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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Mulligan in Royal Caribbean Newbie   
    So after 20+ cruises on Carnival my wife and I go on our first Royal cruise this weekend.  Doing Harmony and from what I have seen via videos and read on this site I believe Royal will most likely be out carrier of choice going forward.  It will be interesting having a gold card vs our normal platinum but I guess we have to start somewhere.  I also want to shout out to Matt as this is a fabulous site with a tremendous group of people who share their knowledge freely and willingly.  
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Thanksgiving Side to Side: Brilliance to Oasis   
    Disembarkation day was waaay more manic than I expected.  B’fast in CK was ungodly slow.
     
    As a matter of fact, since I am on the topic of CK, I will take this opportunity to mention that my skepticism about the CK was reaffirmed on this cruise.  The menu is just not that interesting to me.  I repeatedly had trouble finding something that even sounded appealing (b’fast excluded here).  We ate dinner there 3 times (twice more than I had intended) b/c we kept getting bad intel on which night was lamb shank.  I am partially responsible here, as Joyce sent me the entire menu lineup well ahead of time and had I referred to it, I would have avoided these errors. So I am now firmly in Club #CKonlyonfiletnight.  Not only were the menus unappealing, but the service was truly slow every time. This morning was the final straw.  Yes, I realize that b’fast on turn-around day is manic by nature but there were just too few servers. It was as simple as that.
    Back to disembarkation.  We got out of our suite right on time (0700) and went to the CK for b’fast (already discussed). Joyce met us on the Lounge side a bit after 8:00, as pre-arranged.  She escorted us, and another family, off together.  Her big blunder was to put us into an elevator that did not recognize her Genie badge (which provides exclusive access and will not stop on any other decks).  Apparently there is one elevator bank that is exempt from her badge, for use in case of emergency, and of course, she managed to put us on it.  So, consequently, the elevator proceeded to stop every freakin deck and fill up with non-SC riff raff (just kidding !).  Oh, the inhumanity ! 🤭🤭. Then Joyce lead us all the way out and halfway down the gangway, where we said our goodbyes and she turned us over to a Terminal escort who’s job was to take us to get our luggage and then escort us all the way to the taxi line.  During this trek, we cut lines and bypassed the CBP lineup (which was much longer than I would have thought).  We went straight to the face recognition queue which is where my good luck ran out.  I guess I must have won the immigration lottery as I was chosen to go chat with a Customs Officer.  Oh, happy day !  Of course, our Terminal escort never even turned around. She just high-tailed it outta there and left my a** behind. Ok.  Now in a long line waiting for a CBP Officer to let me out, I suddenly realized that Dan had my passport.  The line agents had rushed Dan away, saying he would have to wait for me, outside.  Panic.  In the most unladylike-like and quasi-hysterical squawk I could muster, I SCREAMED for Dan to stop.  Somehow he heard me....as did everyone else in the Terminal...  He handed me my passport and after a fairly uncomfortable zig zag through the CBP line, I was finally hustled out of the line, free from retention.
    We proceeded to where the taxi line was and realized it was LONG (Joyce has warned us it would be).  Happy Dan transformed into Resourceful Dan and hijacked a cab that had just pulled up in front of us and let out some lucky cruisers who were just arriving to go ON their cruise.  (Mother-scratchers were probably the villains taking our Suite !).  We never looked back. We just jumped in and told him to take us to MIA.  Yes, it was wrong. Too bad.
     
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from MaryS in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    Sea Day - my favorite! 
    A day to explore the parts of the ship you haven't seen yet. Or hang out in your favorite nook. Keep busy. Do nothing. I love it. 
    We partied hard the night before and nobody woke up until 9am. For the first time we decided to divide and conquer. One went to the gym (guaranteed not to be me), another explored a few Bloody Marys at the pool bar. I went to watch people on the Flow Rider, then took a little nap on the deck above the Lime and Coconut. We all met up for lunch in the MDR. 
    I always love looking at the Itinerary channel on the TV. The captain has to be creative when trying to stretch the short trip from Coco Cay to Miami and make it last nearly a day and a half. That, or he also had the Deluxe Beverage Package. 

