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  1. 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"!
  2. I couldn’t find a previous post about this going through first 3 pages here. On FB it was reported Harmony had dumped Formal Night for Wear Your Best. I am happy. Kudos Royal.
  3. 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!!!
  4. Can guests access the Helipad area on Deck 7 forward?
  5. Good morning, I was wondering if the suites on Harmony of the Seas have DVD players? Thank you in advance!
  6. OK, My parents both in the their mid 70's promised my niece that they would take her and a friend on a cruise in 2020 as a graduation present. I will also be going single man early 50's. There may be others my brother and his wife(early 50s), a 2 nephews and their wives and another niece and her husband (mid to early 30s) but they have not confirmed yet. Anyway we are looking at the Harmony of the Seas 5 day Western Caribbean, we have never sailed with Royal Caribbean, I have sailed 13 times with Carnival and have watched it steadily go down, My Parents have cruised Carnival, Princess, Holland America ect. Will this ship be a good fit for our age groups, we are are all very active people and also just enjoy a day longing pool or beach side and live music. The main concern is the two 17 year olds , will there be lots for them to do?
  7. Anyone know why there are no HOTS cruises scheduled after March of 2021? I thought it might be for dry dock but I could not find any mention of that. We are booked on HOTS for the 2/28/2021. We were looking to see if we could change to a cruise on the week of 4/4/21.
  8. Did you know Christmas is four months Sunday? Does Owen know that school starts a week Tuesday? Now that I have shocked both you and him, let’s get to the fun stuff. I’ll tell you more; about the summer heat and these summer nights.
  9. My DH and I will be sailing on the Harmony of the Seas early January 2020. We missed the last Deluxe Drink and internet package special. Anybody have any idea when Royal will run another special for January Harmony sailings?
  10. After all the wait this has been an enjoyable “mini-cruise” from Thursday to Sunday. We arrived to the port at about 10:30 am Thursday. Lines were pretty long but we were trying the Key for the first time. Zipped right through a special line and checked in immediately. Upstairs we we had a separate Key boarding waiting area. Right outside it was a Specialty Dinner reservations table. We were also trying the Unlimited Dining Plan this cruise. You can’t reserve ahead of time so it was nice to be able to make our reservations prior to boarding. We boarded a little before 11:00 - Key members went first (Maybe by mistake). A lady came and got us and brought us over to the boarding entrance. Another lady said “Key is not yet”... someone else is first. Anyway, our lady said something to her and away we went. We had to sign up for an excursion and make show reservations so we split up. I was the first to the excursions desk so that went fast. Signed up for the Pearl Island 5 hour beach excursion. My wife did the show reservations. They were having a problem getting one show reserved as it said we saw it earlier in the week. Then our account got locked up for some reason. The guy said he would manually do the reservations later which he did. Luckily we did not need to go to Guest Services for anything as the line was really long for the first few hours. Not what I’d want to do on this shortened cruise. I checked the Royal app and was happy to see the 4 days on board credit applied. Nice to start a cruise with such a large credit. The Key lunch started at 11:30. We dropped our luggage (only packed carry-on since this was a short cruise) at the Key drop off area. Walked around a bit and then headed to the Key lunch in main dining room. I had the fillet and it was cooked perfectly. By by the time lunch was over our cabin was ready so we headed there. This was the first time we tried a Central Park balcony. The shortened cruise was a blessing as we did not like this cabin. I’ve read some of the concerns about noise and hot balconies. All very true. More on that in a bit. We had a nice welcome gift of a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries as this was our 30th Anniversary cruise. We also had a bottle of wine (part of a Central Park balcony perk), some cookies, and our C&A soda cans, and bottled water. The counter was quite full. We changed into our swimsuits and headed up to the adult pool. There were only about 6 people at the pool. Pretty much empty. We stayed at the pool for a couple hours and left before the Welcome Aboard party started. We had been up since 1am driving to the cruise port so we wanted a nap before dinner and nighttime activities. And here is why we would never do a Central Park balcony again. We just started our nap when the Welcome Aboard party started up on the pool deck. Wow!!! It sounded like there was a speaker on our balcony!!! Luckily my wife is a heavy sleeper and fell asleep before it started. There are also posts about the Central Park balconies being hot and little breeze. Very true. We will stick with the Ocean View Balconies in the future. Dinner Thursday night was at 150 Central Park. We were one of 4 groups in the restaurant- very empty. I had the scallops, tenderloin and fried cheesecake for dessert. Delicious meal. After dinner we saw Columbus. We saw it in April... an enjoyable show. An older couple next to us left after 30 minutes. I don’t think they realized it was a comedy / spoof. I felt bad as there were very few attending this particular showing. Next up was the comedy show at 10:30. I did not really get an earlier nap so I mentioned we could skip it, but wife vetoed me on that. So glad she did. BEST COMEDY SHOW EVER!!! Comedians were Brad Upton and Rich Aronovitch. Great shows and we had a great audience. We called it a night after that.
