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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Harmony of the Seas

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 09, 2018

Ship: Harmony of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The cruise was all in all a very good experience. We love cruising so we always enjoy ourselves. There are never any major issues to complain about and life is too short to complain about every single minor issue, so why waste your breath. We had a great staff on board and the activities were endless. Loved the acupuncturist also. Almost forgot to mention she's amazing at what she does (Alexis). Our Stewardess was such a beautiful soul (K who is from Trinidad). She knew my knee had been bothering me and every single night she'd place a zip lock bag of ice in my freezer and fresh wine glasses every single day (which aren't in the staterooms normally). Breakfast in the American Icon grill was always the best. They made my eggs to order every day and Michael who I believed was the manager, was always very pleasant and made a point to see us and chat every single morning. For my gym buffs, the gym has everything you'll need until you get back home. We were there everyday sometimes twice a day and it was always so very clean. I'll tell you it's packed between 730-930 am timeframe however. I truly loved our room and service, but we will be splurging on a suite on our next go around. They are pretty spoiled in the suites with all the private dining locations and included alcohol lol. Don't forget to bring your wine & travel corkscrew. Tips & Tip$: Please tip your stewardess and tip well. They work hard to make your vacation effortless in terms of your rooms and room/other requests. Be kind to your dining staff and understand some of them work the entire day without breaks and still present a smile on their face each day. If there's a minor issue, try not to make a huge deal out of it. Take them to the side and talk to them and they'll make it all better. They are not your personal errand boys/girls taking care of only your needs/wants and outrageous requests, they are people and need to be treated just as you'd want to be treated, with dignity and respect. Flush the toilets in the common area bathrooms people smh. How people always forget to do that is beyond me!? Grab a little bit of food at a time on your plate in the buffet areas to keep from over indulging for those who care about that or to keep from wasting food. I seen full plates getting tossed in the garbage. That always made me cringe, maybe that's just a pet peeve of mine alone. HAVE FUN! Afterall you paid good money to enjoy yourself. So relax, unwind, grab some wine and live your life like it's golden for the next 8 days (7 nights).

Embarkation

4 out of 5
I was annoyed I did everything prior online for precheck so I wouldn't have to do it again on embarkation day and of course everything down to the photo had to be done all overI again. The security check went fast even in a long line which I appreciated. The staff was very friendly and welcoming and our bags were taken as soon as we arrived which was nice.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Loved the main dining room and the staff. Did not appreciate the staff or the food and service at the Solarium. It may have just been our server but I had a bad experience and didn't return. Loved Michael (breakfast manager), Wayan, MiMi, Joseph, and Evie in our main dining area. They were exemplary and went above and beyond.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Love the fitness center. Spent a good amount of time there. Lots of equipment and wonderful sized gym. Very clean also. Enjoyed the Abyss slide, my husband loved the zipline and my friends enjoyed the surfing/boogie boarding water sports (FlowRider) area. We never made it to the pool area because it was always way too packed and forgot to go rock climbing.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Of course the most fun is always the wild and crazy game shows they have where the entire audience gets involved and also the marriage game show is always a hoot. Enjoyed the comedians set and missed almost all of the other shows this go around. Actually I watched the water shows from my Boardwalk balcony.

Children's Programs

Don't have kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
A couple very minor hiccups are to be expected, but overall the staff and service was exemplary. We absolutely loved our room steward K she was magnificent! And of course the main dining team.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
This ship was very well maintained, especially with having so many bodies on board. They are really good about cleanliness. Design is very similar to the Oasis of the Seas.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Prior to booking I did a lot of research on this ship and the best cabins for what I was looking for. My cabin was rated one of the best because although I'm on the boardwalk I have no one to my right and I could see the water shows, the boardwalk, and the ocean all at the same time. It was beautiful. I fell asleep on the balcony often. Very relaxing. Our room had so much space and was very tidy.

Ship tip

Take the stairs! Not only is it good in helping you get your steps and burn calories, you'll also never get stuck on an elevator with people farting or kids pushing every single floor.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
No excursion, but embarkation and debarkation were a breeze.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
We were briefly there, but what we seen was beautiful and the beaches and people were beautiful. We also got to watch Billy Goats walking down the steepest hill ever.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Loved Puerto Rico for the food and souvenirs and also a very brief visit.

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

5 out of 5
Always our favorite port. Shopping and site seeing and sitting on the beach are always great combinations. My husband is from Haiti so he of course loves interacting with his people. Beautiful country even outside of Labadee.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Fastest EVER!
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