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OCSC Mike

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  1. More limited but you get waiter service. Other free options include: Mini Bites (made to order omelets, standard sides, often not crowded) Park Cafe - bagels (several kinds) with a variety of cream cheeses, lox, toppings, etc. Also breakfast sandwiches (like a McMuffin), cereal, oatmeal, etc.
  2. FWIW, we didn't enjoy the Solarium Bistro for breakfast/lunch as much as we did on Oasis. It was much more similar to WJ, just more limited of course. Also, one item I used to stop there for a lunchtime snack, hummus and pita bread, was not there but it WAS in the WJ. The one item we did enjoy in the SB at breakfast was their smoothies. They served them in tiny disposable plastic cups so we took either a larger plastic cup or a travel mug (I forget) and filled that with a little ice and several of the tiny smoothies for a more full-sized one. The smoothie flavor also changed each day.
  3. As are my wife and I. I kinda like it when the ship is empty and eerily quiet.
  4. Since my wife is a kindergarten teacher, sadly we only cruise in the summer. Aside from the added heat and hurricane/rain potential, it makes finding a good deal that much harder. What I consider a good deal in June/July is nothing special in the fall. It works out in Alaska at least. 🙂
  5. We had a good time as always. That said, we missed Roatan due to high winds preventing Harmony from docking which really put a damper on the trip since that was the main reason we were going (besides getting a good last minute deal as usual). We have never been there and my wife really wanted to spend time with the sloths. We had a private tour booked for the day and planned to make several stops after the sloths/monkeys including a local school for which my teacher wife had collected a giant duffel bag of school supplies for donation. It was a real bummer but we made the best of it. Enjoy your list of upcoming cruises. We'll be sticking to Harmony since the one hour drive to Canaveral is just so convenient (and obviously still want to go to Roatan). Although we'll also be going back to Alaska at some point. Hopefully sooner than later, but since we would only go if we did a significant land portion like last summer, it's obviously a MUCH more expensive vacation than driving to PC and hopping on Harmony with a good deal.
  6. Not sure why anyone needed to mention anything about a cruise contract. I certainly didn't blame anyone (other than Mother Nature) or insinuate that we should have docked. But hey, I only started the thread, what it turned into after that is beyond my control. Time to recover now that we're back home...
  7. I was done venting with my original post & never blamed anyone except Mother Nature. I fully understood it was part of cruising. That was kinda my point.
  8. I have little doubt that they frown on guests dumping the grounds. I actually told a crew member before I did it myself. His response was that he was waiting for the main guy (who I mentioned meeting earlier this week) & wouldn’t touch the machine but had no idea when the main guy would be around. He proceeded to leave the DL so I took care of it. I’m generally a rule follower & in a perfect world they would maintain the machine better... but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
  9. FWIW, the machine has been functional every morning for the rest of the trip so far... although I did have to empty the coffee grounds myself this morning. Maybe I’ll get a tip envelope tomorrow. 🤣
  10. Hope you guys are enjoying whatever you’ve turned this thread into, lol. I was just sharing some info & venting my disappointment. Nothing more. SMH.
  11. FWIW, on Harmony now & we haven’t needed an overflow lounge. It’s been crowded at times but we go every night & have always found 2 seats without difficulty.
  12. We will definitely try again. My wife was so looking forward to holding a sloth. We had a private tour booked with Rony’s & were going to make several stops including a school. My wife is a kindergarten teacher & after collecting extra supplies from her own classroom mentioned it to her colleagues. She wound up filling an entire old large wheeled duffel with donations. It’s bigger & heavier than either of the suitcases we used for our own stuff. Despite her personal disappointment, she went down to guest services this morning to see what could be done about getting the donations to the school. A guest services manager was incredibly helpful & told her if she could come back on day 7 with contact info from Rony, as long as someone was willing to pick up the bag, they would keep it in storage & drop it off during their next stop in Roatan. I was impressed with that response as guest services is in the middle of dealing with upset guests complaining & asking about compensation for missing that stop. We’re as unhappy as anyone but these things happen. Off to watch the women’s World Cup before heading to the diamond lounge, dinner, & two shows. It’s mexican night with a chocolate buffet in the WJ. Things can only get better from here... Go USA!
  13. Currently on Harmony. We were supposed to dock at 10:00am ship time. Around 8:30 the Captain announced that it was unsafe to dock at Roatan due to high winds. My weather app shows 25-35mph on the island. While I fully understand that there’s nothing to be done about it & safety comes first, we’re pretty upset to say the least. We have never been to Roatan even after 8 Caribbean cruises & pretty much picked this itinerary b/c of it. Just wanted to share & vent a little. 🤬
  14. Currently on Harmony. Was at Coco Cay Monday. No idea about the jays but there are umbrellas EVERYWHERE.
  15. You’re very welcome. CC has helped me so much that paying it forward is the least I can do. Enjoy your trip!
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