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We are now seriously considering the W for our Dec stay.  Does it have a Concierge Club and did you visit it ?  We usually stay at the Marriott Biscayne Bay but Dan wants to try the W. I have a  brazillion points I need to use so we might as well try it when it won’t cost us anything !

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Cabin is great. Ice bucket is filled.  Plate of cookies and a couple of free bottles of dihydrogen monoxide.  Just got charged $98.15 for the complimentary internet access that comes with a suite. No way am I going anywhere near Guest Services on day one.  I’m no masochist. 
 

 

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56 minutes ago, mk-ultra said:

Cabin is great. Ice bucket is filled.  Plate of cookies and a couple of free bottles of dihydrogen monoxide.  Just got charged $98.15 for the complimentary internet access that comes with a suite. No way am I going anywhere near Guest Services on day one.  I’m no masochist. 
 

 

What type of cabin did you get?  I've been curious.

1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

We are now seriously considering the W for our Dec stay.  Does it have a Concierge Club and did you visit it ?  We usually stay at the Marriott Biscayne Bay but Dan wants to try the W. I have a  brazillion points I need to use so we might as well try it when it won’t cost us anything !

 

41 minutes ago, Traveler said:

I think most of the W's dose not have any lounge in them , it's a W thing but I might be wrong .

+1.  All the W properties that I have looked at do not have a concierge lounge.  That is why I have been picking Intercontinental lately.  Love their club lounge.

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47 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

What type of cabin did you get?  I've been curious.

L2 (port side, aft facing) Crown Loft Suite.  I'm on deck 17, and my view down is the putt-putt golf course and (if we were underway), the ocean on the port side.  Right now it's putt-putt and fuel tanks.  The last two times I've been in a CLS were both ocean facing on the starboard side.  Decided to try something different.

Don't ever book a CLS. 

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Swooped back by the cabin.  Bags are appearing outside of our cabins (2:30PM or so).  Seems like everything on this cruise is ahead of time.  I was on Allure last December.  It was efficient then, but not as crazy good as this sailing.

Fruit magically appeared while I was wandering around. 
 

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This is my first sailing out of Port Everglades.   The departure is ridiculously pretty. Sorry I didn’t take more pics, but I was busy admiring the view with a silly grin plastered all over my face.  Tons of locals living in the condos near the channel waving and hanging sheets off of balconies with nice tidings.  Time to go back to the cabin and begin the unpackening.

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Oh man. Casino TVs are all tuned to ESPN for (an?) NFL game today.  I just happened to be sitting in a chair facing a TV.   Nice person next to me asked for my opinion on some football-related minutiae. 

I said, “I don’t usually watch soccer.”  Priceless.  I resisted asking him about sportsball. 

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Dinner tonight was in CK.  I had the escargot as an app, and the lamb loin with marquez meatballs as my entree.  I should have taken notes, but also had some nice Chilean reds that are available by the glass.  It was great.

If you're squeamish about escargot, do yourself a favor and just try it.  It's a vehicle for butter and garlic that you have to sop up with bread.  

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Day 2.  Both today and tomorrow are sea days.

As usual, I woke up early. Popped down to Cafe Promenade for coffee and a pastry.  I was surprised to see Guest Services open and 2 people working the desk at 0530.  Nobody was in line, so I took the opportunity to see if I could straighten out my erroneous Voom charge and figure out where my missing shore excursion ticket for Phillipsburg was.

For the Voom charge, they sent an email off to someone in corporate to see if they could remove it.  My shore excursion was cancelled.  No notification, but I do see that the money was refunded to my credit card.  Off to the Excursion desk later today to book something else.

Weather is very nice, but it was windy AF earlier this morning.  We’re doing ~18 knots directly into a 10-15 knot gusty breeze.  I was down on the pool deck and a lady opened one of the now-famous windows to stick her iPad mini (with a cover opened like a book) out to take a pic of the sunrise.  That worked out just about as well as you might imagine.  Some dolphin is probably playing Angry Birds on it now.

