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On 6/7/2019 at 10:16 AM, Traveler said:

Time arrived , another half YOLO cruise will start soon , YOLO since we booked it only at April. This is the 5th time we are doing the same cruise (Two times on Symphony, one time on  Harmony and one time on Liberty) but there are always something new to do in each one of the Med ports

Here is our plans :

Day -1 – Barcelona/ Brussels  - our flight is planned via brussels as it was the cheapest option , the only issue is  that it comes with a very long stopover, the plan is to try and take an earlier fight from brussels , if not we will take the train to the city and eat fresh fries and maybe some famous Belgium chocolates.

Day 1 – Barcelona.

Day 2 – Palma de Mallorca, we have some excursion planned to the north part of the island.

Day 3 -  Marseilles , take the buss to the city and walkaround  until I will  need to catch a conference call , work related (the things I am doing to be able and cruise more).

Day 4 - Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) – I might have something special for this port , a trip to Milan airport to retrieve what I left there yesterday , more about it later.

Day 5 –Rome (Civitavecchia) – I booked a train trip to Rome , directly with the railway company , ¼ of the price the ship offers , to be on the safe side we are planning to catch the 4 PM train back  which should bring us 3 hours before all aboard.

Day 6-  Naples (Capri) – No plans yet , we might take the bicycle tour if the weather will be nice or  rent a car or just go off the ship and tour the city.

Day 7 – be sad the cruise is over maybe overcome it with the Chef table.
Day 8 – catch a 9:30 am flight back home (yes , we are walking over the edge this) time  , still trying to see if I can find a direct flight in a decent price , if not it will be a very early day for us.

We're doing a Med cruise next May and I can't wait!  Our youngest is currently traveling through Italy on a study abroad and the pictures he is sending back are amazing. We are doing a round trip from Barcelona.  Hoping our flights are not too bad, as there are four of us going.  We have the same ports as you.  Will be weird to have six ports in a row but we'll use that last sea day to sleep and recuperate after all that walking. 

I'm looking forward to your daily reports to put into my notes!  Our son was in Florence & Rome for about four days each, so hoping he will assist in what to do/where to go for each.  They spent an afternoon touring Naples in transit to Sorrento, and he wasn't impressed but loved the day they spent in Capri, so pretty sure that's where we'll head in that port.  But I know nothing about the first two stops.  

May 2020 is wayyyyy too far away!  Looking forward to following along! 

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26 minutes ago, KathyC said:

going a round trip from Barcelona.  Hoping our flights are not too bad

If flights are planned good they are bearable , most of the flights to Europe will be afternoon/night flights , they will arrive early morning so make sure you have an early check in option in the hotel , that for sure can help.

Regarding the 6 ports , some are short like Palama some are long like Florence and Rome. Do not try to do everything 🙂 Capri is very nice , I would not miss it. . 

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Day 1 Barcelona ,

As always on a cruise day I got up  around 6 am just to realize that I am going to loose this time the endless battle of “should we go to the port early as possible or not”. My spouse was so tired , the fact she just came back from a business trip to  the US did not helped. Know  to recognize a lost battle I also went back to sleep (hey if you can not beat then join them and if you can not join them then run but I do not have this option anymore 😊 ) @Matt any good advice how to handle it ? . Around 9:30 PM we went down to eat breakfast , took our time there  and checked out around 10:45.
15 minutes after and 23 Euros we arrived the port , no traffic at all even inside the port. There were some lines to drop the luggage as many people missed to add the tags , but it was not more than 5 minutes. Only two lines for security were established , Diamond and above and all the rest , but no queues at all. Check in was separated to regular , gold , Platinum and above + the key . Check in took 5 minutes , 4 of them as I wanted to switch my CC  I used for online check in with another. All in all it took us around 10 minutes to complete all the process and get onto the ship , Love Barcelona port , everything simple. They offer some “champagne” on deck 5, we took our internet password and went to seat at park café for a light snack,

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the next station was the WJ as no boarding day can complete without visit to the WJ, interesting , it was quite empty for 12:30 PM ,  maybe since many people are coming from Europe they were flying the same day (very bad advice) the WJ food was the same old lunch food.

