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Day4 continue.

We had a planned shore excursion in Tabayana beach which included the beach entry, buffet lunch and snorkel tour. It took us something like 20 minutes to arrive the beach. Once arrived some people signed for the tour and took the equipment and some just went to the beach (like us)

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In the beach you can choose to seat under the sun near the sea or in the shade under the trees we took something in the middle. 

Near the sea behind a  yellow ribbon you have many local sellers who are trying to offer you  bracelets , shells, wood craft, drinks, massage, shirts and other things, they are not allowed to enter and you have security guards to force the policy. Although loud they were not too pushy . Overall it feels very safe.

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We went to sweem in the nice clean water which were on the cold side. You can see many fish around you and it's very culm waters. 

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The beach was very clean (including very clean bathrooms) with nice  facilities. They had some bar services (extra money unless you wanted water/ lemonade). 

I liked the tree shower 

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The local "cats" 

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And interesting trees

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We went to eat at the buffet which included tasty rice and beans, grill/bbq chicken , salad, hamburgers and hot dogs. We enjoyed the food although it was not fancy. After lunch you can choose which time you want to had back to the ship , from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. We stayed for a while and headed back to the ship.

After coming back to the port we took some fresh coconuts to drink and eat and re board the ship for a much needed nap.

Has I explained before it's seems there is some competition between the MDR and CK , each , were sending their representative to make sure we will  choose to eat in their facilities.At the end and since we were still quite full we decided to take the third option and went to Sorento for antipasti and Pizza 🙂

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Day 5 Costa Maya.

Another quick breakfast in WJ and coffee in CK. Again arriving to Mexico we can't leave the port area but Costa Maya is one of the nicest ports with many things to do even without the need to leave.

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Since we didn't had special plan we decided to use the empty solarium for ourselves. When I mean empty I mean that beside us and the bar team no one else. We used the jacuzzi , it was hard to decide which one but eventually we  entered the one near the bar so we can use the bar service if needed (mimosa anyone ?).

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While enjoying the third dipping in the jacuzzi we suddenly felt interruption in the force and  from the horizon we saw this old looking ship arriving to block our sea view.

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Soon enough the captain order on ramming speed , but something or someone stopped him after finding some RCB life sign there.

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Since our view was taken we got back to the cabin to get organized to tour the port village. The port includes many shopping option , some resturants and bars and several swimming pools with bars.  We spent an hour or so over there  (buying Kraken rum for a 25$ ) and headed back to the ship for a WJ late lunch.

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this was the first time we so WJ busy but still no issue to get a table. We went out to the pool deck and saw Odyssey showing off

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After catching some sun we went back to the cabin for a nap. At the cabin we got a nice surprise from the MDR , it was very tasty

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Finally got some important email back from RCL regarding my question if a PDF is good for the vaccination card , the answer was directing me again to the Q&A page . Wonderful answer , just small problem of getting it after 7 weeks while already on the ship ...

Tonight the MDR team won the competition and we went to eat over there 

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Chicken parmesan (very good )

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Wild mushrooms risotto (excellent)

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As we ordered wine (from the diamond drinks) the waiter also brought us a cheese plate , nice touch. The dessert was not that good , maybe we were too full.

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Next we went to check the Casino which was busy but not too crowded.

About the diamond drinks , it working very well everywhere, there wasn't one place they did not know what to do with it including the MDR and any bars/CK.

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On 9/8/2021 at 12:09 AM, Traveler said:

The casino seems to be without any social distancing, no limits to the number of people that can seat in a table nor any turned off slot machine or missing chair, it's still has it's smoking section.

This is odd to me. I mean no distancing between machines I kind of understand (the casinos here do not put distance between machines and tables any longer either) but I think that smoking in the casino should not be happening.  Im not anti smoking per se, but I think this would be another form of Covid 19 protocol.  It is like freely blowing airborne particles in the air. Maybe I am wrong but I am surprised to hear this.

