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ARRIVAL: Spent the night before in Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at the Hotel Morrison in Dania Beach. Modern, clean, great value and close to Port Everglades. Ate at the Portly Pig which was a local fun establishment with great portabella sandwiches and craft beers. Took a Lyft to the port Sunday morning (far less expensive than taxi or hotel shuttle) and we were on board by 12:00, smooth and fast embarkation. SHIP: We had sailed several times on Oasis, so used to this class of ship. Impressive, beautiful, we always enjoy the art and this one didn't disappoint. Very impressed with many of the large art installations and found the buddah and shiva statues in Silk impressive. Lots of attention to detail. Bionic Bar was a lot of fun to watch. Crowded the first day but after that so manageable. Elevators busy only after a large show and they were very fast. Kept the ship spotless. Not big drinkers and after getting one drink at the pool for $14.95 I took advantage of the mimosa $2.00 sale at the casino during sailing days. Also they gave free mimosas on the last day while waiting for breakfast in the dining room. We got the zoom streaming which was great. We did have one day where the reception was iffy and my husband contacted them and they gave us a refund. DINING: We are vegetarians (ovo/pescatarians eat fish and eggs) so we did not do any of the specialty dining because there was not a lot for us to eat in a Chops for example. We ate most of our breakfast in the Solarium Bistro which I love. It is quiet, healthy fare and not too many people. We ate lunch there often and also this trip tried it for dinner. At breakfast ask for lox, they keep it in the kitchen. Dinner there is romantic, quiet and they have a huge assortment of appetizers such as mussels, ceviche and calimari. The menu trends towards Meditteranean. Dinner in the dining room was fun and the food was fine. Not spectacular but the service more than made up for it. We did Any Time Dining and always asked to share a table and me interesting people. Tried the Windjammer for two lunches the days we were in port and stayed on ship. Like the international flavor and felt the options were extensive and good. ENTERTAINMENT: The director was Michele and I was thoroughly empressed with him and the quality of the entertainment. By far this is the best entertainment I have experienced on board ANY ship. Very edgy and the art direction and costuming were phenomenal. The Fine Line: Fantastic, cool, graphics synchronized to the music and action was great. Far more than a diving water show. Also took in Hideway Heist toward the end of the cruise which was kitchy...both great. 1887 was pretty out there for an ice show, but cool. Great projection showed the ice changing to water and back to ice again. Alot more plot and content than most ice shows and great costumes. Also watched the free-form skating show the last few days which was excellent. Far more orchestrated than advertised and preferred the second i-Skate to the 1887. Comedians were hilarious, took in the adult show as well as the last night family friendly show. Columbus show was wacky and fast paced, enjoyed the romp and the ship onstage was amazing. Grease was well done, great leads and the Orchestra was amazing. We had seen them at Jazz on Four the night before and got to see how talented they were. SERVICE: Prior to going I had read a lot of reviews saying the onboard staff were phoning it in. Did not find that at all, in fact quite the opposite. Everyone was lovely, seemed genuinely interested in us and our trip and went out of their way to be of service. It makes me think that you get what you give. I did see some rude people who were horrible to the staff, always complaining about something. After we were on our excursion in Jamaica (keep reading) it put lots of things into perspective. EXCURSIONS: We had been to Labadee and Cozumel several times so we opted to stay on the ship and enjoy pool time without all the people. The first night of our cruise we met a couple who had been on an entire "Give Back" cruise and they were talking about how great it was to do something for others. They told us about the Volunteer Excursion available in Jamaica so we signed up. There were 13 people in our group and we rode in a bus from Falmouth to Montego Bay. Started at a halfway house where residents can stay for 6 months to get their lives together. The entire place held about 25 residents and was totally self-sustaining. They raised chickens, sold eggs, grew their own food and made crafts to sell. While there we collected eggs and tilled their garden. We also noticed they were in need of a new washer and we collected money to use towards that. Next we went to the heart of downtown Montego Bay which was teaming with people and traffic. We visited a wonderful mission that provided showers and toilitries to the people as well as three meals a day. We were there at lunchtime and helped in the kitchen and served people both inside and out. It was incredibly moving to see the work this group is doing and the people of Jamaica. After seeing people with no shoes and basically living on the street, coming back to the cruise ship and all the oppulence had new meaning. It was so rewarding and I felt good knowing that both of these chairities were getting some of our excursion fees. Our driver Mr. Robinson was a delight and in the future I will look for more volunteer excursions before deciding on a ship. Overall we had a fabulous time and I highly recommend Harmony of the Seas. We took advantage of everything we could...really enjoyed the many parades on the promenade-great costumes and energy. A few suggestions which I will share with Royal Caribbean: Solarium should be no kids at all times. I didn't see any during the day, but people brought them to dinner and it was disruptive. Sorry, I have raised my kids and would prefer dinner that is quiet. Don't fall for the mobile passport app, customs wanted to see the real deal. Zoom was fantastic and allowed us to stay connected via facetime both on ship and with kids back home.

Excellent Service, Entertainment and Experience!

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by arringtonb

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
ARRIVAL: Spent the night before in Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at the Hotel Morrison in Dania Beach. Modern, clean, great value and close to Port Everglades. Ate at the Portly Pig which was a local fun establishment with great portabella sandwiches and craft beers. Took a Lyft to the port Sunday morning (far less expensive than taxi or hotel shuttle) and we were on board by 12:00, smooth and fast embarkation.

