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  1. Thank you so much for the info. I reserved one for when I am there in May. They did not give me the option to reserve a specific one though. My confirmation says Chill Island Cabanas E. How/when do you chose a specific one? Thanks!
  2. We have made it to day 7....a sad day as our vacation on this amazing ship is coming to a close. It was a nice, relaxing, fun day at sea! We started our late morning by eating breakfast in the Windjammer. We didn't get up there until about 9:00 so it wasn't too busy and there was still plenty of food to go around. Right outside the windjammer is a model of Symphony with TV screens explaining many features of her as well as her stats! Pretty cool! Once we finished we headed down to Next Cruise for our appointment and YOLO booked a Jr Suite on Allure for November 2020. This was actually the first time my husband has booked a cruise all by himself. I was just there for a little guidance and support. GO Dusty! This will also be a sailing for just he and I. We had a little time to kill before our lunch at Jamies Italian at noon so we headed over to Central Park and the Trellis bar for a quick Lava flow (with Kraken of course)! We also asked a passerby to take a photo of us in our BLOG shirts under the Trellis. The lunch at Jamies was included in our cruise fare as you get it, along with a bottle of wine, for booking a Central Park Balcony stateroom. The Meat plank was the best part of our meal for sure! The view of Central Park is wonderful out the window. From Jamies we walked around the ship where we ran into the stowaway piano player near the main dining room and checked out some more fabulous artwork around the ship. This has to be my favorite and reminds me of my daughter as she LOVES lollipops!! This afternoon we had reserved times for the Zip line and the Ultimate Abyss. When you are a Key guest, they set aside an hour for each of them on a sea day. Suites, Pinnacles, and Diamond Plus members are also part of this reserved time. There were no lines so it was great! The zip line was fun! Short, but fun and I did it twice in a row. I could have gone many more times within that hour if I had wanted to. Just a reminder that you need to be wearing closed toed lace up shoes. They do have some shoes available to use if you are like me and only had Keene close toed sandals....oops! I was a little anxious while waiting my turn for the Ultimate Abyss dry slide! I thought it was going to be a lot faster than it was. The lights are really cool in it as well! We decided to go hang out on the pool deck afterwards with a nice drink while hubby enjoyed a cigar in the designated section. Pina Colada and Lava Flow Then it was off to trivia in the Schooner Bar! General knowledge and we brought in our "message a friend" @Laurac22 We did great but did not come home with the coveted RCL keychain or highlighter. 😢😢 For our last night we decided to try the ever so popular Playmakers Burger (we have heard from many folks that it is better than the burgers in Johnny Rockets). Ok, we totally could have shared this thing! Its huge and the cheese fries are plentiful as well as amazing! It IS an awesome burger! We spent the rest of the night at Playmakers with our favorite bartender Lucian! We ended our night walking around the boardwalk area and taking a ride on the carousel! Sad Sad to see.... Upcoming additions to this blog in the upcoming days... Review of The Key Food Porn---All the food we had around the ship with menus Drinks--by popular demand I will post photos of most, if not all the different drinks we had onboard with the names. Venues around Symphony Anything else I might think of that may be of interest
  3. Recap Day 6! Sea Day!! We love us some sea days!! I rolled out of bed a little late this morning (6:40) as I didn't make it to bed until almost 3:00. Today we skipped breakfast as we had the Bottomless Galley brunch tour at 10:45 and at the end of the tour they provide us with brunch. We did of course have a couple cups of Seattles Best Coffee to hold us over from Cafe Promenade. They do have a free standing Starbucks onboard but their coffee is not included in the drink package. We lived in Seattle for nine years and actually prefer Seattles Best Before our tour I did a scope of the sports deck here on Symphony. It boasts a min golf course, two flow riders, the beginning of the Abyss slide, zipline, and basketball court. The Wipeout Bar is also up there. From the sports deck you can see the Ultimate family suite as well! I continued the scope into El Loco Fresh which is in front of the basketball court. We headed down to the Main Dining room for the tour and thought Dusty's Swedish chef shirt was appropriate lol! There were 19 of us on the tour. We had already seen parts of the galley from our All Access tour but they did go more in depth and we did see a couple additional areas like the bakery! I will be honest is saying we were not very impressed with the brunch itself although they did give you bottomless champagne. Side note: The champagne given on the All Access tour was much better IMHO. This tour is scheduled for two hours. The cost of this tour was $99 per person. We may have been more impressed had we not done the All Access tour as well but it is not really a tour that I would recommend for the cost. Additional photos of the tour and brunch We spent the better part of the afternoon at Playmakers, probably our favorite bar onboard. Lucian, a fantastic mixologist, who makes amazing drinks that aren't on the menu, has also become a favorite! Doesn't hurt that he kind of looks like a leprechaun ha ha! Tonight we dined in 150 Central Park and had the roasted tenderloin for two that they cut table side. This was in fact my favorite meal aboard Symphony! We coupled this with the Urban Garden Martini which is their signature drink. After dinner it was on to the Theatre to see Flight. Guests with the Key have reserved seating which is the same as Suite, Pinnacle, and Diamond Plus members. We really enjoyed this show! Then it was off to the Battle of the Sexes and The Crazy Quest, both in Studio B. We haven't laughed that hard in a long time!!! The second Silent Hush party was after that right next door in the Attic so we headed over there. These are all firsts for Dusty and he enjoyed them all! Such fun!! We hadn't gone into the hot tubs yet so we decided to at a little after 2AM. It was the best way to end this fun filled seaday. Came home to our last towel animal! On to our last day, also a sea day, tomorrow!
