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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from DL from ATL in CoCo Cay - Snorkel On Your Own   
    I brought my own gear and went to chill island also.  No cost from Royal!  It is some of the best snorkeling for sea life I have done and Ive done a lot!  Keep an eye out for jelly fish, the ones I saw were very small but numerous.  If it is really windy it obviously gets very wavy and requires quite a bit of work to get around, just FYI.  Make sure you check out all the area of Chill Island!
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from DTMCD in Jet ski rental @ Coco Cay   
    This should answer all your questions.  We did this in May and recorded the entire thing!  The only thing we did not record was the safety briefing on land.  Let me know if you have any more questions about it!
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from cruisellama in Aruba & Curacao Excursion Suggestions   
    We did these two in February 2020.  We enjoyed them both.  The trikes in Aruba were not RCCL but the cave and beach in Curacao were RCCL.  The walking around at the shops in Curacao was a short walk from the pier.  Hope this helps
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JohnK6404 in Aruba & Curacao Excursion Suggestions   
    We did these two in February 2020.  We enjoyed them both.  The trikes in Aruba were not RCCL but the cave and beach in Curacao were RCCL.  The walking around at the shops in Curacao was a short walk from the pier.  Hope this helps
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Sweety in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    They are still in business but LeeAnn Chin sold it years ago and passed away not too long ago.  Depending how long its been since you have been there you might see some "changes".  They started a thing years ago where they weigh your food, which drives me nuts when they scoop food off your plate!!!  Food still tastes delicious though!!!
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Sorry I have neglected this blog since getting home.......LIFE!!!
    So I mentioned a few posts ago, we had lots of "firsts" on this cruise that we kept noticing and commenting on together.  Here are some of the firsts that we experienced:
    -larger waves (we have been lucky i think so far on this)
    -me getting sick
    -our main waiter in the dining room getting sick and out 5 days
    -eating in the windjammer for dinner vs the main dinning room
    -vlogging our cruise
    -head waiter being SUPER involved in our dinner service (like taking our order)
    -booking a non-Royal Caribbean excursion
    -cruise director got sick and missed events
    -dinning room did not have the usual singing and dancing night, and where they have the presentation
    -having Johnny Rockets
    -not being in a suite since our honeymoon 23 years ago ? 
    -did not go straight from cruise ship to airport and go home
    -getting off the ship was not smooth and was a nightmare (did not get off until approximately 1030)
    There might be more that I can't remember right now...I will keep thinking of things and add in future posts.  Still want to get my recap of stuff but it might just be recaps as I post other stuff
    ...And for the record I am STILL sick even after going to the doctor.....UGH!
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Sorry I have neglected this blog since getting home.......LIFE!!!
    So I mentioned a few posts ago, we had lots of "firsts" on this cruise that we kept noticing and commenting on together.  Here are some of the firsts that we experienced:
    -larger waves (we have been lucky i think so far on this)
    -me getting sick
    -our main waiter in the dining room getting sick and out 5 days
    -eating in the windjammer for dinner vs the main dinning room
    -vlogging our cruise
    -head waiter being SUPER involved in our dinner service (like taking our order)
    -booking a non-Royal Caribbean excursion
    -cruise director got sick and missed events
    -dinning room did not have the usual singing and dancing night, and where they have the presentation
    -having Johnny Rockets
    -not being in a suite since our honeymoon 23 years ago ? 
    -did not go straight from cruise ship to airport and go home
    -getting off the ship was not smooth and was a nightmare (did not get off until approximately 1030)
    There might be more that I can't remember right now...I will keep thinking of things and add in future posts.  Still want to get my recap of stuff but it might just be recaps as I post other stuff
    ...And for the record I am STILL sick even after going to the doctor.....UGH!
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Skigoofy in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Sorry had to take a picture of the picture but here is formal night!
     
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Skigoofy in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Oh no!  Last nachos on board until January 2021!  ?
     

    and if anyone has the chance for this pizza it’s called “carnivore”....it is delicious!  They only had it a few days of the 9 nights but when they did you would want to grab a piece!  YUM!
     

