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    IRMO12HD reacted to Andrew72681 in IZUMI Teppanyaki Table   
    Sounds like you’re so much fun out. Maybe chef’s table is for you, Teppanyaki is meant to be fun. Not a very good way to make a new member feel welcome either. There’s room for that over on “that other message board”
     
    SLJ- I’m sure your kids will love it, make sure to get the Mochi for dessert. 



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    IRMO12HD reacted to ama537621 in HOS April 28th Mock booking report   
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    IRMO12HD reacted to davelliott in Onboard Credit for stock owners   
    I have had 100 shares of stock since my second cruise with Royal.  Since I usually book inside staterooms, I have gotten the OBC many times as these cabins usually don't offer any OBC when booking.  Up until a couple of years ago, when I submitted my request for stockholder OBC, I would get a response that since I already had some OBC, I would have to have that removed (either by calling Royal or contacting my travel agent) and then resubmit my stockholder OBC request.  However, for the past two or three years, my stockholder request automatically applies the difference of the the two OBC amounts without me having to do anything.  For example, if I already had $50 OBC for a 7 night sailing, I now get the $50 stockholder credit ADDED to the original $50.  Previously, I had to remove the original $50 credit and then have the stockholder credit of $100 added.  
    I have gotten the stockholder credit about 90% of the time since I usually only have travel agent credits.  It has been well worth the investment for me.
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to marton2 in Low Carb/Keto on a cruise   
    I do enjoy the occasional Mo-jito while cruising. Now that I've gone keto, my plan is to order a Mo-jito at Bolero's, and ask the bartender not to use the simple syrup (sugar water). I'll ask for Club Soda only, along with the rum, mint and lime. Next I'll squirt some liquid Stevia in the glass to take the place of the missing syrup. I hope this works... then I'll have a Keto-jito.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Ultimate Dining Package and My Time Dining   
    Also remember that if you are dining in a specialty restaurant but there is something on the MDR menu that night that you really want (lobster tails or lamb shank comes to mind), you can always ask the specialty restaurant waiter to bring you something from the MDR.  We do this often. No need to miss your favorite MDR dish just b/c you are dining in a specialty restaurant that night !
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Muerz in Breakfast in the MDR   
    I‘m also new to RCCL but this menu is really underwhelming compared to NCL which have daily special features and even Carnival which looks a lot funkier and which also has seaday brunch specials...
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Breakfast in the MDR   
    Here you go:
    (from Navigator March 2019)

     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Matt in What time can we really arrive?   
    Show up whenever you like. With Royal Caribbean, the boarding times are suggestions. So you can definitely go straight to the cruise terminal.
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from mellibee in To lose weight   
    1.  Eat salad first if you're in the buffet; only eat dessert every other (or every 3rd) day
    2.  Take the stairs at least five times a day
    3.  Go for a "dawn walk" every morning -- at least two laps of the ship's promenade -- if you're early enough to catch the sunrise, you'll find it pretty open, 
    4.  Drink water with every meal, and DON'T get the Deluxe Beverage Package!!!
     
     
     
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to melski94 in Harmony of the Seas Balcony Room Layout   
    I think the bed is by the balcony in 12306.  So the sofa is closest to the door.
    The trick is to look at the connecting cabins nearby.  If you look at the connecting cabins from the hall, the cabin to the right has the bed by the balcony and the cabin to the left has the bed closest to the door.  This pattern continues with each 2 cabins.  
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from hooked-on-cruising in To lose weight   
    1.  Eat salad first if you're in the buffet; only eat dessert every other (or every 3rd) day
    2.  Take the stairs at least five times a day
    3.  Go for a "dawn walk" every morning -- at least two laps of the ship's promenade -- if you're early enough to catch the sunrise, you'll find it pretty open, 
    4.  Drink water with every meal, and DON'T get the Deluxe Beverage Package!!!
     
     
     
     
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from Fuzzywuzzy in To lose weight   
    1.  Eat salad first if you're in the buffet; only eat dessert every other (or every 3rd) day
    2.  Take the stairs at least five times a day
    3.  Go for a "dawn walk" every morning -- at least two laps of the ship's promenade -- if you're early enough to catch the sunrise, you'll find it pretty open, 
    4.  Drink water with every meal, and DON'T get the Deluxe Beverage Package!!!
     
