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2 hours ago, JLMoran said:

We're talking Sorrentos, or the offerings in the Windjammer? I'd certainly hope that pizza was improved on ships that sail out of NY / NJ! We've got a reputation to uphold! 😜

No Sorrento's here--Windjammer and Promenade Cafe. Nope, not NY quality, but improved and OK.

1 hour ago, Boston Babe said:

thanks so much @Skid!  You sound like you have a having a ball! I've read so many fantastic reviews about AOS, I may have consider a 2020 cruise on her too!!

ENJOY!! Keep us posted!

This is our second time on Adventure. We love Voyager Class. I'm sure you will also. We have been on Anthem but, we have never sailed Oasis Class---we are booked for next May on Symphony.

 

On 5/1/2018 at 5:13 PM, Big Daddy said:

Interested in an update on the Coco Cay Pier. Wondering if it will be ready for the Fall

According to an officer on CocoCay, new dock is currently scheduled for opening at the end of October. 

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3 hours ago, Skid said:

 CD Chris Brown and AM Magic Marvin Wilson are the best team we have seen since Abe Hughes and Chris Hopkins. I think Marvin will be the next great CD. And now presenting...the highlight of the CD staff.... Fernanda from Mexico! This magnificent young lady is nothing short of an entertainment machine AND the nicest, friendliest person you can ever want to meet. They had the Disco Inferno 70's show last night (excellent show--sorry JOE01). Everyone was great, but Fernanda "rocked the boat".

 

Glad to hear that Chris & Marvin are a dynamic duo. Improvement over Casey? This is actually the first contract for Chris as CD outside the Asia & Australia markets, so I am pleased that he is being well-received in the Western hemisphere. Already knew that Marvin was a great AM, who should be made CD soon.

BTW - I love the 70's night. It's the 50's and 60's night that I dislike.

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Some updates:

1. CD Chris did a fine job with the Love & Marriage show.

2. Even if the pizza, as decent as it is, isn't NY quality, the food at Chops Grill is. We bought the lunch during a cruise planner sale for a mere $17.60 each. Didn't know it at the time, but it turns out that it the price even included the 18% gratuity (we left extra anyway). Included were unlimited appetizers and desserts and one entree. Filet mignon and red velvet cake were fabulous. Shrimp cocktail, soup, asparagus, tater tots, mac&cheese were all great. Amazing meal for under $20. What were the odds that there were only 3 other couples in there with us?

3. I asked about extra tipping: Head waiter said that Royal has not changed their policy YET....wait staff can keep any extra tips they get. He said that as far as he knows NCL now forces extra tips to be turned in and shared. On the other hand, cabin steward said that all extra tips received are shared with "team members"... the folks that help with linens, help the stewards, etc.

4. Have heard several people talking about what I said yesterday...this is maybe the best crew at sea. Everyone so happy and helpful.

5. Last night's show was an Eagles tribute band called The Long Run.

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. -not to be missed if you get a chance to see them.

6. Formal night and Quest tonight. Looking forward to seeing how CD Chris handles that.

That's it for now.

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24 minutes ago, FloridaCruiseGirl1210 said:

Interested to see your opinions. 

Booked Adventure for next October (yes a lot can change I know). Will be on her for an 8-nighter (that goes over Halloween). 

You will love this ship. You will have a different entertainment staff by then and probably a whole different crew, but I have no doubt your cruise will be awesome, especially over Halloween! CD Chris and AM Marvin's contracts are for 4 months, so they should be moving on around September.

As for some last day (😞) uddates:

Chris and Marvin were great at the Quest. I always love seeing the reactions to this game by those who have never seen it before. Hilarious!

I was amazed to find out that CD Chris is only 33 years old. WOW!! He is truly wise beyond his years.

They finally put the drink card on sale, but waited until day 7. Ten drinks for $75 and card may be shared. They also put together an internet sale----60 minutes for $10. Great for those who may need to go to the internet cafe to check in on line with their airlines.

Next up cruise wise is Symphony in ONLY 366 days. Some land vacations in between (a June getaway to one of our favorite hotels in Jamaica and DW going on a girls trip with her sisters and our daughters in July to Antigua---sure, leave me home!-hehe). We are also hoping for something for a family trip in November.

So...last chance for any questions and thanks for reading all this stuff that I originally said I wasn't going to write. But that's OK, because as I type this on my balcony enjoying a late breakfast, I am being true to my goal of being lazy!

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1 hour ago, Skid said:

You will love this ship. You will have a different entertainment staff by then and probably a whole different crew, but I have no doubt your cruise will be awesome, especially over Halloween! CD Chris and AM Marvin's contracts are for 4 months, so they should be moving on around September.

