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Harmony LIVE ~ 6/30 & 7/7 ~ Eastern/Western Caribbean

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Hello all. Can confirm that I am home safely - arrived home around 10am.

Not too bad of a flight. We were slightly delayed due to catering issues (they should have just left without their rubbish food IMO). For the first 2 hours, I watched a movie called "5 Feet Apart" which was in theaters/cinemas back in Spring (mainly watched for the delightful Cole Sprouse). Great movie, might make some cry.

Managed to then sleep for the majority of the Atlantic stretch which impressed me, never done that before. Fell asleep around Newfoundland and woke up near Ireland. Arrived in Edinburgh around 8.20am.

There was some guy taking photos and autographs with kids at the baggage claim. I've tried searching to see which celeb we were sharing the flight with but no luck as of yet.

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1 hour ago, Joe01 said:

 

There was some guy taking photos and autographs with kids at the baggage claim. I've tried searching to see which celeb we were sharing the flight with but no luck as of yet.

Scotland's favourite son, Colin Hay?

😛

 

Glad you made it home safely!  

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2 minutes ago, Floski said:

Scotland's favourite son, Colin Hay?

😛

 

Glad you made it home safely!  

Thanks.

Never heard of Colin Hay, but this guy was a 20-something American with a backpack and dark hair with a few lighter dyed strips. Clearly appealed to kids judging by who was getting autographs.

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36 minutes ago, ellcee said:

Overkill is one of my favorite songs, ever. Had no idea he was born in Scotland though, I had to look it up!

 

Glad you had a good cruise, Joe!

Wait, the lead singer from Australian band Men At Work is originally from Scotland?!? Learn something new every day!

And yes, Overkill is one of their best.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

Well, what a trip this was. Probably one of the longest that we've taken (18 days in total). I enjoyed every minute (almost) of it. From Orlando to the Harmony to New York.

Plenty to talk about in due course, but the first question I will answer is:

Would you sail Harmony again?

Yes!, Harmony is a great ship with a pretty awesome crew and a great lineup of shows. I've enjoyed consistently returning to her. However, I don't think that I would do another B2B on her. I feel that doing 2 weeks on a ship that isn't new to you can get a tad stale by the end. I don't believe that Harmony will be my ship for 2020. I kind of want a break from Oasis Class but all of the Freedom Class are offering lacklustre Caribbean itineraries, and the only good Voyager Class option is Explorer out of Civitavecchia and they are having a charter during one of the weeks that we would sail so she is ruled out. So, probably yet another year on Oasis Class, but hoping not another one on a 2nd gen. Maybe a return to the 1st gen? Both Oasis and Allure will be amped by our next cruise, and both NJ and Barcelona are great departure ports for us.

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1 hour ago, JLMoran said:

Wait, the lead singer from Australian band Men At Work is originally from Scotland?!? Learn something new every day!

And yes, Overkill is one of their best.

Yeah us scots get everywhere lol i mean 9 of the signatures on the declaration of independence are Scottish and 34 presidents have ancestral roots to scotland 🙂

And of course probably the most famous rock band from Oz (ACDC) had the Young brothers from Kirriemuir

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16 hours ago, Joe01 said:

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Would you sail Harmony again?

Yes!, Harmony is a great ship with a pretty awesome crew and a great lineup of shows. 

Thanks again for the great blog!  We are getting even more excited for our Sept. 1st sailing!  Thanks for providing your Western itinerary compass from July 7th.  We are on the Eastern itinerary like you were the week before!  We would really appreciate if you would provide that Eastern itinerary compass as well since there is not a single one for this itinerary in the compass section!  Get some rest for a bit before starting to plan your next cruise adventure!!!  Michelle

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Let's talk about crew.

Harmony is no longer the newest or largest ship in the fleet, however, I would say that she has now evolved from that role into a ship with a big heart. General vibe is great and that is mainly down to a great crew.

Marc Walker was CD for Week 1 and Dennis Charles was CD for Week 2. Marc is probably my new favourite CD now that Abe Hughes has left. Absolutely hilarious at L&M and great joie de vivre that really helped the atmosphere on the ship. I actually liked Dennis more than I thought I would - he still has plenty of energy and did a decent job hosting, although I missed a few events due to being sick or due to poor scheduling (not his fault, I'll mention later). He was also friendly and patient when my mother asked him a question about customs (unrelated to Cruise Directing). My criticisms would be that he talked for too long at L&M and it kinda dragged with some of the audience walking out. He also needs to stop shouting into his microphone at events, we can hear him easily. If he can cut those two things out, he would definitely be one of the best. Either way, both of these guys were SO MUCH BETTER than Bobby Brown.

Moe was Activities Manager both weeks - he was good fun. Did have slight problems sometimes understanding his Fiji accent. He is moving to be entertainment manager on CocoCay after the current sailing, glad that I got to sail with him before he left ships.

I have sailed with Captain Gus several times and both him and Captain Johnny are my favourites, so it's great that they are both assigned to the same ship. Both have a very upbeat presence and are probably the only two Captains active on social media. Both seem to be friendly and enjoy being around guests.

Our stateroom attendant Vibert Joseph was fantastic. Such a sweet guy and did a great job. I did mention earlier that I would like a decrease in how frequent they clean the rooms, and I still feel the same way.

Staff around the ship ranged. Some were excellent (shout out to team at Starbucks). Plenty of awesome crew on Harmony, although I can't remember much names. A few duds - server on Week 2 at CocoCay seemed intimidating and was quite difficult to communicate with, and I felt as if he kind of ignored me. Sorrento's staff were mixed, a few friendly ones but there was one real dud that really seemed to be going through the motions and got the wrong order one night (instead of 2 cheese slices, it was 1 cheese and 1 half pepperoni - half of the base was missing). Cafe Promenade and Park Cafe were OK, but I felt that with these 3 eateries, they needed to bring Latisha Jones from HM 2017 back to train them and improve the mood in these venues which was sometimes a bit dour.

Everyone else that we met was friendly. Great crew on this ship.

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1 minute ago, Floski said:

Dumb question that I haven't seen addressed yet - for those big slides - do you have to walk all the way up there?

You do know that fat people don't like to climb stairs, right?   😎

The CocoCay slides? I didn't use them, but it seems so.

Can't imagine it being too fun - the stairs from Deck 15 to the top of the slides on the ship were enough.

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5 hours ago, Joe01 said:

More photos tonight!
 

What is your vote - amped Oasis from NJ or amped Allure from Barcelona? Decisions, decisions...

What are the ports...for me it would be Europe every time but you are from there so the novelty isn’t there but maybe easier to travel?  Jane

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