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    Srp431 reacted to Pima1988 in Your funniest cruise story   
    OBTW, my husband is a wise arse.  He still takes/wears that outfit, but he says that he does it now hoping he will make some tips while on board to offset the cost of the cruise!  If now only he would use youtube to learn how to make towel animals!
     
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    Srp431 reacted to Pima1988 in Your funniest cruise story   
    I have 2.
    1st story
    I work for a national mens clothier.  I go off and buy what I think is a great outfit for my husband.  White/navy blue striped cotton sweater, and navy shorts.  One a.m. we were at the pool and it was kind of chilly, but he knew it would warm up, so he wore this outfit.  It is @ 10 a.m. and he is sleeping on a lounge chair next to me...snoring.  Passengers are walking by and glaring.  Thus, I nudge him so he will stop snoring.  He stops snoring, but they are still walking by and mumbling under their breath.  Huh? I don't get it, why are they looking at him this way.   A few mins later a bar staff member walks up to me and asked if I needed a drink.  I looked at him, looked at my husband and broke out in laughter.  His outfit was almost identical, just different stripe design on the sweater.  I am positive all those passengers thought he was part of the crew sleeping on the job!
    2nd story
    We as a family (siblings and cousins) decided that we were going to surprise my Mom for her 80th with a cruise.  She got wind and said she was not going.  We (siblings/cousins) decided we were still going and celebrate my Mom's Bday without her.  My brother is a practical joker.  He went to Staples and had a 24x32 picture of my Mom printed up.  In his mind, she was going on this cruise with us no matter what.  He took it with him on the ship, but kept it a secret.  Formal night rolls around and VOILA he pulls this picture out for the photos..  I can't recall the Captain's name, but he was European and needed staff to translate.  There is my brother asking the Captain to take a picture of him holding this huge picture of my Mom.  The captain could not wrap his head around he was being asked to do.  I am pretty sure when he got back to the bridge, he told everyone, now he has seen it all for the photo ops.  
    My brother also makes calendars for every family member as a xmas gift.  Every month is a photo.  That yr. her bday month was the picture of the Captain holding this picture of her
     
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    Srp431 got a reaction from Cruisegirl1976 in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    100% true unfortunately
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    Srp431 got a reaction from Pookie in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    Bringing too much clothes, have to reminder wife, that she can wear clothes twice and no one will even notice.
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    Srp431 reacted to WannaCruise in Off Menu - MDR   
    I kept hearing about savory bites so on our last cruise, I asked about them in the MDR.  They didn't have any ready but made them for us, and brought them out every night.  (It was just a 4 night cruise).
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    Srp431 reacted to PG Cruiser in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    It’s the Mars vs Venus kind of thing?
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    Srp431 reacted to MotleyCruiser in Nachi Cocum Beach Club for Cozumel?   
    Perfect place.
     
    No hard sell at all for us.
     
