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  1. Earnest Hemingway wrote “Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?” When this old man is at sea, and in Star Class, the answer is hell YES! Let’s enjoy every minute. This year’s spewing of my thoughts will cover our 4th Star Class adventure and this year we will return to the scene of the crime where it all began – the Royal Loft Suite aboard the Allure. Feels like we’re going back home! We began this nonsense of spending the annual budget of a small city for Star Class back in 2018. And as someone on this site likes to say, it’s been wash, rinse, repeat ever since! 2019 brought the RL on Harmony followed by the same room on Oasis in 2020. I know the Symphony should have been next in line but that would have required a 2nd city’s budget. So we’ll rough it again on the Allure. This replaces a cruise scheduled for last August on Oasis to celebrate the 21st birthday of the youngest of our litter. Which was replaced with a late celebration last November on the Harmony, which obviously didn’t happen either. . Poor kid is already 22 but we will still be celebrating! There will be 11 of us taking the journey this year. Most of the group have been on one or more of the last three: my bride and an awesome nurse Stacy, our 21st birthday party deprived preschool teacher Taylor, the red headed hurricane DNP Dr. Kaitlyn, my bride’s twin sister and food connoisseur Shari, brother-in-law school district management suit Mike, their oldest son and quietest guy on the ship Caleb, and family friend and all around fun guy Cody. Now even when you add me, the Old Guy, into the mix that’s still only 8 people and I said 11, right? Right. We will be joined by 3 new members of our cruising crazies. Our oldest daughter, her husband and our 16 month old granddaughter. They have asked to remain nameless and faceless in this blog and I will of course respect their wishes. One of them might be in the Witness Protection Program or something, who knows. But they’re part of the crew and I know they will do things that deserve, or demand, mention in this saga so I have to come up with something to call them. I know I can refer to people as like DD, for darling daughter, but that’s, well, so Disney. I’ll come up with something. I worked in the Nixon White House and the name Deep Throat comes to mind. That person did a lot. Said a lot. But never showed his face or gave his name. Might work. They could be DT1, DT2, and little DT or LDT. We will occupy the Royal Loft, the adjoining Crown Loft and an ocean facing Crown Loft on the starboard side. This group isn’t nearly organized enough to have any real plans for the week. Except food and drink. I’ve already explained to our wonderful Genie that she just needs to throw food and booze at this group and her mission is complete. Set the food and booze on a table. Slide it under the door. Hell, hang it down over the balcony by a rope and they’ll snag it in mid-air. They are a food crew. From the early morning Starbucks to the 2am pizza feeding frenzy. Food. Booze. It’s an awesome thing to watch! I joke, but not too much. We will, as a family, discuss dinner and entertainment plans when we gather this Sunday to welcome Dr. Katie’s new boyfriend for dinner. But that’s another blog – a well trained musician and great singer who can’t play a Willie Nelson Song. Blasphemy. Anyway, I think the group agrees that we will have dinner at Coastal Kitchen, Chops, Izumi, 150, Giovanni’s, and Chef’s Table. I may not do Chef’s Table. I’ve been polite and done it twice with the food zombies but it’s just not my thing. First, my entire expertise with wine was swigging some Mad Dog 20/20 back in the early 70’s. That doesn’t pair well with anything. And while listening to the Chef explain, in excruciating detail, the ingredients, preparation and presentation of something that looks like it’s already been eaten once, I’m thinking about tossing some chicken, onion soup mix and a little heavy cream in the crock pot. Guess I’m just too low class for that event. I think we’ve decided to have embarkation day lunch at Sabors simply because of the location. While most dine, one or two of us can grab some guacamole and go out and entertain and chase LDT. The other meals for breakfast and lunch will be decided later. A couple of these travelers probably won’t be sober enough for breakfast. Maybe even lunch! I see some breakfasts out on the amazing balcony. We’ve enjoyed that in the previous cruises. The entire group loves the entertainment and will I’m sure see all of the shows. Most of us are especially looking forward to Mama Mia again. Very few plans for the ports yet. We’ll probably discuss that Sunday as well. The birthday girl wants to see the Yoda Guy in St Maarten so that will probably happen. We did spend part of LDT’s college fund for an over the water cabana at the Coco Beach Club. I’m already picturing the lobster sandwich being sent down the slide into the waiting mouth of someone treading water. We received our Star Class survey thing 53 days out. I only really remember a couple of questions. One was something about if Elon Musk invited our party on a spaceflight and we could each bring one personal item, what would the item be? My answer was that, as a guy who who had the great fortune to work for a few years supporting the U.S. space program, I wouldn’t fly on anything built by the low bidder. But I’m sure for the others it would be food. The other was the old question