Overlooking the Boardwalk at the aft of the ship.
I always used to tell myself that I would never go on a cruise. I’ll be on a ship… in the middle of the ocean? I won’t be able to see land?? I don’t want to be sick the whole time! Those were my excuses — but none of them ended up causing any issues once I finally did it. We boarded Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas on May 20, 2017, for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise. We left out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and visited the Bahamas, Saint Thomas, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The ship compared to a small city just floating along the calm waters of the Caribbean; there was so much to do and see. Colton has cruised a couple times before and now vows to only cruise with Royal Caribbean. But since this was my first cruise, I guess Royal Caribbean spoiled me. It was an amazing experience!
The ship itself is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall, at 1,188 feet long and 215.5 feet wide! There is plenty to explore with 16 passenger decks, seven different neighborhoods, over 12,000 live plants and trees, the Ultimate Abyss 10 story slide, 3 main pools, numerous hot tubs, a Perfect Storm trio of water slides, an adult-only sanctuary, nightclubs, a mini golf course, and various restaurants and bars scattered throughout. The crew was amazing and went above and beyond our expectations to make our trip unforgettable. And a special shout-out to our barista in the Windjammer Cafe who satisfied our cappuccino fix every morning — HE WAS THE BEST!! 😉
Be sure to check out the video at the end for a more in-depth look at our experience.
If you are looking for a quick and casual meal, there are fantastic views and food in the Windjammer Cafe.
Docking in Nassau, Bahamas.
We booked a day trip to Pearl Island, Bahamas, through Royal Caribbean’s excursions. It was fantastic!
The stateroom attendant tidied up twice every day and left us a couple of cute towel animals.
Mini golf on the sports deck!
Ziplining above the boardwalk
Glass bottom overlook in the Solarium.
We dined at Jamie’s Italian in Central Park — delicious!
There were 2 formal nights during our cruise.
Docking in Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, USVI.
Downtown Charlotte Amalie.
Delicious chocolate shop in downtown — The Belgian Chocolate Factory.
We took a schooner to swim with the turtles at Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. This excursion was also booked through Royal Caribbean and the crew was fantastic. To top it off, there was bottomless rum punch!
After swimming with the turtles, we headed to Honeymoon Cove, USVI, to have lunch and relax on the beach.
Sunset at Honeymoon Cove
Docking in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.
We took a ferry over to Nevis for a tour of the sugar plantations and some more beach time. This tour was also booked through Royal Caribbean.
The old sugar plantations of Nevis have been converted into hotels.
Pinney Beach in Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Back on the ship, we spent our days at sea hanging out in the adults-only Solarium just relaxing! It was so peaceful in this area!
The sunset on our last day at sea was a beautiful pink color.