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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   
    Here are a few more pictures from the items in our room when we arrived.  Each of our preferred drinks.  Ranger cookies for Taylor.  Graduation cake for the Dr.  Birthday cake for the twins.  Gifts for everyone. 
    And we have already asked for adoption papers for our room steward.  Her name is, sing along now, G. L. O. R. I. A.  GLOR-I-A!!!.  Her assistant is Iwayan.  Pictures of these two sweethearts will follow.






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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   
    Good morning, it’s day 2..This blogging thing that some of you make look so easy, isn’t!  I’m still learning how to transfer pictures from the camera and my phone to the IPad.  Also still figuring out how to actually post them.  I should have it all mastered by day 7😁  So back to yesterday.  We took an Uber from Staybridge Suites at MIA to the port. 5 people, 5 suitcases, $30.  At Terminal A we got out and walked the last 200 yards because it was faster!  Gave our names at the Star Class kiosk and we were whisked upstairs to the lounge. The checked us in and called for Allan  This all took about 10 minutes.  Plenty of drinks and snacks were there.  Super Mario was definitely the celebrity in the room! Taylor immediately began her quest to eat her weight in Ranger cookies.  Allan took us and one other family immediately on the ship and into the suite lounge.  We were on deck 17 eating more snacks 20 minutes after getting out of the car an it was still only 1040am  Allan pulled me aside to explain that he was making sure all of his welcome surprises were ready in the room.  After 10 minutes he escorted us to the room and I found out how fun and creative he is!  From gifts to jokes to cakes he did an amazing job of welcoming our family  We hung out in the suite for a little and then ventured out to Playmakers for lunch  i believe we ordered all of the appetizers.  Our waiter, Djuro from Bosnia, was amazing!  Today is his niece’s 4th birthday.  His mother back home grows all of her own vegetables.  He appreciates his parents more now that he’s older.  You think we had some time to chat??😂  This is one of th great things about cruising - the interaction with others from such diverse and different backgrounds.  This young man was just great fun to talk with.  And, according to the bevy I’m cruising with he’s not too hard to look at either!
     
     
     



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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’m downloading pictures now from my camera and then will post some of them.  I think I only took 275 or so since we boarded.  
    We had lunch at Playmakers.  Maybe a star class tip here:  it was empty.  Pretty much had it to ourselves.  We sampled almost everything and it was all good.  
    The suite is amazing, as always.  
    We have met with Allan now several times.  I’m impressed!  Just the things waiting in our room showed creativity and humor.  I think this will be a very good week!
    And for the M&M gang - we had M&M’s in the room😂
     

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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   
    So I started this whole thing by quoting Garth Brooks.  Tonight it’s Tom T. Hall.  Y’all sing it with me...”I was sitting in Miami, pouring blended whiskey down..”. And I did.😁  Lots more to share about today, including our shuttle to the hotel with the most talkative and funny guy every.  We are now tucked into our two bedroom place at the Staybridge Suites which is comfy and ok for the 5 of us.  We’re all ready for some sleep and ready to be on the ship!  We are due to meet Allan at 10:15 to begin the food and fun frenzy!  Thanks for coming along.
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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   
    Welcome to Dallas!  One step closer. By my standards in was an excellent flight - we had an equal number of take offs and landings.  I watched a “free” movie that AA had, Angel has Fallen.  Action flick with probably 3000 rounds fired, bodies everywhere and lots of blood.  Having served nearly 8 years in the White House I can confirm it portrays a typical day in the life of a Secret Service agent. 😂😂 Had a gentleman fall ill about 30 minutes out of Dallas so we were met by paramedics at the gate. He appeared to be not too serious and left under his own power. As luck would have it he was seated next to Katie so he had his own private nurse until we landed.  Had lunch at Friday’s and are now waiting to board the flight  to Miami. More from Miami in a couple of hours!


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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 got these two guys for Taylor when they were really tiny. They would go to sleep in her lap. Now she has grown and moved away. And they have grown into big old ugly goats that I feed everyday. That’s the story @WAAAYTOOO. Say hello to Sammy and Oreo. You can guess which is which. 

