By Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Senior Executive Editor
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

All cabins on Harmony of the Seas follow the same general color scheme, with gray and white carpets, blond and gray wood, and pops of aqua, along with silver hardware. Cabins are compact but comfortable with plenty of hanging and drawer space. So much storage space, in fact, you won't be able to fill it all. Except for the suites and studios, each cabin includes a dresser with drawer space, a sofa, a desk/vanity, two wardrobes with space for hanging clothes as well as additional drawers, floor-length mirror, large, lighted makeup mirror, two beds that can be combined to create a "Royal King" and two nightstands with cubby space. Cabins also have programmable safes, for-fee mini-bar refrigerators, phones, hair dryers and giant flat-screen TVs. TVs have a variety of channels showing things like sports, news, cruise ship programming and movies. Additional movies are available on-demand for $11.99 each.

Bathrooms for all cabins except suites are identical. Each has a shower capsule with curved glass door, toilet, small sink and vanity, narrow shelving unit, large mirror and hooks for drying towels or bathing suits. Showers are fairly small, but showerheads are adjustable for even the very tall. They also have bars to assist with leg-shaving, allowing women to prop up their legs comfortably in a tight space. They also include in-shower hooks for keeping washcloths from falling on the floors or for drying wet clothes. A small shelf can be used for soap, shampoo and conditioner. Royal Caribbean only provides the very basics when it comes to amenities in non-suite cabins on Harmony of the Seas: You'll get a bar of soap and a shower gel dispenser. Bring along your own hair care products and lotion.

Cabins use energy-efficient power, and a card is required to be placed into a door-side slot to activate lights and outlets, which can be frustrating if you've left something to charge while you're away, only to come back to find your battery power has dwindled. Use an old keycard -- or any kind of card -- to keep things charging (just make sure to turn off your lights and TV). You'll find plenty of outlets, too: U.S. and European outlets are located on the desk, alongside two USB outlets. You'll also find one bedside outlet, though we think Royal Caribbean missed an opportunity here: Outlets on either side of the bed along with USB ports for charging would have been much better.

Harmony of the Seas cabins can accommodate anywhere from one passenger (in its studio cabins) to 14 (in its wonderful Family Presidential Suite). Some cabins have connecting doors to accommodate families or groups traveling together, others additional beds -- sofa beds or pull-down beds that drop from the ceilings -- as well as a number of wheelchair-accessible cabins across a variety of categories. The ship's accessible cabins include wider entry doors, large turning spaces, sitting areas with lowered vanities, ramps to and from balconies and bathrooms that have wide doors, roll-in showers, grab-bars, fold-down shower benches, raised toilets and lowered sinks.

We love the variety of cabins on Harmony of the Seas; there's really something for everyone. And even the cabins in the lower categories include nice touches, such as extra storage and cool bathroom features, which make them feel special. Cabins pack a lot of comfort and efficiency into even the smallest spaces, while the suites provide opulence and wow-worthy amenities. Our biggest quibble is the lack of amenities -- such as toiletries -- for non-suite cabins.

Interior: Inside cabins start at 149 square feet. These don't have a view but are a solid value, especially for those who don't spend much time in their cabins. A Large Interior measures 172 square feet, as does the Interior with Virtual Balcony. Virtual balconies are floor-to-ceiling high-definition TVs that, combined with draperies and real-time video streaming from the ship's external cameras, create the illusion of an actual balcony. They even can provide sea sounds -- mutable using a remote control. Interior accessible cabins are available, with or without the virtual balcony, and measure 258 square feet.

Oceanview: Harmony of the Seas offers exceptional choice when it comes to its oceanview cabins. The most basic measures 179 square feet (accessible cabins in this category are 264 square feet), which looks out over the ocean. But if you're looking for a special view, consider a Boardwalk View (191 square feet), Promenade View (194 square feet) or Central Park View (199 square feet) cabin. These cabins offer bay-window seating overlooking some of the ship's busiest neighborhoods -- without all the noise, thanks to sound-muffling windows. We prefer these over the balconies in the same categories because they seem quieter and more private; you can people-watch without the people actually watching you.

Family Oceanview cabins come in at 271 square feet and can accommodate up to six people, thanks to a Royal King bed, pull-out sofa and twin-sized bunk beds that fit into what can best be described as a closet, though it lacks a door and instead has a privacy curtain. Kids probably will love the cozy confines, which also have bedside lamps, but adults might find it claustrophobic. There's a narrow closet next to the bunk beds for additional storage.

