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On deck 4 we find the main serving areas for the tables on 4 and the bakery.

 

3c8e177884cc1716c5c468ff10dca7ca.jpgThis wasn't on the menu, but now I know to order it

 

a7206d3bda89364c2d4aa6fedf101fc5.jpgMacon is would be in heaven

 

df5b0afbc0d2c4ea00c5e2096c42c1d7.jpgShe wants all of these filled

 

f4ae2950c677be71b1d408cab1356616.jpgThen industrial cleaned for round two.

 

a3871562dc4e3fb306872169f4baa7d8.jpgChicken Marsala. In the raw

 

dd1c59645062b8ddfb25f18817a7cd07.jpgAnd now it's getting grilled up

 

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Was the tour free?
Far from it. It was $120 for a twoish hour tour.

 

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Continuing on...

 

e9144f139aa995984ae87f4cb8860943.jpgLets get Baked!

 

244118703a6b95858622ea01ec57ad23.jpgDough! bb0a246be105c133c3af11da48f93fb8.jpgJust a couple of rolls. These were the standard dinner rolls that go oh so well with everything.

 

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d7d24bb6127b62c3ab75fa933ad072be.jpgThis garlic bread was the second best smelling thing in there. Right after the fresh baked bread smell. I gained ten pounds just from the smell.

 

f42623ea362ba92b1f7353e9f03466d3.jpgThese were to be delivered to the 742 Evergreen Terrace suite

 

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After the trip to deck 4, we went down to the final galley on 3

 

80612c3d09a285f1dc1dcb8e7abecd68.jpgDeck maps look a little different for the crew

 

894017d0dda34eaa3be57c88fccb5f5b.jpgI do what I want. As long as I pay for it. And it's an approved tour.

 

b99f125656915d1cab2f405f233c41fa.jpgNo wonder I missed this bar in an impromptu bar crawl, it was closed

 

7a7e33299cd1588c5d44f2242f8690c5.jpgSo on this deck we also find the pastry shop with all the sweet treats. Super watchful eyes so I didn't snag me any samples.

 

ba8365040906e800d00cb7626cde920a.jpgOn the other side they had the veggie prep station.

 

02d7d6d73fd1a79167846edd980ae279.jpgA box of fun guys! They don't look they have mushroom in there

 

 

 

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Wow. On Celebrity we got those tours fee. We are elite plus
I believe there is a free version for the D+ or Pinnacle and Star Suite guests, alas I am not much more than a gold member, so not privy to that kind of enjoyment. At least, not for a many more years

 

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@stp_mmh5.

 

Did Central Park have music in the evening and did the Central Park balcony cabins above yours (i.e. 11229, 12229 & 14229) have the extended balcony also?(yn) I was thinking, it would be awesome to lie in a hammock out there some evenings, listening to some soft music while looking at a beautiful starlit sky.<3:ship:

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Thank you so much for this thread. I have a long time to wait, but am so very excited for my Symphony cruise for our 50th anniversary!

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@stp_mmh5.

 

Did Central Park have music in the evening and did the Central Park balcony cabins above yours (i.e. 11229, 12229 & 14229) have the extended balcony also?(yn) I was thinking, it would be awesome to lie in a hammock out there some evenings, listening to some soft music while looking at a beautiful starlit sky.<3:ship:

I believe there was some very soft music played in the hidden speakers, but we only really remember hearing more so sounds of crickets chirping and what not. I believe the music I heard was the music from Royal Promenade that's very muffled.

 

As far as the Central Park balconies all the xx229 have the double wide, as well as the ones across, the xx629 series of cabins. Surprisingly, of the 600+ photos that we took, I don't have any that really show those balconies. Maybe I'll be able to get a screenshot from the GoPro videos when I get to editing those and will post them up.

 

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The tour moves on to deck two

 

75119e2a696ab8aab62563000734985e.jpgOur first crew only deck, if you don't count the boarding areas

 

2ef25337c8848a821e606ea3be7a55de.jpgFirst we got to meat the storage areas

 

 

437ac562ccfd51673e084490a88c8cd4.jpgThis is where they hide all those pre-made meals mentioned elsewhere on these boards

 

4117e2e94e9680cd75c740f164c9179b.jpgI have a decent number of pictures of frozen meat. For reasons. Or I had mentally made a bunch of puns that I've since forgotten. Which is probably for the better.

 

66905861c2f31006afe74a4e2dc06d84.jpgFollowing the meat storage areas, we entered the fruit and produce provision areas, of which I took no pictures. Figured I butchered it at the meat department.

 

5523b0bc7947f3a2aae6e722908aaa2b.jpgAnd a bunch of eggs ready to be shipped up to one of the galleys elsewhere.

