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Harmony of the Seas

March 2017 - Harmony of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Great Cruise but could be better

This was my sixth  Royal Cruise and first time on a new ship.  PROS: The ship was beautiful, spacious.  Plenty of chairs all over.  The Aqua Show was amazing, must see, multiple times.

 

CONS: Very dissapointed in the front design of the ship.  I enjoy watching the ship leave every port, catching sunsets.  For some reason Royal designed this ship with a very limited viewing area at the front on deck 15.  On other ships you have great views from multiple areas.

 

Food quality was disspointing, limited choices, and lots of the food offered wasn't good.  I was expecting the opposite for a new ship, having sailed on Jewel of the seas and Adventure of the seas, I found the food to be better on those ships.

 

Very dissapointed with Royals dishonest pricing practices.  On previous ships whether you booked excursions or drink packages before boarding or after it was the same price.  On this ship you get a discounted price for excursions and packages by booking online before boarding.  Royal also ran a random unadvertised 48 sale were all excursions and packages were discounted.  I took advantage of booking internet and excursions, but I didn't book the drink package.  My wife and I are not big drinkers, so it's always been cheaper to just pay for any drinks we get, soda, alcohol, coffee as we go.  For example on our last cruise we only spent $230 on beer, colodas, soda, and coffee.   When I went on board Harmony, Royal raised all of it's drink prices by more than half.  a beer went from $4.35 to $8.72!!!   I quickly did the math and we were forced to shell out $500 for a drink package.  If Royal had advertised there prices I could have saved $150 by booking the package online.  Very unhappy.

 

I always book royal Excursions.  DO NOT BOOK any of the Dolphin Excursions in Cozumel Mexico, unless you want to get ripped off for a $180 picture package.  Royal doesn't tell you that when you get to the location, the staff doesn't allow any cameras near the dolphins.  I have a waterproof Nikon so I was very annoyed.  They have a photographer taking pictures which I am willing to pay for within reason.   They take 12 digital pictures of every person.  I was shocked when the agent said $180 for the package.  In Jamaica I paid $40 for a DVD video with pictures of us walking up the falls.  I tried negotiating and they offered 12 pictures for $140,  I asked how much one pic was and they said $35.   Finally I was offered $55 for three pictures but all the pictures had to be of one person.  My wife and I were so annoyed we didn't buy anything.  Had we known we would have done one of the many other excursions available.   The excursion included a Sea lion show which was fun, but another picture for sale.  It included a lunch buffet that was horrible, we didn't even eat it.  At the end of all of this was very limited beach time.  There were three different dolphin exursions,,,they are all at the same location.  Avoid them.

 

Labadee was awesome, but don't waste money on anything but the zipline.  Zipline was awesome.  Aside from that, there is a beautiful free beach with plenty of free chairs, no need to pay for Royal ripoff chairs or private beach.  Also plan to walk back to ship for lunch, free barbecue that royal runs is terrible.  Royal sells sovenier cup for $3.50 with free refills.  Get your refills before 3:00Pm, after that they start packing up for the day and dumping the colada mix.

 

In Jamaica we did Dunns river falls hike with VIP lunch beach break..  All of it was great including lunch, falls hike,,,VIP.   HOWEVER, be advised the drive is really long, 40 minutes each way which cuts into your time.   The falls were very busy, we had to wait for 20 minutes while our guide got our admission bands.  All of this resulted in limited beach time, only an hour.   BRING WATER,,,no drinks on the bus, or in the plaza while waiting for admission.  The falls experience was great, but I wouldn't do this excursion again.

 

 

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Adventure of the Seas

September 2015 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

7 night Aventure of the seas 2015

This is my third time sailing on Adventure of the seas. I love this Ship and this Itinerary. If you like activities and stops then this is the perfect cruise for you. I do have to say that the service and overall food has gone down. I wouldnt waste my time going to the formal dining room, unless its for breakfast. The service and food has gotten alot worse. The food in the windjammer buffet however has gotten better. If you strictly go for the food you may be dissapointed. If you love the beach, scenerary and excursions you must take this cruise. I would highly recommend booking excursions through Royal. You get what you pay for. The only exception is the Virgin Islands. The excursions arent very good. You are better off taking a cab to the beach, or enjoying the free beach walking distance from the ship. That is what I did last time. This time we booked a Catamaran on the Jolly mon and it was not very good. The rum punch was all punch no rum. The female captain took along time to park on the beach and woubd up parking to far from the beach, which made it difficult for tge older passengers to get on board. She also cut our beach time short by a half our so she could sell teeshirts. Epic fail. Aside from that the other excursions were awesome. We did the st Maarten beach break, the antigua kayak tour, the St Lucia segway tour, Ive also done the antigua lobster lunch cruise, both are amazing. In the past Ive done the barbados turtle catamaran. We wound up taking a cab to a local beach for only $5 per person, which was ok. Its easy to cab to a noce beach on Barbados, but if you have the money I would reccomend an excursion. When booking your room, esoecially on this ship, book your room high up. It is very easy to leave the ship, and so convenient to be able to walk up to deck 11 were the pool, windjammer, and gym is. We stayed and deck ten near the front. It was so convenient to be able to quickly walk to the gym, pool, or windjammer. My third time on this ship and tge food quality has gotten worse. The exception was tge windjammer and johnny rockets. Dont miss out on the steaks grilled to order and the stir fry. Breakfast buffet is mediocre. Skip the first line and walk straight in to tge omelet line. Grwat job givibg tickets for omeletts,oder it the hit the second kess crowded line

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rivmce's Tips

Harmony of the Seas Harmony of the Seas - Buy one Ultimate beverage package online before boarding, it's cheaper and necessary. Excursions are cheaper online before you board. Don't waste money on Cozumel Dolphin Excursions, they rip you off for pictures, buffet is inedible. Watch the Aqua theatre show "a fine line" right away and often
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island) - The only excursion worth doing is the dragons flight amazing. Everything else is a rip off. Beautiful free beach and chairs available. Alot of the beach is rocky, water shoes recommended.
Cozumel, Mexico - Don't waste money on dolphin excursion, they rip you off with pictures, and the free buffet is terrible. Beach is amazing for relaxing and snorkeling, not for casual swimming.
Falmouth, Jamaica - Dunns river falls is a fun experience but it's 40 minute drive away from the ship, bring water, no water on drive and while waiting to enter park. $40 DVD is worth it. If you do it you need water shoes, they sell them on the way.
Castries, St. Lucia - Segway tour was super fun, and ended with an amazing beach break on pigion island that also had great snorkeling from the beach
Bridgetown, Barbados - The turtle catamaran is amazing, you can also take a $5 per person community cab to a nearby beach, with locals selling stuff. They werent too bad. You have the oay $15 for chairs and umbrellas.
St. John's, Antigua - Kayak tour is amazing. Bring sneakers for the optional hike up a steep slope for amazing views on tge island. You get a fun kayak tour, then a speed boat ride, then hike up tge hill for pics or you can stay on the beach, the a quick snorkal stop that was amazing.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - St Maarten beach break is awesome. A beautiful private beach right by a restaurant with included lunch. And beach chairs right on the water. You need $3 for tge umbrella. Lunch was delicious, get the Mahi Mahi. Bring cash for water sports everything you could want. A few sellers but no locals.

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shared a quick tip for Harmony of the Seas"Buy one Ultimate beverage package online before boarding, it's cheaper and necessary. Excursions are cheaper online before you board. Don't waste money on Cozumel Dolphin Excursions, they rip you off for pictures, buffet is inedible. Watch the Aqua theatre show "a fine line" right away and often"