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The Magnificent Seven Tropic Like it's Hot - Allure 12'08'19 - Star Class

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1 hour ago, DJsMrs said:

Additionally, the thought of drinking a cold slushy drink through a paper straw is gag-worthy so we have invested in some reusable straws (with the hopes that the consumption of said slushy drink doesn't result in the straw being lost or forgotten).  

I am SO glad you mentioned this.  As soon as I read your post I went on Amazon and ordered some  non-bio-degradable good ol' fashioned run-of-the-mill, old timey clear plastic straws.  No Johnny Rockets malts with gag-worthy (where have I heard that ??) paper straws for ME on this trip !

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Thanks all.  We don’t need private ice time.  The boys aren’t rail holders - so they usually enjoy the open centre area as I pray they don’t run into anyone 🤪.  They’re good skaters - but they sometimes forget that most people in the ship aren’t.  Lol

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I can’t wait for this review and all of the other Star Class reviews.  We are taking our first Star Class Cruise in April and have just never been more excited.  I have an 11 year old also.  Thank you for taking the time to bring us along.  I think starting this blog 45 days ahead really represented a great amount of strength from you-is 150 days too soon?!?  😜

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Oh Amazon - you make me so happy.  As various packages arrive, it's a lovely daily reminder of our pending vacay!   Travel straws have arrived, as have shoe bags to pack our shoes in an effort to keep our suitcases cleaner and more organized (I hope).  We use packing cubes too - so things tend to be pretty clean and organized in our suitcases.  Waiting for the sunscreen and portable travel fan...  I've also prepped some ducks for the kids to hide on the ship - I'm not sure why I think they'll be bored and in need of something to do, but it should be a fun activity for them.  

In much more exciting news - we got our Genie email!!! Our email came from Alan, but he's going in vacay and we will have Luciano!  Have read good things about him and we are very excited.  

Question for those with star class experience - how much did you include in your reply to the initial email?  I feel like I'm writing a minor novella and don't want to scare off our genie.  Not doing all the planning is a bit of a challenge. Working hard to adopt Elsa's mantra "let it go".  

I've indicated our dining, entertainment and activities requests  and given info about our embarkation day plans, and requests for drinks in the room...  anything I'm missing?

  @Lovetocruise2002 @WAAAYTOOO I'm lookin at you 😉

 

 

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2 hours ago, DJsMrs said:

Question for those with star class experience - how much did you include in your reply to the initial email? 

I sent a whole Word document.  Details of everything.  If you PM your email address, I will share it with you.  😉

Luciano has been all over the place since becoming a Genie.  He's gone from Harmony, to Ovation, and now Allure.

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I love it when we get the first Genie email.  I know it's really going to happen, then !!

I usually do not write a LOT in my emails but I do write a LOT of emails to the Genie.  I'm sure that Joyce is extremely pleased that I am not bugging the s**t out of her right now, since I am away on travel (hello from beautiful Bahrain, BTW !!).  I actually think the Genies appreciate it when you communicate your "wishes" to them...that way they do not have to guess about what you want.  Perhaps this is just wishful thinking on my part - a way to soothe my guilty, overly verbose, conscience.  LOL

IMO, the only information that you really NEED to provide to the Genie is what you want to happen on boarding day.  All of the subsequent days you can play by ear but boarding day will go much more smoothly if they know what you need for them to handle up front.  There are certain particular exceptions such as any requests for Labadee cabanas, etc but those are fairly few.  I believe that there are few requests that you might make that will be truly unique to the Genie.  I have yet to have a Genie say to me, "WOW !  You are the first person who ever asked me to do THAT !"

Allow me to interject a small personal anecdote here.  Since I AM in the Middle East, I purchased a beautiful Aladdin's Lamp today for my Genie gift.  Do you think that is a totally lame gift ?  It's not large (being mindful of the lack of personal space that Genie's have in their room) - maybe 6-8 inches from end-to-end.  I think it's lovely.  Joyce may hate it.  It was an impulse buy (as were the 7 Pashmina wraps, the 5 beautiful hand made Turkish bowls/platters...and the gorgeous opal ring....that I bought, courtesy of the awesome  local souq !!).  I always have trouble with the Genie gifts.  I saw this and thought immediately of Joyce.  I guess that's a good thing... ??