about which 3 people living or dead that I would invite to dinner. My answer was “Prince, Madonna and Aracelli. Yeah, THAT Aracelli. Because I wanna know why they only need one name and I need two. But let’s get real, that ain’t happening. So how about just coffee with Marc Walker so I can ask him how that Carvana thing works?” (Some will probably google Marc Walker now!). We received the email from our Genie, Romina, at the 29 day mark. I can tell after trading emails that she is efficient, professional and has a great sense of humor. I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know her. I’ve warned her about the family. Poor thing. Like many of you this cruise is a special return to a ship and a vacation. Our last was in January of 2020. During the shutdown most of us continued to work. Our Doc Kaitlyn spent most of it as an RN in the COVID ICU. My bride, Nurse Ratchet, worked the entire time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The preschool teacher taught preschool. The school administrator figured out how to do it remotely. Everyone adapted and trudged on. DT1 adapted to the zoom method of her work and managed having a baby during a pandemic. I promise this is probably the only time that I will be serious in this entire blog. But the crazy folks I’m cruising with, like many of you, are looking forward to this cruise more than they ever have. It’s been a long road. So I invite you to follow along with us as we prepare for an amazing vacation. As you have surmised by now, I’m not a serious, detail oriented kind of writer. Actually I’m not a writer at all! But my hope is to, while maybe being entertaining and informing, document our trip as a memory for the family. When I wrote last year’s blog I didn’t realize that I was creating something we would read again to remind us of special memories. But it turned out to be our online scrapbook that we visit now and then. Thanks Matt for providing the platform for us to share.
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  3. Just got off Odyssey last week and the salsa/ sauce bar was open with staff serving you. No judgement on what I wanted or where on my plate I put it.
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  4. Ok, sing with me now to the tune of “Sea Cruise”: Old Man COVID’s been stealing my cruise, There’s no use sittin’ and a-singing’ the blues So be my guest, you got nothin’ to lose Won’t you let me take you on a STAR cruise? Allure, Allure baby Allure, Allure baby Allure, Allure baby Won’t you let me take you on a STAR cruise? Feel free to hum that little tune as you follow along!
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  5. Yeah I think he means the sales will be blah, no point in trying very hard to get people top book in 2021 with all the testing and restrictions. Instead focus all their energy and resources on improving bookings for 2022. I also think he has given up on the CDC being "fair"
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  6. I know what you mean. I just always keep a Star Class booked to keep myself from yolo booking after reading other Star Class blogs, but it doesn't always work haha.
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  7. Details, details… The Old Man will head to the sea early on the morning just 23 days from now, which is the day before the cruise. We’ll fly from Palm Springs, California, at 610 am, change planes in Dallas and arrive in Orlando at 419 pm. Last sailing from Port Canaveral we used Go Port Canaveral for lodging and transportation and it worked great so we’re doing that again. They will fetch us from the airport and deliver us to the Orlando Hampton Inn. Star Class has not yet been activated! They include a free breakfast so there’s that. On cruise morning they transport us to the port. When we return they will provide transportation back to the airport. Plans for the evening in Orlando will be a casual meal a couple of drinks and a good nights sleep. We have made very few preparations up to this point. I have closely followed information supplied on this site about how the return to cruising is going. Most of the family are members of several FB groups. Now and then I also peruse the other site where everyone is really, seriously a cruise CRITIC. The most valuable information has come from the Live Blogs here and the many FB postings on the Insider’s page. For our pre-cruise COVID test everyone will be using the at home proctored test from EMed. Nurse Ratchet ordered them a couple of weeks ago and they arrived in less than 24 hours. There will be NO group swabbing but everyone plans on doing the deed on Friday morning. I’m just happy these are the less invasive tests. I had the one at a hospital several months ago where they shoved it up my nose almost to my Crown and Anchor! On pre-COVID-19 cruises the Nurse carries over the counter meds for anything that might come along. I can’t wait to see her medical bag this year! As I’ve said, we received the Star Class survey 53 days before the cruise. I think Stacy and the Doc filled theirs out, not sure about the others. I’m not convinced anyone read them the last 3 years. But it begins to make us realize it’s getting closer. Fun to receive the email! We heard from Genie Romina at 29 days. She and I have communicated with emails several times already. As I said before she has been very responsive and I can tell we share a sense of humor. We have mainly just shared pleasantries and jokes so far. She has