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On 8/12/2019 at 4:15 PM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Phew! Looks like full suites benefits. I was worried when you said you did not get the welcome email, which you should have...

Interesting that you can see the JS on Deck 11 from your window...

It was interesting and so was the occasional noise from the miniature golf course above us. It wasn’t too bad, but a little annoying when trying to sleep.

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On 8/12/2019 at 8:43 PM, Tiffeven said:

Following along.  I will be on Allure 9/1 and have the same type of room booked as you on Navigator on 3/30/20.  If you get a chance, I would love to see some pics of your room on Navigator.   Have a blast!

Absolutely!!! I’ll post some now. 

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We’re back from week one.  As I write this I’m sitting in a laundry mat in Little Havana.  There was a method to my madness when choosing this place.  Anyone with a husband or so who is picky about their barber will understand my pain.  Hubs and lil guy wanted to get a touch up between trips and we had to do a thorough investigation on a good place to go to. 

I wanted to do laundry while they were there.  We found the perfect barber and a clean laundry mat one block away and walah...here am I catching up on the blog in Little Havana. 

Now to catch you up....

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Sailing from Miami was very smooth in Terminal A. Day 1 was just a quick swim, muster drill and dinner. We went to the Suite Lounge and met some very nice people. Had some drinks and pre dinner happy hour foods. We didn’t do much after dinner. We were pretty tired. Below is a pic of the Suite Lounge and others of our first night.

 

 

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Day 2 - Perfect Day Coco Cay

The morning started out partly cloudy. We ventured over to the beach where the floating bar is to do some snorkeling.  There are endless chairs and umbrellas everywhere you go so no worries about needing to be the first off the ship for that at all. 

We snorkeled and saw some fish, hubs saw a stingray.  Lil guy was snorkeling and all was well until he saw a crab! That did it for snorkeling. He refused to put his feet down, afraid one was going to get him.  He wanted out of the water, but wouldn’t stand up to walk right out.  It was...interesting....sigh....

We finally got him out and headed to the crab free pool instead. Lol Sigh...

I told him the point of snorkeling was to see stuff, but he wasn’t having it. 

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It became really dark and overcast, but never ended up doing anything. We enjoyed pool time, the bbq and also smacked on mozzarella sticks and funnel cake. We met one other local, but decided the name giving business wasn’t our thing so we let him remain nameless.

We headed back to the ship to take advantage of the water slides while it wasn’t busy.

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We ate dinner in the MDR and then wait for it...lil guy wanted to try Adventure Ocean on this night!!!!  Hubs and I ran to the Bamboo Room as quick as we could. 

We each had a Royal Zombie and it was sooo good!

We strolled around and before we knew it, it was time to pick up our lil guy.

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Day 3 - Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter 

We woke up excited to start our day. It was another overcast day and it looked like it could pour.

We ate breakfast in Chops as part of the Suite benefits. They didn’t check our seapass cards, but they were checking other folks as they came in to verify they should be there.  

The breakfast menu in Chops was the same as the a la carte menu in the MDR, just quicker service.  

 

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Mariner was docked beside us and we also had Norwegian Dawn and Carnival Liberty with us. We disembarked to meet our tour group.  After what seemed like forever, we were finally on our way to Blue Lagoon.

The boat over was a pretty subdued atmosphere.  The tour operators and most of us hadn’t had enough coffee apparently. 

We enjoyed the view of the mansions on our way over. Once there, we had some time to kill on the beach before our encounter.

There was a jellyfish warning posted, but the water was so clear I wasn’t concerned about not seeing it first (hopefully). 

Lil guy was still traumatized from his crab encounter and then he heard someone mention the jellyfish and he was outta there. Ugh...

Hubs finally convinced him to let him take him out on his back.  A little later he was asking for his snorkel mask and was back to himself.

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It was time for the dolphin encounter finally!!!! They divided us up and had us all sit around the edge of the dock. Just as they were about to bring the dolphin in my lol guy yells crab!  He lifts his leg and a little crab was actually living in the metal rim of the dock!!! Ugh...my lil crab magnet.  What I’m the world?

He switched places with hubs and all was fine.  In came Shawn, our dolphin.  I don’t have pics yet because I locked my phone in a locker. When we were done, I went and purchased the full package with video and watched my hubs have a heart attack.

I knew going on that it would be our most expensive souvenir purchase so I was prepared.  He’s never prepared to spend money...even with forewarning. 🤷‍♀️

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Too funny.  When Hubby and my younger daughter did the Blue Lagoon Dolphin encounter, they were in sticker shock too.  They ended up with CD of pictures, no video lol.

The panoramic suite looks great!  What are your overall thoughts of it?  Would you stay in a room like that again or would you rather take a JS or GS somewhere more central?  While I do like the space that a balcony provides, that room provides the best value for the benefits that it provides.  

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20 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Too funny.  When Hubby and my younger daughter did the Blue Lagoon Dolphin encounter, they were in sticker shock too.  They ended up with CD of pictures, no video lol.

The panoramic suite looks great!  What are your overall thoughts of it?  Would you stay in a room like that again or would you rather take a JS or GS somewhere more central?  While I do like the space that a balcony provides, that room provides the best value for the benefits that it provides.  

We loved it!!! You cannot beat the views it gives you, we loved having the spaciousness, the two bathrooms and the suite benefits.  I would definitely book again.  Even hubs said we are officially suite snobs now.  There’s no going back from here. 😂😂😂

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Okay...I’m done laundry and they’re done at the barber already. We can’t check into the Renaissance until 4pm but we’re gonna see if we can at least give them our luggage.

UberXL is pricing out at $74 from here but our driver from this morning gave us his number and he’s going to take us for $60. It’s a win win.  I hate that we have so much luggage.

This little laundry mat was great.  Nobody speaks English, but the owner, operator does and was very kind and helpful.  I almost kidnapped an adorable old grandpa from here.  He spoke to me in Spanish and I have no idea what he was saying.  He left and smiled and waved bye to me.  So stinking cute...

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