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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    This is really hard for me to say but it’s day..S....I...X.  Always goes by way too fast!  This morning Taylor and we’re up and out at around 650 for our excursion. We ate a bite at the Jammer.  The others were having breakfast delivered to the suite at 8. We went down to Studio B. At this point both of us were going through Star Class withdrawals. We had to sit with people we didn’t even know!,😂😂. After about 30 minutes we walked down the pier to the nice guides holding the various excursion signs. We only chose our tour yesterday and really picked it at random. Sounded like fun. Dune Buggy and snorkeling. Not at the same time though😁. I had visions of being loaded onto a bus or van and being taken to a place where we would chug along in cool dune buggies down sandy roads lined with palm trees. Nope. We walked about three blocks from the pier to find our buggy parking lot. Each is a four seater. Taylor and I got two passengers, a Bf and Gf in their 20’s. They rode with us because they couldn’t drive a stick shift. Youth.  They were reassured after I told them I haven’t been involved in an auto accident since we left Miami. And off we went. About 15-18 little buggies filled with tourists. Driving through town. Around horses, trucks, busses, motorcycles.  Through traffic circles. I’m amazed this tour even exists. During our lunch stop folks were eating chicken tacos and slamming tequila. Before driving back!  It was awesome😄. Our snorkel stop was at beautiful little beach area. Taylor had never snorkeled before. I had done it years ago before God made fish. But we pressed on. Donned the vests, masks and fins that I’m sure were sanitized in a bucket of tequila or something. We saw some beautiful fish and amazing coral. We spent about an hour there before we took the buggy brigade back on the road to our lunch stop. You basically drive around the entire island before you get back to the port. We made a memory and that’s what this is all about. 
    Tonight dinner is in CK. Then we have the comedy show. I’m hearing rumors of laser tag, we shall see. 
    I hear that our friend Djuro just might have been reading this blog. If that’s true Taylor and I missed you today!  I’ll see you tonight my friend. 













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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Cupcake Class. Our task was to make a frog. This is not the the first time in my life that I have failed😂
    The little cutie came in just as we were finishing so Kaitlyn invited her to join in the fun!
    Next up: The Escape Room. Seriously hope there’s no frogs involved. 



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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    We decided to stop by Playmakers to visit with one of our absolute favorite people on this ship! If you’re cruising on Oasis don’t miss the opportunity to meet Djuro. 


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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Auqua80’s show last night was amazing. Don’t miss it. Once again the talent and athletic ability of these kids is stunning!  


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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Jet skis are life guards patroling the area. No guests on skis  over here

    The entire beach club area is very accessible. Cement or wooden paths to every area.
     
    Sand wheel chairs, ramps, and the pool is accessible too.
     

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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Last few for now




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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    It's a raft you can hang on or sit on.
     
    Here are some pics of the beach club.












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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    They are moving with the water but only so much. Seems like they are floating to me.
    20200201_103102.mp4
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Today is the day!!!   Here are a couple teasers... more pics of area and menu once I'm back on the ship.
     
     
    Holy crap tho lol








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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    We have come to the determination that we are cruise people.
     
    This entire trip has been amazing. The staff has been wonderful, the experiences have been great, and the memories will last. Very sad it's almost over!
     
    Today I got some alone time on the suite deck to unwind, we toured the bridge, saw the hideaway heist show (another amazing show!!), got dressed up for formal night, and the kid got sick a bit at the main dining room... I don't blame her lobster night made me want to yack too(good thing we had a great lunch at CK!).
     
    I recognized a few people in the audience from the Columbus musical. It's odd they seem to want to deny they are in the shows but then gush a bit at compliments. The guy was impressed that I knew he was the main shark, my daughter got a kick out of the one girl when I said I knew she was a cheeseburger. 
     




