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We had a similar experience on Oasis in early February this year with Coastal Kitchen... junior suite, locked door, sideways glances.

Finally on the last night of our sailing my wife "stalked" the door, and then once inside found a smiling face and an easy dinner reservation.  I would have pushed harder earlier if I knew it was that easy.

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16 hours ago, betatke1480 said:

I went for a walk around the jogging track, then thought I'd go back up to CK and see if I could rouse anyone.  I knocked on the door, and two people in the suite lounge just looked at me through the crack, then turned their back.  I guess no riff-raff mingling with the suite guests.  I plan to go back up Day 3 around 5:30 and see if I can get reservations, although the Day 3 Cruise Compass still lists it as Star, Sky, and Pinnacles.  

This will upset me too. The price of JS is almost double of Balcony. I was planning to book JS cruise for me and hubby anniversary. For this much trouble you got I will pass. I suggest to go to Royal Caribbean facebook page and message them. It seems to work faster for us in the past when we had a problem even we were on the cruise. Leave a message with your name and cabin #. The guest service will contact you real quick.  Hope it helps

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1 hour ago, Susie said:

This will upset me too. The price of JS is almost double of Balcony.

Susie, depending on the ship you should be able to find a sale that brings the JS price much closer to the cost of a balcony. Granted, that math might require looking at the current JS price vs. your original balcony booking price, but it does happen.

For my Anthem cruise that I just went on last month, I dug through my old emails to see how the pricing worked out. I had originally booked a 4D "on the bump" balcony room the day the itineraries were announced in late March, 2017, for $2,164.40 (which included Royal's trip insurance). At the time, a JS was around 1.75 times the price. But about 3 months later I caught a sale that dropped the JS rate down to a more comfortable premium, while the Balcony rates barely moved at all (only dropped $35 on that sale). I ended up being able to get our J4 JS room for a 35% premium (~$750 more) over my original 4D balcony rate, partly by switching from a refundable to a non-refundable deposit (which also got us $150 in OBC).

Even after that original grab, I kept watching the prices and was able to drop my rate by another $200 while keeping $125 of the OBC by catching a BOGO60 sale when I was 3 months out from final payment. Final price was $2,719.14, just over 25% more than my original balcony rate (which still hadn't really changed over all these sales; I'd been tracking that, too, so I'd know how this change was working out for me overall).

Key is to watch the pricing and at a minimum check at the start of each new promotion when Matt posts about it here. As soon as you see a price drop that puts it into your comfort zone, call your TA and ask them to price it out, and if it's still good then YOLO!

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Day 3

After a nice sea day to start the journey, and get used to where everything is on Oasis, we docked in Labadee for the day.  We woke up a little later, and headed to Johnny Rockets for breakfast.  There was no wait, and we started eating after we were docked, so by the time we were done, it was easy to head down the stairs to the gangway, and go immediately off of the ship.  Breakfast was very good, and I wish I could bring a cook home with me to show people how to properly cook over-easy eggs.  As we were disembarking, Virginia saw her favorite teacher from AO, and had to give her a hug.  It makes it very comforting to know that she's having such a great time in AO.  

We had a beach bungalow booked for Labadee, so we headed for the water taxi to Columbus Cove.  We had just missed it leaving, so it was a short wait for the next boat.  A short ride and walk later, we were at our bungalow.  We spent half as much on the bungalow as we would have a cabana, and I think it was perfect.  If we were in a real suite, and had access to barefoot beach, I would probably do that, but the bungalow was perfect.  The beach was not very busy, it was near the food and bathrooms, and there was great service.  Plus, we had 6 bottles of water waiting for us when we got there.  We had bungalow 3 out of 8 or 10 total.  Very nice and relaxing.  

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After plenty of relaxing and swimming, we had lunch.  It was typical BBQ food, and did the trick.  They had Coconut Ranger Cookies, so Abby and I were happy.  Back into the ocean for more fun, then it was time to head back.  We took the tram back to the ship.  We thought about walking, but we were glad we didn't.  Nothing in the artisan market looked of interest to us, and we could tell they were a little aggressive in their sales.  It would have been tough to keep Virginia from wanting something.  Through security and back on the ship in no time, so we headed upstairs for a nap and shower.  

