So I’ve just returned from my first ever cruise and what do I think? This was a mini pre-cruise for the media and the travel industry, so not necessarily typical, but ‘amazing’, ‘surprising’ and ‘stunning’ are some of the adjectives I would use to describe Harmony of the Seas, not least because of the sheer size of the ship, the wide range of facilities on board and the number of attentive staff needed to make it all function.
Cruises and big ships have their detractors, but there’s no denying that many people adore cruising, and the market is growing. Royal Caribbean has gone out of its way to make its ships, and this one in particular, attractive to families, and the facilities for children, teenagers and parents are indeed brilliant. Teens have their own games arcade, a (non-alcoholic) bar area where they can chill out, plus DJ mixing desks, table tennis, football and basketball courts plus all the facilities open to everyone, such as a free ice-cream machine, Flowrider surfing areas, Perfect Storm waterslides, Ultimate Abyss 10-storey slide, swimming pools, whirlpools, ice-skating rink and the rest. Continue reading