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I haven't really addressed our cruise director on this sailing - Bobby Brown. I have to say a CD doesn't make or break a cruise for me.  I like some more than others but it's not a deal breaker f

Day 2 - Sea Day Moving South and West as we somewhat hug the coast of Spain.  Windy today, top decks closed.  The ship is handling great, minimal movement. After staying up into the wee hour

With that our tribe begins to appear unified and equal. Each is wearing a common tribal outfit. I've seen all of the aqua theater shows and this is my favorite.

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36 minutes ago, SolariumSnoozer said:

How does Symphony compare to her sisters?  Your pictures give me a feel of familiarity but look like there are enough differences to make it feel like a different experience.

It's a beautiful ship.  Windy today so I'm holding back on some photography until I can catch her in better lighting conditions. 

I think Royal is trying to differentiate in subtle ways.   Carbon copies would be boring.   My guess is that the Navigator AMP will be subtly different than the Mariner AMP for the same reason.  

Harmony is different than Oasis and Allure.  Symphony is close to Harmony.   A subtle evolution.   The Solarium pool for example.   Hooked restaurant.  Good differences.  

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Day 2 - Sea Day

Moving South and West as we somewhat hug the coast of Spain.  Windy today, top decks closed.  The ship is handling great, minimal movement.

After staying up into the wee hours of the morning on my photo shoot last night I slept in today.  Up in time to make the Windjammer for breakfast.  It's a been a while since I've sailed Oasis class and I've got to remember there are other options for breakfast.

Lazy day, just the way I like them.  I didn't take a lot pictures as I am still exploring the ship.  Plenty of sea days to come for me to take pictures when hopefully it won't be as windy.

Random thoughts and observations

As offered before we boarded due to the large numbers on board, the Diamond/Diamond Plus area incorporates the "Entertainment Plaza".  The Diamond Lounge, Jazz on 4 and The Attic.  They have been pretty busy during happy hour times.  The Attic is the only venue with a walk up bar where the other two have wait staff walking around taking drink orders.  Staff at each door check cards.

The latest version of the Royal app incorporates a personal calendar.  It now displays entertainment reservations but not My Time Dining or spa reservations.  

Being so close to the Abyss slide is interesting.  When someone slides down it makes a sound.  Four dongs followed by a whoop sound.  Often people scream.  While the patio door does a good job blocking most sounds, those make it through.  I might make it a ring tone, it's burned into my psyche. 

No water bottles were in my cabin from C&A.  Some sparking wine and a beer based on my preferences.  Today a bottle of Chandon was dropped off in ice with two flutes.  Nice.  

When I boarded one of the letters in my cabin addressed my transfer to Serenade after this cruise.  It will be provided by Royal.  I was planning to use Lyft or Uber so Royal offering to provide the transfer is very much appreciated. Loyalty does pay.

The thermostat in my cabin was on high when I arrived.  I had to turn it down from 'bake' last night so I could sleep.

My account in the Royal app fixed itself overnight.  I can now see my folio and charges to my account in the app.  

I dropped by the loyalty desk.  Based on points I qualify for a glass block on this cruise.  My Adventure points just posted Friday.  He didn't have me down for a block and thanked me for stopping by.  He'll add me to the list.  Over 280 glass blocks being handed out this cruise.  They'll go out for delivery to our cabins day 5 or 6.

I skipped lunch today.  I'm still burning off the calories I picked up on Adventure not long ago.  If my belly gets any bigger I might need to start picking out names.  Well past a baby bump, I've entered the third trimester.  At this rate I'll qualify for and become a rock start in the belly flop contest by the next cruise. Where's that gym?

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

The thermostat in my cabin was on high when I arrived.  I had to turn it down from 'bake' last night so I could sleep.

The same thing happened to us on the Allure, the thermostat was all the way to the red.  Very odd.   We were able to get a floor fan from the room steward to get our room close to the sub-arctic temp my better half prefers.

Loving the blog as usual.  Thanks for taking the time.

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Day 2 - Ice Skating Show "1977"

No cruise is complete without checking out the ice skating show.  Royal has put a lot effort incorporating technology into entertainment and "1977" benefits from this trend.  They've amped up the projection technology on Symphony.

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The show starts out with dozens of drones hovering over the ice and flying in formation as each changes color independently at times and as a formation.  You can't capture this in still images, you have to see it live.

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All the little purple and blue lights are individual drones.

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A very memorable part involves fast wardrobe changes for one skater incorporated into the routine almost before our eyes. 

Impossible to display in still photos, another thing best viewed live. 

While the storyline strays a little at times when taken in it's entirety it is a great show to watch.  Oh yeah, they made it snow during one part of the show.  Amazing. 

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

Day 3 - Rainy Malaga

Rain and lower visibly.   Still adjusting to the time change I slept in.  Like many I remain on the ship.   

Weather radar doesn't look promising.   

Thermal spa is calling my name.   

Local time as I write this 10:50am,  5:50am in NYC. 

The good thing is when you are going back its much easier to adjust.

I have less issues going to NA ans SA , but going to far east killing me and every time I am coming back from the US or one of the SA countries I do not have problem to wake up but around 4 PM I find myself fighting not to fall asleep.

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13 hours ago, twangster said:

The show starts out with dozens of drones hovering over the ice and flying in formation as each changes color independently at times and as a formation.  You can't capture this in still images, you have to see it live.

I cannot wait to see this

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7 hours ago, RatedPG said:

Arrrggghh ... beating myself up again for not doing more research before booking.  I'll be going on my Thanksgiving/Birthday cruise on November 19 on the Serenade.  I could have joined the group cruise on the Symphony.

FOMO is awful...don't make the same mistake twice.  Book the Anthem GC in July!  I'll be there!

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