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  1. On a side note, our loft attendants have been making the most amazing towel animals that I have ever seen on any cruise.
    17 points
  2. If you haven’t already guessed from the earlier pics, dinner tonight was back at Chops. Great meal, but service was slow here again. Same deal as NYE, the restaurant wasn’t even half full, and our waiter was attentive, it just wasn’t moving quickly.
    12 points
  3. Star class FlowRider session was this morning from 9-10am. This was the best session ever! Because OY only has 5 SC rooms, even if every cabin showed up, there are not many to share that session with. However, this morning, only 1 other cabin showed up, and they only stayed for 15mins. Hubby pretty much had the entire FlowRider to himself for the entire time.
    11 points
  4. Moët and Lavender Martini…does it get any better than this?
    11 points
  5. @LandstromCruise Hubby said it cost $40 for the FlowRider in Taino Bay. The rest of the afternoon was chill again for me. I am loving this! Hubby and the girls returned around 4pm and then he was off to the FlowRider again. Kids went with him for a bit and then they left him too. Eventually, Hubby ran into @recogneyes and her Hubby, and she got this great pic of Hubby. Currently waiting for the rest of the family to get moving for dinner. @OCSC Mike, this is the time for Doritos
    11 points
  6. Now sitting in 270 for Captain’s Corner with both girls. Hubby is still at the FlowRider lol D17 just said to me, “I thought this was supposed to be an informative talk, people are just venting their complaints.”
    10 points
  7. Wow ! Those towel animals are incredible ! I’ve never seen anything like them. I guess we know how that attendant made it up to Star Class ! Beautiful.
    8 points
  8. I believe the proper pairing for a martini is Cool Ranch.
    8 points
  9. Somewhere off in the distance in this vicinity was Cape Horn. Land ahead of us. Looking back to the Drake Passage. Chilean Dolphins. We've reached the pilot station for Puerto Williams. New ETA to Puerto Williams is now 3:30pm. These fur seals seemed to be just goofing around with each other.
    7 points
  10. Finally opened up and I managed to get what I wanted.
    7 points
  11. After dinner we headed to the theatre to watch Showgirls. I knew nothing about this show ahead of time, but I loved it! This show felt classic to me and what really blew me away was the costume designs. I thought they were just gorgeous! Video clips on my story on IG.
    7 points
  12. Batman would agree with you on this. I have to admit, Doritos are not my fave but after reading @Lovetocruise2002's blog, i had a craving for exactly one Dorito last night. Of course we had none in the house, which made me YouTube how to make your own Doritos. It lead me to this. Batman and i about died laughing. Not died laughing, but we did find it wicked funny Bottom line, i went to the store today to pick up a bag, only to be chastised that it wasn't Cool Ranch.
    7 points
  13. We walked around the port area for about an hour or so, just to get the feel for what was around. This is our first time at this port and we did not venture past the Taino Bay port area. It’s nice here. Our impressions were that it is clean, and there are a variety of things to do. There’s a variety of local shops and places to eat. Free pool/swim up bar (much like the pool at Oasis lagoon), lazy River, lounge beach, and FlowRider like @AshleyDillo mentioned earlier. Hubby loves it here.
    7 points
  14. I received a second follow up call on my feedback; this one from a supervisor in the shoreside team. Much like the call from corporate the disembarkation process was the first thing she wanted to discuss. Both had me walk them through the old process vs the one we experienced last week. While she was interested in the rest of my feedback, I got the impression the disembarkation process was the primary reason for the call today. She said it would be escalated so time will tell what happens.
    6 points
  15. Noon update: We've come full circle or nearly so. My boarding pass for the charter flight back to Santiago was dropped off this morning. Window seat on the left side. My luggage is packed and I made it under the 23 kg weight limit.
    6 points
  16. For lunch we went to Playmakers. This was our first opportunity to eat here this cruise. While I really like the playmakers menu, I did not like today’s experience at all. First of all, I hate the location of Playmakers here. I know it makes sense, but because I already don’t like the Seaplex, having it here makes it feel like you are eating in a gym, and it smells like it too. Not very appealing or appetizing. Secondly, there are very few booths here. Only 2. Most are tables along the bar, or tables for 2. Both booths are right next to the the foosball table making it very annoying to eat with random people and children playing right next to you. Last, but not least, service here was awful! You all know that I don’t complain much, and I can overlook if they are busy. However, they were not busy today. It took a long time for them to initially take our drinks and food order after Sergii left us. Already not a good sign. The rest of the meal was also super slow, then our waiter went on break, replaced by two other different waiters. We couldn’t even get them to bring us the bill at the end of our 2+ hour meal. This was the first time ever that we have ever left the restaurant before getting the bill. But that is how annoyed I was. I told Hubby that if they really had an issue with us leaving, they could take it up with Sergii. Anyhow, food was good, the experience, not so much.
