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    Joe01 got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in O5 named Wonder Of The Seas - sailing from Asia   
    What a shame! Sailed all 4 of the older sisters and since Oasis Class are the best in the fleet, I really wanted to sail on her.
    Wish I could do a new ship rather than having to repeat ships, if only Odyssey was an Oasis Class (did they need 5 Quantum Class ships? They were always a polarising class).
    I will say that the design looks cool.
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    Joe01 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in O5 named Wonder Of The Seas - sailing from Asia   
    Well that is disappointing if that is true...
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Big Tule in Voyager AMP - Deck by Deck Changes   
    Why is Johnny Rockets being removed with no additional specialty restaurants? Hoping this doesn't happen on Explorer as well.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in Ship Deployment 2021-22 Port Booking Season Begins   
    Looks like a lot of ships. Glad to see Indy back at Southampton by the looks of things.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in What do you think Explorer will get in drydock?   
    Fish and Ships seems a bit of an odd choice - I think only Indy got that and that was for the British market.
    I would probably agree with the others though.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Harmony Recap & Review 8/11-8/18, AKA I could have live blogged from the elevator lines   
    Dennis was middle of the pack for me. Did a decent job but had much better, and he does talk too much - L&M dragged on with him hosting it.
    At least he still has a bit of enthusiasm after 3 decades at sea and does want people to have a good time.
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    Joe01 reacted to Fuzzywuzzy in Man Overboard: Symphony   
    News reports out of Miami are reporting an Australian man "fell" overboard early this morning from Symphony of The Seas. The ship was reported to have been enroute to St. Thomas when the appx. 0300 incident occurred. There are claims that a body was observed being brought on board from a dispatched lifeboat. I'm sure more info will be forthcoming. ☹️
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    Joe01 got a reaction from kittysoul in Harmony LIVE ~ 6/30 & 7/7 ~ Eastern/Western Caribbean   
    Just finished my final exam and I am now officially a HS graduate. Been a long ride. Now time to focus on cruising! I've seen a few people start their live blogs early on here, so I'll follow suit.
    I'll be leaving 1 month today (June 27th) to head for 2 weeks on the Harmony of the Seas. Below is the itinerary:
    June 27th - Flying from Edinburgh to Orlando (on United via Newark) June 28th - Orlando, Florida June 29th - Orlando, Florida June 30th - Embarking Harmony of the Seas in Port Canaveral, Florida July 1st - Perfect Day at CocoCay July 2nd - Sea Day July 3rd - Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas July 4th - Phillipsburg, St Maarten July 5th - Sea Day July 6th - Sea Day July 7th - Port Canaveral, Florida (turnaround day) July 8th - Perfect Day at CocoCay (again!) July 9th - Sea Day July 10th - Costa Maya, Mexico July 11th - Roatan, Honduras July 12th - Cozumel, Mexico (docking with the Liberty of the Seas!) July 13th - Sea Day July 14th - Disembark Harmony/transfer to Airport/Fly to Newark/6 hour layover in EWR (may go to NYC for lunch) and fly home to Scotland July 15th - Arrive in Edinburgh/Drive home to Glasgow (hopefully won't be 5 hours late like in 2016) I was quite hesitant to return to Harmony initially (I'm a Sagittarius, I'm easily bored and like to try different things), but the 2 calls at CocoCay were too tempting to pass up. In addition - Port Canaveral, Costa Maya and Roatan are also new to me. I've never been to the Orlando area, so I'm going to need some help regarding what to do on my 2 days there pre-cruise. Definitely planning a Cheesecake Factory visit! Planning an express visit to New York for lunch on debarkation day - I will need it since United Airlines serve awful food. I wish there was a decent airline that flew between Scotland and the USA - who wants to fly across the Atlantic on a 757? I digress - just not a fan of flying.
    I'm going to have a 2nd stab at live blogging. I tried it last time and I wasn't too successful for multiple reasons but none of them should apply this time, particularly since I now have more phone data so will be periscoping more. No pics until I'm home, but plenty of scopes + commentary. All comments, questions and compliments welcome, although if you dislike what I'm saying, please don't try to derail my blog - I'm deadly serious, it happened last time and I was pretty irked by it. Any issues with my comments, then drop me a direct message. Thanks. 🙂
    In addition, you might know me as the CD connoisseur on here. For now, Marc Walker is scheduled to be the CD (let's hope there will be no changes at the eleventh hour like in 2016 when Abe Hughes had to extend his time home and John Blair came in instead). I've heard great things about Marc so hopefully I will enjoy him. Moe is his AM and I believe that they are a team that work well together so I'm getting the best of the best for the CD/AM combination. Captain Gus is onboard as well, we've sailed with him several times - great guy although I hope he's updated his schtick now that the ship has switched homeport.
