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    We just got the rejection email now. 
     
    6:10 pm the night before
     
    Best part?   We’re still boarding Adventure tomorrow morning. 🙂
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    Insomnia sucks! Since I cant go to sleep here are pics of my dogs. Getting worried about them more and more when we leave. Our oldest skye is 15. They dont have an issue with sleep 



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    bossdog421 reacted to Galveston Steve in Carolyn Kraft   
    I’m on Enchantment of the Seas right now as well. I have a different perspective.
    Tuesday afternoon a 600 foot tanker ran into an 80 foot fishing boat at the entrance to the Houston-Galveston Ship Channel. 1 person confirmed dead, 1 person in the hospital. The Coast Guard abandoned the search for two other missing crew members today and they are presumed dead. The crew of the Pappy’s Pride fishing boat and their families are having a horrible week, much worse than I ever hope you or I have. I’m happy to be enjoying time on a cruise ship with my family this week.
    Due to this tragedy there has been NO ship traffic in or out of the ports of Houston, Galveston, or Texas City since Tuesday afternoon.  The economic impact of shutting down tanker and other ship traffic in this area is staggering. 
    After Enchantment waited offshore all day, the Coast Guard was gracious enough to allow her into port Wednesday afternoon as she passed within yards of the wreckage site at a very slow speed while the responders were still securing the wrecked vessel, controlling the environmental damage, and searching for two missing human beings.
    After waiting all last night and all day today, Enchantment was escorted out of port this afternoon in heavy fog with two pilot boats off our bow to ensure we safely traversed the fog. I was deeply moved as we passed the crash site at a very slow speed so as not to disturb the small fleet of boats and the crane platform that were continuing the recovery operation in the channel. 
    Enchantment of the Seas was the ONLY ship allowed to come in or out of the area since Tuesday afternoon. Then Carnival Dream was finally allowed in this evening after she waited offshore all day. As of this moment the area remains closed to all other ship traffic. Only a few small service boats have been allowed in the area.
    Royal Caribbean provided text and email updates about every two hours yesterday as we waited to learn when we could board. Enchantment’s captain provided several updates last night after we boarded, and several more updates throughout the day today. There was little information that they could provide because they had no control over the weather or the tragic situation in the Galveston Jetties, but they checked in with us regularly to let us know they were communicating with authorities and trying to get us underway. They also did not offer false hope or speculation  because they knew the situation was fluid and telling us one thing and then changing their story would have drawn much criticism.
    We’re now underway to Cozumel and I’ve been having a great time, all things considered. I’ve used my cell phone as a tool to find out as much as I could about what was happening with our situation, much of which is spelled out above.
    May God bless the crew of Pappy’s Pride and their families. May those who perished Rest In Peace. 
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Big Tule 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Luv2Travel in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Insomnia sucks! Since I cant go to sleep here are pics of my dogs. Getting worried about them more and more when we leave. Our oldest skye is 15. They dont have an issue with sleep 



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    bossdog421 reacted to Es26 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Love your scavenger hunt idea!  Congrats on your anniversary...good luck with the Royal up bid 🤞🏻🤞🏻
    you are sailing with the best Cruise Director, Marc Walker.  He’ll enjoy posing for pictures with you for the scavenger hunt.
    Have a great cruise.
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Neesa in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Insomnia sucks! Since I cant go to sleep here are pics of my dogs. Getting worried about them more and more when we leave. Our oldest skye is 15. They dont have an issue with sleep 



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    bossdog421 got a reaction from monctonguy in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Insomnia sucks! Since I cant go to sleep here are pics of my dogs. Getting worried about them more and more when we leave. Our oldest skye is 15. They dont have an issue with sleep 



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    bossdog421 got a reaction from JohnK6404 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Insomnia sucks! Since I cant go to sleep here are pics of my dogs. Getting worried about them more and more when we leave. Our oldest skye is 15. They dont have an issue with sleep 



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    bossdog421 got a reaction from CFL in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Here is my current draft of the scavenger hunt. If anyone has any ideas I'm up for adding more!
     
