Harmony of the Seas Cruise was really great.

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Harmony of the Seas

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 02, 2018

Ship: Harmony of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 12730

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We are real fans of the Royal Caribbean and will be back for our next sailing soon. Spend the extra money on a suite if you can afford it and the water view is wonderful. We were in an Aqua suite which was extra special because of the very large balcony.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
As a suites guest, we receive expedited onboarding which we love. This cruise we kicked off with a special meal at the Italian restaurant whereas last time was a couples massage. It is a great way to spend time while waiting on your cabin, especially when you forget to pack your day items in a carry-on bag so swimming is out!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The Coastal dining room food was equivalent to the Allure of the Seas main dining room from October 2017. We were told that RC is testing their new menu on the Harmony and would expand to their other ships. This means that the lower food quality we experienced in the Harmony MDR will become their new normal which is no good. We at at Chops which was ok but really no better than Coastal. We had lunch at the Italian restaurant and it was incredible. Mostly, we ate breakfast in Central Park at the cafe which was quick, peaceful and good.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The Harmony was much quieter at night than the Allure with most retiring by 10 p.m. My guess is because the slides draw more families with young children. The adult pool was fun with daily contests. We also enjoyed the daily trivia and bingos. A bowling alley and indoor movie theatre might be a good future enhancement. There is always a lot to do on a Royal cruise.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The crew was excellent although in comparison to the Allure, I would give the Allure the win. Our waiter in the Coastal Kitchen was very special and we returned to him daily. Our room attendant did a good job of keeping us clean and of course left some great animals in his wake which we loved.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

We joined a Facebook group all sailing on the same date. As time passed, discussions began about us getting together for a bar crawl, a meet and great, Trivia, a night out, hitting a show together etc. It really added a huge value to our trip as we made a ton of new friends who still keep in touch. Whereever we went, we would see someone we knew. Great if you are a social kind of person!

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
We took a walk but really went down to wait for the cruise and did nothing but eat and sleep. Next time we plan to stay at one of the resort hotels.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

3 out of 5
The island is still in terrible shape after Hurricane Irma. The people's spirits shone brightly despite it all. I was happy to visit to help spend a bit and help the economy but so sad to see the devastation they must live in daily so a mixed emotion.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We took the bus tour of old and new San Juan plus a short jaunt outside the city areas. It was extremely interesting to hear their history and see the impact of the related stories. The cities themselves seem to have recovered very well to date but the outskirts have a lot of work remaining.

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

5 out of 5
Really loved Labadee. We did the zip line and the jet skiis. As suite owners, we were shuttled to a private beach which was everything I had imagined of a Caribbean beach. The water was clear except where there is seaweed. We snorkeled and swam and ate and drank and most importantly, finally relaxed after 2 previous days at port. We prefer having a sea day intermixed with our port days so you can relax every other but this was not the case for our Harmony trip.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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