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After a nap and shower, I had to print some documents for work, and I wasn't sure where the printers were, so I went and asked Guest Services.  While I was there, I asked about CK, and they gave me a weird look as to why I even asked if JS could eat there.  They gave me the number for the manager, since it was after 4 pm.  I printed my documents, then went back to the room.  We were a little tired from the day, so we thought we'd just pop onto the Boardwalk and eat at Sabor.  The food was excellent, and the service was great also.  We had a little wait between apps and entree, but that helps my stomach digest, so I was ok with it.  There was no wait to sit down, we just walked right up with no reservation.  It is amazing to me that with this many people on board, it does not seem any more congested than we were on Majesty.  We have had very little waiting in lines, or claustrophobia moments.  

No pictures of food from Sabor, but we had the beef empanadas, calamari, and chicken stuffed jalapenos as "small plates".  They should change that moniker, as they are by no means small.  The calamari was some of the best I've ever had.  Abby even ate it, and she hates calamari.  We also had some guacamole.  Neither of us are guac fans, but this was pretty good.  Abby got the sweet and spicy marg, and it was quite good.  For our mains, I had the spicy chicken and pulled pork tacos.  The chicken was good, but not very spicy.  The pork was too fatty for me.  We asked if they could do just a plain beef for Virginia, and they were able to.  Abby had a quesadilla.  The tortillas, made on-site, are very good.  After dinner, we were stuffed, but the waiter had promised Virginia a special treat if she was good, so he brought her some churros.  Of course, mom and dad had to try one also, and they were very good.  

There was a small wait between apps and entrees, as I mentioned, but nothing I would complain about.  When the waiter brought the check, he apologized for the wait, and had taken 20% off of the bill.  He also had not charged us for Abby's margarita, even though she doesn't have a drink package.  I tipped heavy, since he was very good with Virginia.  

Then it was off to do some shopping on the boardwalk, and another trip around the merry-go-round before we took V up to AO for the night.  While she was there, Abby and I made another donation to the casino.  Someone hit a jackpot on slots while we were in there for $19,000.  She was very excited.  What struck me as odd was that they came and paid it to her in cash.  In land casinos, it would be in a check.  I'm not sure I'd want to have $19k in cash, but I guess I'd just be too happy to care.  It was amazing watching the stacks be handed to her on the casino floor.  

We wandered up to the Focus gallery and checked out some shots from the week so far, and ended up purchasing the all-inclusive package.  On Enchantment, we will stick with just a couple of photos.  

Then it was back up to AO to get Ginny, where it had been Superhero night, and we ended up picking up Wonder Woman!  

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Then it was off to sleep for our big day in Falmouth.

 

-Again, it is amazing how much room there is on the ship, and how little we feel crowded. 

-All of the staff has been great with Virginia, and she is having an absolute blast.  She's definitely hooked on cruising, and hopefully the post-cruise depression isn't too bad.

-After breakfast today (Day 4), I went by CK and got in.  I spoke with a manager to get reservations for dinner.  Everything they have available conflicts with shows we have booked, but she went ahead and put us in, and said she would call us if they got an earlier time on Day 5.  I asked her about the cruise compass not saying anything about Sea Class, and she said that must be a typo, and she would have it corrected immediately.  If I would have pushed harder earlier in the trip, I'm sure we would have been able to get reservations.  It was never the main reason we booked the JS, so I didn't push too hard, and it definitely has not impacted our experience.  Hopefully we get to try it.  If not, we can go on the Anthem GC, or next time we're on Oasis.  