 

 

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I actually think the Genies appreciate it when you communicate your "wishes" to them...that way they do not have to guess about what you want. 

^^^This right here.^^^ So true.  So many people go into star class with all these expectations and then fail to communicate it to their Genie.  Genies are not mind readers.  Then they go home disappointed and complain that their experience was sub par.  It is not fair the the Genie.

1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I purchased a beautiful Aladdin's Lamp today for my Genie gift. 

I love that idea!  I think it's perfect.  Let us know how it goes.

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I have 470 days to go until my first star class cruise, so I eagerly read as much as I can, and look forward to following along with your trip!

Surprising the kids is so much fun. We had a blast with our surprise cruise and more that we took in September with our kids.

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25 days and counting.  

I've been communicating with my genie - sort of.  Our email came from Alan, but he will be on vacay so he will pass everything on to Luciano... not sure when Alan is leaving, but he's been amazing with pre-cruise communications.   The only bummer is that we wanted a seafood tower (from 150) and a charcuterie board (from Giovanni's) for sail away - but he put the kaibosh on that plan.  We can only order from one restaurant at a time.  As soon as I read his email I remember reading about this with other peoples' experiences, so wasn't too surprised.  I'm sure we will survive... talk about a first world problem.  haha

The last few amazon orders have been trickling in.  We now have our reef-friendly sunscreen, travel straws, shoe bags - and maybe my fave little toy is the portable rechargeable personal little fan.  I've also been prepping my travel first aid kit and replenishing various items (cue the swimmer's ear drops).  

I've started gathering things for the "fun bag" and will probably get it packed this weekend, and then have the kids try on their summer clothes to make sure everything still fits.  I'm looking forward to packing light and making use of the laundry services.

Hard to believe it's just over three weeks until we head to our pre-flight hotel room...  it's been a long year of waiting!  So hard to not tell the kids - I'm bursting.  

Also have been wracking my brain to think of a little genie gift for Luciano - we'd like to bring something unique to Vancouver - but I know they don't have very big cabins.   There are a couple of local chocolate shops that make some amazing morsels of heaven - so we may opt for that...  I'm open to ideas if anyone can think of something.   We have some amazing wine here - so maybe that's an option too.  Aiming for something small and usable so it doesn't have to be "stored."

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3 hours ago, DJsMrs said:

We can only order from one restaurant at a time.  As soon as I read his email I remember reading about this with other peoples' experiences, so wasn't too surprised.

Yes, sounds pretty consistent with other ships lately.

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OK, this has been kind of bugging me and I just have to ask...

Are your husband's initials "DJ", and you're his missus? Or is your husband a disk jockey and you're his missus? Or is he a DJ who's also got the initials DJ?

Kind of hoping for at least the second one; we need more disc jockeys in this place. So far the only one I'm aware of is @Jaymac Radio😁

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41 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

OK, this has been kind of bugging me and I just have to ask...

Are your husband's initials "DJ", and you're his missus? Or is your husband a disk jockey and you're his missus? Or is he a DJ who's also got the initials DJ?

Kind of hoping for at least the second one; we need more disc jockeys in this place. So far the only one I'm aware of is @Jaymac Radio😁

Ha - yes, and good catch.    He was a club DJ here in town and I was working in a bar where he had a residency when we met.   He still gets some gigs here and there, but I’ll always be “the DJ’s Mrs. ” 🤣🤣

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It's only 15 days until we check in to our pre-flight hotel.  Holy smoke.

Officially counting down the activities we have to get through before we go:  11 hockey practices, 7 games, 4 development sessions, 2 martial arts classes, 8 gym sessions, 1 hair appointment, 1 mani/pedi, and a partridge in a pear tree!  It's going to be busy with 3 out-of-town games, and one in Squamish on a day where it looks like we'll have some snow.  Snow in Ontario is typical - but here on the wet coast it usually leads to chaos, especially on the Sea to Sky highway.   Snow tires are on - so hopefully they don't cancel the game!  The other two require a ferry trip, so it's kinda like a mini-cruise, right?  Is it wrong to look for my genie on the ferry?  

