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    twangster reacted to CGTLH in LIVEish, 7 Days on Harmony (05/12/2018 or 12/05/2018 add to the mix May 12, 2018)   
    So far today nothing exciting. This morning went to to the Top Tier party.

    Point counts are as followed:
    Gold: 1678
    Platinum: 431
    Emerald: 188
    Diamond: 320
    Diamond Plus: 108
    Pinnacle: 19
    Top Pinnacle: 1189 points
     
    Ventured around some, stopped by the casino.
    Found out that Choice must be a new name for the Select tier.
     
    Finally wound up at the Trellis Bar.
    I've always felt some of the bars have different things. This time what caught my eye was the "Hop Flavored Whiskey", think that was the first time I've ever seen that.

     
    Then just to round things off, I had to take pictures of everything else on the back wall.



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    twangster reacted to Ray in LIVEish, 7 Days on Harmony (05/12/2018 or 12/05/2018 add to the mix May 12, 2018)   
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghJ8Kebz_IM
     
    Apparently Carnival have installed some new water features ?
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    twangster got a reaction from heathercebs in Favorite spot not near a pool   
    Depends on the ship.
    Vintages, Schooner, Pub, Champagne
    In other words *bar
     
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    twangster got a reaction from JohnK6404 in Royal does not adjust payment for price drop??   
    You still get price adjustments before the final payment due date with non-refundable deposits.
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    twangster reacted to CGTLH in LIVEish, 7 Days on Harmony (05/12/2018 or 12/05/2018 add to the mix May 12, 2018)   
    Quick photo room tour of a Grand Suite. Check out my Periscope feed for the video version.
    Two random tidbits, WOW bands don't list the muster station and you can pick any color. Old magnetic signs for "Do Not Disturb" and " Clean Up Room"

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    twangster got a reaction from iluvwineandtravel in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Bayonne tip:
    Other people in the FB group reported Uber/Lyft prices in the $50-58 range to EWR.  Those 1st off snagged it for $12.  My brief delay caused me to pay $21 but that's a lot better than those 30 minutes or an hour after me.  
    It pays (or saves) to get off early.  
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    twangster got a reaction from iluvwineandtravel in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    I keep looking out the peep hole but so far he isn't looking my way, yet.

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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Favorite spot not near a pool   
    Depends on the ship.
    Vintages, Schooner, Pub, Champagne
    In other words *bar
     
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    twangster reacted to mpoole3 in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Outstanding review!!  You sure did get a lot more ship pictures than I did this cruise.  It's funny, in all the cruises I've never had "people" in my shots.  But this cruise I have more of those than the ship!  Special thanks to taking all the quest shots on my camera too.  And no, I didn't know I had the bra upside down! hahahah!!  It was so great meeting you, until next time! 
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    twangster reacted to PrincipalTinker in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Thank you for this blog and answering my questions. I learn so much from your posts!
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    twangster got a reaction from iluvwineandtravel in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Top tier event. 
    This is when I miss my Nikon.  The dancers were great but this is where iPhone photography falls short.  With my Nikon this photo would be clear:

    None the less they were very good when seen live.
    It could have been the drinks that kept flowing as we waited for the Captain, but the numbers flew past pretty quickly.  Over half the ship were C&A members, I think I heard 232 Diamond and 131 Diamond Plus.  Ron beside me kept on yacking in my ear so I missed the rest.  (Just kidding Ron). 
    Captain Shawn and a few of the Senior Officers:

    The top cruisers with something like 1328 points (+/- 25) were called up and gave a short speech when they called upon @mpoole3 to re-gift their bottle of Champagne to him.  I think he was shocked.

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    twangster got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Sabrina? ???

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    twangster got a reaction from iluvwineandtravel in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Main Dining Room:

    Day 1 dinner menu:

    With a 6pm dinner but an 8:30pm sail away it left some time after dinner to explore the ship.  It did feel odd after the muster drill at 4:30pm not immediately having sail way but it allowed me to have a few diamond happy hour drinks and take some pictures around the ship.







    The peak-a-boo bridge.  More on that later.