  11. I realize this is very subjective but I'll ask anyways...what deck and what location would you recommend for a Boardwalk cabin on Harmony? We were booked on the 9/1 Harmony that was shortened due to Hurricane Dorian and now have FCC (Future Cruise Credit) to use. We'd like to book a Boardwalk cabin and Ocean View Balcony cabin across from each other but I can't figure out if there is a deck or location on that deck that is best for a Boardwalk cabin. Normally I like being closer to the stairs or elevator as opposed to being way towards the back of the shop but is being closer to the action in the middle or further towards the back better for a Boardwalk Cabin? Thanks for advice
  12. My wife Cheryl and I live in Fort Myers FL, and my granddaughter LaKi was on her annual visit with us from Delaware. We surprised her for her 10th birthday 8/10 with the cruise. She thought we were going to the beach for a few days when Harmony came into view as we approached the port. She loves cruising; this is the 5th we’ve done with her in the last 4 years—most recently Christmas on Anthem. Embarkation, Cabin & Day 1 Absolute breeze. I don’t recall embarking at another port where your luggage is taken in the parking garage. We were through the document check process in 15 minutes or so. Granddaughter took 3 rides on the Boardwalk Carousel—she was the only rider. Since we were right there, we went up to our Boardwalk Balcony room and luggage was already there, perhaps 30 minutes after embarkation. We were very happy with our room. Our view included the Boardwalk, Aquatheater—obscured by the Ultimate Abyss slide but a great vantage point nevertheless, and a view of the ocean. First impressions were that we would definitely book the Boardwalk Balcony again. And that impression didn’t change during the week. It was nice to allow my granddaughter to go down to the carousel by herself and we could watch her from the balcony. In my opinion the comments about people seeing into your room are overblown—close the curtains! Also have read a lot of comments about noise; again a non-issue for us. Very little sound with the balcony door closed, and we don’t go to bed early (yet!) We were pleasantly surprised that in addition to the two soda packages that came with the BB room, my wife’s Seapass Card included notation for the Refreshment Package. She doesn’t drink much and loves virgin frozen drinks and coffee. I assumed it was a customer service gesture because of a protracted Crown & Anchor I had issue that was resolved shortly before the cruise. We put it to good use—for the first couple days... Went to the Adventure Ocean open house in the afternoon to register my granddaughter. She was climbing the walls until 8 pm when it opened. She is very social and addicted to cruise ship kids clubs. There was a counselor there who remembered her from Anthem in December (and reminded her he was the guy who couldn’t pronounce her name right; and still can’t!) My wife and I went to Chops for the first of our 3-night dining package. I think Royal can do a better job of explaining how the package works on the cruise planner, but there was a specialty dining station on the promenade and I got what I wanted on the nights I wanted it. I was a little nervous with Chops because I read a really bad review on this forum shortly before the cruise (it was the only bad review I recall ever reading about Chops). Chops was excellent, comparable to any high-end steakhouse I have been to. We then went to the promenade; while wife and granddaughter walked around I stayed by the liquor tasting set-up and got seriously tipsy. (The old me would get the drink package but these days it doesn’t take much.) I purchased my cruise standards, Hennessy White & Patron Tequila, and thought I would try something new as they were running a special on flavored varieties of Ciroc vodka. I did a quick search online and the price was far better than on land. Perfect Day at Coco Cay The highlight of day 2 was going to be Coco Cay. We started with complimentary breakfast at Johnny Rockets which was right below our BB room. JR was great; nice selection, waitperson service, and avoided the madhouse of the Windjammer. This was a real advantage over Anthem which has JR but doesn’t offer breakfast there. Unfortunately while we were eating a downpour started and it did not appear Coco Cay was going to happen. The Cruise Director