 

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2 hours ago, Susie said:

This will upset me too. The price of JS is almost double of Balcony. I was planning to book JS cruise for me and hubby anniversary. For this much trouble you got I will pass. I suggest to go to Royal Caribbean facebook page and message them. It seems to work faster for us in the past when we had a problem even we were on the cruise. Leave a message with your name and cabin #. The guest service will contact you real quick.  Hope it helps

We got a great deal on the JS, and we mainly picked it due to size, and having a bathtub.  At the time, Virginia wasn't taking showers yet, so we wanted the tub.  For all three of us, with $250 in OBC, and free gratuities, our total was just under $3k for the JS.  Our 4-night on Enchantment next week, in a GS is almost the same price.  

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47 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Susie, depending on the ship you should be able to find a sale that brings the JS price much closer to the cost of a balcony. Granted, that math might require looking at the current JS price vs. your original balcony booking price, but it does happen.

For my Anthem cruise that I just went on last month, I dug through my old emails to see how the pricing worked out. I had originally booked a 4D "on the bump" balcony room the day the itineraries were announced in late March, 2017, for $2,164.40 (which included Royal's trip insurance). At the time, a JS was around 1.75 times the price. But about 3 months later I caught a sale that dropped the JS rate down to a more comfortable premium, while the Balcony rates barely moved at all (only dropped $35 on that sale). I ended up being able to get our J4 JS room for a 35% premium (~$750 more) over my original 4D balcony rate, partly by switching from a refundable to a non-refundable deposit (which also got us $150 in OBC).

Even after that original grab, I kept watching the prices and was able to drop my rate by another $200 while keeping $125 of the OBC by catching a BOGO60 sale when I was 3 months out from final payment. Final price was $2,719.14, just over 25% more than my original balcony rate (which still hadn't really changed over all these sales; I'd been tracking that, too, so I'd know how this change was working out for me overall).

Key is to watch the pricing and at a minimum check at the start of each new promotion when Matt posts about it here. As soon as you see a price drop that puts it into your comfort zone, call your TA and ask them to price it out, and if it's still good then YOLO!

Thanks, @JLMoran for the info. Forgot to asked what is the TA you use? 

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5 hours ago, betatke1480 said:

We got a great deal on the JS, and we mainly picked it due to size, and having a bathtub.  At the time, Virginia wasn't taking showers yet, so we wanted the tub.  For all three of us, with $250 in OBC, and free gratuities, our total was just under $3k for the JS.  Our 4-night on Enchantment next week, in a GS is almost the same price.  

Thanks, @betatke1480 for the info and glad you got taking care of the CK problem.

That is a great price for 3 you got. My upcoming  Anthem OTS this weekend, we paid $3200 for a balcony for me, hubby and my son (6 yrs old). No other offer. Problem for me is to the school schedule and never got any good price. I only can go during holiday or summer which price is really high. Tell the truth I feel guilty if I just book for me and hubby and not take my son so my son always goes with us everywhere. 

What is the TA you use for booking your cruise?

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25 minutes ago, Susie said:

Forgot to asked what is the TA you use?

I work with Heather from MEI Travel, who is a sponsor of the site. Very good TA, knowledgeable about multiple cruise lines and not just Royal. For all my bookings she's always been proactive in checking the sales, but never has a problem when I email her after my own daily obsessive price check and ask her to re-run the numbers. 😉 

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On 11/13/2018 at 3:01 PM, betatke1480 said:

Day 2

I'm realizing that I'm not all that great at remembering to take pictures...  I'm also realizing that it would probably be easier with a real camera, as I have conditioned myself not to be on my phone much, so it's hard to remember to get it out to take pictures...

Either way, today was our first sea day.  I was concerned about having the 7:45 am Character Breakfast since we had a late night last night, however my body woke up at 6 am anyway.  Also, we are deck 6 aft, and the breakfast was in Silk, so just one floor down.  

If you have young kids, it was definitely worth it.  The breakfast menu is the same as a standard MDR breakfast, but with catchy names for the kids.  It was $10 per adult, but free for kids.  We waited in the waiting area of Silk, and then were seated at our own table, with the waiter from Solarium Bistro from the night before.  After placing our order, they had all of the kids come up and dance to shake out the wiggles, and then three characters came out individually.  We had Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Princess Fiona.  After each character came out and danced, they came around to each table and took pictures.  Virginia expressed her desire to not have us in any pictures.  We also learned she is scared of Shrek.  