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    twangster got a reaction from iluvwineandtravel in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    I'm doing something I never do and don't recommend.  I'm flying in the day of the cruise, tomorrow. 
    Coming from the US West I'm taking a red eye tonight at midnight to NYC then off to San Juan in the morning landing in San Juan at 12:05pm.   I booked air through Royal's Air2Sea program plus I have travel insurance so between the two and with a evening sail away I'm rolling the dice. 
    I came across a deal on this 5 Night cruise and couldn't pass it up.  $549 all in, solo in a balcony with $50 OBC.  Air2Sea was actually cheaper than Delta direct plus it provides some limited coverage in case of delays.  Between air and cruise fare I'm right at $1k for this trip. 
    Shortly after I booked the news of a cheap cruise broke and many members of the RCPeriscopers.live group jumped on board including @mpoole3 who will be live blogging on the main page of RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com so this will be a light blog for me.  Keep an eye on the main page for his blog.
    We have one port of call on this cruise, St Maarten.  I have no plans this time and may just take a taxi to Maho Beach and explore that area and a few beaches nearby.  On my last stop in St. Maarten I took a coastal catamaran and we sailed past Maho Beach but we were offshore.  There are few other beaches close by so I may just beach hop this time.
    After St Maarten on day 2 we have 3 sea days on our way to Bayonne, NJ where Adventure will spend the summer alternating embarkations with Anthem. 
    On this cruise I transferred the booking over to mpoole3's brother who is a travel agent which netted another $50 in OBC.   Consequently gratuities are covered and I'll have little left over for a few drinks since I'm sailing without a drink package. 
    I'm traveling light having crammed everything into a 22" carry on suitcase.  That'll help if I have flight delays or need to leverage Air2Sea to fly me to St. Maarten.  I should have enough time for a shower in the JFK Delta Sky club in the morning.  With no checked luggage I'll have everything with me in the club and as soon as I board Adventure in San Juan.
    Two other new additions for me on this cruise are a new travel router and some iPhone lens(es).  Credit for this travel router goes to @Galveston Steve and credit for the Moment iPhone lens goes to @JLMoran.  Indeed this blog has the effect of causing people including myself to spend some money!  
    I've used the new travel router on a couple of business trips to share my free wifi plan on Delta courtesy of TMobile so my non-TMobile work phone and laptop could join.  It worked well for that so in the interest of traveling light I'm leaving my trusted travel router at home.
    It's been a while since I've taken a red eye but it's practice for my overnight flight to Barcelona to join Symphony on her transatlantic to America in October.  Looks like my inbound aircraft is now in the air on its way here.  So far so good. 
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    twangster got a reaction from PrincipalTinker in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Bayonne tip:
    Other people in the FB group reported Uber/Lyft prices in the $50-58 range to EWR.  Those 1st off snagged it for $12.  My brief delay caused me to pay $21 but that's a lot better than those 30 minutes or an hour after me.  
    It pays (or saves) to get off early.  
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    twangster got a reaction from PrincipalTinker in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Despite the fog we arrived on time.  Shortly after 6am I headed downstairs to the theater and the self assist area.

    The theater upper level filled up and it was pretty crowded.  Around 6:45am they started letting us off.  I thought I was doing well and had only a brief wait for a customs officer.  Unfortunately someone with my name apparently has a protection order against them and it 'won' me a trip into secondary screening.  After 10 minutes they cleared me and let me exit.
    By this time the ride sharing waiting area was pretty busy with a lot of people hailing rides.  I had to wait just under 20 minutes for my Lyft to show up.  Both Uber and Lyft were showing ~$21 to Newark airport. 

    At 8am I was in the security line at EWR where they had one agent checking ID and one screening lane open for all passengers - so much for Pre.  35 minutes later I was in the Sky Club eating breakfast.
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    twangster got a reaction from Skigoofy in Adventure 5 Nights 5/5/18 Repositioning San Juan to Bayonne   
    Day 5 - Afternoon
    I found the ice cream station on the pool deck, forward, port side:

    It had rained a good part of the day and the water was a little choppy but the ship handled it well.  Late afternoon that changed.  The water become calm and fog moved in.

    They added a few watch officers to the bridge wings and the fog horn sounded every two minutes.  Our speed dropped to single digits.

    I attended another show in the main theater with the Royal Caribbean dancers but I missed the juggler.  Since I had only a small carry on bag I didn't pack until morning which came awfully quickly.  I awoke to a foggy NY harbor.

    Lady Liberty in the distance as we backed into the slip at Cape Liberty.