    Two words RUM PUNCH!!
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    Srp431 reacted to Neesa in Ms Traveler   
    We used Jaital.com & booked Divi Little Beach Resort. The water was amazing, the beach was beautiful & they had lots to do if you were so inclined. The price was about $40.00 pp and included beach chairs, towels & umbrella. There was a nice bar and restaurant also. We would go back as it was a very nice day. Located a taxi right outside the pier and it wasn't a great deal of money. Divi Beach has cabs lines up outside waiting to take you back to the ship as well. Enjoy!
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    Srp431 reacted to Cruisegirl1976 in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    How much weight I would gain.. lol ?
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    Srp431 reacted to basil in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    How addictive it is.  It's like a drug, cant never get enough.?
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    Srp431 got a reaction from RWDW1204 in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    Bringing too much clothes, have to reminder wife, that she can wear clothes twice and no one will even notice.
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    Srp431 reacted to Matt in Food Questions   
    I've had food served quite hot, but it tends not to be the norm. Not saying the food comes out luke warm or cold, but just not scalding hot. 
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    Srp431 reacted to guppyfresh in Off Menu - MDR   
    Reading thru some threads it sounds like you can order off menu at the Main Dinning Room.  Does anyone have some example of things they have ordered off menu? 
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    Srp431 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in US Coast Guard- Delayed Boarding   
    Yes, I fear that this delay will cause boarding to be busy.  Arriving early isn’t going to help you, unfortunately. I would plan on being there by 11:30 but you may end up waiting. Hopefully they will at least let you wait inside.
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    Srp431 reacted to CrznTxn in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    Not knowing about the Cruise Planner and WAY over packing.
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    Srp431 reacted to Clear Laker in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    RC Blog
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    Srp431 reacted to coneyraven in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
    I wish I would've known about the benefits of booking your next cruise on board.... at the time, the lower deposits to go along with the OBC.
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    Srp431 got a reaction from Fuzzywuzzy in Night Time Photos On Harmony Of The Seas   
    Great photos, these are a great reason to walk around the ship at night. They give quite the calming effect to a busy day on the ship
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    Srp431 got a reaction from The Cruise Junkie in Night Time Photos On Harmony Of The Seas   
    Great photos, these are a great reason to walk around the ship at night. They give quite the calming effect to a busy day on the ship
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    Srp431 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Wish upon a STAR class cruise 11/30/19 - 12/7/19   
    What a wonderful gift !  You are all going to have the times of your lives.  They will never forget it !  The ATS are awesome !
    Be sure you have at least one nice meal out on the balcony.  Sometimes it can be waaaytooo hot out there, but it's so special.  It's usually a little more tolerable while underway vs being in port b/c at least you get a little breeze.
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    Srp431 reacted to twangster in Ovation Goes South to Hawaii Sept. 20, 2019   
    Cruise Summary
    This was a bucket list cruise for me and I am so glad I did it.  Like my first time to Alaska I suspect this may be repeated in the future.  
    The newer O3b internet platform worked great over the length of the cruise.  
    Ovation of the Seas once again did not disappoint.  
    The sea days flew past and the three port days in a row including an overnight stop made the rest of cruise very enjoyable.  Debarking in Honolulu was a breeze.  I'm glad we had a day in Seattle to visit as a port of call and not simply as an embarkation/debarkation city.
    Cruising to Hawaii is very different compared to cruising in the Caribbean, in a very good way.  The ports are very interesting with a lot to choose from.
    I picked my excursions carefully and watched some of them fill up and become unavailable so I'm glad I booked them when I did and saved quite a bit of money by watching for sales as the months went by.  
    The tendering process was mostly a pretty good experience other than that one night coming back late when there was a wait.  Still it was quite impressive to see them perform such a large tendering operation as efficiently as they did.
    I'm torn between picking a smaller ship next time to Hawaii to gain a few more ports that only smaller ships can visit or repeat on Ovation.     
    I wish I could have stayed on for the next cruise to Sydney but that will have to wait for another year.  
    I hope you enjoyed following along and I thank you for viewing.
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    Srp431 reacted to heffy2 in Ovation Goes South to Hawaii Sept. 20, 2019   
    I lived just south of Kona for about two years, I totally agree with you, the Big Island is the best. I was always told by locals that it was the most like "Old Hawaii".  I so glad you enjoyed your time!
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    Srp431 reacted to twangster in Ovation Goes South to Hawaii Sept. 20, 2019   
    Our progress back to Oahu somewhat in the middle of the Hawaiian island chain.

    Debarking was super easy.  Just walk off.  They scan your SeaPass card one last time and from there you follow the flow and exit the terminal.  We pre-cleared US customs and immigration in Vancouver so none of that was needed here since all of our stops after that were in the US.
    The port is a quick ride share away from HNL airport.  Almost as convenient as Port Everglades.  

    Signs direct you to the ride share pickup area a short walk past the taxi stand area. 

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    Srp431 reacted to twangster in Ovation Goes South to Hawaii Sept. 20, 2019   
    Day 11 - Honolulu
    Up early the lights of Waikiki tell the story of how the island of Oahu or at least this Southern area is very different compared to the other islands.  It's basically a big city like feeling.

    Amazing sunrise to start my last day on the ship.  

    Up to the Windjammer for a last breakfast before debarking. 
    A view over to the famous Diamond Head peak and the hotels of Waikiki in the distance to the left.

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    Srp431 reacted to twangster in Ovation Goes South to Hawaii Sept. 20, 2019   
    This was pretty much a full day excursion arriving back in port 30 minutes prior to the last tender back to the ship.
    Looking back it was very informative and I feel like I know so much more about the volcanoes of Hawaii but also how life has evolved here over time.  We covered a lot on this excursion covering the early religion introduced by the missionaries, a stop for some famous Kona coffee,  a lot of lava and volcano knowledge, a beautiful beach with unique black sand and the world famous Southernmost bakery.
    The people of the big island were very friendly and thankful for our visit.  Even away from Kona the news of the biggest cruise ship to ever visit the state coming to call on Hawai'i was well known across the island.  I could definitely see myself coming back to Hawai'i (the big island, not meaning the state in general). 
    Back in Kona at the harbor it was time to board a tender and head back to the ship.



    After a shower and a few happy hour drinks it was time for yet another beautiful Hawaiian sunset as we began to sail away.


    Yikes, time for that ugly word.  Packing.  
    Next stop Honolulu.  
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