    We then hit the Schooner Bar for some Harry Potter Trivia (I just drank since I've neither seen nor read the stories). After a little shopping on the Promenade, we settled back into our room to enjoy the balcony for the last evening before dinner. 
    Since it was a sea day and I had no sky rats, chickens, or iguanas to soothe me, I had to settle for #FakeDog. 




    After dinner (I miss you already, Malcin!!!) one of the women had a slight headache and went up to the room to lay down. But the two of us left were not ready to give up yet. We headed to the Hush Party to give that a try. It was definitely amusing for a short time, although the music waa pretty monotonous, and I was done after about 15 minutes   I wanted to get to the 80s party on the Promenade! 

    I couldn't remember exactly what time it was supposed to begin, so I stopped next to an elevator to check the Compass on the interactive screen.
    Suddenly I hear my friend SCREAMING my name. I rush over and she dragged me into an elevator absolutely stuffed with people and the Stowaway Piano Player!!! 

    I was beyond thrilled. We'd been looking out for him all week. And my friends learned this week that few things entertain me as much as the opportunity to sing out loud with fun people and fun music. It was really the funnest 20 minutes of the cruise.

    The look on people's faces from outside the glass elevators, and from other elevators, was priceless. And the look when the elevator doors would open to people waiting... it varied from shock to awe. I probably would have stayed in there longer, but decided other people should be able to play, too (blah). 
    It was time for Showgirls to start, so we ducked into there too check it out. The singing was good, but I was mostly impressed with the costumes. 
    It ended in time for the 80s party, so I hung out there until I realized that I had not even begun to pack yet (denial was strong). It had only been 4 nights, surely it wasn't time to leave yet!!!! 
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Dan Curtis in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    Sea Day - my favorite! 
    A day to explore the parts of the ship you haven't seen yet. Or hang out in your favorite nook. Keep busy. Do nothing. I love it. 
    We partied hard the night before and nobody woke up until 9am. For the first time we decided to divide and conquer. One went to the gym (guaranteed not to be me), another explored a few Bloody Marys at the pool bar. I went to watch people on the Flow Rider, then took a little nap on the deck above the Lime and Coconut. We all met up for lunch in the MDR. 
    I always love looking at the Itinerary channel on the TV. The captain has to be creative when trying to stretch the short trip from Coco Cay to Miami and make it last nearly a day and a half. That, or he also had the Deluxe Beverage Package. 

    We then hit the Schooner Bar for some Harry Potter Trivia (I just drank since I've neither seen nor read the stories). After a little shopping on the Promenade, we settled back into our room to enjoy the balcony for the last evening before dinner. 
    Since it was a sea day and I had no sky rats, chickens, or iguanas to soothe me, I had to settle for #FakeDog. 




    After dinner (I miss you already, Malcin!!!) one of the women had a slight headache and went up to the room to lay down. But the two of us left were not ready to give up yet. We headed to the Hush Party to give that a try. It was definitely amusing for a short time, although the music waa pretty monotonous, and I was done after about 15 minutes   I wanted to get to the 80s party on the Promenade! 

    I couldn't remember exactly what time it was supposed to begin, so I stopped next to an elevator to check the Compass on the interactive screen.
    Suddenly I hear my friend SCREAMING my name. I rush over and she dragged me into an elevator absolutely stuffed with people and the Stowaway Piano Player!!! 

    I was beyond thrilled. We'd been looking out for him all week. And my friends learned this week that few things entertain me as much as the opportunity to sing out loud with fun people and fun music. It was really the funnest 20 minutes of the cruise.

    The look on people's faces from outside the glass elevators, and from other elevators, was priceless. And the look when the elevator doors would open to people waiting... it varied from shock to awe. I probably would have stayed in there longer, but decided other people should be able to play, too (blah). 
    It was time for Showgirls to start, so we ducked into there too check it out. The singing was good, but I was mostly impressed with the costumes. 
    It ended in time for the 80s party, so I hung out there until I realized that I had not even begun to pack yet (denial was strong). It had only been 4 nights, surely it wasn't time to leave yet!!!! 
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from WannaCruise in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    Sea Day - my favorite! 
    A day to explore the parts of the ship you haven't seen yet. Or hang out in your favorite nook. Keep busy. Do nothing. I love it. 
    We partied hard the night before and nobody woke up until 9am. For the first time we decided to divide and conquer. One went to the gym (guaranteed not to be me), another explored a few Bloody Marys at the pool bar. I went to watch people on the Flow Rider, then took a little nap on the deck above the Lime and Coconut. We all met up for lunch in the MDR. 
    I always love looking at the Itinerary channel on the TV. The captain has to be creative when trying to stretch the short trip from Coco Cay to Miami and make it last nearly a day and a half. That, or he also had the Deluxe Beverage Package. 

