Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by big-j1
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Our room location was the absolute best ever, aside from last year when we got upgraded from a Jr Suite to a two-bedroom suite, but that looks like it will never happen again with Royal offering paid upgrades before the cruise. Still this room location was better. We were on deck six aft port side right behind the boardwalk. We had the ocean view balcony. It was a 30 second walk on the same floor to get to the board walk for a dog or a drink. Same to just get a drink in the Schooner bar. Down one level to be on the promenade. Up two levels to be in central park. I can not say how perfect this location was to be on the back of the ship and down low. You go straight up the elevators to windjammer. You go down one level to be in the main dining. We had a large group with us and four in the group were on the same floor in the same area and they all said the same thing. On an Oasis class ship that is the location to be in. One in our group was our travel agent, who of course has done many many many cruises as they are usually free for her and she kept saying that this was the best location she has been in. I was worried about being so low and in the back with engine/mechanical noise, but there was none. It was very nice to be on the lowest floor balcony and be that much closer to the water.
I thought the balcony view rooms had just what you needed, plenty of hanging space, I counted 28 hangers. Plenty of drawer and shelf space. The bathroom was just enough space. We like the layout with the bed by the balcony so that couch and floor space is by the bathroom, so there seems to be more floor space when you are getting dressed without the bed dividing the room in half. We both thought the cabin to be in perfect shape and my wife said this was the first time she did not feel the need to immediately clean everything. The room steward, Courtney, did a fantastic job. I even forgot my phone cable, it uses a USB-C cable and everything else we have uses the ‘normal’ usb mini plug. Courtney asked our neighbors to borrow one so I could get my phone charged up until we got off at our first port and I could be ripped off buying a cable there. Hey, I needed the cable to take pictures and text with others on board. First shop I found the cable they wanted $40 for the cable and I just walked out with them following be “but wait” I said there is not any reason to even negotiate with you, you are just trying to totally rip me off. We found a cable in the convenience store right at the dock in St. Martin for $13.99. I told Royal Caribbean they should have all the different cable in the photos area as they sell cameras and accessories there or in ship store, and they could make some good money on them. Also, a side note, they should sell beer and cup Royal Caribbean cozies at all the bars and they would make a killing on those. Have them that fit the beer pints, and bottle, and glasses. I digress.
I would have preferred to be on the Starboard side of the ship for this cruise, but every cruise and itinerary is different. Our first two days at sea we had no sun on our balcony, and actually we never had sun on our balcony until the very last day at sea when we were heading north. My wife would rather sun on the balcony most of the time without the chaos of the sun decks, but we do also relax on the sun decks. In St. Martin we faced the other ship across the dock. Had we been on the starboard we would have faced the island. In San Juan it was fine, we faced the main channel coming in to San Juan. In Labadee we faced the sea, if we were on the starboard side, we would have faced the island. So, on this itinerary I would have preferred to be on the Starboard, mainly for the sun. When in port, the view does not matter as much as you should be off the ship or enjoying the ship itself when it is empty.
I don’t want to go into ship details as there are plenty of those reviews around. The Harmony is a great ship. Plenty to do. Plenty of places to do nothing. As is said it is a huge ship, but you never feel like it is crowded, except events on the promenade. Great time. Great ship. Good value. Did Allure last year. Harmony this year. Would do Royal Caribbean again without a thought. I really do like the mega ships.
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I thought the balcony view rooms had just what you needed, plenty of hanging space, I counted 28 hangers. Plenty of drawer and shelf space. The bathroom was just enough space. We like the layout with the bed by the balcony so that couch and floor space is by the bathroom, so there seems to be more floor space when you are getting dressed without the bed dividing the room in half. As others have said the usb charging and electric receptacles in the cabin was great. We both thought the cabin to be in perfect shape and my wife said this was the first time she did not feel the need to immediately clean everything. The room steward, Courtney, did a fantastic job. The balcony was great with the foot rests that pull out so you felt like you had a lounger on your deck. It was small, but that is what we paid for, not a jr suite, or grand suite or two bedroom suite, all of which we have had before. The room was the perfect size.
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