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19 minutes ago, Joe01 said:

Enjoy! Fingers crossed that Great Ideas are no longer the show band that host it. 

Unfortunately they were.... Jump! Jump! Jump! They were fine, I was just trying to get my arm relaxed enough for holding up the phone lol!

Hope you enjoyed the Periscope, especially you @Lovetocruise2002! Sorry if I had to communicate using scribble lol. Thanks for answering some questions!

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Symphony of the Seas - Day One ~ Barcelona, Spain

By golly we are on the beautiful Symphony of the Seas! Today was embarkation day, and boy was it fun!

Embarkation and the Beginning Steps

Embarkation was quick and painless, only taking about 20 minutes from door to ship. We arrived at 12:15pm, and we were on the ship and already with a drink and food in hand by 12:45pm. We first decided to hit the room, and while it wasn't open yet, we could at least drop off our carry-on baggage. Then, it was to the Suite Lounge to book some more things and get some food from the little buffet that was there for lunch. Got some chicken, and it was good! Also got some mashed potatoes with it (is always good on Royal!).

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Also got some Costal Kitchen reservations booked for some nights, and learned more about the concierge team and what their background is. Also said some naughty stories (shh... sorry Raj and Jennie). Also got on the top of the naughty list for blogging this experience, but apparently it's a good thing! Maybe ill get some better service 😉! Already can tell they are a great team and that everyone working up there on deck 17 is going to be fantastic to dine and lounge with.

The Room

Now... I have done a room tour, but not on here! It's on my periscope @CraftyCat05. May also do a video tour of it while i'm on board, or at least take some pictures. 

The room is great, but different than the Grand Suite I stayed in on Allure. It has a wall in the middle of the room now! This makes the space feel smaller, but gives more privacy, gives us two televisions, and also offers more cabinet space than no wall would. The bathroom is also nicer, and even feels more spacious! There is a tub/shower combo, and two sinks.  The room also has two twin beds, two side lamps, two windows, and best of all two closet spaces! It's a two for one deal in the Grand Suite, only thing is... you have to pay more!

The Ultimate Abyss

Now for the   s u p e r   s c a r y   part of the blog. If you can't take the drop (10 decks!), then don't read this section!

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Ok, have we weeded out the wimps, err... scaredy cats... ah! The "definitely not scared, not a cat, not a wimp, but just simply... non-thrill seekers!" Have we got them out? Good.

It's really fun, but shorter than I thought. Only rode it once, but plan on going back on it again! But only after my shoulder won't talk me out of it, because a fell on my shoulder in it part way through! While I was able to get back straight, really didn't make it as enjoyable as it could have been. My parents did enjoy it though! Was a shock to be able to get her on it, she would fall the category of "definitely not scared, not a cat, not a wimp, but just simply... non-thrill seekers!" usually. They didn't get banged up like me luckily. Hopefully they will ride it again with me!

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Symphony Dunes

Now, a family tradition is to always play some Royal mini golf on sail-away day... So, we went to the putt putt course! Father of course won (he is pretty good at his short game at the home golf course), but I at least came into second with my mother finishing close behind. I even got a hole-in-one! (Didn't get a picture this time, was having too much fun!) So far 1-0-0 for the mini golf.

Sail Away!

We have never gone to sail away parties, but do spend it outside on our balcony. We saw the Norwegian Epic sail by to turn around right as our pilot to guide us out of Barcelona's Port was getting onboard. 

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(Photo is from driving to port but it works.. shh, don't tell anyon... wait...)

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Next, it was our turn! We sailed away at 6:20, but we were about to get ready for Chops Grille, our dinner for the night. So we got to see some of sail away, but had to quickly rush to Central Park after.

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While getting on the ship, I got a picture of the bow of Symphony!

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Chops Grille

We have eaten at chops, and always love a good steak at home, and on a cruise! Food was great as usual, I got a Filet and a starter of the Glazed Bacon. Always a good meal! Parents both got the NY Strip, and my Mother's was much smaller than Dad's! All worked out though, as my mother wasn't very hungry anyway.