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After that, it was up to Adventure Ocean for the morning session.  Virginia has had a lot of fun every time she's gone.  There's been no crying when we drop her off, and it takes some coercing to get her to come with us.  We're very impressed with all of the staff and programming.  

While Virginia was in AO, Abby and I had our mud scrub scheduled as part of the Ultimate Thermal Pass.  While I'm not normally a Spa type of guy, it was $199 for the 2 of us to have the thermal suite all week, or $250 to add a 1 hour private mud scrub and a 1 hour private jacuzzi.  We took the upsell.  While very weird at first, I will admit that the mud scrub was very relaxing.  They take you to a private room, where you use multiple levels of exfoliant.  Then you apply the mud mask all over your body and enter a steam room.  The steam room has 2 seats that face each other, and after about 20 minutes of steam, water starts to fall from the ceiling so you can get completely clean.  Once finished, you apply moisturizers.  My skin felt amazing afterwards, and it was nice to have a relaxing 60 minutes with just my wife and I.  I'm not sure I would clamor to do it again, but I would think about it.  

After getting cleaned up, we picked up Virginia and had lunch at Wipeout Cafe.  We figured it would be less crowded, and we could eat quick and head to the pool.  The water in the pool was extremely cold, but after doing the circular wave pool, we went to a hot tub and felt much better.  

Then it was time for a nap, so Abby and V took a rest while I went back to the casino, and proceeded to give them back what I borrowed from them the previous night.  I played for quite a while, but ran into some pretty lousy hands at UTH.  I went for a walk around the jogging track, then thought I'd go back up to CK and see if I could rouse anyone.  I knocked on the door, and two people in the suite lounge just looked at me through the crack, then turned their back.  I guess no riff-raff mingling with the suite guests.  I plan to go back up Day 3 around 5:30 and see if I can get reservations, although the Day 3 Cruise Compass still lists it as Star, Sky, and Pinnacles.  

After that adventure, it was back to AO to pick up Ginny and get ready for formal night.  While we don't go full CLR style, we like to get a little dressed up.  Before we went back to the room, I took Ginny to Sorrentos to get some pizza, and we just happened to run into one of Ginny's favorite characters.

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Night made, we headed up to get changed.  Again, our cabin is in a great location.  We got changed and were on the promenade around 5:30 to get pictures, with very little lines anywhere.  Later in the evening it was a much longer wait.  We took our pictures at several locations, and then went back up to change Virginia into regular clothes for AO.  Another quick stroll through the promenade, picture with Captain Goran, whom Ginny had already met earlier in the day at AO, then time for a kid free date night.  

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Dinner tonight was in Chops.  This was our first Chops experience, and I was very excited.  With my current diet, I am limited on red meat and carbs, so I was saving myself for the filet.  It was absolutely amazing.  Better than a lot of land-based restaurants.  The service was amazing.  None of my pictures turned out very well, except for the Red Velvet cake that we had to get for @Sweety.  Abby told me to order, since I "have the inside scoop".  I had the peppered bacon app, and she had the crab cake.  The bacon was pretty good.  The crab cake was on the dry side, and very crumbly.  Flavor was nice though.  Next was a Caesar salad for Abby, and the mushroom soup for me.  The soup could have used a drop of creme fraiche to balance the earthiness of the mushrooms, but was nice.  Both of us had the filet for main, and our sides were baked potato, mushrooms, cheesy tots, and mac and cheese.  Baked potato was the best, as we seasoned it ourself.  The rest of the sides suffered from lack of seasoning.  This must have been common, as the table next to us asked for some sea salt to garnish their sides as well.  Service was spectacular however.  Dessert was the red velvet cake, and warm apple pie a la mode.  Bother were excellent.  (I should mention, Abby and I met in culinary school, where we trained to be pastry chefs.  Neither of us do this professionally anymore, but we still dabble.) 

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After dinner, we decided to call it a night, pick up Virginia, and head to bed.  We had big day at Labadee planned for Day 3 in a beach bungalow.  

