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Day 6 Naples.

This is the easiest port as it's located very near the city , just a convenient walking distance. We actually slept a while during the morning , I guess all the wine from Chef table helped 😉. We  skipped breakfast as even the WJ was already closed and we did our way to the city. It was again a very hot day so after a while (and the must coffee in Naples) we went to find a good Pizza. I checked the app (the fork) for  what is around and found a nice restaurant which offered 50%  discount for all the  items in the menue  and got good reviews (most in Italian). The restaurant was less than 400 meters from us so we got there quite fast. It's located inside a very narrow old  street but the restaurant itself quite modern with a big pizza oven.

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The most important thing they had air conditioning.

They gave  us a tablet for order whatever we wanted, very traditional I must say. We ordered two pizzas, water , diet soda (no they are not accepting the soda packages) and waited for the food. The pizzas arrived after 10 or 15 minutes then we understood the big mistake we have done again , we should have ordered only one to share , they were quite big (maybe we thought about Sorento) after fighting with the pizzas (which were very good)

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we order a traditional Naples cake and two coffees . All in all after 50% off and service charge it was 16 Euros, added some tip and we went away to walk some more in the city before heading back to the ship after buying some  balsamic vinegar to take back home.

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Quick beer at the diamond club , and a fruit dinner in WJ (could eat anything else , too much food). 

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We went to see the "come fly with me show" the acrobatics act was very good , the singers on the other hand could practice some more. We spent some time at the casino and went to see the quest , this time it was in Blaze and not studio B which made it hard to track what happened but still nice with decent amount of participants.

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21 hours ago, Traveler said:

We just went out from Cats (first act) we said we will give a try maybe we were two tired during the first time but I guess not. It was funny and sad to see so many people actually fall asleep after the firs 15 minutes. Feel sorry for the all the people that work at that production. I think such a play is not the best choice for a cruise which need something more happy ? Less darker maybe ?  I wish they change it in the coming refurbish.

 

21 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

This is probably my greatest disappointment with the advertised changes coming in the fall.  I can't believe that they are keeping Cats as UNpopular as it is.  I was also hoping they would add Hooked but it looks like Oasis is getting a barbecue place instead.  Oh well... something different, I suppose.  But please CHANGE Cats !

I agree.  Biggest surprise and disappointment that they are not changing this show!  

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Day 7 - Sea day (and the last day).

We had plans to sleep later today as we came back to the room around 2:30 am the day before. Well it was a good plan until the Captain used the in room  announcement system at 8 AM , he apologized and ask some lady to call guess services , I guess she did  not came back to her room and the team wanted to make sure she is OK. Since the captain did not looked for her again I guess she was found and everything was OK , I am sure  she was happy that cruises do not go with  name tags as many wanted to know who is the lady who woke them up.

As we could not go back to sleep we decide to try breakfast at the MDR, apparently many other thought the same as the lines were quite big , specially to the  a la Carte  option. We went to the buffet side , it was nice with some order to cook omelets. At 9:30 am there was the meet and mingle meeting but it did not make much sense to do it on the last day so we decided to skip it. We did went to WJ just to take a mimosa (there is a limit to how many times we can eat breakfast). we tour the ship although it was quite cold and windy outside. I went back to the room to complete some work and got a mail saying I need to go to Italy this week again and another email saying I need to go to Australia ASAP so i need to figure out what to do considering we already plan a few days vacation Greece with my father, lets see how I would be able to do it this time. lunch was JR as it was the last day we could use the boardwalk balcony perk, oh well , it was eatable but could not find much different to the one you can get in the WJ without extra payment. at the end of this post I will add my do it yourself burger option , its so easy to do and much better. We took some needed coffee and gave cats one extra chance , have not changed my mind about it. Next we so the splash aqua show , as always its enjoyable , finally I used the balcony for something else beside freshen my Jeans. I must say the balcony soundproof door is really working.
Some bar drinks (it was happy hour) and a quick recon to the WJ to find the lobster claws, always check the WJ , I wonder were the rest of the lobster gone , as I did not saw any lobster in the MDR menu , maybe CK ?. We tried our luck in the Casino, somehow one of the slots machines was nice to us , but all in all most of them were the typical "you have no where else to run , we can give you bad odds" , same for most of the times I tried the table game s  oh well at least the drinks were "free" 🙂  Back to the room again to start and pack our belongings, around 10  PM we decide to call it for the night as our flight leave Barcelona at 9:30 am . 

Last days of the Dazlles 

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This guy was watching us for the last few days

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JR 

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26 minutes ago, Traveler said:

do it yourself burger option

Here you .for 5 to 6 Hamburgers  :

2 Lb of ground beef , it should have some fat , but you can decide how much.
3 spoons of brad cramps.
3-5 spoons of Mozzarella shredded cheese , that will  add both flavor and also will keep the burger not too dense.
Dash of salt and paper

One  or two spoon of cold sparkling water (not a must)

, that is it.

Put all the ingredient in one bawl and start to knead for a minutes , not too much but enough for the the ingredient to bland together. 

Use a form or a burger presser , if you do not have one you can use your hands to shape the patty. 

On a hot pan , cook each side for 4-5 minutes , the last minute each side cover the pan for evenly cook. 
much better than JR 🙂 

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4 minutes ago, Traveler said:

Here you .for 5 to 6 Hamburgers  :

2 Lb of ground beef , it should have some fat , but you can decide how much.
3 spoons of brad cramps.
3-5 spoons of Mozzarella shredded cheese , that will  add both flavor and also will keep the burger not too dense.
Dash of salt and paper

One  or two spoon of cold sparkling water (not a must)

, that is it.