     
     
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to CrusingWithMatt in Deluxe Beverage Package cheaper than Black Friday   
    We are 57 days out from out TA May 4-19.
    Deluxe beverage dropped = $44 yesterday
    Deluxe bev + Voom surf and stream =$53 
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    IRMO12HD reacted to mom2mybugs in Deluxe Beverage Package cheaper than Black Friday   
    We are doing a 12 night med/Greek this summer and I’m balking at the price for two of us.  I might come close but hubby wouldn’t.  What we will likely do is bring on the two bottles of wine, and either buy the drink pkg for days 5-12 (and hope the savings on the first 4 days outweigh what we spend extra on buying aboard vs pre-purchase) or else hope for a drink card to arrive!  Jane
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Sweety in To lose weight   
    You can also reward yourself with another cruise. 
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    IRMO12HD reacted to ThyriC in To lose weight   
    One of my tips is if you do specialty dining, half the portion you're given and ask them for a to-go box immediately.  Out of sight out of mouth!  Or ask for a child's portion.  That way you can still enjoy all of the wonderful tastes and not feel deprived when there are amazing smells wafting around, but still keep to your goals.  
    Drink at least 2 glasses of water before food goes into your mouth.  Helps to fill up your stomach.  Veggies first, then protein, then starch, then fats.  Ask for a double helping of veggies!  More veggies on the plate, the less deprived you feel.  
    Dessert options stick to sorbets and fruit.  You can also ask for a sugar free option as well.  They'll definitely have these for diabetics.  And they do help with feelings of deprivation.  If everyone at your table is snarfing down cake, and you're sitting there with folded hands sipping away on water.... that's a fast track to binge eating later.  
    The biggest thing with the food, fill up on hearty fibrous veggies like broccoli, spinach, etc.  Lettuce isnt going to fill you up and make you feel satisfied in the long run.  Not to mention there's a lot of temptation on that salad bar.  Dressings, bacon, eggs, legumes... they all taste wonderful but they're calorie killers on the salad bar.  Tell them to remove the bread basket from the table.  Out of sight, out of mouth!  
    Big thing for me and dieting is not feeling deprived of food.  It sure sounds easy just to eat less, but when you're in a high temptation environment like a cruise, just eating less is an unrealistic expectation.  Salad is wonderful dont get me wrong, but its not going to fill you up unless you have those hunger busting fibrous veggies in the salad.  They help fill you up and help you stay full!
     
    Now, for the exercising.  Walk everywhere.  The elevator is your friend only when carrying your luggage.  Otherwise, stairs all the way.  Do the dance lessons onboard.  They help keep you moving!  At the pool, jump on in and play!  I think as adults we've really neglected the power of play.  Play keeps us active so let loose!  Feel free to enroll in a spinning class if your fitness level is up to spinning.  Aerobics classes, free weights, machines galore.  Hop on the treadmill or elliptical and enjoy the amazing views.  You'll completely forget that you're exercising when enjoying such amazing views.  
     
    Now for the overall health.  Get good rest.  Easier said than done when you're excited on your cruise!  But remember, healthy mind healthy body!  Reward yourself with a massage or facial or other spa treatment.  Sticking to a diet on a cruise is hard work!  So have that reward massage!
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Pima1988 in To lose weight   
    My husband and I also do a couple of things.
    1. We order room service breakfast (free).  It is continental.  We order the night before, get up early hit the gym, or walk the track (taking the stairs).  Stop at WJ, and get an omelet since we know we have continental will show up within minutes upon returning to our cabin.  Take the stairs back down.  This keeps us away from piling on at WJ. 
    2.  We eat dinner late.  We go to the WJ when it opens for dinner.  We make 2 plates .  One is our appetizers while we get ready for dinner, shrimp, veggies, etc., anything we can pick at it while we shower and dress, which fills up our stomachs.  The other is our late night snacks (typically a deli/cheese plate that we put in the min-fridge and something sweet)  The thing is by doing so, when I go to dinner, my eyes are not bigger than my stomach.  Again this is pre-planning.
    3. I do specialty restaurants, but from a weight issue,  I like the MDR more.  In the MDR you will have the same server every night.  By day 3 they know your likes and dislikes, iows, your eating habits.  The MDR usually offers the wedge salad, 1x during the cruise.  However, bc I have sailed with RCCL multiple times, and use the MDR often, I ask on night 1 can I have the wedge salad the next night?  I have never been told no, even though it is off the menu.  My husband knowing my eating habits will chime in and say, can you give her that in a child's portion, bc otherwise I am the one left eating it or it is wasted food. 
    I also order multiple appetizers.  I will order a salad or soup as an appetizer, and ask for the calamari (appetizer) for dinner. 
    No offense, but point being it really is up to her.  I am in my 50s, keeping weight off is a battle.  Going on a cruise with booze and unlimited food makes it even harder.  Yet, I have never gained a pound.  I attribute this to planning.  I could take the elevator.  I could sleep in.  I could not ask for off the menu meals at the MDR. Notice it is all I could.  
    Not trying to offend. Just saying she has options to stay on the path.  For me, the splurge night is not lobster, but lamb shanks.
     
