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1 hour ago, emsff02 said:

Ronn Lucas was just on our Navigator Cruise in September. He was pretty funny then.

Thanks for letting us know.  I think we are going to play it by ear and decide if we want to see him once we are onboard.  Last time, Jay had us so busy that we had to tell him to tone it down, so we could have time to relax.  

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We are here and checked in.  We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Airport West, and this is definitely a one and done hotel for us.  We always book suites that have atleast one or two bedrooms separated from the living room.  With four kids, having a separate bedroom after being in a car all day is definitely preferred.  When we booked this hotel, we were told it was a suite with two queen beds in a bedroom and a separate living area with a pullout sofa and there was a door separating the rooms.  Much to our dismay, that was not the case and there is no separation.  At this point, we are tired and just going to let it slide.  To further add to the issues with this hotel, they are doing parking lot repair, so everyone is having to park in the the WaWa parking lot.  If we would have known this, we would have booked elsewhere, because it is a pain having to lug two pack n' plays, 4 kids, and about a million bags from a different parking lot.  Then, the cherry on the cake was when we got to the room, our seven year old asked me what was on the dresser, and what she brought me was marijuana rolling paper.  Everything else, we let slide but that was the final straw.  I called and asked for the manager, but they won't be in until tomorrow.  By the time they are available,  I will be onboard and probably enjoying myself too much to worry with Holiday Inn.  Think I will just take it as a lesson learned and book elsewhere next time.  Maybe, it's a decent hotel and we are just the outlier, but I'll attach a picture of the room in case anyone is curious.  Rant officially over.  Now that that is off my chest and the kids are all asleep, I'm going to call it a night.  One more sleep!

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54 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Where that Genie when you need one??! 🤣

Happy Sailing today! 

Haha!  I made a very similar comment to Steven last night.  Maybe Star Class has just spoiled me at this point.  Thanks!

26 minutes ago, ellcee said:

Happy Sailing!

Thank you!

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We have had a very good first day, but it has been super busy so we haven't had time to blog until now.  Alan has been amazing.  Embarkation was smooth, and we were on the ship before 11am.  We had plans to have Chops for lunch, but the cruise before ours had a norovirus outbreak and Chops was closed for lunch as they were doing extra sanitation there at lunch time.  We went to Giovanni's Table instead, and we enjoyed it very much; but I still prefer Chops for embarkation day lunch.  After leaving Giovanni's, we picked up Sabor guacamole and chips to take back to the room and then went to Cups and Scoops for ice cream and cupcakes.  After we registered the kids for Adventure Ocean, Alan met back up with us in our cabin, and again, wow, we are really impressed by him.  He has been extremely accommodating and very personable.  Although we know he is busy, he does not show it.  He takes the time to make you feel like you are his only guest.  He is also great with the kids and takes the time to interact with them as well.  For dinner, we went to Izumi, and it was wonderful like always.  We were wanting to see Mama Mia but did not want to be away from the babies for that long, so we were going to put them in the nursery long enough to see the first half.  We enjoyed it so much, that we decided to see the second half tomorrow.  The performers are fantastic, and we enjoyed Mama Mia much more than Blue Planet.  After the first half of Mama Mia, we picked up the babies.  We tried to pick up the older two as well, but they were having too much fun and wanted to stay longer.  We met Alan at Oceanaria, but ended up leaving early because it was very chilly.  We, then, proceeded to do what we do best and made pitstops at Johnny Rockets, Sabor, Cups and Scoops, and Vintages to get an assortment of snacks from each.  I really don't know how we were still eating at this point, but as @SweetPea said in her blog, looks like we are going to have to do a Star Class detox when we get home.  We are finally leaving port and will be in CocoCay tomorrow. 

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Day 2: Perfect Day at CocoCay

