Five Myths About Cruise Ship Food

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by Fran Golden, Special for USA Today June 26th, 2015

When you go on a cruise, food is an important part of the experience. Cruise lines have made great strides in bringing up the level of cuisine.

Food choices abound. For instance, on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, you can choose from 20 dining options; on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas there are 18 eateries. Even the pickiest foodies will be impressed by the appearance on cruise ships of dishes and restaurants by Michelin-star and celebrity chefs – the most recent Thomas Keller, arguably America’s top chef, who has signed on with luxury line Seabourn.

Here we dispel five myths about cruise ship food.

1. You’re stuck with what’s on the menu

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If you have a craving for a particular dish, tell your waiter or the dining room maître d’. On many ships, particularly the luxury lines, you can make a special off-menu order – with 24-hour advance notice. For instance, a popular special request on Crystal Cruises is a whole roasted kosher chicken. On Seabourn, you might ask the chef to prepare a special order of foie gras. On Cunard, a popular request of top-tier Queens Grill passengers is Lobster Thermidor. Even on mainstream lines, with international crew in the kitchen, you can request adobo, the delicious Filipino stew, a real Indian curry or Indonesian fried rice. Note: Passengers with specific dietary needs such as food allergies should let the cruise line know well in advance of your sailing.

2. The buffet is not as good as the dining room

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Wrong. Obviously you won’t have the pomp and circumstance when you serve yourself at this casual venue, but don’t dismiss dinner at the buffet. We’re not talking a bland cafeteria lineup. Often the dishes at the buffet are the same at dinner as in the main dining room. Sometimes they are even better. Some buffets particularly shine: On Oceania Cruises ships, the Terrace Café has a grill where passengers can order all-you-can-eat lobster rib eye steaks, shrimp and lamb chops, and there’s also a chef preparing sushi and sashimi. On Viking Cruises’ Viking Star, a cold sushi and sashimi bar puts the buffet over the top. An advantage of buffet dining is it is come-as-you-are, no need to dress up.

3. it’s impossible to eat good nutritious food

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Cruises are probably not the best place to diet. That said, it’s perfectly okay to order, say, a salad and entrée for dinner and skip the appetizer, soup and dessert. Creativity shines on the latest cruise ship menus, with an emergence of more Asian and other lighter international cuisine – it’s no longer only about the prime rib and Baked Alaska, though you can get that too. You’ll find flavorful regional cuisine options (based on where you are cruising), local seafood and a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Most menus designate low-calorie or healthy choice options, and include a vegetarian appetizer and entrée (SeaDream Yacht Club even has a complete raw food menu). In all cruise ship dining rooms you can get basics such as grilled chicken. At the buffet, those watching their waistlines will find an extensive salad bar. At the burger grill you’ll find a veggie burger option.

4. Everyone goes to the midnight buffet

What midnight buffet? Most ships don’t even have one any more. Cruise lines have moved away from the late-night gorge fest/photo opp in favor of a 24-hour café or other dining spot where you can eat whenever you want. There’s also typically 24-hour room service, though some menus are better than others – on Viking you can order Norwegian salmon served with dill sauce whenever you like. Be aware that Norwegian and Carnival have been testing fees for room service (but have also expanded food options). Royal Caribbean charges $3.95 for orders placed between midnight to 5 a.m.

5. Food is included

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First of all, you will not go hungry. There are plenty of free food options, in fact some of the best bites on the ship may be free – an example, we can’t stop eating those decadent Guy Fieri burgers on Carnival ships.

 

However, if you want a special meal in an intimate venue with fine service you’re probably have to pay. Specialty restaurants such as the excellent Italian venue Sabatini’s on Princess ships and French-influenced adults-only Remy on Disney Cruise Line are well worth the extra bucks (if you plan on hitting several of the venues see if there’s an advance-purchase, discounted dining package). If you’re so inclined, you can have surf and turf (lobster and filet mignon) every night in the dining room on Carnival and Royal Caribbean ships, but you’ll have to pay extra for it.

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Princess Cays – A Day In Paradise

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Welcome to Princess Cays! Located on the southern tip of Eluthra in the Bahamas, this private island offers plenty of options so you can do as much – or as little – as you want. We visited this tropical paradise on Sunday, Feb. 18th.

