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Been trying to think of a lot of nifty things to say the night before the cruise (Christmas when you hope you are getting that new bike or New Atari game), so I’ll just step away from that as I look out the 19th Floor of the Hilton Downtown Miami and just say WE ARE READY!  Look forward to waking up in the morning and in the distance seeing Symphony!

We has a great time in Little Havana, then Bayside Market throughout the day and now the time is nigh. Our bags, are packed, our wine in our carryon, many shows and movies loaded from Netflix and Disney+ and just can’t wait for tomorrow. Look to get to the ship around 11am (remember ignore that boarding time thing).  We know things will be different with the temperature scan but after taking a Bay Cruise around Miami and seeing the beautiful Terminal A in person for the first time just made things even more excited. 
 

Shout out to anyone joining on this cruise especially those from Texas and look to have the best time ever. As “The Rock” would say “Can you smell what Royal Caribbean is cooking”.  Pun Intended “HAK1906” out!😂🤣😎

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IMG_4844.MOV Yesterday was great other than the weather. Just yours the ship with our friends who were on their first cruise. Went to the ice skating show after MDR and then stopped by the Schooner

Been trying to think of a lot of nifty things to say the night before the cruise (Christmas when you hope you are getting that new bike or New Atari game), so I’ll just step away from that as I look o

At.Thomas was good today. Got off the ship and took a Taxi to Meghan’s Bay Beach. Taxi was $10 a person one way. There were five ships in port today. Two including Symphony on one side and three other

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The temperature check was done as soon as you walk into the cruise terminal and go up the first escalators.  They don’t touch you or your kids foreheads. There were at least 10+people checking at 11am. Very quick. 
 

Before getting on board there were at three if not more times it was requested to apply hand sanitizer (For those not going Diamond+).   Check in easy. About 20-30 minutes from when we arrived at 11 with 9 people and three families. 
 

it’s 1pm so you know what that means. Go check into your room. 
 

FYI, wifey and I split up and she went to get WOW bands while I went to set up speciality dining (14 people) and MTD (9 people).  Kids went with other family to grab an area in Windjammer until rooms were ready.  Highly advise setting up dining times ASAP. There were at three separate lines to do so.  We have the three night package and chose Chops, Wonderland and Park 150. Kids will only do Chops and Wonderland. Don’t think they are interested in Park 150. They are 11 and 13.   
 

in Windjammer they had a person Requesting you wash your hands as soon as you go in  

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End of the first day. Checked out everything basically. Went to the 2nd floor and cross crossed. 20,000 steps in today 🙂. Main Dining Room Was pretty good. Wifey loved the Creme Bulee. Starbucks was great. I asked the manager if they run out of the pastries as the week goes and she said they do not. Checked out the sail away party, went to the Solarium during sail away and watched sail away from the area that has the glass floor. Extremely windy today. 
 Went to HIRO and the whole family thoroughiy enjoyed  wifey had a hot dog from the hot dog spot and the kids enjoyed Sugar and bought some candy and had ice cream additionally went to Playmakers for a beer and 24 wings with friends  I am a huge Wing Stop fan and they are not that, however, for the price and being on a cruise ship the wings were very good with good heat and flavor  definitely worth it  playmakers will get a lot of visits from me this week  walked through Central Park and set up my Wine Tasting for night 6.  No music out there tonight but love the sounds of the crickets and they were handing out free champagne at the Cartier store.  There were a lot of people around the Trelis Bar   
 

After HIRO hung around the Promenade, people watched, kids had Sorrentos and had another Starbucks.  Glad I loaded my card before the trip.  Baleros had a lot of energy this evening and the welcome party is currently happening.  A key takeaway is with 6,000 on board it never feels crowded.  Before we sailed and prior to the muester drill it felt packed but afterwards not at all and able to get an elevator.

We will be at sea tomorrow and will hit up JOHNNY Rockets for Breakfast.  A key dynamic is I use the app onboard ALL THE TIme!  To schedule events, set reminders, set up shows, etc.  

HIRO had a good crowd but not overly packed and people were able to just walk in. 
I am including pics of the Starbucks menu since I haven’t seen the menu with prices often.

 

 

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Following along.  We were on Symphony last year this very same week.  Such an amazing ship!  It's my #1.

Thanks for explaining the additional check in process.  Can you let us know if any differences during the week.  We have a cruise next weekend and not sure whether to cancel or not. 

Enjoy your cruise.  Sounds like you have a large party.  So fun!

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7 hours ago, WannaCruise said:

Following along.  We were on Symphony last year this very same week.  Such an amazing ship!  It's my #1.

Thanks for explaining the additional check in process.  Can you let us know if any differences during the week.  We have a cruise next weekend and not sure whether to cancel or not. 

Enjoy your cruise.  Sounds like you have a large party.  So fun!

What I can to you is every restaurant you go to they kindly ask you to wash hands and apply sanitizer. When leaving ask you to apply sanitizer. Everyone seems to be compiling no one is trying to get the Corona or be stranded off Miami for a week or two. I have to say there is more precautions put in place getting on the boat and while on board than airline flights, the mall, grocery store or any other places.  

