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  1. Hello all! Currently on the Harmony. A gorgeous ship for sure! Previous Oasis passenger but have to say this ship is noticeably packed to the to full capacity. I have never noticed such a crowd on Oasis. We have cruised previously in March but this tour is noticeably more crowded. It is a beautiful ship but have noticed the service is a bit slower due to capacity. LOTS of kids and families, maybe because of the Columbus Day Holliday and fall break? perfect day at Coco Cay was perfect as we rented a beach bed and were very satisfied. The bar service was a little lacking, seemed there were few assigned to large areas. The pools on our first sea day was pretty much overwhelming, not a spot to soak in any of the pools. I LOVE the glamour of the new ships, but wonder if I would be happier in a smaller Freedom class ship with less people as we don’t really do the water slides, flow rider, etc. Again, I love the Oasis class ships of their ambiance but wonder if a smaller ship fits more in our lifestyle of relaxation and service. I would book again on Harmony just lower my expectations of cruising as in the good old days.
  2. Sailing on the Harmony in 30 days 😁. A friend has asked me to purchase a bottle or two of White Hennessy. Wondering if a recent cruiser can tell me the approximate price onboard? Also, we visit St Maarten and I’ve heard the price is reasonable there. Thanks in advance! CJ
  3. We are looking at the Interior Virtual Cabins. If you have stayed in one of these cabins, can you recommend one that is quiet? I was looking at decks 8 or 9 but am concerned about noise from Dazzles. Someone suggested cabin 11426. Any input on that one? Thanks for your help.
  4. I don't do reviews, but wanted to offer my thoughts on our cruise and answer any questions you might have. 1. We were in a JS on the hump on deck 8. Loved the cabin and balcony and the location on deck 8. Convenient to the Trellis Bar and Park Café. We were able to book the Coastal Kitchen for dinner at whatever time we wanted as long as we wanted a table for 2. We had to adjust a bit for a table for 4, but still were able to get reservations. We really enjoyed our Coastal Kitchen dinner experience and ate there for 5 nights. 2. This cruise was rerouted from Eastern to Western due to Tropical Storm Karen. I much prefer the Eastern route, but after 30+ cruises it really doesn't matter to us. The weather and seas were great, but HOT doesn't even begin to describe it. It was the first time I didn't spend much time on the balcony, it was brutal. 3. We aren't big eaters, so we have one big meal a day and snack for the others. We enjoyed a lunch at Chops and recommend that. We also did the Solarium Bistro for dinner one night and really enjoyed that. We ate one lunch at Windjammer and it was mediocre at best. We enjoyed Mini Bites, The Dog House, Park Café, and Sorrentos. Those venues were fine and served their purpose. 4. Ports. I am nursing a broken foot and we only got off the ship at Coco Cay. It was very windy and they cancelled many activities. We were just planning on looking around and I think it is a very interesting port and maybe next time we can participate in some activities. Lunch was good, but drink service was sub par. 5. We did Escape the Rubicon and had a blast! We had a good group and made it out with 2 minutes to spare. We've never done an escape room before and didn't know what to expect. It isn't easy and I would definitely recommend giving it a try. 6. We had the drink package. We've always thought it was a great option. The drinks were watered down big time! What a disappointment. Even when the bartenders weren't aware of whether you had the package or not, the drinks were extremely weak. On prior cruises, I had to watch myself to not over indulge. Not this time. Everyone in our group had the same experience. We only had "good" drinks at the Coastal Kitchen and The Rising Tide bar. I like cosmos and to fill up the glass they would add Roses lime juice to make a full glass. Really?! I asked for a dirty martini and the amount of olive juice was overpowering. I love chocolate martinis and they added the frozen ice cream mix to make it a full drink. I know the recipes for these drinks and they were basically cheating to fill up a glass. It took me a while to figure it out, but once I watched how they did it, well, I wasn't happy to say the least. I would be upset to have to pay full price for what we got, the drinks are not cheap. 7. Elevators were slow. Workable, but slow. With my broken foot, stairs were not an option. Other people in our group would take the stairs, but I was stuck. Overall we had a great cruise. We love Oasis class! The only big negative was the watered down drink package and it was enough for our group to reconsider an RCCL cruise in the future. Wake up RCCL!!!