Princess Cays is operated by Carnival Corp for the pleasure of passengers of several Carnival brand lines, such as Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, Holland America Line, etc.

Lunch is Served!

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Serving 2000 – 3000 people lunch is no easy task, but with 4 serving lines the wait wasn’t too long and the lunch was very tasty (if you like hamburgers and hot dogs).

 

There was plenty of seating under the shady shelters.

Water Like Windex

One of the true pleasures of cruising in the Caribbean / Bahamas is the crystal clear waters. This makes for a perfect day of snorkeling, and there was plenty of under water life for us to observe.

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The Beach

Of course the central focus of a private island is the beach. Princess Cay’s didn’t disappoint.  The same was clean, deep and very inviting. And there is plenty of room for the passengers of some very large cruise ships.  Take a look!

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Let The Cruiseman send you to Princess Cays on your next cruise vacation!  Give us a call at (800) 889-7683

How to Avoid Norovirus; Take a Cruise

norovirusPHOTO: The actual threat posed by norovirus aboard cruise ships is much less than you might think. (photo via Pixabay)

By JASON LEPPERT

While norovirus does rear its ugly head from time to time on a cruise ship, its likelihood remains very rare.

What’s more, travelers need to be reminded that it is not a cruise-specific virus.

It’s up to all of us in the industry—travel agents included—to accurately inform the public following a sea of misinformation presented by the mainstream media.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has compiled the infographic below from the CDC National Outbreak Reporting System to indicate the realities of norovirus on a cruise.

People are statistically more likely to become sick from it at a health care facility, restaurant, school, daycare or private residence. There’s only a 0.18 percent chance of contracting the virus on a cruise ship during an outbreak.

“According to the CDC, there are more than 685 million cases of norovirus cases on land around the world each year and only a very few on cruise ships,” adds Mike McGarry from CLIA.

“CLIA estimates the chances of getting norovirus on a cruise ship compared to land is .007 percent, a fraction of a fraction. So, in many ways, the best way to ensure people don’t attract norovirus is to take a cruise, especially considering the rigorous cleaning protocol on cruise ships.”

I can personally attest to such sanitary processes having just returned myself from Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas. During our cruise, a number of norovirus cases were reported, but the ship was extremely diligent to regularly clean surfaces throughout and frequently provide Purell sanitizer. As a result, none in our party were stricken with illness.

Of course, the greatest defense against norovirus is thorough hand washing after using the restroom and before eating, and the Freedom’s captain often repeated this information over the ship’s intercom as well.

READ MORE: How Cruise Ships Battle Norovirus

CLIA recently released a list of five best practices for staying healthy onboard, and they mirror the procedure:

Sanitation

As I witnessed, crew members frequently sanitize ships. Staterooms are cleaned at least once daily, and public venues like restaurants, snack areas, pools and elevators are continuously cleansed. All voyages conclude with a ship-wide sanitation as well.

Screening

Early detection of illness is particularly crucial, so pre-boarding health questionnaires and screenings are used to determine sick passengers and staff. Medical teams are on hand to evaluate prior to further interactions accordingly.

Medical Facilities

What’s more, all CLIA oceangoing cruise line members adhere to ACEP Guidelines (2014) developed along with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). These ensure high-quality infirmaries, staffing, equipment and procedures.

Collaboration

For further prevention, cruise lines follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). That means unique federal scrutiny and transparency is in place not even present for hotels, airlines or restaurants.

Training

A final element is the proper training of onboard crew in first aid and public health practices. All positions are well versed in emergency procedures, signals and alarms, evacuation procedures and fire prevention safety.

READ MORE: Attention Media: Norovirus Isn’t Just On Cruise Ships

With all of these efforts, ship’s like Holland America Line’s Eurodam are scoring 100 on United States Public Health (USPH) inspections. Impressively, the ship recently achieved the perfect rating for its thirteenth consecutive time—its third in 2017 alone.

During the last four years, Holland America ships have received a 100 over 22 times including on the Koningsdam and Oosterdam, also in 2017.

“With each new perfect score Eurodam’s entire team clearly demonstrates their pride and commitment to excellence and to continuing their amazing streak of perfect scores that raises the bar in the industry,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, in a press release.