Allure was finally able to dock in CocoCay, and we celebrated by having a lazy day.  We had breakfast delivered at 9am, and we were still asleep.  I thought I was dreaming of a doorbell ringing, but nope they hit it about 10 times within 5 seconds.  Unfortunately,  it was too windy for breakfast on the balcony, so we ate inside and finally finish Rocketman (started it last time we were on Allure).  Alan escorted us off the ship at 11:15am bypassing all the lines to the gangway.  We went shopping, had lunch at Skipper's Grill, and took the kids to Splashaway Bay and Captain Jill's Galleon.  The food was not as good as the last time we were on CocoCay (before Perfect Day), or maybe we've just been spoiled by Star Class.  After a few bites, we decided to just wait and have lunch on the ship.  When we got back on the ship, we had Starbucks (totally abusing that privilege with Starbuck's holiday drinks) and then ordered room service without knowing that Alan coordinated almost the same meal delivery plus chocolate covered strawberries and shrimp.  Needless to say, my clothes aren't exactly fitting anymore and this is only Day 2.  I tried to order a virgin mango colada at Mama Mia yesterday, but they told me they only had strawberry.  Alan must have been listening,  because he had two delivered to our room today.  After pigging out, I took about a two hour nap and woke up to news of the Caribbean itineraries opening up for Fall 2021.  Alan had Next Cruise in our suite within a few minutes of release, and we scored 8730 for November 2021 on Oasis.  Have I mentioned how amazing "Genie Alan" is?!?!  As we were leaving CocoCay, he was playing games with the kids on the balcony.  About that time, our 9 year old Christian, showed Alan his Pichu stuffed animal.  That stuffed animal is his best buddy,  and boy has it seen better days.  It's head is half way torn off with stuffing coming out, but he loves that thing.  When Alan saw it, he took Pichu with him and 15 minutes later brought it back stitched back together.  #bestgenieever.  It was formal night tonight, but we were feeling lazy and opted for 150 Central Park delivery.  The two older kids just wanted to go to Adventure Ocean, so we grabbed them a quick bite at the Windjammer.  We dropped them off and then had 150 on the balcony.  Alan also surprised us with 6 "the world" desserts after I had briefly mentioned yesterday that that was the only part of Chef's Table that I wanted to try.  Then, off to the second half of Mama Mia.  We preferred the first half, but still enjoyed the second half and are glad we attended.  Now, we are off to bed and ready for tomorrow's adventure.

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Yikes !  Sounds like the Star Class food coma is coming early to 10730 !

I love Alan from afar.  What great service !  So happy to hear it.

Interested to hear how Alan handled reserved seats at Mama Mia for the second half of the show.  Did he have to “stand guard” over your “Reserved” seat covers to ensure no one removed them ?  Must have been tricky.

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Day 3: At Sea

Once again, we got woke up to breakfast delivery.  We were sleeping hard and did not want to wake up, but we had a Star Class Galley tour at 10am, so we knew we had to start the day.  We had breakfast on our balcony, and then headed off to the tour.  The galley tour and meet and mingle were at the same time, so we skipped the meet and mingle.  Steven and I decided to try out the zipline on the way to pick up the kids for the parade.  The suite party and the parade were also at the same time, so we popped into the suite party and snapped a quick picture with Captain Ron, then headed to the parade.  The parade was much better when it was DreamWorks.  After the parade, we stopped in Izumi and ordered sushi to our room (well, technically our bed).  Before we even finished eating, our daily snacks from Alan were delivered.  We took the kids to the cupcake decorating class, and we made puppy cupcakes and then rode the carousel and went to the arcade.  After lounging around for a bit, we had dinner at Coastal Kitchen for filet night.  The two older kids wanted to have dinner in Adventure Ocean, so they did not join us for dinner.  We asked Alan if we could have dinner delivered to our table expeditiously so the babies did not get fussy, since their nap was cut short for the cupcake decorating class.  We were not let down.  The food and service was spectacular.  Alan also stopped by Coastal Kitchen to check on us.  He played with the babies and then told us he was going to stop in Adventure Ocean to see Christian and Sophia.  This made me very happy as Christian has been asking us all day about seeing Genie Alan.  We are chilling in our room waiting for the Love and Marriage show.  The Love and Marriage show is at 10:15pm, so hopeful we will get to bed before midnight for once.  We told Alan that we wanted to sleep in tomorrow, so no CK or Starbucks breakfast delivery.  Tomorrow is Cozumel, and we are going to take it slow and relax.

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Day 4: Cozumel

After blogging last night, we ditched our plan for Love and Marriage and decided to have Sabor delivered to our cabin and be lazy.  Our plan to sleep in didn't work out either since our 9 year old decided to wake us up.  We reluctantly got out of bed and started our day with breakfast in the Windjammer since we wanted to grab something fast.  It was ok, but it's no Coastal Kitchen.  After breakfast, we dropped the kids off at Adventure Ocean and the babies at Royal Babies and Tots, and Steven and I went to the flowrider.  For some reason, we never find time to do the flowrider, so this trip we were determined to.  We got there about 15 minutes before they closed, and to our surprise there wasn't anybody in line for the boogie board side.  After embarrassing ourselves a few times, we grabbed Starbucks and a smoothie from vitality spa and headed to the suite deck.  After lounging around for about 15 minutes, we went to park cafe.  We kept tossing around the idea of getting off the ship in Cozumel but decided that we'd just stay on since almost every itinerary we have goes to Cozumel.  Christian and Sophia wanted to stay in Adventure Ocean, so we just picked up the babies and let them play for a little bit before nap time.  During nap time, we finished The Hustle movie with Rebel Wilson.  Despite it's bad reviews, we thought it was funny and enjoyed it.  We went to get Christian and Sophia from Adventure Ocean, and they still did not want to leave but we made them this time.  I will definitely give props to the Adventure Ocean staff.  They do a great job of keeping the kids entertained.  Despite being full from our daily snack delivery, we went to Giovanni's.  Before we arrived, Alan spoke with the Giovanni's staff and told them to have macaroni and cheese waiting for the kids when we arrived.  He also told them to have our meals to us in a quick manner, and our waiter was very polite and fast.  Within seconds of sitting down, the kids all had mac and cheese and our orders were being taken.  I really liked the grilled octopus and the filet, but I think the filet from Coastal Kitchen yesterday was better.  Alan stopped in and gave the kids light up rings which was a nice surprise (especially since he had already stopped in the cabin earlier and gave them inky the octopus stuffed animals).  After dinner, we caught a few minutes of OceanAria on our balcony and then went to the comedy show.  It was Carl Long and Steve Wilson, and they were very funny.  We much preferred them over the comedians that were onboard Allure on our last sailing.  After picking up the kids, we grabbed Cups and Scoops and Johnny Rockets and called it a night.  We emailed Alan and once again told him we want to sleep in tomorrow.   Hopefully, our kids get the memo this time.

