Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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2-3 cruises

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5 out of 5

Loved Our Cruise

Sail Date: September 15, 2016

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

My wife and I loved our Mediterranean cruise aboard Harmony of the Seas. Our cabin with a balcony on the 10th deck had plenty of room. We were surprised at how much drawer and closet space there was. The bathroom was swell designed and the shower was great. The bed was quite comfortable. Our cabin attendant left us a different "towel sculpture" every evening, which was a fun touch.

 

The food in the main dining room was quite good but we chose not to eat such a big meal every night. We enjoyed having dinner in Wonderland, which was a unique experience.  The food in the Windjammer Marketplace was just fair. The hamburger and hotdog buns were always stale. The ship was full which meant the Windjammer was jammed at mealtime and that made for a chaotic scramble to find a table.

 

We expected better shopping on board but that wasn't why we took the cruise. The shows were well done. The crew was friendly and helpful.

 

We really enjoyed the adults only Solarium on the 15th and 16th decks. Great spaces to enjoy the sun and breeze.

 

We chose the excursion to Pompeii when we docked at Naples. However, after having a private guide in Rome for two days before we sailed and another private guide in Barcelona, the crowded group tours weren't not as enjoyable. We took a city tour of Palma in Mallorca which was boring compared to Rome, Pompeii and Barcelona. My wife took a vastly overpriced excursion to Aix for a pastry class and a couple of hours of unguided free time when we docked at Marseilles. Skip this excursion. It's not worth the money.

 

We highly recommend this cruise.

 

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Main dining room was good. Other food was so-so.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Get a private guide if you want to skip the worst of the lines at the Vatican.
Naples, Italy
Barcelona, Spain
Had a private guide from This Is Barcelona. Best tour of the trip.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
City tour was boring after Rome and Pompeii. Do something else.
Marseille (Provence), France
Skip the pastry class in Aix. Grossly overpriced.
La Spezia, Italy
Florence is a 2-hour bus ride. The crowds are overwhelming turning the tourist areas into a quagmire. Forget about getting into any of the major sites. The lines are way too long. Good values on leather goods at Misuri.

Tip

There were two formal nights during our cruise because some people boarded in Rome and others in Barcelona. While many dressed up, most didn't.

Avoid peak times in the Windjammer MarketPlace - it's a madhouse and there aren't enough tables.



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