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6 minutes ago, Drewtastic86 said:

This is odd to me. I mean no distancing between machines I kind of understand (the casinos here do not put distance between machines and tables any longer either) but I think that smoking in the casino should not be happening.  Im not anti smoking per se, but I think this would be another form of Covid 19 protocol.  It is like freely blowing airborne particles in the air. Maybe I am wrong but I am surprised to hear this.

Over here on Allure it is the same thing in the casino. No chairs removed from the table games and no slots blocked off/partitions.

Subject of smoke, normally on the non-smoking side you'd catch waft of it every now and then. This time I really never picked up on it. Only time it was noticeable was when transiting the smoking area. Don't know if this had to do with the lack of players or the new protocols for the HVAC system. For me it was the first time being able to slow play (ante and play only) three card poker and not feel guilty occupying a seat.

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3 hours ago, Drewtastic86 said:

This is odd to me. I mean no distancing between machines I kind of understand (the casinos here do not put distance between machines and tables any longer either) but I think that smoking in the casino should not be happening.  Im not anti smoking per se, but I think this would be another form of Covid 19 protocol.  It is like freely blowing airborne particles in the air. Maybe I am wrong but I am surprised to hear this.

I am not an health expert but to eliminate from people to blow C19 to the air you need or to force them to use mask (maybe one of the reasons for no mask is smoking ...) Or to ask stop breathing. I think the main issue with Casino smoking (beside of course all the issue with smoking itself) it's the fact that it bring many non players that want to smoke. 

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1 hour ago, Tiffeven said:

Stop being selfish with information haha.  I'm living vicariously through you until we board Saturday.  Who's your genie?

You might know him .... Sunil , he already sent a draft for our restaurant and we need to meet him to discuss. But don't worry we are low maintenance and will not do any genie hogging 🙂 (as long as you promise not to throw anything on is from that balcony.

I think we need one more RCB member to take the 10th floor so we will have full house . Two more days to go.  have happy and safe journey. 

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So we just had a meeting with Sunil , he is very nice , we went over the dinner reservations and some other activities. I asked about luggage valet and he told me they never did it for port Miami due to  the port terminal requirements. @Tiffeven he sends you warm regards and will try to call again tomorrow.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Traveler said:

So we just had a meeting with Sunil , he is very nice , we went over the dinner reservations and some other activities. I asked about luggage valet and he told me they never did it for port Miami due to  the port terminal requirements. @Tiffeven he sends you warm regards and will try to call again tomorrow.

 

 

This is actually getting real!  Up until now, I've been so apprehensive about this cruise after so many cancellations.  Thank you for letting us live vicariously through you on your current cruise.  We look forward to meeting you!

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2 hours ago, Traveler said:

We have a winner 🙂 , yes the testing between cruise more about this thrilled activity to come.

That was my first choice for stressful, if I was doing a back to back.   Hoping your testing goes smoothly, and your negative results come quickly!  

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Has for B2B people RCL wants you to have a PCR test between cruises and organize it to be on the last day, that's make much logic however they do not want to let you to CocoCay until you get the results. In other words only if you are tested you are at risk , not sure I understand the logic behind it . Maybe they gave someone from the IT department to come up with that policy.

Anyway we secheduled the testing to be at 7:40 am so we will have enough time before they let people go to the  Island ( they promised 1 hour results) testing was quick without any queues or  any expedition trying to find treasures in our brains. We went back to the room and catch some WJ breakfast. Back to the room waiting for the results (8:40) no results , 9 am nothing 9:30 nothing I can already start to hear Something g CoCay song .  Decided to go down there and ask , they checked and told me it's ready ,  it's negative and we are ok/ clear to go) 9:45 went down to the gangway and when scanning the card they told us we need to wait for the results. Now I could continue and argue and meet at the end the only officer that speaks my original language but thought better to skip it. Went again to the testing location , they checked again  and told me all OK and sent one of the officer to escort us out . That time  it worked. First time for us on Coco Cay

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