  4. Yes, just by chance. Have you had him? I thought his name sounded familiar. I have his info if anyone would like it. I will definitely use him again!
  5. Day 5 Recap - St Kitts/Nevis Captain Rob had us alongside in St. Kitts at 7:00 AM. We enjoyed watching the docking process this morning and I did a scope welcoming everyone! We decided to grab a bite to eat in Park Cafe which is located in Central Park. They have breakfast sandwiches, burritos, bagels with various toppings, pastries, etc for breakfast. On Symphony they do NOT have.a coffee bar with specialty coffee but do have regular coffee, tea, and juices. This is where you will find the famous roast beef sandwich as well. Once we disembarked, we headed to find a taxi to bing us to Timothy Hill which is where you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other. Our taxi driver was Eunice Williams. He was a fantastic tour guide as well, giving us a history of the island, its economy, and pointing out various places along the way. It cost us $32 round trip and it took about 10-15 minutes to get there from the port. The views are breathtaking! They also have folks up there who try to have you interact with the monkeys but beware, you will be asked to give them some money if you partake. We did not. Once we were finished taking our thousands of photos, I asked Williams (this is what he told us to call him) if there was a beach nearby that had a bar and some shade. He told us about the Carambola Beach Club which was just down the other side of the hill. He brought us there and did not charge us extra for the ride. There is a large beach with umbrellas and beach beds. It was quite crowded on this particular day. We decided to just sit at the bar indoors and have a couple drinks. It also has a restaurant. It was very clean and nice. Williams waited for us there which was about an hour. We headed back to port, did a little shopping, and enjoyed the local festivities. “no paparazzi” he said 😂😂😂 The Coasta Pacifica was in port with us today. Once back on board I did a ship tour on Periscope (again if you have the periscope app, feel free to look back on my scopes. My Periscope name is @karahvacatimes) We decided to head to the Rising Tide bar afterwards. This is the bar that starts in the Promenade on deck 5 and brings you up to Central Park on Deck 8. When running it departs each location every 20-30 minutes. We headed up to Vintages where they were having Sangria hour. This was our first time at Vintages but the sangrias were tasty! We took a night off from Specialty dining and headed to the Windjammer for dinner. The one thing I love about the jammer is that you can have American, Mexican, and Chinese food all in one sitting! Our evening consisted of checking out the "Big Wonder" in the Solarium, taking in a set at Jazz on 4, and the Love and Marriage show which is always a favorite! Dusty went to bed a bit early so I headed to Red (the late night dance party) with a few wonderful folks I had met on this very cruise. And what better way to end the late night than with some yummy Sorrentos pizza! Two more days AND they are both Sea days!
  6. Recap Day 4 Welcome, welcome to St. Thomas! It has been quite a few years since I have visited St Thomas Virgin Islands! Once again we decided to go out on our own and did not book a Royal excursion for this port. We decided to start out our day by eating some breakfast on our balcony. We opted for El Loco fresh and if you like breakfast burritos, I would highly recommend trying this on symphony at least once. We docked at Crown Bay which is further away from the downtown area. The Celebrity equinox was also in port with us. We decided to head to the Sky Ride (Gondola) to Paradise point. We took an open air shuttle that was six dollars per person. There is still quite a bit of devastation from the hurricane. The cost for the shkyride is $21 per person (I apologize that I did not ask if there was a children’s or senior fare). Once up top you are able to see a beautiful view of downtown and Port Haven. This is the view that you see on all Saint Thomas postcards. Here’s one for the running! There were four ships docked in Port Haven today. The MSC Seaside, the Carnival Sensation, the Carnival Horizon, and a Norwegian ship. The Norwegian ship was leaving as we arrived and the smaller Carnival ship was arriving about the same time. Once at the top they have a few shops and a restaurant/bar. We enjoyed a couple drinks and some nachos! After heading down we decided to walk to downtown Charlotte Amalie to do a little shopping and grab another drink before heading back to port. We may or may not have purchased something here... We sailed away from Saint Thomas at 7 o’clock local time. This was the first time I have done a sailaway at night. It was absolutely stunning! Tonight we had Izumi Hibachi for dinner. Our reservation was at 9 o’clock and we did not finish until about 10:30. It was a fantastic meal and our chef was very entertaining! You cannot choose hibachi with any specialty dining package so we purchased it for $49 per person once on board. Any sushi rolls you choose are extra. I believe we received some royal wow via the Key as they did not charge us for our sushi roll and took $10 off our check. The waitress also gave us individual attention throughout the meal. Baked snow crab Dynamite roll After all that walking today we decided to call it a night quite early and headed to bed right after dinner. A cat has joined our towel animal family 😊 I will leave you today with another piece of artwork in the stairwell here on symphony. Dreams Of cruising....... St.Kitts tomorrow!
