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It is our opinion that 270 (on Anthem) is, by far, the best RCL venue we have seen (not as many cruises or different ships as some of you). That is followed by the Imperial Lounge on Adventure. The counterpart here on Symphony is called On Air. We are not fans of this venue. Comparatively, it is too small and awkwardly designed. So far, this is actually our only disappointment, so all is good, no, all is great.

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Another favorite spot of ours, Schooner Bar, is better designed on Adventure, but here on Symphony it is next to the casino so no smell of smoke.

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Day 5 already. Docked in St Thomas.  We have the RCL excursion to St. John (Trunk Bay) booked. We have been to Megan's Bay here before (gorgeous). St. John has been on my bucket list.

 

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5 hours ago, Miller Lite said:

Looks like it could double as a kids lounge.

That's what I was thinking. That or a waiting room of some kind. Doesn't look like a nice place to sit and an relax anyway 

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2 hours ago, hayley_bopp said:

That's what I was thinking. That or a waiting room of some kind. Doesn't look like a nice place to sit and an relax anyway 

Seating is pretty uncomfortable. But this where they have a lot of trivia and other games. Terrible venue.

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Family comedy in Royal Theater tonight. CD Mike is a magician. He did about 20 minutes and was funny and talented and very touching at the end. Love and Marriage is on later and we are really looking forward to that. Comedian  Simeon Kirkiles was decent. Comedian  Rodney Johnson was hysterical. We will try to catch their adult shows also.

Here's the backstory on Mike

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Love and Marriage 

AM Katy did the selection process first and made it a lot of fun. The game was formatted differently than we've seen before but still great. Mike is a funny guy. He and Katy are a good team.

Definitely looking forward Quest.

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12 minutes ago, CGTLH said:

Have to say the Pub singer has a great sense of humor. Definitely more personality than the one on Harmony.

I've enjoyed everyone we've heard in Boleros. We missed this, but SIL and friend went to Jazz on 4 Tuesday night and said it was fabulous.

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Finally getting to yesterday's St. John's excursion. We chose the Royal's Trunk Bay outing just to have the piece of mind of the ship waiting for us. We paid $66 for it and felt it was worth it. It included a narrated 40 minute or so boat transport from St. Thomas to St. John, a narrated 20 minute or so ride from dock in St John to Trunk Bay Beach, guided snorkeling with free rental gear. The driver to the beach (on very winding roads) was the safest, nicest driver we've ever had. If you get the chance, ask for Smittie.

We were amazed at how uncrowded the beach was considering there were other ships in port, some hotels have reopened and locals. White sand was fine, water was clear, no rocks or sea weed...very beautiful. However, in my opinion and despite how long I've waited to get there, it came in 3rd on my beach list, tied with Megan's Bay in St. Thomas.  1 is Barbados and 2 is Bermuda (we have not been to Europe). Sorry, no pictures from snorkeling. Stunning nonetheless.

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Learned some very interesting facts (well, to me, anyway) about St Thomas and St. John

After the hurricanes they were without electricity for 150 days.

Only 3 hotels have reopened..Marriot is still gutted inside and Ritz Carlton has reopened only 1 of 6 sections.

USVI has 32 islands, only 8 of which are inhabited. Some of those have as little as 1 resident!

Pillsbury Sound starts where the Sea ends and runs between St. Thomas and St. John.

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These condos started at $1.3M and  by the time construction finished were selling for up to $3.5M.

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House on the left with the white staircase (leading to a pool) was used in filming the first 6 seasons of Charlie's  Angels. House next to it was Carol Burnet's (dating myself...most of you are probably saying "who is that"?) And next to that is Kelsey Grammar's. Further down (not shown) is Kenney Chesney's.

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Finally got some shots of the entire ship.

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Only complaint is the show is soooo much better at night. The lighting adds another depth that is just washed out during the day.

Understand the challenges of having  to reschedule due to the cast from the show is used at other venues for backstage assistance.

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