(Forgot to get any food pictures of steak or bacon... Sorry!)

Then it was time for dessert! We ordered two cheesecakes and one key-lime pie as per the waiter's recommendation. Unfortunately, he came with a red velvet cake instead of one of the cheesecakes, because of my Mom's unfortunate Tree Nut allergy! Crust apparently had some nuts, but I didn't taste them. All three were good, but the velvet wasn't as good as the cheesecake would have been as per my mother.

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Hairspray

After dinner it was time for Hairspray! Show was good, and I had never seen the full movie or show fully though, so was nice to finally see that. Unfortunately, my father couldn't get to his seat on time, so he would have had to get people to move while the show had already started. Instead, he just opted to go to the casino! He lost $150, and mother was not happy. Isn't sleeping on the couch though, that's where I am!

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Welcome Party, Featuring Firecracker Balloons!

(@twangster: the sub title is for you!)

There was a welcome party on the Royal Promenade, and it included a balloon drop at midnight. You can see what I was talking about on my Periscope (@CraftyCat05).

CraftyCat05's Cacophonous Yet Coherent Celebrations for Miscellaneous Text that Could Include Some Observations

WOO! THIS IS THE LOUD CELEBRATION FOR THE MISCELLANEOUS TEXT! THANKS FOR THE IDEA @JLMoran. HOPE THIS IS WHAT YOU HAD IN MIND.

CraftyCat05's Coherent Text that Talks about his Observations

  • My titling system needs some work, exhibit A and B above.
  • No peep shows today.. Yay!
  • The ship still looks brand new, and looks amazing!
  • The Cruise Director is Michele and Activities Manager is Margot. For a full list of CDs and AMs, check out @Joe01's awesome thread.
  • The lines for the water slides were already long today. Didn't get to ride those today though... 😞
  • Voom seems to be slower than it was on Allure, maybe throttling has gotten to a lower limit since 2016?
  • Our Stateroom Attendant seems to be great! Her name is Isha!
  • The signage and other things around the ship are in Royal's new modern colors and typography. Lots of Sea Blue and Baby Blue!
  • Safety Drill video is still Mission Impossible: Try to Get Everyone to Pay Attention to Me (A.K.A the secret agent safety video)

Documentation

Scanned Documents 5.pdf - Cruise Compass

Scanned Documents.pdf - Boarding Day Quick Guide

Scanned Documents 2.pdf - Shows at a Glance

Scanned Documents 4.pdf - Teen Club Compass (thanks Guess Services!)

Scanned Documents 3.pdf - Sky Class Amenities

Chao Chao for now!

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Interesting point about Voom. I don't think it was 'online' (pun intended) when I sailed Allure, but the Symphony Voom is definitely weaker than the Harmony Voom. I have no idea why, but glad you picked up on it.

My greatest sympathies go out to you having to sleep on the couch. That's the reason I don't do Grand Suites any more. 

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Your scope of the balloon drop turned out great (connection wise) so VOOM can't be that bad.  I have heard that Raj is amazing!  And side note, I just found out recently that on some ships if they know you are blogging, then service is different.  I did not find this out till disembarkation day but good info to know....

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1 minute ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Your scope of the balloon drop turned out great (connection wise) so VOOM can't be that bad.  I have heard that Raj is amazing!  And side note, I just found out recently that on some ships if they know you are blogging, then service is different.  I did not find this out till disembarkation day but good info to know....

Heh heh... Gotta exploit my powers! 

Raj really does seem to be the life of the party and was really funny when we talked to him. They really are a good compatible pair.

VOOM is fine, just it does feel slower and the ping can get really bad sometimes...

18 minutes ago, Joe01 said:

Interesting point about Voom. I don't think it was 'online' (pun intended) when I sailed Allure, but the Symphony Voom is definitely weaker than the Harmony Voom. I have no idea why, but glad you picked up on it.