“Receiving a perfect USPH score on an unannounced inspection is not easy, yet the team on Eurodam certainly makes it look that way year after year. We all know what a tremendous effort it takes to get that 100. Congratulations to everyone on Eurodam.”

Our New Office

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We just completed our move to our new office in our hometown of Nixa, MO.  In the picture you can see some of our friends, clients and associates helping us cut the ribbon for our Grand Opening.  If you live in the Springfield – Nixa, MO area, please stop by and see us. If you live somewhere else this probably didn’t matter to you, but we still thought you might like to see what our office looks like.  Our phone numbers remain the same (800) 889-7683  (417) 881-2789.

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Now we are working on our web site.  The content is the same, but we are working on making it more user friendly.  The most popular part of our web site is our Cruise Finder. This tool allows you to search a huge data base of all currently scheduled cruises with all the cruise lines (except Disney & Princess) and compare the current rates between the different lines.  Go ahead and give it  a try.

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We are looking for experienced cruisers that would like to make some good money selling cruises from home, part-time.  Don’t confuse this with those phony $599 “Official Travel Agent ID Card” scams.  Our Outside Agent’s program has been in operation for over 20 years, and some of our Agents do quite well. It all depends on how much time you have to put into it, and how many cruises you can sell.  For all the details, please CLICK HERE. You must be an experienced cruiser to be a part of this program.

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Who Is The Cruiseman, Anyway?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Cruiseman is a national “cruise only” travel agency. We have been in business since 1994, beginning in North Carolina, and then moving to Missouri in 2005. Our function is to assist you in the planning of your next vacation and to make all the arrangements for you. We take pride in giving our clients personal and complete service. You will get the same person every time you call, and all calls are promptly answered! We represent all major cruise lines, as well as Sandals All-Inclusive Resorts.
And …. our professional services are free to you.

The Cruiseman Says:  “I fell in love with cruising on a “day trip” cruise to Bimini on an old ship that was built in the 50’s! A few years later I found myself in the Cruise business, starting from scratch with no customers and no experience. It’s been 23 years now, and I have thousands of customers from all across the USA. My passion for cruising has increased over the years, and I still look forward to each opportunity to go cruising, just like I did at the beginning.  I love my customers and try to treat them just like family, with honesty and integrity.”

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The Cruiseman has been quoted in:

  • Arthur Frommer’s Travel Website
  • Newsweek Magazine (April 14, 2003 & July 18th, 2005)
  • US News & World Reports, Feb. 9th, 2004
  • USA Today website
  • The Chicago Tribune, April 2nd, 2000
  • Cruising For Dummies
  • USA Today Weekend Magazine, Aug 24th, 2008
  • USA Today Cruise Log July 28th, 2009
  • Travelmarketreport.com

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What others are saying about The Cruiseman

I wouldn’t consider using anyone else. Your attention to detail, immediate attention to ANY questions and considerable knowledge and advice is beyond reproach — Martin Kennedy; Buffalo, NY

We’ve booked a HAL cruise from New York to Montreal for late May with the Cruiseman. I was so impressed when Jim, the president, answered the phone himself. He has already sold me with his quick responses to all of our questions and best possible price. Having become accustomed to the lack of personal attention most businesses give, I found working with the Cruiseman a pleasure.  — Jolene Schadler; Merced, CA

I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone, and his newsletter is one of the best on the web.  I am not sure how we happened to find him on the web, but we are certainly happy that we did. My husband and I are very happy to have the “Cruiseman” in our corner and helping us plan our next cruise.  — Jacqueline Ruse; Brecksville, OH

Having sailed on 17 cruises, I have done business with many Travel Agents. None can come close to the experience I had with The Cruiseman. Jim immediately answered every question I Emailed him and gave me First Class service. It seemed like I was his only client by the way he rendered to me his personal attention. A great guy and a great company. I Recommend him highly.  — Charles Glady; Richmond, VA

I wanted to say that we enjoyed our cruise on Legend of the Seas very much. I know that this sounds weird but we had confidence in you as our cruise consultant and that really helped. Our previous cruise was a complete disaster, made worse that our travel agent could have cared less. It is obvious that you have a passion for what you do and that, matched with expertise is a formula for success for both you and your customers.  Thanks, Jeff Taylor  — Glenwood, MD

