By: MLB Destinations June 2019
Ship Stats: Oasis Class Ship, 226,963 GT, 16 passenger decks with 18 total decks, 6,780 Max Capacity Maiden Voyage May 29, 2016
Cruise Consisted of Nassau and a Sea Day
I sailed the Harmony of the Seas with my father, my brother, my son and his girlfriend on May 9, 2019. We had a 3 night Bahama Cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida! I booked a 3 night so we could see if we liked the mega ships. It was a trip that was not long enough. We really had a nice, relaxing time. Embarkation day went very smooth. We got through security and checked in very quickly. I really thought that for the size of the ship, it would be a very long process but it proved me wrong! Once we boarded I couldn’t believe how big the ship was, she was the largest I had ever sailed, you can’t help but just stare when you board and look around. There is nothing that stands out as far as a beautiful atrium, instead it is like being in a HUGE mall with many things to see. There was a lot to soak in, where do we go, where is everything, how do we get our room keys, how do you change your method of payment. There was no one that was offering direction or things for sale when we boarded like on most ships so we went and found out our information on our own.
Guest services was directly across from where we boarded and they helped us with our questions and changed out method of payment and also fixed the errors we had with our shows that were booked. Your room key is at your stateroom door when you arrive. The luggage that is delivered to the floor will stay where it is left near the area they unload it to the floor, you will need to walk there to get it. Ours was at our door but folks that had rooms farther down the hall walked down to get their luggage so i am assuming that is how it goes. There is no mid ship elevator, it only has forward or aft elevator. The ship is very modern and has modern decor and technology to assist passengers. There was an area that had about 9-10 Apple iPads that would assist you with the Royal Caribbean App in case you did not have a smart phone to download the app. The App was very helpful with letting us know schedule, dining, menus, times, shows, your account balance etc. Your television in your stateroom would give you account information also. The ship was clean and I always saw workers cleaning. The elevators except for boarding day was never congested and you really did not feel the amount of people that were on board. We saw quite a bit on this sailing but missed a lot due to not enough time, you have to go a longer voyage to see everything.
Tip: When you want to go to Boardwalk which is on Deck 6 aft, you will have to go to Deck 5 aft and then walk up to Deck 6 to get to Boardwalk, deck 6 does not go all the way across.
The Boardwalk offered shopping, a full service Starbucks, restaurants which include Johnny Rockets, Sabor Mexican and Boardwalk Dog house. The Aqua Theater, the ending point of the Abyss Dry Slide, The Carousal, the Arcade, and live entertainment are some of the things you will find on Boardwalk.
Central Park was one of my favorite areas of the ship. It is a beautiful stroll with music in the background, a nice lovely breeze, live plants, most of the specialty restaurants like Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian, 150 Central Park, and Garden Cafe which is complimentary and great to grab a sandwich or salad, cup of coffee or a sweet treat. There is high end shopping and Outdoor seating is available throughout Central Park. It was a really beautiful area to the ship.
There are several options on board The Harmony of the Seas for dining, whether you would like a quick bite or a nice sit down dinner, there is something for everyone on board. There are several complimentary places to eat including Park Cafe, Boardwalk Dogs, Sabor, The Windjammer Marketplace buffet, Sorrento’s Pizza, Promenade Cafe, Mini Bites, Solarium Bistro, Room service will provide free continental items but other items are available for extra charge. Coastal Kitchen is available but only for suite guests. The 3 main dining rooms include American Icon, The Grande and Silk.
Dining options that are for additional charge include, Chops Grille, Izumi, 150 Central Park, Starbucks, Wonderland, Johnny Rockets, and Jamie’s Italian.
Our stateroom was Room 10212, an Oceanview Balcony room. Very Spacious, modern decor, clean. It had 2 twin beds that converted to King, a sofa that turned into a bed, lots of areas for storage including large closet and a vanity area with lots of drawers and cabinets. A refrigerator, ice bucket, hair dryer was included in the room as well. The bathroom was roomy, modern glass door to shower and lovely backsplash of brown tones on the sink. The room came with plenty of electrical outlets. The balcony was a larger size then we were used to for a regular balcony with 2 lounger chairs with footrests and a small table. Very nice!
Entertainment, Sports and Activities
You will find all sorts of fun activities on the Harmony of the Seas. Certainly not enough time on a 3 night voyage! Take yourself a longer one so you can have time to do all that they offer! The ship includes an Ice skating rink that allows for freestyle Ice Skating and shows, Putt Putt Golf, Zip lining, Comedy shows, Bingo and other scheduled game shows, live shows in the theater, Aqua shows in the Aqua theater on Boardwalk, A Carousel, Parades, The Abyss Dry Slide that takes you 10 stories down, high end jewelry and duty free shopping. The ship has a lot of night time entertainment and dancing provided by staff on the Promenade and Boardwalk decks. A library with books and boardgames. Children have tons of activities in the children area on the ship.
You will find Pools with 3 water slides, one including a slide bowl, and Hot Tubs, you will also find 2 Flow Rider Pools, and a Dive Center on board as well. The children have a wonderful splash area as well.
The ship offers a jogging track, full service gym the offers free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and weight machines. A spa to offer up massages, nails and hair services. If you want an adult area on board, visit the Solarium which has hot tubs, pools, food areas and great look out areas to view the front of the ship. Great option to watch sail away. The area is for guests 16 years and older!
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We loved the Casino Royale! It was a very large casino and it was divided into smoking and non smoking, had great ventilation and was loaded with lots of slot machines, tables and had plenty of wait staff to serve you a drink or you could walk up to the bar that is located in the casino. It was very nice!
We had a great time on board the Harmony of the Seas and would really like to take her on a longer voyage to be able to experience more that the ship had to offer. I hope that you and your family can take a voyage on her and if you do, drop in the comments below of what you liked about her! Remember to follow my website so you know when I upload new travel material or tips!
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