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First test results came out we are OK to go ? 

Already sent the results PDF to the airline and they clear us out. two more tests to go ...

Meanwhile got the concierge  letter and few points I  can see:

1. The soft drinks (beside tea and coffee) during the day  are suspended and available only during happy hours.
2. SKY class can come up to  1 hour before or after the check in time.
 

Here is the letter: 

"Dear Sky Class guests,

We are name Ken and Norman, and we can’t wait to welcome you onboard Symphony of the Seas on Saturday September 04th 2021. I hope you’re ready for a wonderful cruise vacation with us.

We’re delighted you’ll be joining us as we get back to our home at sea. Your health & safety are our top priority, so as we begin to set sail, we have new health protocols that are part of our healthy return to service. Please visit https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/healthy-sail-center/before-you-board-your-cruise for more information on the preventive measures that we will be taking onboard to ensure you have a safe and healthy experience with us.

As we return to service, some benefits and services have been temporarily adjusted. To follow new health protocols and better manage the flow of guests in terminals, the check-in process will be different. All guests will be required to select an arrival time in advance via the Royal Caribbean app. However, Sky Suite guests can enjoy Flexible Arrival — a new program allowing the freedom to check in up to one hour before or after your scheduled check-in time while the terminal is open.

We recommend that you plan your days and make reservations for your dining, onboard activities, shore excursions and Vitality Spa services. You may do so using your Cruise Planner or Royal App. Please note that show reservations will be available for booking once onboard. If you require any assistance, we will be happy to help you.

Our desk is in the Suite Lounge, located on Deck 17 aft. My hours are: 8:00 am until 11:30 pm, and 4:30 pm until 8:00 pm. I am also reachable via email, or by dialing my phone from your Suite or any house phone.

As a Sky Suite guest, you have access to exclusive amenities and services, available just for you:

· The Concierge Lounge is for the exclusive benefit of our Suite guests, accessible with your Sky Class SeaPass card.

· Make sure to pack a smart casual outfit, as that’s our dress code in the lounge at all times.

· In the Lounge, coffee and tea are available throughout the day. Each evening, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, hors d'oeuvres, petit fours and complimentary wine, spirits, beer, and soft drinks are available for our Suite guests.

· Guests under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

· As a Sky Suite guest, you may enjoy the exclusive suites-only restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, for the hours of operation, please refer to the Cruise Compass or reach out to me for assistance. Reservations are required for dinner.

· Your suite is supplied with luxurious bath amenities, a Lavazza espresso coffee machine, comfortable bathrobes for your use onboard, and equipped with a luxurious pillow-top mattress, all for your comfort and enjoyment.

· Sky guests have access to complimentary VOOM Surf and Stream, for one device per person for the entire sailing. Detailed instructions on how to connect your device are attached to this email and will be in your suite upon arrival.

· Enjoy the exclusive Suite Sun Deck, on Deck 17 aft; lounge chairs are available to suite guests on a first come, first served basis.

· Sky guests receive early seating in our theaters up to 45 minutes prior to curtain. Reservations are available once you arrive onboard, which I will be happy to assist you with.

· To organize your Priority Departure, please meet with me to discuss details once onboard.

Thank you again and please let me know of any questions you may have.

 

Your Concierges.
Best Regards

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45 minutes ago, Traveler said:

Sky guests receive early seating in our theaters up to 45 minutes prior to curtain. Reservations are available once you arrive onboard, which I will be happy to assist you with.

I'm getting the impression walk-up for shows is no longer available for Sky class.

Always felt that was one of the better benefits for those that don't like to plan.

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The journey started OK , we board our flight to EWR on time  and went to sleep , few hours before the schedule arrival we got the message from the cockpit that Newark experiencing weather issues and our flight will land in DC instead. I already new we lost our connection flight so I purchased internet package and went online to reserve us a car ready to do the 15 hours ride if needed. After a while I saw Unites rebooked us to Orlando but they sent me via Chicago and my spouse on different flight that will bring her around 1 am to Orlando. After passing  immigration we went to a huge line for rebooking , have up on the line after 30 minutes as there was only one representative to deal with all the issues. We went to find another place less crowded finally we found a representative to talk to. Told her we are Ok to go to a nearby airport and she found us tickets to West Palm Beach, we grabbed them as they will bring us around 1Pm and we will be both on the same flight. Currently seating in United club waiting for the flight .

Whenever I started to be upset over the situation I reminded myself that we maybe had so e delays while other lost had their house flooded or even worse, lost their lives due to Ida

Another good example why never to book a flight on the same day of the cruise.

