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

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2 hours ago, Andrew72681 said:

Yoi never know, once one an around the world trip, a hotel in Hong Kong had checked out my social media presence and a solid chocolate airplane with edible runway was waiting for me in my room. That’s the difference between good and great service. 

Reyno did the same thing on our first SC cruise with him.  I do not have a FB page so he found nothing on me BUT Dan has a blog dealing almost exclusively with his Military service and military associations.  Reyno found that, recognized that Dan was a "milit'ry man" <in my best South African accent>.  Reyno was also a military officer (in the SA Army) so they had that kind of soldier-bond-thing going on from the beginning.  At the end of that cruise, Reyno gave Dan a solid bronze, antique ship's compass, which I thought was an extremely personal and considerate gift.  The Genies really do their homework and try and make your experience very very special.

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After the galley tour we headed to Studio B for an ice skating session. They set up an area for you to put on your skates. Each session lasts 30 min. The longer it takes you to get ready, the less time you get on the ice.

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22 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I am REALLY impressed.  I cannot imagine that you ate all of that food PLUS the seafood tower !  WOW.  There is no way we could have eaten all of that.

The seafood tower is a right of passage for Star Class.  Everyone orders it just because they can !  W ordered it one time...and we had a friend with us.  Dan said NEVER AGAIN !

Well to be fair, We ate the entire seafood tower but Hubby only ate half his branzino after that. And the lobster that I had only looked big. Really there was not too much there. 

But yes, I couldn’t pass up the tower on both nights because I have heard so much about it from the Star class folks 😆

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Reyno did the same thing on our first SC cruise with him.  I do not have a FB page so he found nothing on me BUT Dan has a blog dealing almost exclusively with his Military service and military associations.  Reyno found that, recognized that Dan was a "milit'ry man" <in my best South African accent>.  Reyno was also a military officer (in the SA Army) so they had that kind of soldier-bond-thing going on from the beginning.  At the end of that cruise, Reyno gave Dan a solid bronze, antique ship's compass, which I thought was an extremely personal and considerate gift.  The Genies really do their homework and try and make your experience very very special.

Would be interesting to know if RCCL has a set budget for the genies to spend on each guest in a SC cabin. 

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26 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

Would be interesting to know if RCCL has a set budget for the genies to spend on each guest in a SC cabin. 

Yeah...I have no idea.  I suspect, however, that they pay for these gifts out of their own pockets.

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28 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yeah...I have no idea.  I suspect, however, that they pay for these gifts out of their own pockets.

I’d bet that they don’t. And If they do we’d have been dramatically underestimating a genies earning power. According to the British butler institute who places the genies they only make 2150$ a month. 

https://www.britishbutlerinstitute.com/recruitment/positions/royale-genie-2018-and-beyond/

 

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This afternoon we had the Bridge tour. Again, Star Class had their own session and Araceli accompanied us the whole time. Pics will be later on this as it is on Hubby’s camera.

We asked Araceli to stop by just before the tour to give her this:

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I am hoping that she liked it.

Trying to find every excuse possible right now to not pack. Dinner is later at Jamie’s again. That’s all for now. 

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12 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Trying to find every excuse possible right now to not pack

Sabrina,

I have really enjoyed your blog on this cruise....even though you didn't post a selfie. But, your genie did! The photo of you and your family in Labadee with the model of the Harmony. Glad you all had a GREAT time, enjoy your last night and have a safe trip home. :27_sunglasses:

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Hi Sabrina.  I'm sitting in a hotel in Miami before flying back home tomorrow after our Symphony cruise and I just had to check in to your report and see how your week went in Harmony.  Looks amazing!!!  Wow..what a nice room! Seems like you're all having a fantastic time.  Amazing photos and descriptions.  Thanks for sharing and safe travels back.

P.S. I love those coconut ranger cookies and so mad I didn't have any all week.

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3 hours ago, ThyriC said:

OMG That note!!  From all of the goodies, all of the arrangements, that note brought a tear to my eye!   

Some of us here are crying too...😩

3 hours ago, JLMoran said:

Seriously, though -- Fantastic live blog you've done! You've definitely put the SC dream into my head; just maybe on a Q-class ship instead of O. 😉 

It doesn’t have to be a dream. There are deals to be found, especially on the Q class ships.