The Cruiseman (Jim) is just wonderful to work with.  We have been doing business with him for many years and around 10 cruises…with the expectation of many more. He is very familiar with most all cruise lines and their itineraries, also is  extremely helpful and able to answer all questions.  Your Cruise travel arrangements and side trips couldn’t be easier!  Thanks Jim!!   Bruce Swenty — Springfield, MO

The beach was wonderful. Palancar Beach is a free beach in Cozumel.  The snorkeling was good not great. Royal Caribbean was better in most way to Carnival.  But Carnival has its moments. Roatan was a time of renewing old friendship for wife and making new ones for both of us.  We did a lot of talking and none of the usual site seeing.Belize we saw the city.  Others told us of better excursions.  But we were lazy.  We were satisfied with what we did.  You did a great job of negotiating my CC points.  I actually look forward to do it again. I will continue to use you for all my cruising. Bruce Baker — Houston, TX

Good cruise, just had some issues with a guest on the boat.  The Cruiseman did a great job, very easy to pick a cruise and get it booked. If there were questions or issues he took care of them instantly!  Todd Waterman — Lewisville, TX

One more fantastic cruise under our belts thanks to the Cruiseman!  We wouldn’t trust anyone else with our cruise details. The Cruiseman is top-notch at what he does. No problems, no hassles.  — Carol Mueller — Ormond Beach, FL

The ship was older and smaller, but it was only a four-day cruise.  Food and service were both excellent.  We had a very enjoyable time.  This is the fifth cruise we have taken and the fourth we have booked with The Cruiseman. Jim is both helpful and very knowledgeable.  Thank you.  —  Lisa Nix, Benton, LA

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How It Works

Booking a cruise vacation is not at all like booking a hotel room. Below I will reveal to you “How it Works” so you will understand the difference.

Hotel Bookings

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Hotels have a minimum or “net fare” that is made available to all those different web sites that you see on the internet. Each of those web sites then adds their own mark up (commission) to that net fare, resulting in the price that they are willing to sell the hotel room to you for.

For instance; The Red Star Hotel has a “net fare” of $100 per night.  Web Site A adds a $25 mark up, making their price $125 per night. Web Site B adds a $30 mark up, making their price $130 per night, while Web Site C decides to add a $35 mark up, making their price $135 per night.  That is the simple explanation of why you get all sorts of prices when searching Hotel prices.

Booking A Cruise

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Booking a cruise works completely different from a Hotel room.  The Cruise Lines publish “gross fares” meaning that the price they make public is the price the cruise cabin will be sold for, no matter which agency you work with.

To make things more complicated, however, most cruise lines have several various promotions going at the same time, meaning various prices are available.  These might include special rates for past passengers, Early Savers, “guarantee” rates where you get a discounted price but the cruise line gets to pick your cabin, military rates, senior citizens rates, and more.

The point is this; No matter what promotion price you qualify for that price is available to every travel agency in the country, and no agency is allowed to change the price. Cruise lines work from a “level playing field” so that every agency has the same prices. So, no matter what you may have read on the internet, the correct price will be the same no matter which agency you call. (We hope you call The Cruiseman, of course).  Look Out! Some online agencies add a “booking fee” or “service charge” to the booking, so you actually end up paying more than the published fare.  We’ll never do that to you.

WARNING:  Because of the “level playing field” policy of every major cruise line, many online agencies will try to fool you with deceptive advertising and come-on’s to make it appear that they have some kind of a special deal that other agencies do not have.  This is, of course, unethical & nonsense. Please don’t be fooled by the “70% off” ads, etc. And be aware of the word “from”, such as “7 night Caribbean Cruises from $399pp”.  That means that the $399 price is available at least once in the next two years, and most certainly not when you want to cruise.

The one exception to all of this is Group Rates. If you form a group, or join an already formed group you will received a discounted rate, or a special amenity, or both.

I hope this will clear up some of the confusion and help you understand “How it Works”. At The Cruiseman we never try to fool you, and we give you the honest facts with no tricks of any kind. That’s been our policy for 23 years …. And counting.

Aboard the Harmony of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean makes good use of the new ship’s extra length, wider beam.

