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LIVE from the Royal Princess - Dec 15, 2018 - Eastern Caribbean

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MDR Dinner tonight. I decided to give the Curtis Stone pork belly another try tonight after two mediocre previous versions on the Regal and the Ruby, and I’m glad I did. It was perfectly moist and delicious. The meatballs with poached egg were also excellent. 

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On 12/15/2018 at 12:37 PM, CanadianBurger said:

Lunch entrees...

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Yummy!   Can't wait for ours next month.

 

 

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10 hours ago, CanadianBurger said:

Went to the Culinary Show today with the Maitre d’ and the executive chef. Quite humorous, as usual. Learned that the “Cruise” program is an alternate acronym for “Can’t Really Understand Italians Speaking English”. The audience howled at that one. This was followed by the quick galley tour. They had 100 plates of different ways to prepare potatoes. 

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Is this something you need to make a reservation for?

 

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2 hours ago, candy4040 said:

 

Is this something you need to make a reservation for?

 

Nope. Just attend the culinary demonstration (or just join the crowd on the way from the theatre to the galley).

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Headed upstairs this morning to Horizon Court for breakfast. Made-to-order omelettes and crispy bacon. If you like your bacon crispy, ask for it. They keep it in the oven. Sat by the window and watched the dock activities. Headed to the Lido Pool afterwards to soak up the last of the sun. There were new Sail Away banners (with the Medallion Class logo) and the entertainers were rehearsing the sail away number. 

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Excellent Live From.....thank you so much for all of the time you spent to share so much information and all the pictures.  Very much appreciated!!!!

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Your posts were not only informative but also inspiring since we board next Saturday.  You took time from your vacation to provide valuable information. Thank you

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22 minutes ago, teach2eagles said:

Your posts were not only informative but also inspiring since we board next Saturday.  You took time from your vacation to provide valuable information. Thank you

I also like to say Thank You!!! For a great review.

Tony

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21 hours ago, emmak8 said:

Is Matt O the cruise director?

 

Was Alexander for the Dec 8 cruise.  Not impressed by himor his staff.

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1 minute ago, Potstech said:

 

Was Alexander for the Dec 8 cruise.  Not impressed by himor his staff.

Matt O left the ship on Nov 24th and Alexander started that day so he’ll be on for awhile is my guess.   He was good but Matt O is one of my favorites.  

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Love Matt!! He has so much energy!!  I thought he was going to be on the Royal on the 49 day cruise around South America beginning in February? 

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On ‎12‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 12:59 AM, CanadianBurger said:

That would take a while... but basically zero legroom if you’re not in the extra legroom seats. Your knees will be jammed against the seat in front. And they charge business-class mileage for a premium economy product. 

 

I would never take Air Canada Rouge on a long haul flight, but for a Toronto/Fort Lauderdale, I don't find it a problem. I take the 6 am flight and just doze my way through. I'm 5ft5in and have just enough room.

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On ‎12‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 1:21 AM, CanadianBurger said:

Gorgeous sunset tonight 

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Beautiful picture.  Thanks for the review.  Will be on the Royal Princess January 12th and can't wait.  

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On 12/21/2018 at 12:41 AM, CanadianBurger said:

After dinner it was time for the production show “The Secret Silk”, the third Stephen Schwartz-produced show for Princess. I absolutely loved his first show, Magic To Do. I’ve seen it on three cruises (both the original and edited versions) with two different casts. I was hoping for The Secret Silk to be one of the highlights of the voyage. I wanted to like this show. I really did. Reading the program, the anticipation built. Alas, I left the theatre utterly disappointed and bewildered.

First, the positives: it was a longer show, and had a compelling storyline. The sets, show design, and costumes were fantastic. Some of the vocals were good. Some of the dancing was good. I’m running out of positives...

This was the telling of a fable, set in ancient times in a far-off land. I really enjoyed the original music, but for me, here’s where everything completely fell apart: mixing in modern pop songs completely ruined the atmosphere of the visuals and the premise of the story. Some of the vocals were terribly weak in some of the songs (Every Breath You Take) and in others the dancers were completely out of sync.

This was a love it or hate it production. Many audience members left during the show, but the majority that remained gave a standing ovation.

This is not a show I would endure a second time. I would happily watch Magic To Do a fourth. I still eagerly await a cruise with his second show, Born To Dance.

Your mileage may vary.

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I would also like to have given a review of the show too.    But we left about after 6 minutes.  Way too loud and just did not like what we saw.  We saw some of it the night you were there.

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On 12/22/2018 at 2:16 PM, CanadianBurger said:

Nope. Just attend the culinary demonstration (or just join the crowd on the way from the theatre to the galley).

By any chance did you get invited to the MT luncheon or cocktail party? 

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Matt O is supposed to be back on the Royal next month for the cruise around South America through May 24. He's going to the Regal in July and August and back to the Royal for September through November.

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Back home this afternoon after a post-cruise couple of days at the Marriott Palm Beach Singer Island resort. It only took an hour at the resort to reaffirm our desire to take a cruise over staying at a resort any time. 

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Well, that’s about it. I hope you had fun following along. If anyone has any last-minute questions, fire away. 

 

Our next confirmed voyage is the 10-day southern on the Crown next December. Hopefully something else will pop up earlier in the year. 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

 

Steve. 

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Thanks Steve. I enjoy the way you blog with so many picture.

 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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