provided all of the basic information and instructions and is awaiting the “wish list” from Nurse Ratchet. I did request that she confirm an issue with the cabana. I had read somewhere, I think by some guy named Matt, that although the limit is 8 you can add 2 additional people for an extra fee. She quickly confirmed that Matt had told her the same thing! Actually she confirmed with the Excursion Manager that you can add two people for a fee of $50 per person. The Nurse will send our requests to her after our family gathering on Sunday. Our initial requests will be pretty basic. Which items to stock in the coolers, morning Starbucks for those who never served in the military and just regular coffee for me. We will celebrate Taylor’s birthday one day so will ask for something special for her. We will celebrate Mike’s birthday which is actually in October. I don’t know which day his birthday is. That’s why Old Men like me have amazing spouses like the Nurse. She wakes me each day saying things like “take your pills, text Mike it’s his birthday and you need hay for the goat.” Works well. We will probably request drinks and snacks for the balcony on embarkation day. We’ll tell Romina the places we want to eat and ask her to suggest a schedule that makes dining work with the entertainment. Everyone in the crown lofts have both the unlimited dining and the drink packages so it’s easy when we gather as a group. I’m already very confident that we’re in good hands. In fact, I think we even have backup Genie coverage. I wrote in the blog last year that one evening I wanted to see the second headliner show. But I let Jack Daniels email our Genie Allan Fajardo to make the request. Jack sent the email to the wrong ship! If that were to happen this year Allan is on the Oasis so he will realize it’s Jack and could just ask Romina to save me! Awesome!
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  8. Thank you for your blog! I'm totally living vicariously through you right now. Our first SC cruise is in 52 days on Anthem and our second is in an A2 on Symphony in 2022. I find myself every evening searching the web and blogs for any new blogs talking about star class. When we booked our Anthem cruise, I read @WAAAYTOOO's B2B Anthem blog which inspired us to book it. I'm sure every time I read a new blog my hubby starts to shutter thinking I want to book another one. He definitely has a reason to worry. LOL
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  9. SpeedNoodles

    Laminated CDC card

    A few people did address your question directly (in that there's nothing that says it cannot be, but nobody has had personal experience with it). If you are on Facebook or Twitter you may want to send Royal Caribbean a direct message and ask them as they are pretty good about answering those.
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  10. the reason I don't feel guilty, is the alternative was I booked it myself, which in this day and internet age is very easy to do, and my TA would be getting nothing, it would all be company profit.
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  11. I think LDT will just be left at the beach to fend for her wee self.
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  12. So….if the OTW cabana holds 8 and you add 2 for $50 each, using OLD math that cyphers out to 10. Who’s getting left on the beach ?
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  13. Definitely on the list! I had an Edge class on my list for the next time we travelled to the US without the kids, but now I think we'll start off 2024 with Edge out of Sydney.
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  14. No, this is not normal. Because the majority of crew joined the ship at the same time for the restart, a lot of the crew have similar sign-off dates. The process of changing crew member's sign-off dates has already started. Some of us maybe required to extend, some even shorten our contract. My contract has been extended for a couple of weeks.
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  15. Royal has opened the check in times I was about to get a time earlier than my 2:30 I had. We are also departing earlier (5:00) I received the departure notice for 5:00 via text and email. It made no reference to additional check in times, someone posted that in FB.
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  16. On ovation, Sky class got NO priority at boarding. In line with everyone else. Only “perk” was ability to flex arrival time by an hour
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  17. My apologies to the board and to the original poster. I overstepped and I am sorry.
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  18. We will be forced to shut down the thread if people continue to argue, and I'd hate to do that on someone's Live Blog. The snarkiness and personal attacks are unnecessary.
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  19. Brian Leavitt- cruise director onboard currently posted on Facebook just today that they were doing show install for Flight. Not sure how long that takes but should be added soon enough. I am amazed at what they have been able to do with the restart…usually they practice at the studios in Miami for months before boarding. I love Flight myself!
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  20. AHollyS

    Laminated CDC card

    I just ordered this. I have my fingers crossed the kids will be vaxxed before we leave in Dec.