     
    Harmony of the Seas Scavenger Hunt


     
    Get out there and explore the ship to win the grand prize!


     
    Rules

    ·         To participate each group is to buy an item around $20 from the ship. Winner gets all the items. 2nd place gets the item the winner bought. If there is a tie all items are split to the winners. Points will be tallied when we are back on the ship day 7.

    ·         Your group is everyone in your stateroom

    ·         Pictures only! Be respectful, people watching pics should be done with them in the background or after asking permission to take a picture!

    ·         1 point per item unless noted


     
    Things around the ship:

    o   3 different food menus

    o   Each letter of your last name from the signs around the ship ( no repeat pics for the same letter)

    o   A picture of our ship and another docked from the shore

    o   A parade

    o   Life Preserver

    o   Find the grass area for service animals

    o   Bartender mixing a drink

    o   Someone playing a piano

    o   A performer in a full costume with a mask on 

    o   A Statue

    o   A picture of the room numbers for all these rooms – 8729 -3180 -10500 -14330

    o   A Gnome

    o   Ice Cream Cone

    o   Another Cruise Ship

    o   The fortune teller

    o   A Chef

    o   Bird on the ship (not flying)

    o   Park Bench

    o   A Long Line

    o   A dog on the ship

    o   Casino chip

    o   A Green Chair

    o   A model of the cruise ship

    o   Palm Tree

    o   A Sea Shell

    o   A Decorated Stateroom Door

    o   A plastic fish

    o   The Wake of the Ship

    o   Towel Animal

    o   A Sunrise or sunset

    o   Ship Flag

    o   Animal shape made from ice or food

    o   Purple flower

    o   Something with the name of the ship on it


     
    People Watching

    o   Someone on your team sleeping in the middle of the day

    o   Someone Ice Skating – +2 points if it’s someone on your team

    o   The Captain - +3 points if someone on your team is in the picture

    o   Cruise Director - +3 points if someone on your team is in the picture

    o   Someone wiping out on the Flowrider - +3 points if the person is on your team

    o   One of your teammates exiting the Abyss

    o   Someone on the Zipline – +3 points if it’s someone on your team

    o   Someone on your team climbing the rock wall

    o   A dolphin

    o   A Conga Line

    o   Two people with matching shirts

    o   Someone else taking a photo

    o   Each member of your team with a different drink (group or solo pics. No same drinks in any picture)

    o   Someone eating a cookie

    o   A member of your team in a pool -

    o   Someone on your team playing minigolf

    o   One of your team using exercise equipment

    o   Someone not in your group making out  

    o   A team member on the carousel

    o   A team member winning on a slot machine

    o   Someone from your team in the ocean

    o   Someone in extremely casual clothes in the middle of formal dressed people on a formal night

    o   Big mustache

    o   Someone with big hair

    o   A stranger carrying more than one drink with their hands (+2 points for each drink past 2) – No crew members!

    o   A guy wearing a banana hammock

    o   Anyone in a t-back bathing suit

    o   A plumbers crack

    o   An overly “busty” women (no team members 😛 )

    o   A super hairy guy with no shirt on

    o   Someone sunbathing with their top untied or off

    o   Someone with a bad sunburn

    o   Someone on your team noticeably drunk (+2 point for video)

    o   Someone dancing inappropriately (+2point for video)

    o   One of the 2 single people cruising with us flirting with a man

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    bossdog421 got a reaction from CFL 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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    bossdog421 got a reaction from Floski in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    I'll be posting a room review afterwards but for those that are interested i'm in Crown Loft Suite  1702. It's a partially obstructed view but it was about much less than the normal ocean view suite  and the same price as the interior facing Crown lofts. I researched it and it doesn't seem the obstruction is anything to worry about. It's directly next to Coastal Kitchen, so breakfast should be nice and close!
     

    As stated in the opening post I entered a Royal Up bid on a 2 Bedroom Aquatheater Suite (Star Class🤩 ). For those that want to follow the bid process...  $730 pp ($1460 total) was on the top end of a weak bid. Those rooms are very limited so I'm not getting my hopes up. The cost of the upgrade would almost be budget neutral when you take out the drink packages and prepaid gratuities.  I probably should have bid more but I don't want to push my budget too much more than i already have.
     
