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Harmony of the Seas, Somewhat Live 5/19 -5/26

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Ill start by saying Labadee was outstanding and the only downside was that I wished we spent more time there. We disembarked around 8:45am and headed towards Columbus Cove and ended up speeding most of our time in that area.

Our zipline was at 10:30 which snuck up on us rather quickly. Words can't describe how great of a ride the zipline was, as many of you I am sure you are aware of.

Our next adventure was the aqua park at 1pm with the kids. I knew it was going to be a lot of work and that part didn't disappoint, myself and my kids loved playing on this and I know my wife loved seeing me make a fool of myself and fall off multiple times. 😁 

So by the time we got done with the aqua park it was about 2 pm with the coast and market still to try and get done. We headed to the coaster and waited about a half hour or so and by the time we got off it was about 3:10pm, needless to say my wife wasn't thrilled it cut into her shopping time. My first time on one of these mountain coasters and loved it, thrilling ride with a spectacular view. We did manage to get in a little time for shopping before we got back on the ship so I avoided an upset wife lol. 

Back on the boat we decided on eating at  Johnny Rockets and was a hit all around and with the best part being able to eat outside so our kids could  blow off some more steam in that little net play area next to it. 

So that concludes my little summary of today. Enjoy some more photos I took today. 

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What an awesome shot of your kids on the water trampoline! Your one girl is catching some major air!

Also really like the shots of Columbus Cove, that was an area we didn’t visit on our day there. I definitely have to make a point of exploring more the next time we’re there; you’re showing just how much there is to see if you’re willing to take the time and look around.

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On 5/21/2018 at 3:13 PM, JLMoran said:

God almighty, those are some seriously cut / ripped individuals! Please tell me they were performers and not just a random sampling of guests doing a Zumba class! If the latter, I'm going to be even more reluctant to board an Oasis-class ship; my self-esteem couldn't handle being surrounded by so much physical fit-ness! 😱😅

 

On 5/21/2018 at 3:13 PM, JLMoran said:
  On 5/21/2018 at 4:20 AM, Hockeyman55 said:

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by the looks of it one person didnt quite understand the " lean forward and touch the other person routine" 🙂 

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For those curious I am shooting with a Sony A7iii, the iSkate and Columbus pictures I was using my Sony 70-300G lens. Just got this camera in April and love how much I can crank up the ISO for the lower light pictures and still get some pretty sharp photos. Also with me I brought my Rokinon 12mm fisheye lens and Sony 24-70 lens. Photography is a pretty big and expensive hobby for me, I do quite a bit of theme park photography also. 

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11 minutes ago, Hockeyman55 said:

For those curious I am shooting with a Sony A7ii

Thank you, thank you, thank you, I have been looking at this camera, or I should say this series of camera, started looking at the A5, but just never pulled the plug on the purchase, could never find anyone that had previous experience with the camera.

I was a big 35mm film photo taker back in the day and have gotten out of the practice of using bigger cameras, I thought this size body would meet my demands of size as well as quaility.

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1 hour ago, tiny260 said:

Thank you, thank you, thank you, I have been looking at this camera, or I should say this series of camera, started looking at the A5, but just never pulled the plug on the purchase, could never find anyone that had previous experience with the camera.

I was a big 35mm film photo taker back in the day and have gotten out of the practice of using bigger cameras, I thought this size body would meet my demands of size as well as quaility.

Very welcome. I was previously shooting with the Sony A99 and have been kicking around switching to the smaller mirrorless camera for a little while. I really wanted the A7RIII but couldn't justify an extra $1,000. Am very happy with the a7iii and lenses I have. So nice having a lighter camera as well

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45 minutes ago, Hockeyman55 said:

For those curious I am shooting with a Sony A7iii, the iSkate and Columbus pictures I was using my Sony 70-300G lens. Just got this camera in April and love how much I can crank up the ISO for the lower light pictures and still get some pretty sharp photos. Also with me I brought my Rokinon 12mm fisheye lens and Sony 24-70 lens. Photography is a pretty big and expensive hobby for me, I do quite a bit of theme park photography also. 

