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Just now, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Are you planning to see any shows?  I would love to hear some feedback on Flight as there has not been much out there for that show.  I know it was not ready when the ship first started sailing.

I am definitely going to see the Aqua Show from my balcony. I've also heard great things about 1977 (Ice Show) but may wait for that on the 2nd cruise. I can't remember what one Flight is. Will check for you.

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I've been waiting for a while. Sometimes, I wondered if I would ever get there. Watching everything about the Symphony launching while I was stuck doing a lot of work that I hate and working through t

Matt says: "Please no. The servers can't take it". 

In all my years of following live blogs, I have never, here or anywhere else, come across a disruption such as this, in someone's live blog.  A live blog is one's personal account of their vacation. 

Just now, Joe01 said:

I am definitely going to see the Aqua Show from my balcony. I've also heard great things about 1977 (Ice Show) but may wait for that on the 2nd cruise. I can't remember what one Flight is. Will check for you.

Flight is the Royal Caribbean created theater show.

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Just now, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Flight is the Royal Caribbean created theater show.

Thanks. It hasn't appeared in the Compass yet. I might tag along although will probably walk in. Not wanting to make reservations. I probably won't do Hairspray though. At least it isn't Cats. I hope Royal are binning that when Oasis goes to drydock.

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I'm just back from the whirlpools. Went to the cantilevered whirlpool, which is excellent, but given that it is for over 16's only, I wish that the lifeguards would send the children away. They were loud and playing around as if it were the outdoor pools. I was under the permitted age to use the Solarium when I first cruised, but I at least respected the rules. Why aren't these children doing the same? 

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1 minute ago, rjac said:

Where are the parents, it's THEIR job! :27_sunglasses:

Vacationing...from being parents too apparently! 😜  This is a main reason why I avoid the hot tubs on cruises.  @Joe01 this seems to be trend. I have witnessed this on every cruise I've gone on.  Especially in recent years.

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It never seems to be a huge issue in the main whirlpools, but seems to be with the Solarium. Ironically, they hate if there is a well behaved child using the Solarium facilities. The blatant lack of parenting gets on my nerve as well.

Kids - you have Splashaway Bay to scream and splash to your heart's desire. I wouldn't enter that space, please don't enter the adult's space either. 

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26 minutes ago, twangster said:

On Anthem in the solarium I saw a child around 10 yo say to their father:

"Dad, am I suppose to be in here? it says over 16".

If they were simply walking through on their way to another part of the ship, isn't that allowed? I'm pretty sure I remember hearing Matt say on a podcast episode that children can pass through the Solarium without issues as often it's a necessary step to reach some other area like the main pool or one of the restaurants. They just can't stay there for any meaningful length of time.

I know the Solarium on Anthem is all the way forward on its deck, so the likelihood of it being used as a "walkthrough" is a lot lower, but it is possible -- someone in a cabin all the way forward on Deck 13, even most of the way forward, could use the "hidden entrance" to the Solarium's lower level, then go up through the Solarium to Deck 14 and out onto the main pool area. You also have the outdoor observation wings on the Deck 13 portion of the Solarium, just to the side of those "secret entrance" doors, that AFAIK are open to everyone. So I'd like to give this 10-year old and his dad the benefit of the doubt, especially since the kid was clearly aware and trying to do the right thing.

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6 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

If they were simply walking through on their way to another part of the ship, isn't that allowed? I'm pretty sure I remember hearing Matt say on a podcast episode that children can pass through the Solarium without issues as often it's a necessary step to reach some other area like the main pool or one of the restaurants. They just can't stay there for any meaningful length of time.

I know the Solarium on Anthem is all the way forward on its deck, so the likelihood of it being used as a "walkthrough" is a lot lower, but it is possible -- someone in a cabin all the way forward on Deck 13, even most of the way forward, could use the "hidden entrance" to the Solarium's lower level, then go up through the Solarium to Deck 14 and out onto the main pool area. You also have the outdoor observation wings on the Deck 13 portion of the Solarium, just to the side of those "secret entrance" doors, that AFAIK are open to everyone. So I'd like to give this 10-year old and his dad the benefit of the doubt, especially since the kid was clearly aware and trying to do the right thing.