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Pima1988 in To lose weight   
    I have to reiterate use the stairs every time.  I will be honest, that is what we do.  It was only on our 4th cruise that I used the elevator.  We were on a family cruise, and I remember remarking OMG they have the day of the week on the floor, how cute.  1 family member said to me we have been on this ship for 5 nights, and now you are just noticing?  My response was, this is the 1st time I have taken the elevator on any cruise.  
    Don't know which ship you will be on. but you will be amazed how many times a day you climb the stairs.  It will start day 1.  You can wait for an elevator after the Muster Drill or you can walk the stairs and get there quicker
    IMPO, drink 2x as much water as you do at home.  Between the sun and alcohol you will dehydrate faster than just hanging at your desk at work.  
    I have never gained a pound on a cruise.  I am a grazer.  Lots of small meals.  Lots of water during the day. I do the deluxe beverage package, but with every drink I get a bottle of water.  I do not order a new drink until I have guzzled down that bottle of water.  
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    IRMO12HD reacted to L454S in To lose weight   
    Agree with above about using the stairs as much as you can. We do 3 miles every morning before breakfast just walking.
    Even with doing this, we still gain some weight. Just trying to gain as little as possible.
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from JennyB in To lose weight   
    1.  Eat salad first if you're in the buffet; only eat dessert every other (or every 3rd) day
    2.  Take the stairs at least five times a day
    3.  Go for a "dawn walk" every morning -- at least two laps of the ship's promenade -- if you're early enough to catch the sunrise, you'll find it pretty open, 
    4.  Drink water with every meal, and DON'T get the Deluxe Beverage Package!!!
     
     
     
     
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Drink Recommendations - ON A MISSION!!!   
    We got the DBP on a recent 4-night cruise to Nassau; I decided to try new drinks every day since I rarely go to bars; this was my chance to "explore!"  My favorite moments and drinks:
    1.  As soon as we got on the ship, we went right to the Pool Bar and got drinks of the day -- sat there sipping and watching everyone come on board, with our frosty drinks in hand (well, the weather wasn't HOT, but they still tasted good!)
    2.  Trying a Chocolate Martini.  Sounded gross -- tasted divine, and looked beautiful!
    3. Coconut Mojito, Frozen Mojito
    4.  Baileys with my coffee in the morning!  I'm not a huge fan of lattes, but I love cafe au lait with a dollop (or two) of Baileys!
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from brianastree in To lose weight   
    1.  Eat salad first if you're in the buffet; only eat dessert every other (or every 3rd) day
    2.  Take the stairs at least five times a day
    3.  Go for a "dawn walk" every morning -- at least two laps of the ship's promenade -- if you're early enough to catch the sunrise, you'll find it pretty open, 
    4.  Drink water with every meal, and DON'T get the Deluxe Beverage Package!!!
     
     
     
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Question about specialty restaurants   
    Yes, the standard hibachi dinner includes an appetizer, a choice of some meats/chicken, rice, veggies. I don’t remember a dessert but maybe there is.  Any additional “add-ones” can be ordered at the time you get your dinner.  If you want to order things like sushi you can do that, but there is an additional charge.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Wilmsta in Drink Recommendations - ON A MISSION!!!   
    Loving this thread - will try and try all of them out on Adventure in early April #whatthedrinkspackageismadefor ?
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from Kansas Eagle in Drink Recommendations - ON A MISSION!!!   
    We got the DBP on a recent 4-night cruise to Nassau; I decided to try new drinks every day since I rarely go to bars; this was my chance to "explore!"  My favorite moments and drinks:
    1.  As soon as we got on the ship, we went right to the Pool Bar and got drinks of the day -- sat there sipping and watching everyone come on board, with our frosty drinks in hand (well, the weather wasn't HOT, but they still tasted good!)
    2.  Trying a Chocolate Martini.  Sounded gross -- tasted divine, and looked beautiful!
    3. Coconut Mojito, Frozen Mojito
    4.  Baileys with my coffee in the morning!  I'm not a huge fan of lattes, but I love cafe au lait with a dollop (or two) of Baileys!
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