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Day 2 Sea day.

When I first started to cruise (4 years ago) I thought that a good itinerary is one that has  as many port days as possible, did not really understood the need for sea days, but from cruise to cruise I started to love those sea days were you do not run anywhere and you can try all the excellent facilities the ship has to offer.

The best for us now is a good mix of sea and port days such as this cruise with two port days and 2 sea days.

I started my day at 6:30 am , not because of the jet leg  but because I had a working conference call which I could not ditch as I am the one who leading it and I wanted to make sure some activities happens this week. My coworkers thought differently and decided not to join, after few nasty emails and whatsups I gathered them all and did the short CC from the empty, quite  solarium.

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I used Skype for business to conduct the call, it went smoothly so the internet is good enough for Voice over IP.

Regarding the internet, we took one device plan (as part of my drinking package bundle) which we are sharing between us, sharing is caring no? Well its good relationship practice, until now no blood was spill over it.

The internet reception is quite good around the ship beside one exception, our cabin ,  its working 50% of the time , sometime we need to get out to connect and then back to the room to use it.

I might ask to check it out, but not sure what they can do , we are in the middle of the ship on deck 9.

After the call over  I went to meet my partner and went to the WJ for breakfast, they had nice pouched eggs and some smoke salmon which I love. We were looking for the OJ machine but could not find it so we asked if they have fresh squeezed OJ , they had something prepaid, so we took it , it was something very strange as it contain not just the pulp (which I do not mind) but also ALL the seeds. I believe the OJ machine was not working so someone took full oranges  put it in a blender and thought it will be a good idea , it was not , I had to use the fork to drink the OJ without getting all the seed , the OJ by itself was good.

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Later we went to walk over the running track, not running, we are on vacation after all.

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Weather was not that great for a sea day but it was not rainy and the sun came to visit from time to time. Not many chair hogs were visible so noting to get annoyed by.

We went down to tour the ship, took some pictures of the night club which I think, based on what happened  to other ships will be gone after the next dry dock , I just hope it will not be gone for extra cabins but to something nice like the laser tag.

The night club looked nice but had some strange smell or has I heard someone describing it “it has a smell of a Disney ride”

 

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As we did not felt that hungry (we had liquid food) we decided to skip lunch and to take something light,

We first went to Sorrento pizza to grab a slice , I must agree with Matt observations from his previous IOC cruise , there is something very strange about the “cheese”, let’s just say I might have a good idea what they are doing with all the recycle plastic bottles over the ship …

But, after half a bottle of Tabasco (from a very good vintage I must say) and some other spices it is eatable. Good that we still have the cafe sandwiches, which some of them are quite good.

We went to see the ice show, did not had the best seat has we arrive only 15 minutes before and it was the first show which usually everyone tries to get into.

The show started slow but it gain some momentum thru the middle of it and we thought it was good and enjoyable, we might consider to watch it  again from better seats (ones that does not have a pool in front of it).

We took some pineapples drinks which are always good for taking pictures with and get people envy at home.

Dinner (official night) was again at the dining room as we enjoyed the first evening over there. We got the same table which was nice as our wine order was already in the system J

We took for starters the coconut Thai soup, which was ok but really there is not any connection between it and Thai soup (well beside the name).

For main course my spouse took the prime rib which was excellent, I considered to take the pork ribs but decide on the sea food pasta.

The sea food part at the past was very good, the pasta itself was just over cooked, so I was eating the sea food and left most of the pasta. The waiter suggest to replace it but I was not that hungry so it was ok. The service so far is very good.

For dessert we took the carrot and cheese cake.  Al in all it took around one hour plus.

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Later went to play at the casino, which is quite big and have verity of slots machines and tables, minimums were around 10 $ for the tables. I was not too successful but I still went back to the room with some money in the pockets so for me it’s a wining night, after all tomorrow is another day.

Before going to sleep, I went to check what is going on in the night club, it was midnight and was  quite full , seems that people had good time over there, so yes night clubs are still useful on the ship.

