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All you have to do is ask for another shot of the liquor that is in your drink.  Honestly, I never had a problem with watered down drinks, maybe because I generally drink martini's and straight tequila and bourbon???

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6 minutes ago, Cruisegirl6 said:

All you have to do is ask for another shot of the liquor that is in your drink.  Honestly, I never had a problem with watered down drinks, maybe because I generally drink martini's and straight tequila and bourbon???

That works if you have a drink package but we never buy one.  I have wondered why the drinks seem to be weak.  I’ve watched them pour what looks like a good amount of alcohol in a drink and then could barely taste it. 🤔

 

Sherri🙂

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We were on this ship this past July. Don't think we had any complaints about the strength of the drinks. Sorry you had this experience.

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On 10/6/2019 at 7:49 PM, kathimac123 said:

Yep.  Go up to go down or vice versa.  We were also on this sailing.  My son and two of his friends had the drink package and got their money's worth.  They hung out in the casino bar nightly, tipped the bartenders the first night, and have absolutely no complaints about any drinks they got.  And they got EVERYTHING!  Just not all at once.  I enjoyed a tequila shot with them one evening, and it was waaaay more than a shot. . .more like 3.  The chocolate martini was a favorite for one of the boys.  Amaretto sour (I know, chick drink) was a nightly drink.  I was just told that every martini they tried was delicious.  

 

 

Glad they had a good experience.

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On 10/7/2019 at 8:01 AM, DivaMI said:

If you had the deluxe drink package you could have told the bartender how to make your drink and what liquors to put in it and how much. I love Bloody Mary's so I will tell them extra spicy and extra Titos. They will accommodate.

We've always had the deluxe drink package.  I only drink Grey Goose vodka and Patron Silver tequila, along with the very high class Canadian Club whiskey 😁.  I also love Bloody Mary's and always request extra worchestershire , limes and olives.  My Goose and cranberry is requested with extra lime.  I never had a problem getting the liquor I requested, but no one in our group was allowed to get a double.  The pours were excellent in the Suites Lounge and Rising Tide so no doubles needed there.  We are not newcomers to the drink package and we were disappointed with it on the Harmony.  I am just reporting our group's experience. Hopefully, we were in the minority and it won't keep us from getting the drink package again.       

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On 10/7/2019 at 8:15 AM, Lionesss said:

Is luggage valet to MCO offered?

 

If it is what are the conditions...................like time frame of  flight and airline carriers.

 

TY

I'm sorry, but we drove to the port.  I think I remember getting a paper in the cabin about luggage valet, but didn't pay much attention to it.  Maybe someone else can help. 

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What was the bands name that made all the sounds with out a bad, the headliner show .

 

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22 minutes ago, Pugs said:

What was the bands name that made all the sounds with out a bad, the headliner show .

 

Sorry, didn't go to any shows other than the Aqua Theater show (which we enjoyed!) and unfortunately didn't keep any papers from the cruise so I can't look back.  Maybe someone else can answer your question.    

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5 hours ago, Pugs said:

What was the bands name that made all the sounds with out a bad, the headliner show .

 

The headliner show was Mo5aic, an acapella group that was amazing! 

 

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On 10/7/2019 at 9:01 AM, DivaMI said:

If you had the deluxe drink package you could have told the bartender how to make your drink and what liquors to put in it and how much. I love Bloody Mary's so I will tell them extra spicy and extra Titos. They will accommodate.

Also, with the delux drink package- we always tell the bartenders to use "top shelf" liquor.  It makes a difference.

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On 10/4/2019 at 1:57 PM, MrsKC08 said:

This is one of the shows that we love on Harmony (sailing here again in a few weeks). Cats on Oasis really needs to go because no one seems to stay past intermission!

There are several other shows and entertainment options for "families" onboard and to be honest, most kids could care less about the shows anyways, in my experience.

