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LindaN

Symphony of the Seas - Apr 13 2019 - Eastern Caribbean

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Things we loved

We loved all the shows (Hair Spray was my fav), the pool contests (sexy man, belly flop), line dancing at boleros, and the adult games we went to.  I loved that they took pictures at night around dinner and that there were so many backgrounds and photographers.  I loved that some of them had little steps my daughter could stand on.  I loved all the frozen drinks had alcoholic and non alcoholic.  Even the bionic bar had non alcohol drinks my daughter could try.

We loved all the games at On Air every night.  We played Majority rules, Rock the Room, several music ones and we even sang family karaoke, although they need more Toby Keith songs to choose from.  We sang Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (probably not as appropriate on an international cruise as say How Do You Like Me Now or Red Solo Cup would have been).  We had a blast at the selfie scavenger hunt.  We loved all the parties on the promenade.

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Adventure Ocean

My daughter loved it and wanted to go there the min we were not doing something fun.  I thought she would want to be at the pool 24/7 but she had so much fun at AO. She is 7 and not can be a handful.  When you register your kid they ask if they are on any meds and I said Ritilan.  Because she is hyper they immediately flagged me for getting a phone and they handed me one every time I dropped her off.  They said if she was more than they could control they would have me pick her up.   The people that work there are saints,  I didn’t hear complaints or get calls.   They did want to call me one day but they had written the wrong phone number down, but they got her to settle down.

AO info

On Sea days the sessions are 9-12, 5-7, and 7-10.  There is also a 10-2 session but you pay $7 an hour for that.  Your kid can go in with a diff age group but once they switch they have to stay in the new group.  My daughter was in the 6-8 group but she made friends with a 9 year old and so she wanted to move groups.  They let her try the 9-11 group (with a trial pass) to be with her friend, but told her after that session she had to decide which group.  She was almost in tears when I picked her up and said she wanted to stay with 6-8.

I really wish they had a 12-2 session.  RC scheduled adult only things during the 12-2 session that my husband and I would have gone too if we could have left her at AO.  For example, Martini seminar, Next Cruise presentation, adult scrapbooking, and slot tournaments were all around 1pm.  Hello RC???? You would have gotten more money from me if I could have put my kid somewhere!!!  Another scheduling oversight was the Easter Festival stuff.  Why would they put that at 5:15?  Most parents with young kids probably have 5:30 dinner.  Put the Easter stuff from 12-2 on a sea day and put the adult stuff when AO is avail.

Anyway, I was very pleased with the entire AO staff.  They must be exhausted when they get off.  When I pick my kid up from stuff I always hear about problems, and have to give a long explanation of why she’s that way, why she’s not socialized as well as other kids her age, and beg places to let her stay.  

One last comment, my daughter kept coming back from AO with a British accent, probably nothing they can do about that.  Could not take pictures in there.

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1 hour ago, JLMoran said:

We stayed in a J4 (Spa Jr Suite), which is smaller than the J1 / Large JS.

WOW  The Spa Jr Suite sounds very nice.  We are in the hump area on deck 9.  We upgraded to the J1 for $70 so jumped at it from the regular JS.  The balcony definitely looks large and the room sq. footage and pics inside the room makes it look quite larger than our original JS.  Thanks again for the info.

1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

It was a J3 at the time that we booked it or FS (family junior suite). I don’t know what it is officially called now after recategorization. 

So glad you liked your room.  I didn't notice the pullman in pic but wasn't looking really.  I'll let you know about the CK!

Happy Easter All!  I've got to get ready for Mass!

Michelle

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Food

We did the main dining room every night and Windjammer for breakfast.  We tried a few places for lunch.  Our staff in the main dining room was amazing, we loved them. I wish we we were not on the 5th level.  We watched joggers and a life boat every mean.  I was pretty upset by the view, I wanted to be watching the ocean.  I will check our dining room view and table first thing for every cruise from now on, when I first get on the boat.  I requested a big table, was hoping for 2 other families with kids at our table.  We were at a table for 6 and our table mates were not there half the nights.  Our MDT was my biggest problem with the cruise.  The WJ view was what I wanted to see in the MDR.

