Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by Shortcake16
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Central Park View Balcony
Embarkation was a breeze! RCCL now has employees with tablets posted at the front of some lines to check people in who already have their Set Sail pass printed and ready to scan, so take time before your cruise to do the online check-in and print your passes!! We were on the ship within 10 minutes, and our ship cards were waiting at our room. So easy!
Our room was ready at 1pm sharp, and was beautiful! We had our usual Central Park balcony, as on the Oasis OTS, but the layout was different and the room seemed much more spacious! Very clean, cool, comfortable, included a bottle of wine and some extras. My only complaint is that the pillows were extremely flat. I recently had a disc replacement in my neck so by the end of the cruise I was really hurting. My fault for not bring my own pillow.
We went to eat in the WIndjammer, which was busy but manageable. Food was yummy.
They were REALLY pushing the deluxe beverage package, offering buy one, get one 50%. We never get the beverage package, but after cruising on Norwegian Sky with drinks included we decided to try it on RCCL. Almost $900 later, we had our drink package and began enjoying it immediately. Drinks were mostly good but bars got crowded and slow, and kids using the bar areas did not help! Parents and RCCL: PLEASE keep kids out of the bars, at least prohibited from sitting at the bar and ordering sodas. There are other places to get sodas. Leave the bars to adults drinking bar beverages. Especially where the seating is limited, like the Rising Tide Bar. I get it, it goes up and down and kids dig it, but a bar is for adults and we should be able to find a seat not occupied by kids eating pizza with their faces in their phones.
Sea days were fantastically relaxing! Roaming the ship, watching the Flow Rider surfers, shopping, CASINO!!! (I love this casino has a non-smoking side! As a heart patient who can't be around smoke, it's lovely to enjoy a casino!)
We ate in the dining room once, with My Time dining. Luckily I reserved our time online in advance because the non-reservation was ridiculously long! Windjammer was really good for dinner and lunch, as was Solarium Bistro and room service.
I cannot say enough about the ports we visited (besides Coco Cay which we didn't participate in due to the upcharges).
1. In Costa Maya we booked the Port Pass excursion thru the ship and that was great! Included tequila tour and tasting, chocolate theatrical tour and tasting, and aviary which was very cool. And 3 free drinks per person. All without leaving the cruise port!
2. In Roatan we booked a private tour with Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary. One of his tour guides, Felicia, picked us up at the pier and drove us around the island before stopping at a chocolate factory, the animal sanctuary (phenomenal to hold a sloth and play with monkeys), the iguana and marine sanctuary (loved this! huge iguanas, lobsters, huge tarpon fish and amberjack fish), and a beautiful local restaurant with the best seafood and view right on the water! ) FYI: the ship offered an excursion to the monkey and sloth sanctuary for about $149 per person; we got a 5-hour private tour of the island, including the sanctuary and more, and paid $40 per person by booking directly with them. Plus, this ensures the islanders get all the financial benefit from our visit, not the cruise line.
3. In Cozumel we booked an excursion via Vacations To Go, called Taste of Mexico. This was so much fun and educational! We learned about the chocolate-making process, ground our own beans and made our own chocolate bars, enjoying authentic Mexican mole dip and chocolate with tequila drinks. We learned all about tequila: difference between sipping and mixing tequilas, the process of growing and harvesting blue agave plants, the proper way to drink sipping tequilas, and even got our own graduation certificates at the end! We also enjoyed the all-you-can-eat taco bar with home made tortillas.
Entertainment, as always, was top notch! I, personally, found Grease to be a huge disappointment, but the aqua show, ice skating, Columbus musical, and everything else more than made up for it! Again, I was glad I reserved our seats and times online before the cruise because a lot of people without reservations did not get seats for some shows.
All around, a great cruise that we will always remember and look forward to going again!!
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Costa MayaJesus, our guide, was entertaining. We enjoyed the theatrical chocolate tour, and tequila tasting, and the aviary was pretty cool. We LOVE Mexican food, and enjoyed some of the best we've had at a little place in the port (Lolo or something like that). Yummy tacos and burritos, and HUGE quesadillas. Yum!View All 12,810 Costa Maya Cruise Port Reviews
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CozumelMade our own chocolate bar after grinding the beans and mixing, had delicious chocolate-tequila drinks and Mexican mole sauce, all-you-can-eat taco buffet with home made tortillas, tequila tasting and "class" with graduation certificates.View All 12,810 Cozumel Cruise Port Reviews
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Perfect Day at CocoCayThis island is an upsell for RCCL. Almost everything is an extra fee, and not cheap! We stayed on the ship and enjoyed the peace and quiet.View All 37 Perfect Day at CocoCay Cruise Port Reviews
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RoatanFelicia met us at the pier, was super friendly and knowledgeable, drove us around the island then to the monkey sanctuary, the 21 Dragonflies chocolate place (delicious tea and coffee!!), the iguana park, and a fantastic local restaurant with the most beautiful view of the water and delicious food for a great price.View All 12,810 Roatan Cruise Port Reviews
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