 

Cats is not a show for a cruise ship period, especially the entire, unedited show. It's just too slow and dramatic.  Cruise shows need to be fun and sometimes loud. My brother in law was Mistofelles in the original production in New York so I had a reason to stay through the entire show back then.  But on a cruise ship? Between the rocking of the ship, drink package and extremely slow production, I would probably only make it for about 30 minutes.  

 

'Grease' actually sounds like the perfect show for a cruise. You know all the songs and it's just a fun romp for a few hours.  Have fun on your cruise!

 

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On 10/16/2019 at 5:01 AM, Cruise a holic said:

Also, with the delux drink package- we always tell the bartenders to use "top shelf" liquor.  It makes a difference.

I did ask for top shelf, why would you not?

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On 10/7/2019 at 9:15 AM, Lionesss said:

Is luggage valet to MCO offered?

 

If it is what are the conditions...................like time frame of  flight and airline carriers.

 

TY

On our August Harmony cruise it was offered . 

Participating Airlines:

American

Horizon

Delta (domestic only)

JetBlue

Southwest ( flights between 11:30 & 6pm only)

United

Alaska

 

Flights must depart on Sunday  between 11:30am and 11:59pm, for SWA see above

$25 per guest + any airline baggage fees.

 

mac_tlc

Edited by mac_tlc

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11 hours ago, RoperDK said:

I did ask for top shelf, why would you not?

Many people do not ask for top shelf liquor and get the house liquor.

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OP so nice to hear that you enjoyed the hump balconies.  We have two of those and an ocean view balcony all next to each other on floor 11 for a Harmony Cruise in February.  Any chance that we could get the dividers opened?  I am guessing no (Last time we were able to do that was on a Carnival Cruise about 16 years ago -- so fun to have everything open and a big family deck).  I understand that is typically not done except for cleaning the decks these days as it is considered a fire hazard.  It's just yet another reason we like to get the larger balconies, so extended family can all sit out together.

 

As for shows, my mom loved the Cat's show on the Oasis and went to see it twice.  She and most of our family really enjoy most musicals and saw the traveling show and other performances of the show off cruise too.  As for Grease, we let DS 24 pick the ship and this show was one of the factors he considered in picking the Harmony.  I understand the "for mature audiences" verbiage and think it's up to parents to decide what shows they bring their kids to.    I personally like the more wholesome High School Musical more than Grease (Disneyesque personality lol).

 

Appreciate the warning on the elevators.  My dad has some mobility issues, so good to know in advance to be patient and leave extra time to catch these.

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On 10/16/2019 at 7:40 AM, creativegenius said:

 

Cats is not a show for a cruise ship period, especially the entire, unedited show. It's just too slow and dramatic.  Cruise shows need to be fun and sometimes loud. My brother in law was Mistofelles in the original production in New York so I had a reason to stay through the entire show back then.  But on a cruise ship? Between the rocking of the ship, drink package and extremely slow production, I would probably only make it for about 30 minutes.  

 

'Grease' actually sounds like the perfect show for a cruise. You know all the songs and it's just a fun romp for a few hours.  Have fun on your cruise!

 

Saw grease on the Harmony last January and loved it!  We are sailing again on the Harmony and will again see grease.  We really enjoyed the shows on Royal.  Maybe our favorite was Hairspray-   Saw Cats on Bway- and it was awful- music is beautiful- but really no plot and so long.

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39 minutes ago, Cruise a holic said:

Saw grease on the Harmony last January and loved it!  We are sailing again on the Harmony and will again see grease.  We really enjoyed the shows on Royal.  Maybe our favorite was Hairspray-   Saw Cats on Bway- and it was awful- music is beautiful- but really no plot and so long.

 

Yes, Grease is a perfect show for a cruise. We saw Million Dollar Quartet on NCL and it was awesome. 

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If you want to always get really good drinks,  find a bar you like and hook up with a bartender you like.  Tip him $1-$2 with every drink order and look for him and use him every night and I can almost assure you your drinks will be good!
 

