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Dinner tonite at 150 Central Park. Joyce took a pic for us 

ISince we are docked at the downtown pier, we decided to go out into town for a while. Beside us is docked NCL Breakaway. Out in the bay, offshore, is the NCL Escape.  She is tendering her p

I promised Sabrina that I would do this, so here goes. First:  I am the worst live blogger EVER since I hate to take pix.  I DO realize that long, text review/live blogs are less effective b/c no

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18 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Called for an Uber to pick us up but he never found us and cancelled the trip on us.  

I drive for both services as my side hustle...my original side hustle is too hard on my body now..

I hear from quite a few people that their ride was cancelled by the driver.  It's too bad.  Driving for Lyft/Uber isn't rocket science, but it does require some basic customer service.

I think it's simple laziness on a driver's part.  When I get a pickup in a congested area, I call the passenger to find out exactly where they are.  In all the times I've done this, I've only had one person upset with me calling them, and even then, the people they were with thought it was a good thing because I didn't drive by them the first time.

Taking a cue from my driving experiences, when I'm a rider at a large airport like Miami, I call the driver to tell them exactly where I am when I see they are five minutes out. In Miami specifically, the app tells me to wait upstairs but the signage on the ground tells me to go to the lower level.  I confirmed with our Lyft driver back in October that the driver's side of the app usually sends them to the upper level.

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Ok. Back in the room after muster drill. Resuming room recon

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Front door and dining table  it seats 7 comfortably.  8 in a pinch, maybe.

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Wet bar. First time ever !

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Complimentary drinks.  They just kept coming and bringing more and more. 

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Door to the second bathroom on the table.  Second closet

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Second vanity/dressing area

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Inside the second bathroom

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Shower in second bathroom 

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Potty in #2.  Wait....that didn’t sound like what I meant to say 

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Couch  Duh 

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Winders

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More winders

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The balcony is the one aspect where this suite falls short  it is TINY compared to most SC suites.  Oh you’re looking for a giant balcony, this suite is not for you

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Hot <damn> tub !   Right now it’s inop.  Said something about the drain plug.  They came to replace it once and it didn’t fit.  Hopefully they’ll get it fixed soon 

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View looking forward on the balcony.  The pool deck.  There is no view at all (except superstructure) looking aft

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Our drapes keep getting “stuck”so they are working on them

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More lowdown on refurbishments.  Joyce is so wonderful. I’m in love with her already.  She assured me that the drapes ARE new.  She said that all carpeting on the ship was replaced.  
 

Sabrina, JUST for you !  Joyce is going to take pix in 8330 for us. This is one of the suites she is Genie for, this cruise.

 In case anyone was wondering, there is a LOT of bleed over noise from the sail away deck party into our suite.  It’s WAAAY louder than anything in the ATS...even with the doors closed and locked.  It’s early so not a problem right now.  Later, it would be a definite problem. 

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10 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Ok. Back in the room after muster drill. Resuming room recon

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Front door and dining table  it seats 7 comfortably.  8 in a pinch, maybe.

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Wet bar. First time ever !

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Complimentary drinks.  They just kept coming and bringing more and more. 

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Door to the second bathroom on the table.  Second closet

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Second vanity/dressing area

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Inside the second bathroom

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Shower in second bathroom 

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Potty in #2.  Wait....that didn’t sound like what I meant to say 

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Couch  Duh 

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Winders

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More winders

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The balcony is the one aspect where this suite falls short  it is TINY compared to most SC suites.  Oh you’re looking for a giant balcony, this suite is not for you

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Hot <damn> tub !   Right now it’s inop.  Sad one thing about the drain plug.  They came to replace it once and it didn’t fit.  Hopefully they’ll get it fixed soon 

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View looking forward on the balcony.  The pool deck.  There is no view at all (except superstructure) looking aft

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Our drapes keep getting “stuck”so they are working on them

What a room!  Thanks for sharing and taking us on a tour.  I hope they get your hot tub fixed to enjoy with a few glasses of wine.

 

@JohnK6404 thanks for the link.  Impressive to say the least.

