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Harmony Aug 4, 2019 - We're not on Empress anymore.


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16 hours ago, BND said:

We've only had dinner once in CK on Oasis.  We always stay in JS so we're limited.  Is the food that much better or is it just the service?  Our dinner was okay but not amazing.  I did like the CK location and service.

 

Some of the food is better, the service is a little better. It can be very relaxed or a madhouse.  The view is generally very nice. 

 

That being said, some of the menus aren't our cup of tea. Really dissapointed in the second lunch menu, days 5-7, and the kiddie menu.

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In search of the elusive ocean view, Part 2.

 

Headed up to FlowRider again hoping to get some better pics. I always walk through Mini Bites. 

 

No good views there. 😉

 

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FlowRider was fun.  I watched this one lady try to hop on from the top. Good effort. Decided to experiment with my slow motion settings before Lou was up.

 

I think it turned out well....

 

 

 

Let's head down to 5 forward, surely there's some ocean down there. 🤔

 

Nope, nothing to see here. 

 

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Nice seating area, though.

 

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The running track direction is well marked 

 

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BTW, the pool windows have a very different tint than most of the older ships. Radiance, Voyager, Freedom,  etc...

 

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Great photos! Love seeing the different places to hang out on board. DH and I are sailing Harmony for the first time in Feb 2020...it's a ways off but we're excited. It'll be our first cruise as a couple. DS heads off to college next month and this Valentine's Day included cruise should be a lovely vacation for us.

 

BTW...I think my response is buried in the Cats discussion. Member123 is my Mom. Her name is Pam. I've been following along partly because of our up and coming cruise and partly because my parents are on this sailing. Fun that you met on board. Please tell her that Anita (her daughter) says hi if you see her again. Say hi to Dad too...his name is David, but he might go by "Dave"...I'm not sure...I call him Dad. LOL.

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I have a casino question. Don't know if you spend time in there, but if you do, can you get cash downloaded to your slot machine from your onboard account to gamble with?  Most importantly, is it "free" or do they charge a 3% fee for the cash?  What about the table games? On other cruise lines I am used to getting cash on slot machines without a surcharge, but not so from the tables.  I heard that the Harmony was allowing the downloads to slots for free, but that is not our previous experience on Royal. I hate to travel with lots of cash, so that would be great news.  Plus, I would get extra credit card hotel points!  

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On 8/9/2019 at 5:00 PM, jdg623 said:

I was on the Festivale in 1979, my second cruise. The first was Holland America Statendam in 1976. I remember getting a booklet printed with the names and home towns of all the passengers. That'd be quite a hefty book on today's ships!

My first cruise was on Home Lines Oceanic in 1981 and we had the book with all passenger names in it too.  We paid for our deck chairs for the week, so no matter when we went out to the deck, our lounge chairs were waiting for us.  I think it was perhaps $10 or $15 for the week.

 

Everyone dressed up every night for dinner and all meals were at the same table.  We were on that cruise in April and it was an Easter cruise.  OMG how spoiled were the kids on that cruise?  The night clubs had  10PM nightly time for kids under 18 or 21 to leave and many of them  who were 16 or so,  wouldn't leave so security had to remove them and then their parents  were up in arms as they were in suites and felt they "owned the ship."  The same kids would order Long Island Iced Tea which, I guess, was something new, although I hadn't heard of it before the cruise.  When their parents asked them what they were drinking, they said "iced tea."  Cash was king then, no charge cards to pay for things.

 

Before we got off the ship we decided we wanted to do another one, so we got off on Saturday  and on Monday I booked us on another cruise for July of that year on another Home Lines ship, the Doric.  Oh such great memories!

 

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1 hour ago, RoperDK said:

I have a casino question. Don't know if you spend time in there, but if you do, can you get cash downloaded to your slot machine from your onboard account to gamble with?  Most importantly, is it "free" or do they charge a 3% fee for the cash?  What about the table games? On other cruise lines I am used to getting cash on slot machines without a surcharge, but not so from the tables.  I heard that the Harmony was allowing the downloads to slots for free, but that is not our previous experience on Royal. I hate to travel with lots of cash, so that would be great news.  Plus, I would get extra credit card hotel points!  

 

I think the fee is 5%.  That's what it was on Empress. Laura is Prime so she doesn't pay it. 

 

And yes, you get money at the machine

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28 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

I think the fee is 5%.  That's what it was on Empress. Laura is Prime so she doesn't pay it. 

 

And yes, you get money at the machine

 Just clarifying that on Harmony, cash downloaded to slots from your onboard account is charged 5%?  I heard that Harmony wasn't charging the fee.  I guess I will bring cash as we are not Prime.  Thanks!

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Forgot to add this to my Dazzles post this afternoon.  While I was charging my battery and reflecting on the week, I watched dive show practice.

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I should have timed this better and been on the port side of the venue.  Almost got her off the high dive

 

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37 minutes ago, Ocean Boy said:

Which ship are you moving to tomorrow?

 

Mariner on Monday,  but I'm staying home with the Westie.

 

I need to find this shirt next week as well

 

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Thanks @torpeedo

 

BTW, I met a ton of really nice folks this week, And a lot were Pinnacles 😉🍺🍺

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Hi John,

Thank you for the great review and pictures.  We live on the Space Coast and are thinking of taking our Prime Cruise on the Harmony.  Would you suggest this, or another ship.  You didn’t seem too excited about the Oasis class. I have been on the Oasis and agree, the views aren’t that great.  How is the Diamond Club without the view?  

Than you for your help.

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2 hours ago, RoperDK said:

 Just clarifying that on Harmony, cash downloaded to slots from your onboard account is charged 5%?  I heard that Harmony wasn't charging the fee.  I guess I will bring cash as we are not Prime.  Thanks!

 

Just left the casino. I was told no fee to get credits on the slots. I didnt try it, but they sounded sincere. When do you sail?

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24 minutes ago, Eastern flygirl said:

Hi John,

Thank you for the great review and pictures.  We live on the Space Coast and are thinking of taking our Prime Cruise on the Harmony.  Would you suggest this, or another ship.  You didn’t seem too excited about the Oasis class. I have been on the Oasis and agree, the views aren’t that great.  How is the Diamond Club without the view?  

Than you for your help.

 

I was just teasing the Oasis haters.  We love this class. We were in DL tonight. Nice staff. The DL Concierge is Gavin. Super nice guy.  The furniture is very nice.  Didn't really miss the view

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