Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
2

4 out of 5

Overall better than expected

Sail Date: November 12, 2016

Reviewed: 15 days ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

The meals in the main dining room for supper were superb and we ate there every night.  We had Any Time Dining but were lucky to have an exceptional server the first night who told us we could request her table.  The breakfasts and lunches were satisfactory but not spectacular and there didn't appear to be enough staff to clear the tables fast enough for the people who were waiting.  We mostly ate in the Solarium Bistro because it was smaller and a little easier to find a table and they often ran out of silverware, plates, food but would replenish as soon as they could.  The aqua shows we absolutely loved!  The stage shows were fine -- performed by very talented people.  The ice show was not to our taste and we could have given it a miss.  We found that there was a lot to do onboard.  Almost all staff was very friendly but surprisingly a bit inexperienced.  It was easy to find our way around the ship but this was our first cruise on an Oasis class and we found that there were too many people on board to be comfortable.

Cabin / Stateroom
We had an inward-facing balcony that overlooked Central Park because we wanted to see what that would be like. We'd never do that again. Deck 10 is only 2 decks above the Park and so there was some noise at night when we were trying to sleep. In addition, even though I could see the sky and know what time of day it was, I couldn't see the ocean from our balcony and didn't realize I'd miss it. It was a great room, though, with lots of storage.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was fine but a little disorganized. Disembarkation was not good for us as we travelled with a single friend. We all put down the same departure time but he got out of the cruise terminal 45 minutes after we did to collect his bag, even though we walked off the ship at the same time. Some delay with the bags not being collected. Good thing we had extra time to get to our flight.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Not applicable
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Main dining room for supper was outstanding but for breakfast wasn't great. Breakfast/lunch we went to Solarium Bistro -- the food was pretty good. Went to Windjammer for breakfast once and almost didn't get a table. They ran out of coffee, mugs, etc. We didn't go back there.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Nassau, Bahamas
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Once I'd found out from our tour guide that cock-fighting is still legal and regularly done on the French side of the island (St Martin), I wished I hadn't spent any money there. I would have spent it all in St Maarten, the Dutch side. There's certainly enough good shopping there.

Tip

Book everything before you get on board: mealtimes, entertainment, spa services -- everything you possibly can. You may be able to do things once you get on board if you have no reservations but then again, maybe not. Better to have the reservations.



Was this review helpful? 2

Be the first to comment


Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.

Anonymous



*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top