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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Let's play a game.  What did I say to my wife to get her to make this face... lol
     
    Hint the actual answer shouldnt actually be posted here. 😍😏

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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Another great day. Well almost..  We went walking around San Juan, I forgot to take my morning meds so I had to reboard the ship and told my group I'd meet back up with them. On my way back right at the spot I was supposed to meet with them I saw someone get punched in the face and mugged. It pretty much ruined the port and I didnt feel comfortable having my wife and kid out there. So I had us leave early. Mother in law and sister in law stayed, dont think they were happy about me taking them back to the ship. Too bad.

    We did get an invite to the helipad sail away for suite guests with the ship officers and they let me bring my whole party. So everyone had a great treat. I thought it was amazing, Mohamed saw me taking a picture of the bridge and told me to come see him later. I also saw one of the fine line performers out there. I didnt want to impede in his time but I did tell him I recognized him and told him he was great. He seemed surprised I recognized him, but he was actually memorable. 



     
    Started to rain so we had to leave otherwise I would stayed for the sunset. Headed back to the suite and waited for the sunset from our balcony.  
     
    We agreed that we needed a coastal kitchen night. I really wish we had gone earlier in the cruise. My wife got the mushroom consomme and short ribs, I got french onion soup and the shortribs. Daughter got steak again (steak every single dinner service... that's my girl!). The food was amazing. @Lovetocruise2002  I am #teamCK now. (Not sure I'm tagging people right) Too bad we will still need to have group meals otherwise I wouldnt go anywhere else. Dessert we had ricotta cheesecake, coconut custard and the chocolate cake. Very happy the lounge bar had port wine, because I forgot to being on a bottle. I researched didnt looke like the venue's had any. Got that that car CK has some, I'll try a few other bars tomorrow. It really tied in the desserts for me. Delicious!



     
    Went to Mohamed to see what he wanted to see me for. He noticed me taking pics of the bridge and worked together a tour for me, my wife and daughter. This is something I really wanted to do. Both of concierge have been amazing. Such a great treat for tomorrow!
     
    We went to see Columbus the Musical. I really wasnt sure about this when I read about it, but it was great. Every show has been amazing.

    Not able to convince family to watch the kid for another night, guess my initial post about having plenty of childcare was wrong. Just means more time with my 2 favorite people though ( as long as I actually get them both during the day) But since they had to go in early for bed and I have insomnia, I met up with a buddy that is with us and we hit a couple bars, saw the 90s party and went to love and marriage. Really wish my wife could have been there, we would have been picked for sure. Still it was really funny.
     
    Tomorrow last sea day. Then coco cay overwater cabanas on saturday!!! Where the hell did this week go. Wish it wasnt ending so soon!
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Fell asleep posting last night.
     
    Here is an insomniac view of harmony 
     
     


















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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Multi part post because I can't  sleep. Rain, lots of it,   is called for our coco cay day as of right now. Pray to the sun gods for me!!!
     
    What an amazing day.
     
    The other 9 did a catamaran excursion. Me and the wife got the day to ourselves. We did the St Maarten bus tour. Very interesting but odd at the same time. St Maarten is hard to explain,  beautiful and sad at the same time. The last hurricane did a number and parts of it seem too poor to rebound. There were also 6 ships docked so or was jamming everywhere. 
    We were the biggest but a couple of these werent small.


    Iguanas of the seas.

    Yeah... mountain goats visible from the port exit!


     
    After that we rushed back to do our vow renewal. I had to sit in the suite deck while they all got ready. I reread my vows, and madE a few last minute adjustments at the bar with vodka on the rocks. The  loft attendants and concierge helped out with some decor and a cheese plate. It was amazing! My sister in law did an amazing job officiating the vow renewal in the suite. Most of those pics will have to wait as we used a better camera than my phone. Our daughter was the flower girl and my wife came down the loft stairs in a beautiful dress and we had a beautiful ceremony. We were about 15 minutes to late for a sunset back ground. we made up for it with pics around the ship! We even got a pic with the cruise director Mark right when they finished taping a show.