On a two-night preview sailing of Royal Caribbean International’s 5,479-passenger Harmony of the Seas, the line’s third Oasis-class ship, Travel Agent was impressed with how it combined Quantum- and Oasis-class features on a grand scale. The 226,963-grt ship spans 16 guest decks with seven neighborhoods, including the popular Central Park and Boardwalk areas.

Our favorite jaw-dropping feature was the “Ultimate Abyss,” a 100-foot-long slide cascading down 10 decks in the aft section of the ship. Riders climb stairs leading to the slide platform, walk over the clear platform suspended above a 90-foot-plus drop, and then enjoy a thrilling multi-sensory experience during the slide itself.

Thrills? Data from a Royal Caribbean test of the slide, as supervised by Professor Brendan Walker, director, Thrill Laboratory, UK, revealed that the experience caused heartbeats to rise by an average of 44 beats per minute compared to the resting rate for a 30-year-old adult of average fitness. When the ship is totally full on a regular sailing, there likely could be longer lines, but we liked that the Harmony of the Seas has other adrenaline inducing options nearby on deck 16, including a zip-line and two FlowRider surfing pools.

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More Snazzy Features

Longer than Allure of the Seas at 1,188 feet and a bit wider, with a beam of nearly 216 feet — as well as 20 percent more energy efficient — the new ship is the fastest in Royal Caribbean’s fleet and a city unto itself.

Guests will discover 42 restaurants and bars; four swimming pools, including an adults-only pool in the Solarium; multiple whirlpools and FlowRider surfing pools; a large ice rink; multiple theaters; a casino; a full-service spa; shops; rock climbing walls; and more.

Entertainment-wise, much is new. The 600-seat Aqua Theatre has two new water shows. “Fine Line” features extreme stunts and acrobatics, while “Hideaway Heist” is a comedy dive show. The ship also offers the line’s first dedicated Puzzle Break escape game, and the Attic is a new comedy club.

New productions include the musical “Grease” — for the first time at sea — and “1887: a Journey in Time”, a fun new French-themed ice show.  We were most impressed by the latter with its costumed ice performers in historic French garb; the production unfolded against a backdrop of ultra high-definition video designed to resembled the Seine. It’s great for kids of all ages.

What else is new? Sure to appeal to younger passengers is a dedicated satellite that enables the high-speed VOOM Internet service and a Royal IQ app for quick check-in and the booking of dining and activities. In addition, the ship uses a razzle-dazzle new RFID (radio frequency identification) system to track bags, stateroom entry and onboard charges.

Specialty Dining

Harmony of the Seas has eight specialty restaurants, including the first two-story, 122-seat Wonderland. The concept was initially launched on theQuantum-class vessels, but this is the largest of those offerings. Jamie’s is the first such eatery on an Oasis-class vessel, and also has more space than the ones on the Quantum-class ships.

Of the eight specialty restaurants onboard, we best loved Wonderland, loosely based on the Lewis Carroll novel and Johnny Depp movie. It’s a fantastical experience with a tunnel like-entry, whimsical art and waiters in purple velvet jackets.

Fun touches abound. We loved the menu that revealed itself only after you painted it with a special brush. An appetizer of deviled eggs appeared from beneath a dome of smoke. A “wow” moment was when a dessert was set ablaze to melt an outer chocolate shell — revealing a moist, delicious cake. All entrees are served to be shared so guests dining together can try everything.

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Izumi, a Japanese dining venue, is the first of those restaurants in the fleet to offer teppanyaki. So 24 diners can now enjoy the chef’s sizzling show on the grill. With just 70 seats for sushi, it’s best to book clients for a meal here as soon as they confirm a sailing.

We also sampled the Italian cuisine at Jamie’s ($20 per person at lunch, $30 per person at dinner), Latin dishes at Sabor, and high-end continental fare with multi-course tasting menus and wine pairings at 150 Central Park.

All of the above are more intimate than the main dining rooms. The ship’s specialty dining venues carry surcharges and online pre-booking is essential.

For a casual, yummy treat, definitely check out the Dog House on the Boardwalk, where cruisers can choose from seven different kinds of succulent hot dogs with toppings of grilled onions, peppers and sauerkraut.

