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“I Dream of Genie” – Star Class - Harmony of the Seas – 03/10/19-03/17/19

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8 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Currently sitting in our room and soaking it all in while we wait for our Izumi lunch delivery. 

Still on my bucket list. Then again it is fun having the menu left at the table.

Most of the time I'd just stop by and put in a to-go order. Will give them credit on Symphony offering to have it delivered.

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Depending on how many people we are talking about AND your Genie, it can work out just fine.

On 2 of our 6 Star Class cruises, we have cruised with "others".  One of the things that is included in your introductory email from the Genie is a line that tells you that your SC amenities are available ONLY to those persons traveling in SC.  I have no doubt that they mean it....BUT both times that I have been on a SC cruise with friends, the Genie did their very BEST to include them whenever they could.

For instance...when we went to dinner, the Genies both always made the reservations for the entire group.  Of course, those not in SC had to pay for their meals, but the Genies never balked at making reservations for everyone.  Also, when it came time to reserve seats for the entertainment events, they were also always included.  Now granted, on the first "friends" cruise, there were only 2 of the 6 of us that were not SC so it was fairly easy to include these 2 others...and on the second such cruise, there was only 1 person who was not SC. 

Does your Genie have a right to say "no".  Absolutely.  Will they ?  Hard to say.  As long as you are not asking to have them join you in the Suites Lounge (we NEVER did that) or partake in any freebie food or drinks, I doubt they will say no.  If it is a very large group, then the Genie would probably have to decline to include them all.

I have found that it was helpful to forewarn the Genies that you have some additional people who may be joining you for some events.  It's easier that way than to spring it on them at the last minute.

This is really helpful, thank you! One family is Sky class and we don’t plan to ever ask for the third family to join us in CK or the lounge. They do have the key though, so that helps a bit. The only thing we were hoping for is some help moving some times for existing reservations that we’ve booked for the 6 adults that aren’t ideal times.  

Neither group is big. 4 in each family. We are the biggest group with 8 of us in our suite. DH, me and all the kids. It’ll be a bit chaotic for our genie regardless. 🤣

I’m assuming if we order food in our cabin it’s ok to have the non suite family there, though? Since we have the deck 8 ATS, we plan to hang out on our balcony one night. 

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7 minutes ago, Minicruiser said:

 

I’m assuming if we order food in our cabin it’s ok to have the non suite family there, though? Since we have the deck 8 ATS, we plan to hang out on our balcony one night. 

Yes..you can order from the main dining menu, specialty restaurants or room service and have it delivered to your room.  They can set up the ATS table on the balcony for you.  With 8 in the room, you can get 8 entrees, apps, desserts, etc. at once so that would be plenty to share with your guests.  All of the food will get delivered at once, just a heads up..they're going to need all the flat surfaces they can if you do order 8 of each 😉

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Wow @Lovetocruise2002 what an amazing suite. I think I could happily sleep out on that balcony! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous accommodations. Sounds like the perks are also working out great for your family. I loved seeing all those beverages in your mini fridge! 😂 I would say something to the effect of “hope you are having fun”... but I KNOW you are!!!

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On 3/10/2019 at 5:39 PM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I will recap later tonight after Grease 😉

How was the performance of Grease?  Was it the same cast as in 2017? 

Wow your pics of your suite are stunning!  The windows from the 2 stories are so massive!  Makes it look like you are the only ones on the ship!  I'm so happy for you and your family!  Enjoy every moment!!!  We will be eating at La Bamba in 16 days and staying at our favorite hotel the Embassy Suites there on 17th that is right in front of the restaurant and Publix!  We will head over to Miami the next morning.  You are making me so excited about our 9 night Navigator on March 29th!  

Please keep the great pictures coming!

Michelle

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@Minicruiser...exactly as @AshleyDillo described, you can order as much specialty as you want and invite anyone you want.

9 hours ago, pepperandchips said:

Wow @Lovetocruise2002 what an amazing suite. I think I could happily sleep out on that balcony! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous accommodations. Sounds like the perks are also working out great for your family. I loved seeing all those beverages in your mini fridge! 😂 I would say something to the effect of “hope you are having fun”... but I KNOW you are!!!

