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Symphony OTS Live! - Transatlantic Oct. 28, 2018 "Coming to America"

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The first aerial performer appears from behind us walking upside down into the theater.

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She is lowered into the water and emerges with another performer upside down below her.

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She is released and dives back into the water.  Nothing but their own muscles used during the lift.  

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The aerial artistry continues

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Next we see a performer high up in the theater banging a set of drums that are lit up and covered with water so that with every beat the water dances upward.

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Below him every beat of the drum he seems to breathe life into the aerial performer

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With that our tribe begins to appear unified and equal.

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Each is wearing a common tribal outfit.

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I've seen all of the aqua theater shows and this is my favorite.  It's high energy with lots of action, plenty of diving and incredible aerial work.  It's more artistic in places and uses technology to highlight the incredible performance of the cast which itself is outstanding.

The aerial components are incredible and add a lot to the show.  Be aware though, when they get wet by dipping into the water they do drip onto the audience below, all over the theater.  

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Just now, JLMoran said:

Thanks for the amazing photo recap of the show, @twangster! Since I'm pledged to never sail on an Oasis class, you've just saved me a lot of grief over not seeing it in person. 😁

Here's the thing.  Photos are great but they don't nearly begin to convey the emotions felt during the show.  Like taking a snapshot every 10 minutes in a movie then thinking you don't need to go the theater to see it - wrong.  It's infinitely more impressive when seen live.  

This experience alone is worth booking this ship, even for you 😎

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27 minutes ago, twangster said:

This experience alone is worth booking this ship, even for you 😎

Truth be told, it did leave me wanting to see it in person. I'll never say never, but I've still got too much of a travel bug / need to see places, not ships, to feel OK sailing an Oasis class any time soon. Someday, when I feel like I've seen enough ports that these ships don't (and will never) go to, and done it enough times, and I'm feeling comfortable with spending 7 days in a floating resort with just a couple of ports (and my wife feels the same way), then I'll give it a go.

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Just now, twangster said:

 Be aware though, when they get wet by dipping into the water they do drip onto the audience below, all over the theater.  

No worries for us mere mortals there. Only PiT, Pinnacles and Suites were in the danger zone, at least for our show. No central seats for the low status crowd - couldn't quite contain my schadenfreude when royalty got wet without sitting in the splash zone 😈

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@twangster We're getting off Serenade the day you get on.  😄  After Symphony you're going to think everything is right around the corner and she's going to seem so small.

I gotta tell you, the bar staff on Serenade leaves a lot to be desired.  There are a couple to visit: William in R Bar, and Lordana in Safari Club.  I'm sure you haven't seen any of my scopes from this sailing, but if you can catch the mid-cruise "sharing thoughts."  We're going to do a "final thoughts" on Thursday night.

Edit: Lordana should be moving to Schooner Bar next week. Danny, the piano singer is horrible so don’t linger. Also, Ian in the pub has been pretty awesome today. 

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Day 10 - Entertainment Tour

Another Diamond Plus tour offered as a Crown and Anchor Society benefit.   

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We have the head tech for the ship (all entertainment on the ship) as well as two cast members from Hairspray/Flight.  The Aqua Theater cast is a separate cast.

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The cast comes and goes from the ship as a group.  Most entertainment contracts are nine months.  As the 'Take Out' cast for the main theater they had a twelve month contract.  That included three months on land preparing for their arrival to the ship.  This will ensure the initial shows when the ship arrives in Miami will be performed from a cast that is well versed and practiced.

The hairspray used during the show is called 'Fog In A Can' and made for theatrical use.  

The backstage crew work in multiple venues such as the Main Theater, Studio B or the Aqua Theater.   Flight is such a demanding show technically that it requires most of the backstage crew to be involved.  Consequently they can't operate Aqua Shows when Flight is offered.

The plane used for the finale in Flight is mounted on a gimbal and the 3D pulley/cable system moves it around the theater but the plane itself, direction, pitch and roll is controlled by the cast member 'flying' it in their seat on the plane.   

After our question and answer session we are escorted backstage.

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The smaller plane prop used during the barnstormer skit within flight.

