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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!
  16. We got off the ship around 9:30am & it was drizzling so that played a role in how empty it was. We started at Chill Beach where my wife snorkeled from shore & saw a ton of small fish. Later we moved to the pool. As the map they give you shows (sorry I don’t have a pic right now), everything is a short walk. Easily under 15 minutes even with young kids. It’s not as big as you might think (yet big enough). It was a bit more crowded by the time we moved to the pool but there were still plenty of empty loungers. For a party of 10, you’d probably want to choose a single spot in advance & stay put. Even if it wasn’t raining, I’d expect you to find 10 loungers together if you got off the ship on the early side (and I don’t mean you need to be the first ones off & race for chairs, there is a lot of seating). I can’t tell you where to sit as it depends if you want the beach, the pool, the free kids splash area (that has a really cute pirate ship & small water slides), etc. But as I said, it’s a short walk no matter where you set up camp so no reason not to visit as many areas as you want. Hope this helps.
  17. Thanks. We started using rash guards 2 summers ago (got them specifically with Captain Bob’s excursion in mind). They definitely work, found a good deal on amazon right before we left & bought a couple more. Laying out baking in the sun still isn’t my thing but they come in handy for any actual outside activities. Was just wearing one on the Harmony water slides about an hour ago. 🙂 Off to lunch...
  18. Also, FWIW, if going to coco cay, you still have to bring towels but there is a towel stand there that will happily exchange your wet/sandy towels for fresh ones. You still have to return them on the ship of course.
  19. Should be fine. Even FaceTime continues to work with Surf. Onboard Harmony right now & this is actually the first time I’ve bought surf & stream. I was able to stream video two years ago on Oasis with Surf but no such luck this time around.
  20. Was at coco cay yesterday. There were umbrellas everywhere. I wouldn’t be concerned with finding shade. Not ignoring your question, just sharing my experience. I know nothing about clam shells, sorry.
  21. Sitting here in Harmony’s DL. No milk for the 2nd day in a row. None to be found either. Waited for the crew member who services the DL I met yesterday. He’s decided to go about his normal routine before going for milk since there’s none in the refrigerated cabinets here (which I already knew ofc). I rarely complain but this is really annoying. I look forward to my early morning cappuccinos. Need to ask the concierge something else this morning so I’ll mention it.
  22. On Harmony right now (well, on Coco Cay actually). There is no WWC on the ship at all. You can watch it via the fox sports app if you purchase Surf&Stream. I tested just Surf with one of two Diamond free day coupons today & could not stream anything so I’ll be purchasing Surf&Stream for the rest of the trip using our other coupon. ESPN Caribbean 2 is showing the U-21 Euro championships, lol. There is a channel called Prime Journeys that is showing the Gold Cup or at least it showed last night’s matches.
  23. Quick live update coming from coco cay poolside... We’re 24 hours into the cruise & I’ve already eaten too much. 🙈
  24. Thanks! Sorry I won't be sharing such a great live report as you guys did. I usually write one when I get back at least.
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