We tried playmakers one afternoon and it took 30 mins just to get waited on and another 30 before getting an appetizer.  We left before my husbands sandwich even came.  The potato skins cheese was runny and gross.  We sat down at Jonny Rockets one afternoon to get shakes but no one waited on us so we just left after 30 min’s.

Sorrento’s had the best fast food pizza ever.  They needed to put the all meat pizza out. They had it one night then not again.   The cafe in Central Park had the best creme puffs I have ever had in my life.

I wish there had been a late night small cafe for desserts, like 10-1.  Our daughter did the 5-7 dinner with AO 2 nights and they don’t let the kids get desserts.  We picked her up and WJ was closed.   Some nights we wanted sweets after On Air games and nothing was open but the candy store.

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

It was a J3 at the time that we booked it or FS (family junior suite). I don’t know what it is officially called now after recategorization. We had that room on Anthem in March 2018 and the same thing for the Anthem GC this July. We like that room because it has the additional Pullman. 

We loved that room style on harmony as well. Even though there was only three of us, my daughter still always used the Pullman bed instead of the sofa bed. We were on deck 8 right behind chops. It also makes that Hallway quiet as there’s not rooms on the other side of the hallway. 

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Excursions

St Kitts, we did the dolphin experience.  Was awesome and we had time to shop after.

St Thomas, we did a sail and snorkel to Turtle Bay.  It was awesome too.  I wanted to see turtles and we did, they were all over.  A guy from a diff boat almost drowned though.  They had to rescue him on a raft and revive him.  I swam right by him and saw him hanging onto the boat line.  A few min’s later we heard the call for a rescue.  I kicked myself for not recognizing he was in trouble.  We had rum punch on the boat back and it was all around awesome.  We even had time to buy some souvenirs at the port before our excursion.  

Nassau, we did Atlantis.  I’m glad we did it but it was a rip off for that price.  By the time we got to Atlantis it was 11:30, and we were the first group off the boat.  The bus and directions and wristband were so disorganized.  We had to head back to get the 2pm bus at 1:30.  We basically had 2 hours there.  We did the rapid lazy river twice, had lunch and left.  It was basically $100 a lap around the river.

We we’re back on the boat by 3 and I watched for pier runners.  The boat left around 5:00 ish, even though all aboard was 3:30.  Not even the late people were not running.   If you want to watch for pier runners on the Eastern Caribbean get a room on the starboard side.  We watched for runners at all 3 ports.

 

Limits on Things

One thing I did not like was the limits on things for my daughter.  Try telling a 7 year old she can’t do a zip line cuz she doesn’t weigh enough, or go on the flow rider cuz she’s not tall enough, or swim with dolphins because she’s not old enough.  She does zip lines all the time off the boat.  We took her to Theater of the Seas after the boat to get pushed and pulled by dolphins, so it wasn’t that big of a deal, but RC seems to have higher limits on things than other places.  Oh, and they said kids under 18 couldn’t even play some game at on air on night.  It was a finish the lyrics game and the host said kids wouldn’t know songs from the 70’s and 80’s, or something like that.  I thought it was pretty  lame because compass did not list the game as 18+.

 

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On 4/21/2019 at 8:00 PM, LindaN said:

 

Limits on Things

One thing I did not like was the limits on things for my daughter.  Try telling a 7 year old she can’t do a zip line cuz she doesn’t weigh enough, or go on the flow rider cuz she’s not tall enough, or swim with dolphins because she’s not old enough.  She does zip lines all the time off the boat.  We took her to Theater of the Seas after the boat to get pushed and pulled by dolphins, so it wasn’t that big of a deal, but RC seems to have higher limits on things than other places.  Oh, and they said kids under 18 couldn’t even play some game at on air on night.  It was a finish the lyrics game and the host said kids wouldn’t know songs from the 70’s and 80’s, or something like that.  I thought it was pretty  lame because compass did not list the game as 18+.

 

 

 

 

These limits are something that worries me. Even for something simple like the slides on the ship at splashaway bay. Minimum height is 42 inches. By the time we sail my daughter will be about 40 inches so wont be able to partake. And she goes on slides that look much bigger then those at the park all the time. I anticipate a sad conversation telling her she isnt big enough.

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