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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Guy Gadwa in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Explorer just left a couple hours ago for a chartered cruise.  It was some Ohio Buckeye cancer benefit event.  While we were waiting for the disaster that was disembarkation, they were posting the stuff for this ALL over the place.  5 night cruise with only 1 stop....and that is Cococay.  After this cruise it goes back to normal cruising.  Sounds like a lot of the cruise staff doesn't really have to do much during this charter, especially the singers and dancers.  They were just hanging out for the next few days I guess.
    We are now just hanging out in Miami until Tuesday morning......early morning!  We went and checked out downtown Miami and the Bayside Market area.  Pretty neat area!  Tomorrow we are going to try and get to South Beach and check that out.  We are doing some vlogging while we are here to showcase what we see here, as a side note.
    I plan to have a recap down the road when I can put all my thoughts together.  One thing both of us have commented on a lot was all the "firsts" that we experienced on this cruise, which is odd since this was our 10th cruise together!!!  So again, tomorrow is hopefully South Beach!  
    Sure is nice not being in the MN cold yet but it sure is nice to go home after the cruise.  There's just something about ending a cruise and going home.  That last night aboard kinda just puts you in that "go home" mode.  We much prefer to extend the trip BEFORE we board and then go straight to airport from the ship.  Maybe that's just us but just feels like it should be that way.  This is the first time we have not gone straight home and it all just feels "weird".  
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Guy Gadwa in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Here is just a picture from the pool deck last night.  It was dead there and it was only 9pm!!!  Everyone must have been packing or eating.

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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Guy Gadwa in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Last night we went to Johnny Rockets for the first time ever on a cruise ship!  We got the milkshakes.  I had caramel and Lisa had Oreo.  Apparently they are included on the refreshment and liquor drink packages!!!  This will be dangerous now that we know that!!!  The server even offered us fries for free but we already should not have been eating the milkshakes so we passed...  I would highly recommend getting a milkshake as a treat at night!  SOOOOO good!

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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Guy Gadwa in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Sorry had to take a picture of the picture but here is formal night!
     
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from PRebecca in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Sorry had to take a picture of the picture but here is formal night!
     
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Vangrizz in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Here is just a picture from the pool deck last night.  It was dead there and it was only 9pm!!!  Everyone must have been packing or eating.

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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Vangrizz in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Last night we went to Johnny Rockets for the first time ever on a cruise ship!  We got the milkshakes.  I had caramel and Lisa had Oreo.  Apparently they are included on the refreshment and liquor drink packages!!!  This will be dangerous now that we know that!!!  The server even offered us fries for free but we already should not have been eating the milkshakes so we passed...  I would highly recommend getting a milkshake as a treat at night!  SOOOOO good!

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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from Brobbins246 in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Sorry had to take a picture of the picture but here is formal night!
     
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Here is just a picture from the pool deck last night.  It was dead there and it was only 9pm!!!  Everyone must have been packing or eating.

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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Oh no!  Last nachos on board until January 2021!  ?
     

    and if anyone has the chance for this pizza it’s called “carnivore”....it is delicious!  They only had it a few days of the 9 nights but when they did you would want to grab a piece!  YUM!
     

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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Just wanted to post a funny story.  We were getting the drinks In the diamond lounge pictured a couple posts up and a couple sat down with us and started chatting.  They asked us “if we cruise often” and we all got a chuckle out of that! She realized what she asked and said “oh wait you are in the diamond lounge so you must”!  
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Well we finally got time to walk around the ship and take pictures!
    Starting with the diamond lounge

    This is an outside seating area for the diamond lounge overlooking the basketball court.  It’s awesome they have a special area outside on this ship!
    This is what area above over looks and at this moment there was a Zumba class going on there!

    Here are some pool deck pictures.  Notice the one side is closed...out suspicion is because we are doing some rocking today.




    The arcade

    This is a mesmerizing machine that has moving golf balls and just constantly keeps doing stuff.  So much fun to watch

    Of course Johnny Rockets

    This is the computer area with an opening in the middle looking down to the library

     

    The community board in the library where you can post any meeting or meetup you are looking for.  Looks like a few people were looking for game players

     
    Here where we are going after lunch!  NEXT CRUISE!  Never miss that on a cruise! ?

    And here are several promenade pictures.  Notice the one area has Valentine decorations!









