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Symphony of the Seas ~ Feb. 2020 ~ Sky Class!

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This is my first blog, so I'm completely open to suggestions, tips, requests, and questions.

The Sailing:

Feb. 29, 2020 - Symphony of the Seas - Western Caribbean & Perfect Day - 7 nights

Pre-Cruise Stay:

Fly to Miami 1 day before. Stay in Kimpton EPIC hotel, which is newly renovated. We plan to take an Uber/Lyft to the Terminal and arrive there at 10:00 AM.

https://www.epichotel.com/renovation/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand-Hotel Name_EXT&utm_term=kimpton epic miami&adpos={adpos}&creative=374937215719&device=c&matchtype=e&network=g&gclid=Cj0KCQiAiNnuBRD3ARIsAM8KmlszTemJmHwA0k6GpJvERc3ssH6xnCvyig28ZUmyS3lmrwpFrHMf4JoaAhgsEALw_wcB

Cruise Purchases:

Unlimited Dining Package - All-Access Ship Tour - VOOM (included in Sky-Class)

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Miami

Day 2 - Cruising

Day 3 - Roatan, Honduras - No excursions

Day 4 - Costa Maya, Mexico - Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

Day 5 - Cozumel, Mexico - A Journey Through Mexico's Past & Present (cancelled by RC)

Day 6 - Cruising

Day 7 - Cococay - Thrill Waterpark Cabana - Up, Up, And Away Helium Balloon

Day 8 - Miami

Cabin:

Crown Loft Suite (1720) Sky Class

 

Please let me know if I forgot anything, and feel free to ask questions. 😊

 

Edited by cruisestuff
Cozumel excursion cancelled by RC

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I'll be getting off the ship as you are embarking. I'll try to remember to leave y'all some food and alcohol 😉

We're also staying at the Kimpton Epic - my second time - I love it!  I started my own live blog, so feel free to follow along:

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/17851-symphony-of-the-seas-an-island-is-an-island-is-an-island-feb-22-29-2020/

 

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Sorry I am so late! Been very busy lately. @SnickerTail I have not changed any excursions, other than the one in Cozumel which was cancelled by Royal Caribbean. We do not have a beverage package because we are not heavy drinkers, and we mostly drink water and wine, sometimes cocktails. No RoyalUp offer, which is fine with me. The Crown Loft seems like an awesome room! 😉

Also, we recently stayed in the Kimpton Epic (not for a cruise). It was amazing!!! We had the 1-bedroom waterview suite which was newly renovated (like all the rooms). The views were incredible, you could see boats passing through the canal and the drawbridge going up. The room was amazing, with a modern and cozy feel. The staff were super nice and upgraded us for free from the junior suite! Finally the Japanese restaurant downstairs, Zuma, had great food and had luxury yachts docked outside. The lobby was impressive, with fancy cars displayed outside. Sorry this sounds like an advertisement, that's how much I enjoyed it!!

These photos aren't mine, I don't know how to upload my photos onto computer

 

 

 

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Have you previously stayed in a suite on a Oasis Class ship and had access to Coastal Kitchen?  If not, you may wish to reconsider the UDP and plan to have most of your dinners in Coastal Kitchen.  We were in a crown loft suite on Symphony back in September and had originally purchased the Ultimate Dining Package.  We were convinced by a few on this board to drop it in favor of Coastal Kitchen (it was our first time in a suite on an Oasis Class ship) and, in hindsight, we were glad we did.  We found the dining in Coastal Kitchen to be superb and, in fact, had most of our breakfasts and dinners there.  We supplemented with a couple evenings in specialty dining, but ultimately are glad we didn't do UDP.  Just something for you to consider... 

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Thank you for bringing that up! We are traveling with another family, and we decided that we would dine at specialty restaurants because we have not been on Symphony before. These were the restaurants we want to go to:

  • Wonderland
  • Jamie's
  • Chops Grill
  • Izumi Hibachi
  • 150 Central Park 

For us, it made sense to buy the Dining Package because most of our cruise we would dine at specialty restaurants, and we wanted to have the full dining experience. We may not go on Symphony again, so we wanted to try out all the restaurants! 🙂 

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Day of Boarding
Hello! Writing this from our hotel room at the Kimpton Epic. We arrived at the hotel at around 9 pm last night. We had a wonderful dinner at the sushi restaurant Zuma. Right now we are packing up. We skipped breakfast, and we wanted to arrive at the port at 10 am, but there is a race near our hotel so the roads are closed for a while. Next update will probably be when we get to our room on the ship. Sooo excited!!😁

We have a great view from our hotel except the crane! I will try to get photos soon. 

I am new to blogging so please feel free to ask questions or give suggestions!

 

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Sorry I am so late, we are having a blast!

Embarkation- To start, checkin at Port Miami was a breeze. We arrived a little after 10 am because the roads were  closed. There was very traffic and our hotel (Kimpton Epic) was surprisingly close to the port. With the  app to checkin, it was very quick. We heard from our Uber driver that the car line is much longer around noon. 

Day 1- We controversially decided to eat at the Windjammer for lunch. The food was ok, but we were disappointed with the selection. afterwards we explored the ship and later went to Izumi. The Hibachi was a very fun experience, but we weren’t thrilled by the food. After that,we watched Hiro. We found really a really nice place to watch the aqua theater, up on deck 7 near the entrance to the rock climbing wall. (We didn’t sit there, but we might if we watch Hiro again. We didn’t stay up for the balloon drop, because we didn’t have such a good night sleep.

Day two and photos are coming soon, I am so tired right now!

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On 2/8/2020 at 9:21 PM, cruisestuff said:

Sorry I am so late! Been very busy lately. @SnickerTail I have not changed any excursions, other than the one in Cozumel which was cancelled by Royal Caribbean. We do not have a beverage package because we are not heavy drinkers, and we mostly drink water and wine, sometimes cocktails. No RoyalUp offer, which is fine with me. The Crown Loft seems like an awesome room! 😉

Also, we recently stayed in the Kimpton Epic (not for a cruise). It was amazing!!! We had the 1-bedroom waterview suite which was newly renovated (like all the rooms). The views were incredible, you could see boats passing through the canal and the drawbridge going up. The room was amazing, with a modern and cozy feel. The staff were super nice and upgraded us for free from the junior suite! Finally the Japanese restaurant downstairs, Zuma, had great food and had luxury yachts docked outside. The lobby was impressive, with fancy cars displayed outside. Sorry this sounds like an advertisement, that's how much I enjoyed it!!

These photos aren't mine, I don't know how to upload my photos onto computer

 

 

 

Screenshot 2020-02-08 at 10.37.05 PM.png

one-bedroom-suite-05-c1d982d5.jpg

 

Great view from the bedroom

 

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Hello everyone! I am so sorry that I have not uploaded on this blog recently. The cruise was so packed with activities and we were kind of overwhelmed (in a good way) After the cruise was finished I was very busy. From now on I will try to upload in chunks. Overall I was very pleased with Royal Caribbean and would definitely sail with them again.
Thank you so much for understanding! 😊👍

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