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  21. Well at least it's about even. The drinks I get are just as important as the food I eat in my opinion. If they want to import it in from Mars, Venus, or Alabama I don't care as long as it stays the quality that Royal has served me in the past!
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  22. Matt

    Laminated CDC card

    To answer the original question, yes, if you already laminated your CDC card that is still acceptable by Royal Caribbean.
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  23. SpeedNoodles

    Black Friday Sales

    Sometimes there are great deals on Black Friday. But the best prices that I've ever found on excursions, including those on the private islands, have appeared randomly between advertised sales. Buy now and check frequently (I check my prices a few times a week at a minimum if I'm looking for a price drop on something I've already purchased). If things start to sell out the prices could go up instead of down. You can always cancel and rebook at the lower price if you find it. Don't wait and count on Black Friday.
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  24. Pre-Cruise Planning: Excursions/Ports: Coco Cay- Thrill Water Park! We have NEVER been to Coco Cay! This is very exciting for us because we are thrilled seekers and couldn’t contain our excitement about the water slides! We also want to explore the entire island. Because of this we decided not to do a Cabana because we doubt we would spend enough time in it to make it worth it. We know that we will be in many locations trying out all the amenities and food!! Chicken sandwich and mozzarella sticks anyone?!? St. Thomas- The ONE excursion that we were set on doing was the Sea Lion Swim in St. Thomas! We had it in the cart three months ago and got ready to check out! Computer glitch….we call…SOLD OUT there is no waiting list either. We will mention this in our initial Genie wishlist and see if there is any magic to be done. If not it won’t be the end of the world. We will do something that involves a tour and beach day! St. Maarten- We have been to this beautiful island several times and each time we say we are doing Maho Beach and each time we decide not to becaus did crowds. Well NOT THIS TIME! We are absolutely going to go this time because with reduced ship numbers it seems like the PERFECT time. Plan to take taxi to Maho Beach and find some chairs, umbrellas, and cocktails! Travel/Hotels I am originally from Florida. Due to health concerns my Mom won’t be able to join us on this cruise. However, I may be a grown man but I am also an only child. If I dared step foot in Florida without seeing my Mother (She is a southern Belle but she means BUSINESS!!)Jarell would be a widow before we even got married LOL Also I am just realizing there is no gay equivalent to widow/widower. I digress because of this we plan to travel to Tampa and stay Thursday/Friday to visit family. Despite having free flight privileges we decided that it was better to rent a car in Tampa on Saturday and drive to Miami with all our wedding supplies like welcome aboard gift bags for our guests and decor etc. Plus Jarell has never made this car trip and wants to see Alligator Alley. If you’re from Florida seeing an alligator is just a Tuesday but hey get your thrills babe LOL We debated on where to stay in Miami on Saturday night knowing only that our one requirement was that we wanted a port view! We originally planned on staying at the Intercontinental but after checking pricing and locations we decided that for the same price of a room at Intercontinental we could get a suite at Holiday Inn Port Of Miami. That would also allow us to hosts our friends as they come in town if we choose to. Plus we can walk across the street to the restaurants and shops. And wake up early to watch Oasis sail in! This is the suite we chose! We are also super excited that on Saturday night we booked reservations for dinner at The Versace Mansion! People RAVE about the food and I can’t imagine a more fabulous or appropriate place to dine before sailing out of Miami for a Star Class Gay wedding than here! LOL This is getting long so I will be back when we hear from our Genie!! I hear they are all fantastic on Oasis but thanks to the expert suggestion from @Lovetocruise2002we made a plea for Shane as our Genie on our survey LOL *fingers crossed!
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  25. I agree. On our next cruise I plan on using my camera phone to document the superior service we receive.
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  26. Well now I don't feel special that carib_life wanted to fly everyone to the Caribbean! I thought she just liked me!