As for some last day (😞) uddates:

Chris and Marvin were great at the Quest. I always love seeing the reactions to this game by those who have never seen it before. Hilarious!

 I was amazed to find out that CD Chris is only 33 years old. WOW!! He is truly wise beyond his years.

Next up cruise wise is Symphony in ONLY 366 days. Some land vacations in between (a June getaway to one of our favorite hotels in Jamaica and DW going on a girls trip with her sisters and our daughters in July to Antigua---sure, leave me home!-hehe). We are also hoping for something for a family trip in November.

Chris is moving to Anthem in July. Marvin will probably be around until August/September. 33 is also pretty young for a CD, although quite a few are a similar age. Wish that they had some below 30 - Younger CD's are usually better.

Enjoyed your blog and have fun on the Symphony when it comes! First Oasis Class?

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1 hour ago, Skid said:

So...last chance for any questions and thanks for reading all this stuff that I originally said I wasn't going to write. But that's OK, because as I type this on my balcony enjoying a late breakfast, I am being true to my goal of being lazy!

Loved following this "non Blog"! Can't wait to sail on her to NE/Canada next July for our 25th Anniversary! (who doesn't want to spend their anniversary in the Bay of Fundy! LOL).

Thanks so much @Skid! Really enjoyed all your updates!
 

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2 hours ago, Joe01 said:

Enjoyed your blog and have fun on the Symphony when it comes! First Oasis Class?

Yes, Joe, Symphony will be our first time on Oasis class. 

OK, a plea to everyone. Went to Windjammer the other night for Caribbean theme. There were about 30 people on line at the section of the buffet we wanted. I counted 12 of them either eating whatever was already on their plate or LICKING THEIR FINGERS while waiting on line! I am not the biggest germaphobe but we left and went back to the MDR. 12 out of 30? Really? Come on folks. PLEASE HAVE SOME MANNERS AND COMMON SENSE!

Just not to end on a negative note, this has been one of our best cruises yet, even despite 2 days of clouds/rain. 

BTW, about 800 kids on this sailing, probably because Port Canaveral (Disney) was first stop. Mostly young children as oppose to teenagers. Most are adorable and happy. No issues.

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17 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

@Skid, I almost forgot to ask...What did you end up doing in Port Canaveral?  

We did a pontoon lagoon excursion. So basically we got off a ship and on to a boat! Spotted a bunch of dolphins, birds, etc but unfortunately no manatees. It was fun. Turned out that was one of days it rained so we all got pretty wet. All part of the adventure I say. We wouldn't have had enough time at NASA and may just make that our November family trip.

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I love the way you think, I even bought a t-shirt that Says "Eat, Sleep, Cruise,  Repeat"

I was just on the Adventure last week when it repositioned from San Juan to New Jersey.  An absolutely beautiful Ship, Crew was fabulous. Solarium area is perfect for relaxing

 

Have a great cruise

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We are home--😢. Here are the menus for those interested. At some point I will try to get the Cruise Compasses scanned and sent to Matt.

Dinner and service were fine, but we are not fans of ordering appetizer, entree and desserts all together at the beginning (new this year). Also like last year better when the servers came around with rolls instead of having a basket on the table when you come in.

As stated earlier, only issue was that entrees never arrived steaming hot. Warm enough, but not hot. On the other hand, Chops Grill lunch was GREAT. Will probably go there for dinner on next cruise. I added the Chops Grill lunch menu below.

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Added comments and Chops Grill lunch menus

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Now I have a couple of questions:

1. Coast Guard boat was along side of us from Cape Liberty to the Verrazano  Bridge, weapon at the ready. Is this normal procedure? I thought it was pretty cool, but also a little scary...

2.  @Lovetocruise2002 ....PLEEEASE tell me this is NOT the ship for your July MSC sailing!!! (sorry---I just couldn't resist).

 

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On 5/19/2018 at 10:52 AM, Skid said:

Is this normal procedure?

Not everytime, but it's also not unheard of.  Coast Guard runs its own policies and I know we've had a similar gunboat escort in or out of port.

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On 5/19/2018 at 8:52 AM, Skid said:

Now I have a couple of questions:

1. Coast Guard boat was along side of us from Cape Liberty to the Verrazano  Bridge, weapon at the ready. Is this normal procedure? I thought it was pretty cool, but also a little scary...

I think when USCG patrols they always have someone in the bow.  Perhaps just part of their readiness training? 

Here they were escorting us on Anthem when we did a NYC harbor tour before sailing under the Verrazano-Narrows bridge and out to sea.

I don't find scary, kind of reassuring actually. 

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