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We have previously been on the Oasis and Allure. We were excited to go on the Harmony. As expected, the Harmony is a gorgeous ship. I love the Oasis class ships, as they are easy to navigate and all the neighborhoods help to spread the people out on the ship and help make it feel uncrowded. The shows on this ship are absolutely top notch. Grease was, by far, the best show we've seen on a ship and so fun! Every single show on the ship is just amazing. The ports were great, too. Between the ship, shows and ports, this had the potential to be the best cruise we've ever gone on. But... We usually go this particular week because it's between school breaks in the U.S. so we've found it a good time to cruise when there isn't many kids. Except this year! We were told there were 1,500 kids on the ship!!! That was way too many! Children were everywhere, even where they shouldn't be (solarium, bars and hot tubs). From what I understand, RC was offering a "kids are free" promotion that might have been the reason why it was so inundated with little kids. There was a Jewish holiday that week so there were certain things done that week to cater to the Jewish passengers (changing the Solarium Bistro to a kosher restaurant, for instance). It seems like it would have been better to set up the kosher restaurant away from the Solarium, since that brought kids into that area. Most of the other passengers on the ship were from Brazil. You can tell that customs are different there, as the entire time people (especially children) were cutting in lines and behaving in a way that most Americans would consider rude. We alternate between Royal Caribbean (because their ships are just magnificent) and Carnival (which really are a bit more fun). Whenever we go on Carnival, I find people turn their nose up about it and want to make comments about the kids or lower class of people on the ships. I can honestly say that this was the worst experience I've ever had as far as fellow passengers on any ship. Hot tubs were full of toddlers in swim diapers, leaving no room for adults. Some families had to be told over and over again that they couldn't have their kids in the Solarium. Kids were constantly cutting lines. I was kicked hard in the back in the pool by a bigger kid who didn't even take the time to apologize. Another thing we saw on this ship that we haven't seen before was 2-3 small dogs. Sorry, but a miniature poodle or a yorkie is not a real service dog and have no place on a ship! A couple we met in the hot tub (which we could only get in at night when people finally got their toddlers out of there) told us that one of the dogs was left in the cabin all day while the lady who brought it was on an island and it barked non-stop, causing them to avoid going to their room at all. In summary, I can only say that the Harmony of the Seas is a fabulous ship. It's a marvel on the sea. If RC continues on this quest to fill the ship with as many kids as possible, though, they're not going to remain our first choice. We get very little time off work and choose a cruise to relax. When you can't go into a pool without getting splashed and kicked, can't get into a hot tub during the day due to it being full of kids with floaties on their arms and swim diapers on and can't even escape to the Solarium without waiting for kids to be served sodas at the bar before you, it really deters from the relaxing trip we had hoped for.

Awesome ships with great ports. WAY too many kids. What's with the dogs?

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by jodygirl73

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
We have previously been on the Oasis and Allure. We were excited to go on the Harmony. As expected, the Harmony is a gorgeous ship. I love the Oasis class ships, as they are easy to navigate and all the neighborhoods help to spread the people out on the ship and help make it feel uncrowded. The shows on this ship are absolutely top notch. Grease was, by far, the best show we've seen on a ship and so fun! Every single show on the ship is just amazing. The ports were great, too. Between the ship, shows and ports, this had the potential to be the best cruise we've ever gone on. But...

We usually go this particular week because it's between school breaks in the U.S. so we've found it a good time to cruise when there isn't many kids. Except this year! We were told there were 1,500 kids on the ship!!! That was way too many! Children were everywhere, even where they shouldn't be (solarium, bars and hot tubs). From what I understand, RC was offering a "kids are free" promotion that might have been the reason why it was so inundated with little kids.

There was a Jewish holiday that week so there were certain things done that week to cater to the Jewish passengers (changing the Solarium Bistro to a kosher restaurant, for instance). It seems like it would have been better to set up the kosher restaurant away from the Solarium, since that brought kids into that area.

Most of the other passengers on the ship were from Brazil. You can tell that customs are different there, as the entire time people (especially children) were cutting in lines and behaving in a way that most Americans would consider rude.

We alternate between Royal Caribbean (because their ships are just magnificent) and Carnival (which really are a bit more fun). Whenever we go on Carnival, I find people turn their nose up about it and want to make comments about the kids or lower class of people on the ships. I can honestly say that this was the worst experience I've ever had as far as fellow passengers on any ship. Hot tubs were full of toddlers in swim diapers, leaving no room for adults. Some families had to be told over and over again that they couldn't have their kids in the Solarium. Kids were constantly cutting lines. I was kicked hard in the back in the pool by a bigger kid who didn't even take the time to apologize.

Another thing we saw on this ship that we haven't seen before was 2-3 small dogs. Sorry, but a miniature poodle or a yorkie is not a real service dog and have no place on a ship! A couple we met in the hot tub (which we could only get in at night when people finally got their toddlers out of there) told us that one of the dogs was left in the cabin all day while the lady who brought it was on an island and it barked non-stop, causing them to avoid going to their room at all.

In summary, I can only say that the Harmony of the Seas is a fabulous ship. It's a marvel on the sea. If RC continues on this quest to fill the ship with as many kids as possible, though, they're not going to remain our first choice. We get very little time off work and choose a cruise to relax. When you can't go into a pool without getting splashed and kicked, can't get into a hot tub during the day due to it being full of kids with floaties on their arms and swim diapers on and can't even escape to the Solarium without waiting for kids to be served sodas at the bar before you, it really deters from the relaxing trip we had hoped for.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6D 14692
DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT choose this cabin!! We thought it would be great to be close to the pool deck (which was convenient, for sure). However, this is the loudest cabin ever! It took us a few days to discover what the constant noise was. This cabin is directly under the Mini Bites restaurant, where they serve quick foods. It has an omelette station in the morning, then changes over to serve hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and nachos. If you are in room 14692, for all the hours Mini Bites is open you will hear CONSTANT, super loud chair scraping noises as people get in and out of their seats when eating.

The design of the cabin was actually awesome. It seemed more spacious than the balcony rooms on some other ships. The closet set-up was great. So, go ahead...get a balcony because they're great. Do yourself a favor and go down one more deck so you can have some peace and quiet in your room, though!

If you're already booked in cabin 14692 and didn't think to look for reviews until afterwards, pack earplugs and consider downloading a white noise application for your phone.
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