Ate at Windjammer.  Being an early bird has its merits.  One of which is not having to elbow my way to the trough through a crowd.

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1 hour ago, mk-ultra said:

Weather is very nice, but it was windy AF earlier this morning.  We’re doing ~18 knots directly into a 10-15 knot gusty breeze.  I was down on the pool deck and a lady opened one of the now-famous windows to stick her iPad mini (with a cover opened like a book) out to take a pic of the sunrise.  That worked out just about as well as you might imagine.  Some dolphin is probably playing Angry Birds on it now.

Nah, the dolphins know that Tiny Aquarium is where it's at. 😁

 

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Just had a Kummelweck sandwich from the Park Cafe for lunch.  I will be having one per day.  Maybe two if nobody is watching.

My big goal today is to remember that I need to be at the spa at 3PM for 75 minutes of massage and 20 minutes of being aggressively up-sold magical detox woo.

It’s one of our two formal nights.  I'll put on my blazer and play dress up over dinner before taking my dashing countenance to the casino to shore up RCI's stock.

[NERD WARNING: NERDY STUFF AHEAD]

I'm already slowing down to "cruise speed."  No need to be anywhere or do anything.  Like, Imma just sit here with a book all day and drink fruity things.

I totally hit the jackpot selecting one of the books for this cruise.  I would have sworn I'd read every Iain M. Banks Culture novel.  Somehow, I'd missed Excession.  I've been incredibly restrained in saving that book for this cruise instead of immediately consuming it in a nerd binge when I got it.  I feel like I found a $100 bill in an old jacket.  W00t!

Iain passed away in 2013, and the Sci-Fi literary world lost an icon.  Humor.  Prose.  Fantastic characters.  All wrapped-up in an astounding universe.  Cheers, Iain.  🍾

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20 hours ago, mk-ultra said:

I've been incredibly restrained in saving that book for this cruise instead of immediately consuming it in a nerd binge when I got it. 

lol. I do the same thing. I save a book I know I'll love for a vacation. It makes everything a little sweeter.

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Day 3: A good way through our second of 3 sea days today.  Dinner last night was (again) at CK.  You’ll see a lot of that from me if I bother to even comment on it.  I’ve only got one specialty restaurant booked for Thursday night (150 CP).

Dinner at CK for me was cream of artichoke soup, with wild mushrooms, arugula and croutons.  Very, very good.  Every soup I’ve had on an RCI ship has ranged from good to excellent; leaning towards excellent.  For an entree I had the veal tenderloin, with pea purée and fava beans.  This is the first time I’ve really been disappointed in CK.  Tough, overcooked meat (I’m used to that on a ship for the most part), but it had clearly been sitting covered on a speed rack for a long time.  Pea purée was crusted over, beans were undercooked and damn near crunchy.  Swing and a miss.

Mostly just meandered around the ship today, reading my book, interspersed with bar visits.  Weather turned rainy last night, cleared up overnight, and it’s been a steady overcast today with an occasional light sprinkle and really variable winds.  Nice break on the temps though.

CK again tonight.  Phillipsburg tomorrow.  Confirmed at the Excursion Desk that my planned Pinel Island excursion has indeed been cancelled.  Booked a 3-stop culinary tour as a replacement.  I’ve been to Phillispburg a couple of times before, and have already done the 360 island tours.  Something different this time!  And food.

Swells this afternoon have that kind of perfect periodicity to them that causes the main pool to go nuts and turn into a (closed, self-emptying) wave ride.

Super relaxing sea day.  👍

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Into CK at 7:45AM.  1 order of eggs Benedict later and I was out by 8:20.  Bennies were textbook & tasty.

The view of Great Bay from the ship is much improved now that the sun isn’t blasting into the camera.  9:45AM show time on the dock for the 10AM start of the Royal Fun Family Food Tour. Operator is Flavors of St. Martin Food Tours.  Looks like they get a lot of love on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147347-d8721899-Reviews-Flavors_of_St_Martin_Food_Tours-Philipsburg_Sint_Maarten_St_Martin_St_Maarten.html

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