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First Time Star Class 8 night Holiday Bahamas Cruise Anthem 12/20/19

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1 hour ago, Paul whufc said:

Hi there,

Im also on this cruise too but I did not know about a escape room on board, I have tried the one on Indy last year, where is it on this ship as I can not find it an where in the compass or app?

Deck 15 mid ship beside elevators and suite sun deck access door. Easy to miss as access is just a door without any identification. Called escape from future I think.  

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Specialty Dining 

We are really loving Specialty Dining! The quality of the food has been excellent. 

Lindsay went all in with the seafood tower followed by lobster at Chops.  
Reyd had NY strip and I had Ribeye

We visited Coastal kitchen for the first time. Reyd had NY steak, Lindsay had salmon and I had veal cannelloni. Everything was excellent
 

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Headliner Tony Tillman - Royal Theatre

This was an excellent show!!
Was about an hour long and was fun for all ages. Very engaging with crowd. Great singer. 

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Update on HVAC 

Long story short problems continue 😨. We were as high as 78 last night possibly higher in bedroom on 2nd level. And as low as 61 on main floor. It sounds like we now have the right people involved in finding a resolution. In order to regulate the 2 levels we have had to give control of our thermostat over to Royals HVAC team. We communicate our needs to Andres and they work behind the scenes to try to balance out both thermostats. More discussion to happen tomorrow as the main level is still on the cold side. Lindsay thinks we should capitalize on this situation and offer up the main floor as a meat locker and the 2nd floor as a thermal suite. 😂  

We are excited for our over water cabana tomorrow, visiting Labadee for the first time and  know it will be a great day!! Can’t wait to share the highlights with you! 

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15 hours ago, Jax said:

Lindsay went all in with the seafood tower

 

13 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Seafood tower...check

The challenge now becomes, "How many times can you eat it over the rest of this cruise?" lol

It's so yummy, we tried hard to maximize our SC benefits here.  Let's just say I couldn't look at seafood for a while afterwards. 🙃

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22 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

 

The challenge now becomes, "How many times can you eat it over the rest of this cruise?" lol

It's so yummy, we tried hard to maximize our SC benefits here.  Let's just say I couldn't look at seafood for a while afterwards. 🙃

Once was enough for us.  We even had a friend with  us to try and help eat it all but we failed miserably.  It's an inside joke now, between Dan and me.  I think everyone (if you eat seafood, of course) should try it but there is just no way we can eat all of it....even the small one.

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

 

The challenge now becomes, "How many times can you eat it over the rest of this cruise?" lol

It's so yummy, we tried hard to maximize our SC benefits here.  Let's just say I couldn't look at seafood for a while afterwards. 🙃

I don’t know of a challenge Lindsay won’t accept!   Lindsay did the pineapple a day challenge in Maui 2 Christmas’s ago and let’s just say by New Year’s it didn’t end well. 💩

 

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3 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Once was enough for us.  We even had a friend with  us to try and help eat it all but we failed miserably.  It's an inside joke now, between Dan and me.  I think everyone (if you eat seafood, of course) should try it but there is just no way we can eat all of it....even the small one.

Lindsay ate it all followed by lobster meal!! My son and I aren’t big seafood eaters.  It was impressive to watch. 

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Labadee 
As you guys know this is our first time cruising with Royal so following the itinerary change from Coco Cay to Labadee I had no expectations. We didn’t really explore the island so my review is limited to the suites area. The over water cabana was great! Weather could not have been better.  The suites area was nice. Lunch was ok; hotdogs were very good.  I found the buffet selection a bit limited compared to Disney’s Castaway. It was also a bit strange that every time you ordered any type of beverage they had to take your sea pass with them. And you couldn’t use 1 sea pass for the 3 of us. Only 1 drink per person at a time. 
Andres met us on island and stayed with us until we reached the cabana. I was actually surprised that we didn’t see him again for any sort of check in throughout the day to see how our day was going. I think the one notable difference between Labadee and Disney’s Castaway was that the on board concierge take care of you while at your cabana. I didn’t realize how much we liked this personal touch until today when we had no check ins except from our cabana host who lives on the island.  Here are some pics of our cabana and the eating area. 
 

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30 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Love the Over the Water Cabanas. I am currently in negotiations with Hubby to get one again for March. 😜

While I will never see eye to eye about spending the money on Grand / Owners / Loft / Villa suites, this is something I can totally get behind. Find a good price and snag it early!

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Holiday Singers Showcase 

The Anthem band plus various singers/performers sang popular Christmas music. It was outstanding, so much talent. 🙌🏻 I think it was tonight only. 

