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LIVEish, 8 Days on Adventure (1/5/2019 or 5/1/2018 better yet January 5, 2019)

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As always trying to figure out how to start off another LIVEish. Laying in the room at the Embassy Suites on 17th in Ft. Lauderdale overlooking the port Adventure will soon be docked at.

 Yesterday (the 4th) was a travel day, sitting on a bus (RedCoach) from 7:30 in the morning until just a bit after 5:00 (versus the scheduled 4:10) in the afternoon. Didn't really have much of an opportunity to move around at the Orlando stopping point. Due to traffic delays outside of Gainesville we were running around 30 or 40 minutes late. As a result when we hit Orlando we were transferred to different bus that immediately left. Good thing for me, not getting to sleep until 4 am allowed me to sleep just about the entire journey. After getting dropped off at the Ft. Lauderdale airport used Lyft XL for the somewhat quick trip from airport to hotel, most of that time I'm sure was spent just getting out of the arrivals area of the airport. For those that are curious about cost:  Lyft XL fare (3.64mi, 13m 21s)    $19.36.

Booked once again the "Premium Suite", sad to report that our friend the vending machine is gone. Been replaced by a snack basket that was left in the room.1477621179_20190105-2019-01-0501_34_19.jpg.5c7aa866c1bff29302792f80d51b0d99.jpg

 

One of the great things staying in this area is the easy access to a shopping center. With that in mind and a cue from so many in the past wound out having dinner at La Bamba. Wound up ordering the Fiesta Combination that consisted of Chicken Burrito and Chunk Beef Enchilada plus served with yellow rice and refried beans. By the time we left it was getting on the busy side.

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With some time to kill and wanting to do some walking to help things settle wound up walking down to explore Total Wine. No purchases for onboard consumption, not much of a wine drinker. After a bit headed back to the hotel to enter a blissful food coma for a bit (yes more sleeping) and then finally getting around to posting this.

What is to come on Adventure is going to be a new port stop for me, St. Kitts. Prior to St. Kitts a somewhat typical eastern run: Labadee, San Juan, and St. Maarten.

 

This post is in honor to my dear friends the "Premium Suite" vending machines. Your selections will be missed.

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Woohoo! Made it on board. Arriving early dropping off at terminal 29 is somewhat confusing. Check in was smooth other than playing musical chairs. Guess the design of the terminal doesn't allow for an isolated customs path. Heading upstairs we had to walk thru that area. Not too many playing the early arrival game.

For anyone keep track, on board by 10:30.

 

 

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Did not have those Promenade options on Adventure in May.  Not that we noticed, anyway.  Voom was great for us on that sailing.  Last day was a bit rough, but I think a lot more people were on making departure plans or using their free day.  I had no problems scoping all week.

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9 hours ago, CGTLH said:

 

 

Added: Beverage related, ship bars are currently in straw conversion. Some bars have the paper ones and others have the plastic.

I know I’m going to forget to pack my reusable plastic straws and I hate the paper ones!  Totally am ok with their decision to change but I’m going to want a good straw for my Miami vices lol!  Enjoying reading!  Jane

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So it is Windjammer Recon time. After stepping foot inside of Windjammer it amazed me how close in design it was to Freedom's. Some elements are missing, reversed, or even non existent.

Walking in has the what is now becoming standard hand washing stations. What I found unique was how the sinks designed. They were a combination faucet and hand dryer. My personal preference is still towards paper towels. After washing my hands I have to have them bone dry, can't stand having damp hands, for whatever reason I can never fully get my hands dried to my standards with an air dryer.

After entering your first stop is the salad bar. On Freedom this would be some seating and the bar. Heading along towards the back it what would be called Jade on Freedom. Don't think this has a name here on Adventure. Just prior to entering the back half is a Freestyle machine, beverage station, and a small cold station. Entering the second half has a hot line that for the most part wraps the back side all the way to the other side. This is the area where normally have the burgers, hot dogs and pizza. Pizza seemed to be only at the starboard side line. Just before reaching the seating in the back is the dessert island, same element as Freedom. Compared to Freedom, Adventure doesn't have the hot food islands in the back. Finally in the back seating area is a full service bar.

 

So after all that Windjammer talk, time for some pictures of tonight's delights. Theme was Italian, and it was posted in the Compass, with a live pasta station.

This was the small selection of Italian delights. Like the nice touch of the portioned servings.

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Moving to the back section was the Pasta live station (sorry no pictures), grill, Indian. Then moving to the other side pizza and burgers. Pizza was just to the left of the burgers. At night the burgers were hand formed while during lunch it was the bulk made frozen style patties.

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Finally the dessert island. Not pictured on the back side were cookies, more fruit, a hot dessert, plus gluten free items.

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Didn't try it, but the pie on the far left looked like a smaller version of the Key Lime Meringue pie from Chops.

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Some first day thoughts...

Love finally getting the chance to see origin story for the Freedom class. Odd being able to see the Promenade from end to end, so small compared to the Oasis class ones. Gal in the Pub had some entertaining not kid safe songs (check out the quick Scope).

Finally, clocks are changed early morning day 2.

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I’m not putting the pictures in but your windjammer post made me hungry!  I have been on freedom 2x and adventure 1x before refurb.  I found them alike more than not.  I think I will see a huge difference when I go on my first oasis class (allure) in March.  Jane

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7 hours ago, mom2mybugs said:

I’m not putting the pictures in but your windjammer post made me hungry!  I have been on freedom 2x and adventure 1x before refurb.  I found them alike more than not.  I think I will see a huge difference when I go on my first oasis class (allure) in March.  Jane

Yeah, going from Freedom to an Oasis class is a jump. Oasis class does have some common design elements. But for the most part it is new territory.

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7 hours ago, mom2mybugs said:

when I go on my first oasis class (allure) in March

Jane,

We have been on the Allure four times in the past couple of years and will go again in the future. Here's a neat thing, after the muster immediately head to deck 14, go to the port side all the way forward, through the sliding glass door and out onto the viewing deck. You will be standing over the bridge and can actually walk out onto the "wings". Great view for sailing our of the port. Word of caution, it is VERY windy! Enjoy your cruise. :27_sunglasses:

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Think @Matt said it best to me on the Brilliance cruise, "Sea days make boring writing up days." or something along those lines.

Today was case and point, so far. This morning was the Suite and Pinnacle reception in Geovanni's. Nice little spread I would have taken pictures of it had I remembered to put my memory card back in the camera. Either was write up is fine. Selections include some of the sushi offerings from Izumi, crab cakes, lamb chops, chicken lollipops, spinach manicotti, beef fillets, plus an assortment of desserts.

Afterwards headed back to the room and essentially went back to sleep. Finally woke up again and headed up to the Suite Lounge and was presented with some of the same items for the cocktail hour.

Right now, back in the room watching the sun set.

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10 hours ago, rjac said:

Jane,

We have been on the Allure four times in the past couple of years and will go again in the future. Here's a neat thing, after the muster immediately head to deck 14, go to the port side all the way forward, through the sliding glass door and out onto the viewing deck. You will be standing over the bridge and can actually walk out onto the "wings". Great view for sailing our of the port. Word of caution, it is VERY windy! Enjoy your cruise. :27_sunglasses:

I remember you mentioned this... It sounds sooo cool.  I'm going to try it for at least 1 sailaway.  If it's warm enough I will try Miami!  I'm a wimp for sure with cold!  Jane

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