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4 hours ago, twangster said:

Day 6 Galley Tour

While waiting for other guests to arrive at the galley tour I asked Louis what the guest count was on this sailing.  Somewhere around 1,790 he thought.  With a capacity of 1,840 that's pretty good, 97% of capacity.  Doing the math, if 540 are C&A members that means 1,250 are first time on Royal.

I haven't been in the MDR yet on this voyage so I grabbed a picture.

Thanks @twangster for all the great kitchen pictures. 

As a former professional cook and chef, I have thought of taking a Galley Tour, but have not yet (but have done the All Access on Explorer my first cruise.)

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1 hour ago, Ken23 said:

Thanks @twangster for all the great kitchen pictures. 

As a former professional cook and chef, I have thought of taking a Galley Tour, but have not yet (but have done the All Access on Explorer my first cruise.)

One of the benefits of being Diamond Plus.  These tours are free.  I don’t think I did it on Explorer but I have on sister ships like Adventure.  Those ships have a two deck galley if I recall.  Empress being smaller they have to go vertical more.  

I enjoy the tours because you learn so much.  I remember on Adventure the Sous Chef asked if we knew why they keep track of food temperature so closely.  It’s because we have 5,000 crew and passengers on board but only 5 beds in the medical center he explained.  Chef humor but a good point.  

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10 hours ago, Ken23 said:

Thanks @twangster for all the great kitchen pictures. 

Your blog is awesome as always!  Also thanks for all the gorgeous pictures (especially) loved the up close flamingo pictures!  Are you taking your camera scuba diving that you mentioned? 

The Empress sure is a beautiful (little) ship!  I would love to sail on her someday!  I LOVE that there is lots and lots of large windows everywhere!  I'm a  huge window lover!  Michelle

 

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In the main theater was Three Sequins and Feathers, a celebration of showgirls from yesterday, today and tomorrow with live music from the Empress orchestra and the High C's horns.

I have to admit I don't always find small ship entertainment to be all that but this was a really good performance so I'm going to go overboard with the photos.

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The band did a great job, always nice to have live music.

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Quite impressive and not the small ship kind of show I've seen on other ships.  Great cast with strong vocals.

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11 minutes ago, twangster said:

Late night Windjammer was very popular.  Looks like people have found the midnight buffet on Empress.

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I've noticed that on most of the Cruise Compasses I've read concerning our cruise, it lists that the WJ closes at 9:30 and does not include it on the late night snacks listing. Is this ship specific or just an unposted thing?

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Day 7 Miami

Not a bad view to wake up to.

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Back to terminal G.

Consecutive cruises met in the Schooner Bar at 9:30am.  Regular guests were still trickling off.  At 10am around 11 of us were escorted off.  Bit of a wait as we were held waiting for a mother/child B2B guests who didn't come down on time.  CBP did a quick glance at out documents and we immediately turned and headed back on board.  Time off ship ~ 14 minutes.  

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By 10:14am we were back on board with complimentary champagne and mimosa's waiting for us in the Schooner Bar.  #winning

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New beverage cups on this cruise in honor of Royal's 50th.

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As I start the rinse, lather and repeat phase of this B2B I'm going to slow down on posting.  I'm going to wait until day 3 to buy Voom since I'll have cell coverage in Key West tomorrow so I may disappear for a bit.

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9 minutes ago, FManke said:

I've noticed that on most of the Cruise Compasses I've read concerning our cruise, it lists that the WJ closes at 9:30 and does not include it on the late night snacks listing. Is this ship specific or just an unposted thing?

Not sure.  I didn't check any previous Cruise Compasses for Empress before boarding.  It's definitely listed in my current Cruise Compasses for this sailing.  

Late Night Snack 10:30pm to 12:30am

Late Night Burger & Sandwich Bar 12:30am to 1:30am 

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3 minutes ago, twangster said:

Not sure.  I didn't check any previous Cruise Compasses for Empress before boarding.  It's definitely listed in my current Cruise Compasses for this sailing.  

Late Night Snack 10:30pm to 12:30am

Late Night Burger & Sandwich Bar 12:30am to 1:30am 

Good to know. As always, thanks.

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

I have to admit I don't always find small ship entertainment to be all that but this was a really good performance so I'm going to go overboard with the photos.

Agreed, although that's a new show that RC developed when Empress came back. To your point, I think small ship entertainment is still from the "pre-Nick Weir era" and thus, lacks in holding up.

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42 minutes ago, twangster said:

Stray observation...

On the first leg they had a new style beverage cup.  It's a soft plastic with no handle and a big bendy straw.  I can't see where this one has an RFID chip in the bottom to work with Freestyle dispensers on those ship that have them.  

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This is the same cup we had on Ovation, which worked in the Freestyle machines.

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3 hours ago, FManke said:

I've noticed that on most of the Cruise Compasses I've read concerning our cruise, it lists that the WJ closes at 9:30 and does not include it on the late night snacks listing. Is this ship specific or just an unposted thing?

Mariner had a late-night snack time when I was on it last February.

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3 hours ago, twangster said:

 

New beverage cups on this cruise in honor of Royal's 50th.

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The problem I have with all the drink cups is they are too small. I know it's a personal thing and as I am a lazy drinker, besides a big drinker, they just don't hold enough. At home I don't have a travel mug less than 32oz. Oh well, at least with the trips back and forth, I'll get some exercise in. 

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