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  1. Thanks for an awesome blog and for assisting me to spiral further into depression. I appreciate you taking time to do this for all of us. Hopefully we will see more live blogs soon! I also admire your bravery in disagreeing with @Lovetocruise2002 on that filet. I live in Palm Springs and we have many tourists. When I’m asked where to get the best steak I always say the Coastal Kitchen - I’m too close to Canada, she may hear me. Glad you had a great cruise!
  2. As my more learned friends have already said, it’s a process to determine the point when paying more for Star makes sense. During the period of no cruising I have spent some time and developed an App that helps. You enter cabins, people, cost and then rate 31 categories, from 1 to 5, on how important they are to each person in your party. On the last page you hit enter and the App sends the Star request to your travel agent. Pretty easy...
  3. Yay! We are there on the 17th and 24th. Looking forward to meeting you
  4. I never know what the daily gratuity is since we’ve been sailing Star Class. I think it’s included in the bazillion dollar cruise fare
  5. Thanks for the great, entertaining trip! I’m so glad you had an amazing time.
  6. Entertainment: The entire group enjoyed everything we saw. (Almost). The singers, dancers, skaters, divers and other performers displayed amazing talent! The athletic ability of some of them will blow you away. Aqua 80’s was the best water show I have seen. I think the music and me being old helped make it that way. The headliners were good. I think I’ve already mentioned that Kaitlyn, Taylor and I returned for Stephanie Parker’s 2nd show the night she performed. Jeff Tracta has been around for awhile but we enjoyed his talent again. Jack Daniels and I returned for his 2nd show as well.
  7. Yay 28 days! I think we ate more this year in Coastal Kitchen than we did on Harmony. But we just found the food to be more to our liking this year. We haven’t been on the Anthem. Yet. I have no clue where those little apple pie flowers come from. I just found them in the suite. Everyday. Sometimes twice. When I had the apple pie in a dining venue it was a slice. Allan just made it happen
  8. The tortilla and egg things were Huevos Rancheros and the other is Crabcakes Benedict. Both ordered through the Genie for breakfast
  9. I apologize for the delay in finishing this. Hardly belongs on the “live blog” page now! It’s been a very busy return to work. Food: The ladies are the food experts, but I didn’t hear many complaints. All, or some of us, ate at Coastal Kitchen, Chops, 150, Giovanni, Izumi, Playmakers, Portside, Loco Fresh, Solarium Bistro, Sorrentos and even the Windjammer. I found all of the food to be good. 150 was not the favorite for any of us. Ive already described some of the meals so I’ll just hit some random thoughts. I still think the best food item ever served on a Royal
  10. Please tell him that Stacy, Taylor, Kaitlyn, Shari and Jim send our best and we miss him!
  11. Three words: Royal. Loft. Suite. They send someone up to dry your hair.
  12. Absolutely not! I told him you would be a wonderful family
  13. It’s getting real! Glad you made it safely. Can’t wait for you to meet Allan tomorrow. (We talked about you last week).
  14. So, @Lovetocruise2002, I have worked everyday since I departed the Oasis last Sunday. Finally I get a day off today and sat down to wrap up my blog. Then I see this, which of course I HAD to read. I’m looking forward to following along.
  15. One more Star Class tip for tonight. I sat in the front row aisle seat 5 times in the main theater. It was great. But if you sit there while you are seeing Cats, be rested and don’t yawn - because you will be eye to eye with a Cat. Or two.
  16. I said in the last post I would write about food next but I looked at my list and saw that Genie/Star Class was next on my list. Star Class: From the moment you check in at the purple banner until the moment you are abandoned curbside to find your own way home, this method of travel is simply the best. As I compare the 3 Star experiences there are differences by ship and of course by Genie. The differences by ship are, in my opinion, minor. Some allow lunch in the suite on day 1 and others don’t. Some take your luggage at night, others in the morning. Some will let you rent the Risi
  17. Tomorrow I’ll write about everyone’s favorite, the food. And although I’ll write more about the crew later, this picture i think sums up the attitude of the Oasis crew. (With the exception of the pool bartenders. ) When we returned to the ship in Falmouth this was the crew from the photo department. It wasn’t crowded at the time so they were chatting among themselves. As we walked by I turned my camera toward them and within a second they reacted like this. Not a word was spoken. This was a fun, classic moment.
  18. The Suite: I can’t say enough good things about the the tiny, cramped, barely inhabitable space they call the Royal Loft Suite I have only cruised on Oasis Class in a Crown Loft and the Royal Loft. I spent time in.a 2BR Auqua Suite last year with Shari and her family. I have “toured” the Star Loft and Panoramic suites on the Harmony. I guess it all depends on what kind of price you can find, how many in your party and just personal preference, but after 3 in a row in the RLS it would tough to do anything else. I know how spoiled that sounds, but it’s true. I have had several crew on di
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