 

So here our tour was handed over from the Executive Sous Chef who had gone over the galley to the provisions master. Some quick fun trivia. A 7 day cruise on an O class of ships costs approximately $1,000,000 to stock in food products. They order a majority of what they need two months in advanced. Fruits and other short term perishables will get sourced from local vendors, while everything else is brought over from the States.

 

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After provisions, we walked into the incinerator room. Luckily since it hasn't been used as much, the smell was not over whelming. Like you could tell trash goes in there, but not like you walked into a dump. More like a large, full trash can. Anyways. Enough trash talk.

 

28c8cdabf79bc12d41fc7d59fe0074ac.jpgSpecialized lift to move provisions up and down to other storage areas. Also doubles as a watertight door when closed.

 

43e9810ab6f930c829a27e4fe3318eb5.jpgIncinerator room entrada.

 

41771edc2e7dc5555cf12afc81ed449d.jpgThey do take recycling seriously

 

143c6e794491dd3d5ed1f48083e8b6df.jpgAnd the big fancy compactor and burners. No Environmental Officer was present so we didn't get to see much of the process, just some oohs and ahhs. And what's that smells

 

9b9d9f9708a9eb66cf5ce077bd1fe58c.jpgFeed me your trash said the machine

 

5ac4726f4db62ea0019b377331b73c94.jpgAnd at the other end of I95 near the crew mess, there was all the bikes for the crew to use in port.

 

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Still loving the review. Actually zooming in and reading the fine print on all of the crew-only maps. So thank you.

 

 

And thanks for answering my silly questions.

 

Even more, thanks for going out of your way to ask crew members my silly questions. I swear I didn’t make up Bloody Caesars. They’re very big in Canada. Niagra Falls area.

 

Please let us know if you had any Barcelona highlights. And enjoy Venice!

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Thank you much for the info. Just for the record, photo is not needed, your memory is well more than enough.;) Speaking of photos, yours are stunningly amazing!

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Still loving the review. Actually zooming in and reading the fine print on all of the crew-only maps. So thank you.

 

 

And thanks for answering my silly questions.

 

Even more, thanks for going out of your way to ask crew members my silly questions. I swear I didn’t make up Bloody Caesars. They’re very big in Canada. Niagra Falls area.

 

Please let us know if you had any Barcelona highlights. And enjoy Venice!

 

You're welcome. And it wasn't out of the way at all, it helped us make sure we hit all the bars.And we actually went to Salou for the beach and amusement park. So another trip to Barcelona for the city will have to be planned out. We did learn that the Barcelona Airport doesn't make for a very good hotel lol.

Thank you much for the info. Just for the record, photo is not needed, your memory is well more than enough.;) Speaking of photos, yours are stunningly amazing!
Well the good news is, is that there is indeed brief footage of the xx629 series of balconies on a video of our room I am working on. Once the computer I'm attempting to work on cooperates. And glad that the pictures are coming out well, as they're just from the phone with no touch ups at all.

 

 

 

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So next stop in the tour was the laundry department. We skipped over deck 1 and deck 0 and went into the washing room on the tween deck.

 

8ee7fc7d42510a61547e709ed4d167bc.jpgAll the big washers. In the far back you can see the crew laundry machine

 

baa2f4ce86fe110d9c0d84fd46f1a1a6.jpgMight be just slightly larger than my washer at home. Something like 600 pounds or kilograms at time in an hour through this one machine. There's a much larger one behind these that does all the big stuff, but hard to see

 

2035cd26cd7e850afb56eed46330763a.jpgUnderneath there's a ton of space and pipes

 

f6095e999eace97123746c1080ae8c17.jpgLeast they sort their laundry. This happened to be crew linens or something

 

ad253ca9f1900522e65ffa468aa06eea.jpgDining room napkins

 

d5afbf178481c4e8f1754fd030363391.jpgAs mentioned in the build thread, apparently laundry department was taking no chances the presumably sub-par welds from Harmony making their way into here. So I guess it's held together by bubblegum, duck tape and dreams

 

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After Tween deck, we moved up to deck 0.

 

0a13ecd04f6bac1a4ddd7be09180b238.jpgDeck map. And we thought the guests rooms were well packed broom closets.

 

0ca59613e447f1730cacc6caaf7fd65a.jpg

 

0533a113d4abab0ae022b6609dbb59b9.jpgThe drying, ironing and folding machines

 

dd6e3d7dcf4efd8e80b7bb3cb2dbec5e.jpgPlenty of new linens waiting to be unboxed

 

f63ff708746753e7c85ee2023014c73d.jpgAnd the guest laundry room

 

6dd80e9907dd3f24394513b0b06bbaae.jpgThats a lot of laundry from a five day cruise

 

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Well there's a few options to it

1. Let the fish handle a fork from Wonderland and he'll poke his eyes out

2. Cover the face with a napkin

3. Just ask the server to work some magic and get all the meat off for you.

 

While the first option could be entertaining, your server can and will help you out. Our server showed me a quick trick to get all the meat off quickly.

