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“Into the Unknown” … Independence OTS (Holiday sailing) – 12/29/2018-1/3/2019


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Once Upon A Time was a medley of various fairy tales: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Pinocchio, etc.  It was your classic RC original production. Great mix of live music, decent vocals, and dancing.

After the show, we dropped the kids off in the room and headed off to see the Love and Marriage show. I always try to go to this one if we have a good CD. I’ve skipped it before when we had BB but this is one where the CD makes or breaks it, IMO. Jamie was hilarious. He is a great entertainer. The couples picked were a lot of fun as well. Glad we went to watch. 

The ship is still rocking like crazy. Many people commenting on the motion tonight so I take comfort in knowing that it’s not just me and D12. I just took another Gravol and it should be kicking in shortly. ?

Tomorrow is our last day on board. Please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to know. 

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12 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I took some Gravol before dinner, so did D12, but unfortunately while that took away the nausea, the combination of Cosmos and Gravol made for a very sleepy meal at Giovanni’s.

Gravol + espresso!

12 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Second thing is that for @Matt and all others who have not tried Coastal Kitchen given the opportunity, you need to try it! The filet that I had tonight was ok, but the filet at CK on night one still trumps it by a long shot! No comparison, in flavour and in quality. We have yet to try Chops. Will be doing that on Harmony but so far it is still #teamCK for us.

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8 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Once Upon A Time was a medley of various fairy tales: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Pinocchio, etc.  It was your classic RC original production. Great mix of live music, decent vocals, and dancing.

After the show, we dropped the kids off in the room and headed off to see the Love and Marriage show. I always try to go to this one if we have a good CD. I’ve skipped it before when we had BB but this is one where the CD makes or breaks it, IMO. Jamie was hilarious. He is a great entertainer. The couples picked were a lot of fun as well. Glad we went to watch. 

The ship is still rocking like crazy. Many people commenting on the motion tonight so I take comfort in knowing that it’s not just me and D12. I just took another Gravol and it should be kicking in shortly. ?

Tomorrow is our last day on board. Please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to know. 

I really loved Once Upon a Time...thought it was really creative with the fairy tales to known music, and some of the sets/musical direction was done really well.

Agree...Jamie was very funny in Love and Marriage.  Are you going to go to go (or did you) to Quest ?

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8 hours ago, Traveler said:

Too embarrassed  to admit you are watching also curling ? ? 

What’s that? ?

For the record, I hate curling. I have only watched it once when Canada won gold in the Olympics in 2006 (I think that was the year lol)

24 minutes ago, Matt said:

Gravol + espresso!

Good tip!

21 minutes ago, WannaCruise said:

Agree...Jamie was very funny in Love and Marriage.  Are you going to go to go (or did you) to Quest ?

I don’t like how the Quest is always on the last night of these shorter sailings. We will decide later if we are going as we have to be up pretty early tomorrow...

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Day 5: Sea Day

This morning our plans are to head to the theater to do the Behind the Scenes backstage tour. Then we will probably check out the belly flop competition.

Just finished breakfast in the Diamond lounge. The concierge here, Hailey Park, is fantastic! I have no other diamond concierge to compare her to but she is personable and efficient at diffusing problems. Each morning she has gone from table to get to know each guest and make conversation. I learned some interesting things from her about Ovation sailings our of China, as that is the ship she was on prior to coming on Indy.

Off to the theater tour now, will check back again in a bit.

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Today’s backstage tour started with a Q&A period. Then they split the group into 4 groups that rotated through stations: stage, backstage, lighting booth, and sound booth. I did not take many pics, as @twangster featured this tour before on one of his previous blogs. It was similar and D12 enjoying seeing all the parts that need to work together for a production to happen. 

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It was brought up in @Matt‘s scope about a week ago if there was any difference between Grease on Harmony vs. Indy. A few nights ago, I thought some minor scenes were missing and today they confirmed that there are slight differences. This is mainly due to the fact that OA class ships are larger and therefore have more storage space for props and additional sets. 

D10 and Hubby went to the Skypad while we were at the backstage tour. They both had reservations for 11am. This is where I am going to vent a bit. They waited in line for one hour! That was with reservations! That is ridiculous. Royal needs to do something about that or come up with a better system. Same with the MDR line. I can understand if someone did not have reservations and had to wait that long but it is aggravating to have to spend that long in line if you planned ahead. 

At noon we went to watch the Belly Flop by the pool and I was once again reminded of how much better it is to watch at the Aqua Theatre on OA class ships. Some might disagree but the crowds at one small pool, no instant replay, not broadcasted on the big screen, make it for a less enjoyable experience. I actually hate watching belly flop on non-OA class ships but Hubby and the girls wanted to go. The girls and I left halfway through as it was too frustrating for both kids to see beyond the crowds. Jamie (CD) was excellent again at this event. 

Spending the afternoon wandering. Going to redeem our free Diamond photo and hang out on Promenade for a bit. The dreaded packing awaits. 

Oh and this showed up ?

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29 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

At noon we went to watch the Belly Flop by the pool and I was once again reminded of how much better it is to watch at the Aqua Theatre on OA class ships. Some might disagree but the crowds at one small pool, no instant replay, not broadcasted on the big screen, make it for a less enjoyable experience.

Huh, we have watched the competition on both the Harmony and Symphony and both were at the Sports Pool.  I didn't know they ever had it at the Aqua Theater.

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6 minutes ago, cbnsoul said:

Huh, we have watched the competition on both the Harmony and Symphony and both were at the Sports Pool.  I didn't know they ever had it at the Aqua Theater.

Hmm...now I am confused. On all 3 OA class ship that we have sailed it was at the aqua theatre. Well, I will soon be able to report from Harmony in about 2 months.

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

A few nights ago, I thought some minor scenes were missing and today they confirmed that there are slight differences. This is mainly due to the fact that OA class ships are larger and therefore have more storage space for props and additional sets. 

Thanks for checking!

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