Studio: Harmony of the Seas offers two categories of studio staterooms, designed for just one person: interior and oceanview cabins. Neither requires a single supplement -- a fee most single cruisers have to pay if they book a regular cabin, often about double the cost. Interior studios measure 103 square feet (though one -- cabin 4660 -- is 96 square feet). They include two small beds that can be combined to create a queen-size bed, narrow wardrobes, a tiny desk and flat-screen TV. Studio oceanviews are the same, except they include round windows and are 96 square feet (except for cabins 4682 and 4688, which are 104 square feet). Many of the oceanview cabins provide views that are "25 percent" obstructed, meaning a rope or camera might be visible from the window. Surprisingly, each cabin can actually accommodate two people, though that would be really tight. It's impossible to imagine two adults coexisting comfortably in the space.

Balcony: Balcony cabins on Harmony of the Seas start at 182 square feet. Cabins in this category have verandahs that range from 50 to 80 square feet, depending on their location on the ship. Accessible balcony rooms are 272 square feet with 80-square-foot verandahs. Balconies in all categories feature two mesh chairs, a small table and two mesh footrests. These overlook the water.

Additional balcony cabins can be found overlooking the ship's neighborhoods. Boardwalk and Central Park view balcony cabins are 182 square feet and have 52-square-foot balconies. Both have accessible versions that run 274 square feet (with 73 square-foot balconies). Cabins in this category keep you involved in the action but sacrifice a bit on privacy; people below and above can see you.

Family Oceanview staterooms with Balcony sleep six and include a Royal King bed, a convertible sofa and the same bunk-bed arrangement used in Family Oceanview cabins. These measure 271 square feet, with 82-square-foot balconies.

Suite: Suite passengers get a variety of perks depending on their cabin category. Harmony of the Seas offers three classes in its "Royal Suite Class" program: Sea Class, Sky Class and Star Class, from lowest to highest. All Suite Class passengers get access to the Coastal Kitchen restaurant for dinner, bottled water, luxury bath products from the likes of Hermes, Ferragamo and L'Occitane (depending on the category), bathrobes and pillow-topped mattresses.

Sky Class passengers additionally get all-day access to Coastal Kitchen (this is connected to the exclusive suite lounge), in-suite dining, complimentary Voom internet access, a one-day pass to the spa's Thermal Room, access to Signature activities, access to the Suites Beach on the ship's stops at private islands, a welcome gift, and concierge services, which provide things like priority restaurant reservations, theater seats, access to the suite sun deck on Deck 17 and priority boarding and departure.

Star Suite perks include drinks via the line's "Ultimate Beverage Package, dining at the ship's eight specialty restaurants, in-suite cocktail service, a complimentary mini-bar, Nespresso coffee-maker service, fitness classes, gratuities, in-suite movies, and high-end mattresses, linens, towels and bathrobes.

Another unique offering for Star Suite passengers is the Royal Genie, essentially a concierge available at your beck and call to handle any and all requests as well as provide little surprises along the way. For example, if you're a fan of sushi, you might be surprised with a beautiful plate of fresh sushi appetizers ahead of dinner, no request necessary.

Junior Suite: These fall under the ship's Sea Class and can accommodate two to five passengers, depending on the cabin. At the lowest end of the suite scale, these cabins come with an upgrade in amenities, including bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shower gel. Junior Suites run 287 square feet and have 80-square-foot balconies. Each bathroom includes a bathtub/shower combo, quartz vanity and sink with shelves flanking both sides. Junior suites also have large walk-in closets.

Grand Suites: These fall into Sky Class, are 371 square feet, with balconies that measure 105 square feet. They feature separate living and sleeping areas, as well as a small bar. Living rooms include two chairs and a couch (some of which convert into a bed), as well as a cocktail table, two side tables and a flat-screen TV. Strangely, the wardrobe for the bedroom is in the bar area, rather than actually in the bedroom. Bedrooms feature vanities with makeup mirrors and heavy chairs. Only one nightstand has outlets for overnight charging, but you can charge from the other side of the bed using the vanity outlets. The bathroom features a tub and shower combo, dual sinks, quartz countertop and large mirrors that hide shelving. These accommodate up to four passengers.