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  27. I would never DREAM of it! Conversely, I am also not missing out on @Matt favs like the famous chicken parm sandwich on Coco Cay or Izumi either so never you fear. Needless to say I will be packing some stretchy pants…..or a tarp for the ride home
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  28. Final thoughts: This trip has been absolutely amazing. It was off to a rough start, but wow, it ended as one of our favorite cruises. We worried about how cruising would be with all of the new Covid restrictions and if we would walk around with a scarlet letter on our heads bringing kids too young to be vaccinated on a cruise. We were totally wrong. Everybody on the ship was very nice and some even smiled, laughed, and played with the kids, especially the youngest two. We didn't get a single rude comment or look from other passengers about cruising with kids. The staff seemed so happy to be back at sea and were very accommodating. There were obviously things we missed like the Quest, Love and Marriage, World's Sexiest Man Competition, and the Belly Flop Competition. We also wish we could have done laser tag and the escape room, but there is so much to do even without those that it was still an amazing trip. One thing I missed was the interaction that we usually get with our room attendant. I don't think this was his fault though, as there are so many new rules they must abide by such as not going into the room when the guests are there. It made the experience less personal with him even though he seemed like a nice guy. The vaccinated only and everybody shows were also an annoyance at times when the everybody show ended up playing too late for kids. Hairspray was phenomenal, but Steven commented that the minimal seating detracted from the ambience (there was less people to laugh and clap at key moments in the performance). We also did not like having the Windjammer closed for dinner, but we were always so full anyway. We only made one stop at the Windjammer this cruise, and we actually perferred how it is now with them serving you food. It's nice not to have to worry about people touching all the food with their hands plus the food seemed fresher perhaps due to smaller portions being brought out at a time. Sunil picked out all of our servers at the specialty restaurants and he did a fantastic job because all of the servers we had were wonderful (with the exception of the guy at Playmakers, but Sunil did not choose him). We continually saw the Covid restrictions being modified. Room service went from not being allowed in your room to allowed in if you go into a different room and then finally to closer to what it used to be like all within a one week period. We watched a limit of five in a pool be modified to no limit. The genies went from not being able to pick up your kids from Adventure Ocean to being able to. Initially, we were told they were not doing the 2 for $20 t-shirts sale on this cruise because it puts people in too close of proximity to each other, but on day 6, the t-shirt sale happened. Cruising is slowly returning to normal, and we watched this transition happen every day. I would be remiss to end this without taking about Sunil. If you are lucky enough to get him as your genie, you are in for a treat. He truly made this trip unique. He went above and beyond and became like family to us. The kids are already talking about requesting him as our genie when we go on Symphony in April, which we are definitely going to do. For anyone wondering, he goes home on November 27th, and then he is going back to Symphony in January. Lastly, thank you to everyone who followed along. I hope this helped show what the current state of cruising is. Happy cruising and best of luck to everyone!
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  29. First time in a suite and first SC! You are in for a huge treat!!!
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  30. Day 6 continued: When we got back to the room, Sunil had a surprise waiting. Right now, they are not allowed to do the cupcake decorating class, and he told me he had tried his best but they aren't allowing it, so he did the next best thing and brought us the stuff to do cupcake decorating. The kids were so excited, and they had a lot of fun decorating and eating cupcakes. This was not something we asked for. It was just yet another thing Sunil did to make the trip special. He also got Steven and me a ship model, but he went one step further and had it signed by the Captain. The kids have already told us they want to request Sunil when we go back on Symphony in April and we are in complete agreement with them. Cupcake decorating:
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  31. If I may answer that, I think they got the message from all the people that complain about it and it looks like the did some major reduction with the sales pitch but maybe it's just my impression.
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  32. Day 5 continued: Dinner tonight was at Wonderland. It was our first time there, and it was a lot of fun. We booked it for the experience not necessarily for the food. The service was great, and the food wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. It definitely was interesting and very different, but I did enjoy some of the food. For the food alone, I doubt I'd book Wonderland; but between the food and the experience, I would go back. I honestly couldn't tell you half of what we ate as we went with the server's recommendations. At Wonderland, you choose an element or you let them pick and bring out the favorites or recommendations which ends up including foods from all of the elements. They brought Steven's and my food out as they normally would and gave Steven extra sriracha when we told them the spicier the food the better for him. For the kids, they left out any ingredients that would make it spicy. We had the kids try a lot of the food, but they were not fans of Wonderland until they brought them cotton candy. They also brought us an apple happy birthday cake and the kids got to blow out the candles. We ran into @Traveler at dinner and then again at the casino after we dropped the kids off at Adventure Ocean. After losing a little money, we were tired and decided to call it a night. Wonderland: Us with @Traveler:
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  33. Day 5 continued: As I've mentioned before, we are calling this cruise a birthday cruise for the family. It really isn't any of our birthdays, but the kids have all had birthday cruises canceled because of the shut-down and they have been upset about that, so we told them when we eventually get to cruise again, we'd have a birthday celebration cruise. When we got back onboard, Sunil had left us a surprise.
