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    bossdog421 got a reaction from JLMoran in The Genie Is Out of the Bottle – Our First Star Class Cruise – Oasis 9/20/2020   
    Oh yeah. I have the whole weeks meals mapped out as a placeholder. That is my only set in stone slot. Wish i didn't have to miss it last time.
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from JLMoran in The Genie Is Out of the Bottle – Our First Star Class Cruise – Oasis 9/20/2020   
    By September I'm thinking they wont have restrictions like that. Unless things kick up again in fall.
     
    This entire year is just a crapshoot when it comes to planning.
     
     
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    bossdog421 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in The Genie Is Out of the Bottle – Our First Star Class Cruise – Oasis 9/20/2020   
    Thank goodness for that!  Now don't forget the Filet in CK Night 1! 😉
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in The Genie Is Out of the Bottle – Our First Star Class Cruise – Oasis 9/20/2020   
    Oh yeah. I have the whole weeks meals mapped out as a placeholder. That is my only set in stone slot. Wish i didn't have to miss it last time.
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Skigoofy in The Genie Is Out of the Bottle – Our First Star Class Cruise – Oasis 9/20/2020   
    Itinerary
    Cape Liberty – Cruising – Port Canaveral - Perfect Day at CocoCay - Nassau – Cruising – Cape Liberty
     
    So, there are 2 negatives with this itinerary. First, it is the exact same ports as the cruise we booked next year. Second, we have been to all the ports already too. Both are not deal breakers by any means though.
     
    We used to live in Florida and the in-laws live there. We can still see them without them being there for the entire vacation! Win win! Still not sure what we are going to do in FL just yet, Space Coast or Disney most likely. Florida is somewhere we try to go every year, so this port makes a ton of sense. The stop at CocoCay may as well be an entirely new port to us. We had an overwater cabana when we were there Feb 1st and did not explore any other area outside of the beach club. Seems like the kind of place I wont mind going to multiple times, next year my daughter should be big enough to enjoy the waterpark too. Nassau is a different beast though. I did not enjoy it when we went before. We just walked to the straw market and I felt unsafe and harassed in a tourist trap. I think the plan this time is to do a day pass at Atlantis, my daughter will enjoy the aquariums and a resort is a more comfortable place to me. Being there next year could be an issue but we could always do a tour or something, plenty more to see.
     
     
    Stateroom
    The Ultimate Panoramic Suite - Stateroom# 14528 – A new star class suite that was added with the Oasis of the Seas amplification. It is a starboard side stateroom located in the forward section of the ship that offers amazing 200 degree panoramic views right from your bed. A 914 sqft stateroom is going to provide a ton of space to stretch our legs. We’ll also get plenty of exercise since its pretty far from the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen… Hope our genie has been keeping in shape during the lock down because the 2  Ultimate Panoramic Suites are the only star class staterooms that aren’t in the Aft of the ship as far as I know.
     

     
    These suites are located directly above the bridge wings. Which is what gives them the panoramic views. There are not a lot of write ups on these suites, I’m excited to post of pictures and details of something that isn’t well documented yet! (I loved being one of the first people in an overwater cabana after they opened. I’d like to think I did a good job documenting that experience!)
     
    Here is the floorplan of the suite from @Matt first look blog about the suite.
     

    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/10/30/first-look-the-ultimate-panoramic-suite-oasis-of-the-seas
     
    The unfortunate thing is there is no balcony. Good thing the suite deck is just a couple floors directly above us! It should be a fairly quite stateroom since there won’t be a lot above us, not sure if any of the solarium goes directly above this suite. It is kinda close to the kids club but not expecting a lot of noise there either.
     
    So that’s it for the opening posts! Can’t wait to get the star class questionnaire! Not sure how much planning I want to leave to the genie… I think I already have my entire weeks specialty dining mapped out.
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Cmblueyes in The Genie Is Out of the Bottle – Our First Star Class Cruise – Oasis 9/20/2020   
    This board has been a little light since everything has shut down. Since I wasn’t invited to the fake cruise, I figured I’d follow in @Lovetocruise2002  shoes and just start a blog a little early (I mean 5 months will be here in no time).


     
    Sorry if this is a bit wordier than the usual. Writing about and planning vacations helps calm me. I have been under an extreme amount of stress at work and this is my mental getaway.


     
    The basics!

    A 7-night cruise on the recently amplified Oasis of the Seas in the in an Ultimate Panoramic Suite, a new stateroom on the ship!


     
    The story!


     
    First start class cruise!!!  I hear that it is hard to go back to anything else after going star. I can see that how that happens because I had that issue with suites already. I am ready for the genie and looking forward to some food comas!