  7. I apologize for the duplicate photos! Tried to delete but they just keep popping up 😢
  8. Recap Day 3 ( did I mention this was going to be a “as live as I can make it” blog..?? 😂😂 Today is a Sea day, aka relaxation day!! I am not one to sleep in on a cruise or in life for that matter… So waking up today at almost 8 o’clock was completely foreign to me! I think it had something to do with the fact that I was up until 3 AM channeling my inner @CruiseLifeRick dancing in the attic! So we eventually started our day by eating breakfast at an amazing alternative, Johnny Rockets. Breakfast is included in your cruise fare on oasis class ships! And it just might be our best breakfast thus far! We relaxed during the morning just walking around the ship until it was time for our All Acsess tour. We stopped by the Trellis bar in Central Park for a quick Lava Flow! Yum!! This tour is 2 1/2 hours. You go to the Galley, the engine room, the food lockers, down I95 which is basically the hallway that goes from forward all the way to aft on deck 2. You also get to go to the laundry room, the incinerator room, and the bridge! Some of the areas you go to are underwater which is quite neat. It is neat to see all these areas but really the crew makes this tour! Our tour guide and the rest of the crew that showed us the different areas were fantastic, very personable and of course knowledgeable. The tour cost is $130 per person and I would highly recommend it! It’s one of those tours you really only need to do once but is well worth it and for us it only made sense to do it on symphony, the largest cruise ship! They give you champagne after the galley part of the tour In the engine room -40 degree food locker hubby walked into. I walked in for 10 seconds and walked back out 😂 Hubby helped in the laundry room. He’s a keeper ❤️ This is George! Everyone say Hi to George 😊 Here is another piece of artwork that they placed in the Promenade. I believe all ships in the fleet have a vehicle of some sort on the promenade (if the ship has a promenade) and they decided to go in a different direction for the vehicle on Symphony. It is a vehicle… But it’s more of a piece of art. Pretty cool! Also if you use the Royal app they have this neat x-ray feature for a piece of artwork here on symphony. This is on deck 12 right outside of the aft elevator bank. After the tour we headed up to El Loco Fresh for a nice, quick lunch. The chicken burrito and chicken quesadilla hit the spot and the lime and scallion sour cream was fantastic! We paired this with a Stella 🙂 Tonight we had specialty dining reservations at chops. Another wonderful meal and instead of a dessert, as I was quite full, I opted for a dessert coffee instead. It hit the spot for sure! Once again we went and listened to Billy in the schooner bar for a while and then headed over to the pub to listen to some Guitar pop tunes before calling it a night. The gentleman in the pub was fantastic and the venue was packed! On to St. Thomas tomorrow!
  9. Hi! We actually flew into Ft Meyers and drove down to Naples. We flew out of Portsmouth, NH on a discount airline (Allegiant). Frontier also flies from there. We saved almost $500 flying with them and we’re still alive sooooo... it was worth it hahaha!
