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10 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

The egg whites have a strange resemblance to insulating foam. Probably tastes about the same, too !  The fruit looks ok.

Tasted exactly as good as it looked.  The ciabatta roll itself was very nice.  Crusty, hot, fluffy inside.  Those grainy egg whites and whatever they'd mixed in with them were gag-worthy.  Fruit and yogurt made up for it.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Is that the W Marriott property ?  I’ve been eyeing that one or the regular Marriott for my Dec Oasis cruise. I thought the W sounded kinda “funky” (not in a good way).  How are the rooms ?

You are correct.  W Hotel is Marriott / SPG / Bonvoy (whatever they're calling themselves this morning).  I totally agree that some of the W's are indeed too funky.  The ones in San Francisco and Honolulu give you a tiny (though nicely modern looking) room.  I'm not sure what category room I got upgraded to, but it's large, has power outlets and USB charging ports everywhere, and (OMG) a real tub you could conceivably drown in.  Most W's just have a shower.   Big balcony with a couch, chair, table and an ocean view.  Bed was so good I slept-in until 9AM Pacific time (yesterday's time zone).

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Breakfast al fresco (at El Vez, the W’s Mexican restaurant).  Yes, I’m eating here again even though last night’s mahi mahi tacos were underwhelming.  All the other food looked and smelled so good, I think they deserve another shot.

Their Huevos Rancheros are ridiculously good.  Mean Bloody Mary too.  Must not get borracho too early.  😎

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Finished my initial sandals-on-ground morning recon.

There are 3 other really nice hotel properties here.  All directly across from pristine beaches.  Conrad, Westin and Ritz-Carlton.  Win for location goes to the Ritz.  It's about 5 minutes walking time south of me, and it's right next to the strip of shops and restaurants on A1A you're likely to explore on foot.  There's also a CVS immediately adjacent to it with a very decent selection of wines and champagnes to fill your 2x750ml allotment.

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There are also apparently WaveRunners for rent, though they aren't open for business this early.  I'm gonna go back around 11AM and see if I can hurt myself on one.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Great googly-moogly.  That thing looks worse than the insulation  foam that served you yesterday on the plane.  Glad it tasted better than it looks !

Definitely not a looker, but wow it was tasty.  Tortillas were deep fried (crispy like chilaquiles).  Salsa actually had some heat to it.  Queso fresco & fresh guac.  Not afraid of cilantro.  Burp.  Very nice.

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LOL.  So, those day beds go for $150 a day, and the couch I camped out at goes for $500 a day.  But, but, it’s got a TV (not pictured).  Self-proclaimed models/social influencers also started posing around the pool and walked around narrating video selfies.  Gonna go check out the pool in the West tower and see if it’s a little less douchebaggy.

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I stopped back by the room and did something I never do.  I just laid back down in bed and thought, maybe this is what napping is about?  And then crashed hard for two hours.  I don’t nap.  I’ve never napped.  I wish napping was in my repertoire... I’ve always been jealous of folks that can grab one.  It was glorious.  It’s like I got a quick free battery recharge.  Back poolside now for lunch and it’s busy, but there are corners where you can get some space in the shade.  DJ is playing a really good Latin mix.  A+.E08E64BA-1797-4771-BF0F-FA14C7E0FAA2.thumb.jpeg.ef1aedf2b24720324e1e37a7b0fda6a1.jpeg

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Ordered lunch poolside.  Simple order.  Cheeseburger, fries, Mexican mule blender drink.  It took ~30 minutes to arrive (which I thought was totally acceptable as busy as the pool was — I certainly didn’t complain or ask about it).  They apologized profusely, comped my meal and brought me double drinks (also comped). Wow.  Gonna leave a stratospheric tip.  Cheeseburger, fries and blender drinks were great.  I have no idea why they thought they messed up.

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Final thoughts about the W Hotel before I wheel my stuff out tomorrow morning: 10/10.   They knocked it out of the park.  I'm a low maintenance guest and they still managed to impress me.  I've got one more night with them on the return-side of this cruise and I'm looking forward to it.  

 

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Trip to the cruise terminal was totally painless.  Jumped in an Uber at 10AM.  15 minute no-traffic trip. 26 minutes total from the W Hotel to my seat in the suites seating area.  No special amenities for any loyalty status or cabin category (unlike Miami and Canaveral).  Boo boo.  😂 Fast and painless process though. 👍

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Oh thank god.  This sounds stupid as hell, but I left my wide-brimmed hat in my hotel room.  It’s a ratty, beige, cotton and utterly boring boonie hat.  Worn to shit.  It’s also been on my head for every hike and vacation I’ve taken in the last 30+ years.  If that hat could speak, it could tell some fantastic tales.

Called the W.  They sent someone up to my room, found it on the couch where I’d left it, and security will hold it for me (staying with them again next Sunday at the end of this cruise).

Sorry, hat.  You’ve stuck with me.  This shouldn’t have happened.  Sorry you’re at the hotel instead of on the ship with me.

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