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We went to visit the diamond club , first time for us as we just got our diamond status, we tried the coffee and took some pictures which I shared yesterday , but that time the rooms were ready so we could drop our carryon. Our luggage arrive 5 minutes after, guess the tip helped (or at least I want to think like that so I can tell some people “told you so” 😊 ). It took me some time searching for the walking in closet to drop the suitcase just to realize I am not in a JS this time we are in a boardwalk balcony room  ,very near the back of the ship with wonderful view of the aqua theater , the plus is the Soda package that comes with the room (yes also free meal at JR but have not decided yet if it is a plus or not)

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After we finish unpacking we went to do the usual tour at the different neighborhoods , although the ship  is few month before its refurb it really good maintained and not showing her age (well I am sure if I will look very hard I will find something to complain about but hey , its not that site 😊)
It already 5 PM so we said we will go and check the diamond club happy hour , the club was not full at all , the second floor was empty and there were many available tables including the ones adjusting to the big window. We took some drinks and tip whenever we got them which made the drink stronger after the second time , or at least that’s what we felt. The club continued to be empty , that’s the advantage in a  non US cruises (yap , the biggest one , not the ports right ?) here is the list of the drinks , not sure it changed or not but I will put it here anyway.

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The next station was the casino were I went to get my sticker for the free drinks , for some reason its not printed on the card automatically , well it was expensive sticker . Between the diamond drinks, the casino “free” drinks and the port intensive itinerary we thought we done good not to take the drinking package.
As we booked the cruise only few weeks ago the only available seating was 8:30 PM which mean we can not use the diamond drinks there (by the way in the letter we got it says you can use them in the MDR during happy hour) so we went to one of the bars at 8:25 took glasses of wine and went to eat. The food was Ok , some better some less , we took the onion tart (too eggy for me), the BBQ ribs (very good) and the Salmon, oh we took also the Waldorf salad which was mehhh (there was one tiny piece of apple in it) , I guess first day MDR stuff. I am missing the CK , maybe if I will go up and tell them I am a follower of @Lovetocruise2002blogs they will give us to enter for one night ?

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As the dinner was late we missed cats , although I am a cat person (ask my neighbors  they will tell you ) I was not that sad for missing it. We went up to rest for a while and continued to the balloon drop party which was as always nice ,

Tomorrow early day at Mallorca .

 

 

 

 

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21 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I was just wondering earlier today if the Oasis had been having regular Aqua Theater Shows.  I had not heard of anyone sailing on O lately.  Thanks for letting us know.  Are the shows going forward as they have in the past or are they modified ?

We just came back from the show , it is different , the stage is always down during the show which mean zero dancing sequence and more acrobatics and high jump acts. The show was around 35 minutes , I think it still a very nice show.

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4 hours ago, KristiZ said:

I'm really enjoying this blog! Plus, I see you're on Spectrum a couple of months before me so I expect many of my questions will be answered, if you're planning to blog that one too! 🙂 

Thanks , yes we are going on the Spectrum of the seas at October , it's should be a very different experience but I believe a nice one.

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11 hours ago, KristiZ said:

I'm really enjoying this blog! Plus, I see you're on Spectrum a couple of months before me so I expect many of my questions will be answered, if you're planning to blog that one too! 🙂 

Thanks , yes we are going on the Spectrum of the seas at October , it's should be a very different experience but I believe a nice one.

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Day 2- Mallorca 

It is the fourth time we visit this Island but the first time we planned a shore excursion using RCL , during all the pervious visits we just took the shuttle to the city and roam by ourselves. The excursion meeting time was 8:20 am so yes another night excursion. Around 7:30 we woke up, quick treatment in the sarcophage ( or the tardis, although the last should be much bigger in the inside) which RCL refer as the shower and of we went to the first breakfast. We choose the park cafe as it is much less crowded than the WJ and we like the bagels option. We went to the meeting point and after around 5 minutes we did our way to the bus . The excursion took us to the north part of the island, the guide was from the school of thoughts of I "I must say something until we reach the first point even if I run out of what to say so I will just repeat what I said before" lucky for me she was also monotonic so I felt a sleep for a while. The first point of the tour was some old house which had a small museum and very nice landscape , we roam it for a while and went to the nice backyard to take some pictures.

