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About cruisinfromtampa

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    Tampa, FL
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    Cruising, Baking, Cooking, Harry Potter fanatic
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
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  1. Appetizers are unlimited. You'll have no issues. BTW...the Leeks and White Wine broiled oysters were out of the park good! I highly recommend!
  2. We were lucky to have Majesty last Summer/Fall, and Empress the year before that, both sailing to Cuba. Bummed that they didn't continue porting a ship here this year. Back to just Rhapsody and Brilliance November-April.
  3. All tongue in cheek! They are absolutely incredible! You will love it! My parents had 7152 in December. They were spoiled. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Great ship, fantastic crew. Booked on her for the third time next March. And don't listen to anything anybody else says...the aft balconies are TERRIBLE! Especially the corners. You will not like them at all. They sail empty most cruises, and for good reason.
  5. My feeling exactly. We’ve never done more than the BOGO. We booked UDP on Harmony because I wanted to try the other restaurants. We paid $150 for the week. 7 dinners plus 3 lunches means $15/meal. I’m ok with that, and it gives us the opportunity to try something different. Will we book it again? Maybe, maybe not. But we generally don’t sail on the big ships with multiple restaurants, so it generally won’t be an option anyway. I’m good with this change, especially if it now includes hibachi. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I think you’re confusing me with someone else. We don’t dress to garner attention, and we aren’t uncomfortable by any that we do get. We’ve never experienced anything negative on a ship that I can recall. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. My husband and I wear matching outfits the entire cruise...both during the day and at dinner. We've gotten nothing but positive feedback about it.
  8. Us either, that I've noticed. And if so, take it in!
  9. On Harmony in late June. Purchased Ultimate months ago during a sale for $15/meal if we eat all sea day lunches. It has changed to Unlimited in our planner. Hibachi would be a great add for us if that is true.
  10. Day 9: At Sea It finally arrived...our last full day on the ship. We felt like we went to bed on the second night and woke up on Day 8. This cruise flew by. After breakfast, most of the group went to the last watercolor class. More people showed than there were supplies, so I gave up my seat. I went and sat in the Diamond Club. It was great. A nice quiet hour to myself. At noon, back to the casino for $2 mimosas and a little slot play. I think I’ve decided that Wheel of Fortune is my machine of choice. The fact that it was good to me this cruise helps. From mimosas, Izumi for lunch! The restaurant looks great. The colors are vibrant and inviting. And the view can’t be beat! Firecracker Shrimp. My constant. Always good. Gyoza. They were meh. Not a ton of flavor, and watery. After one bite, they fell apart. The dipping sauce was excessively salty. Wouldn’t order them again. Rainbow Roll. The fish was fresh. My friend enjoyed it. Salmon Lover Roll. She enjoyed it. I didn’t try it. Raw salmon doesn’t sit well with me. Futomaki. My favorite. Always delicious. I get it without the seaweed salad. Just not a fan of it in there. Spicy Pork Ramen. They weren’t kidding about spicy. It’s a great heat, but be prepared for it. I was sweating by the end. Overall, we had a great time at lunch. The food was delicious. Probably the best Izumi meal we’ve had on the various ships. After lunch, a nice nap that lasted until dinner. If we do one thing well on cruises, it’s nap. After dinner, we skipped the show and packed. We self assist off, so we turned in early. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I forgot! Before the show, we walked out to the helipad. For the first time I can think of, I watched the moon rise over the horizon. It was stunning. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Ok. Here we go. Day 8. The laziest day of the cruise! Well, kind of. Woke up late and had breakfast, followed by watercolor class again. I must say...as a classically trainer musician, visual art is fun, but boy is it difficult to be happy. Today’s painting was a toucan. This made me think about fruit loops, which led to thinking about breakfast. Thankfully, it was noon and time for $2 mimosas in the casino bar. Can you tell we’re creatures of habit? My favorite moment of the day came courtesy of the bar tender. He handed me my mimosas when I had things in my hands. Stupidly, I attempted to accept them both with one hand. Of course, one of them fell to the floor, drenching me in the process. Displeased was an understatement. Thankfully, 6 mimosas in, it didn’t matter. After mimosas, a quick lunch then we got ready for the Escape Room! It was an absolute blast! Our 6 joined 6 more and got out! Actually, we restarted time, but we won! And, according to the host, we had the fastest time on our sailing, and fastest by anyone other than the contractors during dry dock. After the escape room came a nap, then dinner. It was lobster night. Food was great. In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Royal is giving our birthday cakes. A little sweet, but decent flavor. And cute as a button. Our last stop of the night was the Headliner Show, The Las Vegas Diva of the Seas. If you’ve never seen Stephani Parker, she’s incredible. An absolute must. Her show is a tribute to Whitney Houston, but done in her own way. Her talent is beyond measure. After the show, bed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hello everyone. I’m sorry for falling of the planet for a week. I had originally planned on wrapping everything up during the ride home, but I ended up driving the whole way. Then reality hit, and getting back to work was a rough time for us both for various reasons. On top of it all, we both came back and were sick by Tuesday. Today was the last day of my meds, but I’m still not back to normal. I will post the last two sea days, plus departure and final thoughts tonight. I hope everyone has a great week, and thanks for hanging in there with me! Lots more to say. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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