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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Going to bump my old topic... why not? Not like anything new is happening...
     
    So here we are, a year later than this cruise.
     
    Right about now i would have been thinking about how great my 10 year anniversary was while wondering around an empty ship while everyone else is sleeping. (My 11th anniversary was great too but I'm not cruising 😭)
     
    It's pretty crazy thinking back. I remember starting to hear about the virus and thinking it was not big deal. Even crazier  we were docked next to Anthem at San Juan... That Anthem sailing was the exact sailing that got quarantined for possible exposure to the virus. 
     
    Tomorrow i get my second dose of the Vaccine. Exactly 1 year away from having an chance exposure. I won't go into the chaos that it has been working in the medical field but it has been stressful to say the least. I do really hope that this year marks us making moves to get this virus behind us.
     
    1 cruise canceled last year for my wife's 40th birthday (star class too /cry). Hopeful for my Halloween booking on Anthem this year! It's not showing as something you can book anymore though, so i'm sure that's not a good sign.
     
    Hope everyone is staying safe and sane! Hope i see everyone cruising soon!
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    I wish i was still on vacation.......

     
    Damn it didn't work!
     
    I am 100% having the back to reality blues.
     
    This was my first Royal Caribbean cruise but it won't be my last. I'm already planning my next cruise!
     
    While looking through pictures there were a couple things i didn't post that i wanted to mention.
     
    At port arrival a glitch in the system allowed the in-laws into the suite area even though they were not staying in a suite. We were able to have them stow away at the port and at the suite lounge until they got their physical sea passes. The app had them as sea or sky class even though they weren't.
     
    I am proud to say my 8 year old daughter ate steak EVERY night of the cruise! No matter where we were that was what she wanted. The only time she  was disappointed with the steak was at the windjammer. Her favorite was from Coastal Kitchen. I thought the beach club had the edge though.
     
    This was the first time i have ever really traveled with a group, I value family time vacations because i can be pretty busy and stressed out with work. It is really important to me to create lasting memories on trips, and i enjoy getting my wife and child to myself. Traveling with a group was a lot different and i think i made some mistakes. I thought staying in a suite would give us more time together, but juggling time with our travel mates and living the "suite life" was pretty difficult. Some of what i see as value in suite amenities was lost because no one else could use it and we were supposed to be all together.  We didn't even eat dinner at CK until night 4 and as soon as i tasted my food i wished we could have eaten there more. Little things like not sitting together at shows because i had to utilize the suite seating sections might have caused some tensions with my group. I am very used to a higher end experience when vacationing but i may have to really look at things differently if we are traveling with a group again in the future.
     
    Speaking of the higher end experience. Everything that was included with the suite perks were amazing. The concierge staff,  Mohamed and Jeremias were amazing.  They were extremely attentive and put in extra effort multiple times throughout the trip.  All of the staff knew us by name and it always felt very inviting. I really liked both of the main suite lounge bartenders as well,  Marlin was the man! I made sure to give them all extra praise in the survey.
     

     
    Even though i had a great time at the overwater cabana, I probably wouldn't get one again. There weren't a ton of offerings in the beach club for my daughter aside from swimming, and the weather wasn't the best for that. I felt she probably would have had a better time on the rest of Coco Cay. Sure we could have done some of that as well but then it would have taken time away from the cabana, which i wanted to experience. She'll be 10 by our next major cruise so maybe a waterpark cabana is in our future!
     
    Drink package and drinking: I'm torn on this one. I don't drink a lot normally, only on the weekend while socializing or special occasions. I drank a lot on the cruise, but i never over did it.  Staying in a suite on an oasis class ship i probably would have been fine without the drink package and just having beer and wine 11-11 in the suite lounge. The drink package did let me try a bunch of drinks i have never tried. Pretty sure there wasn't a single thing that i didnt like. I want to thank this board for suggesting the Kraken Lava Flow.  One of my favorite drinks on the cruise!
     