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  34. Day 3 continued: We had plans to go ice skating, but with the inclement weather they switched the days of the ice skating show and the aquatheater show. Since the ice skating show was now going to be on Day 3, open ice skating was moved to day 4. The ice skating show was at 8pm for vaccinated only and then 10pm for everyone. This made 0 sense to me why you would have the only show that kids could attend so late, but I don't make the rules. We took the kids to play on the lucky climber, to ride the carousel, and to play on the piano stairs. At this point, Christian and Sophia told us they wanted to go to Adventure Ocean instead of with us to watch 1977 (ice skating show). We dropped them off at Adventure Ocean, and Steven, Kat, Nyssa, and I all headed to Studio B for the show. Sunil was there waiting for us with reserved banners on our seats. Again, the first open row was the third row to allow social distancing between the cast and audience. We asked Sunil for a blanket for Kat and Nyssa, and he headed off to get one. About 10 minutes later, some people showed up and tried to join their party who were also sitting in the third row. This was a party of people that was so large they would have taken the entire row. The ones that showed up five minutes before the show went and told one of the crew members that she wanted to sit with her party. The next thing we know that crew member came up to us and told us she might need our seats. Steven and I looked at her like she was crazy and told her no that our genie saved us these seats. She looked confused and walked off. I'm guessing it was another crew member not knowing what Star Class is, but Sunil was flabbergasted when he returned with the blankets and we told him what happened. My guess is he will be educating them in what Star Class is. We really appreciated the blankets as Nyssa and Kat fell asleep within 10 minutes. The ice skating show was great. The cast did an amazing job and we really liked the music that was used in the show. After it ended, we picked up the kids from Adventure Ocean and called it a night. Lucky Climber: The banners show the seats that you can't sit in to allow for social distancing plus you have to put two seats between parties: 1977:
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  35. Day 3 continued: After picking up the kids, we made another Starbucks stop and the kids were hungry, so we called Sunil and asked him if we could go on and head to Hooked Seafood. Our reservation was at 5:30pm and it was 5pm. We didn't realize that it didn't open until 5:30pm, but Sunil still called the restaurant and they got us in early. This definitely made us feel "Star Classy." When we arrived all of the staff were absolutely wonderful and friendly. Sunil had arranged for Osden to be our server and he did a great job. While checking in on us, Sunil said he always tells the restaurant manager who he wants serving us, and so far, everybody he has picked has been phenomenal. As I said earlier in the blog, we weren't even planning on eating Hooked initially for dinner, but I'm so glad we did. The food was way better than we expected, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes seafood. Despite our last minute plan to go early, the waiter still brought out pizza, macaroni and cheese, and fries to occupy the kids as soon as we arrived. Sunil has done a great job making sure this is arranged at every restaurant. Osden told us not to worry about appetizers that he was bringing us one of each to try. I tried the Maryland Crab Cake, and it was delicious. I got Sophia to try a bite, and she ended up ordering one of her own after trying a bite. I also got the clam and crab chowder, and it was pretty good but I'd probably skip it and get two crab cakes next time instead or opt for something different. For my main course, I had the whole Maine lobster, which was a lobster tail that was stuffed with crab and topped with Gruyere cheese and then baked. It was very tasty, and I will order it again next time I go to Hooked. Steven does not like seafood, which is one reason we had planned on skipping Hooked for dinner but even he enjoyed it and wants to go back next time we are on a ship with Hooked (it's on Symphony and Navigator only). For his meal, he had the fresh hand-tossed salad with grilled chicken and a messy fish sandwich without cole slaw, so in other words a fish sandwich (but it still came with the bib). We shared a coconut cream pie and the kids had chocolate decadence brownies. We were very full by the time we got dessert and only planned on having a bite of it, but like the rest of the meal it was so good that despite being full we made extra room and finished it too. Hooked Seafood:
