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

No texting capability (yet) with the new Royal Caribbean app.

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Loved all your pictures except the one of the whole fish. How are you supposed to eat it when it is looking at you:)

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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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Thank you for sharing all those fantastic photos.

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Loved all your pictures except the one of the whole fish. How are you supposed to eat it when it is looking at you:)
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.

 

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

 

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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So we seriously misjudged our timeline and have arrived at the Barcelona Airport many hours before our flight to Venice, so I'll be up all night to post pictures and comments. So where to begin...

 

910a6b99025063002750b91d441f93fe.jpgAhh yes the newest feature of Symphony....Wait, Macon is telling me that this is not a part of the ship. Well, I say it needs to be

 

080718a214835305261ba6a988d5fd6d.jpgMy apologies to CruiseLifeRick and all the others boarding tomorrow, I got a bit excited and broke a part of the ship.

 

909f2a6d631df342de11795d52255a21.jpgSpeaking of broken things, the solarium art with the name I can't remember before it broke. But probably already was with the wind blowing it around

 

b2259d2edf72d4d9057e1484c8abe6d2.jpgAdmittedly, I think it looks really good. I mean, who doesn't enjoy a nice pool in the solarium...

 

5aa7510f67b0fbc95c47dc400c82b214.jpg [witty comment]Something original about this[/witty comment]

 

786939cbc29c36bd65ab56c2a30d3fa2.jpgAnd we added these little guys to the Central Park. If they don't get removed it can be a fun hide and seek. Only hint, we could see them from our balcony.

 

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On Wednesday, we went to go see Aqua Nation, since you know, Aquatheatre and what not...

 

c4a683b1ee252bfa142870f7adc42f83.jpgAqua Nation, since the actual show, Hiro, wouldn't be finalized until a few more sailings

 

4825f58ccd372b5b8ecb9712e0f16887.jpgWe got great seats. We had other great seats, but definitely sat down in the "I payed an exorbitant amount of money for a five day cruise" section, so we moved to the steerage section, and still had great seats.

 

c0915b477eb52a5b2c0a13e3cd065316.jpgWe were in a green seat and a red seat in case you're wondering which ones we had. I'm not actually showing you those as we had a blanket holding them for about four hours and I don't want to get dragged into the mess that's the chair hog thread.

 

99804efd666034cd18468a4d1801c750.jpgI bet they do feel so cool sitting up there, drinking free drinks and laughing at us lower class...but damn do I want one of those rooms so bad I'd send someone else's kid into a lifetime of debt

 

4a7ecf1f7966c4dead3879e9ec4abbb4.jpgThings are really looking up now. Can't wait for the show. Hey there's the cruise director. What. Shows cancelled!? What do you mean a six foot wave in the pool is unsafe? Ahh man...Fine, I'll leave. But I'm leaving my blanket here as I want these seats tomorrow

 

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02079a957b8c5468afc357464e7df064.jpgSee? The blanket tells no lies. And hides the seats very well from prying eyes

 

4541d114c1ad5a386ce1deee86259fcf.jpgOk, fine, here's the seats.....if you want to sea the see. C what I did there?

 

5f5ecba9d9235f24164a6dd045e5bc3e.jpgBut we seriously lucked out and got our old seats again.

 

fd8fa91c05a1585ac5e273aff5377a34.jpgYa know Dave, I don't feel like I get paid enough for this...

 

c0a38b3c70909c8929fcbc81db74c997.jpg Mike thats a fine line you're walking there, tread carefully

 

8084c5be8395ffc05f2889686b2353a5.jpgI'm charging Royal Caribbean $25.99 + an 18% service fee for this picture.

 

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Amazing photos! You should charge them!

 

Thank you, I tried suggesting that to both the photo staff and the crew that was onboard doing b-roll footage. Photo guys had no sense of humor when it came to the service charge and the other crew said my phone camera didn't hold up to their professional rigs. So alas, the photos are here for everyone's enjoyment. I've started a new trial price, only for this thread of free.99 and the service charge. Bill will be sent to your stateroom.

Did you experience any of the nightlife at all? Love a good dance club.
So between Macon and I, we have about 5 1/2 left feet, so we didn't do much night club. That said, we did enjoy the live music up in dazzles, where we did participate in Rock-a-rokie one night. It's like karaoke, but with a live band. There was also plenty of other activities going on one could enjoy the night life in, usually a DJ in the On Air club and Boleros would often have events going on into the night. Jazz on 4 had a soft jazz group that would play until almost one most nights as well. When I get around to posting all the daily compasses, there's a highlighted section that mentions when/where all music events and what not are.