    I was also pretty happy that i could order 2 drinks i wasn't expecting to be available.  Port wine was available in the suite lounge, i did some research prior to cruising and didn't think I could get it. I tried a few other bars but came up short. The other drink was a Sake and Sake Bomb, it was not on the menu. I always order a Sake bomb and a bottle of Sake when i go to hibachi. They wouldn't let us use the chop sticks to balance the glass of sake though. Something about safety.  It was still pretty damn tasty though! Don't i look classy slamming the drink in my tie? lol...

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    The survey has been completed, the bags are unpacked, and  i'm depressed it's all over. 😥
     
    Thanks for reading everyone! Doing this blog was a lot of fun! I will be doing one again on my next cruise.
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Even though I miss the ship already, it's good to be home.
     
    We really missed the dogs and it looks like they missed us!


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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    You guys know I like the pics of spaces with hardly anyone in it.
     
    Here are some spots around Coco Cay that were pretty much empty.











     

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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Mini fridge had lots of goodies. Only the champagne on the top was extra.

     
    There was also a water cooler that lifted up.

    I took pics of everything lol, just haven't had time to post everything... damn voom is still slow.
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    I spotted a couple of the divers from fine line . Really cool people. Yeah that's a chicken sammich in my hand. Felt pretty chonky next to them

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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    You do not get to pick your cabana.
     
    I was in cabana 10, it was an end unit. The view was amazing from every angle. Perfect view of the beach club and completely unobstructed view of the ocean. There were multiple cabanas that were sunk back and would have seen the back of other cabanas. Those would have shielded a lot of wind though.
     
    We lucked out, you guys saw the forecast i posted a couple days ago... we did not get any rain at all.  But we did get 20+ mph winds. The cabana definitely is floating because she was a movin when there was waves.
     
    Back on board, they may be closing upper decks due to wind
     
     
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    My in law from florida freezing in 75 degree weather:

     
    Me:
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Last few for now




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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Current status: wishing i had another week.
     

     
     
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Coco Cay tomorrow! I'll probably do a full detailed Beach Club and Overwater Cabana write up some time after the cruise. I'll still post pics and a little something here.
     
    In the meantime  ive got some time to myself again, so I have claimed a suite deck cabana  to relax in. Here are the most recent maps of Coco Cay I have.
     

     
     

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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Then off to Izumi Habichi. And oh my god. The food, the entertainment, and sake were all top notch. I was seriously blown away... and completely stuffed! I highly recommend Izumi! Best hibachi for the experience hands down. They let us do Sake Bombs but we had to drop them in, that was disappointing but I can understand the rule. 



     
    Grandma was gracious enough to watch the kid for the night. So Off to rising tide, a few chocolate martinis for the wife and a few espresso martinis for me (no wonder I cant sleep) was a perfect night cap! We went back to the room for a bit ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) then closed down the suite deck jacuzzi. 

    Jackie was beat but I cant sleep so I explored the ship with noone on it. And got some amazing pics.
     
    I'll attempt to organize the next set of pics better. For now here is the port say at st maartin and the room decorations.


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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    No more pics today but saw 1887 it was great!
    The shows have all been amazing. 
    Since we stuffed ourselves at Jamie's at lunch we skipped the mdr. Went to Windjammer to go with a small meal... yeah i had 2 plates of Mongolian. Good thing I haven't been queasy half the day!  
     
    Tomorrow is the 10 year Anniversary!  First we have  St. Maarten, we have a tour booked just me and the wife. Daughter is going with nana (aunt) and grandma and the other 2 families.  This will be the first time we can actually spend just the 2 of us. 
     
    Then the vow renewal in our suite! Followed by 11 of us at the habichi table. 
     
    Going to be a great day!
     
     
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    I dont mind waiting too much I just add the pics and walk away. Aside from Taking pics and posting every once and a while I'm not using my phone
    Didnt get in much suite deck area time before the kid got bored. Might need to get grandma to watch her
     



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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from LewieE 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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