  5. Hi everyone! Currently on the Harmony and just wanted to share some observations for day 1. Harmony is a gorgeous ship! Clean and just huge! It’s a bit overwhelming but we are loving it so far. Ship is at max capacity and you totally notice especially at the elevators. We have the ultimate dining package and ate at Chops for lunch and 150 Central Park for dinner. Absolutely no issues ordering 2 entrees in both restaurants. The waiters actually encouraged it as we wanted to try different dishes. No extra charge. Wonderful experience so far with the package. Formal nights are back! Just received our day 2 cruise compass and dress code is formal. Happy Cruising everyone!
  6. I am booked in cabin 6700 on Harmony of the Seas, which is behind the arcade. Has anyone who has stayed in this area of the ship let me know if this area was noisy? It's difficult to tell from the deck plan how much of a buffer there is between the cabin and the arcade. Thanks!
  7. Well we tried the Monster and we did not like it. You had better like crowds, a lot of children, loud music & noise, full elevators, rain inside the ship, cancellation of entertainment, pushing and cutting in front at the Windjammer, pitiful paper napkins, smoking in the Casino, overpriced cocktails that are only half full, and so on and so on. We are seasoned cruisers and have been loyal Holland American for several years. We chose this cruise because it was a group cruise with my high school class and Port Canaveral is close to our home. It all starts with having to drag your carry on luggage to a lunch spot along with the thousands of other passengers. We ended up eating hot dogs, only open seats we could find. Breakfast was at Johnny Rocket's and it was tasty with excellent service. The biggest problem, it was pouring rain and with the open ship you need you umbrella or you will get soaking wet. Lunch was usually at the Park Café for the great roast beef sandwich and crisp salad make to your choice of ingredients. It was quieter here and had open tables. For dinner we ate 4 evenings in the Silk Dinning Room with our group and the food was good, not excellent except for the escargot, onion soup, lamb chops, and prime ribs. We had group reservations and were seated in an area they called the Island, the was fine until they seated the screaming kids there. I asked them not to do this again, it is noisy enough without the kids screaming. The other evenings were at Isuma hibachi, a real showman with some moves we had never seen, lobster and scallops were OK. The problem, a family with very small children who screamed through dinner. I don't like paying $100 + tip + cocktails to listen to screaming children. We could not be moved as the other two tables were full. We have children of our own and 11 great-grand children who we dearly love but WHY would someone bring a small child (less than 2 years old) on a cruise is beyond me. One evening was at Sabor with fantastic guacamole, a delicious margarita and good service. The bad was the very loud noise from the Aqua Theater. Another night we ate at the Solarium Bistro, finally a quite place with good service, it is a buffet for all items except your entrée. The Captain and other officers were eating there and we know why, you can finally carry on a conversation at dinner. If you go to Mini Bites expect a lot of children, a wet floor from the dripping bathing suits and heat (it is open). They only serve burgers or hot dogs, once was enough. Breakfast room service was Continental because anything hot was a charge of $7.99 plus tip, ridiculous.. Cocktails run from $10 and up and are usually 1/2 full, I sent my back and asked them to give me a full drink. The smoking in the Casino is choking awful and should not be allowed, a real fire hazard. I can't believe Royal would allow this. The life boat drill is a joke, get ready to sail the Titanic as they could never get all these bodies off that ship. The life jackets are stored on the boat and not in your cabin, they give them out when needed. The video that was shown to demonstrate the life boat drill was based on James Bond, music and characters, and if you could see it or hear it you were lucky. Hundreds of people packed into the Promenade trying to find seats and talking through out the entire presentation. No roll call was taken so we could have stayed in our cabin and no one would have known we were not there. Our cabin steward was excellent and kept our mini-suite clean. He replied to any request we had, was professional and friendly. The cabin was nice except for the mini-tub, it has a half glass partition not a full shower curtain and our floor would be all wet after showering. We did enjoy the veranda a few days when we were not in the sun. We usually end up in our cabin in the afternoon and enjoy watching a movie, get ready to pay $11.99 for any movie, this is really going to far Royal, WHY??? We are not pool people, have had too many skin cancers for any more sun exposure. A lot of our group agreed they did not like the ship and some even said the other large Royal ships were better, more organized with larger elevators. We will not be sailing on anything this large again. we tried it and it failed to please so will just leave it at that. In cruising there is something for everyone and this huge monster is not for us, we are returning to Holland. Maybe someday we will cruise Royal again on a smaller ship as we had good memories of other Royal ships.