 

 

Thank you. I am on Anthem next month. Was it good?

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Day 4 - Falmouth

Not a whole lot to report today, and I didn't really take too many pictures.  Today we were in port in Falmouth.  We woke up a little later, and headed to Windjammer for breakfast.  Unless I am missing a section of the restaurant, the Windjammer on Majesty is much bigger.  Food was ok, nothing great to report.  We miss having all of the assorted pastries to eat.  Then it was up to AO for Virginia, and Abby and I headed off the ship.  In Falmouth we mainly just walked around a little bit. We hit up a shop to get some coffee and Havana Club rum.  I was going to get some cigars as Casa del Habano, but I thought I remembered a discussion that the one in Cozumel was better.  After some more walking around it was back onto the ship.  Disney Fantasy was in port with us today, and Abby commented that all of the kids in port from that cruise look like they had been brainwashed, and were walking around like zombies...  I can't say I disagreed with her.  Definitely a little "cult-ish".  

Back on board was a light lunch at Park Cafe, then to the thermal spa for a while to relax.  After that we spent some time in a cantilever hot tub, before getting Virginia and getting cleaned up for the night.  

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Tonight's entertainment was "Oasis of Dreams".  The story line must have been from an LSD filled dream, because I could not follow it at all.  However, I will say that the athleticism on display is absolutely amazing.  This was an all new cast, and it was their first performance.  I could see some hesitation, but it was still amazing.  We had seen some of the divers on the beach at Labadee, and at least one had an Olympic Rings tattoo, so I think it's great for those athletes to have something to do, get paid, and still practice their sport.  Virginia does swimming and gymnastics at home, and we've talked about starting her in diving after she turns five.  We haven't mentioned this to her at all, and after the show, we asked her what she though.  Her response: "I want to be a swim-gymmer!"  I guess that means we're heading for diving lessons.

After that, we grabbed some pizza for her, and then took her to AO for Pirate Night.  Abby and I had reservations at Giovanni's.  We rode the Rising Tide a few times before our dinner, and then prepared for some Italian. We had the plank to start, and it was ok.  Nothing as good as the ones in Jamie's look.  For pasta, we had the bucatini bolognese and the tagliatelle carbonara.  Both were amazing.  I preferred the tagliatelle.  It was cooked perfectly, and seasoned very nice.  For entrees, I had the osso bucco, which was very tender and flavorful.  Abby had the filet, and we both believe it was better than the filet at Chops.  It seem more tender, and a little more flavorful.  It's splitting hairs, but I would go back to Giovanni's for the filet before I went to Chops.  Plus, everything else was seasoned much better in Giovanni's.  For dessert, we split the tiramisu and the chocolate torte with vanilla gelato.  The tiramisu was ok, but the torte was amazing.  Dessert edge goes to Chops, but just slightly.  

Then it was up to AO to get Virginia, and head to bed for an early night.  Day 5 is a sea day, formal night, and we have 2 shows scheduled to go see, Come Fly with me and the Ice show.  

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5 hours ago, betatke1480 said:

Abby had the filet, and we both believe it was better than the filet at Chops.  It seem more tender, and a little more flavorful.  It's splitting hairs, but I would go back to Giovanni's for the filet before I went to Chops. 

I have to agree with you there!  I do recall the filet at Giovanni's being superior. Hmm.....

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Day 5 - Sea Day

Another beautiful day on a ship. We really spent today together as a family, and I totally took zero pictures... I’m updating this from my phone since I have no pics, and we are off to Nachi soon. 

We woke up and had Solarium Bistro for breakfast. It was serviceable. I do like that it is less crowded than Windjammer. After that, V went to AO, I went to the casino, and Abby went to run the track. We all got back together for lunch in the Windjammer. The food so far there has just been ok. Nothing to write home about. While we were there, one of the managers was making balloon animals, and made V a butterfly. That made her happier than anything so far this trip. In a small flash forward, it gave me a heart attack when it popped in our room at around 11 pm when we were just about to sleep...