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Tomorrow  labadee  (hint if I am written the post now, it’s not a good sign)

The night club , at the morning,

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14 minutes ago, twangster said:

I love sea days!

That OJ looks nasty!  On Freedom, a sister ship, the fresh OJ machine was at the Windjammer bar on the right end as you walk in.  

The OJ machine should be there I agree , today finally they took it out and tried to plug it to the electricity , I hope tomorrow it will work fine.  

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5 hours ago, Traveler said:

The internet reception is quite good around the ship beside one exception, our cabin ,  its working 50% of the time , sometime we need to get out to connect and then back to the room to use it.

I might ask to check it out, but not sure what they can do , we are in the middle of the ship on deck 9.

I also found internet signal/speeds better outside my room.  I would just walk to the chairs overlooking Promenade near elevator lobby and sit there.

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As I recall, the removal of the night club results in a combination of additional rooms + a specialty restaurant.

I think most of us "seasoned" cruisers (with the possible exception of Kris) have learned to appreciate intermittent sea days.  I recall, long ago, when I believed that the more ports you visited, the better the cruise, but those days are LONG gone.  More than 2 consecutive ports in a row now and I am WORN OUT !  It doesn't help that I usually close down the casino in the wee hours so it makes getting up for an excursion the next morning (or should I say, LATER that same morning) something of a challenge.  I've GOT to have my sea days just to recover !  PLUS on sea days the casino opens early and closes late.  A great combination.  On the more "popular" itins (basic 7 night western and eastern Caribbean) I rarely get off the ship at all anymore.

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7 hours ago, twangster said:

I love sea days!

That OJ looks nasty!  On Freedom, a sister ship, the fresh OJ machine was at the Windjammer bar on the right end as you walk in.  

I love sea days too!  I would not hesitate to take a cruise to nowhere if it's on the right ship.  Wonder if they ever do those anymore?

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29 minutes ago, Sabrinaklai said:

I love sea days too!  I would not hesitate to take a cruise to nowhere if it's on the right ship.  Wonder if they ever do those anymore?

In the US there is the Jones Act passed by Congress a long time ago.  Must have an international stop.  Other restrictions.  Foreign flagged vessels can't do cruises to nowhere.   

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9 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

As I recall, the removal of the night club results in a combination of additional rooms + a specialty restaurant.

I think most of us "seasoned" cruisers (with the possible exception of Kris) have learned to appreciate intermittent sea days.  I recall, long ago, when I believed that the more ports you visited, the better the cruise, but those days are LONG gone.  More than 2 consecutive ports in a row now and I am WORN OUT !  It doesn't help that I usually close down the casino in the wee hours so it makes getting up for an excursion the next morning (or should I say, LATER that same morning) something of a challenge.  I've GOT to have my sea days just to recover !  PLUS on sea days the casino opens early and closes late.  A great combination.  On the more "popular" itins (basic 7 night western and eastern Caribbean) I rarely get off the ship at all anymore.

Tend to agree , 

I guess skipping a port or two can help such heavy port cruises. 

When I am crusing in Europe which ussaly have  6 port days out of 7 night cruise I am skipping some of the ports which already visited.

Something we jus go down for an hour to fine a local supermarket to buy some local food to bring home and spending the rest of the time on the ship.

Regarding the Casino , yes they tend to close early when it's a port day the next morning , today for example the closet at 1:30 am (some will call it very late, not me :-) 

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10 hours ago, Matt said:

I also found internet signal/speeds better outside my room.  I would just walk to the chairs overlooking Promenade near elevator lobby and sit there.

After all the cabin is made out of metal , not signal friendly environment.

On the newer ship I think they jus put more repeaters or using some other method.

I guess they will improve it here after the dry dock.

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2 hours ago, Traveler said:

After all the cabin is made out of metal , not signal friendly environment.

On the newer ship I think they jus put more repeaters or using some other method.