Indeed.  I'm pretty heavily vested into my Nikon full frame.  The camera body is easy, it's the lenses!

I have the Rokinon 12mm and 14mm which for the price are great lens and f2.8 to boot.

Sony is really doing a great job taking on Canon/Nikon and leading mirrorless advances.  If it weren't for the lenses, I'd be pretty tempted to jump ship (pun unintended).

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1 hour ago, Hockeyman55 said:

For those curious I am shooting with a Sony A7iii, the iSkate and Columbus pictures I was using my Sony 70-300G lens.

$2k for camera + $800-1k for the lens.  

Your pictures are great! I can't personally justify spending that much for a camera set up, but you cannot argue with the results. Maybe someday I'll upgrade to that level of stuff...in the name of research!

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4 minutes ago, Matt said:

$2k for camera + $800-1k for the lens.

You know you have a cruising problem when you see numbers like that and think, "Wow, an ocean view balcony cabin just for the body! And a promenade balcony per lens!"

::raising hand:: Hi, my name is Joe...

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55 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

You know you have a cruising problem when you see numbers like that and think, "Wow, an ocean view balcony cabin just for the body! And a promenade balcony per lens!"

::raising hand:: Hi, my name is Joe...

This occurs daily.  New transmission?  That's a 7 night cruise to the Caribbean!  That sweet lens Art Sigma just released, that's an Alaska cruise!     New hardwood floors?  That's a Hawaiian cruise!

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Thank you everyone. Will go back and reply to everyone tomorrow once I get home. I've fallen behind and wanted to catch up. 

Day 4 Jamaica

We initially had the dolphin encounter palnned for this day but with the weather forecast showing some potentially bad weather we cancelled that excursion and decided to spend the day in port shopping and having lunch.

We spent most of our time at Margaritaville which worked out great for us. The food was great and the drinks even better. I got the clock cup with the electric lemonade and it was outstanding and super strong. Everyone enjoyed thier food and drinks minus the ketchup, lol, my kids were just not having it. 

After we ate we spent some time at the pool there, was a fun party atmosphere and a swim up pool bar, score! My only complaint was the hot tub wasn't so hot. Other than that we all came away happy. 

After lunch we did some shopping, nothing too crazy, mostly just small Jamaica trinkets and dresses. 

After some shopping we headed back to the ship, might have been around 2-3pm at this point. Kids wanted to play in the pools and hot tub so off we went. After swimming I believe this was a late night dinner in the main dinning room for us. I had lasagna this time and was outstanding. Way better than the meal I had on formal night. This was pretty much the end of the day and off to bed we went.

Day 5 up next

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Day 4 note, today was finally able to checkout the waterslides after our day in Jamaica. I was highly excited to try these but left somewhat disappointed. The Perfect Storm slides both myself, brother and daughter both stalled out halfway down. The toilet bowl was the saving grace, I shot out of that one like a cannon and ended up coming out head first😁

 

Day 5 

Today was our second sea day. Today was also the day we wanted to do all thing things on the ship we have yet to experience. 

Breakfast today was down at Johnny Rockets. Was nice to not be at Windjammer and have somewhat of a relaxing breakfast, let's be honest, that place can be an adventure to navigate.

After breakfast we headed straight to mini golf. The course was really fun and ended up getting a hole in one on the last hole. 

The Abyss, oh boy that was so much fun. Was a little nervous standing on that top deck looking down waiting to slide but was a breeze once we went down. 

Day also included the usual pools, hot tubs and ice cream. 

We decided to skip formal dinner and went to Jamie's Italian. I had the chicken cacciatore while my wife had the ribeye and we loved both. Dessert they brought out the dessert plank and we'll just say that was a hit with everyone 😋 

After dinner we had a reservation for Columbus and that has been hands down our favorite show by far this trip, this show was hilarious.

Well that pretty much sums up day 5. On to day 6

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