 

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Macon and Shane,

 

Thank you for the hilarious review.

 

What’s your favorite part of the ship so far? Favorite dish? Happy to wait until the end of the cruise for these answers. I’ll be following along.

 

I would love more detail about El Loco Fresh. Even if it’s not all positive. I’m very curious about what the lunch/snack options are.

 

Also, if you happen to find a bartender with a free moment, I’d love to know if they serve a Bloody Caesar on board anywhere.

 

Has anything replaced the Dreamworks characters found on other Oasis class ships? Any word of any character breakfasts?

 

How full would you estimate the ship is? It looks pretty empty!

 

All these questions! I guess I’m Symphony thirsty!

 

Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience with such wit and responsiveness. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

 

Promise I hadn't forgotten about your other questions. Just had to dig back a little to find the source material

 

That said I'm pretty sure we've covered El Loco Fresh. But if it's a testament on whether we thought it was good or not, we made jokes about how we should run up there and grab something all day...

 

No luck on finding a bartender familiar with a bloody Cesar. Admittedly, didn't think to ask the Hooked bartender. One thing I did notice is that almost every bar had the exact same menu, and no special drinks. When asked, it was part of the roll out. Meaning that as the crew settles in, they'll start making special drinks for certain bars and reintroduce drinks of the day. It took me until the fourth day to notice that.

 

And there is no mention of any sort of replacement character experiences. Most of the entertainment staff just played the question off as they clearly didn't know. One of the entertainment execs was onboard, but I could never get to him to ask.

 

And I have the exact numbers of crew and passengers for you.

 

4198 Passengers

2410 Crew

 

 

 

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Day 4 Dinner

 

3f62d6732def188ac1a5d9b59b44aa9f.jpgMenu

 

30eebc478f00bfffc0edc7f545577723.jpgGarlic soup. It was so good Macon almost made me switch out her French onion for this garlic one. Almost.

 

fdb4ac041bad3e944005356e67359552.jpgI had the Ahi Tuna. As with every fish dish ordered from the mdr, it's was tough, overcooked and lacked substantial flavor. The only negative experience from the main dining room for us.

 

f243a74696c65f593d1b9288c4cdc0c7.jpgMacons much better meal

 

730bbb07959662edf56d8981f2147867.jpgBaked Alaska

 

f0af565364750030656035060a9db02a.jpgMolten chocolate cake

 

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Zzzz....Ding ding dong...Alpha Alpha Alpha. Code Zero. Deck number 4. Say again. Alpha Alpha Alpha. Code Zero. Deck number 4. *Looks at watch, 6:15 am, groans*

 

1cbce271d0a5efc09f8951e877c79d58.jpgGuess I'll go walk around. Oh look, it's Wednesday

 

cb240a89647aa445bfd3ba67b17becf9.jpgMoving dead slow this morning.

 

f37b0992a7acb5cb5df2ee28a8db19a4.jpgCalmest seas we've seen so far

 

d33ab132d9aae79ffbad688b55010722.jpgBird stowawayed from Civitavecchia yesterday.

 

bb2fcd5d1e4ab3fc904a9f89ac989883.jpgShip looks nice when its not busy. And if you look real hard, I think there's a couple of towels out by the pool...

 

173b899ebd357c0128e42b9640fb1484.jpgI spy our room. Doesn't look like Macon got up from hallway announcement

 

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Wednesday was a very busy day. Macon had sushi making class, I had the all access tour, wonderland for dinner. Plus as much trivia as possible

 

d58dc28b3b4bf883b4e3acb5111aedec.jpgGotta start the day out with a good breakfast then

 

3b2bf06c1c2253ddeda49e15c56d8314.jpgStrawberry and blueberry pancakes

 

84c7cb1cd8f705277ff570d1ec7b596f.jpgFrench Toast

 

6f9b40fdf1da4f45c2ad7398bb99cfc4.jpgFresh made eggs

 

3d49099d08af93323a0a00d683081e59.jpg Buffet area if that's your preference

 

fe1f3daef4a75d7707dfcfc46c132e07.jpg It's the little things like this that make cruising great to me

 

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So I'm not sure what the rules are on multi posting, so I'm going to wait for some guidance before posting the all access tour photos, because I took a massive amount and even whittling it down its going to be quite a few posts. So for now I'll post all the pictures Macon took of her sushi making class

 

 

 

 

No picture taken

 

Just kidding, she forgot her phone so no pictures! Didnt she know we were doing a semi live thread!? (I'm so in trouble for throwing her under the bus)

 

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The picture you posted with the blue lounge chairs lined up close to the railing....where is this location? Deck 5 somewhere?

