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Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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BirdTravels on the Harmony of the Seas to the Bahamas

Harmony of the Seas Cruise Review by BirdTravels

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite with Balcony

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

This was a fun, 3-day getaway to the Bahamas on the spectacular Harmony of the Seas! This was the first voyage of the Harmony out of her new home port of Orlando (Port Canaveral). For PC, it was a significant event to have the Harmony home ported there. Being her first voyage out of PC, we received a ceremonial send off with a 3 fireboat escort – water fountaining everywhere.

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ITINERARY

Mon - Orlando (Port Canaveral), Fl

Tue - Nassau, Bahamas

Wed - Cruising - Test docking at Cococay

Thu - Orlando (Port Canaveral), Fl

EMBARKATION

We spent a few days in Orlando before joining our cruise. We rented a car at MCO (Orlando Airport) and stayed at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area, which is our go-to hotel in the area. It is right across the street from Disney Springs (a.k.a. Downtown Disney) and has easy access to the parks and a quick walk across the street for that last minute shopping for mouse ears or late night entertainment and sugary treats.

On the morning of embarkation, we drove from Orlando to Port Canaveral. We topped of our gas before the last causeway and dropped our car rental off at the port. We caught the car rental shuttle over to the ship. This worked out exceptionally well and was quick and easy.

Security was fast and easy. No lines. We asked and were given two (wrong) sets of directions on where to go in the terminal for suites check-in (trying to avoid the main check in which had short lines). We checked in with one of the shore staff with an iPad in the suites waiting area. The suites waiting area had nice soft sofas to sit on and snacks (sandwiches, cookies, coffee, and tea). We glanced over at the Key waiting area, and it was just a separate section in the main waiting room, nothing special or fancy; hard plastic chairs.

The ship had repositioned empty the night before, so we fully expected to board early. When boarding started, there was lot of start and stop at the entrance to the security, very disorganized.

STATEROOM

Category: GS (Grand Suite)

Room: 11660

As expected our room was available as soon as we boarded. Our stateroom keys and wow bands were waiting at the room (one key on the door, the rest on the bed).

The stateroom was a very spacious room, rivaling a small suite in a land-based hotel. There were separate bedroom and living room areas. The bedroom had a king size bed with separately controlled lamps on both sides of the bed. The bed was flanked with two good size stone-topped nightstands. There was a vanity area next to the bed with lots of drawers and storage. There was also a jewelry box on the stone-topped counter.

The living room had a sofa bed, armchair, and coffee table. There were a couple of end tables. While there was a lot of furniture, there wasn’t enough space for it all, and things kinda were stacked against each other. There was a dry bar with fresh fruit and a cheapy single cup coffee maker. Again, more storage that you could ever use, even on a long cruise.

The bathroom was spacious, but the space could have been used better. There was a skinny tub/shower that tapered down at the bottom. Saves water but nothing you would get in a family non-suite. There were double sinks and came with L’Occitane amenities (which we really like).

The balcony was spacious. There were two chair/loungers with a decent sized table. And a separate dining table for two (with space to spare).

DINING

This was a short getaway cruise, so we took most of our meals in Costal Kitchen. We had emailed the Concierge the week before cruise to book our dinner reservations around entertainment reservations.

Costal Kitchen was a step above the main dining room complimentary food and allowed us to dine at times that suited our schedule (pseudo MyTime Dining). There was also a nice selection of hot and cold snacks on the suites lounge side of the room.

The main dining room has a wonderful breakfast and lunch buffet (they also serve off of an a la carte menu). The buffets are fun and has something for everyone.

ENTERTAINMENT

Adventure Ocean: Need some mommy and daddy alone time? Kids clubs for all ages will give you some time off for a dinner or a show.

Spa: Time for a relaxing massage for facial. The “thermal suite” on the Harmony is not worth the space that they have allocated to it.

The Suites Sundeck: A private oasis high above the rest of the ship. Get some sun. Get a drink. Relax!

