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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Harmony of the Seas

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 03, 2018

Ship: Harmony of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Very fun, lots to do not enough time to do it all. 6k+ people onboard & didn't feel crowded. Some people were oblivious or just plain rude with elevators or in general so mind your feet and bodyparts. We forgot to make time to just relax & do nothing.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very organized and quick to board so long as you stick to your scheduled time

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room was never full (due to the variety of dining options) until the second formal night which was lobster night. Get there early and try not to be late or they will give your table away! Also, I have a dairy allergy and a vegan diet and I was very well taken care of in the dining room but if you want more of a certain food be sure to say so to the head waiter so they can prepare extra for you the next day- it's an order ahead situation-.

Solarium Bistro

5 out of 5

The best place for a quick & uncrowded breakfast and lunch. Reservations can be made for a sit-down dinner with no fee.

Windjammer Marketplace

4 out of 5

Lots of options and different stations. If you require almond milk or soy milk you should ask at one of the buffet stations.Usually crowded.

Mini Bites

5 out of 5

convinient

Izumi

4 out of 5

it's more of dinner and a show in the Hibachi and there's also a separate sit-down dinner

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There are so many activities you won't have time to do it all. Be extra careful on the flowrider you can get seriously hurt if you don't listen to the instructors.

Workshop

4 out of 5

Convention center, very accomadatinf but a bit noisy as it might have been next to the kitchen

Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center

5 out of 5

By far the BIGGEST spa at sea. Some services were open and not private but the massages were definitely private. Thermal suites were not worth the $199 per couple charge to be able to use it daily. We had no time. However, it has been the ONLY op-ed sauna, and steam room (thermal suite) at sea we have seen.

Running Track

5 out of 5

Very large, open to the ocean with a ceiling and encouraging signs overhead

Royal Promenade

4 out of 5

gorgeous but always crowded

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Solarium

5 out of 5

relaxing at night, busy during the day

Royal Theater

4 out of 5

Very big and high-tech theater, amazing productions

Aquatheater

5 out of 5

Very good show

Aquatheater

5 out of 5

EXCELLENT SHOW! Even though I was scared for the performers

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
All areas of the ship were spotless whenever possible, the design was very convenient

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room was cleverly arranged to have the most amount of space and yet have an open airy feeling. It was on the smaller size for a balcony, but I was pleasantly surprised there was a nice chest of drawers for additional storage which also housed the mini fridge (can be locked with a your own 4 digit code). My biggest grievance is the mattress; The mattress was terribly firm! I woke up with a sore back every morning. My husband's mattress was also firm but a bit less so than my own and he also complained (If you're confused: they unite 2 twin mattresses together to make a king) We've been on over 10 cruises and this is by far the WORST mattress.

Ship tip

DON'T over book your activities. With that said: Make reservations to shows on your cruise planner as soon as you are allowed. Usually it's 90 days before your cruise. If you forgot, make your reservations on the 'RoyaliQ kiosk areas as so ok n as you board. Arrive 15-20 minutes early to those reserved shows to get the best seats. Also, eat at the solarium bistro for a quick buffet style breakfast or lunch, it's always less crowded than the windjammer. They also have a daily buffet sit-down lunch in the main dinning room.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
I live near here it's great lol

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island) Did not visit port

This is a great port to stay on the ship and explore what the ship has to offer. There's nothing authentic to Haiti in this island which is owned by Royal Caribbean.

Falmouth, Jamaica

5 out of 5
If you have an excursion, there are dedicated areas for you. If you booked with the ship, your excursion tickets will be in your room when you arrive (all of your ports)! In Jamaica you will meet off the ship . We did the Blue hole and river tubing- watershoes REQUIRED! Be careful jumping off these waterfalls. I was pushed by the guides when they saw I was overthinking it and I hit the water the wrong way, I've had a headache since u emerged from the first water jump and for the past week since.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
I've been to cozumel plenty of times so we did an excursion in the Yucatan peninsula in playa del Carmen. Sea turtles and cenotes. The water was FREEZING in the cenotes so bring a wetsuit of you can! Also a floating waterproof case for your phone and cash in small bills.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
It was quick but we did have wait for a bit while at the port off the ship before picking up our luggage. No customs paper needed to report what we bought.
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