announced several additional on-ship activities and it brought to mind my dreaded experience on Anthem. (On Christmas morning right before we were due to stop at pre-dock Coco Cay, the Captain said it was too windy to tender and we had to skip the stop.) This time there was a happy ending; the weather cleared, sun came out, and it truly turned out to be a perfect day. Granddaughter loved the water park and the Up, Up & Away balloon ride with me; it offered great views and a wonderful vantage point for photos. My wife and I enjoyed a shady spot and sampled the wave pool. Shows We attended both aqua shows and both ice skating shows (and saw several more aqua shows/rehearsals from our balcony). I found the storylines of both aqua shows and the 1887 skating show largely incomprehensible, but was amazed by the talents of the performers. Hard to believe this level of athleticism and skill exists across all the Oasis-class ships. I kind of wish there was a short bio of each performer in the Compass; curious as to whether there were any former Olympians or other high level athletes. I thought the I-Skate show (the one you don’t reserve) was the best; just good music, acrobatic skating, and dance. Because of poor writing alluded to above (in my opinion) we canceled Columbus. Did really want to see Grease but our reservation was night 7 and there was just too much we tried to cram in. I found the comedy to be very good. In the past I have said Carnival is clearly above RCCL; this cruise was an exception. First time I have experienced 2 comics on one show. The first guy was clean. His material was mostly cliche cruise-related humor but was very funny. The other comedian was raunchy and hilarious, and he did a lot of improvisation which when funny—which it was in his case shows real talent. The Headliner show featured a comedian/ventriloquist, Ronn Lucas, who came out to an impressive video montage of him performing for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton among others. He clearly had a lot of talent, although I found him kind of dated. I know he is or was big in Vegas and was scheduled for an adult show later in the cruise—perhaps he was better then. Food and Drink Already mentioned Chops; I had filet mignon and wife had salmon. The key lime meringue pie was among the best I have ever had and that’s saying a lot for someone who has lived in South FL for the last 7 years. We were supposed to do Central Park 150 but I made reservations not realizing we would be back onboard late after our excursion in St. Thomas. Couldn’t get a later reservation so we chose Jamie’s instead. It did not disappoint. We both had the avocado crab bruschetta; l had the meat plank and lamb chops, and my wife had chicken cacciatore. We shared the brownie with ice cream that was to die for. (One nit: get some new chairs in there. Most of the room has uncomfortable wooden chairs; at first I wasn’t going to mention it in this review, but a couple that came in after us had them switch their chairs for padded ones so that told me it was not just me.) Our 3rd specialty was Wonderland. We reserved Wonderland on Anthem at Christmas but cancelled it because I had read so many mixed reviews—some love, some didn’t care for it, and many said it was a once-and-done experience. Count us in the loved category and we will do it again. There were no food items we didn’t care for, and I had a unique martini (think Pina Colada and martini mashup.) Only did MDR twice. 1st night I made comment to our server Eve from Kenya that I was surprised escargot wasn’t one of the starters (I thought that was every night). So I ordered Caesar salad with added anchovies instead. She brought me both. We each had lobster tails—a first for my granddaughter who normally orders from the kids menu. “Are you sure it tastes like crabs?” She enjoyed it but likes crabs better. My lobster tale was kind of skimpy. We each ordered dessert and Eve also brought out the RCCL 50th birthday day cake. The 2nd MDR night was granddaughter’s birthday. She ordered from the kids menu, wife ordered blackened Salmon, and I ordered a Tuna dish which was forgettable (along with my Caesar salad and escargot.) Granddaughter tasted my wife’s salmon and asked for one for herself. Eve then brought out a special dessert she had made up for granddaughter’s birthday and she and her assistant led the nearby tables in singing Happy