Andres set us up with reserved seating and our usual popcorn, water and coke. Rather than seating us up front he and the other genie have selected seats a bit back in sections seating for and a ledge for good and beverages.  This is the 3rd night in a row we have been in the Royal Theatre and it’s been no where near full. I thought with the holiday sailing theatres would be full.  🤔

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Jamie’s Italian 
This was our 2nd night there. The specialty dining has been outstanding at all venues. Excellent quality and choices and they have been happy to do any special requests.  
Lindsay has the lasagna and gave it ️  Said it was the best lasagna he has ever had. 
Reyd and I requested a special order of fettuccine Alfredo.
I had beef short rib with my fettuccine Alfredo.  It was very good.  

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13 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

 

The challenge now becomes, "How many times can you eat it over the rest of this cruise?" lol

It's so yummy, we tried hard to maximize our SC benefits here.  Let's just say I couldn't look at seafood for a while afterwards. 🙃

Challenge accepted!!

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Concierge Lounge Thoughts

Lounge is located on deck 12 AFT. It offers great views and lots of seating.  We have visited the lounge several random times and we have yet to see a concierge host. Hours are limited and posted below. We were surprised to learn it was bring your own beverage as nothing except coffee and tea is offered so we had to go back to our suite to grab cokes to eat with our lunch. Disney concierge included waters and  beverages for all concierge guests and you were always greeted by a Disney concierge host. 

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36 minutes ago, Jax said:

We were surprised to learn it was bring your own beverage as nothing except coffee and tea is offered so we had to go back to our suite to grab cokes to eat with our lunch.

There's no happy hour or snack served here?  I never knew that either.  I was always under the impression that it was like the Suite Lounge.

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Random thoughts on stateroom 

AFT deck is great! It offers great views and is sheltered from wind. We have been able to use this space much more than Forward decks. Would definitely do that again.  Downside on this ship is that you have to go to mid ship to reach stairs and elevators.  So that gets tiring  plus we are not use to passing by non concierge guests staterooms.  Traffic is heavier than we are accustom with many room steward carts, vacuums snd my personal pet peeve, room service trays placed outside staterooms with leftover food 🤮

I am waiting to offer reviews on stateroom as I want to be fair . So far our experience  with our suite has not been good given HVAC problems and as a result we have been unable to spend much time in our room. Following temperatures on both floors of 62/63 last night i requested a meeting with hotel manager. Lindsay has left the Suite and isn't returning until long underwear, thermal tops and socks are not needed.  🤣 The meeting with hotel maintenance manager was productive so we shall see how they do today. I will report back later in the cruise on the Suite review. 



 

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11 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

There's no happy hour or snack served here?  I never knew that either.  I was always under the impression that it was like the Suite Lounge.

Only happy hour will have beverages beyond the coffee and tea. Some snacks like cookies and fruit might be available during the day. During happy hour it will be the standard setup with the snack spread and beverages.

Oasis class SL is the exception when it comes to beverage access.

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

There's no happy hour or snack served here?  I never knew that either.  I was always under the impression that it was like the Suite Lounge.

Sorry I was referring to beverages like water bottles and cans of pop. There are light snacks there throughout the day but no beverages other than tea and coffee during the hours we visited.  That could be different during happy hour. 

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Christmas Eve 🎄🎅
Andreas ordered us prime rib and lobster tails to be delivered to Coastal Kitchen last night.  Reyd just to just prime rib. It didn’t disappoint. We have had Joseph serve us twice in CK and he is the best! Charismatic, remembers our names, our favorites from last time and asks how our day was. So far he is the server that has wowed us; others seem to be going through the motions but Joseph genuinely loves people and it shows! 

 

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Headliner Adam Kario  

This show was fantastic!! He is a juggler/comedian. Appropriate and fun for all ages. Andreas set us up again with reserved seating in Royal Theatre with beverages and snacks.  Not sure if the videos will come through ok but hope so! 
 

Happy Christmas Eve everyone — even though I am posting Christmas Day (it’s been a busy couple days) 


 

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Merry Christmas guys from Nassau, Bahamas 🎄🎅

Today was a great day in Nassau.  Weather was perfect ☀️☀️
No plans to get on ship. We took advantage of our deck and had breakfast brought in this morning. Lindsay hit the flow rider at 11am and had a ton of fun. Reyd jammed out. 🤷‍♀️ Andreas come for a visit and we gave him his gift. He rocked the 🇨🇦 Toque. Lunch at Johnny Rockets was great! Andreas got us a time in North Star @ 3pm — 🧞 totally paid off on that one. 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Lindsay hit Flow rider @ 4pm but it was boogie board only. So he is going back tomorrow for the blended sessions (which means you can do boogie board or stand up). 
Christmas dinner at Chops was so good that I totally forgot to take any pictures 🤦‍♀️. The warm chocolate lava cake was one of the best desserts we have eaten.  Christian wowed is tonight and we have asked Andreas to request him on Friday night.  
We are off to 270 tonight for Spectras Cabaret.  I hear good reviews so I will let you know what we think.  

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