I had wanted to try an Oasis class ship for some time and this was a perfect opportunity as it was departing from my local port.I would normally avoid brand new ships,until the teething problems are sorted out,but this was a one off as it ... Read More
I had wanted to try an Oasis class ship for some time and this was a perfect opportunity as it was departing from my local port.I would normally avoid brand new ships,until the teething problems are sorted out,but this was a one off as it is unlikely that Harmony will return to Southampton.
The boarding process was the fastest and easiest I have ever experienced,as soon as we got out of the taxi there was a porter waiting to take the cases away,a short walk into reception,lots of people with I Pads waiting to check your paperwork/passports take your photograph,and that was it,from getting out of the cab to being on the ship,about 15 minutes,brilliant.
We had a nice cabin ( junior suite deck 9 ) spacious,shower over bath,walk in closet , good sized balcony.Although we had a sofa and 2 chairs,if we had wanted to eat in the cabin,the table was too small for 2 people to sit at.The coffee machine in the cabin had a faulty switch, in order to make it work I had to hold it down all the time,as it was it didn't matter,because the filters were the wrong size for the machine,and leaked water everywhere.I would have thought this problem would have been noticed on the 'shakedown' cruises, and the correct size filters obtained.Only other minor gripe,small safe,big enough for money/passports etc,but no good for laptops or large cameras.
We prefer to eat in the self service restaurants so I can't comment on the other dining options as we never used them.We used the windjammer most of the time,very impressed with the choice and quality,no complaints.
The entertainment was very good,something for all tastes,the ice show was excellent,the sound levels in the main theatre need a bit of tweaking,I'm a bit deaf and could not hear some of the talking,but when the singers hit the high notes it was painfully loud,I wasn't the only one with my fingers in my ears.
For those with children there seemed to be plenty to keep them occupied.
There were 2 stops ,Vigo and Malaga on the way to Barcelona and we did not take any of the excursions,did our thing,hop on hop off buses etc.
If you like to read a book on holiday,bring your own,or an e reader ,as the choice of books is tiny,(we have at least twice as many at home).
The only other (usual) gripe with RCI is the over priced drinks,you don't have to buy them,and I didn't buy any,but looking round the ship it was noticeably how few people were buying drinks. The so called ' ultimate drinks package' at $67 per day, doesn't cover everything ,in contrast Fred Olsen cruise line charge little more than that per week.
To sum up it was enjoyable ,would I go on one again? maybe,I prefer cruises of 2 weeks or more.
The disembarking process was slow ,not because of any fault of RCI,but the port staff need to sort out a way getting people into taxis quicker,no shortage of cabs,(there are more than 10000 in Barcelona) but we had to queue for more than an hour to get in a cab,not good enough. Read Less