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Loving your blog!  We board in a couple of weeks, and I feel like our vacay is starting early thanks to all your great posts!!!

We will also have 4 kids in the same room you're in - and it looks like it's working well (ours are a little older though!).

 

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1 hour ago, DJsMrs said:

Loving your blog!  We board in a couple of weeks, and I feel like our vacay is starting early thanks to all your great posts!!!

We will also have 4 kids in the same room you're in - and it looks like it's working well (ours are a little older though!).

 

Thanks.  You are going to love the aquatheater suite and all the perks that go with Star Class.  I felt it was only fair I blog this trip since we  survive between cruises by reading other people's blogs.

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Day 5: Costa Maya

Today was another lazy day.  We slept until the kids woke us up.  It was raining and overcast, so we didn't want to take the kids into port.  We wanted to pick up a souvenir spoon to add to our collection, so we stopped by the nursery to reserve an hour.  They were full until 12:30pm, so we coordinated with Alan to meet up then.  We took the babies to the Windjammer and were sorely disappointed.  I was feeding our littlest one scrambled eggs when I found a big piece of egg shell.  I complained about it to the Windjammer staff, and his response was "I didn't know he was using real eggs.  I thought it came from a box."  I called Alan and had him deliver the little ones scrambled eggs to the room, but by then we were strapped for time and it didn't arrive until time to leave.  We got off the ship for about an hour, but it was still raining.  Costa Maya, in my opinion, is an overpriced port.  I searched around for awhile for a souvenir spoon, but refused to pay $35 for what you can get in Cozumel for $6.  I eventually found one for $10, and while it was not my favorite,  we were ready to get out of the rain.  We headed back onto the ship and picked up the kids.  Within a few minutes of being in the room, our daily snacks were delivered.  We, then, took advantage of the free pay per view movies that are included with Star Class.  This is a perk that isn't talked about much, but if you are like us and have little ones who take midday naps or you just like to lounge around, this is an awesome perk.  We took the two older kids to the arcade and the rock climbing wall.  They were about to close, but they let them each go twice since they were Star Class.  The kids wanted Giovanni's mac and cheese for dinner, so we had that delivered to the room.  Alan also had baked Alaska delivered since we mentioned liking it.  After dropping off the kids in Adventure Ocean and Royal Babies and Tots, Steven and I had dinner at 150 Central Park.  We got super fast service and had our whole meal in less than an hour.  Telling Alan we want a fast dining experience in our initial communication was definitely a good idea.  When we have the babies with us or have a set time that we need to pick up the little ones, dinner on a cruise can be stressful since it usually takes more time than we have to get all the courses served.  150 Central Park was delicious as usual.  Alan checked in on us while we were at dinner and then came to our cabin after dinner to take a few pictures on the balcony.  He played with the kids and surprised us with dessert delivery.  We watched the Aquatheater light show (or whatever it's called) from our balcony and now we are calling it a night.

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18 hours ago, Tiffeven said:

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How did you like those chairs? I've only seen them in photos of Celebrity ships' MDR after the ships were refurbished as part of their EDGEification. They've drawn quite a bit of commentary from folks over on "the good place", as some found them very uncomfortable to sit in and almost all found them very heavy and awkward to get in or out of because of that.

I had no idea that Royal was also using these chairs, I thought they were unique to the EDGE style of decor Celebrity has pivoted to.

On a separate note, this is a very nice pic of you and your husband, as is the one with you getting dipped up on the deck! 😊

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11 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

How did you like those chairs? I've only seen them in photos of Celebrity ships' MDR after the ships were refurbished as part of their EDGEification. They've drawn quite a bit of commentary from folks over on "the good place", as some found them very uncomfortable to sit in and almost all found them very heavy and awkward to get in or out of because of that.

I had no idea that Royal was also using these chairs, I thought they were unique to the EDGE style of decor Celebrity has pivoted to.

On a separate note, this is a very nice pic of you and your husband, as is the one with you getting dipped up on the deck! 😊

Thank you very much.  We have used these chairs a few times now.  They are comfortable, but they are heavy and very awkward to get in and out of as you mentioned.

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