Harmony of the Seas Sailing:: Sunday Feb 24 – Sun Mar 3, 2019
1500 SE 17th St Causeway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
33316Fort Lauderdale, FL
Welcome to our Harmony of the Seas trip review! Of course, a trip review wouldn’t be complete without some pre-cruise thoughts as well as a quick review of our accommodations prior to boarding the ship.
We flew in late on Friday Sat Feb 22nd to Fort Lauderdale airport and quickly jumped in an Uber to the hotel. At 1am the hotel lobby was clean and empty! We were checked in within minutes and provided with information on the free breakfast each morning which is now on the 5th floor along with some great news that their renovations are complete and there is a rooftop pool available to guests.
We quickly crashed and woke up the next morning to sunny skies and only 30 minutes left before breakfast ended! Even though there was still time before they closed you could tell they had stopped replenishing the food which I can’t fault them – you don’t want to throw out a lot of food if no one is going to eat it. The new breakfast area is bright, shiny and clean. There was a large selection of hot food (eggs, waffles, pancakes, and even free Cinnabons). The pool is close to the breakfast area so we checked it out and then decided to walk down to the Fort Lauderdale beach.
Ok, so Google Maps can be a bit deceiving and I thought it would only take us 15 minutes to walk from our hotel to the Fort Lauderdale beach. I was wrong… although it was a nice walk it took us almost 10 minutes just to get to the bridge. We got some great shots of the ships in port on a Saturday and we made it to the beach in about 40 minutes. The sun was already hot by 11 am! We love Fort Lauderdale and the marina and we checked out the beach and boats before heading off to the mall to get a few essentials before tomorrow. There are LOTS of options close by the hotel as well – a Walgreens, TJ Max and tons of places to eat. You don’t need to go far if you don’t want to, but we really like the beachfront area so that is why we ventured out. We actually went back to the same Italian restaurant for dinner that night – Spazio. Great food and atmosphere with views of the beach!
A common question most cruisers have is: can I bring wine and beer with me onto a cruise ship? The answer depends on cruiseline and their current rules. For Royal Caribbean, at the time of our sailing, we were able to bring up to two bottles of wine per stateroom on embarkation day. No beer or hard liquor was allowed. So we made sure to stop off at Walgreens and get some wine on our way back from dinner to pack in our carry on bags for embarkation the next day!
So overall this was a great pre-cruise stay! We returned back to the hotel fairly early to re-pack our bags and get a good nights sleep before we boarded Harmony of the Seas!
Check out Day 1 / Embarkation Day and our Review (coming soon) and if you missed our thoughts prior to sailing you can read that post here!
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