My greatest sympathies go out to you having to sleep on the couch. That's the reason I don't do Grand Suites any more. 

This area may not get as good of coverage or may just not have as many hotspots and repeaters set up in bad spots at Harmony did. *shrug*

And the couch is fine! There is a nice mattress cover and the blanket is great. Sure a bed is better, but this is pretty damn good! Almost like sleeping on those long haul first class seats where it lies flat. No need for sympathy lol.

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2 hours ago, CraftyCat05 said:

CraftyCat05's Cacophonous Yet Coherent Celebrations for Miscellaneous Text that Could Include Some Observations

WOO! THIS IS THE LOUD CELEBRATION FOR THE MISCELLANEOUS TEXT! THANKS FOR THE IDEA @JLMoran. HOPE THIS IS WHAT YOU HAD IN MIND.

Whoa! Way better than what I suggested! 😂

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Blog Update

Boy am I tired! May have gotten a nap today (I guess yesterday at this point!), but the late night wiped me out on Day One. Therefore I am postponing Day Two's Blog to Tomorrow Morning (Marseille, France timezone). Sorry for any blogging inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you,

The Symphony SemiLive Blog Management

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3 minutes ago, CraftyCat05 said:

Blog Update

Boy am I tired! May have gotten a nap today (I guess yesterday at this point!), but the late night wiped me out on Day One. Therefore I am postponing Day Two's Blog to Tomorrow Morning (Marseille, France timezone). Sorry for any blogging inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you,

The Symphony SemiLive Blog Management

Looking forward to it! Don't apologize though - you are on vacation! 

BTW - As Michele is still there, I recommend giving 80's night a try. It is really enjoyable, even for people like me who weren't alive then. I believe it is tomorrow night.

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Day Two - Palma

Lots of exciting things today! From shore to sea, a lot happened. So lets get into this coherent blog!

Breakfast

Because of us sleeping in due to the bar and late party, we weren't able to do a nice sit down breakfast. Father and I got some pastries from the Costal Kitchen buffet, and my mother had a Breakfast bar while waiting for the excursion to start. I got three croissants (very small) and they were all good. Didn't get any pictures... but imagine a small croissant.

Palma City Sights

Our first excursion for the week was a city tour of Palma de Mallorca. We got to see the old castle on the hill, also known as Bellver Castle. We couldn't go inside unfortunately (closed on Monday), but we did have a beautiful view on the hill of the ocean, marina, and city centre. 

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Next, was going to Pearl shop and bull ring. We spent our 30 minutes of free time at the shop, buying new pearls for Mom's birthday present. She got a pair of earrings that matched with a necklace, and then another standalone necklace. After our quick exploration of the bull ring (isn't used for fighting anymore, now used as a multipurpose venue), we got back on the bus to go into the city centre for shopping and walking.

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Finally, it was time for the city centre part of our excursion. We got off and walked to our meeting point, and once there was dismissed with 45 minutes to explore before we would walk back to the bus. We looked at the narrow streets and alleys of Palma from the times when there wasn't so many cars and tourism. We also got some gelato at "the best gelato in the world" as per the gelato world tour in 2013. We then walked back, and saw a church, lots of hotels, and many tapas restaurants. 

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The shore excursion was very nice and quick, but showed you a lot of the sights of Palma. If I remember correctly, it was also cheaper than some of the other excursions in Palma. Transportation was a nice, spacious, and most importantly air conditioned! We also had a dedicated tour guide, that wasn't driving or doing other things on the excursion. She would talk about the history of the city or point out some sights as we were driving past while we were in-route to our next stop. 

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Overall, I would rate this excursion highly for others. We will be doing the Drach Caves next week in Palma.

Lunch, Slides, Horses, and Balls

We had some lunch after the fun on land at El Loco Fresh. It was crowded, and really good! The quesadillas were fabulous, and the burritos were fine. Also had some chips, which were just so-so, and flan for dessert which was great! Rice and beans for the side were also tasty, but could always be better. 