 

 

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The picture you posted with the blue lounge chairs lined up close to the railing....where is this location? Deck 5 somewhere?

 

 

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Those are in a tucked away area behind the rock wall on deck 7. So where you get the rock climbing equipment, turn around and behind the wall is where they were all lined up.

 

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I was a little surprised by your comment about the quality of the fish dinners. On past RCL ships, the MDR beef was frequently tough and/or tasteless and the fish was mostly very well prepared, so I ate a lot of fish. We go on the Symphony in May of 2019. It will be interesting to see how their meat and fish preparation develops. Thanks for a great review!

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I found a typo.

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Time for something sweet. How bout a trip to Sugar Beach?

 

176feec644539b746b897c4c69fa7503.jpgCandy for all your inner child desire

 

29397e479bd236c8384380609fe2a4e1.jpgJust walls of it

 

0e967c14803ce16099306e4301d431a3.jpgAnd all at the low price of $14.99 a pound

 

da7b06879483b9f32c00deab4f3da7a2.jpgI feel a cavity coming just looking at this

 

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Sweet treats part 2

 

b9e352afe1275091016bf7e3e29b05b6.jpgI scream!

 

218a97bb9ab8af2603e6580e68a534e6.jpgYou scream!

 

1940ca260d96b3b3b5a93e03d0178bb6.jpgWe all scream for ice-cream!

 

552a5147f3dd3934ffc8fc70fe7c3eac.jpgTop that!

 

5e2c40ef4b9a756e7a26a4f57413579c.jpgSeems pretty reasonable

 

2ba78cc82eb6b815a8b21e35408e87b6.jpgWe never actually came back to try this, which surprises me as Macon loves ice cream

 

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Sweet treats part 2

 

b9e352afe1275091016bf7e3e29b05b6.jpgI scream!

 

218a97bb9ab8af2603e6580e68a534e6.jpgYou scream!

 

1940ca260d96b3b3b5a93e03d0178bb6.jpgWe all scream for ice-cream!

 

552a5147f3dd3934ffc8fc70fe7c3eac.jpgTop that!

 

5e2c40ef4b9a756e7a26a4f57413579c.jpgSeems pretty reasonable

 

2ba78cc82eb6b815a8b21e35408e87b6.jpgWe never actually came back to try this, which surprises me as Macon loves ice cream

 

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They seem more expensive than the Ben and Jerry’s I got on Oasis.

 

 

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Symphony All Access Tour time!

So my tour was originally scheduled for 8 a.m. on the final sea day, but was rescheduled for 10 a.m. instead. Normally that's fine and all, but I had originally planned to join Macon at the sushi class, but this tour was much more exciting to me, so Macon rolled sushi without me. And ate it too. How kind of her to share...

 

5a26ba8b21d0a3482c8f202be7652fc0.jpgAnyways, on to the tour. We get a fancy badge that doubles as a luggage tag, a Bluetooth headset that connects to the a microphone used by the tour guide, and a guide on how to knotty.

 

So our route started in the Galley on 5 where Room service is prepped, as well as the main prep area for the restaurant on deck 5. Also on this is where they prepped the fruit and cheese plates.

 

e95a6c59fcbb255a83b98251f664a472.jpgIf Macon had joined me, I don't think she would have passed this point

 

27c2f1eb729d8c15d181f7eed4556b16.jpgChefs cheffing

 

f7b0d27f1f58d4e3fcd78635d0c82f08.jpgOkay. That was cheesy

 

b52ad25ddf7fe60c32b2d7d193812563.jpgThese jokes are just fruity

 

680e8b82215afce932184a492c984c6b.jpgI'll just stew on this for a while

 

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d0d6139e3ac98adeea27c52c0c30e141.jpgPoint Here. Things and stuff. Honestly can't remember as I couldn't hear what he said. Something about an office

 

37a8c63590c516f9932547fec80df5e1.jpgBrings a whole new meaning to slow cooker

 

02e35ddeab0a2bdfe624d99f0959c785.jpgAnd this is what was slow cooking.

 

4109bfd1d76a08e93de0a5c7f14757c9.jpgThey had plenty of it. Like they meal prep for a couple thousand people

 

3af365443096a360c77cf95118ffae66.jpgSous souping

 

952a1baf1f8e20f90b5bc52b1ee5f1bb.jpgAnd onwards (downwards?) to deck 4

 

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