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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
Verified Review
Western Mediterranean
Sail Date: September 15, 2016
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 10680
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 months ago

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.

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room was good. Other food was so-so.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship 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.

5 out of 5
Get a private guide if you want to skip the worst of the lines at the Vatican.
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Had a private guide from This Is Barcelona. Best tour of the trip.
3 out of 5
City tour was boring after Rome and Pompeii. Do something else.
1 out of 5
Skip the pastry class in Aix. Grossly overpriced.
3 out of 5
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.
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