To get down to the boardwalk for the arcade and the carousel, we decided to take the quickest way down... the Ultimate Abyss! My ride was much better, and I didn't hit the side this time on my ride. Got to go much faster, and was much more fun! Mother chickened out though, and took the elevator down. Shame! (jk mom, love u!)  After that was some skee ball at the Playmakers Arcade, and a fun time on the racing simulator at the end of the room. 

Then it was something that we could all agree on doing, the carousel! Took a ride on that and rode the Royal Caribbean horse. Was fun as it always is on the Oasis Class ships. Can't wait to be doing it again sometime later in the trip.

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Rock Em' Good!

We went to the Bionic Bar today! Drink wasn't as good as a real human bar tender, but was a cool experience. Will definitely visit again on this trip, may even Periscope it! 

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Rock Em' and Sock Em' (the bartender's names) hard at work! A robotic arm has to make some money somewhere, right?

Coastal Kitchen

The suite only dining was what we had reserved for tonight, and man was it great! Didn't get any pictures, but did enjoy the food! I had the artichoke soup to start, and then the prime rib for my main course. While I enjoy Filets more, I do enjoy some prime rib on occasion, especially when it could be at Costal Kitchen! Then it was time for dessert! Had some cheesecake again, but this time my mother could have it! She was excited, and I thought it was better than yesterday's dessert. Definitely can't wait for another meal at Coastal.

The Executive

Sooo... while eating at Coastal Kitchen..... we saw....

Micheal Bayley! The CEO of Royal Caribbean!!!!! Exciting!!! I WAS NEXT TO ROYAL CARIBBEAN CELEBRITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apparently they were celebrating his son's birthday (internet doesn't show anything about him, but I saw him!) with other members of the Bayley family. Highlight of the day lol...

1977

To end the night, was the new ice show! It really was amazing, even if some parts of the story line were broken, but not as much as some others would have you believe! All of the performers were great on the ice, except the ninja. The ninja fell about 5 times, and I was even scared something would go wrong with them! They definitely didn't have their A-game on tonight. The most notable part of the show was the quick change clothing couple, and the beginning scene because of it's drone show! I would almost disagree with others about the show having a very disjointed plot. While there are some parts that are kinda mismatched, there is a story line that goes with the show! Definitely want to watch it again next week. Would rate it 10/10! 

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Miscellaneous Thoughts and Observations

  • My "B" key is on it's last legs. May be missing lots of those!
  • Palma is a very nice island, but with lots of tourists. Probably won't want to visit it on a land vacation.
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  • Got a towel animal tonight! I'm convinced because of the B2B the animals will only be every other day, because they only know seven! IMG_7206.thumb.JPG.98e251ad048d94e7486e5e32d12daf47.JPG
  • Sorry for getting this out later than usual! Will try to make up for it somehow.
  • I will post downloads on Day Three's post. I just want to get this out!
  • Sorry if there are any mistakes, like I said, wanted this out ASAP!

Chao Chao for now!

 

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3 hours ago, CraftyCat05 said:
  • Sorry for getting this out later than usual! Will try to make up for it somehow.
  • I will post downloads on Day Three's post. I just want to get this out!
  • Sorry if there are any mistakes, like I said, wanted this out ASAP!

Talk about a love/hate relationship. Love your log! The hate part you ask? Stop apologizing... that's an order! It's great you are doing this, ut cruises are for relaxing, not putting pressure on yourself. Take a deep reath. 😀

 

OK, did you notice how I left out the ees? I figured we should get used to it in case yours dies altogether.

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1 minute ago, Skid said:

Talk about a love/hate relationship. Love your log! The hate part you ask? Stop apologizing... that's an order! It's great you are doing this, ut cruises are for relaxing, not putting pressure on yourself. Take a deep reath. 😀

 

OK, did you notice how I left out the ees? I figured we should get used to it in case yours dies altogether.