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We continued backstage.

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Dressing room

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Alien mask used in Flight

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The stage floor is covered with tape marks used for setting props.

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The plane used for the Flight finale is taken apart and stored in these shipping containers.

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The 3D pulley cable system is operated from this little space to the left of the screen.

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It's always interesting to see how much effort goes into these high end entertainment shows.

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11 hours ago, twangster said:

Since I'm staying in a boardwalk balcony cabin, one free meal at Johnny Rockets is included for up to four guests. 

Is this a standard on all Oasis ships? Does the Soda come with the free meal?
Although I am slowly turning into a vegetarian, the burger looks delicious!

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1 hour ago, GoodSmith said:

Is this a standard on all Oasis ships? Does the Soda come with the free meal?
Although I am slowly turning into a vegetarian, the burger looks delicious!

If you stay in a Boardwalk balcony cabin you get the soda package including a Freestyle cup and a one time coupon for a meal at JR for four.  

Just buying a soda package in any other cabin does not include the meal at JR.  

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Day 10 - Dinner

Playmakers

I've heard good things about the food at Playmakers and after ordering the sliders in the Mariner's Playmakers I thought I'd eat dinner here in Playmakers on Symphony tonight.

Menu

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The Hamburger.

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The hamburger is very good.  It is not a Windjammer hamburger with a different bun.  It's more of homemade looking cooked to order hamburger with two patties. 

Way back on day 3 I was up early and took some pictures of Playmakers in the morning when it was empty.

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While Mariner's Playmakers had only the fleet standard draft beers, Symphony's Playmakers has some additional draft options.

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In terms of the question... "Is my game/sport/tournament going to be available on TV?" The answer is... it depends.  

Sports content is licensed and no company can display sports content without acquiring a license to do so (a.k.a pay money).  Royal Caribbean can't steal or pirate the signal and display it onboard.  

What they can do is approach their TV provider Global Eagle and request the cost for a broadcast license.  There is a lot that goes into that request including the ship's position. 

For example, last Saturday while we were in the middle of the Atlantic, the ship could not acquire a license to display NCAA sports.  NCAA strictly controls broadcast rights and NCAA football was not available in Playmakers.  However what several people did was to bring a tablet or phone and watch their favorite team on their own device using a paid Voom Surf and Stream plan while sitting in Playmakers.

That will be different when the ship is in the Caribbean which NCAA in general allows as a region to enjoy their content.

NFL football was available but like other ships they don't tend to display every game that it is active at any given moment.  Using a tablet and a paid Voom account is always a good backup plan if your game/sport/tournament is important to you.

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Day 10 - HiRO Take 2

From my Boardwalk balcony I noted that the wet zone in the Aqua Theater was pretty empty as tonight's first showing of HiRO was filling up.

I threw on some shorts and a water shirt and headed to the standby line.  

It was amazing near the front of the theater like I was the only person in the theater.  Seeing the performers up close was pretty special.

I won't include all the same pictures but here are a few just so you see what the front row in the wet zone is like.

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8 hours ago, twangster said:

In terms of the question... "Is my game/sport/tournament going to be available on TV?" The answer is... it depends.  

Sports content is licensed and no company can display sports content without acquiring a license to do so (a.k.a pay money).  Royal Caribbean can't steal or pirate the signal and display it onboard.  

What they can do is approach their TV provider Global Eagle and request the cost for a broadcast license.  There is a lot that goes into that request including the ship's position. 

For example, last Saturday while we were in the middle of the Atlantic, the ship could not acquire a license to display NCAA sports.  NCAA strictly controls broadcast rights and NCAA football was not available in Playmakers.  However what several people did was to bring a tablet or phone and watch their favorite team on their own device using a paid Voom Surf and Stream plan while sitting in Playmakers.

Great explanation!

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WOW. Just WOW. Thanks for another amazing live blog @twangster. They're so legendary I see you even have fan accounts popping up! Haha that's awesome.

That tour of Central Park was really cool. Is this something offered on all ships? I hope to do the same on Harmony. Can't wait to see both Flight and HiRo as well one day when I can make it on Symphony. Both look incredible.

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