     
    For those that did not follow along with my last blog. I was on Harmony in January staying a Crown Loft for my 10 year anniversary. (might as well plug my blog from that one! https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/17626-we-still-do-%E2%80%93-vow-renewal-on-harmony-12620-%E2%80%93-2220/ ).  We had a blast and booked a next cruise on board. That next cruise isn’t this cruise (oh boy I might be addicted to Royal Caribbean, cruising seems to be my new preferred vacation type!). The cruise in January ended with a big scare, we were docked next to Anthem in San Juan and it was quarantined when it returned due to a Covid scare. Pretty [email protected]   was affected by that delay. I got pretty sick about 2 weeks after that cruise, but testing was not very available at the time.  Seems fairly common to catch something on a cruise even if there isn’t a global pandemic happening.


     
    I work in healthcare, so I’m no stranger to health issues. Every single day since I have been back has been nonstop and has gotten progressively more stressful. I am just completely exhausted and I need another vacation for sure… So I started looking at cruise! I was floored by how low some of the prices were… I mean it’s understandable that there is a lot of uncertainty right now, so booking vacations isn’t on a lot of people’s radar at the moment. I had my eye on a July cruise for a similarly great deal, while I am confident we will be more back to “normal” by then it’s just too close to take the chance. A September sailing provides us with a bit more peace of mind even though we will be pulling our daughter out of school again. September this year gives us another reason to celebrate to!  It is my wife’s birthday, and it is a big one! She preferred that I called it the 10th anniversary of her 30th birthday 😊. We are going to celebrate my 40th on board too even though it is this week. My birthday is cancelled due to social distancing ☹


     
    This time things will be different. First, it’s just me, my wife, and my daughter. No in-laws or other friends coming with us. This is going to be a good and bad thing. The good side is we will be able to take advantage of our suite and star class perks more since we wont have to worry about our other travel mates that are in different cabin categories (no MDR this cruise!). I also don’t have to share my wife and kid, making memorable vacations with just the 3 of us is extremely important to me. The bad side is that our daughter won’t have any friends on board. We are really hoping that she takes to the kids club this time. Second difference is, we are leaving from Jersey! No flight, no hotel needed, just an Uber or a friend to drop us off and we are on board! Third, Star class baby!!! So excited for this! Nothing wrong with sky class at all, but yeah… STAR CLASS!

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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Skigoofy in The Genie Is Out of the Bottle – Our First Star Class Cruise – Oasis 9/20/2020   
    This board has been a little light since everything has shut down. Since I wasn’t invited to the fake cruise, I figured I’d follow in @Lovetocruise2002  shoes and just start a blog a little early (I mean 5 months will be here in no time).


     
    Sorry if this is a bit wordier than the usual. Writing about and planning vacations helps calm me. I have been under an extreme amount of stress at work and this is my mental getaway.


     
    The basics!

    A 7-night cruise on the recently amplified Oasis of the Seas in the in an Ultimate Panoramic Suite, a new stateroom on the ship!


     
    The story!


     
    First start class cruise!!!  I hear that it is hard to go back to anything else after going star. I can see that how that happens because I had that issue with suites already. I am ready for the genie and looking forward to some food comas!

     
    For those that did not follow along with my last blog. I was on Harmony in January staying a Crown Loft for my 10 year anniversary. (might as well plug my blog from that one! https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/17626-we-still-do-%E2%80%93-vow-renewal-on-harmony-12620-%E2%80%93-2220/ ).  We had a blast and booked a next cruise on board. That next cruise isn’t this cruise (oh boy I might be addicted to Royal Caribbean, cruising seems to be my new preferred vacation type!). The cruise in January ended with a big scare, we were docked next to Anthem in San Juan and it was quarantined when it returned due to a Covid scare. Pretty [email protected]   was affected by that delay. I got pretty sick about 2 weeks after that cruise, but testing was not very available at the time.  Seems fairly common to catch something on a cruise even if there isn’t a global pandemic happening.


     
    I work in healthcare, so I’m no stranger to health issues. Every single day since I have been back has been nonstop and has gotten progressively more stressful. I am just completely exhausted and I need another vacation for sure… So I started looking at cruise! I was floored by how low some of the prices were… I mean it’s understandable that there is a lot of uncertainty right now, so booking vacations isn’t on a lot of people’s radar at the moment. I had my eye on a July cruise for a similarly great deal, while I am confident we will be more back to “normal” by then it’s just too close to take the chance. A September sailing provides us with a bit more peace of mind even though we will be pulling our daughter out of school again. September this year gives us another reason to celebrate to!  It is my wife’s birthday, and it is a big one! She preferred that I called it the 10th anniversary of her 30th birthday 😊. We are going to celebrate my 40th on board too even though it is this week. My birthday is cancelled due to social distancing ☹