    We then hit the Schooner Bar for some Harry Potter Trivia (I just drank since I've neither seen nor read the stories). After a little shopping on the Promenade, we settled back into our room to enjoy the balcony for the last evening before dinner. 
    Since it was a sea day and I had no sky rats, chickens, or iguanas to soothe me, I had to settle for #FakeDog. 




    After dinner (I miss you already, Malcin!!!) one of the women had a slight headache and went up to the room to lay down. But the two of us left were not ready to give up yet. We headed to the Hush Party to give that a try. It was definitely amusing for a short time, although the music waa pretty monotonous, and I was done after about 15 minutes   I wanted to get to the 80s party on the Promenade! 

    I couldn't remember exactly what time it was supposed to begin, so I stopped next to an elevator to check the Compass on the interactive screen.
    Suddenly I hear my friend SCREAMING my name. I rush over and she dragged me into an elevator absolutely stuffed with people and the Stowaway Piano Player!!! 

    I was beyond thrilled. We'd been looking out for him all week. And my friends learned this week that few things entertain me as much as the opportunity to sing out loud with fun people and fun music. It was really the funnest 20 minutes of the cruise.

    The look on people's faces from outside the glass elevators, and from other elevators, was priceless. And the look when the elevator doors would open to people waiting... it varied from shock to awe. I probably would have stayed in there longer, but decided other people should be able to play, too (blah). 
    It was time for Showgirls to start, so we ducked into there too check it out. The singing was good, but I was mostly impressed with the costumes. 
    It ended in time for the 80s party, so I hung out there until I realized that I had not even begun to pack yet (denial was strong). It had only been 4 nights, surely it wasn't time to leave yet!!!! 
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    Sea Day - my favorite! 
    A day to explore the parts of the ship you haven't seen yet. Or hang out in your favorite nook. Keep busy. Do nothing. I love it. 
    We partied hard the night before and nobody woke up until 9am. For the first time we decided to divide and conquer. One went to the gym (guaranteed not to be me), another explored a few Bloody Marys at the pool bar. I went to watch people on the Flow Rider, then took a little nap on the deck above the Lime and Coconut. We all met up for lunch in the MDR. 
    I always love looking at the Itinerary channel on the TV. The captain has to be creative when trying to stretch the short trip from Coco Cay to Miami and make it last nearly a day and a half. That, or he also had the Deluxe Beverage Package. 

    We then hit the Schooner Bar for some Harry Potter Trivia (I just drank since I've neither seen nor read the stories). After a little shopping on the Promenade, we settled back into our room to enjoy the balcony for the last evening before dinner. 
    Since it was a sea day and I had no sky rats, chickens, or iguanas to soothe me, I had to settle for #FakeDog. 




    After dinner (I miss you already, Malcin!!!) one of the women had a slight headache and went up to the room to lay down. But the two of us left were not ready to give up yet. We headed to the Hush Party to give that a try. It was definitely amusing for a short time, although the music waa pretty monotonous, and I was done after about 15 minutes   I wanted to get to the 80s party on the Promenade! 

    I couldn't remember exactly what time it was supposed to begin, so I stopped next to an elevator to check the Compass on the interactive screen.
    Suddenly I hear my friend SCREAMING my name. I rush over and she dragged me into an elevator absolutely stuffed with people and the Stowaway Piano Player!!! 

    I was beyond thrilled. We'd been looking out for him all week. And my friends learned this week that few things entertain me as much as the opportunity to sing out loud with fun people and fun music. It was really the funnest 20 minutes of the cruise.