Birthday. Solarium Bistro dinner (included but supposedly requires reservations) was a nice departure. Combination of table-service and buffet featuring mostly Mediterranean cuisine. I’ve eaten there on 2 ships and enjoyed it but don’t quite get it. Underutilized and you really don’t need to reserve, and the menu won’t be pleasing to some unless you really like Greek-inspired dishes. Park Cafe is great for cafeteria style breakfast and lunch. Similar menu to Anthem’s Cafe270 but looks out on Central Park instead of that exquisite ocean view of the 270 lounge. We ate at the Windjammer quite a bit. For some reason I found the Anthem better layout-wise and seemingly selection-wise. Also, didn’t find the food as hot as I would like it—common problem on buffets but I didn’t notice that on Anthem. One thing we did catch in the Windjammer that we must have missed on Anthem was a chocolate buffet. It was great and one of the few events that could get my granddaughter out of Adventure Ocean (although she wanted to go back after the buffet.) One big complaint for the Windjammer on both Harmony and Anthem was that it closed too early. Cafe Promenade was a nice option for getting food around the clock but the selection is fairly small and I do not recall any hot food. Of course one place for late night food is Sorrentos pizza which has good enough slices for this New Yorker. I also enjoyed taking a plate of their olive medley up to the cabin to enjoy with my wine I had brought onboard. We did our Johnny Rockets lunch that came with a Boardwalk Balcony stateroom. Nice perk with a lot of food included (but not milkshakes). Burgers are nowhere near as good as Guy’s on Carnival in my opinion. In fact, we did Mini Bites up on the pool deck several times and I thought their build your own burgers compared favorably to JR. Mini Bites tip: they serve tortilla chips and makings for loaded nachos, but you have to ask for guacamole—they keep it in the back. Miscellaneous -that unexpected Refreshment Package came to an abrupt end a couple of nights in when we went to a bar and the bartender made a call on his cell phone (we felt like criminals!) No worries, it was good while it lasted; except the charges for the drinks we had consumed showed up on my folio. I had to go to Guest Services about an unrelated matter a couple days later and I mentioned it and the charges were removed. -Harmony was absolutely gorgeous. I thought my Anthem Cruise was a 9.5; would have been a 10 except for the mediocre itinerary. Well Harmony just blew Anthem away. -I have some very nice photos; hopefully I will add them as soon as I figure out how. i would be glad to respond to any questions/comments.
  13. Has anyone eaten at Izumi with children and can give me an idea if there’s a separate children’s menu. I have standard typically picky children who don’t eat Japanese food, rice or noodles but I would really like to go to Izumi. Would we we have the option to book and pay for the two adults and feed the children beforehand in the windjammer perhaps?
  14. Headed back to Harmony today. Our first time on her out of Port Canaveral, and the first time on her since the 2018 President's Cruise. Eastern Caribbean with Coco Cay, St Thomas, and St Maarten Hopefully the VOOM (O3B Stream) will keep up
  15. After the 2 notices I received from RCL my cruise starting Sept. 1 thru Sept. 15th is now Sept. 5th thru Sept. 15th my question is " Is there any way I can find out how many passengers cacelled the Sept. 1st thru Sept. 7th cruise. The reason is we are 85 & 80 yrs old & our cabins are nowhere near an elevator & would like to get a room near the elevators even if its just for the shortned date Sept 5th thru the 8th. THANK YOU george35
  16. Quick question about the Freestyle machines on Harmony. Does anyone know if they offer non-carbonated drinks like Powerade and Vitamin Water? The ones near us do but I know the RCI Freestyle’s seem to offer a few less selections...
  17. I am trying to find a recent bar menu from HOS to get an idea of what kinds of alcohol is available. On a previous cruise on Oasis they had Balvanie but I was wondering if scotch and other alcohol in that range is still available? Thanks
  18. Would love to review a cruise compass prior to sailing. Leaving out of Cape Canaveral for a 7 day Eastern on board Harmony of the Seas. Hoping someone may have a link or point me in the right direction.
