Symphony of the Seas Live Blog

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Seven - Nassau

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24Nov2018

The last day of the cruise and the conclusion to nearly two weeks on Symphony of the Seas is here.

Unlike yesterday, I wanted to get up early and take advantage of my remaining time on Symphony.  In fact, we decided to skip going off the ship in Nassau, primarily to get more time onboard.  Moreover, we will be back three times in March on Mariner of the Seas, so there is no shortage of time to explore Nassau in my future.

Weather-wise, the day was perfect.  Bright sunny skies and not very hot.  

We started off with breakfast at Park Cafe.  Park Cafe is my go-to spot for breakfast on Symphony because it offers the basics, is quick, and rarely crowded.  Perfect for grabbing something as you leave to go on an excursion, or just for a relaxed start to your day.

Our goal for today was simple: enjoy as much time on Symphony as possible.  The simple truth of Oasis Class ships is you cannot do it all, but you can certainly try your best to get close.

There are a ton of activities onboard and it is what brings me back time and time again.

After breakfast we went played actor and movie trivia, where you see a photo from a scene in a movie, and have to identify the actor and film title.  I thought we were doing well, but lost badly to another team.  Oh well.

Of course, with it being the last day of the cruise, something everyone has to do is pack.  It is not fun, but I feel it’s best to do it earlier in the day so it’s not looming over the rest of the day or evening.

We decided to grab a bite to eat for lunch at Playmakers.  I like Playmakers for a casual and quick meal, especially if you are in the mood for pub food.

My wife ordered the fresh baked cookie dessert and it was delicious!

With the beautiful weather in Nassau, we enjoyed our afternoon onboard by spending time on the pool deck.  There is so much focus on the activities on ships like Symphony, but taking it easy and having fun by the pool is a great way to spend time on a cruise ship too.

As day turned to night, we enjoyed one last dinner in the main dining room and then bid farewell to friends onboard.

Overall, Symphony was a fantastic ship and I loved every minute onboard.  Symphony continues the tradition Harmony of the Seas started by offering some of Royal Caribbean’s best features and dining.  

Between cruising with my family and the friends that felt like family who joined us for the RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise, I will look back fondly on my time onboard. 

Thank you to everyone who followed along with this live blog.  It was a real thrill for me to share so much about this ship with all of you.

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Six - Sea Day

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23Nov2018

Having our last sea day not be the last day of the cruise as well is kind of odd, but on this sailing we have that scenario.

After three port days in a row, this day started off with sleep. Lots of sleep. The kids and me and my wife slept in quite a bit, but it felt like a much needed re-charge event.  On the one hand, I think we all needed a few extra hours of sleep to get our energy levels back up.  On the other hand, sleeping in makes it feel like the day is much shorter, and when it is your second-to-last day of the cruise, every hour seems extra precious.

Of course, today is Thanksgiving and this is the third time I have celebrated this holiday on a Royal Caribbean cruise.  As the day progresses, it feels more and more like Thanksgiving. 

When I walked down the Royal Promenade in the morning, it certainly started to feel like Thanksgiving with lots of guests at NextCruise looking to book a cruise.  A new Cyber Weekend sale debuted today and it looks like it grabbed a lot of attention.

One of the RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise events I was really looking forward to was our version of the classic game show, Match Game.  We held the event in a conference room, and had a few different contestants try to match our six panelists.  In our version, we try to give the game a Royal Caribbean spin.

Here’s an example of one of the rounds we played: John said, "I set the new world record for Ultimate Abyss riding: I did it 3000 times in a row. And the minute I got off, I set the new world's record for _______ ing."

After the game, we headed up to the Solarium to enjoy some time outdoors. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day, so not exactly a lovely sight to enjoy.  Nonetheless, it was mostly dry out and the cloud cover meant comfortable temperatures.

With it being formal night and Thanksgiving, we decided to get ready a bit earlier than usual.  We wanted to take some family photos and enjoy the holiday looking our best.

Our group met in Dazzles for a Thanksgiving toast, and enjoyed some champagne along with an opportunity to take a photo together.

For dinner, we headed to the main dining room.  Being Thanksgiving, there was a special menu for the holiday.

I opted for as many Thanksgiving dishes as possible, including pumpkin ravioli, butternut squash soup, turkey and pumpkin pie.

After dinner, we had reservations for Flight, arguably the premiere show on Symphony of the Seas.  I had heard such positive reviews that I was quite excited to see it for myself.

Flight is an original Royal Caribbean production and is a tribute to the history of aviation and to the people who dared to make manned flight and space travel a reality.

Unlike the original production on Harmony of the Seas, Columbus the Musical, this is less a story and more a historical celebration.  

