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  1. Ptf2009 Im a big user of rash guards! Family history and just generally being fair! Here I am modeling one of my favorites on Islet Pinel during our Capt Bob excursion in Saint Martin.
  2. Randy and I were just saying that it didn’t take as much time as we thought, so we did more than we thought we would get to. With the voom surf and stream it was quick to move a couple of photos and even short video to Cruise Critic. I used the time waiting for shows to start and sitting on the balcony to post a few notes. It didn’t interfere with our trip or interacting with our loved ones. I’d always consider that before doing a “live” review! This trip it had to be live or it wouldn’t have happened. We are selling our home of 20 years and downsizing to travel more. I would have no time to do a post cruise review. We will look for you post cruise review! Bon voyage!
  3. Have a great trip Mike!! Wish it we were going with you!
  4. I felt so bad for them. Barely met them since the cruise was 1/2 over before they arrived 😞 lesson learned: I just booked flights for an UnCruise in Baja in Jan. Knowing weather delays could be a real thing, we booked a Tuesday flight to the west coast, a Wed flight to MX (insured) for a Sat departure!
  5. CarynRose have a wonderful cruise!! Hubby brings his Laptop and we go to the airport, plug in and he gets almost all his photos edited and processed before he gets home if we have a late flight.
  6. There is no set time to be out of the cabin but stewards will start knocking on doors around 8 AM in my experience. You are expected to wait in a departure lounge or dining rooms because you won’t hear when your group is called. It’s not broadcast in cabins, only in the departure lounges or dining rooms. If you self disembark, Oftentimes they are far ahead of this schedule and high luggage tags are called much earlier. Your cabin stewards have a big job and need passengers out to do it. We’ve often left the cabin by 8 or 830 the relaxed in the MDR over breakfast till 9 or 930 then left the ship. You can’t stay on the ship past the last luggage tag number time anyway.
  7. A new grand baby! I’d hang around for that too! Ours seem busy building careers, so we will travel now and babysit later! 🤣
  8. Happy! How are you? Lol, we are down sizing houses and upsizing cruise ships! 🤣 I loved the entertainment tho! The shows were all blockbusters and I’ve found some on the smaller ships to be pretty lame. And the dining was far better than smaller ships. The WJ dinners were better than other cruise ships, and the Solarium Bistro dinner was chock full of real seafood! Kids, there are a lot, but areas built for them funnel them out of traditionally adult areas, on coco cay they were all at the water slides, same on board, at mini bites, sports deck, slides and flow rider. I think ideally I’d choose a big one on a slow kid vacation time for a better value. (I don’t need to cruise when the kids and their families have to vacation. One advantage to being just two is so many big family groups, we just got seated immediately! I say diff ships for diff stuff, only 70 people on an expedition cruise (going to Baja in Jan) but 6 K if you want shows with a cast the size of the whole crew of the other ship! 🤣 im glad you enjoyed the review, and are enjoying cruising! What’s next for you? The only Royal on our calendar is back to back Freedom from San Juan in Winter of 2021.
  9. Bobs was great! I have been to Saint Martin ,any times, both on ship port of call, and as week long stays. I’ve been to many places he visited, but never by boat completely circling the island. The boat was amazing, comfy seating and despite being “fast” it never “slammed” into the water, it always felt like a comfortable ride! Great tour, and thanks for organizing Randy!
  10. PORT CANAVERAL SAIL AWAY Were any of you at the park? I took video of Harmony sailing away. One of the things I found refreshing was how excited everyone we encountered in PC seemed to be about HOS sailing from PC! Even after a few sailings there was still an enthusiastic crowd at the park cheering, the folks working in the port before and after the cruise had a lot of enthusiasm and willingness to create a good guest experience for cruisers arriving and leaving. Even the customs agents were smiling. It was a very warm welcome and farewell! D6E4D00F-7F23-4361-A05A-587B58494B9E.MOV
  11. VIDEO CABIN TOUR HARMONY OF THE SEAS 9676 OCEAN VIEW BALCONY I literally didn’t have the “band width” 🤣 to post this on board. Just a quick walk around a typical larger Ocean View Balcony. This was a very convenient location vertically (4 or 5 flights down to dinner and shows, and 4 or 5 flights up to WJ, solarium and pools) as well as convenient horizontally- close to elevators and very stable mid ship. What we loved: -streamlined design, with no upper cabinets to visually clutter the cabin -larger balcony with two 3 position chairs with foot stools that allowed real “lounging” on the balcony, clear panel for unimpeded views. -2 large separate closets making getting ready at the same time easier -full size drawers in the “dresser” and huge horizontal surface to use on top -enlarged shower with big single door. No line, but two hooks on the showers for wet suits and a shave bar near the floor. -usb and plugs (us and euro) on the vanity/desk What we didn’t love: -loudest cruise cabin we’ve ever stayed in, people moving, banging next door or upstairs was very loud. It didn’t feel “sound proofed” the way past cabins have. Not so much voice, but vibration from doors drawers opening and walking/jumping in the other cabins was “felt” . -the beds and pillows felt very hard, firm and uncomfortable. We slept well, but it didn’t feel plush. -Closet door and bath door bang into each other if people are opening both at the same time. -master switch and electrical plug only on one side of the bed 779066EC-65B5-4F67-90C3-830D73B27DFA.MOV
  12. Yes, Legal Jen we did stay at Beach Club! It’s beautiful. Can I tell you I got the room for 1/2 the rack rate by “buying” other people in who own the Vacation club DVC points through a third party. Check the unofficial guide to Disney, they list some very reputable brokers, we used one and had very good experience. The price of Beach Club studio was half the price. We didn’t get daily maid service just trash and towel service every couple of days. It was a great location for us because we spent a lot of time in EPCOT with the garden festival.
  13. I’d like to thank my co conspirator, Randy for his participation in this joint review. And his patient wife Amy for tolerating his attention to this, when he wasn’t lavishing attention on his bride! It’s been fun sharing the journey with all of you! Happy sailing to you all wherever your next journey is. I’ll be posting a link to my website here when the perfect pictures (hubby’s photos!) are ready and posted. Sailing again 6 years later!
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