  19. Attached are two pictures of water we have been getting onboard. The Panna is the still and the San Pelligrino is what have been getting in specialty. The True is from the bars.
  20. My TA just gave me as a perk the " CLASSIC DRINK PKG> " what does that include.? I mean what price of drinks can I order? george35
  21. For those of you who have sailed recently on Harmony and use the Diamond Lounge, was the DL open early (10:30 AM) on embarkation day. We like to wait in the DL until our staterooms are ready. Thanks
  22. I am just dizzy trying to figure this thing out of what to book. I will be sailing on the 6th with my wife and two kids 12,13 ( really one kid and one small adult per RCCL ) The boys do not like to share a couch so we need either pullmans or two separate cabins. We just had adjoining cabins on Freedom and this worked out really good but we also would like to have a suite as the non-suite passengers nowadays are kind of being treated like cattle. I am Diamond and looking for the best value and idea for the sailing. Part of me wants to just take the Suite Guarantee available for 5K. Part of me wants to book to adjoining balconies and just be treated like cattle. Part of me wants to splurge and get a crown or aqua for about 8-9k. Looking for some input. In the Jr Suite and Crown suite. will the boys be splitting a bed? Hard to justify that price and have them gripe about sleeping together. Thanks you guys for your amazing help!
  23. Would anyone happen to know the daily "Drink of the Day" on recent Harmony cruises? Bonus points, what was the price?
  24. I searched but could not find an answer. Forgive me for the inevitable obvious link that you'll post that I should of found myself. 😂 Can someone point me to a list that shows what restaurants are included in the package on the Harmony (Sailing 9/29/19) and which ones are not and you get a 35$ pp credit? Thanks -g
  25. Hi guys, I've learned SO much from everyone on these boards, so I wanted to share our experience in case it helps anyone else plan! A little about us...we are a family of 4. My husband Andy and I have been married almost 20 years. We have two boys, Drew (16) and Keaton (13). Our usual family vacation is Disney World, so they boys are used to constant entertainment, running from roller coaster to roller coaster, and they're comfortable there because they've been there approx 9-10 times. We're creatures of habit that don't like to stray too much from what we know and love, so that's why we keep going back. AND the Disney customer service is second to none. We were going to do a beach trip this year with two other families, who unfortunatly both had to back out. Our boys had NO desire to go to the beach with just us, so I thought a cruise would give us the most bang for our buck. We'd been on one Carnival cruise 9 years ago with my mom and stepdad's extended family, and we just didn't love it. We were at a port every day, the ship was older, and the kids were younger, so my husband was a HARD sell to convince to try another cruise. I'd originally planned on going on Carnival's Vista, but by the time "someone" finally sent in his passport renewal, I couldn't get a 4 person room on short notice. Somehow, I stumbled on the Harmony which was a similar price, and it looked amazing...plus I'd heard so many great reviews of RC over Carnival, so it was a no-brainer, AND we could get a balcony!! So on July 5, I booked a cruise leaving August 4! Talk about short notice! I'm a huge planner, so this short notice on a ship I hadn't even researched was going to freak me out!!! Flights, transfers, excursions....EEEEEEKKKKKK!!!!! Fast forward a few weeks, when we remembered that we had been gifted 2 free nights at a Disney World hotel last year, after my husband spent 3 or 4 nights of our vacation in the hospital with kidney stones (see what I mean about Disney customer service). I called and was able to get our two free nights on the Friday and Saturday before our Sunday cruise! We didn't do any park days, but shopped, ate, drank, bowled, drank and ate some more... We booked a Lyft to pick us up from Pop Century on Sunday at 11 and drive us to the port. It was an easy drive, took maybe an hour and half and cost a little over $100. We got out, gave out bags to the handlers, and asked where to go. It was super easy getting all checked in, and we were on the boat maybe 30-45 minutes later. Gotta work...will add more later, and will hopefully figure out how to post pics!
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