    We'll be in an inside stateroom on Deck 6. We had options to upgrade but no point paying extra when the inside is perfectly sufficient. 
    I think that's all for now. Looking forward to this sailing. If you have anything to say, I'll see you in the comments below. 
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Odyssey of the Seas - Tid Bit!!   
    Most likely Mediterranean.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Bob_KY in Current Cruise Director & Activities Manager List   
    Time for an update!
    Adventure - Chris Brown joined early July (for 2 months?). Allure - Jimmy Rhodes until late July/early August then Mike Hunnerup (date?). Anthem - Dan Whitney started July 13 until August 29. Mitch Merucci returns from August 29 until January 5, 2020. Brilliance - Rob McNally joined late April (unknown how long he is onboard) Empress - Cecy del Razo joined mid July for 2 months then Elvis Pinto returns mid September Enchantment - Bobby Broughton until August 28 and will return October 28 for 4 months. Explorer - Clo O'Connor joined July 21 until sometime in October. Freedom - Katy McCullagh (former AM on HM & SY) started mid-June (for 2 months?). Grandeur - Cory Rogers until August 8 when John Blair returns from his vacation. John is on GR from August 8 - November 30. Harmony - Dennis Charles started July 7 until September 29. Marc Walker returns September 29 for 4 months. Independence - Cuddy Cudworth started June 11 until October. Jewel - Simona Ferraiuolo started early July (for 2 months or 4 months?). Liberty - Brian Leavitt until August 11 (next CD unknown). Mariner - Marcelo Alvarado is onboard until early September (next CD unknown). Majesty - Tanya Yates Tongue (Tornado Tanya) returned in June (for 4 months?). Navigator - Hugo Arenas until mid August then Cory Rogers (for 2 months?). Oasis - Mike Witte until August 18 (next CD unknown). Ovation - Joff Eaton returned June 21 for 4 months. Quantum - Paul Rutter returned in April and will likely be on vacation soon (next CD unknown). Radiance - Susan Adams until late July (next CD unknown). Rhapsody - Michele Scarpato started late April (for 4 months?). Serenade - David Bradshawe until mid September then Carly Boileau returns (for 2 months?). Spectrum - Fang Lixin joined mid June (for 4 months?). Symphony - Mike Szwajkowski until August 17 then Ricky Matthews for 2 months. Mike returns from his vacation late October/early November. Vision - Steve Davis returned May 6 for 4 months. Voyager - Michelle Oliveira returned late May for 4 months. I think that this is all of the available info. I have no idea where to start regarding AM info so only doing a CD list for now.
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    Joe01 reacted to Fuzzywuzzy in Current Cruise Director & Activities Manager List   
    Yeah, Chris is likeable and funny, Cian is a bundle of Irish Energy who does not seem to sleep much yet is always wound up.
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    Joe01 reacted to Tlov72 in Current Cruise Director & Activities Manager List   
    Thanks! This will be our 4th cruise and had Mitch on Allure in 2017 and really enjoyed him. Last year on Oasis we had Dan Dan and he was kind of quirky but grew on us by the end of the cruise. 
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    Joe01 reacted to Fuzzywuzzy in Current Cruise Director & Activities Manager List   
    Confirming Chris Brown and his sidekick Cian on Adventure.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from IslandBoundMama in “Symphony No. 17: Celebration, Relaxation, Exploration, Reflection” – 07/27/19 – 08/03/19   
    Welcome onboard! (not sure why I'm saying that, I'm not on the ship).
    Have a great afternoon exploring the ship. 
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Ladyxsuebee in Harmony LIVE ~ 6/30 & 7/7 ~ Eastern/Western Caribbean   
    2 weeks until we are onboard. It's getting real now. 