I guess they will improve it here after the dry dock.

Indeed those metal doors don't help at all either.  On Anthem I had to hang my phone near the door and use my bluetooth headset when doing wifi calls.

On Harmony I found an access point under the bed.  I think since it was a suite there must have been complaints so they put an access point directly in the room under the bed.  I had great wifi in my cabin!

 

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Day 3 Labadee  (or that at least what we planned).

We were waiting for day 3 at Labadee  as it is only our second time over there , at the first time we did not really had enough  time to try all the good facilities.

We booked two major activities – the Jet ski tour (both drivers) and the zip line , both of them taking advantage on one of the sells (20 %).

When we woke up I opened the curation just to see that plans are one thing and reality is different.

There was tons of liquid sun around and visibility was almost zero.

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Although I knew that most of the chances our activities will be canceled I went down to check out just to see the long line of people thinking the same as me.

After a while I got official notice that both of the activities were canceled and we will get our money back to the CC we used to book it.

I just wished they will put a sign there telling everyone the activities canceled so we can all avoid the lines.  

Now we had two options, first, start to complain about our bad luck and why or why the weather is like that.

The second was to think, hey we just save some money let’s go and use it at the SPA, we choose the second one.

Before everyone else will understand the same, we run up to the SPA to book some treatment (with the port day offers).we took the hot stone massage, 50 minutes for 109$

After the SPA we said we must try to go down to the “Island” so we can at least drink one Labadoozie ,

We went out and it was nonstop raining so everyone were running between the ship and the closer shelter.

They still served the BBQ meal under the rain ,  all seen looked like something from as disaster movie (wet people with towels over there had)  , I was looking to see if FEMA agents will suddenly arrive .

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We did eat something quick with a Labadoozie and run back to the ship.

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On the way back we saw the dancers and singer that continued with there act under the heavy rain , the singer was using a portable megaphone as I guess it was not allowed to use electricity equipment under the rain,

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The rest of the day we took it easy has we were both tired .

We did miss dinner (I was sleeping) so we took some sandwiches and  red bolls and went to see the Love and marriage game , it was very funny (first time for my partner to watch it live).

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by the way ,  day 3 and still I do not know who is our cabin attended he never came to say hello or to present himself , not that I am complaining  as the room still clean and we are not missing anything , just strange.

Still trying to figure out what this creature is 

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Tomorrow Jamaica    , Ya Man

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Well , Mr noro came to visit Indi,

Yesterday they only asked not to shake hands , today we are already on DEFCON 1 as they started to serve food in the WJ by the employees and asked us for the last day not to stay in our rooms between 5am and 7 am as they are planning to disinfect the corridors.

I guess whoever going on the ship this Saturday should expect some delays due to extra cleaning effort.

I am not that supprise we have this break as in too many occasions I saw people avoiding using the gel before entering food area and even after using the wash rooms. Shame that people do not understand how they are risking everyone. 

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4 minutes ago, Traveler said:

Well , Mr noro came to visit Indi,

Yesterday they only asked not to shake hands , today we are already on DEFCON 1 as they started to serve food in the WJ by the employees and asked us for the last day not to stay in our rooms between 5am and 7 am as they are planning to disinfect the corridors.

I guess whoever going on the ship this Saturday should expect some delays due to extra cleaning effort.

I am not that supprise we have this break as in too many occasions I saw people avoiding using the gel before entering food area and even after using the wash rooms. Shame that people do not understand how they are risking everyone. 

Very true. I will be on the Brilliance next month. I am sure I will encounter the same thing.

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7 hours ago, Traveler said:

Well , Mr noro came to visit Indi,

Yeah folks on the next cruise are reporting delayed boarding notification.

Maybe it’s me. Two cruises before I boarded Anthem had it, now two cruises before Indy.   I’m going to wash my hands right now here at home.  

Ironically my virus killing wipes I bought on Amazon arrive today.  Good timing, I’ll be bringing them on Indy.  

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