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“Symphony No. 17: Celebration, Relaxation, Exploration, Reflection” – 07/27/19 – 08/03/19

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Dinner was stormy but Symphony is steady in the weather.  Night 3 in CK features some of my favourites but sadly, I have to report that Symphony’s CK did not do these items justice tonight. It wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t amazing as it usually is.  

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Spinach Salad

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Braised Beef Gnocchi 

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Grilled Tofu (probably the best of the bunch tonight)

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Chocolate Napoleon 

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Tonight we saw 1977.  Great show and it did not disappoint. The drones were a really nice touch.

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Calling it an early night tonight as we are planning to head out to That Yoda Guy tomorrow. And our usual nightly stroll through Central Park has been spoiled by the rain that is still going on. Back in our cabin with a Vodka and Tonic and one more round of Lucifer 😉

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58 minutes ago, KathyC said:

Need a drop of Blue Curacao in there...

Really?  Maybe I will try it if the suite lounge has it.

57 minutes ago, KathyC said:

My husband won't let me do that; he doesn't like it to be over that quickly.  Usually stops me after the 2nd episode... 😄 

That is usually when we call it quits too.

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Day 4: St. Maarten

“The world is an orchestra, the universe is a Symphony.”

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Good morning from St. Maarten!  Having a quick breakfast now in CK and then the plan is to take the water taxi over to “That Yoda Guy”.  I am ready to go with 3 novels downloaded onto my phone already. 😉

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27 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Day 4: St. Maarten

“The world is an orchestra, the universe is a Symphony.”

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Good morning from St. Maarten!  Having a quick breakfast now in CK and then the plan is to take the water taxi over to “That Yoda Guy”.  I am ready to go with 3 novels downloaded onto my phone already. 😉

What a view..I cant wait to get there in Nov on Harmony..been a bucket list item for me. Every picture and review of it I see makes me want to get there more and more! Enjoy today there!

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11 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Also found this from our Concierge tonight. It was also on the front page of our cruise compass. 

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Not sure if this is new but I don’t recall seeing this on Anthem a few weeks ago. 

So what is this, exactly ?  How does "Fast Track Boarding" work ?  It mentions "ports of call" so it must have something to do with either getting off the ship or getting back on the ship or both.

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12 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

So what is this, exactly ?  How does "Fast Track Boarding" work ?  It mentions "ports of call" so it must have something to do with either getting off the ship or getting back on the ship or both.

I will let you know after I get back on board later today. I am curious as well.

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11 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Also found this from our Concierge tonight. It was also on the front page of our cruise compass. 

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Not sure if this is new but I don’t recall seeing this on Anthem a few weeks ago. 

I'd be far more likely to buy The Key if this feature was implemented fleetwide.

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16 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Also found this from our Concierge tonight. It was also on the front page of our cruise compass. 

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Not sure if this is new but I don’t recall seeing this on Anthem a few weeks ago. 

Great blog so far! I'm eagerly looking forward to finding out what in the world this is. If this becomes fleet wide, it will made the increased Key price on Oasis/Quantum class ships much easier to swallow. 

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18 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Also found this from our Concierge tonight. It was also on the front page of our cruise compass. 

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Not sure if this is new but I don’t recall seeing this on Anthem a few weeks ago. 

@Lovetocruise2002 This reminds me of YC on that “other” cruise line. 😉

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Back now after what turned out to be a busy day!  Where should I start?  

We got off the ship around 10 am this morning and about 5 minutes after we walked off it started pouring!  Even with the umbrellas that we had brought out with us, we were drenched!  We ducked into one of the stores near the dock area to wait out the rain and then headed over to downtown St. Maarten where That Yoda Guy was.  

Happy to report that he was there today, and that Hubby did not purchase anything this time. The rain had cooled things down a bit so we decided to walk around Front Street. As luck would have it, we stumbled into an Effy store (I love that brand) and I came across a piece that I had my eye on and I thought had sold out long ago.  One thing lead to another, and before I knew it, because Hubby is awesome, and because they were willing to bargain, I now have a early birthday present 🎁 😊

After visiting Effy, we decided to head back to the ship because it was getting really hot by this point and we had not had lunch yet. We were stopped by someone renting private jet skis and Hubby decided we should try it out. It was pretty late by this point and we did not have the right clothes on, so we hurried back to the ship to change.  By the time we got back to the rental area, they did not have any jet skis available and asked if we could wait 30-40 mins. This is the part where the clear differences in our personalities took over. If it were Hubby, he would have stayed. For myself, because I have watched too many pier runner videos, and not wanting to be one myself, I said forget it. In the end, we headed back and did not wait.  Instead, we now know for next time to head straight there and get that out of the way first. Lesson learned.   

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Fast Track Boarding

Warning:  Apologies first because I don’t really think that I am high maintenance but I believe that there should be a logical way of doing things.  This is going to turn into a rant because I did not like how this process was done at all. In fact, I am pretty sure that I will be giving my thoughts to the concierge later. 

As many of you know, Symphony has two gangways to enter/exit. Forward and aft. And she is a very large ship.  As we approached the ship to get back on, there was first of all, no signage about Fast Track Boarding. We looked for white flags and it was very hard to spot. If we did not look as hard as we did, we would not have noticed that they were tucked away (not very visible) way at the forward entrance. 

Here is my problem with this. And yes, this is first world problems. Fast Track Boarding is, as they advertise, supposed to be for suite guests, those with strollers, assistance needs, etc. Why on Earth would you put this at the forward gangway?!  So that those who have young children and need assistance can walk even further down a super hot pier?!  And it’s a significant distance from aft to forward gangway, especially if you are in those categories. Does not make sense at all. Add into the equation that most of your suites which qualify for this are located in the aft section of the ship too. It’s just not logical.  They achieved the “Fast” promise of this because no one wanted to walk all the way past the aft gangway to the forward gangway!  

Ok, rant over.  Back to nice Canadian.

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13 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Back now after what turned out to be a busy day!  Where should I start?  

We got off the ship around 10 am this morning and about 5 minutes after we walked off it started pouring!  Even with the umbrellas that we had brought out with us, we were drenched!  We ducked into one of the stores near the dock area to wait out the rain and then headed over to downtown St. Maarten where That Yoda Guy was.  

Happy to report that he was there today, and that Hubby did not purchase anything this time. The rain had cooled things down a bit so we decided to walk around Front Street. As luck would have it, we stumbled into an Effy store (I love that brand) and I came across a piece that I had my eye on and I thought had sold out long ago.  One thing lead to another, and before I knew it, because Hubby is awesome, and because they were willing to bargain, I now have a early birthday present 🎁 😊

After visiting Effy, we decided to head back to the ship because it was getting really hot by this point and we had not had lunch yet. We were stopped by someone renting private jet skis and Hubby decided we should try it out. It was pretty late by this point and we did not have the right clothes on, so we hurried back to the ship to change.  By the time we got back to the rental area, they did not have any jet skis available and asked if we could wait 30-40 mins. This is the part where the clear differences in our personalities took over. If it were Hubby, he would have stayed. For myself, because I have watched too many pier runner videos, and not wanting to be one myself, I said forget it. In the end, we headed back and did not wait.  Instead, we now know for next time to head straight there and get that out of the way first. Lesson learned.   

Think, you and hubby could have made the news as the latest pier runners! haha

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Back on the ship, we tried to re-create our Star class days even though we’re not this time.

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We also received some treats from our suite concierges, Jackie and Jennie. These two ladies are awesome but I will talk about them later. 

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6 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Why on Earth would you put this at the forward gangway

The Fast Track Boarding amenity was more than likely though up and designed by one of Royal's IT folks. Be sure to mention your displeasure with this amenity on your end of cruise survey.  :3_grin:

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10 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Fast Track Boarding

Warning:  Apologies first because I don’t really think that I am high maintenance but I believe that there should be a logical way of doing things.  This is going to turn into a rant because I did not like how this process was done at all. In fact, I am pretty sure that I will be giving my thoughts to the concierge later. 

As many of you know, Symphony has two gangways to enter/exit. Forward and aft. And she is a very large ship.  As we approached the ship to get back on, there was first of all, no signage about Fast Track Boarding. We looked for white flags and it was very hard to spot. If we did not look as hard as we did, we would not have noticed that they were tucked away (not very visible) way at the forward entrance. 

Here is my problem with this. And yes, this is first world problems. Fast Track Boarding is, as they advertise, supposed to be for suite guests, those with strollers, assistance needs, etc. Why on Earth would you put this at the forward gangway?!  So that those who have young children and need assistance can walk even further down a super hot pier?!  And it’s a significant distance from aft to forward gangway, especially if you are in those categories. Does not make sense at all. Add into the equation that most of your suites which qualify for this are located in the aft section of the ship too. It’s just not logical.  They achieved the “Fast” promise of this because no one wanted to walk all the way past the aft gangway to the forward gangway!  

Ok, rant over.  Back to nice Canadian.

Sounds like they need to get their ducks in a row if expedited actually takes twice as long. 

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40 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Fast Track Boarding

I'ld be curious to see if the Fast Track Boarding changes throughout the cruise, it seems like maybe it was a initial running mishap? 

I've only ever had to wait in line to get on the ship once and it moved pretty quickly so i don't know if it would entice me to get the Key though (however that carry-on valet may)

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