We hooked up with a guy at the Boot & Bonnet....by the middle of the week he was bringing my husband all kinds of yummy drinks.  We did NOT have the drink package, but had the Diamond + happy hour drinks on our card.  Most of the drinks he brought were not on the HH list...but we got them anyway...😁😁

 

Find a guy and tip them well as you go along....makes a huge difference!!

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We had good luck getting decent pours at the Trellis Bar and the Schooner bar.  Our biggest complaint was that most bars didn't have a blender that worked, so getting a mudslide or anything frozen was a chore.  According to my mother, the robots at the Bionic Bar were the only ones who could make a proper Long Island Iced Tea.  

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On 10/26/2019 at 8:45 AM, kathy884 said:

OP so nice to hear that you enjoyed the hump balconies.  We have two of those and an ocean view balcony all next to each other on floor 11 for a Harmony Cruise in February.  Any chance that we could get the dividers opened?  I am guessing no (Last time we were able to do that was on a Carnival Cruise about 16 years ago -- so fun to have everything open and a big family deck).  I understand that is typically not done except for cleaning the decks these days as it is considered a fire hazard.  It's just yet another reason we like to get the larger balconies, so extended family can all sit out together.

 

As for shows, my mom loved the Cat's show on the Oasis and went to see it twice.  She and most of our family really enjoy most musicals and saw the traveling show and other performances of the show off cruise too.  As for Grease, we let DS 24 pick the ship and this show was one of the factors he considered in picking the Harmony.  I understand the "for mature audiences" verbiage and think it's up to parents to decide what shows they bring their kids to.    I personally like the more wholesome High School Musical more than Grease (Disneyesque personality lol).

 

Appreciate the warning on the elevators.  My dad has some mobility issues, so good to know in advance to be patient and leave extra time to catch these.

Sorry, but I don't know if the dividers can be opened.  We were traveling alone.  We very much enjoyed the extra balcony space and will look to book one of these balconies again!  As far as the elevators, I just left an extra 10 minutes to get where I was going. It made for a lot less stress. Enjoy your cruise! 

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On 10/8/2019 at 12:00 PM, RoperDK said:

We've always had the deluxe drink package.  I only drink Grey Goose vodka and Patron Silver tequila, along with the very high class Canadian Club whiskey 😁.  I also love Bloody Mary's and always request extra worchestershire , limes and olives.  My Goose and cranberry is requested with extra lime.  I never had a problem getting the liquor I requested, but no one in our group was allowed to get a double.  The pours were excellent in the Suites Lounge and Rising Tide so no doubles needed there.  We are not newcomers to the drink package and we were disappointed with it on the Harmony.  I am just reporting our group's experience. Hopefully, we were in the minority and it won't keep us from getting the drink package again.       

JS people can go to the Suites Lounge? That’s good news. 

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On 10/26/2019 at 4:52 PM, Cruise a holic said:

Saw grease on the Harmony last January and loved it!  We are sailing again on the Harmony and will again see grease.  We really enjoyed the shows on Royal.  Maybe our favorite was Hairspray-   Saw Cats on Bway- and it was awful- music is beautiful- but really no plot and so long.

I tried really hard to make it past intermission but Cats just makes me numb. 

I’m a big Andrew Lloyd Weber fan, and I love the music but watching it....

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9 hours ago, jagsfan said:

JS people can go to the Suites Lounge? That’s good news. 

no  they can only have dinner in suite restaurant by reservation 

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5 hours ago, Cruise a holic said:

no  they can only have dinner in suite restaurant by reservation 

I asked because the OP,  RoperDK,  mentioned the alcohol pours in the Suite Lounge being excellent. He was in a JS. 

That made me curious. 

 

 

 

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On 10/4/2019 at 6:55 AM, RickAinley said:

Actually my other complaint was for what is deemed a "family" ship, making the headline entertainment show, Grease,  "Suitable for mature audiences only". Plenty of West End/Broadway shows they could have picked.  

We were planning on taking our 8 year old to grease because she loves musicals, is it really inappropriate?  She has seen both versions of the movie.

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