After lunch we went to the pool deck for a while. V loves the swirl pool thing. It’s actually warm. The rest of the pools are a little chilly. We were having some waves yesterday, so the pools were a little sloshy, but nothing too terrible. After the requisite pool deck ice cream cone, it was back to the room for a nap, and to get ready for another formal night. 

After Giovanni’s last night, we decided we’d go again tonight, this time taking V with us. We had seen the kids menu, so we thought we’d give it a shot on a walk in. They found us a table immediately, and we got to ordering quickly since we were going to the 7:30 show. 

We got V the butter noodles. For apps we got beef carpaccio, which was pretty tasty. Pastas we had the tagliatelle again. For our mains, I had the filet this time, and Abby had the prawns. The filet was just as good tonight. Virginia decided she wanted the prawns instead of her noodles. Our waiter was amazing with her, and when he saw this, he brought out an order of prawns just for her. It has been awesome to see all of the staff interact with her. For dessert, V got ice cream, and both Abby and I got the chocolate torte with ice cream. After eating it again, this has been the best dessert we’ve had. It is amazing, and not too rich. 

I can say that we are definitely #TeamSpecialtyDining. 

After dinner it was off to see the shows. First was Come Fly with Me. There was a little delay as the shipped experienced a blackout for a few minutes, and they had to restart the power system completely. 

The show was ok. Talent was good, but again there was not real story line. I was shocked at how rude so many people in the audience were. Many of them holding conversations at normal volume. It was very annoying. Due to the delay, we missed the start of Frozen in time. We got over there to see most of it though, and it was spectacular. In terms of storytelling, this was the best show, and very impressive athletically as well. Of all the shows, I would watch this again. 

On the way out, we had to grab a $3 box of popcorn. Seems silly to charge that much for a small box of popcorn...

all in all it was a very nice sea day. V is still asleep this morning. She’s having so much fun. Going back to school is going to be rough on her. 

 

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What a great day. Sounds like your daughter is taking to the cruise really well and you both are getting some time. These types of reviews give me hope as we take our son a cruise next Sun.

Blackout... the whole ship? Is that abnormal? Sounds like it would kinda be fun for a min but I then I imagine all the people panicking lol.

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First of all great blog.

Regarding the CK , Also on the Symphony Of the Seas the CC indicates its for GS and above so I guess its a cruise ship "mistake", I guess they want the option to deny JS if there are many Pinnacles during the cruise. 

The JS keys never opens the CK , do not know why it so problematic to program the door in a way the JS key will work. 

Anyway, on the Symphony we found it very easy to book the CK  (we stayed at a JS) during the first day we just called GS and asked to transfer us to the CK and booked for the first night. after we enjoyed the first night dinner, before leaving we booked another dinner at CK ,in total we eat three times there. most of the times the CK was half empty.

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On 11/16/2018 at 10:13 AM, CruisinUngs said:

What a great day. Sounds like your daughter is taking to the cruise really well and you both are getting some time. These types of reviews give me hope as we take our son a cruise next Sun.

Blackout... the whole ship? Is that abnormal? Sounds like it would kinda be fun for a min but I then I imagine all the people panicking lol.

It was the whole ship. We were in the theater, so we thought it was just time to start the show. Lights out for maybe 1 minute in there. The. The captain came on the PA about 5 minutes later to talk about what happened and say that there were no other ships near us. 

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Apologies for being late to this great blog, but it has been an excellent read/see so far.

 

We just got off of Oasis last Sunday on an Eastern itinerary and it was fabulous.  Seriously wonderful.

The weather was great and the seas were ridiculously calm all week.  I took two martini-making classes

from Patrick in the Champagne Bar and they were lots of fun (woulda done the first one but wasn't even

aware they had one).  I made my first two today - a Coco Chanel and a Coconut martini, which were darn good.

 

We took Lady O on her western cruise in January and it wasn't nearly as nice, weather-wise.   I'm not really sure

why RC continues to go to Falmouth, as it seems like most people either stay on the ship or just get off for a 

couple of hours to shop in the "safe area", which is what we did and bought a lot of rum.