  8. Tried to book an all inclusive photo package for our upcoming January cruise on the Harmony. We were told it isn't available. We hope that it will be as we find it the only "bargain" on the cruise. We typically take many pictures daily- and when in port- on our last cruise, we were given a site to sign on into when we arrived home. Were able to order albums for our preferred photo vendor. So much better then carrying hard copies of pictures. You can also print the photos at home if you have the proper printer and paper. Does anybody know if the all in package prior to the cruise is still offered? Thanks
  9. So I just got this email from Royal: Dear Guest, We would like to provide you with important information for your upcoming Harmony of the Seas cruise departing on October 13th, 2019. The U.S. Coast Guard will be conducting a mandatory routine inspection onboard before your boarding can begin. As a result, check-in for your cruise will take place between 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. If you haven't already done so, please complete your online check-in, as this is the best way to expedite boarding. To check-in online, please go to http://www.royalcaribbean.com/onlinecheckin and print your SetSail Pass. You can do this up to 72-hours prior to your sailing. As seating in the terminal is very limited, we kindly ask guests to arrive to the cruise terminal after 12:00 PM. We thank you for your time and cooperation and look forward to welcoming you onboard Harmony of the Seas. Sincerely, Royal Caribbean International What time can I realistically board? Are they strict on this window of time?
  10. Hello Cruise Friends… Welcome to "Live from Harmony of the Seas... Only a couple days to go (Maybe), until we are Finally back aboard the beautiful Harmony of the Seas!! Here we are at the start of another "Live" that I was going to do, then I wasn't going to do, then I was going to do it, then I wasn't going to do it. Well, here we are.... Those that have read my "Live" trip reports before will know its not any secret that these Oasis class ships are by far my most favorite ships. My previous "Live" trip reports on Oasis class ships... "Live" From Allure of the Seas. May 5-12, 2019 - Powerful and Mysteriously Attractive "Live" From Symphony of the Seas. February 9-16, 2019 - Trainman-2 Tribute "Live" from Oasis of the Seas, November 4-11, 2018. "Live" from Harmony of the Seas, September 8-15, 2018 "Live" from the Oasis of the Seas, November 12-19, 2017 part One "Live" from Allure of the Seas. November 17-24, 2013 So with that it's time to do another "Live" aboard the beautiful Lady Harmony. This cruise was booked the end of December, over 250 days out. Whoa, that's quite a distant out, well for me. We've had a very active roll call for this cruise which will yield into a ton of new fun at sea adventures, new cruises friends and just an overall Epic cruise on Lady Harmony. If you like food, you're in luck! This cruise will be another "Unlimited Dining Package" experience. This cruise it was decided to get the Deluxe Beverage Package, I've not bought it my past few cruises. This will be a treat, last time I purchased it was when I sailed on Independence of the seas last year. Before we know it Sunday morning will be here, look at her... isn't she gorgeous? Our itinerary during the next 7 days and 7 nights: Maybe? Welcome aboard! Sit back, relax and let's go cruising! Till a later time, soon to be "Live" from "Harmony of the Seas"!
  11. I see an price offer for "up to 50% off " unlimited specialty dining for the Harmony in Jan. The price is 199.00, discount already included. What is the usual price? If you do this, and never it in dining room, do you remove dining room tips ? This package includes lunches on sea days and service charges.
  12. On a recent cruise compass, it lists the early seating from 5-5:30 pm. Is the half hour just a time slot to allow everyone to get to the MDR, and then the doors close at 5:30 pm? I remember long line ups for the elevators, and perhaps this is just added time? TIA (thanks in advance)
  13. After reading about the cracked and uncomfortable seats, I’d like to know which MDRs are traditional and which My Time? i did ask on a thread but my question may be buried.