    The look on people's faces from outside the glass elevators, and from other elevators, was priceless. And the look when the elevator doors would open to people waiting... it varied from shock to awe. I probably would have stayed in there longer, but decided other people should be able to play, too (blah). 
    It was time for Showgirls to start, so we ducked into there too check it out. The singing was good, but I was mostly impressed with the costumes. 
    It ended in time for the 80s party, so I hung out there until I realized that I had not even begun to pack yet (denial was strong). It had only been 4 nights, surely it wasn't time to leave yet!!!! 
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Big Tule in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    Sea Day - my favorite! 
    A day to explore the parts of the ship you haven't seen yet. Or hang out in your favorite nook. Keep busy. Do nothing. I love it. 
    We partied hard the night before and nobody woke up until 9am. For the first time we decided to divide and conquer. One went to the gym (guaranteed not to be me), another explored a few Bloody Marys at the pool bar. I went to watch people on the Flow Rider, then took a little nap on the deck above the Lime and Coconut. We all met up for lunch in the MDR. 
    I always love looking at the Itinerary channel on the TV. The captain has to be creative when trying to stretch the short trip from Coco Cay to Miami and make it last nearly a day and a half. That, or he also had the Deluxe Beverage Package. 

    We then hit the Schooner Bar for some Harry Potter Trivia (I just drank since I've neither seen nor read the stories). After a little shopping on the Promenade, we settled back into our room to enjoy the balcony for the last evening before dinner. 
    Since it was a sea day and I had no sky rats, chickens, or iguanas to soothe me, I had to settle for #FakeDog. 




    After dinner (I miss you already, Malcin!!!) one of the women had a slight headache and went up to the room to lay down. But the two of us left were not ready to give up yet. We headed to the Hush Party to give that a try. It was definitely amusing for a short time, although the music waa pretty monotonous, and I was done after about 15 minutes   I wanted to get to the 80s party on the Promenade! 

    I couldn't remember exactly what time it was supposed to begin, so I stopped next to an elevator to check the Compass on the interactive screen.
    Suddenly I hear my friend SCREAMING my name. I rush over and she dragged me into an elevator absolutely stuffed with people and the Stowaway Piano Player!!! 

    I was beyond thrilled. We'd been looking out for him all week. And my friends learned this week that few things entertain me as much as the opportunity to sing out loud with fun people and fun music. It was really the funnest 20 minutes of the cruise.

    The look on people's faces from outside the glass elevators, and from other elevators, was priceless. And the look when the elevator doors would open to people waiting... it varied from shock to awe. I probably would have stayed in there longer, but decided other people should be able to play, too (blah). 
    It was time for Showgirls to start, so we ducked into there too check it out. The singing was good, but I was mostly impressed with the costumes. 
    It ended in time for the 80s party, so I hung out there until I realized that I had not even begun to pack yet (denial was strong). It had only been 4 nights, surely it wasn't time to leave yet!!!! 
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from twangster in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    Sea Day - my favorite! 
    A day to explore the parts of the ship you haven't seen yet. Or hang out in your favorite nook. Keep busy. Do nothing. I love it. 
    We partied hard the night before and nobody woke up until 9am. For the first time we decided to divide and conquer. One went to the gym (guaranteed not to be me), another explored a few Bloody Marys at the pool bar. I went to watch people on the Flow Rider, then took a little nap on the deck above the Lime and Coconut. We all met up for lunch in the MDR. 
    I always love looking at the Itinerary channel on the TV. The captain has to be creative when trying to stretch the short trip from Coco Cay to Miami and make it last nearly a day and a half. That, or he also had the Deluxe Beverage Package. 

    We then hit the Schooner Bar for some Harry Potter Trivia (I just drank since I've neither seen nor read the stories). After a little shopping on the Promenade, we settled back into our room to enjoy the balcony for the last evening before dinner. 
    Since it was a sea day and I had no sky rats, chickens, or iguanas to soothe me, I had to settle for #FakeDog. 




    After dinner (I miss you already, Malcin!!!) one of the women had a slight headache and went up to the room to lay down. But the two of us left were not ready to give up yet. We headed to the Hush Party to give that a try. It was definitely amusing for a short time, although the music waa pretty monotonous, and I was done after about 15 minutes   I wanted to get to the 80s party on the Promenade! 