Drinking spots worth a mention? Certainly, you shouldn’t miss the mesmerizing Bionic Bar, where two robotic arms create cocktails from 160 suspended bottles and 16 mixers. We also liked the concept of the Rising Tide Bar, essentially a pod of cocktail tables on a platform that rises and drops — seemingly floating between three decks. Vintages, with its an impressive selection, is the place for wine lovers.

Larger Accommodations

The new ship’s increased width means slightly larger accommodations than on other Oasis-class vessels. That’s particularly true for the staterooms on decks six and up. Virtual balconies, a signature of Quantum-class ships, are also offered in 76 of Harmony of the Seas’ inside cabins, a first for an Oasis-class ship.

We stayed in stateroom #9264, a 272-square-foot Ocean View Stateroom with an 80-square-foot balcony. The stateroom felt spacious with a king bed, sofa, desk and two wardrobes with shelves, drawers and a safe.

We toured many other accommodations and particularly liked #8660, a 371-square-foot Grand Suite with Balcony; the king bed area is separated from the living space with a half-wall / half-curtain divider and there’s a large marble bathroom with two sinks.

Most luxurious and spacious for families? It’s #12640, the 1,142-square-foot Presidential Family Suite, which can accommodate up to 14 guests. It has four bedrooms — two with king beds, two with bunk beds — and sofa beds. There is also an additional sofa bed in the main living room. Most spectacular is the 476-square-foot balcony with whirlpool, dining area and bar.

The Royal Family Suite, #10244, is 580 square feet with two king bedrooms with vanities, a nook with bunk beds, a spacious living room with convertible sofa, plus a 238-square-foot balcony. Modest family rooms designed to sleep six are also available.

Royal Suite Class Program

Royal Caribbean has just rolled out a three-tiered Royal Suite Class program for guests staying in suites (excluding junior suites). The three tiers are Sea, Skyand Star class.

Benefits range from access to dinner in the 100-seat Coastal Kitchen on Deck 17 for Sea Class to Suite Lounge access, concierge services, priority bookings and free VOOM for Sky Class.

The most robust perks come with Star Class. Ten suites on Harmony of the Seasqualify for this level of amenities. Included are all the features in Sea and Sky class, plus access to a Suite Sun Deck, a beverage package, free movies, spa classes and exclusive activities such as bridge, galley and back stage tours.

An added level of pampering for Star Class is the Royal Genie butler who greets guests and tends to your every need, creating bespoke experiences and excursions. Guests in these top suites will be whisked to the front of any line, generally ensuring they never wait or want for anything on Harmony of the Seas. Star Class Suite guests fill out a questionnaire before the cruise so the butler will begin preparations for their arrival.

Pampering and Fitness

Top features of the Vitality at Sea Spa include a thermal suite with heated ceramic loungers, saunas and steam rooms. Twenty-nine spa treatment rooms include three couples’ massage suites and seven individual treatment rooms — the largest collection at sea.

Kids and teens have a dedicated spa of their own, YSPA. Certainly, the Fitness Center impresses with its large selection of cardio and weights machines; yoga,Pilates, TRX, spin studio and kick boxing classes; and personal trainers available to assist.

Family Entertainment

Beyond the Ultimate Abyss and water slides, guests can head one deck below — to Deck 15 — for mini-golf, a sport court and ping-pong. That area nicely flows into the family areas, including the Teen Zone, an arcade, Fuel (the teen night club) and Puzzle Break. As you continue on to the bow, you’ll see the aptly named Splashaway Zone with its trio of waterslides.

On Deck 14, the central Kids Avenue boulevard links such spaces as the Royal Babies & Tots nursery and Adventure Ocean, the line’s supervised kids’ club. Around the ship, you’ll also see Dreamworks characters floating around the restaurants at times. The Boardwalk neighborhood is home to a large colorful carousel and carnival games. The ship also has rock-climbing walls.

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Art aficionados amongst your clientele will especially appreciate the ship’s spectacular $6.5 million art collection, brimming with paintings, sculptures and other pieces displayed in public spaces and accommodations. International Corporate Art curated the more than 3,000 unique pieces from 60 countries.

The Ship’s Itineraries

Launched in May, Harmony of the Seas is operating seven-night western Mediterranean sailings through early fall. In November, it will reposition and homeport at Port Everglades, FL, where will sail alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings.

— Source;  Travel Agent Central