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Traveler said:

The journey started OK , we board our flight to EWR on time  and went to sleep , few hours before the schedule arrival we got the message from the cockpit that Newark experiencing weather issues and our flight will land in DC instead. I already new we lost our connection flight so I purchased internet package and went online to reserve us a car ready to do the 15 hours ride if needed. After a while I saw Unites rebooked us to Orlando but they sent me via Chicago and my spouse on different flight that will bring her around 1 am to Orlando. After passing  immigration we went to a huge line for rebooking , have up on the line after 30 minutes as there was only one representative to deal with all the issues. We went to find another place less crowded finally we found a representative to talk to. Told her we are Ok to go to a nearby airport and she found us tickets to West Palm Beach, we grabbed them as they will bring us around 1Pm and we will be both on the same flight. Currently seating in United club waiting for the flight .

Whenever I started to be upset over the situation I reminded myself that we maybe had so e delays while other lost had their house flooded or even worse, lost their lives due to Ida

Another good example why never to book a flight on the same day of the cruise.

 

 

Holy cow !  What a trip !  You are waaay more patient than I would have been with all of those complications.  Good luck on the last leg and have a wonderful cruise.  You definitely deserve it after all of this !

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Quick update , the flight to West Palm Beach went well and I successfully changed the rental car pick up location , the most complicated thing was to find where to print the new voucher. We drove to Orlando and arrived the hotel only 8 hors hours from the original time so we can't complain too much. We just got the alert to fill up the health survey so it really around the corner. Tomorrow we will use the jet lag factor and start early Journey to Miami.

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On 8/30/2021 at 11:36 AM, Traveler said:

Another part of the planning for the cruise.

This time preparation for Hooked ?

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This looks amazing and just as good or better than anything that I've gotten from Hooked. Did you create this dish? 

Also, would you mind sharing your Eastern Caribbean Cruise Compasses, please?

Wishing you smooth and safe travels from here on out! Hope you have a Wonderful time!!

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3 hours ago, Luv2Travel said:

This looks amazing and just as good or better than anything that I've gotten from Hooked. Did you create this dish? 

Also, would you mind sharing your Eastern Caribbean Cruise Compasses, please?

Wishing you smooth and safe travels from here on out! Hope you have a Wonderful time!!

The dish is ls in a local restaurant on the beach.

I will try to I share the full cruise compass at the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Isn’t it funny how all that stress becomes a faded memory once you step on board ?

Exactly, bit for me it was 1 minute after I scheduled all the reservations for dinner and shows 🙂 For sure I was surprised how smoothly things were , was already preparing all the screenshots from RCL site and from the Tweeter answers I got , so happy it was not needed.

Now we just enjoying the moment.

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Day 1 Miami.

We both got up early again due to the jet lag but this time it was for a good purpose, cruise day ! Quick Starbucks breakfast and we started our way from Orlado to Miami. Traffic was smooth mostly and around 11:30 am we arrived the airport and dropped the rental car. From the rental car station we took a cab to the port (27 $ fixed price +tip) at 12 PM we arrived and turned our luggage  to the porter. There were  separate lines for suits guest and the line was very short. The other line looked quite busy.

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We entered to the first checkpoint were they check passports, test results and vaccination card. Our  PCR test were done on Wednesday and it was fine with them. For vacation card I brought the PDF printout we got , the only confusion they had was with the dates as not like in the US the format is DD/MM/YYYY and it can be an issue for dates like 5 -October for example. First check passed and we were sent up for security and check-in , no health checks at all. 12:15 we were on board. First thing we got rid of the safety drill , it took two minutes. If there one thing that we got out of the C19 situation is the new safety procedure, much much better than the past waist of time. Next was the CK to schedule our dinner time , apparently the concierge done it for us (although never got is email acknowledge) we set for lunch and in between I scheduled the entertainment for the week. Although Red the experience and silent disco going to happen the quest and love& marriage are not.

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The room was ready at 2 PM and the luggage was already waiting for us. We love the suite , lots of space and heaving two bathrooms is a blessing , no need to argue who use the shower first 🙂 , the Cabin is adjust to the suite lounge and has nice view, only one time downside is to carry the suitcase up stairs.

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We done some  ship tours to see if anything changed (no), took some rest and organized for the quick dinner (and a pre drink before). We went for the CK for the first night stake (which was good as always although not really medium as requested) and some smoke tomato soup.

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That followed with the sell away and some more ship tour.

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The traditional Casino visit came next , can not report any jackpot for myself but some one across from me played a 1.5 $ a hand and won 5000 $

We rapped up the evening with some live music and necessary rest 

Next , sea day

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yippee !  Interesting that they had a separate checkin line for suites.  I had read that other boardings there was just 1 line.  Glad to hear it !

However, Port Canaveral does NOT have a separate line. They also don't seem to care about check-in times in PC though. I don't know if there ever was a crowd outside the terminal, though.

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