     



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    Ken23 reacted to Zacharius in Coronavirus and cruise from Shanghai   
    I'm a fairly regular traveler to China (several times each year) and was last there in early December. Next trip is to Changsha, Hunan in early March...I haven't cancelled yet. No point to, we have no idea what the next five weeks will bring. Knowing that China under-reports this kind of stuff, I'm guessing I won't go, but I certainly am not making any decisions this far in advance. We could all be dead by then, or we could have all forgotten it even happened. 
    I don't know anything about your father-in-law, but based on the vast majority of people freaking out from this, I do have one recommendation - tell him to turn off the network news 😉
     
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Lots of swaying on this cruise. Started feeling kinda nauseous. Of course it happened right in the middle of our lunch at Jamie's Italian. I stayed for the pics of dessert but didnt eat any of them.  The waiter was great and wrapped up some brand new ones for us to take back. 
     
    Attempting a nap with some dramamine. So far unsuccessful, but the nausea is going away.
     






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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in Coco Cay Beach Club   
    I'm on harmony now. I'll be there on Saturday in an overwater cabana. I'm posting pics in my thread in the live blog boards. Already posted the new map there
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    Ken23 reacted to monctonguy in Coronavirus and cruise from Shanghai   
    As for people saying its no big deal and 300,00 ppl a year die from the flu...well there must be a reason why this particular outbreak is concerning? Building 2 hospitals in 2 weeks, thousands of ppl infected in a couple weeks with this strain....and it concentrated in one large area....all reasons to be concerned and not be so flippant about it...
     
    All fun and games till it happens to you or someone you know....
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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    I’ll try to catch up.  Dinner at 150 was good. Kaitlyn loved then martini made table side. Shari and I had the mushroom soup brought over from chops and it was amazing again.  We were scheduled at 150 again on Friday but now have changed that night to CK.  Nothing wrong with it, but 150 just isn’t our favorite on this ship.
    After dinner it was off to One Sky.  The cast is tremendously talented!  The show itself is....well...not my cup of tea.  Guess I’m just an old guy who prefers something with a story to it.  Or something.  But again, the singing and dancing was amazingly good.  The props and stage changes are really good also. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do all that when Allan takes us backstage on Thursday!
    Couple of us had a little casino time after the show, others had pizza and drinks in the room.  
    Met Allan at 9 this morning to help him use that magic Genie elevator card.  He put us on the shuttle cart (which is brand new) to the suite beach. He raced us on foot to the beach.  Almost a tie but we weren’t as winded😂  The ladies spent a couple of hours in the water while I walked anc took pictures.  I’ll post some of those in a bit.  This is such a beautiful, relaxing place.
    Back on the ship around noon and hit Loco Fresh for lunch.  Pretty much all the Mexican fast food you want:  burritos, tacos, nachos...lots of fresh ingredients to “build your own” creation.  Enjoyed by all of us.
    The ladies are all napping now so I’m going to take the camera and explore. 





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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Got a few pics of Fine Line.  Those will have to wait until after I'm back home so I can sort through them better.
     
    After the show some of the group wanted pizza. I'm sorry sorrento's just isnt good. I hated pizza until I moved to jersey though.
     
    I went and got a Kraken Lava Flow. Oh man it was good. Then I rode up and down the elevator with the guy and his piano... it was a blast.
     
     

     
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Still not CK pics. But got pics before we ate this time. Formal night!
    MDR has been conistantly adequately satisfactory.
     
    Our 8 year old had her first meltdown after dinner. Had to take her up to the room for a stern talking to. We got things sorted out just in time for Fine Line

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    Ken23 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    The truth is, on our last SC cruise (Oasis) our Genie told us that we could have filet in the CK for every meal if we wanted it.  We just had to let them know ahead of time.  NotTHAT big a fan....
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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    @Andrew72681, I’m not sure I could even figure that out!  Maybe my 20 year old a can.  I’m actually amazed that Jack Daniels and I have been able to even do this much😂
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