    5 points
  17. Time is a ticking - eight days until we travel to Galveston. Hubby and I are leaving from Kentucky; daughter and granddaughter/hubby (told you I was old) are coming from SC; oldest son/wife from Indiana, and youngest son from Milwaukee. Pretty obvious that from all the States listed that our background is military. Kids really never had a home state. We are flying into Hobby airport, which if rumors hold true, is small - like blink your eye and miss it small. Staying at the Airport Marriott. Going to Mass at 8:30pm since we will not be able to attend on Sunday. Gotta make sure Jesus and I are fine before I’m on a ship out in the ocean. It’s a Mass all in Spanish. My only Spanish word I know is “taco”….should be an interesting hour. Galveston Shuttle and limo will pick us up the next morning in their van - big van I hope - 16 pieces of luggage. I’m really hoping that Star Class is clearly marked and there’s a strong porter waiting for us. What in the world do you “tip” a porter for 16 pieces of luggage? Our genie, MJ, sent our schedule for revisions. I deleted all the sea day lunches he had scheduled. We all wanted more flexibility during the day. Grease (seen it before) bit the dust. Told him our granddaughter just got married in a small wedding, and we would like to have a little post celebration in our room. The kids in their 30’s are being a bit silly. I’ve tried telling them there’s stuff that a genie just cannot do. They wanted the pickle ball court reserved for them, room service from different restaurants delivered at the same time, and a large table reserved at the night club. They just don’t understand “why not” when we spent thousands and thousands extra for star class. First, tried to explain that the “man in the boardwalk room” paid the thousands and thousands extra for star class, and if they kept voicing their “silly” wishes I would have the genie ONLY WhatsApp me. It’s been a bit quiet since. Next up: What to pack? It seems everyone will have a check-in suitcase and a carry-on. Thanks to @Lovetocruise2002 we are all afraid our check-in bag will not make it to the other end, so we are putting this and that into our carry on luggage!
    5 points
  18. We all went to support him this morning lol It is on their lunch menu, but we never eat at Chops for lunch. Hubby was really craving a burger for dinner last night so Sergii asked them to make the burger from the lunch menu. Then they made one with a double patty. I have no idea how Hubby even ate all that, but he did. Lucky for him. SC FlowRider sessions on OA class has never worked out for us. With so many more suites and tons of people from the ATS, Hubby usually ends up with 1-2 runs at best. Today was great. Another reason to do OY again
    5 points
  19. Same! Even in our other lofts and star class cruises, there has never been anything like these. On another side note, there are 5 star class suites on Odyssey. The lowest amount on any ship. They are all located on Deck 8. There are 2 pairs of loft attendants (so 4 of them). One pair handles the lofts on the port side, the other pair does the starboard side lofts. On top of that, these loft attendants also have the additional task of caring for at least 10 cabins down the hall near the lofts. Needless to say, in talking to some of them, they miss Deck 17/18 on Oasis class too
    5 points
  20. Day Eighteen - Drake Passage and Puerto Williams Position report: Balcony observations: The seas have settled considerably and most of the ship's motion is gone.
    5 points
  21. In the early evening the Captain hosted us in the main theater for some final words. As well as a parade of the crew.
    5 points
  22. I'll have to look up this vessel later. More notions of Shackelton swirling in my head. Right in front of me a whale did a full breach. It was magnificent. All I caught with my camera was the splash. This was less than two miles from Puerto Williams.
    4 points
  23. I loved this show. It ranked up there with Aqua 80's I felt.
    4 points
  24. After lunch, we headed to the casino to use our D+ free play. Hubby and I are $7.15 richer Spending the rest of the afternoon soaking up last moments in our room, and packing. Hubby “might” go back to the FlowRider one more time lol
    3 points
  25. With that we have arrived at Puerto Williams. The Silver Cloud at the pier. I assume the Captain has a very big credit card. Our fuel barge. Looks like the Cloud is doing crew laundry.
    3 points
  26. Here are some photos from the channel near Puerto Williams. We departed in darkness so we missed this on day one. It's very pretty. You can't park there.
    3 points
  27. Is that a burger on the dinner menu at Chops? I really liked Showgirls on Odyssey, I saw it on a small class and liked it as well.
    3 points
  28. My Icon sailing date is 1/27 (22 days to go) and no entertainment booking yet. I think Royal wants to remain unpredictable so you keep checking Cruise Planner and buy other things while on the site.