Put all the ingredient in one bawl and start to knead for a minutes , not too much but enough for the the ingredient to bland together. 

Use a form or a burger presser , if you do not have one you can use your hands to shape the patty. 

On a hot pan , cook each side for 4-5 minutes , the last minute each side cover the pan for evenly cook. 
much better than JR 🙂 

Will try this on hubby.

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The M&M is on the last day as it's the only sea day.  Every other day you are up and out too early to have it.  Personally, don't think it's worth it and we won't be bothering signing up on ours.  May hit up the roll call just to get ideas for excursions and such in Palma de Mallorca & Provance.

We are in a Central Park balcony for Allure, and I expect our complimentary specialty lunch will be nuts on our only sea day.  At least we get a choice of more than just JR, so that will split up all the people looking to reserve on the same day.  We're on 3 weeks after the refurb, so curious as to how our choices will change.

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4 hours ago, KathyC said:

The M&M is on the last day as it's the only sea day.  Every other day you are up and out too early to have it.  Personally, don't think it's worth it and we won't be bothering signing up on ours.  May hit up the roll call just to get ideas for excursions and such in Palma de Mallorca & Provance.

We are in a Central Park balcony for Allure, and I expect our complimentary specialty lunch will be nuts on our only sea day.  At least we get a choice of more than just JR, so that will split up all the people looking to reserve on the same day.  We're on 3 weeks after the refurb, so curious as to how our choices will change.

I found out that lately you find more activity in the Facebook group for a cruise than on the role call.

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Day 8 - back to Barcelona 😞 

We woke up at 5:30 am , much to early but we had a flight to catch at 9:25 and we wanted to play it safe. quick breakfast and WJ (which was open from 5:30 AM) and a coffee from the coffee machine in the diamond club. we finish to pack the leftovers and started our way with the suitcases to the embarkation gate.from the time we left the room to the time we took the taxi it was less ten minutes, another 20 minutes and we were at the airport just to find that check in counters were not even open (yes , we could spend another hour sleeping). Check in was done 30 minutes after and we waited to catch our flight for our connection. Connection was way too long , but we decided we both will work during the connection time so we can catch before coming to office. at 2 am we landed back home , tired but happy  to return home.

Few things we learned during this cruise :

1. Even if it is the fifth time we are doing this route there is always something else to see.
2. No need to be afraid taking a cruise for a ship that is due to refurbished , the ship looked great.
3. If you know what you want to do in port  you can save allot of money doing it without RCL, we done the Cinque  Tere by our own which cost us 38$ comparing to 120-130 RCL wanted , we went to Rome using a bus and a train which cost us around 30 $ comparing to 60$ RCL wanted for transfer , we could even made it 20$ if we did not missed the train. There is a free shuttle in Marseilles port gate comparing to the 20 $ shuttle that RCL is offering. Many other examples ,  One exception will be if you want to see Florence, its just too far to take any risk.
4. No issue to take early flight from Barcelona , the ship most of the time arrives way before the official time.
5. It was the first time we have done self embarkation , it was very easy and smooth and we will try it again. 
6. Its bad tell people at work you will be available if needed , people do not know to decide what is real emergency ...
7.We need at least one more sea days to enjoy the ship.
8. We love Oasis class , can not wait for the new Oasis ship.
9. Cats is not becoming better when you watch it for the second time.
10. Drinking package dose not make much sense with Med cruises without sea days.
11.  Always do a WJ recon , you never know what you will find.
12. 7 days is not enough , 10 days or B2B should be considered 🙂

 

It was another fun experience , thank you for following. See you next time  over Rhapsody at the end of August and Spectrum of the Seas during October.  

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34 minutes ago, Traveler said:

6. Its bad tell people at work you will be available if needed , people do not know to decide what is real emergency ...

This x1000.

 

Thanks for another fun and enjoyable live blog! Loved all the photos, definitely have to get to the Med sometime in the next few years. Maybe when one of the girls graduates college...

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12 hours ago, Traveler said:

I found out that lately you find more activity in the Facebook group for a cruise than on the role call.

I'm very weary about joining FB roll call groups.  I'm not a fan of letting people know that I'm away from my home, even with the security we have and often there are still people in the home...I just don't like strangers knowing we are away.  FB has real names, real locations, even pictures of our home that makes us an easy target, IMHO.  Anyone can join a group pretending to be on a cruise, just to stalk for robbery.  I don't even like posting on the Periscoper roll call that we are traveling.  Anyone who really wants to find me can, but I don't want to make it easier. I know groups don't have access to my page based on my security settings, but people who know how can easy hack through that.  I'm a bit paranoid, I know...

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8 minutes ago, KathyC said:

I'm very weary about joining FB roll call groups.  I'm not a fan of letting people know that I'm away from my home, even with the security we have and often there are still people in the home...I just don't like strangers knowing we are away.  FB has real names, real locations, even pictures of our home that makes us an easy target, IMHO.  Anyone can join a group pretending to be on a cruise, just to stalk for robbery.  I don't even like posting on the Periscoper roll call that we are traveling.  Anyone who really wants to find me can, but I don't want to make it easier. I know groups don't have access to my page based on my security settings, but people who know how can easy hack through that.  I'm a bit paranoid, I know...

I tend to agree with you and have been told by a policeman that many criminals using it as a tool. Maybe creating an alternate profile can help here. 

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