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About cruisinfromtampa

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    Tampa, FL
  • Interests
    Cruising, Baking, Cooking, Harry Potter fanatic
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
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  1. No clue, and they didn’t give a reason. Imagine our frustration when we went back yesterday to ride them after procuring the proper attire, only to see multiple people wearing cotton shirts going down the slides. It makes no sense to us either. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Day 7 Continued: After we got back on the ship, we popped by El Loco Fresh for lunch. Everything we tried was quite tasty. My only “complaint” was that the cheese sauce was thin. Made it very difficult to coat the chips. I LOVE the table we sat at! After lunch, naps until dinner, cause #vacation Dinner in the MDR has been fantastic. It is our first time doing My Time Dining. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I’m warming up to the idea. Our waiters have been fantastic. Obligatory prime rib photo cause it’s delicious. From dinner we wandered up to the Bamboo Room. What an awesome addition! The vibe is just cool. Tried the drinks. I approve. Will be going back tonight or tomorrow to try more. Cue my sad face as we pulled out of Aruba...it’s our last port, and it means we’re on our way back to Miami. 2 sea days left! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Day 7: Aruba Full disclosure...Aruba is one of our favorite ports, so I may gush a little. We absolutely love it, and recommend it to everyone. We booked a UTV Adventure that visited the Natural Pool. It was everything we expected and more. An absolutely fantastic excursion, with tons packed in to then 4 hours. Amazing scenery, and just plain fun. Our vehicle for the day: Ready for my closeup...or to hold up a bank in 1845. And we’re off! Goats!!! They were everywhere. The view was incredible! Everything from the Natural Pool will be in a separate post to follow. Too much for one. A couple of tips from our experiences: 1. Bring eyewear. There’s dust and sand everywhere, and it gets everywhere. Protect yourself. 2. They give you the bandana to use, and I recommend covering your ears with it if possible. I lost count of how many cotton swabs it took to clean them out when it was over. Not a pretty picture. 3. The seats do not adjust. Your legs will cramp. Switch drivers every chance you can to help prevent it. 4. Hold on tight. It’s a bumpy ride. 5. Water shoes. The Natural Pool is incredibly slippery. They would have helped us immensely. 6. Motrin. Your body will hurt. Take it before the ride, after the ride, before bed, when you wake up. All the Motrin. Or whatever you take for pain relief. Try to stay ahead of it. The ache is real. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Day 6: Curaçao We spent a lazy day on the ship. It was glorious. It’s quiet and relaxing when nobody is around, and I highly recommended it. After a late breakfast, we went to a bookmark making session and doodled on some paper for a bit. We gave the pizza at Promenade Cafe a try, and I have to say it’s definitely gotten better. I know they redid it recently, and it was definitely a positive step. Much more flavor, and no cardboard taste. I ain’t mad at it! From there, we went up to the waterslides. For your information: Riptide has a weight limit of 300 pounds. Blaster’s is 400 pounds for two people. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in riding them because the shirts we had on were cotton. Apparently they’re not allowed. Taking my shirt off in public in my current state (re: looking like I’m 6 months pregnant with twins) is not option, so we left. The plan was to buy a shirt that is compliant, but I remembered I packed 2 compression shirts that are allowed, so we’re going to wear those and try again on one of the sea days. Here’s hoping both slides are working. After dinner, we had appointments at Next Cruise. We promised ourselves we were not going to book any more...we’re doing Alaska next summer, and it’s costing a small fortune, so we were going to wait until then to cruise again. Twas not to be. We all booked for the same week next year. You can’t stop tradition, right? We’ll be on Rhapsody for a 7 night Western. Looking forward to it already. The Headliner was Kevin Johnson, a comedy ventriloquist. I cannot express how amazing this show was. He is beyond talented. He told a story about a gig he did in Monaco. They flew him to Monaco to do a 10 minute opening act for a secret celebrity performer (it was Tina Turner!). After watching his show, I understand why he’s worth the cost for a 10 minute set. Unbelievable. We turned in after the show. Early morning in Aruba with UTVs and the Natural Pool! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Currently, relaxing in the Bamboo Room as we sail away from Aruba! It’s been a busy two days. I’ll be posting the last two days either tonight or tomorrow morning. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. The main pool has been open until 11:00. Lime and Coconut until 10:00. I assume hot tubs close at the same time as the pool. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Thank you! I’m learning! It’s a lot of trial by error, point and click, and hope something good came out. I was pleased with yesterday’s results. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Thank you so much. That’s very kind of you. I’m just trying to share my experiences, with as much detail and clarity as I can. I am almost positive there was no bacon. I feel like that’s something I would have noticed and remembered. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. We ended the night in Studio B for the ice show, iSkate. I have differing thoughts on this...half my brain wanted a storyline to follow. It really was just one song after another with skating to it. The other half (and the one that will prevail) loved it. We were entertained the entire time. There were multiple genres of music, from classics to songs currently on the radio. There’s really nothing to complain about. We pass by a movie poster from Gladiator on the way back to our room, and last night I though of the quote, “Are you not entertained?” And yes. Yes we were were. At the end of the day, it was entertainment, executed well, and engaging. Can’t ask for more than that. The drones at the beginning were great. I have a video, but it’s too large to upload. Any suggestions? Finally, a public service announcement: Put sunscreen on the back of your hands... Up tomorrow (today): Curaçao. Things we have planned: Waterslides on board, rock climbing, and exploring some areas when there’s nobody in the way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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