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We were originally scheduled to have Giovannis for lunch (since they closed Chops on us) but we had decided that we didn’t want to eat that big a lunch.  We decided we would eat at Portside BBQ instead. THEN a huge delivery of food from Joyce and we decided to just graze on this instead. So we never really ate lunch at all. 
#stayflexible

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Honestly, it was enough food for 4 people.  This happens all the time on SC so we weren’t surprised.

Speaking of good, we have Coastal Kitchen rezzies at 6:00.  Allegedly it is filet night.  I guess we’ll find out soon !

 

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35 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

More lowdown on refurbishments.  Joyce is so wonderful. I’m in love with her already.  She assured me that the drapes ARE new.  She said that all carpeting on the ship was replaced.  
 

Sabrina, JUST for you !  Joyce is going to take pix in 8330 for us. This is one of the suites she is Genie for, this cruise.

 In case anyone was wondering, there is a LOT of bleed over noise from the sail away deck party into our suite.  It’s WAAAY louder than anything in the ATS...even with the doors closed and locked.  It’s early so not a problem right now.  Later, it would be a definite problem. 

I look forward to Joyce!s recon as we have 9330 in February! 

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3 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Next is a suite recon. Sabrina, it is my unprofessional opinion that the only thing that has been refreshed in this suite is the mattress and MAYBE the carpeting. I know for sure the drapes are not new. There’s a possibility the couch/sleeper bed might be new. 
 

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Dressing table (and bathtub reflection) in MBR

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Closets next to dressing table 
 

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Same closets, open

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Closets/ drawers on the other side of the dressing table 

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Opened

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One more set of closets

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Inside

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Star Class laundry bag.  Sorry it’s upside down !   This is one of the great under-advertised joys of SC.  You can send your laundry out every day !  I already have 2 bags full from Brilliance even though I sent our out once on Brilliance 

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Ginormous bathtub

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His and hers sinks

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Each sink area has its own outlets for electric razors.  Wish they gave power outlets the same priority !

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 Beautiful walk-in shower 

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Door to the potty

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Potty and bidet !  Yippee !!

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Coming down from the bathroom into the bedroom

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You can see that the privacy shades are up.  They come up from the bottom and this is as far up as they go.   When we got to the suite it was as hot as h, e, double hockey sticks in here.  I think they like to “present” the suite with all the drapes open but that heats up the room like a broiler.  First thing I did was close every drape and shade and turn the AC down to “quick freeze”.  

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Outlet situation on both sides of the bed.  Still wholly inadequate. 

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That’s it for the bedroom/bathroom areas.  It’s almost mister drill time so I will  come back later with the Living room area

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I've been following you everyday!  Glad everything is going well.  But you really made my evening we are boarding Oasis on 12/15 and staying in suite 1758.  Thank you so much for the pictures!  Enjoy the rest of your cruise.

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Dinner in CK tonite. The place was packed !  Good thing we had a reservation.  Huge disappointment with the filet.  It was overcooked and just -meh. Dans was cooked perfectly but he said his was just-meh as well. Sad that I wasted a specialty dining night on it. I am having desert since I only ate 2 bites of my steak. I normally skip desert. So that I have something else to bitch about, it’s freakin freezing in here !

Headliner (juggler) at 8:30. I hope I don’t regret that decision...   I told Joyce NOT to put us up front. I do not want to become part of the show. 
 

Since I don’t really enjoy the sauna and Dan does, I asked Joyce if he could use my day pass and she said “of course”.  Right answer.  
 

Cheesecake is waaay better than the steak

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There are seemingly 2 deficiencies (that I have, so far, identified) with the suite. Both are bathroom-area-related. 
 

There are no storage areas around the bathroom sinks to place toiletries. They are either out in the open or you have to place them in a closet.  Similarly, there are no shelves or drawers of any depth, near the dressing/vanity table. Again, thru must be left out or put in a cabinet nearby. 
 

Now, these are first world problems that are not going to ruin my cruise but they are design issues that could be addressed at some point. 
 

Going to the theater to see the juggler or magician or whatever the heck it is

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