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I understand how the Bristro works during the day but I am a little confused how it works for dinner ! Is it self serve or is it order at table ?
Macon briefly described the experience, although she may have forgotten that they do give you a menu so you have an idea of what's available. No need to wander around like at the Windjammer. I'll add some photos to show it off. The food was very fresh and very Mediterranean. The best dish in there was the Lobster Bisque hands down.

 

ae573d3c64ba244b8427cd98225e19a6.jpgDinner Menu

 

b0db3c0b3da71cb0b24a4e0d7717f56d.jpgDrinks

 

30b98819f0aca72ca6e7f481059dfa0e.jpgLobster Bisque

 

6e6dd89832f2d084e23e15dbfbc15551.jpgMy sampler of apps

 

cd2f24d4d4063e7bbe1f30bfbbf5aa7a.jpgSteak. A little dry. But good flavor

 

d33a4711d0c87341359133590364b387.jpgA sample of the deserts

 

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I am curious to know...do they have those Wow bands on Symphony? I am sailing in June and was very keen to get one!
They did have wow bands on board. Mostly worn by the suite guests from what I saw. White was the most common color, followed by blue and then the occasional yellow. We didn't pick then up so can't comment on usefulness. Believe you get them from guest services

 

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Great to hear from you again Little Britain!

 

We've followed your reviews on the MSC boards too!!

 

Hope this all helps and hope to hear from you again!!

 

Macon

 

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Read my Magnifica one when you get a signal LOL

 

 

 

 

 

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Any idea on pricing for Hooked?
Hooked was advertised as $20.90 for lunch and $42.90 for dinner. Personally felt that Hooked for lunch would work better as an ala carte, but I'm not a RCI bean counter.

 

0ea036bf5261a6ff18295e3c092e9446.jpgLunch Menu

 

a8edd67a1a61748b6f73b80e3d67aa2f.jpgCheese biscuits.

 

ca845bb8ad327934ea7358334d363d32.jpgWe tried the raw oysters. Should've went with the drunken mussels. But it's vacation, so try new things

f1c293e5485225d4f56101808def5fa3.jpgGrilled fish of the day, which in our case is Branzino, a sea bass.

 

ebeea0acca30b683b270c1bdde761c82.jpgMacon had lobster roll, and actual roll itself was great, the lobster filling was just okay.

 

ef7ea5290a626c836912279160d1643a.jpgBut this blueberry cobbler would be worth a return trip if only for this.

 

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I'm pretty sure I read somewhere to get over this issue they had gone back to the original material on Oasis so glass I presume.

All glass up there. We had plenty of wind and those panels were solid. Also in Rome I noticed a guy up on ladder cleaning and walking on them. Could also tell it's thick glass similar to the panels used on the sides of the solarium.

 

 

 

I'm coming into this late, and by the time I read my own message I may find the answer, but on a -pre cruise like this, do they tell you upfront about anything that might not be done yet, work in progress, or opening soon items?

 

There was no mention of work on board upon boarding. They did have ropes up wherever they were doing work. Usually with a sign that said excuse our dust or in the case of the solarium work, the concept art posted up

 

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Have you all eaten in the Solarium Bistro for dinner? Is that still free? It shows as no charge on my Cruise Planner, but wanted to confirm. Thanks!
We did, and I'll add some more pictures of the food, because who doesn't love food...1e77c88b3b0f4234f98b8a07d8664a27.jpgc91d06c951a695713fe7cd5e0ac5ed28.jpg74e3d0bb02e88c88995fd6e2e1a308f9.jpgc4c19ff782222d3d672ad77da514ece8.jpg84461748e0cfcdf1ad9949ec9138f0e6.jpg8225569f992fa8d93ec7da41dbfdb202.jpg

 

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Solarium bistro food continued. This six picture limit will be the death of my phone battery

 

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Thanks so much for all the info and photos. Hope you're having a great time.

Are there any photo packages available on board or would you say best to prebook?

 

Good question!

 

There were packages available, but I don't have the pricing sheet in front of me or remember the prices. It was in one our compasses, so I'll check later. But I would recommend if it's something you know you'll end up purchasing anyways to do so online as it'll be cheaper

 

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The most disappointing 5 pictures of our cruise...