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Next we went to a local winery for a tour and wine tasting , I must say I have been to many wine tours around the world but this one was quite impressive as the tour was done inside the real winery and some visitors center that just demonstrate how to create wine. The winery guide was very good with excellent English.

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After the tour we went for some wine and food tasting , wine was good and the food that came with it was interesting. In the excursion description it said we will have three wine to taste but we finish up with four , do you  think I should complain ? Something like " dear RCL I planned to have only three wines consumed for today and yet you have tricked me in drinking four, this really hurt my feeling and made me lost trust in your company and maybe even in humanity , shame on you , please some OBC " 🙂 . Anyway we both liked this tour although I had to take another conference call, so bought some spices and nice strawberry vinigar . We went back to the ship to catch late lunch in WJ and get some needed rest. The daily visit to the Casino followed slice of pizza in Sorento , must say the pizza taste much better than on my last few cruises. We took a frozen mojito from the Casino bar and went to see what there is in the WJ as we knew we will miss the MDR to the aqua nation show. Food was interesting and contained all of the MDR menue for today (the first official night) including the duck orange and the lobster bisque. As I was full from the pizza I just took some berries they offered

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We grabbed another diamond drink from the Sabor bar and went to watch the aqua show , they had a towel station near the entrance as it was quite cold and people used them to cover themselves , nice touch. The show was a limited show due to the technical issue the theater still have due to the incident but it was very energetic and impressive

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Post the show we roam around ending in the Latin dance party , we even dance for a while , well my spouse danced and I did some movements while need to explain people I am not suffering from a stroke. 

After all tommorow is another day 

*Sorry for any errors , I am writing this directly on my phone while waiting for someone to finish shopping

 

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30 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

Loving the live blog. Glad to head they’ve taken good care of Oasis even though she’s almost to her next refresh. 

I keep trying to convince my wife we should do a med cruise. 

Show her some pictures , the MED cruise are something else and if you add to that few days before or after it can be perfect

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On 6/10/2019 at 6:53 AM, KathyC said:

We're doing a Med cruise next May and I can't wait!  Our youngest is currently traveling through Italy on a study abroad and the pictures he is sending back are amazing. We are doing a round trip from Barcelona.  Hoping our flights are not too bad, as there are four of us going.  We have the same ports as you.  Will be weird to have six ports in a row but we'll use that last sea day to sleep and recuperate after all that walking. 

I'm looking forward to your daily reports to put into my notes!  Our son was in Florence & Rome for about four days each, so hoping he will assist in what to do/where to go for each.  They spent an afternoon touring Naples in transit to Sorrento, and he wasn't impressed but loved the day they spent in Capri, so pretty sure that's where we'll head in that port.  But I know nothing about the first two stops.  

May 2020 is wayyyyy too far away!  Looking forward to following along! 

My son is studying in Germany right now.... His pics of Venice were amazing!  We head to Barcelona, Italy and Greece  on vision this summer.  We booked as soon as the date released... It seemed to take forever but it is so much fun planning and knowing it is coming!  And by the way my 16 year old daughter is vegetarian so I feel your pain.  She eats a ton of French fries and pasta lol.  Jane

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48 minutes ago, mom2mybugs said:

My son is studying in Germany right now.... His pics of Venice were amazing!  We head to Barcelona, Italy and Greece  on vision this summer.  We booked as soon as the date released... It seemed to take forever but it is so much fun planning and knowing it is coming!  And by the way my 16 year old daughter is vegetarian so I feel your pain.  She eats a ton of French fries and pasta lol.  Jane

Nice!!  Venice & Milan are the only two big stops I can think of my son missed.  He's currently in Taormina, touring Sicily before heading out from Palermo.

Ahhh, to be 16 again and be able to live on french fries and not have them go straight to my thighs!  LOL 

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23 minutes ago, twangster said:

On Oasis my cabin had an outlet by the bed but the attendant had to show it to me.  My initial quick inspection missed it.  It was down low under the bed on the wall. 

Oh , I will sure try to search for it thanks !

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