By: Shub Masood, Administrative Assistance
My family and I recently cruised the Caribbean with Royal Caribbean on the Harmony of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise ships ever built. We took a 7 night Western Caribbean with Royal Caribbean cruise with stops to Coco Cay, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Roaten, Honduras.
When you first board the ship, it’s hard to focus on one single thing—it feels like you have entered an entire city on water. The size of the ship and the beauty is unbelievable. We took our things to our cabins, which were larger than any other ship I have been on, and made our way to the buffet to eat and wait for our journey to begin.
The first 2 nights, we had dinner in the formal dining room, which was a great experience. We dined on lobster and steak, and the service was great, but all the nights after that, we chose to eat at the buffet or specialty restaurants, because we were catching shows, and had to eat at different times. The buffet was so huge, and there were so many choices, that some of us never ate the same thing twice, and that was true for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was always delicious and so were the desserts! Burgers, hot dogs, pasta, Italian, Mongolian, Indian, something for everyone!
There were other restaurants included in the price; a GREAT pizza place, Sorento’s, a café in the promenade that served sandwiches, coffee, tea, and desserts, a salad place in Central Park, and a great grill near the pool. The food was outstanding everywhere we ate, and even the picky eaters in our family were always pleased.
The first stop was Coco Cay, an island owned by Royal Caribbean. All 4 of our teenagers had a great time, since it largely consists of a huge waterpark with tons of water slides, wave pools, zip lines, and other fun water activities. There are two sides to the island, the “thrill” side, which is the water park, and the “chill” side, which consists of beach areas with cabanas, food, and drinks. RCCL set up lunch for us on Coco Cay, so even though we didn’t enter the water park area, we got to eat outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.
Our second stop was Costa Maya. We opted to hire a taxi to take us to the beach, which was only $3 a person. There, we had lunch and got hour- long massages for $20!
Our next stop was Roaten, Honduras. Here, we chose an excursion which took us on a sub/ glass bottom boat, that gave us views of the ocean floor. We took a tour bus through the city, which was nice because none of us had ever been to Honduras and it was so nice to see all the beauty it has to offer. There was a tour guide on the bus that pointed out all the different vegetation growing and important landmarks. The boat ride was great because we got to see all kinds of marine life as an expert educated us all about the fish and coral we were seeing.
Our last stop was Cozumel. Here, we opted out of purchasing an excursion and first, explored the shops at the pier. We then took a taxi to downtown Cozumel, where we had lunch at a favorite tourist stop. The food was delicious!
Personally, I had the most fun on the ship. We saw an ice show at the skating rink, we took in several comedians, both adult and family friendly versions, we learned how to play poker, played putt –putt golf, went down Harmony’s famous water slide, and the tallest dry slide that goes down 9 floors.
We relaxed in the hot tubs, ate WAY too much, and watched the Broadway musical Grease. My teenagers went to the teen club, where they had something different going on every day and night. We all had so much fun.
I highly recommend this Caribbean with Royal Caribbean cruise for families with or without children. You won’t regret it!
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