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  1. Here is the private excursion we had planned for Grand Cayman. Since we were celebrating the big 60 we decided to splurge and book this trip. We only booked the 4 hour trip hoping to have some time to shop in Grand Cayman after the excursion.
  2. Fun times for Grand Cayman, sorry these are a little beat up. I had them in my beach bag for the day.
  3. We left the Pig and Anchor and walked around the ship listening to the music in the ocean plaza and then the lobby. We headed up to the Lido deck for the deck party. It was still raining. We found some seats at the BlueIguana Tequila Bar and got a few drinks to wait for the deck party. The deck was really wet so we asked the bartender if the moved the party inside and he said yes to the lobby. We were still hungry so we went to the deli for some food and after went to the lobby. There was no one there. We finally found the deck party in the ocean plaza and it was packed with line dancers. We hung out for a little while and then went to bed, we had an early morning private excursion in Grand Cayman. I found these on the bed when I returned. One of these explains the process of tendering in Grand Cayman and the other the process for platinum/diamond members.
  4. We went back to our rooms to check on our friend, shower and get ready to eat at the Pig and Anchor. Almost all the reviews raved about the food here even though you had to pay. It wasn't somewhere we had planned to eat. We were the first to arrive for food at the Pig and Anchor and we chose to be seated outside. By now it was raining, but the tables are under cover with a walkway between the water and the tables. I didn't get a picture of the area. We ordered the BBQ chicken ranch flatbread, trash can nachos, and chicken wings to share. They were all okay but nothing to rave about and again the service was not the best. I don't know if it is because we are talking and having fun together but we seem to be forgotten wherever we are eating. We did like the fact that we were not in a big crowded place eating. I think there were only 2 other tables of people outside. We watched us leave Jamaica in our wake.
  5. It is a publisher file, hope it works for you. calendarHorizon.pub
  6. Great start to your review. I didn't know they had Premier parties right away on a new ship. Looking forward to the rest of your review. Can you tell us your itinerary for this cruise?
  7. After shopping and Margaritaville we were hungry and made our way back to the ship. There were no lines entering the ship but we were hungry and boy were there lines on the ship. Guys, the deli, and pizza were mobbed because it was after 3:30. We skipped the lines and decided we would eat at Guys Pig and Anchor when it opened at 5:30. I used the Hub app to cancel our Ji Ji's reservation. We went back to our rooms to check on our friend. She was still not feeling well. We met at the Havana pool to wait until Pig and Anchor opened up. The sky's were not looking good for the deck party tonight. Here is a picture I forgot to post of the shopping area and a few of the view from the aft of the ship.
  8. Thank you! In January we had to pay $50 to park in Philadelphia at a Marriott, so I wasn't too shocked by the amount. The Havana is the spot on the Horizon, I hope it is true for the Panorama. Thank you! You will love it! Thank you. It is a beautiful ship! I am sure the Mardi Gras will be fantastic too.
  9. We lounged around the pool waiting for our friend to feel better, but she wasn't improving so we decided to head out and do some shopping. I think Ocho Rios is the worst port in Jamaica. I have been to Montego Bay and Falmouth. As soon as we walked off the ship there were vendors and there was no way to avoid them. I am used to a large port area with shops and not aggressive vendors and people yelling to you from the other side of the fence trying to sell us edibles and marijuana. I was afraid to walk outside the fenced area but we did and no one bothered us. We made our way to a shopping area and Margaritaville. Here are some pictures of Margaritaville from the ship and the ship from there.
  10. Thanks, it is more like you are entering a hotel lobby than a cruise ship without the glass elevators and large vaulted atrium's.
  11. We didn't have any plans for Ocho Rios other than checking out the Margaritaville. We woke up and my roommate was not feeling well. The rest of us went to breakfast at the ocean plaza. It is a buffet with eggs, meat, cereal, yogurt, fruit and danish. This is very convenient when you are staying in the Havana cabins. We had a nice breakfast and went to check on our friend. She was not feeling any better, so we went out to the Havana pool and got some loungers and checked out the scenery. The hoards of people leaving the ship.
