On our recent cruise on Harmony of the Seas, we were able to experience a variety of Specialty Dining restaurants since we were in a Star Class Suite (a Two Bedroom Aquatheater Suite). Being in a Star Class suite includes certain benefits: A Genie, WiFi, Tips, Beverage Packages, and all Specialty Dining Cover Charges. Because there are so many specialty dining restaurants on Harmony of the Seas, we did not eat in the Main Dining Room once and it was fabulous. In fact, I think we only ate in the Windjammer once. So, in no particular order, here are my thoughts about our Specialty Dining experiences:
Jaime’s Italian Restaurant
We ate at Jaime’s on our first night on the ship and it was a very nice way to start off our trip. Other Royal Caribbean ships have Giovanni’s as their Italian Specialty Restaurant; Harmony of the Seas has Jamie’s, which is part of Jamie Oliver’s brand. The food was good – all of us had something we really enjoyed and we were completely stuffed by the time dessert came around. But we sure didn’t want to miss out on dessert; we kept seeing these beautiful wooden trays of delicious goodies being walked through the restaurant!
We asked our waiter if we could have it delivered to our suite a bit later in the evening and they helped us out. It was such a nice way to end our day. I can’t say enough about the amazing service we received at Jaime’s. I highly recommend.
We ate dinner at the Izumi on the Hibachi side the following night. We’ve eaten there before on Oasis of the Seas and had a lovely time. And while the food was good here, the service was extremely slow and the fire alarm kept going off right above our heads! This required a security agent to come to stare at it, verify that nothing was indeed on fire and then go away. This must have occurred four or five times during our dinner. Obviously, the steam is setting off the alarm, so maybe someone should take a look at that? It was just a bit distracting. So I would recommend the food but be aware of the alarm situation. Maybe lunch would be a better choice since it may not be so crowded?
We actually ate at Chops twice, it was that good! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! Other than a small hiccup with Kid #2’s cocktail (both times, same cocktail – LOL) I honestly can’t complain about anything here. Once again, we were too stuffed for dessert, so we just asked for them in to-go packages for later.
Wonderland is one of those places you really have to try once. It gets very mixed reviews and now I can see why, but I’m really happy that we decided to go. It was weird and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. You have to go with a very open mind and let yourself experience it like a performance. You will find something that is tasty to you, I promise.
The restaurant is beautiful! They have managed to pay attention to everything from the lighting to the waiter’s uniform. to the design of the room itself. Even if you don’t eat at Wonderland, go have a drink in their bar upstairs so you can check it out.
And then, there’s the menu! I made a video for your enjoyment:
I didn’t want to spoil the surprises you will experience during dinner, so I don’t have any pictures for you, but here is a video of the beginning of dessert:
Overall, we found Specialty Dining on Harmony of the Seas to be pretty enjoyable. Reservations are required at each of these restaurants and that can be done online before your cruise. Pay attention to the time of your reservation and any shows you have reserved; it can take 1.5 – 2 hours for dinner at these places.
As always, let me know if you have any questions! Happy cruising!
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