    I couldn't remember exactly what time it was supposed to begin, so I stopped next to an elevator to check the Compass on the interactive screen.
    Suddenly I hear my friend SCREAMING my name. I rush over and she dragged me into an elevator absolutely stuffed with people and the Stowaway Piano Player!!! 

    I was beyond thrilled. We'd been looking out for him all week. And my friends learned this week that few things entertain me as much as the opportunity to sing out loud with fun people and fun music. It was really the funnest 20 minutes of the cruise.

    The look on people's faces from outside the glass elevators, and from other elevators, was priceless. And the look when the elevator doors would open to people waiting... it varied from shock to awe. I probably would have stayed in there longer, but decided other people should be able to play, too (blah). 
    It was time for Showgirls to start, so we ducked into there too check it out. The singing was good, but I was mostly impressed with the costumes. 
    It ended in time for the 80s party, so I hung out there until I realized that I had not even begun to pack yet (denial was strong). It had only been 4 nights, surely it wasn't time to leave yet!!!! 
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from twangster in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    Coco Cay
    What can I say about Coco Cay that hasn't already been said?
    We had managed to score an Oasis Lagoon Cabana for the really nice price of $319 back in the spring. In the morning we were very thankful, as it sheltered us from the somewhat chilly wind. Not Minnesota chilly, but chilly for swimsuits and tank tops. We grabbed a drink, and just enjoyed the comfort of our private area. We ordered lunch about 45 minutes before they opened for lunch, so we had lunch on our table by 11:05. Finally a chance to try the crispy chicken sandwich! I didn't find it to be terribly crispy (maybe from sitting in a box for a bit of time), and I thought it could have used more spices, but I liked it, and I'd certainly get it again. 
    We then decided to do some island exploring, since my traveling companions had never been there. It was a bit slow going since one of them had stubbed her pinky toe badly at the Hilton yesterday, and it was swollen and about 30 shades of purple. She was a good sport, though. 
    We really spent the day doing much of nothing. The pool was really too cold for any of our comfort. But we were fine with doing nothing on a beautiful island. 
    Our cabana service was sketchy. I don't know if our attendant was just disinterested, or if her wristband wasn't working, but it was a long time and several presses of the service button before she'd come over. Slightly annoying, but nothing that we were upset about. 
    In typical "me" fashion, I was overjoyed that the critters of the island were hanging out in the cabana area. The chickens regularly hung out on the deck with us (no, we weren't feeding them.... although I may, or may not, have been dangling a shiny object to amuse the hens). Even one of the resident iguanas visited.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The sky rats are crafty, and managed to steal some funnel cake off of Kris's plate, which started a huge sky rat scuffle. Frankly, I felt the winner had a pretty smug look on his face. 

    We stayed until a little after 3, when the sun got low enough that there was only shade in the cabana area. The cabanas face north, so the sun was always behind us. 

    We enjoyed sail away from our balcony and relaxed. I had a full night planned for us... We could sleep in the next day!! 
    We hit the Schooner Bar for Elton John Trivia and some pre-dinner libations, then hit the MDR for another very good, and overfilling, dinner. By now we were all totally enamored with our waiter, Malcin, and had a great time. 
    I suggested that we head down to Studio B for the Battle of the Sexes game, followed by the Quest. I was going with or without them. They made the correct choice. We all laughed nearly 2 hours straight, and participated as much as we could (note: The Key seats were good, EXCEPT there was no direct access to the floor without hurdling over a barrier. #ruleswhatrules.
    With that, our night was complete, and we were looking forward a full sea day. 

     
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from twangster in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    We had a great time today in Nassau and on the ship. I have to say that I'm really unsure where the person /people who put out the Cruise Compass get their weather forecasts from, though. Checking weather.com daily, I expected temps in the low 70s. The Cruise Compass insisted (OK, strong word for a number on a sheet of paper, but work with me) that it was going to be in the low 80s.
    It was 72.
    But, being a weather site stalker, I was prepared. With rash guard and swim cover up in my war chest we headed off to the Hilton British Colonial for a beach day. Although we were planning to paddle board and kayak, it was simply too breezy (read:not quite warm enough). The property was beautiful. There were under 20 other guests there. The v service was extremely slow, but very friendly. While there was a $40 food/beverage credit, it did not go far, the food was unrealistically expensive as it related to its quality. I did enjoy the Hemingway Daiquiri, however.