  12. Short video of Mike Pack end of Motown Party. 20190610_145140_264417830655033.mp4
  13. Three of us decided to try the sea day brunch, our other friend headed to the Havana pool. The sea day brunch was very good but also rather long. We passed the time catching up, and enjoying the view from our window table. We finished and joined our friend at the Havana pool. We spent the whole day there. We loved the wait/bartenders in the Havana area. We hardly left our lounge chairs. We skipped lunch since we had brunch. We did get hungry around 3 but saw long lines at Guys, the Deli and Pizza place. We totally forgot about room service. It would have been nice to have some kind of snacks to munch on. We all dressed for cruise elegant evening and used the hub app to reserve our table. We arrived and were barely escorted to our table. This is the first time I have experience cutbacks on a ship. The menu's were on the table and no one handed them to us. We sat down and waited and waited. We asked for some drinks and waited some more. We placed our orders and one of my friends ask for some coffee and another wanted a glass of ice. Our dinners arrived and still no coffee or ice. We asked again. On the third request we received the items. We all ordered the lobster and shrimp. I didn't get any pictures. Unfortunately the shrimp were not the best, similar to the shrimp cocktail the night before. They were very limp. We didn't have much interaction with the servers and this would be the last night we ate in the dining room. After dinner, two of my group went to bed. I went to see the comedian Cowboy with my friend and we also went to the lobby bar to see Mike Pack and the Motown Music trivia party. We then went to the Alchemy Bar for my first drink from one on a ship. The bartenders were awesome. I love Grey Goose Cherry Noir and one of them made me a special drink using it. We headed back to our room. I found my first towel animal for the cruise and my platinum gift, a nightlight!
  14. We never had a problem with the elevators either. I just wish there was a way to say how many other than pushing the button so many times. Totally agree that Mike Pack is awesome. He has so much energy.
  15. We went back to the cabin and got our other friends and headed to the Steakhouse. We decided to eat outside because it was a beautiful evening. It was not windy at all at our table. We had a very leisurely dinner. I think it took 3 hours. We were a little slow to order and our table was one of the farthest away from the door. A few us of ordered the shrimp cocktail and thought that it was not very good. The shrimp were very limp. I wish I had taken a picture but we so hungry because we had skipped lunch that I think we all devoured the appetizer. I think most of us also ordered the lobster bisque, too. We all received a wagyu beef mini burger. It was very good. We all got the filet and a few different sides. I ordered the wasabi mashed potatoes and they were very tasty. Something new to me was the ability to pick the salt seasoning for my steak. I just went with the plain sea salt. I wish I read more about the seasonings before hand to see what everyone thought was the best one. After dinner we called it a night. Here are a few pictures.
  16. Here is a calendar I made before the cruise so that everyone would know what we were were doing and when we were eating at the specialty restaurants.
  17. I had made reservations for dinner at the steakhouse (night 1), Ji Ji's (night 3), Cucina (night 5) and Bonsai (night 6) prior to sailing. I printed out my email confirmations and brought them with me. I also had paid for the social media package and knew I would be using the Hub app to communicate with my other travelers. After sail away, I went back to the room to unpack. I also updated my phone with the internet and hub feature. I checked the hub and realized I had 2 reservations for this first night, the steakhouse and Ji Ji's. My girlfriend and I freshened up and went out to get explore and take care of the 2 reservations. I found 2 employees at Bonsai and they fixed my reservation for me. Good thing I had brought the emails with me, the did not see the correct Ji Ji's reservation. They also told us about a promotion for 3 specialty dinner for $60. One could be the steakhouse and any of the others except the Bonsai Teppanyaki. We went ahead and bought the promotion.
  18. We grabbed our Havana wristbands and made our way to the Havana bar. We had all purchased the cheers package. We ordered a drink, found some chairs and took in the scenery. Since we had eaten a good breakfast none of us were hungry. We enjoyed our drinks and went back to our cabana to see if our luggage had arrived. It had so we started to unpack before the muster drill. The muster drill was held in the dining. We only had to go down 2 flights of stairs and we were there. We completed the muster drill and went back to the Havana area for sail away. We had wanted to go to the Lido but didn't feel like fighting the crowds for an elevator. We got some drinks and enjoyed sailaway.
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