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Recap Day 3 ( did I mention this was going to be a “as live as I can make it” blog..?? 😂😂

Today is a Sea day, aka relaxation day!! I am not one to sleep in on a cruise or in life for that matter… So waking up today at almost 8 o’clock was completely foreign to me!  I think it had something to do with the fact that I was up until 3 AM channeling my inner @CruiseLifeRick dancing in the attic!  

So we eventually started our day by eating breakfast at an amazing alternative, Johnny Rockets. Breakfast is included in your cruise fare on oasis class ships! And it just might be our best breakfast thus far!




We relaxed during the morning just walking around the ship until it was time for our All Acsess tour.  We stopped by the Trellis bar in Central Park for a quick Lava Flow!  Yum!!


D48E96AA-409B-4BFD-9E73-516F0724E163.thumb.jpeg.3827f42adedb71678d93f14089672061.jpeg  This tour is 2 1/2 hours.  You go to the Galley, the engine room, the food lockers, down I95 which is basically the hallway that goes from forward all the way to aft on deck 2. You also get to go to the laundry room, the incinerator room, and the bridge!  Some of the areas you go to are underwater which is quite neat.  It is neat to see all these areas but really the crew makes this tour!  Our tour guide and the rest of the crew that showed us the different areas were fantastic, very personable and of course knowledgeable. The tour cost is $130 per person and I would highly recommend it!  It’s one of those tours you really only need to do once but is well worth it and for us it only made sense to do it on symphony, the largest cruise ship!  






They give you champagne after the galley part of the tour03D71C3A-223D-457B-8741-3D730BAAEEDF.thumb.jpeg.6bb3d59a0f0e0dd2d958fdad9779e5af.jpeg

In the engine room 



-40 degree food locker hubby walked into.  I walked in for 10 seconds and walked back out 😂F355E381-8D14-48F8-8FB3-9EE261515B63.thumb.jpeg.cfe14b48b9c856bf28a04e5a374f3580.jpeg

Hubby helped in the laundry room.  He’s a keeper ❤️93E44AB5-5B10-466E-B75B-9A5F2710372C.thumb.jpeg.9037357cb54f382e9a6e2c1d6b62861c.jpeg



This is George!  Everyone say Hi to George 😊

4041ED90-3BC8-4092-ABFB-6D6672EFB685.thumb.jpeg.92983cee6092464ad080eb30d6aa6fb8.jpegHere is another piece of artwork that they placed in the Promenade. I believe all ships in the fleet have a vehicle of some sort on the promenade (if the ship has a promenade) and they decided to go in a different direction for the vehicle on Symphony.  It is a vehicle… But it’s more of a piece of art.  Pretty cool!


Also if you use the Royal app they have this neat x-ray feature for a piece of artwork here on symphony. This is on deck 12 right outside of the aft elevator bank.  



After the tour we headed up to El Loco Fresh for a nice, quick lunch.  The chicken burrito and chicken quesadilla hit the spot and the lime and scallion sour cream was fantastic!  We paired this with a Stella 🙂



Tonight we had specialty dining reservations at chops. Another wonderful meal and instead of a dessert, as I was quite full, I opted for a dessert coffee instead. It hit the spot for sure!




Once again we went and listened to Billy in the schooner bar for a while and then headed over to the pub to listen to some Guitar pop tunes before calling it a night. The gentleman in the pub was fantastic and the venue was packed!  

On to St. Thomas tomorrow!














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3 minutes ago, Karahvacatimes said:

I apologize for the duplicate photos!  Tried to delete but they just keep popping up 😢

@Karahvacatimes between you and @Marc Van Niekerk, I really need to try that Johnny Rockets breakfast!  We have been missing out.  All these OA class cruises and I have not tried it once yet!  Looks great compared to the cereal that I just had lol.

About the duplicates, they might be stored twice in your attachments.  That might be why they are coming up twice.  That happened to me my first blog.  I figured it out eventually that was the problem.

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7 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

@Karahvacatimes between you and @Marc Van Niekerk, I really need to try that Johnny Rockets breakfast!  We have been missing out.  All these OA class cruises and I have not tried it once yet!  Looks great compared to the cereal that I just had lol.

About the duplicates, they might be stored twice in your attachments.  That might be why they are coming up twice.  That happened to me my first blog.  I figured it out eventually that was the problem.

@Lovetocruise2002 You certainly do, one of the great features of Oasis class.  Don't underestimate the breakfast at El Loco Fresh either.  It was quite good.


@Karahvacatimes Wonderful blog.  brings back so many great memories for me of our time on Symphony.

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42 minutes ago, Garnet21 said:

Karah,  please "live blog" every cruise you go on!! I am really enjoying all the great  photos and detail. You and Dusty know how to cruise and have a wonderful  time.  I hope we are on the same ship sometime soon!  😄  


Thank you so much Mariana!!



























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Recap Day 4

Welcome, welcome to St. Thomas!  It has been quite a few years since I have visited St Thomas Virgin Islands!  Once again we decided to go out on our own and did not book a Royal excursion for this port.

