Loved the ship and staff, frustrated with the crowds.

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Harmony of the Seas

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 03, 2018

Ship: Harmony of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7278

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This is a big, beautiful ship and overall, we did enjoy our cruise. If you have cruised on Oasis or Allure in the past, much of the ship will be familiar. Our biggest disappointment was the fact that the ship was just too crowded. We spent very little time at the pool as it was very difficult to find one empty chair, let alone more than one near each other. There were also very long waits at Windjammer on sea days. We were told the ship was sold out so maybe on an average cruise (not sold out) and after the newness of this ship wears off, the ship might be more comfortable. I will say that our main dining room experience was excellent. I suggest going there for breakfast if you want to avoid a crowd, and if you can, do the scheduled dining time. This allows you to eat at the same time every night, walk in and straight to your table with no wait. You'll have the same server for the duration of the cruise so they really get to know you and your dining preferences. Our server was fantastic and made dinner memorable each night! Side note: Loved having a Starbucks on the boat!!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Quick and smooth. Good idea to have your bag tags and sea pass paperwork printed ahead of time to speed things up.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room food was very good, server was the best. We ate at Sabor as we knew it to be a good restaurant from a previous cruise on Oasis. Food was still amazing, especially the chicken tortilla soup and the jalapeno cucumber margarita. Also, our server was amazing. As for buffets, Windjammer was far too crowded every time we tried to eat there. During lunch on a sea day we waited up to 20 minutes to find a table. Solarium Bistro was great for breakfast. Plenty of options and far less crowded. I believe this area is for ages 16 and older.

Sabor

5 out of 5

Very good Mexican food. I recommend the chicken tortilla soup, bacon wrapped chicken stuffed jalapenos, and the jalapeno cucumber margarita.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Didn't do many activities. I prefer to sit by the pool. If you stay on the ship on port days, you have a good shot of getting a good chair by the pool. On sea days, forget it, unless you mark your chair with a towel before heading to breakfast. My nieces and nephew loved the water slides, rock climbing wall, Abyss slide, carousel, Adventure Ocean (kids area). Definitely a good cruise for the kids!

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We saw Greece on our last day and it was fantastic.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our server, Juner, in the main dining room was fantastic! He was very personable, took the time to get to know my family, already knew our names and food and drink preferences by the second night. He was amazing with my nieces and nephew (ages: 6, 7, 9), by entertaining them with animals made out of the dinner napkins, and showing them games and tricks that could be played at the dinner table. The kids were fascinated by him and I would give him personally a 5+ star rating!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
For the amount of people on the ship it was very clean through the duration of the cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Room was pretty spacious and very clean. Good size balcony with nice chairs and table. Bathroom is roomy for a ship, very nice shower. Our room steward was very attentive and our room was always spotless.

Ship tip

If you're looking for a quiet, less crowded breakfast I suggest the main dinning room or the Solarium Bistro.

Ports of call

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island) Did not visit port

The port was cancelled due to weather. (swells too big to dock). This was very disappointing as we were most looking forward to this port.

Falmouth, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Just browsed the main port area with shops. Didn't feel safe exploring outside of the port. We didn't sign up for an excursion, that probably would have been the way to go.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Had fun at Playa Mia Beach Day. Nice little all-inclusive beach resort with inflatable obstacle course in the ocean. Also a nice little pool area/water park for the kids, a couple of water slides for kids and adults. Enjoyed the all you can eat lunch buffet and drinks. My only complaint was that the ocean was freezing, pools were cold, and the hot tub wasn't hot, not even warm.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Everything was perfect. We had a 9:15am flight so we wanted to be one of the first people off the boat. Breakfast and coffee shops opened earlier than normal to accommodate guests looking to leave early. We grabbed a Starbucks coffee at 6:00 when they opened, said our good-byes to family on the cruise with us, and started disembarkation at 7:00, out by 7:15, jumped in a cab and to the airport by 7:30.
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