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  1. I realize we’re a tad off topic but I was just at Lou’s last week, and had the “butter crust” deep dish (a must order) and the Lou’s salad! [emoji847] it is awesome! And I’m minutes away from Portillo’s. The chocolate cake is legendary [emoji30] moral of the story....I don’t have to cruise to gain a few pounds! Plenty of local temptations. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Biting. My. Tongue. [emoji23] Lou Malnati’s is Gold. Sorry, Blueridgemama.....you obviously never tried the good stuff [emoji847] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. My sentiments exactly, Bob! Probably for the best they haven’t attempted it. They’d probably serve it with ketchup ! [emoji37] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. No, I did not. Being a Chicago native, I have pretty high standards when it comes to dogs, and suspected that I might be setting myself up for disappointment [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. We placed a few separate orders during our day there. Various Appetizers, entrees, etc. The website states “a 4 course lunch” ala carte menu as included in the package price. For what it’s worth, I’ve never had them question the quantities of items we’ve ordered. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I’m officially envious of your count down clock! I have to work on getting a new one started 😆 Symphony definitely ranks up there as one of my favorites.....hope your trip is as great as ours was! 🤗
  7. Honestly, no. I don’t think so. Security, and bag checks will be the issue. It may depend on your airline, but...American did not have curbside bag check in. So we had to drag the bags inside, do kiosk self service bag check, print off luggage tags. Then get in a line to check the weight of the bags and produce ID. Also, our group had a combination of seats in first class and coach. There were different security lines for each, first class being a priority line, but both were LONG. And we ended up at the gate at the same time. Around 8:55 am. Worked for our 10:15 flight. But even that made me nervous. Would never consider a flight earlier than that, unless...you are not checking bags, have priority check in, and are a fast runner. [emoji38] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Yes, the $55 includes unlimited alcohol drinks, frozen virgin or hard liquor, bottled beer, sodas and bottled water. It is a great value! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I can! [emoji847][emoji847] Until then, I’ll be practicing my “catching” skills. I aspire to be as good as Owen! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. We did, Lu! Hope you had a great one as well... sorry we didn’t get to meet in person [emoji847] Thanks! It was! Weren’t we on a sailing together? Maybe Harmony? Ken, sorry to hear about the demise of your slot pull winnings! [emoji38][emoji857] Hopefully there will be another, more fruitful slot pull in our future where IRS reporting is involved, and Tim will get more than one spin with said winnings on the roulette wheel [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. The award for the best T-shirts of the week goes out to this group. Met these folks on the pool deck on Day 1. I wonder how many cones this gentleman had? Well, this about wraps it up! Thanks to all of you who followed along for posting all the nice comments and “likes”. I confess that these LIVE reviews are a little self serving. Occasionally, I look back at some of my older reviews to revisit the photos and the memories. A nice reminder of the reason we take vacations. A friend here on the boards once reminded me, “work hard, play hard”- the best advise. [emoji3590] and don’t wait until tomorrow for the memories you can make today. Finally, a shout out to all the CC members I finally got to meet in person on this sailing. What a great little community we have here [emoji847] I hope our cruising paths cross again! Two of my favorite memories to finish this off....our Roatan stop, and getting to hug one of these amazing creatures And getting bit by this little $!&@!#! And a picture perfect sail away gathering with cruising friends, “old” and “new”! Hoping there are many more “until we meet again”! [emoji3590] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. As for the negatives, there weren’t many, and mostly were more of an “nit” or annoyance than anything: - did not receive and D/D+ info or invites in the stateroom. No offers sheet, we usually receive a “behind the scenes” tour offer (galley, bridge or theatre choice) mid week.... but this cruise....nada. Maybe I missed the discontinuation of this perk, in which case, I retract my negative [emoji38] - I for one would advocate a brief segment during the muster informational video to remind people about elevator etiquette. Doors opening does not mean “enter”. Count to ten, wait for people to exit, THEN enter. Pet peeve of mine, but irritating nonetheless. - this was my first sailing on any Oasis class sailing that felt “crowded”. Can’t really put my finger on why. I realize it was a “spring break” cruise for many, but ships don’t sail half empty these days. I’ve always said that Oasis class ships are the best for disbursing crowds, but the pool decks on sea days were rough to navigate. Maybe it was the chairs. And so many of them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Another item of noteworthy news.....the cabin refrigerator kept items ICE cold. If fact, the few items I stored in there throughout the week actually froze [emoji15] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. The Symphony overall? A 9-10 for me. Mostly pluses and a few minuses....but as far as cruises go, my favorite Oasis class ship so far. - entertainment was some of the best I’ve seen. ever. - quantum class stateroom style and configuration far surpass Allure and Oasis rooms, in a good way - Port of Miami embark/debark was super fast and efficient. - lots of hand washing stations in the various dining venues. A huge plus for hand sanitizer haters - MDR service was impeccable. Fast, efficient, and the wait staff was super friendly. - bar service was also good. Even on crowded sea days, I only waited a few minutes for drink service. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Short Uber ride to Publix to pick up wine. Probably would have been walkable had I not had to carry back the wine! Negatives..... Rooms are definitely looking a little worn. Literally right across from the airport, so if flight noise would bother you, probably not a good choice. Nice balcony and view if you choose a corner room, but a LONG hallway walk to get there. I hate preloaded mini fridges that are basically unusable....there was a card in the room that said you could request a second fridge to store items.... Finally, the room was pretty pricey.... but not uncommon for for the February to April timeframe in Florida. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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