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  36. Day 2 continued: We picked the kids up from Adventure Ocean and made a stop at Starbucks. We had dinner reservations at Chops at 5:30pm, and when we arrived, we were seated instantly. Sunil had arranged for the kids to have pepperoni pizza, macaroni and cheese, and French fries ready as soon as we got there. This was something I had requested and Sunil made sure it happened. Sunil had arranged for Jevish to be our server, and he did a fantastic job. Soon after arriving, Sunil showed up and chatted with us and the kids a bit. We all enjoyed his company and were happy to see him. For dinner, I had beef carpaccio, wild mushroom soup, lobster bisque, broiled 1.5 lb Maine lobster, a filet mignon, warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, and red velvet cake. I'm guessing it's pretty obvious why my clothes aren't fitting any more. The food was as good as the service. I loved every part of the meal with the exception of the warm chocolate cake. It wasn't bad just not great like the rest of the food. The warm chocolate cake is different from the one that we had last time we were on Allure. I'm not sure if this is just a ship difference or if they changed the recipe, but the Allure one was much better. Steven had beef carpaccio, Ceasar salad, grilled black pepper bacon, and a filet mignon. He also really enjoyed his meal. He liked the black pepper bacon so much that he ordered a second one for me to try. The kids also enjoyed the cheesecake after finishing their meals. Chops is still one of our favorite restaurants onboard and for good reason. We also met the famous @Traveler as we were leaving Chops. After dinner, Christian, Sophia, and Nyssa wanted to go back to Adventure Ocean but Kat opted to stay with us. After we dropped off her older siblings, Kat wanted to make a Starbucks detour again. She ran straight up to the sign and pointed at the strawberry acai refresher. We have been to Starbucks so many times now that it would probably pay for this trip. They know us by name and our drink order because we've been there so many times. All of the Starbucks staff has been great, but Galih has become our favorite barista there as he always laughs and jokes with us. We had planned on going to the casino, but since we had Kat, we needed to find something else to do. She can't go swimming because she's still in pull-ups, we obviously couldn't go to the solarium, the Windjammer is closed in the evening, and the baby free time area is closed for the time being. We decided we'd go to the suite deck, relax, and update the blog, but unfortunately, the suite deck was closed because it was windy. Since nothing was working out, we figured we'd go to the one place that we knew would be open and went to Sorrentos. At this point, I have no idea how I was still eating, but if you put food in front of me, I can't resist. We walked around a bit before picking the kids up. Then after picking the kids up, we went back to Sorrentos. I couldn't let the kids eat alone, so I may have had another slice or two. We then went back to the room and called it a night. A few other highlights and notes from the day was Sunil showed up to our cabin with a huge bag of candy for the kids (after making sure it was ok with us first). The kids were very excited about this and this made their day. We also received our laundry back that we had sent the day before. The turn around time was less than 24 hours. We also got our first towel animal. When I asked about getting towel animals on day 1, the room attendant told us they only do them every other day. Day 2 was a much better day than day 1. Chops: Kat and her favorite Starbuck's drink: The huge bag of candy Sunil gave the kids and a water bottle for size comparison: Our first towel animal of the trip:
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  37. Today was a very full day by our standards. It included: Sunrise coffee and tea from the balcony - Our first thermal spa session ever -Breakfast in central park - A manicure for her and a run on the deck 5 track for me - Laying out on the sun deck with a trip to the Windjammer for take out back to the loungers. (Vegan alert that the WJ always has made to order veggie burgers so just ask) - A drink in the Solarium -Reading on our balcony -A formal night meal right off the vegan menu and a relaxing after dinner walk around the ship. What I love about cruising is that on any given ship there are many ways to total happiness. That's the amazing part of the experience. From inside rooms to Sky suites, from gamblers to art actions. To spa and workouts to belly flop contests. I am happy to share our slice of Symphony this week and let me know if you have any questions.
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  38. Usually if the 3rd person pricing hasn't been locked in, yes there would be a reprice at prevailing rates for all passengers. You lock in the 3rd person pricing when you originally book.
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  39. Just read the story on Matt’s blog and I’m curious what everyone thinks Richard Fain meant by this: "Our focus is therefore on 2022, not the remaining months of 2021," Mr. Fain admitted. "Obviously, we don't like giving up on any period, but we are more determined to do well in 2022 and 2023, even if that means accepting short term hits this year." So for 2021 does this mean big discounts to sell more of the empty cabins (even with reduced capacity) and take the a hit on passenger margins? Or maintain pricing and continue to sail with very empty ships? I’m assuming he doesn’t mean cancelling some very empty sailings in order to maintain operations going into 2022. Thoughts? full story: https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/09/23/royal-caribbean-group-ceo-looks-2022-when-cruise-bookings-really-take
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