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Very windy day today started off at Solarium Bistro for breakfast with two made to order eggs. I drink almond milk and just had to request it and they provided for my coffee. Will see how El Loco fresh is for lunch. 
 

in between lunch on deck 15 aft having a cigar with Buffalo Trace living a great life. YOLO. 50ED6E71-A7D2-4903-81B5-321FF9A397EF.thumb.jpeg.e907db0804c46527087a3f8a9c03d76c.jpeg

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4 hours ago, HAK1906 said:

What I can to you is every restaurant you go to they kindly ask you to wash hands and apply sanitizer. When leaving ask you to apply sanitizer. Everyone seems to be compiling no one is trying to get the Corona or be stranded off Miami for a week or two. I have to say there is more precautions put in place getting on the bird and while on board than airline flights, the mall, grocery store or any other places.  

This is a good thing, and guess the new norm.  Thanks for reporting back.  Hope you are having a wonderful cruise so far. So much to see and do on Symphony!

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Very lazy afternoon. Tried Loco Fresh for lunch. The line wrapped around the deck and just went to Windjammer. As predicted ended up at Playmakers watching the Lakers game. Great crowd at Playmakers and love the venue. 
Winds continue to be high and Deck 16 has been closed the majority of the day. As a side bar bar there definitely it key appears to be lower traffic at Johnny Rockets than what I remembered in the past. Just an observation since Playmakers is right across from Johnny R.

 

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Yesterday ended up AMAZING!  After Playmakers had a 6PM at Park 150 for 10. Our server Ben went above and beyond. I had the short rib AND Caesar Salad for starters, both really good. Wifey had the beet salad that she really enjoyed. Their bread is the BEST EVER!  Hit, warm and buttery. For my entree I chose the Tenderloin AND Lobster. Everyone was trying to decide which “one” for their entree and a very nice lady behind said “ Get both” and everyone had the lobster and another. The lobster was fine I just didn’t like all that cream and cheese just lobster. Tenderloin was very good. 
For Desert most ordered from the menu, me and another person decided to be those folks. I had the warm chocolate cake from Chops and she had the brownie from Jamie’s as we dined at 150. Yes they can do that, as with everything cruise “you just have to ask”. Again, Ben was great and everyone tipped him accordingly. 
afterwards in that “ what do we do now”. Used the app and digital touch boards that help you determine “what to do now”.  We went tonBoleros for the Dj for about thirty minutes, then we landed on Vintages for the Karaoke show and Stevie Wonder review. The band was GREAT and a young girl killed it at the karaoke as the last performer singing John Legend’s “All of Me”.   The place was packed as the Karaoke was ending and Stevie Wonder Review began. 
On the way to the midnight “silent party” stopped by the jazz club, appeared very nice and a little bit of blackjack in the Casino. Then to the attic for the “silent party”. The line was LONG. For those who haven’t done it they hand out earphones to everyone and either you are on the blue or green station. Music isn’t playing out loud on the club speakers just on the earphones.  Two stations, green and blue. The 40+ crew I was with had the best time ever dancing we’ve had in years. It was fantastic. Haven’t danced that much since my late twenties. No need for workout today as that was 90 minutes straight of dancing and Enjoying ourselves. All ten adults in my party loves the concept and most importantly the music/Dj’s played everything we loved. Afterwards we went to Sorrento’s and to the room at 2:30am. Look forward to what day three has to bring. 

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44 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Wow,  What a fun-packed day !  I love to see people really getting everything out of their cruise vacation.  Sounds like you guys are having a blast.

 Coming from the cruise Yoda himself I appreciate your feedback WAAAYTOOO!  As a Junior Suite Gold member trying to get reservations this evening for Coastal Kitchen. 

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On 3/7/2020 at 8:52 PM, HAK1906 said:

No music out there tonight but love the sounds of the crickets

I am assuming this is piped in and not provided by live specimens?! haha 

Loving your blog so far! 

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This morning had MDR breakfast, two choices main dining or buffet on deck 3. It was fine. Afterwards toured the ship. I’m that guy that likes to find places that folks don’t talk too much about or notice. 
I found the Vitality Cafe Today and the smoothies were fresh and great. The biggest takeaway is their mini blueberry muffins were incredible. Very good have to be made from scratch. Went by the gym and then walked down to the walking track on deck. There are o OU three ways to get on the track since the winds are extremely high. Two at the AFT by the aqua theatre and the third via the gym. Additionally there is shuffle board and ping pong table and the chairs give at the back of deck 5 provide great views. 
Went by the Card room and just did a lot of walking. Will give a second try for El Loco fresh for lunch. I’ve attached few pics. 

I also attached a few pics to show what the inside of the lifeboats look like on Symphony  as a crew member Was inspecting one  

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44 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Wow !  Thanks for the shots inside the lifeboats.  I couldn’t figure out what they were....and then finally read your post !  It seems the floor boards are up and they show the battery banks.  Very interesting 

Same here. I went to the photos before reading what the photos were. Very interesting and its a pretty tight fit for anyone in one of those things

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3 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Wow !  Thanks for the shots inside the lifeboats.  I couldn’t figure out what they were....and then finally read your post !  It seems the floor boards are up and they show the battery banks.  Very interesting 

They are motorized i.e. they have have propulsion. They are very large.  Wanted to things you don’t see often. 
 

The Captain took us a different route but still rough seas and very windy. When we get to St.Kitts it should be calmer as we then travel to St.Thomas on Wednesday 

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