. As with most things it is all about leadership; Captain Gus is far more than a nice ... Read More
This was our 3rd T/A and 17th cruise with RCCL; we have had some excellent experiences, but this is the best so far. Beautiful ship and a wonderful crew. As with most things it is all about leadership; Captain Gus is far more than a nice guy and entertaining speaker, he is a gifted leader. His leadership was felt throughout the ship by both crew and passengers. Service was not perfect, but any shortcomings were met quickly and with a smile. With 2.498 Diamond and above cruisers, the staff could not have done a better job of providing the extra benefits that we loyal (and generally spoiled) cruisers expect. One of the most pleasant surprises was that Dining Room food was so good we regretted having prepaid for 7 dinners at specialty restaurants. If you enjoy wine, the Vintages staff is delightful and knowledgeable. Entertainment was top notch; "Grease" was delightful and well acted, danced and sung. Onboard enrichment was set up to appeal to a wide array of interests. We very much enjoyed the Spanish lessons provided by Vince Amato; he is so entertaining and is a gifted teacher. An added "cool" item was the at sea meeting of the Three Sisters; Oasis, Allure and Harmony. Some of us also noted we were being guarded during that meeting by the USS Zumwalt, the US Navy's newest ship, a "stealth" destroyer. Oh, and old guys can go down the Ultimate Abyss and survive! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I wanted to experience the largest cruise ship and do my first transatlantic voyage. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has set the standard for awesomeness. The Harmony of the Seas is a floating resort and country club. It took all 20 days of my ... Read More
I wanted to experience the largest cruise ship and do my first transatlantic voyage. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has set the standard for awesomeness. The Harmony of the Seas is a floating resort and country club. It took all 20 days of my trip to experience the many dining venues onboard. They were all exceptional. It would have been very easy to gain weight on this trip but there were so many activities like a full state of the art gym, walking/ running track, basketball court and several other activities to keep you energized and entertained. Just walking around the ship each day gave me a couple of miles of excercise. The Broadway musical, iceskating and aquatic shows, juggling comedian and numerous parties on the Promenade were just a few of the top rate entertainment options available. I throughly enjoyed each one. But the best and most outstanding aspect of the cruise is the crew and staff. All of them from Captain Gus on down gave no less than 150%. They are what made the cruise extraordinary. My next cruise can't come soon enough. Thank you RCCL for a great adventure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Recently we have booked most of our cruises based on the ship. We love both the Quantum Class and the Oasis Class ships. A cruise on another type of ship to us is now boring. The Harmony of the Seas is terrific. She is beautiful. ... Read More
Recently we have booked most of our cruises based on the ship. We love both the Quantum Class and the Oasis Class ships. A cruise on another type of ship to us is now boring. The Harmony of the Seas is terrific. She is beautiful. The balcony cabins are very nice. There is so much to do. The Zip line, though short, is great. There is a very nice mini golf course, along with ping pong, basketball, ice skating, water slides, and of course, the Ultimate Abyss, which is a dry slide going from deck 16 to deck 6 in seconds. The entertainment was mostly excellent. They stage play Grease was terrific, as was Columbus, and most of the boarded entertainment. Both Aqua shows were wonderful, as were both Ice shows.. For the most part, they food was excellent. The only time that the ship felt crowded, was when events were held on the Promenade deck. There are many restaurants to chose for any meal. Many are free, but there are also the upscale pay restaurants. We tried Chops, which was excellent. As with the other Oasis class ships, there is the Boardwalk and Central Park. The Solarium area is beautiful and includes spas with Infinity edges. There is no doubt that we would take this ship again in a heartbeat. The problem is that all three of this class of ship only does the Caribbean, which is, by far, not our favorite destination. Since we were on the transatlantic sailing which brought the Harmony to it's home port, we stopped off the coast of Florida to meet up with the Oasis and the Allure for a photo op. This was great seeing all three huge ships together. We highly recommend this ship to anyone. We have taken the Allure and the Oasis, and the Harmony far surpasses both of them with up to date electronics, very good Wifi, and the Abyss. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first ever transatlantic cruise AND our first time on an Oasis class ship. We loved them both. The TA was so relaxing an itinerary while Harmony of the Seas provided all the recreation, entertainment and dining options we ... Read More
This was our first ever transatlantic cruise AND our first time on an Oasis class ship. We loved them both. The TA was so relaxing an itinerary while Harmony of the Seas provided all the recreation, entertainment and dining options we could hope for. We had a mid-ship ocean balcony on level 12. It was a great cabin and our steward was very good. Our only issue was a slow draining shower but we were having such a great time we didn't even think to report it for service until the 11th day on the ship. We found the entertainment and recreation options to be outstanding and we enjoyed them all. I especially loved the enrichment talks by former Paramount Studios President RIchard Kirkpatrick while my wife most enjoyed practicing and singing in the Harmony of the Seas choir. The dining in the main dining room was nice but the food was not great. It seems like RCCL has cut on the food quality in the MDR since our last RCCL cruise a couple of years ago. Perhaps they are moving everyone more toward the specialty dining venues. We had purchased a four-night specialty dining package and found it well worth the extra $. My wife and I agreed that all four were outstanding but here is the order of our favorites: #1 - Jamies Italian - great food, service & atmosphere #2 - Wonderland - fun experience #3 - Central Park - great food & service #4 - Chops Grill - though 4th, we both loved it and would definitely go back sometime. Overall, we loved sailing on the beautiful Harmony and would do it again...especially on a TA itinerary again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016

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