So… it all started innocently enough…. I was at my desk… surfing the web, stalking friends on Facebook as I usually do every morning, when a post from Royal Carribean Cruise Lines popped up. I had to read it twice… this post was telling me, that I could go on the Harmony of the Seas with my husband and cruise the western mediterranean for a week for the price of 600€ per Person!!!!! I go downstairs and tell my husband about it….. ” can you imagine 1200 euros for the both of us?” Surprisingly after he too did a double take, he said book it! Well, I debated for a moment(a very short one) and said okay, if my boss is okay with switching two of my shifts then we will go. Now a little side story here, I have two great bosses and they make just about everything possible for their employees, so I really was not worried, but still I waited for her call.
She said yes! My husband got his covid vax(we are recovering covid patients so we had to wait 6 months before the VAX) and I started booking, the ship, the flights, the exursions, covid tests…. Fast forward to the 21st of October, it is 4 am and we are up and ready to go the airport. After a quick flight to Rome and a driver that got us safely to the port of Civitavecchia we were aboard the Harmony of the Seas just in time for lunch in the Windjammer. Did you know that the Harmony of the Seas is one of the largest ships? OMG… it is huge, yet one the prettiest things I have ever seen! LOL. Okay, okay, yes there are maybe prettier things on this planet, but after a year of renovating the house, having covid and working very hard…. well for me this was heaven on earth. This ship usually has 6000 passengers…. in Covid Times….. not even 2000. Yet another reason to go because when does one get a chance to expierence a cruise ship basically empty?
Before I continue with the first days aboard the ship, I have to give a huge shout out to RCL….. they were more than on top of COVID Protocol. The entire staff, from the waiters to the Captain of the vessel everyone had a mask on, and made sure that we passengers were safe. Yes, wearing that mask is no fun… but if that means the ships can sail and we can travel, then so be it. I was a huge fan of the RCL before covid and this trip reconfirms that.
Now, where should I start? With the food, the cabin with a balcony, the exursions or the ship itself?
Stay tuned for part two……