    We arrived around 11:30 and took off by 2:30. It was a good afternoon, but for what we were able to do (blame the weather), it would have behooved us to sirens the day on the ship. I'm a weirdo, and was early amused by a Laughing Gull who was convinced that we were going to share some food, and just quietly hung out with us for quite a while. Be it exotic critters or sky rats, I'm pretty content when there's a critter around (#weirdchick). 
    We stopped at Senor Frogs for a quick drink and guac made at tableside, then headed back to the ship. 
    My friends took a shot at the Blaster slide, but at this point the sun was lower, the wind stronger at the top of the ship, and I was overchilled. I can't say this to Mr SpeedNoodles, though, as he's been home scraping I've. It's all in one's perspective. 
    When we returned to the room we found that our stateroom attendent, Venicio, had complied with my request for the use of a robe, since I'm Platinum now. He brought one for each of us, which really tickled everyone. 
    We got showered and dressed for Dress Your Best night, and stopped in the Schooner Bar foe one (*ahem... maybe more) pre-dinner martinis and a bit of Classic Movie Trivia. Let's just say that after a couple of martinis none of us could remember the names of the Seven Dwarfs (poor Bashsul and Happy). 
    Dinner was good (too much food was consumed, and MORE WINE). We're turning in early in anticipation of tomorrow at Coco Cay. 

     
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from twangster in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    I'll post about the day later tonight, but for now enjoy this Lavendar Martini. I mean, not as much as I will, but do your best. 
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from twangster in Navigator - 911 hits the High Seas (Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2019)   
    We had a full first day, with my traveling companions being quite impressed with the ship. We managed to hit one trip down the Blaster slide - tons of fun, only a 15-minute wait, and probably only the second water slide I've ever been on in my life #lame. After Muster, we headed straight to the helipad, and waited. And waited. And waited. Apparently one of the ships that was supposed to leave before us had been delayed, and we were 5th in line to go. After watching a few bypass us, it just became too chilly and windy to wait it out (not to mention it was getting dark.  We grabbed a snack from Cafe Promenade, a drink from the pub, and headed up to watch sail away from the protection of our balcony. 

    We had reservations in the MDR for 9:15, so we went down to see if we could get into the ice show. 
    When I mentioned going to the ice show I received a positive, yet lukewarm, response. We sat in The Key section (really nice seats). I'd seen the ice show on Mariner, which I liked, but this one was so much better. Color my friends impressed - they were amazed (and I was so happy that they were having so much fun). 
    Dinner in the MDR was very good. It's fun when you tell a new cruiser that they can have anything they want, and much as they want. While I'm having fun, most of my fun is coming from watching my friends become hooked on cruising. 
    They were beat after dinner, but far be it from me to miss the 70s Disco Inferno Party on the Promenade (really the only time I like that space).  While I'm typically a pretty shy person, all bets are off on a cruise and I have no problems dancing with other passengers and crew, so I had an absolute blast. I had to be obnoxious and had to get my photo taken with the "cop" from the "Village People" for my cohorts. 

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Thanksgiving Side to Side: Brilliance to Oasis   
    Yes, that is true. This sailing was FILLED with deviant gamblers ! Oh wait....I’m talking about myself !
    Don't tell anyone, but I am secretly glad that the casino is closed. Now I can spend ONE quiet night outside of that loud, obnoxious smoke-filled den of iniquity.
    😉😉🤫🤫
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Thanksgiving Side to Side: Brilliance to Oasis   
    Disembarkation :
    Booooooo.. Such an unpleasant topic but since I am unable to gamble in the casino, I will preview the disembarkation process of Star Class out of Miami.
    First, the bad.  PoM still does not have Luggage Valet. That’s unfortunate. LV is such an awesome service. You give up your bags on the last night and don’t see them again until you deplane at your final destination.  All of this is complimentary for Suites.  However, with that bit of bad news out of the way, we can chat about the positives of SC disembarkation.  We will NOT put our bags out tonite. We must put them out tomorrow morning between 6:30-7:00 AM. They will be taken directly to a special SC holding area until we pick them up.  Those of you who have followed my travel blogs for a while are familiar with my somewhat newly-acquired aversion for giving up personal control of offboarding my luggage. This is due to an unfortunate incident last summer in Galveston where one piece of our luggage just disappeared, never to be seen again. But Joyce has given us her personal promise that our luggage will be safe.  I trust her.  Ok. It’ll be out there at 0630 tomorrow. 
     