  14. Does anyone know when Harmony of the Seas will be decorated for Halloween? We are sailing on October 20 and my grandson wants to know if the ship will be decorated. Thanks!
  15. Hi Everyone And Welcome To My Liveish Blog On Harmony Of The Seas. I Am Going To Start The Blog A Little Soon So I Can Have Time To Write About What Mine Plans Are For This Sailing. I hope You Will Follow Me For This Cruise Adventure!!!
  16. Hello all! We are starting to plan out next cruise. Both Harmony and Allure have cruises that go out on January 3, 2021. The one on Harmony goes to St. Kitts, St. Thomas, and Coco Cay. The one on Allure goes to Coco Cay, St. Maarten, and San Juan. We would be picking an inside cabin with no view. I know that the ships are pretty close to the same, and that Allure will be getting updated before we go, but are the shows and food about the same also? Looking at the deck plans Allure's inside cabins might be smaller. (but not a deal breaker) We have always managed to do Western Caribbean, so this will be our first Eastern Caribbean, and I'm not sure which itinerary is best for us. I have looked at the excursions, and again about the same for the things we would enjoy. Prices are pretty comparable on either as well. So I am looking for some opinions. Ultimately I know it is our decision, but some opinions will help us weigh the good and bad, pros and cons. Thanks!
  17. Does anyone know if the apple pie from Chops Grille is the same as the one in the MDR? Chops Grille description: Warm Apple Pie a la mode, vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce Thanks!
  18. Wondering what locations can a coffee card be used on the Harmony? Interested to know if the card can be used at: Park Cafe Promenade Cafe Windjammer Dining Rooms Thank you for any information you can provide.
  19. Hi all, Husband and I are going on a 20th anniversary sans kids in April 2020. Both cruises are the same week, and have Work conferences for me so we get cheap rates and my cruise is technically “free.” The Symphony will visit Coco Cay, St. Kitts, and St. Thomas. Harmony will visit Coco Cay, San Juan, and St. Maarten. We have done several western cruises but no Eastern. We were in the Harmony last April with the kids and enjoyed it. I guess I’m just wondering which ship others would choose. We have never cruised out of PC, only Everglades or Miami. Thank you for your help!
  20. Hello, We are going on a 7 day cruise on Harmony of the Seas on October 20th. I have a 3 year old that is potty trained and I was curious about some of the daycare items. 1) How many hours do they initially let you book when you get on board? 2) Did you find you could add more hours the next day or was it booked up? 3) How late are they open at night? 4) Do they have cots? Will they put your kid to bed? 5) will they serve food? THANKS
  21. Hello Everyone! We’re off on another adventure! Thank you to those have followed along with us the last few reviews! This time, we’re trying out Harmony of the Seas, our first time on an Oasis Class ship! We’ve previously sailed on Vision/Radiance/Voyager/Freedom Class ships, plus Majesty, and are excited to try out the big one. A little bit about us: We’re both career educators, me a middle school band director, a saint, I know, and him a high school administrator, both in Hillsborough County. We love our jobs, but every chance we have to get away we take. While I have the summer off, he works 12 months, so this is our only opportunity to sneak off this summer. We’ve only been cruising regularly for a little over 2.5 years, but fell in love with it almost immediately. This is our first cruise with just the 2 of us since June 2017, and that may just be the most exciting part. Don’t get me wrong, we love our cruising friends, but it’s nice to get away just us too. Living in Florida has its perks...there are 4 ports between 20 minutes and 4.5 hours away. Cruising is very easy. Being an educator in Florida who likes to cruise, however, has its downfalls. Very rarely do I get to cruise without someone from my school on the ship. This cruise is no exception. The PTSA President and her family will be on board, and staying on the same deck. Joy! The cruise: We are doing a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise. The itinerary is below. We will be staying in a Boardwalk View Balcony. I’m excited to try one out. As I said before, this is our first time on an Oasis Class ship, so the neighborhood concept is new to us. We’ll see if we like it. We have the second to last room aft, so maybe a sliver of ocean and