  10. Recap Day 2 As on every first full day of a cruise, I woke up quite early and headed down to Paek Cafe for a large Caramel Latte! I headed up to the pool deck to take a look around when I noticed we were headed into the port of Nassau! No photos as I promptly put my mic on my phone and scope our arrival. (You can catch the replay on PERISCOPE by following me, @kaeahvacatimes) We started our morning by eating breakfast at the solarium bistro which is a fantastic alternative to the Windjammer, if you are looking for one. You can also have breakfast at El Loco fresh, MDR, park café and Café promenade for smaller dishes and pastries, and Johnny Rockets offers breakfast at no additional charge on Oasis class ships. We originally thought we would stay on board during the day in Nassau but at the last minute change our minds after the magnificent @PRCgave us a recommendation of something different to do onshore! So another first for us was going to be GrayCliff hotel which has beautiful grounds, a cigar company, chocolate company, and restaurant all on site. If you have been to Nassau plenty of times like we have and have done all there is you’d like to do, this is certainly worth looking into if it is something that interests you. It is about a 10 minute walk from Port and the last bit is up a pretty steep hill. All aboard was 130 and we were probably back on the ship around 1 o’clock. We headed over to Playmakers to have a quick lunch and a pint! My husband says their wings have very good flavor and you’ll have to take his word for it because I am not a spicy girl, at least not in that way 😂😂 The pigskin and baller sliders 12 Major League wings (hottest they offer) For dinner we had another first at Wonderland. We very much enjoyed the cuisine and the experience. Our main dishes were the halibut and the short rib. Our waitress chose the appetizers to go along with our main dishes. We would do Wonderland again although I know it is not for everyone! I think everyone should experience it once even if it’s just for the experience. If you aren’t full when you leave, just do what @Wilson does and go grab a couple hotdogs at the doghouse! Short rib Halibut steamed in a mushroom marinade with pearl potatoes and more mushrooms! After dinner we headed over to the aqua theater show. On symphony it is called HIRO. Having the Key was “key” here (see what I did there?) as they have reserved seating for you and we sat with the diamond plus and pinnacle members right in the center of the Aqua Theater. This is an exhilarating and beautiful show that lasts about 50 minutes. We ended our night listening to Billy Pando in the Schooner Bar and scoped a few songs for his favorite fan and fellow RCBLOG insider @Big Dawg Ron! And we always love coming home to a new “pet”!
  11. Channeling my inner @Laurac22 and @twangster with a lemon drop martini! Cheers!!
  12. Recap Day 1 We started our day off driving from Naples to Miami. The anticipation was killing me as we made our way across the state and then to drop our rental car off at the airport. We took a Lyft which ended up being a shared ride to the Port. Side note- The couple we shared the ride with we’re heading out on the carnival sensation. We saw the sensation in port today in Nassau ...holy old, not so nice looking, ship (boat 😂)! We arrived at terminal A around noon ...aaagghh. I have never embarked a ship that late and I was getting very very antsy ! Beautiful terminal! She even still smelled new! Curb to onboard was about 15 minutes. First impression of the ship walking on was that she is big, beautiful, and yes, a little bad ass! The art on this ship is precisely placed and just amazing! (I’ll post much more as the week goes on) My first stop was to set up our five night specialty dining and two lunches. We received a lunch at Jimmy’s for booking a central park balcony state room. Our other lunch was on embarkation day at chops because we have the key for this sailing Side note- I will be doing a separate post in regards to why we have the key for this sailing and if in the end, it was worth it for us (feel free to ask for any photos of any of our meals as I will be taking pictures of food and menus) Our meal at Chops was fantastic! We decided to walk around the boardwalk area where I did a Periscope. To catch the replay please feel free to follow me at @karahvacatimes on Peeiscope and to look at any other Royal Caribbean periscopes search under #RCPeriscopers in the app! We had an early dinner last night at Hooked. I was very curious as to how this meal would be after hearing quite a few different reviews. I would absolutely go there again and it was overall a wonderful experience with great food! Hooked overlooks the solarium bistro and has panoramic views into the solarium. We decided to head over to the solarium after dinner to relax a bit after we had indulged in a few cocktails throughout the day and were pretty full from dinner! The Big Wonder The “see through pool” I just love these chairs with the huge cushions but of course being this comfortable makes you quite sleepy so we decided to head in early tonight and start fresh in the morning! A couple views of Central Park from our double balcony before calling it a night. We shall see you tomorrow for day two Where we will be in Nassau Bahamas! where we will be in Nassau Bahamas @Wilson I have not forgotten about your request for photos of the state room and balcony. I take requests folks so if you want to see anything just let me know!
  13. Feel free to let me know anything you would like to know/photos of areas and I’ll be happy to post them!
  14. The first drink onboard Symphony!!! Trellis Bar Some Grey goose and Cran for the lady and a little Tito’s and cran for the gentleman. Cheers!
  15. It’s CRUISE day! Pit stop along I75 headed to Miami from Naples! Almost there now!
  16. @JLMoran Thank you! She is not going on this cruise though. Just her dad and I for this one 😊.
  17. Full disclosure.... As some of you are aware, I started this live blog knowing I might have to cancel at the very last minute... Our five year old daughter broke her tibea a week ago Monday and we had the appt. with the surgeon yesterday. AKA D day! She had been in a full leg cast the last 10 days and we had to carry her everywhere. (She didn’t like that so much!) We are so relieved that the surgeon stated she does not need surgery and she is so relieved she came home in a full leg walking cast! Here is your PSA for the day—-get travel insurance, especially if you have kids 😊 So the rush is on to pack and I’m up for the challenge! Can you wear shorts at Izumi Hibachi? My husband really wants to wear shorts there hahahaha! We have fresh falling snow this morning here in NH... And I’m outta here at 6:00 tomorrow night!!
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