    Finally got a hotel booked in Orlando. Fingers crossed that we enjoy it there. Shame that I'm not in the USA during DWTS season though (don't ask my opinion on Bobby Bones winning unless you have an hour to spare).
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Ladyxsuebee in Current Cruise Director & Activities Manager List   
    I have absolutely no idea what you mean by that. Dru seems well liked by many, if that helps.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Ladyxsuebee in Current Cruise Director & Activities Manager List   
    From CC:
    Going to open up another favorite topic of mine: Who is the next AM that you want to see promoted to CD?

    I have seen so many "old school" CD's doing their thing on YouTube videos, and no offense, but I think it is time for Royal to move on from them and promote the next generation of CD's.

    For me personally, Royal need to get Darryl Dyball back and make him a CD. He really should have got it, even if it was at the expense of another one. Same for Chris Hopkins and Frankie Portera, having seen all 3 in action. They also need more LGBT CD's, but maybe that's just me.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Ladyxsuebee in Current Cruise Director & Activities Manager List   
    I'm quoting this one again, because personally, I think that this is important. I wish that there were more, especially given that it is entertainment.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Morganno in Harmony LIVE ~ 6/30 & 7/7 ~ Eastern/Western Caribbean   
    Of course there are some people with disabilities, but there are several people that are just lazy and they make life harder for those that genuinely do struggle in these situations.
    Have a great cruise!
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    Joe01 got a reaction from hayley_bopp in Edinburgh - Royal Yacht Britannia   
    If you could move it to the Clyde in Glasgow, I'm in!
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Skid in “Symphony No. 17: Celebration, Relaxation, Exploration, Reflection” – 07/27/19 – 08/03/19   
    Katy is now Cruise Director on Freedom.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in “Symphony No. 17: Celebration, Relaxation, Exploration, Reflection” – 07/27/19 – 08/03/19   
    Sorry to hear that. It sucks when you go in with expectations and they don't live up to them. Probably end of contract blues as he is on vacation in 2 weeks as if you're being compared to Bobby Brown, something is up.
    Heard a negative review of Hannah before - sounds as if doing Harmony with Marc, Dennis & Moe was the right decision after all.
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    Joe01 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in “Symphony No. 17: Celebration, Relaxation, Exploration, Reflection” – 07/27/19 – 08/03/19   
    Katy is now Cruise Director on Freedom.
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    Joe01 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in “Symphony No. 17: Celebration, Relaxation, Exploration, Reflection” – 07/27/19 – 08/03/19   
    I’ve actually been hoping that you would not ask, but since you did, here goes...
    Unfortunately, Katy is not here as the AM.  It’s another person by the name of Hannah. She is not good. That is about as much as I want to say there. 
    Looking back at our cruises in the past year, we’ve had Hugo, Jamie, Ricky, Mitch, and now Mike. Mike is our least favourite. I tried hard to like him as I know that you and many others have had good things to say about him but I just did not see it.
    He did not seem very enthusiastic about any of the events that he was hosting. I think back to Mitch who we had on the Anthem GC and he was on his very last sailing before vacation and even he brought on more energy than Mike did. He almost seemed “distracted” most of the time. Hubby even went on to say that he reminds him of a younger version of Bobby Brown. 
     
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    Joe01 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in “Symphony No. 17: Celebration, Relaxation, Exploration, Reflection” – 07/27/19 – 08/03/19   
    Fast Track Boarding...Fail #2!
    One of the reasons I wanted to get off today was to check out Fast Track Boarding again. Today Royal got it correct in that the first gangway (coming back to the ship) was dedicated to Fast Track Boarding.  Here is the signage for it. 


    This was about all Royal got correct. 😒
    For research purposes, I asked the crew member at the podium how it works. If guests who qualify for Fast Track Boarding would by pass the lines coming back, or if guests who don’t qualify would have to use the other gangway? The crew member at the podium had no clue. I pointed to the sign and he said, “Oh that, that is nothing. It doesn’t mean anything.”  Ok, classic Royal. Let’s roll out something and not give everyone the memo. 
    Upon our return to the ship, the lines were quite long at the Fast Track Boarding gangway, obviously because this was now the first gangway.  We got in line and did not notice them re-directing anyone or giving anyone priority. After we got to the podium, we asked another crew member about the process. He too said, “Oh no, you just get into line with everyone else.”  So Fast Track was slow track today.
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