We are having the best time ever! How could we not? But we have barely left Deck 17! 😜

9 hours ago, MamaShark said:

@Lovetocruise2002 We Loved watching the Fine Line Practices from ATS w/lunch in the room. Your Suite and food pictures got me misty eyed😅 Don’t forget the seafood Tower and the kids will have fun with staff antics at hibachi! 

Seafood tower and hibachi are coming in the next few days.

6 hours ago, Cruising to Retirement! said:

How was the performance of Grease?  Was it the same cast as in 2017? 

Wow your pics of your suite are stunning!  The windows from the 2 stories are so massive!  Makes it look like you are the only ones on the ship!  I'm so happy for you and your family!  Enjoy every moment!!!  We will be eating at La Bamba in 16 days and staying at our favorite hotel the Embassy Suites there on 17th that is right in front of the restaurant and Publix!  We will head over to Miami the next morning.  You are making me so excited about our 9 night Navigator on March 29th!  

Please keep the great pictures coming!

Michelle

Cannot take credit for the pics. All Hubby 😊

Grease did not have the same cast as 2017 and we are having a hard time deciding if we liked the cast here this time or on Indy more. 

Enjoy LaBamba! Don’t forget to have a fried ice cream and think of me back at work. 😉😔

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Back to yesterday afternoon before VOOM went wonky....

Araceli booked us a private escape room session with 2 other Star class families that we met a year ago. The story of our meeting is too long to explain but it would make a great story for a group cruise.  Anyway, we booked it private because we all have kids under 12 and we wanted them to come. Normally the minimum age limit is 14 to participate. 

You begin by watching a video outside of Adventure Ocean:

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After the video, you proceed into the actual room:

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No photography allowed inside sorry. You get 60 minutes to look for and solve a series of puzzles. It was not the easiest. Turns out some of the kids were very helpful.  This was our result in the end...

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Even Star Class can’t get you out in time 😜

And yes, we asked if we could call our Genies and they said no 😂

Back into the cabin to get ready for dinner and an Insider messaged me to ask me to do a speed test. 

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It was literally right after this when VOOM became doomed 😉

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Dinner Night 2: Jamie’s 

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Appetizers: Funky Chips, Arancini, Crab & Avacado Brushetta

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Kid’s slider burger 

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Penne Carbonara

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Prawn Linguine

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Truffle Tagliatelle 

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Our waitress did not want to give us a dessert menu...

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This is why....

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Dinner was typical Jamie’s...so great! When we left we could barely move again 😆

 

 

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@WAAAYTOOO always talks about the benefits of star class that cannot be quantified. Here is another example...

Last night, we were supposed to watch The Fine Line at 8:30pm. Midway through dinner, Araceli came to inform us that it was cancelled due to 2 cast memebers being sick and they needed them for the show. Then she told us not to worry, she already reworked everything for us so that we could watch it Night 4 instead and she moved our comedy reservation (originally on Night 4) to tonight.  Now, if not for SC, you would at this point be left scrambling to re-work your schedule and hope that something else isn’t filled up so that you can move things around.  Even Hubby noticed how seamless the switch was this time.  

That left the kids high and dry for entertainment so they told her that they would watch a movie in the room (complimentary movies for SC). Cue Genie magic, this was the movie snack delivery:

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When we got the to the comedy show it was packed (probably because The Fine Line was cancelled). The standby line extended almost to the theatre. We asked earlier that she save us a seat on the couch in the middle of the Attic. Sure enough, in the middle of an already packed  room, was a double couch with two SC drapes. This was our view:

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Standing room only last night.  

We ended off the night back in our suite to kids on a sugar high. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

 

Araceli booked us a private escape room session with 2 other Star class families that we met a year ago. The story of our meeting is too long to explain but it would make a great story for a group cruise.  Anyway, we booked it private because we all have kids under 12 and we wanted them to come. Normally the minimum age limit is 14 to participate. 

This looks so fun and I love that the younger kids got to participate!! I think escape rooms are great for kids! How many people does the room hold? Our total travel group is 16. I’m wondering if the genie would let us book our private session with our non-SC friends if they paid. 🤔  Or maybe just add in a few of them and not the whole bunch? 

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