 

Congratulations on your weight loss - I can't imagine how difficult it must be to see all that "free" food and have

to remain disciplined.  More power to you!!

 

dave

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I promise I didn't forget.  I just got to a point yesterday that I figured I would finish this in the hotel on turnaround day.

Day 6 - Cozumel

This was our first time to Cozumel, and I would say this was our favorite port stop.  I've been to Mexico a few times, and love it.  When I was in college, Spanish was one of my majors, and I've always been enthralled with Mexican culture.  We started our day by heading to Nachi Cocom.  $20 taxi ride for the three of us, and it was worth every penny.  

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There were 5 ships in port today: Oasis, Liberty, Carnival Tragic, Carnival Vista, and a MSC one docked downtown.  Mr. Sanchos had to be a zoo, but Nachi was so calm and relaxing.  The waves were pretty strong, so we just ventured into the Gulf shortly.  The pool was freezing, but that didn't stop V.  She was all about the pool, and making friends with anybody that cam near her.  

Around 11:30 we had lunch.  I had been preaching to Abby how bad Mexican food in the USA makes me so angry. It's all relatively simple food, but you have to cook it with love.  The food at Nachi is what I would consider "above-average" food IN Mexico, but would be fantastic Mexican food in the USA.  It was amazing.  Neither one of us are huge guac fans, but we would have eaten the guac at Nachi all day.  

Also, if you've never had it, get the cheesecake.  It was phenomenal.  Virginia loved the ice cream:

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After a little while longer at Nachi, we took a cab downtown for a few shopping stops.  We stopped at COZ coffee based on recommendations from others on the board.  Their pastries looked amazing, and we had a cinnamon roll.  They also have a sandwich menu, and other patrons had sandwiches that looked amazing.  Abby got a peanut butter coffee, and loved it.  I'm not a coffee drinker at all, but we got 2 lbs of beans to go home with.  

When we were on the way to COZ, just around the corner on Calle 2A Norte, was a little place that caught our eye:

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As I mentioned before, Abby and I met in culinary school in Chicago, where we studied baking and pastry.  Seeing the "Patisserie" sign immediately caught our attention.  I wasn't able to get pictures of the two tarts we had because they were eaten too fast, but this was their case:

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The tarts were some of the best I've had period.  We had a strawberry tart and a 3 chocolate tart.  The crust was perfect, and the fillings were smooth and delectable.  We bought a croissant and a pain au chocolat, but they got taken by security before we got back to the pier, since they weren't sealed...  We tried to ask if we could just eat them, but they told us we'd have to go back through the security line...  Lesson learned, but we will be back.  It was called Sucre Sale.  I recommend everyone go there, it was amazing.  

After that, we headed just a half block down the street to Chocolateria Isla Bella, per @CGTLH recommendation from a previous blog.  No pictures here either due to distraction, but we got quite a few chocolates that are heading home with us.  Very friendly in this shop, and it was absolutely delicious as well.  

After a short taxi ride back to the pier, we did a little browsing and then back onto the ship.  Dinner tonight was in 150 CP.  

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I had a little surprise for Abby.  On Day 2, we had been in the jewelry store, and she found a pair of earrings that she loved.  In Falmouth, we looked at jewelry, but nothing stuck out like these on the ship. They were a snowflake cut, which I'd never heard of, and Abby loves snowflakes.  Plus, they were my birth stone.  A couple of days later, Abby went back to stare at them again, but knew she would never get them.  Little did she know, the next day, I went and got them while she was busy.  The jewelry store was great, and had them delivered to 150CP as a surprise, along with a bottle of champagne.  

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Even the waiter had to come over to see what was going on.  The rest of the dinner was excellent.  Our waiter, Srdjan, was fantastic.  We had the lobster gnocchi and the angolotti as appetizers.  Mains, I had the black cod and Abby had the chicken.  The cod was probably the best thing I had all week.  It was so tender, it almost melted in your mouth.  For dessert, Abby had the donuts, and I nibbled on the bourbon chocolate tart, which was divine as well.  