    3 points
  29. I'm sure there will be a Valentine's Day sale, St. Patrick's Day sale, Easter sale, so on and so on.
    3 points
  30. No clue. We didn't walk far enough to check it out. You are correct it reminds me of Costa Maya's port but it doesn't have the pushy vendors yet, nor the crowds.
    3 points
  31. My current situation now that Hubby and kids have left…that first sip feeling…
    3 points
  32. It was hot today! So after about an hour or so, the family decided that they did want to make use of the free pool and beach here. We decided to head back to the ship to grab lunch first, kids and Hubby want to drop of stuff and change, and now they have headed back out again to the beach/pool. I am back in my happy place, a nice, air conditioned ship.
    3 points
  33. Enough about whales! I've refrained from posting more whale pictures but rest assured there were many more sightings. The coastline appeared to be one very long glacial face birthing icebergs hourly. This recently calved growler was finding its equilibrium rolling before our eyes. So many interesting icebergs. The bridge team brought us closer for a better look.
    3 points
  34. This pair stuck close to each other. Earlier today Andrew presented an enrichment talk about Humpback whales. He mentioned that often when you see a pair of whales with one larger than the other staying close to each other it may be a mother with a calf. I'm not certain that is the case with these two but it makes for a nice story so I'm going with it.
    3 points
  35. As we left the channel the bay was littered with icebergs.
    3 points
  36. On both sides the glacial faces were fascinating. I spotted a diagram showing the ship's dimensions on a bridge wing. It had been updated with the retrofit of the Silver Wind.
    3 points
  37. I spotted a ship in the distance making the transit before us. Try as I might these photos are a pathetic attempt to illustrate the magnificence of Antarctica. Emily our geologist was present to talk about the volcanic origins of the mountains around us.
    3 points
  38. I bet he LOVED that!!! And did you actually go with to take this picture? How did he get you to do that
    2 points
  39. Entertainment has just opened up to book in the Cruise Planner, if you all want to make your bookings. If any of you are new to this class of ship and/or the need to pre-book your entertainment, the stand-up comedy shows are the ones that "sell out" fastest partly because they are in high demand and partly because the venue is small. It's also a good idea to book the diving show (Hiro) early on in the cruise because it may get cancelled if the weather is unsuitable. If this happens the entertainment team will usually try to schedule a replacement performance later in the cruise but there's never a guarantee that they will be able to, so the earlier in the cruise you are booked the better your chance of seeing it later on if your chosen time/date get cancelled.
    2 points
  40. Love this tiny chance!! I’m going for it!
    2 points
  41. Whoever built this port did a really good job with it. It is similar to the one in Costa Maya but more open and crowds are more dispersed here.
    2 points
  42. Down for breakfast in The Restaurant I had the venue to myself so an opportunity for some photos. Which window seat shall I pick?
    2 points
  43. Here are some pictures from my 360 camera during the Neumayer Channel transit.
    2 points
  44. Whale sightings were frequent. A Chilean naval ship. I've submitted these photos to the Happy Whale project. https://happywhale.com/ Perhaps it will help to track the migration path of these magnificent creatures. Each fluke is unique but other characteristics of the hump and other areas are also unique to each individual whale.
    2 points
  45. Snow Patrol was performing on deck 9. (a lame reference to a Scottish rock band)
    2 points
  46. Pondering those masted schooners and the early Antarctic explorers while enjoying modern luxuries under heaters while drinking a Chilean beer at The Grill. The snow was letting up but I could see it covering the satellite antenna dome for the TV system contrasted to the tiny yet powerful modern Starlink antenna beside it. Despite the snow and light rain the Starlink internet system continued to perform well. Alas it was time for the Christmas tree to come down. The ship may need this line at Puerto Williams .
    2 points
  47. Let’s start with the suite lounge. That is where I am right now. This space is nice, there are snacks here outside of breakfast and happy hour. The decor here is similar to Wonder and I can see how Wonder’s SL has evolved from this. The main disadvantage? It is a pain to get here. It’s all the way aft on Deck 13, hidden among staterooms. Not great. However, every time I come back here, I pass by this sign in the halls and it makes me smile…
    2 points
  48. As mentioned, dinner was at Giovanni’s tonight. This was actually the first time the kids have eaten at Giovanni’s Kitchen. They have had the original one before, and Jamie’s, but not this. Both girls loved it!
    2 points
  49. We are in PDCC today. Hubby and the kids are “planning” to head out. They have not actually left yet. D17 hasn’t even left the bed. I had breakfast on my own in CK. It is not much different from Anthem’s CK. Very friendly staff! I have zero plans today. Currently enjoying the warmth here on the balcony. This heat is more like it!
    2 points
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