 

3431fbc774e83f8e053f1d8aab8424ab.jpgDining room breakfast, with a view to the Port of Barcelona

 

2c2709a942f7a1a6970ab2b3ba2a951f.jpgIts not on the menu, but they do have Eggs Benedict if you ask for it

 

cda9eaa01d6a4c08bd385aede6072770.jpgThis was such a better view 5 days ago

 

26a2a2420b75e9d11ccf652281ecc06f.jpgI really don't wanna go though!

 

ffc0764daeaabe7234a18db8f2392741.jpgOkay okay, no need for the cattle prods. It's been a wonderful trip

 

Have no worries, there's still a thousand pictures to sort through and post, and we welcome any and all questions. We're off to our next adventure, so we will check in occasionally when we're not screaming our heads off at Port Aventura World.

 

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Also, didn't recognize the power socket shape in the photo you posted. Is it American ? Do they have a European electricity plug option?

 

 

Usually on RCI ships the plug sockets are US with one European socket

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Any pictures of the El Loco Fresh lunch menu or food?

 

 

Thanks for the tips, and for the El Loco Fresh update. So, you liked it? Have you stopped by there other than in the morning?

 

We also stopped by for a few quick bites on the way to the Ultimate Abyss/Flowriders. Lunch was pretty good. The quartered Quesadillas was my go to, and I tried the steak tacos, which they use fresh made soft taco tortillas from the machine behind the counter. They have steak, chicken and I think pulled pork. Then they can add beans and rice. There's a topping bar for salsas and cheese. Presumably dinner is the same, but we never happened to go by at that time

 

24ff4f8fc48a76fc5e7c838a99c0f4c7.jpgTaco prep station

 

4f6ed32fb5c4fcaaeb6067dffc74c2e2.jpgQuesadillas

 

47aec24247080d002ad54b826b43873e.jpgBurritos

 

db713bba9013ef5033cf8aa387270532.jpgNachos. Macons favorite

 

8969ca54ee8d247206cf135f4f712ace.jpgDeserts. The Chocolate Dulce one was heavenly.

 

3955541221f2f12a7f57a10e02172b15.jpgToppings and salsa bar. Had onions, cilantro, salsas of varying heats (didn't try), limes, etc

 

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Also, didn't recognize the power socket shape in the photo you posted. Is it American ? Do they have a European electricity plug option?

 

 

Usually on RCI ships the plug sockets are US with one European socket

So the plug in the picture is actually an adapter we have that plugs into the standard 220v, but can accept a wide range of 220/110 plug styles. Also has a USB port on the bottom for charging.

 

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Where is El Fresco Fresha located? Was the Solarium bust at night?

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Sorry, I meant was Solarium busy at night.

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Where is El Fresco Fresha located? Was the Solarium bust at night?
El Loco Fresh is on deck 15 starboard, where mini-bites on the other ships are located. The Solarium would get busier, but nowhere near the hustle and bustle of the main dining rooms or the Windjammer.

 

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Great “live” thread. Thanks for posting. We are still 205 days away from our October TA. This has really wetted our appetite.

 

Cheers

 

Tom

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Thanks for all your efforts guys! wonderful review. :D

9 days to go for us then we will be enjoying this lovely lady.

Once again thanks for all your pics and comments, you have given us a good insight of what to expect.

Best wishes and safe journey home.

Jazz :cool:

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Thanks for all your efforts guys! wonderful review. :D

9 days to go for us then we will be enjoying this lovely lady.

Once again thanks for all your pics and comments, you have given us a good insight of what to expect.

Best wishes and safe journey home.

Jazz :cool:

 

9 days for me too :D, I.m from France and you ?

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Excellent review sailing on 14 april. How many formal nights are there on the cruise.

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b81afcd0f6b4338c51e3ebf7d07606e7.jpgSitting here drinking some sangria, realized this is the perfect time to post up more photos

 

 

Hooked Seafood restaurant

 

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89b46ab8427bf213d8dea81eaeb7ee71.jpgGreat view overlooking Solarium Bistro and the outdoor Solarium bar

 

8836a4f96fea52a97608aabc436721d2.jpgThe bar at Hooked

 

46b8f7612a584209c178c5c86ba77013.jpgAll this seafood...

 

9bd80cdcb155de06ed6830b12d88f708.jpg...I'm Hooked. But for display purposes only

 

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As for the other app, it is called the Royal Caribbean App!

 

 

Can you do on-board texting with this app, or do you need to purchase the wi-fi package?

We will be on the Symphony in May 2019 (which is FOREVER from now). Would love to be able to text with our group of 8 but Wi-Fi package x 8 would be very $$$$$.

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