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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   
    Well it is almost time to get this party started for real!  In 15 hours we will hopefully depart Palm Springs, Ca aboard the always wonderful American Airlines. I decided to take the day off today to wrap up last minute “stuff.”  Did some cleaning so our house sitter won’t know how we live. 😀  Went to get hay for our two Tennessee Fainting goats. Yeah, really, two goats.  Then I sat down to check in all five us for our flights tomorrow.  Nothing tougher than getting M&M’s on the Oasis except maybe doing that 5 person check in!  I think it took longer than tomorrow’s flight to Dallas will.Then just to make sure that i am super impressed with the food on Oasis, I had a frozen Stouffer’s meat loaf for lunch!  I’m all packed and ready for an 0430 departure from the house in the morning.
    Stacy and Kaitlyn are out getting their nails done.  Taylor is still at work for another couple hours.  We will meet the twin at the airport in the morning.  I’m going to relax now with a Jack/7 and let the 3 dogs, 3 cats and the two fainting boys know that were leaving them behind for a bit.  But they’ll be in good hands.
    I will email Allan once more tonight for any final updates. I’m glad some of you are going to follow along on the trip, it’ll make it more fun to be able to share it.  Tomorrow I’ll begin posting much more often and with pictures.  I know you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting for someone to post a picture of another airport.😂  It’s almost time to ‘Slip on Down.....”
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    Ken23 reacted to melmar02 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Fresca is a Coke product though, so this shouldn't be an issue. 

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    Ken23 reacted to Pookie in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    And all this talk of not getting our way with M & Ms, makes me want to ask for absurd stuff like this🤓:

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    Ken23 reacted to teddy in Charge for what used to be self service   
    I sent a bag out on the second to last day of my first cruise last week.   It came the last day.  Now I have clean clothes for this cruise. 
     
    All you can stuff in the bag was $35
     
    thats kinda splitting hairs after paying for two cruises. 
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    Ken23 reacted to CruisingKitty in Charge for what used to be self service   
    Really?! Aren't you on vacation? Stuff as much as the plastic laundry bag will hold for a flat rate price and it all comes back clean and folded for you. That's a deal in my book.  I'm not bring laundry detergent...sitting with my clothes....guarding then against walking away...etc.  Get the picture? It's a Win Win in my book! I love this service and use it every cruise.
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    Ken23 reacted to TXcruzer in Charge for what used to be self service   
    You must be confused with your cruise lines, Royal has never had self service laundromats (at least not in the 20 years I have been using their ships)
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    Ken23 reacted to AnnetteJackson in Coronavirus and cruise from Shanghai   
    Ken,
    Many times when things are in limbo we advise that you wait until the cruise lines make a policy.  If you try to move before that you could miss out on the offerings they give to others booked on the same cruise.  It can be frustrating to wait for them to decide, but it is the best plan.
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    That's identical to what my pricing is. Overwaters Cabanas were 1499 when I scored mine and then  jumped up to 1649.
     
    Very excited to be one of the first in one. Cabanas are well worth it to me when it comes to how I enjoy a beach day!
     
    Current cruise status report: nap on the balcony before formal night
     
     

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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    We are having a blast and the weather is amazing!
    Daughter was too short for flow rider. After some convincing I got her to go down the water slides. She loved them, i got 4 rotations in the bowl too. Tips from the lifeguard helped!
     
    Daughter won the jackpot in the ticket machine too.
     



