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Harmony March 11th Review

Royal Caribbean International - boards.cruisecritic.com
Hi there!

I have not written a review in a LONG TIME. Probably at least a decade -- and have been on several cruises since. I guess I'm compelled to write one after our recent trip. Keep in mind, we're 38 and 45. Diamond Plus and have done all of the islands. So, we decided to book for the ship, not the itinerary.

We booked a standard balcony room on deck 9, forward. Great location -- but the noise was extremely loud. I don't remember this on any other ship. The cabin steward was loud, as were our neighbors. The door slammed all night. Even during an afternoon nap. Vacuum was being hit against the walls, not the greatest for staying on the ship -- sleeping in at port calls, etc. Are the walls made thinner on this one?

The Diamond lounge was OVERFLOWING. I mean packed to the brim. I usually don't go there, but stopped by since our dining reservations were messed up and no one would fix them. So, I stopped by the concierge and Raj did a nice job getting what we originally booked. Which brings me to my next thing -- double check all reservations at each restaurant on day one. NOTHING was right. I truly don't understand, but happy I had my print-out with me.

As for the restaurants:

Jamie's: A. Great manager who made sure we tried everything!

Chops: B-. Didn't have the greatest tasting steak. Sides were cold. Not the best Chops experience

Sabor: A++++. My favorite. DELICIOUS. especially the Barbacoa Tacos. I couldn't believe how cheap this place is. SO GOOD. It's a must. Just wish the Guac was tableside as described, but no big deal.

Izumi Hibachi: A. Usual Benihana like experience. Lots of fun, clapping, and great drinks!

Main Dining Room: Eh. Seems like they're understaffed and took awhile to get meals every night.

I would only book the dining package in the future and NOT eat in the main dining room.

The service just wasn't there. Anywhere on the ship. It was the first time I walked off and wasn't raving about the service, or the cruise in general. The ship is beautiful, but maybe the older I'm getting -- I realize I don't need the slides, parades, etc.

As a D+, it's nice to walk into the room to something. Strawberries, etc ... this time NOTHING. Not one item sent. I get there are plenty of us, but after 450 cruise points -- you would think ONE THING would be sent to the room. Not a huge thing, but something that I thought was a little bizarre.

As I mentioned before, we stayed onboard the entire time. So, I can't talk about the ports, etc.

By no means did I hate my trip. It was an enjoyable week with lots of sunshine. I'm looking forward to my next cruise on the Empress heading to Cuba at the end of the year!

Happy to answer any questions!
Date: Mar 21, 2017   


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