This is the last in a three-part series on Harmony of the Seas. We sailed on it despite the fact we had been to the ports it was visiting. Our thought was we would just enjoy being on the ship. We didn’t imagine just how enjoyable it would be. It is a floating resort.
For the health conscious, there is a fitness center, spa, jogging track and four swimming pools. Two FlowRider® pools simulate surf allowing one to surf standing or on a Boogie board. A skating rink is open for passengers to skate on as well as being a venue for shows.
Just for fun, I went down the ten-story Abyss sliding board and the Perfect Storm water slides. I chose not to do the Zip-line because I thought it too short.
Believing in early to bed and early to rise and averse to loud music, I did not attend ‘RED: The Nightclub Experience,” “Harmony High 50’s & 60’s Dance Party” or “HUSH! Silent Disco” — at the latter, they dance to music from headphones.
Days at sea featured parades with costumed figures and acrobatic dancing: “Caribbean Street Party;” “Boardwalk Fiesta;” and “Totally Awesome 90’s Street Party.” There were also photo ops with cartoon movie characters scattered throughout the program.
One day, the Captain and his staff took questions at the AquaTheater, an area at the back of the ship with a floor for dry activities that also sinks to become a 17.9 foot-deep pool.
We attended two shows at that AquaTheater, “The Fine Line Aqua Show” and the “Hideaway Heist.” One doesn’t go to these productions for the drama but for spectacular acrobatics and diving.
Like its sister ships Oasis and Allure, Harmony offers Broadway shows. On our cruise, it was Grease.
They also had their own production show, Columbus the Musical about Columbus’ lesser known brother Marvin. Our imaginations were caught by his boat on a rotating section of the stage. It was almost the size of the original Niña. It takes a really big ship to have that on stage.
We also enjoyed going to the theater to see “The Edge Effect” an a cappella group, five guys from Orlando who do amazing things with their voices including a complete bass and rhythm backup to their songs.
We did not attend the art auction because I feel the “art” is mostly not worth the time, and those pieces that are have reserve prices above what one might pay elsewhere.
Nor did we attend the comedy club or jazz club or many other offerings. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to see them; there just wasn’t time.
One day while having lunch at Johnny Rockets, we were amused when the waiters all broke into a dance.
“To each, his own” is an old phrase [witness it is not gender neutral]. But it is true; you might like things we rejected and vice versa.
Our personal favorites were the ice shows. The rink is small, perhaps a third of a regulation hockey rink, but a skater was still able to get up enough speed to do a triple Axel. 1887: A Journey in Time Ice Spectacular had wonderful costumes and amazing lighting special effects. At one point, the ice appears to break up and become part of a flowing river. At another, one seems to be looking down into a lock with water rushing in to fill it before turning again into ice.
I suspect the costumes prevented the skaters from performing many jumps in that show, but another show, “ISkate Ice Show,” featured more traditional figure skating. An interesting sidelight was one performer did all his elaborate skating on hockey skates. To each, his own.
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Next week my post will finally get off the ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico.