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There are some great pricess on Empress at the moment. the size does concern me a little but having been on rhapsody twice I think I will be ok. I suppose the hot tubs get fairly full.

@twangster How much is chops grille and do they offer any packages for it? I presume they wouldn't but didn't know if they give you money off if you go twice? Also what does Café Royal serve?

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On 8/14/2019 at 8:10 AM, J_Keeble said:

There are some great pricess on Empress at the moment. the size does concern me a little but having been on rhapsody twice I think I will be ok. I suppose the hot tubs get fairly full.

@twangster How much is chops grille and do they offer any packages for it? I presume they wouldn't but didn't know if they give you money off if you go twice? Also what does Café Royal serve?

Chops was $48 plus 18%.  Since I'm D+ I used a C&A BOGO offer to get a second visit for free.

The Café menu:


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Day 5 - Tortola, BVI

We sailed through the Virgin Islands chain and eventually began approaching Tortola.

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Tortola has a pier.

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Our progress so far...

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Docked and ready to go.

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Excursion meeting point is right at the end of the pier where several people holding up signs were in place to greet us. 

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My excursion today was Escape to Jost Van Dyke booked through Royal and later cheaper when it went on sale and I saved $19.  Jost Van Dyke is one of the smaller islands in the BVI with a small permanent population.  I've been to Jost Van Dyke before and booking this excursion was the very next thing I did after booking this cruise.

Very close to the end of the pier is the staging area for excursion boats.

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The boat has both inside and outside seating fore and aft.   

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The forward outdoor seating does some sea spray but it was very refreshing.

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Around 25 minutes later we were approaching this little slice of heaven right here on Jost Van Dyke.

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The water here is quite stunning.

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I wasn't quick enough to capture the decent size sea turtle that popped up close by in this general direction.

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On previous trips here the boat anchored and we swam to shore.  This excursion comes with a barge that takes guests to shore where you can just walk onto the beach without getting wet.

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There are numerous bars that line the beach.  Our designated section was at the end of the beach at Ocean 7 names after seven sisters that founded this bar.  Loungers and umbrellas were reserved for us.  We received tickets for one drink (beer/soda/water) and one meal each.

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It's such a beautiful beach. 

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The Ocean's 7 bar:

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At 11am our lunch was ready.

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Lunch was a hamburger or a hot dog.  I wouldn't rave about the meal but it did the job.

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Fearful I might develop an ache somewhere in my body I thought it wise to take a local drink called a Painkiller.  

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To be extra safe I thought it best to consume several.

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On 8/14/2019 at 8:10 AM, J_Keeble said:

 How much is chops grille and do they offer any packages for it?

 

8 hours ago, twangster said:

Chops was $48 plus 18%.  Since I'm D+ I used a C&A BOGO offer to get a second visit for free.

I lied.  Chops on Empress was $39.99 plus 18% for a total of $47.19 on board using my BOGO.

 

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

Fearful I might develop an ache somewhere in my body I thought it wise to take a local drink called a Painkiller.  

Oh man that's one of my favorites!  The Schooner bar usually does a pretty good one - they should have the nutmeg there.

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28 minutes ago, firebuck said:

Oh man that's one of my favorites!  The Schooner bar usually does a pretty good one - they should have the nutmeg there.

Has to be a nutmeg seed and a nutmeg grater. None of this already ground up crap in a glass/plastic shake bottle. It's all about the flavor. :27_sunglasses:

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Day 6 - St Thomas

After a short overnight ride over from Tortola we arrived to a rain storm in St Thomas at Crown Bay.  Fortunately it's the Caribbean.  If you don't like the weather wait 15 minutes.  

This is a work day for me.  Gotta pay for these cruises somehow.  I stayed on the ship.  #boring

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I was curious where we went last night since it's a very short distance.  Looks like we just puddled around for a bit then made our way to St Thomas.

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Dinner in Chops, the second of my D+ BOGO.

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This is the 8th times I've eaten in Chops on Empress and it was bound to happen, the odds were not in my favor.  Finally a meal that was just okay.  Service was great but the filet lacked in flavor just a bit.  It's wasn't a bad steak but it was just average.  Maybe the Diamond Happy Hour wine closed down my taste buds, a better wine might have enhanced the meal.  Should have stuck with a paid glass of wine.

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Day 7 - Sea Day

On our way back to Miami.  Lot's going on around the ship but I'm on my office balcony working some more.

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Voom has worked better on this cruise.  While in St Thomas my cell signal would drop randomly before coming back.  I ended up going back on Voom and using wifi calling which was more stable compared to the local cell towers.

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