On a bit of a downer - flying WestJet from YVR to YYZ (5 hours) we're on an older aircraft with no charging capabilities on board (737-600).  grrrrr.   At first I thought I was misreading the info on the aircraft, but then confirmed with with a friend who is a pilot for WestJet. Also - no West Jet connect, which is how you watch movies on the plane - the aircraft has seat-back televisions with live TV and 60% of the time it works every time (a la Anchorman's Sex Panther 😂) .   On the plus side we're in premium economy, so food and drinks (we ARE on vacay after all) will be available to keep everyone fed and lubricated.  Gotta make sure the kids have battery packs charged and ready to go, and some Netflix downloaded onto their ipads (all our batter packs are airline compliant).

I guess we're just waiting now to hear from our genie about our schedule...  not sure if we'll get it before we board or once we're on the ship - either way doesn't matter.  Let the nail biting continue.....

 

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We are in single digits.   Happy dance!   Just have to make it through the work and hockey schedule for one more week!!!  
 

Have had a successful few games    Eldest son scored his first ever goal on Sunday (3rd year of hockey- and 3rd year of skating.   The struggle has been real!).  And youngest son has been playing better and better each game and keeping the team in the mix after our team got tiered up and our competition is tough!   Squeaked out a tie the other night against a team that beat us 10-4 in pre-season, and parents on the other team were asking “did you guys get a new goalie?   He’s on fire!”   Proud hockey Mum here - will require a champagne celebration when we are on board!  🍾 ❤️ 

Haven’t started packing yet - but the list is done and the suitcases are out and all pre-cruise shopping is done.  

Also scored $150 saving on a photo package - so was pretty chuffed about that.  AND scored an over the water cabana for our December 2020 cruise.  #forthewin
 

woot!

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Eldest son this morning as he dragged himself downstairs for breakfast "So - mum - you excited?"

Me "About what?   You eating your breakfast so you're not late for school?  Yes ...  very"

Him - sideye

Me "About the rain today and the freezing cold weather (a balmy 2 degrees) of course - I love cold weather"

Him - sideye

Me "About going on vacation, maybe a little"

Him - I CAN'T WAIT

We're in the final week of school - and the boys aren't sleeping very well.  I'm super excited but also managing our busy schedule as we still have three practices, two games, one volunteer/fundraising event, one dr appointment, one orthodontist appointment, three hair appointments, one nail appointment, work, and I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting something in there.  Oh yeah - I have to pack and get the laundry done and house cleaned.  I feel like a need a vacation just from getting ready to go on vacation!

On an exciting note - eldest son has been growing his hair for nearly three years.  He decided to grow his lid out to donate his locks to wigs for kids with cancer - and we have finally achieved optimum length.  Have been running a little fundraiser on the charity's website and he's almost at $1,000 - and he's getting his lid cut on Thursday evening (thankfully hockey game was scheduled to Wednesday so we have an evening at home to get ready).  I'm so excited to see him with short hair - and my budget for conditioner is going to decrease significantly (which may help with future cruise budgets!).  Child #2 is also growing his out - and he's still a few months away from a cut, and I'm looking forward to seeing both my boys with short hair.   It's been quite a time for both boys as they've been asked "and what would she like?" in restaurants, or "and how are you ladies doing" in stores, and I've been told countless times "your girls are so well behaved" so I'm sure they'll be happy to be rid of these comments.  They handle it like pros and gently correct the speaker, but I know it cuts a little bit when you're a tween boy!  Yay for short hair on this trip - with all the snorkeling it's a tangly mess usually!

DH and I are also enjoying teasing the boys about "what will your friends do when we're in the suite lounge for chill-out time in the afternoon?"  "Maybe we should have the boys for a sleepover one night?"   They've no idea that we're all in one room - and I feel like I deserve a medal for not telling them.  Hopefully they're not disappointed with not being in a loft suite - they've been talking about it a lot!  

Fun bag is mostly packed with all the games, toys, sunscreen, beach bag, and snorkel gear.  Hopefully their summer shoes still fit because I'm not sure I'll have time this week to source out new ones if they don't!

Four sleeps until pre-departure hotel stay.  

All quiet from our genie - not sure if Alan has left the ship yet and Luciano is on board, but we can't wait to meet him!

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