😂

eautiful! Found a tutorial on how to fix it... May try it tmrw if it doesn't get etter.

Also,

Update

Yet again no blog! It's late here and we got an early morning. And the southerner in me must say... Sorry! I was trying to keep up with a schedule, but I couldn't do it for a week! My suite attendant was joking about a whip for my father and "misplacing" his Sea Pass card on the Safety Drill... Maybe I need it now! 😜Will see you guys later! 

Chao Chao for now.

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The Let Down

This is the story of a man who is on a cruise.

Specifically, a Royal Caribbean cruise.

He is having fun.

A lot of fun.

In fact, soooo much...

That he is tired.

And has a early morning tomorrow. 

And the next day after.

It's so bad, that he can't blog the adventure of a life time.

He must update the others on his sea day.

It's so far away.

Yet so close.

Chao Chao for now.

~Cat

FAQ

What did I just read?

A short story I made up in about 2 minutes.

Is this a true story?

Yes! It is! It's the true story of my cruise!

You really are a let down, i'm just going to be loyal to the others now.

So sorry to hear that, but don't go! There is lots to hear about, but you will learn about it on Saturday 😈.

And also, if you have any feedback or comments, you can fill out a comment card as you leave the auditorium.

Com on, the blogs don't take long, just write it!

I would be happy for you to write it, just you aren't me!

And these aren't short to write! It takes a good hour usually, and sometimes two! This really is hard work. Why didn't anyone tell me?

I'm still confused, what's happening?

I won't be able to update this blog in full until at least Saturday, maybe even longer! This really was unforseen, it's just with the early mornings and long nights, it adds up!

You took as long to write this as it does to write a blog, just type it out!!!

Read above, it takes awhile! This only took tops fifteen minutes.

I'm getting the pitch forks out and rioting at my local town square. This is an outrage!

Don't do that! This is only a blog, not life or death (yet). Please don't get the cops called, and if you do, i'm in Jamaica mon!

The End.

Hope to see you soon! And please, don't leave me!

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Just now, CraftyCat05 said:

The Let Down

This is the story of a man who is on a cruise.

Specifically, a Royal Caribbean cruise.

He is having fun.

A lot of fun.

In fact, soooo much...

That he is tired.

And has a early morning tomorrow. 

And the next day after.

It's so bad, that he can't blog the adventure of a life time.

He must update the others on his sea day.

It's so far away.

Yet so close.

Chao Chao for now.

~Cat

FAQ

What did I just read?

A short story I made up in about 2 minutes.

Is this a true story?

Yes! It is! It's the true story of my cruise!

You really are a let down, i'm just going to be loyal to the others now.

So sorry to hear that, but don't go! There is lots to hear about, but you will learn about it on Saturday 😈.

And also, if you have any feedback or comments, you can fill out a comment card as you leave the auditorium.

Com on, the blogs don't take long, just write it!

I would be happy for you to write it, just you aren't me!

And these aren't short to write! It takes a good hour usually, and sometimes two! This really is hard work. Why didn't anyone tell me?

I'm still confused, what's happening?

I won't be able to update this blog in full until at least Saturday, maybe even longer! This really was unforseen, it's just with the early mornings and long nights, it adds up!

You took as long to write this as it does to write a blog, just type it out!!!

Read above, it takes awhile! This only took tops fifteen minutes.

The End.

Hope to see you soon! And please, don't leave me!

Just enjoy the cruise. I tried live blogging but got caught up in the enjoyment of the cruise too much. It certainly is a port intensive itinerary - at least you have 2 weeks to do it all!

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2 hours ago, CraftyCat05 said:

And these aren't short to write! It takes a good hour usually, and sometimes two! This really is hard work. Why didn't anyone tell me?

SO TRUE! I totally know where you are right now (well, state-of-mind-wise, not actual location; that would be creepy!). Just enjoy the days to the fullest and you can update us when you're good and ready.

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