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    Cooking, gardening & raising chickens, THE BEACH!, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Was on the Symphony last month and it was not open for breakfast. Just lunch to early evening. My kiddo would have eaten his weight in breakfast burritos had it been open. I also wish it was open for late night snacks.
  2. Didn't see any on the 8 night Symphony cruise last week. I had forgotten about cold soups, but I do love a strawberry soup.
  3. We avoided the $1.99/day/pp fee by using Facebook Messenger (for three three adults cruising) and WhatsApp (when we needed to call home) to communicate. We bought surf & stream during a good black Friday sale and we didn't have a need to chat with other guests on board.
  4. I’m on the symphony right now. Here’s the thing… This morning all we were told is that due to health and safety concerns the port would not let us dock. That is literally all the information we received all day. I learned the port information by checking here throughout the day. Had the captain come on board the pa and explained it was a last-minute port decision that impacts all cruising it would be a different feel on the ship. In addition I think people would be more understanding and less upset about it had more information been shared. It also would not have been nearly as bad if the entertainment staff was not also quarantining. So their ability to change programming on the fly to accommodate an extra sea day is very limited. So when you start adding up all the accommodations we are doing from the passenger perspective and not getting any accommodations offered from the cruise line, at leads for a larger batch of unhappy passengers. To be honest, this cruise has been two years coming for us and we chose not to cancel understanding the protocols and expectations would be different. And we are having a nice vacation but it is not a great first time experience from a brand perspective.
  5. This. It’s my first royal cruise. I was ok with the updated mask protocols. I’ve noticed Americans are more mask compliant than foreign guests. But to get on board and have no shows and little entertainment, especially for kids (mine is vaccinated). Plus losing a port “due to health & safety” is making this a sub par experience. And royal isn’t offering any accommodations to try and make up for it. It feels like they are tired and defeated. We have another royal cruise already planned next year but we are already talking about cruising on a different line. Should also mention that we are not really getting any Covid outbreak on the ship info from captain or crew. Maybe we are lucky there isn’t one? If there is, no one is saying anything. Just typical follow the rules reminders.
  6. We were notified 3 days before cruising our bid was accepted. Went from balcony to Jr Suite. Bid minimum $360 pp (symphony holiday cruise).
  7. Excited to get to Miami tomorrow. Our royal up bid was accepted and now we are in a junior suite! Fingers crossed our PCR test results are speedy. CVS said it could take up to 4 days, which is making me really nervous.
  8. So helpful. Thanks everyone. I think we'll hit up Max's Oyster Bar for a post cruise let down dinner vs Hooked. Maybe we'll give Hooked a try on another cruise when we have UDP. I'm thinking of treating fun grandma & tween to hibachi for a special meal together.
  9. Hi, Living in CT, we have an abundance of amazing seafood restaurants nearby all the time. For those with similar situations...is Hooked worth it? We are seafood lovers and it would be nice to add a specialty lunch to the week but I'm worried we'll be disappointed in the end. In the same vein, how is the "show" for Izumi Hibachi? We are traveling with 1 fun grandma, 2 adults, and 1 tween. We also happen to have a few hibachi places nearby that are pretty fun with "ok" food. I'm wondering if the show and/or the food is the draw for Izumi. I think it would be nice as a specialty meal but again don't want to be disappointed due to having good places near home.
  10. Hey All! Has anyone's Royal app loaded with daily planner activities? Mine is still saying "we're getting in ship shape" and activities will be loaded closer to sailing. We are just about 3 weeks away and I'm getting antsy. I did a quick delete & reload (was an issue with my vac card loading) and still nothing...
  11. @HeatherG27 Thank you! I was also having difficulty and with your information, I did a full app delete and signed in again to success.
  12. @MomOf6 We have the same scenario. I was told to go to guest services and they will be able to issue access to both rooms. I'm unsure if it's an extra key card or if they program our key card for 2 rooms. We have neighboring rooms so we planned to ask the room steward to remove the divider between the balconies to make it easier to pop between the rooms.
  13. I don't know the answer to your question but I saw you are located in Enfield CT. I grew up there and just spent the afternoon there visiting my mom. Hi neighbor!
  14. We are going back to our original plan of Anthem for December 26-Jan 2 2022. We live in NE so it's easier to drive to a port than fly in unpredictable NE winter weather. It will be nice because we'll experience Xmas this year (although we don't celebrate Xmas but enjoy the festivities surrounding the holiday) and next year we get to experience New Years Eve.
  15. Oh I'm so excited to have such an experienced cruiser with us! This will be our first time with RC. We've done 3 cruises on Carnival and 1 on Holland America. Both well over 10 years ago before our kiddo was born. We were supposed to be on Anthem's holiday cruise last December, but took this one for our L&S. Other than the additional cost of airfare/hotel, we made out really well with the swap. Joining me will be my husband, my 10yo son, and my mom. We hope we like it because we already have a December 2022 cruise booked ?
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