My girls are going to have to cut through the Solarium on Mariner next month.  Our room is on Deck 11 and to get to pool and WJ they would have to cut through unless they go down to Deck 10 and then back up the other way.  But they know not to stay and to walk the perimeter only.

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2 hours ago, JLMoran said:

If they were simply walking through on their way to another part of the ship, isn't that allowed? I'm pretty sure I remember hearing Matt say on a podcast episode that children can pass through the Solarium without issues as often it's a necessary step to reach some other area like the main pool or one of the restaurants. They just can't stay there for any meaningful length of time.

I know the Solarium on Anthem is all the way forward on its deck, so the likelihood of it being used as a "walkthrough" is a lot lower, but it is possible -- someone in a cabin all the way forward on Deck 13, even most of the way forward, could use the "hidden entrance" to the Solarium's lower level, then go up through the Solarium to Deck 14 and out onto the main pool area. You also have the outdoor observation wings on the Deck 13 portion of the Solarium, just to the side of those "secret entrance" doors, that AFAIK are open to everyone. So I'd like to give this 10-year old and his dad the benefit of the doubt, especially since the kid was clearly aware and trying to do the right thing.

Where they were was not a transit area.  Note dad's response was not  "it's okay, we're just passing through". 

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About to go to 80's night. Summary of today will come soon after.

Is it just me or is the World Cup becoming extremely annoying? Maybe I am biased as I am the only male in Scotland that hates football, but it is just so loud on the whole of the Boardwalk and I can hear a lot of it even with the balcony door closed. If they really want to show it, why not in the theater?

Sorry to sound like a moaner, but living in a city like Glasgow where there are football fans everywhere, I would appreciate not dealing with them on vacation.

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80's Party:

Just returned. It is a great event. I highly recommend it if you sail on Symphony. CD Michele was excellent hosting it and the staff were very fun and high energy.

It starts with about 30 mins where the DJ plays some songs to get the crowd in the mood. The Entertainment team then arrive although the first proper event of the show is a number by the Royal Caribbean Dancers. I always love watching them (although often for eye-candy ). 

Following the dancers, Michele, Margot and the Entertainment team (aka Youth, Sports and CD Staff) arrive and the official party begins. They do it for around 30-40 mins. It is great fun. Mostly rock music. There was also a number with the male members of the entertainment team and a few occasions where the staff tried to get people to dance.

Definitely on par with 70's night, although I think that the CD can make or break this and we were lucky with the CD.

Summary of today coming later. Ciao Ciao for now!

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50 minutes ago, CraftyCat05 said:

Sounds like your having a great time! Only another 24 days before I will be stepping through the same areas as you on another B2B SY. Enjoying the live blog and can't wait to see where your adventures take you this week and next.

Thanks! I'm loving it. Hopefully Michele will still be here for you as well. I don't know how 80's night would work when he leaves. Margot will still be there though and she is great.

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Sorry all - I've been a bit light on the blogging the last few days.

Went to the 4th of July celebrations last night. It was just a bit too crowded in the Royal Promenade, however that was not the main issue. The worst thing about it was the Royal Caribbean singers. I admit to being someone who has no patience for singers who think that they are better than they are, but I just found them very irritating and even when Michele was speaking, they were trying to take the limelight. It was like watching John Blair do the Neil Diamond act all over again. It's a shame though as Michele and the entertainment team tried their best, but those singers were enough for me to leave. I'm sure it was the same singers who did the 50's and 60's party on Harmony last year and were the exact same there. I felt that they tried to take over the limelight from the CD & team there as well. Luckily at HM's 4th of July, they had the guy playing Danny Zuko in Grease do it. He was much better and could actually sing well (and was easy on the eye).

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7 hours ago, Joe01 said:

Does anyone have any questions about what I have been doing or about any events?

Would like to hear about how Marseilles was when you get some time, along with the other ports you had decided to visit instead of staying on the ship. But not a rush! Please enjoy your trip and don't feel pressure to post here every single day, never mind multiple times a day. As @CraftyCat05 said, you're on vacation and that's the priority!

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