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    twangster got a reaction from iluvwineandtravel in My NonBlog report Card-Grandeur of the Seas May 5-10, 2018   
    Nice! 
    I think we encountered that same fog on the 10th heading into Bayonne. 
    Frances is according to some, the best CL concierge in the fleet.
    Most importantly, if I recall this was a test cruise to convince hubby that cruising is great.  Mission accomplished?
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    twangster reacted to Boston Babe in My NonBlog report Card-Grandeur of the Seas May 5-10, 2018   
    What do you say about a grand old Lady? You say she is still Grand! What a beautiful wonderful ship!  We left Baltimore last Saturday and Sunday was well, let's call it a mini-hurricane for lack of anything else to describe it!  No one was aloud on deck including crew. Hubby and I did well, I even took a nap! By the time Monday morning came around, the sun was shining and on our approach to Bermuda, the waters were their beautiful gorgeous blue/green that I remember from 30 years ago.  I am happy to say, even after 30 years this gorgeous gem is still the same.  For anyone living on the East coast and have not been to Bermuda, please try to get there.  Our weather cooperated the whole time we were there.  Now heading back on the last night, the Fog came in, temps dropped to about 50 degrees and we heard to the Fog Horn all night.  Woke to a beautiful sunrise heading under the Key Bridge in Baltimore.
    Now the ship, staff, food etc.  This staff was the most amazing staff I've even encountered (again from 30 years ago), but every crew member we saw, encountered, ordered from etc were the most gracious, with always a smile, always asking what else we needed. Our Stateroom attendant, Evangeline was fabulous! Our Concierge, Frances was fabulous. I can't say enough about the crew.
    We are blessed that we were able to be in a Grand Suite.  The Suite was beautiful, very large and a large balcony with two chaise lounges , 2 chairs and a table.  Lots of storage!  We did have the infamous shower curtain and @twangster we never had to mop up the floor like you suggested! LOL. They sure give their Suite guests some very extra treatment, I can say that.  It was like having a "Mini Genie"! LOL Always something wonderful in the stateroom in the afternoon, Drinks etc in the Concierge Lounge (they actually roped off part of the Viking Crown for Suite guests).  the best part, is the Departure.  Met at the Concierge Lounge yesterday, private elevator going down, different line for security and customs, our bags were right there. From Lounge to car, 11 minutes.  I don't know if you can beat that!
    The Ship itself is in fine shape.  Nothing really stood out to me and the staff were constantly outside painting, cleaning etc.  All the venues were very well maintained. The Casino is HUGE compared to what I thought it would be (won $200 on slots!).  The shows were fabulous! We had this group "Rookie" from Canada on board that was AMAZING! Lead singer was in Jersey Boys.  They are headed to ANTHEM this coming week if anyone on here is going. You must check them out.  There were so many activities all day and night that you couldn't do it all (we spent most time in Casino I confess!) 
    The food was Ok, We are not foodies so the food choices for others were probably better but we are very plain eaters.  The WJ needs to have a better flow going but I can't complain about that either.
    THE MOST IMPORTANT Factor for me was the way the Staff treated the handicapped.  My husband has hip/back issues that we hope will resolve once surgery but in the meantime we rented a Scooter for him which we were glad we did.  There were quite a few handicapped people on this cruise (and a lot were young in their 30's and 40's).  The way the staff treated us and everyone we saw with such respect and dignity was amazing! Even the other passengers were so gracious.  It meant a lot to me as I am not used to having a "handicapped husband" and he thought he would stand out which he didn't. He kept them laughing as he always does.
    I can say now, if there were no other choices of cruise ships or cruise lines I would not hesitate to just sail on Lady G.  She is still a Gem in my humble opinion.      
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    twangster reacted to Boston Babe in My NonBlog report Card-Grandeur of the Seas May 5-10, 2018   
    Well, Frances does earn his keep for sure. he is fabulous and so kind.  I think mission is accomplished with hubby, he felt very frustrated not being able to participate and "walk" (quite literally) but hopefully a resolve in the near future. The good news is, he did not tell me to cancel any other cruises! LOL!! Yippee!
    You must have had the same fog, we were coming in at the same time, happened before we hit the Chesapeake, so you were probably right behind us or in front of us. AND it was about 45 degrees or it felt like it.  I didn't have a chance to check your Adventrue Blog yet but certainly looking forward to it! 
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Question about “extra” tips   
    You should state who asked you to provide high rankings on the survey.  The survey has options like 'Main Dining Room staff', 'Cabin Attendant,' etc.  Feel free to check all that apply, that is a good thing according to my MDR wait staff who were fantastic on Adventure.   
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Question about “extra” tips   
    You should state who asked you to provide high rankings on the survey.  The survey has options like 'Main Dining Room staff', 'Cabin Attendant,' etc.  Feel free to check all that apply, that is a good thing according to my MDR wait staff who were fantastic on Adventure.   
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