SHIP: We had sailed several times on Oasis, so used to this class of ship. Impressive, beautiful, we always enjoy the art and this one didn't disappoint. Very impressed with many of the large art installations and found the buddah and shiva statues in Silk impressive. Lots of attention to detail. Bionic Bar was a lot of fun to watch. Crowded the first day but after that so manageable. Elevators busy only after a large show and they were very fast. Kept the ship spotless. Not big drinkers and after getting one drink at the pool for $14.95 I took advantage of the mimosa $2.00 sale at the casino during sailing days. Also they gave free mimosas on the last day while waiting for breakfast in the dining room. We got the zoom streaming which was great. We did have one day where the reception was iffy and my husband contacted them and they gave us a refund.

DINING: We are vegetarians (ovo/pescatarians eat fish and eggs) so we did not do any of the specialty dining because there was not a lot for us to eat in a Chops for example. We ate most of our breakfast in the Solarium Bistro which I love. It is quiet, healthy fare and not too many people. We ate lunch there often and also this trip tried it for dinner. At breakfast ask for lox, they keep it in the kitchen. Dinner there is romantic, quiet and they have a huge assortment of appetizers such as mussels, ceviche and calimari. The menu trends towards Meditteranean. Dinner in the dining room was fun and the food was fine. Not spectacular but the service more than made up for it. We did Any Time Dining and always asked to share a table and me interesting people. Tried the Windjammer for two lunches the days we were in port and stayed on ship. Like the international flavor and felt the options were extensive and good.

ENTERTAINMENT: The director was Michele and I was thoroughly empressed with him and the quality of the entertainment. By far this is the best entertainment I have experienced on board ANY ship. Very edgy and the art direction and costuming were phenomenal. The Fine Line: Fantastic, cool, graphics synchronized to the music and action was great. Far more than a diving water show. Also took in Hideway Heist toward the end of the cruise which was kitchy...both great. 1887 was pretty out there for an ice show, but cool. Great projection showed the ice changing to water and back to ice again. Alot more plot and content than most ice shows and great costumes. Also watched the free-form skating show the last few days which was excellent. Far more orchestrated than advertised and preferred the second i-Skate to the 1887. Comedians were hilarious, took in the adult show as well as the last night family friendly show. Columbus show was wacky and fast paced, enjoyed the romp and the ship onstage was amazing. Grease was well done, great leads and the Orchestra was amazing. We had seen them at Jazz on Four the night before and got to see how talented they were.

SERVICE: Prior to going I had read a lot of reviews saying the onboard staff were phoning it in. Did not find that at all, in fact quite the opposite. Everyone was lovely, seemed genuinely interested in us and our trip and went out of their way to be of service. It makes me think that you get what you give. I did see some rude people who were horrible to the staff, always complaining about something. After we were on our excursion in Jamaica (keep reading) it put lots of things into perspective.

EXCURSIONS: We had been to Labadee and Cozumel several times so we opted to stay on the ship and enjoy pool time without all the people. The first night of our cruise we met a couple who had been on an entire "Give Back" cruise and they were talking about how great it was to do something for others. They told us about the Volunteer Excursion available in Jamaica so we signed up. There were 13 people in our group and we rode in a bus from Falmouth to Montego Bay. Started at a halfway house where residents can stay for 6 months to get their lives together. The entire place held about 25 residents and was totally self-sustaining. They raised chickens, sold eggs, grew their own food and made crafts to sell. While there we collected eggs and tilled their garden. We also noticed they were in need of a new washer and we collected money to use towards that. Next we went to the heart of downtown Montego Bay which was teaming with people and traffic. We visited a wonderful mission that provided showers and toilitries to the people as well as three meals a day. We were there at lunchtime and helped in the kitchen and served people both inside and out. It was incredibly moving to see the work this group is doing and the people of Jamaica. After seeing people with no shoes and basically living on the street, coming back to the cruise ship and all the oppulence had new meaning. It was so rewarding and I felt good knowing that both of these chairities were getting some of our excursion fees. Our driver Mr. Robinson was a delight and in the future I will look for more volunteer excursions before deciding on a ship.

Overall we had a fabulous time and I highly recommend Harmony of the Seas. We took advantage of everything we could...really enjoyed the many parades on the promenade-great costumes and energy. A few suggestions which I will share with Royal Caribbean: Solarium should be no kids at all times. I didn't see any during the day, but people brought them to dinner and it was disruptive. Sorry, I have raised my kids and would prefer dinner that is quiet. Don't fall for the mobile passport app, customs wanted to see the real deal. Zoom was fantastic and allowed us to stay connected via facetime both on ship and with kids back home.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 5D 14728
Beautifully appointed, tons of storage! Took us a bit to figure out that the sea pass card is the ticket to the lights coming on (it had been a few years since we sailed), but thoroughly enjoyed the space. Only complaints would be the need for more outlets. One is needed in the bathroom and on both sides of the bed. I was a bit disappointed in the fact that there were no movies available in the room as we have had on past cruises. Beds were very comfortable, ours was closest to the balcony which allowed you to lie in bed and gaze outside. Nice cheese and chocolate trays from R.C. Manu was our steward and he was superb, quickly learned our habits.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Falmouth
    Visited a halfway house in Montego Bay which allows residents to stay for 6 months to get on their feet. Totally sustainable, helped them collect eggs and tilled their garden. Collected money within our group to put towards a new washing machine. Then visited a mission in the heart of Montego Bay which provides showers and meals to people on the street. Served lunch both indoors and out. Very powerful and moving experience and felt good that part of the excursion money was going towards these organizations. We will continue to look for giving back opportunities while on vacation, helps put things into perspective, especially when you go back to the oppulance of the ship. Makes one thankful. HIghly recommend this experience and I hope more cruise lines continue to follow this trend.
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  • Labadee
    Labadee had been a lot more developed than the last time we had been there. As vegetarians the hot dogs and hamburger picnic on the beach doesn't hold much sway with us, so back to the ship. Beautiful island though.
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