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After that, it was time to go get Virginia from AO and head back to bed.  

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Day 7 - Sea Day

Today's sea day was pretty uneventful.  We went to Park Cafe for breakfast.  It was a nice, quick option for something to eat with some protein.  After that, it was up to AO for Ginny.  Abby and I had our jacuzzi treatment in the spa.  Before hand, we had a few minutes in the thermal spa.  It was a very relaxing way to end the week.  

For lunch, we went to Johnny Rockets.  The #12 was very good.  Virginia is getting quite the complex, as everyone has been calling her "Princess" all week.  She's going to be a handful when we get back.  At lunch, the waitress decided that "princess" needed a milkshake, so she brought her a small one in a to-go cup free of charge.  It's been awesome to see, but V sure is going to be in a shock when we get home.  

After lunch, we decided to catch another showing of the Aqua Theater show.  It had been postponed from earlier in the week.  It was raining, but Ginny wanted to see it anyway, so we sat out in the rain.  They cut out the wire-act part of the show, but it was very enjoyable.  All of the performers seemed more relaxed, and like they were having more fun since it was raining.  The AD ended up getting towels from the pool deck and handing them out about halfway through the show, so that made it a little better.  Ginny still wants to be a "swim-gymmer".

Then it was a quick nap and back up to AO.  Abby and I went up around 4:00 for the Circus of the Seas, which was adorable.  Dinner was in Sorrentos, followed by some ice cream at Scoops and Cups, then another turn on the merry-go-round.  We took V up to AO at 7 so that Abby and I could pack... Then 10 pm rolled around, and it was time for bed.  Normally a sad sight to see, this was just a pause in the middle of our trip.

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Disembarkation this morning took a little while.  For some reason, PC only had 4 lanes open for Customs.  We got a porter and were through in about 10 minutes, but the other line was barely moving, and because of that, we were held on the ramp in the terminal for about 25 minutes before we got to our bags.  Not sure why they wouldn't have more lanes open for such a large ship.  

Rental car was easy as could be.  Then we headed to lunch at Long Doggers, which was very good and I would highly recommend.  Now, as I type, we sit in the Holiday Inn Club Vacations room, overlooking the pool, as both V and Abby are taking their naps and we are doing laundry.  

Overall thoughts

-Motion was barely noticeable, but enough to let you know that we were on a ship.

-We definitely are #TeamSpecialty, and will be weighing the Ultimate Dining Packages in the future.  We only were in the MDR for the Character Breakfast.  Solarium one night for dinner, and the windjammer a couple of times for breakfast or lunch.  

-Giovanni's was our favorite restaurant by a long shot.  Everything was delicious, and the service was great.  150CP would be next for me, then Johnny Rockets, Chops, and Sabor last.  Chops was good, but everything we had was a bit bland.  Sabor was ok, but nothing special.  I hope this doesn't get me banned from the blog...The calamari was great, but looking back it was probably our least favorite specialty meal.  The Windjammer for breakfast and lunch was also a bit of a let down...  I was a big fan of Park Cafe.  And V loved Sorrentos.

-All of the staff we interacted with were great.  We had a great experience on Majesty with the crew, and we were hoping it would be the same on Oasis, and it was.  

-It's hard to believe there were 6,000 people on the ship.  They did a great job on design and crowd flow.  Also, the Rising Tide bar was much more fun than I expected it to be. 

-The app and Voom were iffy.  Every time my phone locked, I would get disconnected from Voom.  Abby's was fine the whole time.  I have an iphone 8 and she has the 8 plus...  Signal was good when connected, except for Facebook.  The app worked ok.  My major complaint is that it didn't update the "My Calendar" for anything you did on the ship.  So we could see the entertainment reservations we made before the cruise, but not any dining reservations we added.  That would have been a big plus.  

All in all, this was a very enjoyable voyage.  We will be booking Oasis onboard Enchantment for 2020, and probably going up to a Grand Suite, 2BR.  Looking at deck 12 so we can get the whirlpool on the balcony... 

We're tired, but looking forward to Enchantment in about 18 hours...

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