We decided to start out our day by eating some breakfast on our balcony. We opted for El Loco fresh and if you like breakfast burritos, I would highly recommend trying this on symphony at least once.



We docked at Crown Bay which is further away from the downtown area. The Celebrity equinox was also in port with us. 





We decided to head to the Sky Ride (Gondola) to Paradise point.  We took an open air shuttle that was six dollars per person. There is still quite a bit of devastation from the hurricane. The cost for the shkyride is $21 per person (I apologize that I did not ask if there was a children’s or senior fare). 



Once up top you are able to see a beautiful view of downtown and Port Haven.  This is the view that you see on all Saint Thomas postcards.  Here’s one for the running!  



There were four ships docked in Port Haven today.  The MSC Seaside, the Carnival Sensation, the Carnival Horizon, and a Norwegian ship. The Norwegian ship was leaving as we arrived and the smaller Carnival ship was arriving about the same time.

Once at the top they have a few shops and a restaurant/bar.  We enjoyed a couple drinks and some nachos!  




After heading down we decided to walk to downtown Charlotte Amalie to do a little shopping and grab another drink before heading back to port.  


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We sailed away from Saint Thomas at 7 o’clock local time. This was the first time I have done a sailaway at night. It was absolutely stunning! 


Tonight we had Izumi Hibachi for dinner.  Our reservation was at 9 o’clock and we did not finish until about 10:30.  It was a fantastic meal and our chef was very entertaining!  You cannot choose hibachi with any specialty dining package so we purchased it for $49 per person once on board.  Any sushi rolls you choose are extra.   I believe we received some royal wow via the Key as they did not charge us for our sushi roll and took $10 off our check.  The waitress also gave us individual attention throughout the meal.  


Baked snow crab Dynamite roll




After all that walking today we decided to call it a night quite early and headed to bed right after dinner.  A cat has joined our towel animal family 😊


 I will leave you today with another piece of artwork in the stairwell here on symphony.  


 Dreams Of cruising.......

St.Kitts tomorrow!




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15 minutes ago, Karahvacatimes said:

 I will leave you today with another piece of artwork in the stairwell here on symphony.  


 Dreams Of cruising.......

Great blog Karah.  Looks like a great time. 

Wonder why our friends Pippa & Marianna come to mind when I see this photo???


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Day 5 Recap - St Kitts/Nevis

Captain Rob had us alongside in St. Kitts at 7:00 AM.  We enjoyed watching the docking process this morning and I did a scope welcoming everyone!

We decided to grab a bite to eat in Park Cafe which is located in Central Park.  They have breakfast sandwiches, burritos, bagels with various toppings, pastries, etc for breakfast.  On Symphony they do NOT have.a coffee bar with specialty coffee but do have regular coffee, tea, and juices.  This is where you will find the famous roast beef sandwich as well.



Once we disembarked, we headed to find a taxi to bing us to Timothy Hill which is where you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other.  Our taxi driver was Eunice Williams.  He was a fantastic tour guide as well, giving us a history of the island, its economy, and pointing out various places along the way.  It cost us $32 round trip and it took about 10-15 minutes to get there from the port.  The views are breathtaking!  They also have folks up there who try to have you interact with the monkeys but beware, you will be asked to give them some money if you partake.  We did not.  






Once we were finished taking our thousands of photos, I asked Williams (this is what he told us to call him) if there was a beach nearby that had a bar and some shade.  He told us about the Carambola Beach Club which was just down the other side of the hill.  He brought us there and did not charge us extra for the ride.  There is a large beach with umbrellas and beach beds.  It was quite crowded on this particular day.  We decided to just sit at the bar indoors and have a couple drinks.  It also has a restaurant.  It was very clean and nice.  Williams waited for us there which was about an hour.  






We headed back to port, did a little shopping, and enjoyed the local festivities.



“no paparazzi” he said 😂😂😂


The Coasta Pacifica was in port with us today.



Once back on board I did a ship tour on Periscope (again if you have the periscope app, feel free to look back on my scopes.  My Periscope name is @karahvacatimes)

We decided to head to the Rising Tide bar afterwards.  This is the bar that starts in the Promenade on deck 5 and brings you up to Central Park on Deck 8.  When running it departs each location every 20-30 minutes.  



We headed up to Vintages where they were having Sangria hour.  This was our first time at Vintages but the sangrias were tasty!


We took a night off from Specialty dining and headed to the Windjammer for dinner.  The one thing I love about the jammer is that you can have American, Mexican, and Chinese food all in one sitting!

Our evening consisted of checking out the "Big Wonder" in the Solarium,



taking in a set at Jazz on 4, and the Love and Marriage show which is always a favorite!  Dusty went to bed a bit early so I headed to Red (the late night dance party) with a few wonderful folks I had met on this very cruise.  


And what better way to end the late night than with some yummy Sorrentos pizza!


Two more days AND they are both Sea days!

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