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  1. Points for slots is $5 in play gives you one point. Video poker is $10 in play for one point. Table games, bust out a ouija board for point calculations. Going to vary based on game, length of play, and average bet.
  2. Here ya go... https://www.mjcwebdesign.com/photos/index.php?/category/114
  3. Might be on the difficult side. One major disappointment with Symphony is Chops doesn't offer the seafood tower. Will say the grilled shrimp from Hooked were a great evening snack after a show.
  4. No food at the Pub on Oasis. Only ships that offer food at the Pub are Quantum class ships (Anthem for sure). Ships with Playmakers will also have food offerings.
  5. Depending on dates you might still be outside the true final payment window. Most TAs have their clients pay prior to the actual date. Rough guess if your sailing is after November 17 you might be in luck. If so, get in touch with your TA asap.
  6. @Lovetocruise2002 Summon successful In our case the room was ready when getting onboard once boarding was allowed. One caveat however was the sailing prior was a special sailing and I don't believe the room was used other than for show during that sailing. For the most part I'm sure getting on at noon and going directly to the room shouldn't be of an issue. Will also back up @Lovetocruise2002 comment about Anthem. On that sailing we were directed up to CK for lunch, think @WAAAYTOOO had a diffrent Anthem experience.
  7. One option might be a dessert only visit to Wonderland. I recall hearing they'll do "the world" alone for $10. Other thing is it would be best to ask at Jamie's prior to the reservation/seating if they could accommodate. That way they could have things prepared/on hand to an extent.
  8. When I was on Symphony our official first Star class meal was at Playmakers. Having wings and a burger was a great kick off to a cruise. Repeat back in May with the Ultimate Dining Package.
  9. Biggest issue with these lists is the blank stare. If I order a "Chill Out" I'm going to guarantee the bartender will give a blank stare back. Next response from them will be asking what is in it. Even once the ingredients are given the ratios are still unknown. Lists are great, just be prepared for the bartenders not having a clue how to make something not on the current menu. Some of the ones that have been around for a few contracts might know some of the older ones.
  10. If the ship bundles or doesn't charge gratuity on drinks the limit covered would be $14.
  11. Correct The way I reference premium coffees is "handcrafted coffeehouse style beverages and premium brand tea". This would also cover espresso based beverages from other locations like the dining room or specialty restaurants.
  12. November 2, 2021 is the last instance I saw Odyssey listed for a Piraeus stop. That does put it in line to do the traditional Mediterranean sailings with a transatlantic mid November.
  13. Keep in mind not all crew are officers/hold stripes. So restrictions are still in play for a majority of the crew unless it for a special function. Entertainment staff is a bit different. Not sure how to best explain the reasoning.
  14. Environmental officer has a recycle symbol for insignia. John over on CC posted this chart showing privileges to guest areas based on rank/stripes.
  15. Think it was a case of ship randomness. I remember hearing the same thing prior to me cruise back in November on Symphony On that November sailing every night when putting in the breakfast order. Our Genie asked if we wanted anything from Starbucks to be delivered aswell.
  16. Agree, the Concierge Lounge on Quantum class is set so far back. Unless staying on deck 12 or not a member of #teamdx I have a hard time justifying a visit. I think some improvement have been made with Quantum Plus (at least Spectrum) having the lounge right off a set of elevators in the front. Plus the top tier suites are right in that area. Oasis class and the Aquatheater suites are annoying. However the Suite Lounge is a straight shot once you hit the mid ship elevators. Plus the Suite Lounge on Oasis class at least has a "full" bar selection when open. Not the limited selection only during the cocktail hour.
  17. Think a lot depends on what you want to be near. The port itself doesn't have any lodging near by, exception might be an Airbnb type listing. Most recently I stayed at the Residence Inn in Elizabeth near the Newark airport. Back in 2017 stayed at the Doubletree Inn and Suites in Jersey City. Personally if I had to pick between the two I'd probably opt for the Doubletree/Jersey City. Main reason is I felt Jersey City had more to offer within the area and public transportation to New York City seemed to be a lot more easier to figure out. At the Residence Inn/Elizabeth only thing that was really close by was a mall. Public transportation/rail to New York City required either taking a shuttle to Newark airport, bus, or other vehicular transport to a rail station. In Jersey City access to rail was a quick walk. Note: The term "rail" was used to represent either PATH or other types of train and light rail service in NJ.
  18. Agree with the comments of cash is king. Personally if wanting to give a gift I'd go for prepackaged and unopened edibles. Way I view it is I'm sure they could swap candy and such with crew members in return for something else. This is always in addition to some cash. Another example is sailing over Halloween I'll bring a "wholesale club" size bag of fun size candy/chocolate and put it out in a dish in the room. Then when meeting the stateroom attendant I'll tell them to help themselves. Most of the time the contents of the bowl dwindles down or favorites go missing. Of course when restocked it happens again. I've also done reverse trick or treat and went down the hall offering the attendants some goodies.
  19. Finding an outlet in a public area of the ship might be hard. When you do find one more than likely it will be a "type F". Thus you'll either need an adapter or a compatible cord for the charger. Also the voltage will be 220 or 240, so verify the charger is compatible. This is what a type F outlet looks like Depending on device if it has a ground pin (3 pins) or not this would be the plug side.
  20. US Patent and Trademark Office: https://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=88504485&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch
  21. Fan of Stephanie as well
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