3 hours ago, KathyC said:

We may have to consider taking the plunge on being spoiled once we no longer are paying college tuition x2...

I may be in permanent dry dock once I have to start paying for university tuition x 2!

32 minutes ago, WannaCruise said:

Hi Sabrina.  I'm sitting in a hotel in Miami before flying back home tomorrow after our Symphony cruise and I just had to check in to your report and see how your week went in Harmony.  Looks amazing!!!  Wow..what a nice room! Seems like you're all having a fantastic time.  Amazing photos and descriptions.  Thanks for sharing and safe travels back.

P.S. I love those coconut ranger cookies and so mad I didn't have any all week.

We did have a fantastic time! Safe travels to you too tomorrow 😊

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Dinner Night 7: Back to Jamie’s 

Food fatigue has definitely set in as we were barely able to eat once the main entree rolled around. Menu is the same as night 2.

Bread tray to start.

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We skipped the Vegetable Plank on Night 2 so we got it tonight.

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Arancini & Funky Chips

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D10 had the Kid’s Sliders

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Penne Carbonara

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Tagliatelle Bolognese

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Jamie’s Burger

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Epic Brownie

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Lemon Cheesecake

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Time to detox now 😆

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Araceli asked us earlier what time we would like to get off. We named a time and it was as easy as that. Luggage valet is covered so we signed up for that. I will report tomorrow on how the walk of sadness goes.

Rohan our loft attendant has been wonderful!  I have heard many great things about Rohan in the past and was super excited when I heard on embarkation day that he was our attendant. I have never met a stateroom attendant who is more personal and proud of his job than Rohan. We will miss our chats and fist bumps with him in the hallway. The conversation never ends when you talk to Rohan, and it’s not one that you want to end.  I have learned so much from Rohan, he has been a loft attendant since OA class began in 2009. He has been with Royal since the days of Legend of the Seas!  Tomorrow he goes home for vacation and I am so happy for him.  

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So what did we think of Star Class overall?

Well, if you have not picked up on it yet, we simply loved it!  And I knew it and you all knew it, I am most definitely spoiled for all other cruises from this point onwards.

I am completely in love with not only SC, but Deck 17 itself. I need to find my way back the the “gated community” somehow. There is something indescribable about these lofts, the high ceilings, the two bathrooms, the open and airy feel of the room, these are the things I love about the loft.  The location to CK and the SL for these rooms is also so convenient.  Nothing beats that!  And the hallways are extra wide up here.

Hopefully a few months in dry dock will condition us for our JS on Anthem GC in July. 

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, there are many types of cruisers and you have to know which category you fall under. We know what “type” we are and what is important to us. For us, the perks of SC are worth it, given the right price. The room is also worth it because we spend a lot of time in our cabin. 

What did we get the most use of from our perks?  

Specialty dining for sure. We tried almost everything that we possibly could. I am afraid to step on the scale Monday morning. The kids also made very good use of the in-room specialty dining. They only ate with us 3 out of the 7 nights. The rest, they ordered in from specialty.  Also, as I stated before, the reserved seating is a big deal for us because we are show people. The girls are too. So having that perk was awesome. Only once did we get questioned about why “those seats” were saved for us.  Araceli had a great explanation for them and she explained it ever so kindly. We also could not resist putting our two cents in. 

We lucked out big time with Araceli. She is so personable and kind. Her smile does not ever fade. We have exchanged well over 100 emails back and forth since her first contact. She is amazing with communicating!  Never did a dinner go by where she did not come in to check on us. During the day, she would either come to find us or email me to check in if we needed anything. So thankful too that we have had the opportunity to sit down with her for some conversations and get to know her as a person. She is simply wonderful!  Going to miss her for sure! 

Early start for us tomorrow so I will end off here.  I will update from the airport to comment on the walk off.  

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8 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

This afternoon we had the Bridge tour. Again, Star Class had their own session and Araceli accompanied us the whole time. Pics will be later on this as it is on Hubby’s camera.

We asked Araceli to stop by just before the tour to give her this:

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I am hoping that she liked it.

Trying to find every excuse possible right now to not pack. Dinner is later at Jamie’s again. That’s all for now. 

She must have absolutely loved all of this!

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