the aqua theater viewable, depending on how much Perfect Abyss blocks. Itinerary: Day 1 - Sailaway Day 2 - Perfect Day at CocoCay Day 3 - At Sea Day 4 - St. Thomas Day 5 - St. Maarten Day 6 - At Sea Day 7 - At Sea Day 8 - Back to Reality I chose this sailing for 2 reason. First, the ship. We wanted to try it, and I wanted the food choices. Second, the itinerary. We’re visiting CocoCay for the first time since renovations, and St. Thomas and St. Maarten are two of our favorites. We’ll go anytime we can. Maho Beach especially. It was #1 on my checker list from the time I was 15 until I got to check it off. For this sailing, I booked us the Ultimate Dining Package. Over the course of the year since, RC eliminates the Ultimate and rolled out the Unlimited. I’m beyond excited to eat my way through this cruise, not that I don’t every cruise, but with so many dining options to try, the foodie in me is ready for new things. With UDP comes a lot of reservations to keep track of. Throw in the show reservations, plus excursions and it easily becomes overwhelming...at least for me it did. I teach middle school. Everything is planned out because it has to be. Chaos and 12 year olds holding thousands of dollars worth of equipment don’t mix well. So, while for some it’s overkill, for me, having an itinerary works well. It keeps us on track, and gives me a visual. Will we follow it 100%? Absolutely not. But at least I have an idea of what a day holds. We all work differently. Of course, I’m extra, so it’s color coded. Sidebar...I posted it to another website, and it’s amazing how many people there with so much free time that they stop by to let you know you’re planning your vacation wrong. Well...that’s a start. Plenty more to come. If you want more content, feel free to follow us on FB and Instagram. Our page/profile on both is queensonthehighseas Thanks for following along!
  22. May sound odd to non-baseball fans, but our cruise is in the midst of the playoffs. I am a lifelong baseball fan. Is there a sports TV area on Harmony, and if so, will it be tuned in to AL/NL DS, CS??
  23. Is there a hair dryer already on Harmony or do we need to take on.
  24. How long does it take to get a refund for pre-purchased cruise items i.e. dining, tours, drinks, internet, etc. I spent $1300 on items. I received an email on Sept 11th saying all of those items had been changed to cancelled and I would receive a refund. We are now at Sept 26th with no refund. I called in 5 days ago and asked about the status and they said they would look into it and to give them 7 more business days. I think this was just a stall tactic as there has still been no movement. Getting rather pissed off about now. This was for the Harmony of the Seas Sept 1st cruise that was ruined by Dorian. I did receive the FCC, and money back for the taxes and port charges at least.
  25. As many of you may have heard, Karen is keeping us away from St. Thomas and St. Maarten on this cruise. We knew it was hurricane season and it might happen. The Captain informed us yesterday at the end of the muster drill that we would still do Coco Cay on Monday (today) but we would then be heading west. At that time he didn’t know what ports we would go to, or what days, but promised to keep us informed. About 6:30 pm he let us know that we would be stopping at Costa Maya on Wednesday and Cozumel on Thursday. These wouldn’t be be my first choice of ports, but better safe than sorry and we can enjoy ourselves wherever we go. We are having some trouble picking new excursions and the weather looks a little iffy on port days. My husband and I would be content to stay on board, but I don’t think our 20 year old would be quite as excited. She was really looking forward to flyboarding in St Thomas. It was gorgeous today in Coco Cay and we had a great water park cabana, #54. The furthest one, and very quiet. Don and Evita were our cabana attendants and they were the best. At about 3:15 they brought us food containers with 6 fruit skewers and a funnel cake. They like to make sure all their guests try the funnel cake. It was pretty good, but I live in the Midwest so funnel cakes are fair food, and ours are hard to beat. I will try to check back back in and let you know how it all pans out. I know some people are grousing that the western itinerary is cheaper than the eastern and passengers should get some $ back. I am just glad to be safe from the storm. It is time to go get dressed for dinner at Jamie’s and the show in the aqua theater. Have a a nice night!
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