Royal Family Suite: Also part of the Sky Class, each of these cabins is a whopping 580 square feet and has a 238 square foot balcony. There are four of them on Harmony of the Seas. Each one features a marble entryway, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living area and a wraparound balcony, which feature dining tables and chairs, as well as two padded loungers. Each cabin sleeps up to eight (a minimum of four is required to book), with a pull-out couch and two pull-down beds in the second bedroom. Master bathrooms feature shower/tub combos, quartz vanities and separate dressing areas.

Owner's Suite: Harmony of the Seas features 10 Owner's Suites. Each one is 556 square feet with a 243-square-foot balcony that includes a dining table and two padded lounge chairs. Inside, you'll find a dining table for four, dry bar and living room that features a sofa, deep easy chairs, cocktail table and large leather ottoman. The bathroom has separate tub and shower, dual sinks, quartz vanity, and separate bidet and toilet. The master bedroom has a large quartz vanity and large closet. Owner's Suites can accommodate four people, with a pull-out couch. Owner's Suites are part of the Sky Class.

Crown Loft Suite: The Crown Loft Suite, part of the Sky Class, is a split-level cabin, with a main living area on the ground floor and an open bedroom loft. There are 29 of these onboard Harmony of the Seas, including one that is accessible (737 square feet with a 140-squre-foot balcony). Crown Loft Suites run 545 square feet with 114-square-foot balconies. Panoramic views come from the two-story windows that let in a fantastic amount of light. A bathroom featuring a shower is located on the main floor, while a second bathroom with tub and shower is on the second level. The living area on the main level includes a sofa bed, dining area, dry bar, table/desk and easy chairs. Balconies include two padded lounge chairs. Cabins can accommodate up to four people.

AquaTheatre Suite: You'll find six AquaTheatre Suites onboard, ranging from 604 square feet to 652 square feet, depending on their location on the ship. Likewise, balconies range from 589 square feet to 631 square feet. Passengers who book this category will have views of the AquaTheatre and the Boardwalk below. Each of these cabins features a separate bedroom and living area, which includes a sofa and two chairs, cocktail table and large TV. The bedroom features a large closet, second TV and is attached to a bathroom that includes separate tub and shower along with a single sink and quartz countertop. AquaTheatre Suites are part of the Sky Class and sleep four to eight people.

The ship's two-Bedroom AquaTheatre Suites are among the most spectacular onboard, with expansive balconies that overlook the Boardwalk and AquaTheatre. (Balconies range from 610 square feet to 772 square feet, depending on the deck.) The wraparound balconies can be accessed from the main living area and the master bedroom, and feature multiple loungers and a dining table. These two-bedroom suites range from 673 square feet to 823 square feet and include two full bathrooms, a large living area with sofa bed, entertainment center, large, window-side banquet seating and dining table. The master bathroom includes a tub and dual sinks. Two-bedroom AquaTheatre Suites, which sleep eight, are part of the Star Class.

Sky Loft Suite: Also in the Star Class are the ship's two Sky Loft Suites, which span two decks and feature vast balconies that stretch 410 square feet. Balconies feature dining tables as well as two padded loungers and two padded chairs. The cabin itself is 722 square feet and includes two-deck-high windows, a dining area with dry bar, a living room sofa bed and cocktail table. The bathroom on the mail level has a shower for two. The bedroom is on the lofted level and includes a second bathroom as well as a large closet. Sky Loft Suites sleep four.

Presidential Family Suite: Harmony of the Seas has one Presidential Family Suite, and it's simply amazing. The suite has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and is 1,142 square feet. A minimum of eight passengers must book; 14 is the max. Two of the bedrooms are master bedrooms; both are adjoined to master bathrooms that include tub/shower combos. The other two bathrooms include showers. The massive living area includes a dining table, sofa bed with chaise, cocktail table and dry bar. The cool factor comes from the cabin's 476-square-foot balcony, that includes a long dining table that can seat 14, a wet bar and a jetted hot tub. This suite is part of the Star Class.

Royal Loft Suite: The largest cabin on Harmony of the Seas is the Royal Loft Suite, which comes in at a whopping 1,524 square feet and includes an 843-square-foot wraparound balcony. Part of the Star Class, this suite includes two bedrooms, huge living and dining areas, baby grand piano and dry bar. The master bedroom is located on the second level and includes a large private bathroom with bidet, toilet, jetted tub, shower and dual sinks. The main level has a smaller second bedroom and a second bath that features a combo shower/tub. You'll find large closets on both levels. The balcony includes a jetted hot tub, padded chairs and loungers, and a dining table. The Royal Loft Suite can accommodate six people.

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