    Oh man a genie would really just make some additional magic though! 🧞‍♀️. Guessing i won't get my rejection message until the day before sailing. I just want some closure!!!
     
     
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    bossdog421 reacted to nhilding10 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Congratulations on the Vow Renewal, my family will be on this cruise as well, hope to see you guys around and celebrate! 🙂 
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    bossdog421 got a reaction from JLMoran in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Here is my current draft of the scavenger hunt. If anyone has any ideas I'm up for adding more!
     
     
    Harmony of the Seas Scavenger Hunt


     
    Get out there and explore the ship to win the grand prize!


     
    Rules

    ·         To participate each group is to buy an item around $20 from the ship. Winner gets all the items. 2nd place gets the item the winner bought. If there is a tie all items are split to the winners. Points will be tallied when we are back on the ship day 7.

    ·         Your group is everyone in your stateroom

    ·         Pictures only! Be respectful, people watching pics should be done with them in the background or after asking permission to take a picture!

    ·         1 point per item unless noted


     
    Things around the ship:

    o   3 different food menus

    o   Each letter of your last name from the signs around the ship ( no repeat pics for the same letter)

    o   A picture of our ship and another docked from the shore

    o   A parade

    o   Life Preserver

    o   Find the grass area for service animals

    o   Bartender mixing a drink

    o   Someone playing a piano

    o   A performer in a full costume with a mask on 

    o   A Statue

    o   A picture of the room numbers for all these rooms – 8729 -3180 -10500 -14330

    o   A Gnome

    o   Ice Cream Cone

    o   Another Cruise Ship

    o   The fortune teller

    o   A Chef

    o   Bird on the ship (not flying)

    o   Park Bench

    o   A Long Line

    o   A dog on the ship

    o   Casino chip

    o   A Green Chair

    o   A model of the cruise ship

    o   Palm Tree

    o   A Sea Shell

    o   A Decorated Stateroom Door

    o   A plastic fish

    o   The Wake of the Ship

    o   Towel Animal

    o   A Sunrise or sunset

    o   Ship Flag

    o   Animal shape made from ice or food

    o   Purple flower

    o   Something with the name of the ship on it


     
    People Watching

    o   Someone on your team sleeping in the middle of the day

    o   Someone Ice Skating – +2 points if it’s someone on your team

    o   The Captain - +3 points if someone on your team is in the picture

    o   Cruise Director - +3 points if someone on your team is in the picture

    o   Someone wiping out on the Flowrider - +3 points if the person is on your team

    o   One of your teammates exiting the Abyss

    o   Someone on the Zipline – +3 points if it’s someone on your team

    o   Someone on your team climbing the rock wall

    o   A dolphin

    o   A Conga Line

    o   Two people with matching shirts

    o   Someone else taking a photo

    o   Each member of your team with a different drink (group or solo pics. No same drinks in any picture)

    o   Someone eating a cookie

    o   A member of your team in a pool -

    o   Someone on your team playing minigolf

    o   One of your team using exercise equipment

    o   Someone not in your group making out  

    o   A team member on the carousel

    o   A team member winning on a slot machine

    o   Someone from your team in the ocean

    o   Someone in extremely casual clothes in the middle of formal dressed people on a formal night

    o   Big mustache

    o   Someone with big hair

    o   A stranger carrying more than one drink with their hands (+2 points for each drink past 2) – No crew members!

    o   A guy wearing a banana hammock

    o   Anyone in a t-back bathing suit

    o   A plumbers crack

    o   An overly “busty” women (no team members 😛 )

    o   A super hairy guy with no shirt on

    o   Someone sunbathing with their top untied or off

    o   Someone with a bad sunburn

    o   Someone on your team noticeably drunk (+2 point for video)

    o   Someone dancing inappropriately (+2point for video)

    o   One of the 2 single people cruising with us flirting with a man

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