Grease The Musical: We always loved Grease and this shipboard musical did not disappoint. It takes us back to Rydell High with the budding love between Sandy and Danny. Great music, good staging, lots of fun

The Fine Line Aqua Show: Shows in the Aquatheater are great. But reservations are required. Stand-by seating ends up being in the splash zone a lot of the time. This was a high energy, edgy show with fast past dancing, aerialists, Tightrope walking at the highest point on the ship, and lots of great music. Must see.

1887 A Journey in Time Ice Spectacular: Skating and dace in period costumes. Ice Skating Fun! We love the shows in Studio B. Reservation required if you want a seat down by the ice. We were rink side on the side in the suites seats (which was probably a little to close to the ice).

Columbus the Musical: This was an o.k. show (ship included) with lively dancing and singing. The plot was a little hard to follow, but it was still worth seeing.

Let’s Celebrate Parade: We were very, very sad when the Madagascar Penguins and Shrek were fired. And replaced with a hokey generic occasions parade. Parades are always fun, but the latest parade was a disappointment.

Caribbean Street Party: Lots of great Caribbean tunes to dance to on the Promenade. You need to bring a drink (or two or three) and enjoy the music and excitement.

SERVICE

Service was o.k. In general, we found the crew to be a little cold and unfriendly. That is common to most RCCL ships we have been on lately. We sail on other lines and it is really night and day when you compare the lack of positive crew engagement with the guests on RCCL. Yup, they will serve you, but don’t seem happy about it.

PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS

Nassau: Balmoral Island VIP Cabana with Lunch. For us, this was a beach day and we enjoyed having a small cabana with lunch. For lunch we had the conch fritters and ribs (they came with beans and rice and a salad) with a drink. The Cabanas were up by the pool (which we didn’t use) overlooking the beach (where we went swimming). This was a nice beach getaway.

DISEMBARKATION

Self Assist disembarkation started at 6:30 am. We left our stateroom around 7:30 and essentially kept walking until we got to the curb. We pre-booked Go Port Canaveral to transfer back to MCO. It was fast, easy, and comfortable. Go Port uses full size motor coaches. As soon as a bus filled, it was dispatched (we waited around 15 minutes). And much more comfortable than being crammed in someone’s arm pit on a van that some of the other shuttle services used. It was $14.95 per person for the one way transfer.

SUMMARY

We had a great time on the Harmony. She’s a beautiful ship and it was very comfortable. The entertainment was great (although we had to cram a week’s worth of shows into 3 days). Along with cramming a week’s relaxation and partying into 3 days. The biggest bummer was that we test docked at Cococay (first try with a big ship) without being able to disembark.


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Cabin Review

Grand Suite with Balcony
Cabin GS 11660

Category: GS (Grand Suite)

Room: 11660

As expected our room was available as soon as we boarded. Our stateroom keys and wow bands were waiting at the room (one key on the door, the rest on the bed).

The stateroom was a very spacious room, rivaling a small suite in a land-based hotel. There were separate bedroom and living room areas. The bedroom had a king size bed with separately controlled lamps on both sides of the bed. The bed was flanked with two good size stone-topped nightstands. There was a vanity area next to the bed with lots of drawers and storage. There was also a jewelry box on the stone-topped counter.

The living room had a sofa bed, armchair, and coffee table. There were a couple of end tables. While there was a lot of furniture, there wasn’t enough space for it all, and things kinda were stacked against each other. There was a dry bar with fresh fruit and a cheapy single cup coffee maker. Again, more storage that you could ever use, even on a long cruise.

The bathroom was spacious, but the space could have been used better. There was a skinny tub/shower that tapered down at the bottom. Saves water but nothing you would get in a family non-suite. There were double sinks and came with L’Occitane amenities (which we really like).

The balcony was spacious. There were two chair/loungers with a decent sized table. And a separate dining table for two (with space to spare).


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Balmoral Island VIP Cabana with Lunch. For us, this was a beach day and we enjoyed having a small cabana with lunch. For lunch we had the conch fritters and ribs (they came with beans and rice and a salad) with a drink. The Cabanas were up by the pool (which we didn’t use) overlooking the beach (where we went swimming). This was a nice beach getaway.

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