    And lastly the casino

    This is the floor entering the casino.  Pretty cool 3D

     
    and a quick shot of the rougher seas

    Ok that’s it for now but we will have some more a bit later!  Tonight is formal night (as expected on Valentines Day) and lobster ? night!  My favorite night of the entire cruise for dinner!!!
    We are going to go walk around and film some of the ship now.  See y’all soon!
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Quick morning post on this First of two sea days.  We went to the windjammer for breakfast and saw this happened sometime last night!

    i looked at it and can’t tell what caused it to shatter.  We have never seen that before on a ship!  Good thing dry dock is coming very soon!
     
    EDIT: so apparently we haven’t been very observant!  The broken window happened a few months ago!  We just noticed it this morning for some reason even though we are here everyday!  Hahaha oooppss!
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    We finally made it to the happy hour in the diamond lounge!  First alcohol drinks on the ship of the cruise....only took 7 days!
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    So our day in Curacao is ending.  We are relaxing a bit before shower and getting ready for dinner.  Again, today was hato caves and mambo beach.  The caves were neat but it’s really a once and done thing.  I would say of all the things we did on this cruise we both rate it at the bottom (but we did some really great stuff).  
     

    I do not know why it keeps uploading us upside down!!!  I tried reloading the image in several times with no luck so...sorry ...you will have to stand on your head to see it right! ?
    After the caves we continued the island tour and ended at Mambo Beach!


    This was very nice.  Small little area for swimming and hanging out.  We all got one of the lounge chairs you see!  Nice little 1.5 hour swim and chill out time!  When we were done here we got a continued tour back to the ship.  
     
    Once at the ship we dropped our stuff off and walked to the city.  This was VERY nice!  One of the best ports so far in regards to walking distance stuff!


    Of course we checked out the floating bridge and even watched it open and close.  Pretty neat to see

     

    Again I don’t understand why all the pictures of us upload upside down!!!!  UGH!
    So during our shopping we tried some blue Curacao liquor and chocolate Curacao liquor.  Chocolate wins HANDS DOWN!  We bought both though because the bottle are cool!  Along with a sampler pack of all of the bottles because they just look cool!  Probably won’t really drink all of it, except for the chocolate!  I forgot to take pictures before the ship took them from us.  I’ll take some either at home or when we are in Miami.  
     
    So that’s a quick update for now.  Gotta get in the shower for dinner now!  It’s a Royal Caribbean singers and dancers show tonight and then “love and marriage”.  
     
     
     
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    MO & LO on the go! got a reaction from JLMoran in Explorer | Feb 7-16, 2020 | First Time To ABC Islands!   
    Never got to the pictures of the ship since my phone died...oh well there’s still 4.5 more days for that!
    So instead I’ll cover today....Bonaire!  


    We docked about 9am and were cleared by about 930.  We first had to go to the theater for the start of our excursion.

     
    We did the Bonaire land and sea excursion through Royal Caribbean.  Great experience with small group size!  We had less than 12 people for the entire day!!!  We first went on the “sea” portion so we took a little ride to the sail boat.

     

    Once we were all on the sail boat we went for a ride to our snorkel spot.

    The snorkeling was awesome and the water was very clear!  Bonaire is a great place for snorkel and scuba!
    After the “sea” time was over we went to a lunch spot where we all were provided with a burger and fries.  Not bad...  

    After lunch we then took the “land” portion of the excursion which was a drive around the island in this big Mercedes Benz off road vehicle!  It was open air in the back with a cover for shade.  We drove around and got information on the island and saw LOTS of the island!  We stopped a few times for pictures where I got this..

    This was on the slightly more expensive of the excursions but we LOVED the small group size where we could enjoy ourselves!  We hate the snorkeling where everyone is kicking each other in the head because it’s sooooo cramped with people! It was an ALL DAY adventure so not much time to walk around once we were done.
    On a “never seen that before” note....as we were walking on the ship standing on the bridge from the pier to the ship where security scans your sea pass card the lady in front of us dropped her card in the water.  You can see those cards WAYYYYYY down if anyone was interested to know! ?  
    gotta get ready for dinner quick...that’s it for now but have more to cover about yesterday still (including the casino winnings ?)
     
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