     
    This time things will be different. First, it’s just me, my wife, and my daughter. No in-laws or other friends coming with us. This is going to be a good and bad thing. The good side is we will be able to take advantage of our suite and star class perks more since we wont have to worry about our other travel mates that are in different cabin categories (no MDR this cruise!). I also don’t have to share my wife and kid, making memorable vacations with just the 3 of us is extremely important to me. The bad side is that our daughter won’t have any friends on board. We are really hoping that she takes to the kids club this time. Second difference is, we are leaving from Jersey! No flight, no hotel needed, just an Uber or a friend to drop us off and we are on board! Third, Star class baby!!! So excited for this! Nothing wrong with sky class at all, but yeah… STAR CLASS!

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    bossdog421 got a reaction from PRebecca in The One with the In-Laws - Oasis Star Class - 2/23/2020   
    I'm on oasis in Sept. Staying in UPS, totally asking for a soft pretzel to see what happens.
     
    Thanks for the blog! 
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    bossdog421 reacted to codyh21 in Crew changing when things resume?   
    I agree there will be likely even more stringent testing/processes for new and returning crew as a condition of employment.  Whether it's a crew member or a guest, Royal (or any line for that matter) can't afford to have anyone board a ship if they're infected or showing symptoms.  The bad press alone would be enough to do some of them in.
    I was having a conversation with a friend last night, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the cruise lines at least initially sail with MANY less passengers.  I could see as little as 50-60% potentially over what would normally sail, depending on whatever that "break-even" point is for them.  Whatever that number is, it would not require nearly as many staff as previously needed.  I hate the thought of many crew not being brought back on board, but I think that's going to have to be the way forward for the foreseeable future.
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    bossdog421 reacted to mworkman in Crew changing when things resume?   
    I would imagine for health reasons going forward, crew would have to have completed a medical examination days prior to departing their home, and under go quarantine process once onboard prior to ships resuming a somewhat normal schedule.
    Once the quarantine process has been completed, that would give time for crew to train or retrain prior to us boarding.
     
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    bossdog421 reacted to danv3 in Crew changing when things resume?   
    They're going to need a lot less crew for the reduced passenger loads (and some ships likely won't be sailing anyway) so I think there will be enough experienced crew to go around.
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    bossdog421 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Crew changing when things resume?   
    I think this is a legitimate concern.  Once ships divest themselves of most of their crew, they will have to re-populate the staff before resuming sailings. Unless they are able to rehire experienced staff that have worked together before, it could be a hodgepodge of inexperienced crew that will need time to become cohesive teams.  Who knows who will be healthy and/or available to come back on board ?  It could be a rocky restart.
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Crew changing when things resume?   
    From what I've read the crews do pretty long tours on the ships. Some still seem to be on board even as things aren't running.
     
    How seemless do you think service quailty will be when things resume? Layoffs and furloughs are likely to effect employee retention. Guess I'm worried there may be a lot of unseasoned crew.
     
    Cruise lines are taking huge hits, how they rebound as things open back up will be critical to passenger experiences .
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from PRebecca in Booked Star Class! Oasis Ultimate Panoramic Suite! Questions...   
    I already read all of  @betatke1480  blog... I'm totally asking for a soft pretzel to see what happens.
     
    While i have the attention of a few SC regulars here... I know this question has already been asked but instead of what's included, since it's a large list, what isn't included with SC?
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from PRebecca in Booked Star Class! Oasis Ultimate Panoramic Suite! Questions...   
    Thanks! We have received tons of local support and have been feeling the love!
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from PRebecca in Booked Star Class! Oasis Ultimate Panoramic Suite! Questions...   
    Yeah I'm excited. First time booking Star Class! For those that didn't follow along, i was just on Harmony in January for my 10 year wedding anniversary  and did a live blog here it was a blast!  That was our only other RCCL cruise and had a great time in our Sky Class Loft. Gotta say i was totally jealous watching those genies zip around for other groups. I knew i was going to book one just not this soon!  Seeing some of these prices I just couldn't pass up the deal... seriously not even taking into account that i wont need flights this time its about half the cost of my last cruise and it's STAR CLASS and we can now celebrate wifes 4.... i mean 30th birthday! ( i get to celebrate too my 40th is next week but canceled due to covid)
     
    This room looks like it's a newer addition as part of the amplification.  It looks amazing. Has anyone here had the opportunity to stay in one of these rooms? Only 2 things are concerning me. First is no balcony. Obviously  this is made up for with the insane views, just a couple floors up and we got the suite deck anyways. Second is how far it is from the suite lounge / the rest of the star class suites. From what i can tell about the deck plans EVERY other star class suite is aft. I have no issues walking across the ship to get to coastal kitchen (i plan on being more #teamCK this time but now i'll have specialty dining included so still going to be limited, no MDR at all this time!)  a couple nights but I'm slightly worried about genie access with it being so disconnected for the rest of the star suites.  Any input on either of those items would be appreciated.
     
