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This was a bit of a different cruise for us because it was more about the ship and the fact that it was a Marriott Vacation Club Owner Cruise. We had done something similar with DVC, but this was the first time with MVC. The ship is massive: 215’ wide, 1188’ long, and can carry over 6000 passengers. There are 18 decks and 7 neighborhoods, and our cabin had a balcony overlooking the Boardwalk. The ship had its maiden voyage in May of 2016, so it was also extremely new. Despite its size, we never really felt crowded. The most difficult thing for us, though, was to schedule our shows ahead of time. It turned out it was easy to get into any show we wanted, but booking them ahead of time meant better seats. The shows were in three different theatres and they were mostly all very good.

Harmony of the Seas

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We drove to Ft. Lauderdale, parked, and immediately got on the massive ship. We timed it so that we didn’t have to wait very long to get into our room, which was on Deck 10. The view from our balcony down the Boardwalk was cool. We got our itinerary from MVC to make sure we knew where to be and when.


The Harmony of the Seas had its maiden voyage in May of 2016. It is 215’ wide, 1188’ long, 18 decks high, and can carry over 6600 guests in a total of 2747 staterooms. The Royal Promenade is one of its most interesting interior features, with shops and food places and LED lighting. It even had a bar that rose several decks. We also had to scope out the Royal Theater. After dinner, we checked out Central Park.

Sunday was a sea day, so we continued our exploration of the ship. We spent a little time at the pool and had dinner again in the American Icon Grill, which had a cool license plate piece of art on the wall. Since we drove to the ship, we packed nice clothes and wore them for our first formal dinner.

Monday was another sea day. We spent most of it enjoying the food and entertainment. We received a nice package from MVC, and that night the crew brought out a gingerbread display.

We were in St. Thomas on Tuesday, but when we arrived back to our room later in the day, I was surprised with our cabin decorated for my birthday. We got a delicious cake, too, and then cupcakes from MVC.

We were in San Juan this day, but had another dressy night.

Thursday was busy in Labadee, but Friday was another sea day. We took a tour of the galley, since Madeline knows how big kitchens work. It was fun seeing the lamb chops and escargot. We saw them make shrimp salad appetizers, bread, and a number of other things we had had during the week or that night.


We also had our farewell dinner with our server and new friend, Linda. That night, we had a farewell MVC party, where we said goodbye to Shawna.