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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Got our letter with the overwater cabana info. Cabana 10! Not until Saturday though


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    Ken23 reacted to Andrew S. in Coronavirus and cruise from Shanghai   
    Dear Ken23, 
    If you have new information please let me know. And thanks in advance.
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    Ken23 reacted to JLMoran in Useful weather tool for planning clothing / packing   
    Found a really useful site to get historical average weather conditions for a given month -- weatherspark.com. It covers every single place I'll be visiting on my Iceland & Greenland cruise, including the Prinz Christian Sund waterway that we'll be traveling through when we leave Qaqortoq.
    You can view the average data for an entire month, and it gives a ton of useful information -- high-low temperature range, hours of daylight (useful in the far north!), average rainfall chance and total over the month, average wind speed and direction (hugely useful in a place like Prinz Christian Sund, where we're standing on deck much of the day observing the scenery and need to dress warmly enough), average water temp (I remember @twangster's comment about how, absent any major land nearby, ambient air temp is driven by the water temp), and more.
    This just made planning our wardrobe and what layers to pack a lot easier! Figured I'd share since I know there are others here who've been trying to figure out what to pack for a cruise that changes climates, and visits variable climates, kind of quickly over a few days.
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    I haven't felt this stress free in a long time and we haven't even left yet!

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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Concierge is Jeremias and Mohamed . Haven't met them yet though.
     
    Here are some pics of 1702. The obstruction is there but I dont think it's an issue at all.
     
     







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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    So far this is a full on live blog. In the Suite lounge!

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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Made it Country Inn and Suites Port Canveral. Room is pretty nice. In laws in route with some cuban sandwhiches too. I'm more excited by these sandwhiches than the cruise food!
     
    Doesnt look like this hotel has a bar though, going to need to take a trip out for beers and icecream!

     



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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Leaving Jersey. Cant wait to get outta here! Foggy, rainy and cold

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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Semi live blog, we’ll see how that works out!
     
    10 days to go!!! Crown Loft Suite - Deck 17
     
    Day 1 - Port Canaveral 😊
    Day 2 - Sea Day – Ship stuff – formal night, main dining anniversary celebration planned by TA
    Day 3 - Sea Day
    Day 4 - St. Maarten (Anniversary Day!) – Island tour, vow renewal in our suite, Izumi Hibachi, After Party
    Day 5 - San Juan – Beach Day
    Day 6 – Sea Day
    Day 7 - Coco Cay – Overwater Cabana Booked!!!
    Day 8 - ☹
     
    This will be our second cruise and we will be celebrating out 10th Anniversary on this cruise. Myself, my wife and our 8 year old daughter are in a Crown Loft Suite, My sister in law and mother in law, and 2 other families that we are friends. 11 People total with 3 kids all 8 years old. Since we have the grandma on board so looks like we might have some good child care options for the kids! (not sure if grandma knows that yet though lol)
     
    We are flying out of Newark, NJ the day before into Orlando and staying at a hotel near the port. We used to live in Florida so we are very familiar with the areas. I only care about 1 thing at the port, I needs me a Cuban Sandwich. You just can’t get good Cuban food in Jersey.
     
    We put in a bid to Royal Up to a 2 bedroom aqua theater suite, that would catapult us into Star Class but I’m not going to get my hopes up too much on that! (but a guy can wish right?)
     
    Things I am most excited for to:
    ·         The 10 year celebration! We are planning to do a vow renewal. I wish some of my family was able to attend but it just wasn’t in the cards. My sister in law is going to host the service and it looks like we will be having it in our suite.
     
    ·         The overwater cabana! We booked an overwater cabana for our Perfect Day at Coco Cay. It looks like we will be one of the first to get to experience this. Expect lots of pictures! (They are supposed to be opening these up on Jan 31st and we are there Feb second… hope it’s ready in time!!)
     
    ·         Sailing with friends and family! This is going to be great. We should get lots of “adult time” with other people. Our last cruise was just the 3 of us on a Disney Cruise. It was our best family vacation ever but it’s going to be great to experience a cruise with friends on board.
     
    ·         The “suite life”! We were ruined years ago when we upgraded to a concierge experience on one of our vacations, now we can only travel like this. We take full advantage of the perks and it really does add to our enjoyment.
     
    I am an extreme over planner. Vacations are my jam. I have a bunch of activities already planned out. To make sure we see as much as possible I have been working on a scavenger hunt that will send us out in teams to take pictures of stuff and activities around the ship. I am very excited about this.
     
    So what are some must see things for Harmony? Let’s hear them!
     
    Now I just need to finish my vows…
    Here's the invite my wife made to send to everyone traveling with us.
     

     
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