    We will then go out to the Coastal Kitchen for our farewell breakfast where Joyce will escort us off the ship at 8:00.
    Our flight is at 12:07 out of MIA so we will have a bit of time to pass in the Admiral’s Club.  That’s fine. Their Clubs are nice at MIA.
    We are alongside the pier.  We’re home ! (Almost).8:05 PM
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to KWofPerth in An Amplified Agglomeration of Oasis Pictures - Post Amplification   
    I am always grateful to learn new words, so thanks Twangster. Agglomeration.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in An Amplified Agglomeration of Oasis Pictures - Post Amplification   
    Oasis received the Ultimate Abyss.  Here are a few pictures taken at various times.







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    The suite sun deck has been refreshed.






    Unfortunately the port side including bar is now a smoking area.














    A local Haitian butterfly stopped by.


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    Here's some solarium pictures while we were at Labadee.




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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Thanksgiving Side to Side: Brilliance to Oasis   
    Update :
    Due to a medical emergency, the ship did double time getting back to Miami (24 knots !) so that the affected person could get prompt medical attention.  Therefore, it is 7:33 PM on Saturday night and we are already inside the port area (but not tied up quite yet).  The affected person will be able to disembark immediately (with their family, presumably) but the rest of us will be spending the night alongside the dock.  No one, except for patient, will be allowed to disembark. 
     
    I don’t see how this will negatively impact anyone’s cruise with the exception of those of us who would otherwise be gambling. The casino closed at 6:45. I imagine that bumping we are feeling is caused by the casino staff doing their happy dance.  They are off for 24 hours !
    In other interesting news, our Genie brought us a letter indicating that we would be receiving a 20% FCC based on the price of this cruise.  This is due to the “inconvenience” caused by our “noise” issue.  Obviously, we neither initiated nor expected any kind of compensation.  Good grief. It wasn’t like we stepped out of our shower into a pool of sewage (I’m looking at you, Twangster).  It was a very thoughtful but entirely unnecessary surprise.
    So, here we are, pulling into port.  It will be interesting and very different to spend the night on the ship in the Port of Miami.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to bretts173 in MTD time changes   
    No it is even in the cruise compass that My time dining doesnt start until 6:45.  This only on some ships, Oasis and voyager 2 I have noticed.  
     
    This is only a very recent change. Voyager since its last refit which to all reports has been a disaster. added 300 extra passengers, took away space and dining options. The reports were that on the singapore to sydney repos, they shut the dining room at 1Pm because they couldnt handle the people and then there were about 100 people standing waiting for tables at the Windjammer. 45 minute wait for my time dining tables because everyone turns up at 7. Half these people had 6pm bookings made before the policy change.
     
    I still have 6PM my time bookings for my cruise this week even though it isnt available to 645.  
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from KristiZ in Best Cruise ship by RC ?   
    IMO the best one is the one that has the atmosphere and activities (or lack thereof) that YOU are looking for.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Baked Alaska in In-room speakers/announcements?   
    Agreed - I'd definitely like the option. As in "I hear something in the hallway, let me turn this speaker up!". Nothing like having to open your cabin door and stick your head out when you just got out of a shower and are wrapped in a towel.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in An Amplified Agglomeration of Oasis Pictures - Post Amplification   
    The solarium pool is always a popular topic and Oasis has retained her solarium pool.






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    The outdoor forward solarium deck is a first in the fleet.  You won't find this on any other ship, yet.










    This area is closed until 9':30am.  It's right above the new cabins on deck 14.  I think they are trying to let people sleep in to avoid the chair scraping noises as guests inevitably rearrange loungers to suit their needs.

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    Upstairs looks pretty good as well.















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