    I am ready for a vacation! Working in healthcare int he middle of all this craziness is exhausting!  A September sailing seems like a pretty safe bet.
     
    @Lovetocruise2002 Too early to start a live blog @ 5 months out?? 😏 . I upgraded my phone so I plan on taking a ton of pictures again!
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    bossdog421 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in And just like that rebooked! Thank you John from MEI!   
    WOOHOO !!!!  Love me some Michelle !!
    What ship....what suite ?
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    bossdog421 reacted to RCIfan1912 in And just like that rebooked! Thank you John from MEI!   
    Awesome news! More detailed information would be great, ship, cruise destination and suite type. 
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    bossdog421 reacted to RCIfan1912 in And just like that rebooked! Thank you John from MEI!   
    Awesome, same cruise we are doing. Never been to the ports other than Port Canaveral of course. Looking forward to Coco Cay. We are staying on the ship in Nassau. 
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    bossdog421 reacted to RCIfan1912 in And just like that rebooked! Thank you John from MEI!   
    Yeah a guy I work with has been there multiple times on a cruise and he said if you don't have a specific excursion then just stay on the ship. He said its not a place you want to just get off the ship and walk around. I kinda knew that but this was first hand experience. I checked the excursions and nothing jumped out to me and most were very expensive. I never stayed on the ship in port and I think it would be fun to be on the ship with 50% less people. 
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in And just like that rebooked! Thank you John from MEI!   
    Went to Nassau when i was on a Disney cruise, we walked to the straw market. I did not have a good time. I think my daughter would like Atlantis, at least the aquarium, so we'll probably go do that. I found exploring on our own at a strange port that i do not have a lot of fun.
     
    I went a bit overboard last time at Coco Cay and was in an overwater cabana. It was great but we didnt get a chance to see a lot of the other parts of the island.  Can't wait to explore more (going to be a lot warmer too)
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Booked Star Class! Oasis Ultimate Panoramic Suite! Questions...   
    Thanks! We have received tons of local support and have been feeling the love!
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Booked Star Class! Oasis Ultimate Panoramic Suite! Questions...   
    Yeah I'm excited. First time booking Star Class! For those that didn't follow along, i was just on Harmony in January for my 10 year wedding anniversary  and did a live blog here it was a blast!  That was our only other RCCL cruise and had a great time in our Sky Class Loft. Gotta say i was totally jealous watching those genies zip around for other groups. I knew i was going to book one just not this soon!  Seeing some of these prices I just couldn't pass up the deal... seriously not even taking into account that i wont need flights this time its about half the cost of my last cruise and it's STAR CLASS and we can now celebrate wifes 4.... i mean 30th birthday! ( i get to celebrate too my 40th is next week but canceled due to covid)
     
    This room looks like it's a newer addition as part of the amplification.  It looks amazing. Has anyone here had the opportunity to stay in one of these rooms? Only 2 things are concerning me. First is no balcony. Obviously  this is made up for with the insane views, just a couple floors up and we got the suite deck anyways. Second is how far it is from the suite lounge / the rest of the star class suites. From what i can tell about the deck plans EVERY other star class suite is aft. I have no issues walking across the ship to get to coastal kitchen (i plan on being more #teamCK this time but now i'll have specialty dining included so still going to be limited, no MDR at all this time!)  a couple nights but I'm slightly worried about genie access with it being so disconnected for the rest of the star suites.  Any input on either of those items would be appreciated.
     
    I am ready for a vacation! Working in healthcare int he middle of all this craziness is exhausting!  A September sailing seems like a pretty safe bet.
     
    @Lovetocruise2002 Too early to start a live blog @ 5 months out?? 😏 . I upgraded my phone so I plan on taking a ton of pictures again!
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Momof4crazytocruise in And just like that rebooked! Thank you John from MEI!   
    So Michelle at MEI was great. Took care of all of my complicated issues and I'm booked.
     
    Star class in 5 months!
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from coneyraven in And just like that rebooked! Thank you John from MEI!   
    Thanks for this thread!
     
    I am working with this company now to change a booking i had for next year to this year!
     
    Also looks like I'll be doing my first STAR class cruise! ⭐🌟⭐
     
    Don't want to jinx it but i really hope i can get everything transferred smoothly.
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