 

 

 

On a seven night cruise they will have two formal nights. Since ours was a five night cruise we only had one.

 

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Thanks for the fish info. A server sounds like the way to go.

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After provisions, we walked into the incinerator room. Luckily since it hasn't been used as much, the smell was not over whelming. Like you could tell trash goes in there, but not like you walked into a dump. More like a large, full trash can. Anyways. Enough trash talk.

 

28c8cdabf79bc12d41fc7d59fe0074ac.jpgSpecialized lift to move provisions up and down to other storage areas. Also doubles as a watertight door when closed.

 

43e9810ab6f930c829a27e4fe3318eb5.jpgIncinerator room entrada.

 

41771edc2e7dc5555cf12afc81ed449d.jpgThey do take recycling seriously

 

143c6e794491dd3d5ed1f48083e8b6df.jpgAnd the big fancy compactor and burners. No Environmental Officer was present so we didn't get to see much of the process, just some oohs and ahhs. And what's that smells

 

9b9d9f9708a9eb66cf5ce077bd1fe58c.jpgFeed me your trash said the machine

 

5ac4726f4db62ea0019b377331b73c94.jpgAnd at the other end of I95 near the crew mess, there was all the bikes for the crew to use in port.

 

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Love those bikes for the crew!

 

 

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Part x+1, because we all need to use that super important Algebra that they taught us

 

Bridge tour time. After the laundry room, we took the elevators up to deck 12 and hung out in the lobby awaiting permission to enter the bridge. Two security team members were waiting and gave us a once over with the metal detector wands. Then we waited until the bridge said they were ready. We were also briefed that we could take plenty of pictures, but absolutely no video allowed. There was also a designated space for us to wander around in, which more or less was from the center to the port wing. I accidentally crossed that line when I was looking at the watertight door indicator board, to which the first officer quickly corrected my course. Oops lol

 

3715a9889e745e99b83a906ea5cc20e9.jpgThey definitely have a great view

 

1555aaab1a01cca20a2a552fd4b03b08.jpgAnd a nice place to sit and relax. I'm sure the execs onboard spent plenty of time here

 

9cf9c1d72fd31a0035a9472a0c4f1a1a.jpgPort wing station

 

e20977e849517a1cd6f2490c5f2cb4ad.jpgA little light reading

 

c61485efaa568604deaf2d69df5c1f02.jpgIncident management center

 

8c021e800555b6035ab785a7e9343eaf.jpgPrimary control console. We didn't get to feel like cool kids and sit in the seats. Guess we looked like a group that would touch all the buttons, and they probably weren't wrong

 

 

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Bridge part duex

 

b2c4e251e7341faf9776f2a5a67e6148.jpgBridge cam that's occasionally shown on the in room tvs

 

e3ce0aa8526916a0d6df372715f2bf50.jpgCaptian Rob joined us for a little Q&A. He said Capt Rick I think was to replace him 14 April.

 

e9eb7983a86a4e2332b0403c5d7312cc.jpgControl station

 

1f07756b0dc99ff6a23f3fe244e085b7.jpgPlenty of digital monitors to see everything

 

8b1105089c0a199578790fc1c7ad8928.jpgA Quadrant and Sextant for old school navigation. Just in case all the redundant digital systems go down

f170d5c434a7fccf145bde214979016f.jpgDo you think this is like a Star Class, Sky Class or Sea Class suite?

 

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Nice bridge pictures. Too bad you couldn't get any pictures of that suite.

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Even more, thanks for going out of your way to ask crew members my silly questions. I swear I didn’t make up Bloody Caesars. They’re very big in Canada. Niagra Falls area.

 

Curious where you're from? I've never heard anyone but Americans refer to a caesar as a "bloody caesar" and I'm wondering if maybe it's even a regional thing in canada

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Curious where you're from? I've never heard anyone but Americans refer to a caesar as a "bloody caesar" and I'm wondering if maybe it's even a regional thing in canada

 

 

 

I have never heard of one either so I googled it.

I’ll be skipping a try with this drink. No offense. I don’t like bloody Mary’s either.

 

A Caesar is a cocktail created and primarily consumed in Canada. It typically contains vodka, a caesar mix (a blend of tomato juice and clam broth), hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and is served with ice in a large, celery salt-rimmed glass, typically garnished with a stalk of celery and wedge of lime. What distinguishes it from a Bloody Mary is the inclusion of clam broth. The cocktail may also be contrasted with the Michelada, which has similar flavouring ingredients but uses beer instead of vodka.

 

 

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