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Liv4cruzin

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    Naples, FL
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    cruising, photography, scuba diving
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    Crystal, Oceania, Cunard, Holland America
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    Eastern Med, South Pacific, Antarctica & Norwegian Fjords
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  1. Liv4cruzin

    NCL Studios

    I more than got my money’s worth out of that cappuccino machine in the studio lounge.
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    Crystal Serenity 2018 Dry Dock

    I LOVE seeing a major refit from this perspective. It boggles the mind to imagine the planning & precise coordination of moving these modular units as if they were LEGO blocks. The time frame given for such Such a project is probably calculated down to the minute. One tiny delay means an unstoppable domino effect. Whoever’s in charge probably has nerves of steel; gets little sleep & runs on caffeine.
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    Mama Lee's book review

    I believe this happened about 6 wks ago? It was mentioned in another thread. But I don’t think anyone has posted an update as of yet.
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    some thoughts on Symphony after the refit

    Patty, the Monday 8/13 Reflections shows a singles get together in Palm Court from 8-8:45. It’s on page 6 under Palm Court evening choices.
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    WIFI on Symphony

    IMO connectivity is better than it used to be. Although we did have a few brief periods when we were offline due to “satellite maintenance” at the beginning of the eastbound canal cruise that ended yesterday. And once in a while you might lose the signal for a few mins; not enough to disrupt serious productivity. The WiFi repeater boxes (at least that’s what I thought those square white plastic looking boxes that are attached to the ceiling) are numerous & well spaced all over the ship.
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    Symphony Cabin 9102 Obstruction

    I just left this cabin yesterday morning. The ‘roof’ of lifeboat 10 is several feet below the balcony level. You will not be able to look directly down to the water below the railing; but it does not affect your view along the horizon at all. There is a visible but non obtrusive horizontal wire cable above the boat strung from both ends of the davit. I have photos I wish I could share; but I’m unable to edit them down to a size acceptable to CC. One positive note, #10 is the LB assigned for that cabin. In the direst of emergencies, you could literally climb over the railing & jump down on its bow. (Not recommended, of course.) While getting off the aft elevator, turn left & you’re staring right at your cabin door. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. You will hear the elevator ‘ding’.
  7. Leaving the “Crystal bubble” is an especially rude awakening. Having spent 85% of my Crystal days onboard Serenity, I had always felt more at home there. Given this chance to settle in on Symphony, I have developed a whole new respect for her. Now that so many of the familiar staff/crew faces are on the move & the dynamics have changed a bit, it’s still Crystal at heart. I hope & pray they never lose it. Til we meet again.......
  8. Nice seeing our departure from that perspective. Thanks for sharing.
  9. First time I’ve had a chance to get to CC since boarding. The physically demanding travel day took a real toll on back & knees. Took 3 days to get fully unpacked. Was in CU for help w/ press reader on day 1 & 2. I was told that they would be doing ‘maintennce’ off & on the first few days; & to expect outages. We are for the most part more online than off now. I’ve been fairly pleased w/ speed. I think I’ve run into almost everyone that I knew from previous cruises. Only staff member that I recognized from SYR was Bruno (was unaware that he transferred over in ‘13). Have met a few CC Pax by happenstance. Ran into Muriel a few times (introduced to me by Philip). Chris & Bau introduced themselves; & we’ve had a few nice chats since. When I spotted Roy, I made a beeline to him. Having admired his pre-planning & endless energy for a good while, I couldn’t wait to meet him. It’s a delight to have some of the “office girls” together again. The Bistro is always so LOUD & crowded, it’s hard to squeeze in enough chairs at the small tables. It’s nice adding Lou (Dr Tee) to the group; but we sure do miss Betty & Che. I have so little experience aboard SYM; it’s hard to judge what changes might be either positive or negative. There have been a few less than perfect experiences in various departments. But many positives. She is packed to the gills; & everyone is trying to meet the demands of so many. There’s plenty of time to rectify these little things. Disembarking by tender today in Cabo was challenging for Lou & myself. I wasn’t aware that accessibility to the tender platform can be a bit more difficult for the infirmed than it is on SYR. Although shorex specifically stated in person that there was very limited walking in today’s tour in Cabo (Land’s End), they should have been more forthcoming about the # of stairs down to the tender & the VERY long/hot walk from the tender pier to the bus (which is too big to fit in the narrow pedestrian only street of the little town). I was seriously worried that one of us might need a W/C to even make it all the way back to the tender point. Worn out/clothes thoroughly drenched, it was disappointing to find that even the marketplace/lido did not remain open past,1:30 for the first returning tour Pax (1:40). We had beautiful skies today w/ quite choppy seas in the bay; but temps reached into the upper 90’s w/ only slight intermittent breezes. Will definitely need these next 2 sea days to recover.
  10. :') The perfect solution, drib. I LUV it!
  11. Joy, I’m just now seeing that you will not be w/ us. :( There’s far too many people that I was looking forward to seeing again, that have had to cancel. Everyone will surely be missed. On the other hand, there are quite a few CC “friends” that I’m so looking forward to meeting face to face for the first time. Two & a half years! Don’t think I’ve ever had to wait this long. Twenty days seems like a long time; but it will go way too quickly.
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    Live - Symphony Hawaii July 15th-31st

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to share this voyage w/ the rest of us.......everyone on all 3 threads. It’s been so enjoyable tagging along; & you’ve fueled my excitement for my upcoming voyage next week. Safe travels homeward. :(
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    LIVE Crystal Symphony Hawaii Sojourn July 15-31

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to share this voyage w/ the rest of us.......everyone on all 3 threads. It’s been so enjoyable tagging along; & you’ve fueled my excitement for my upcoming voyage next week. Safe travels homeward. :(
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    Off to Hawaii on the Symphony!

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to share this voyage w/ the rest of us.......everyone on all 3 threads. It’s been so enjoyable tagging along; & you’ve fueled my excitement for my upcoming voyage next week. Safe travels homeward. :(
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