There is no doubt that the visuals, technical aspects and theatrical presentation are incredible.  I dare any cruise line, anywhere to rival the visual effects of this show.  Heck, I doubt there is another stage production on land that comes close.  Some of the effects in this stage performance felt like I was on a Disney World ride rather than in a theater.

After seeing the show, I had a couple of drinks at the pub but decided to head to bed so I could have a full day of fun on my last day.

Tomorrow we are in Nassau, Bahamas.

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Five - Cozumel

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22Nov2018

Our third port stop took us to Cozumel, Mexico and if my math is correct, it marks my sixth time to the  island in 2018.

After waking up, we grabbed a very quick breakfast and headed off the ship right at 9am.  The weather was perfect today, with low humidity and plenty of sun.

Prior to the cruise, we had booked Mr. Sanchos Beach to try out one of the most popular all-inclusive beach break spots in Cozumel.

The taxi ride down to the beach was perhaps 10 minutes and then we checked-in with the staff.  The cost is $55 per adult, and it includes unlimited food, drink and beach and pool access. There’s a few add-ons available, such as an aquatic park pass for $12, beach beds, massages and more.

Mr. Sanchos is significantly larger than I was expecting in terms of its footprint.  There are at least three large pool areas, a couple of buffet restaurants, multi-story spa, shopping plaza, and more.

The advantage Mr. Sanchos offers is a ton to do.  You have swim up bars, the aquatic park, snorkeling, swimming in the beach and pools, and more.

Without a doubt, the service offered by the Mr. Sanchos staff is quite impressive.  They are not just attentive, they approach the point of almost being annoying in their consistent dedication to ensuring you have enough to eat and drink.

My kids had a great time swimming in the pool and beach, although I think they found the bar swings particularly fun. 

The food was good, but nothing special.  The guacamole almost certainly came out of a bag, but their chips were good and I enjoyed my ceviche and fish taco meals.  You will not go hungry at Mr. Sanchos, but I feel the food quality was better at other Cozumel all-inclusives.

By the afternoon, we decided to pack it up and head back a little early today to give the kids time to nap today.  We headed back to the ship and my wife took the kids back onboard.  I grabbed a cab and headed to run “an errand” and go to La Mega supermarket with Billy and Larissa from CruiseHabit.com.

Something I have come to really enjoy in Cozumel is stopping by a supermarket to pick up a few items that are either unavailable in the United States, or significantly cheaper.

On this occasion, I picked up a few bags of tortilla chips because the type of tortilla chips offered in Cozumel are not really sold in the US, plus they cost less than one dollar.

Back onboard the ship, I enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the aft of the ship and then headed back to the room to get ready for dinner.

Our evening routine was in full-force today, with taking the kids up to the Windjammer for dinner, dropping them off at Adventure Ocean at 7, and then enjoying a pre-diner drink or two.  We even found the stowaway pinao player!

Dinner this evening was at the main dining room.  One observation about the main dining room menu is that Symphony has been offering a somewhat augmented menu compared to other ships in the fleet. Essentially, there are some items missing, added or swapped across each day’s menu from what we are accustomed to.  Nothing bad, just different.

After dinner we headed to the AquaTheater to catch the HiRo show. Unfortunately, the show was canceled due to motion in the ocean.

Instead, we enjoyed music in the pub, followed by some late night fun at a few different spots before finally calling it a night.

Tomorrow is a sea day.

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Four - Costa Maya

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21Nov2018

Our second port stop brings us to Costa Maya, Mexico and the weather today started off gloriously.

Our plan for the day was to head over to one of my favorite all-inclusive day pass places, Maya Chan Beach.  In fact, I invited other Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders on the cruise with me to join me for this adventure.

We all met up and walked off the ship and down the giant pier.  Getting on and off the ship in all our ports has proven to be quite easy and seamless.

Maya Chan is booked independently via their website, so like all third-party tours, you have to walk through the port are and then into town to pick up taxi cabs. There, a representative from Maya Chan met us and got us on our way.

The taxi ride to Maya Chan is about 25 minutes long, although it is on a very bumpy road that is mostly made of dirt. The ride over is not wonderful, but it’s also not long enough to be a problem. I was surprised how much bumpier it was today versus back in March, but we got there and it was all quickly forgotten.

Maya Chan is a beach resort run by a family of American ex-pats who operate in my opinion, some of the best service you will ever find at an all-inclusive spot.

In honor of our group’s visit, they debuted a brand new feature to Maya Chan, a new pool.  The pool is located on the right side of the beach and is a great alternative to the beach.  

Our group got to “test out” the pool and it was fantastic.

Of course, the beach is still the main attraction and this time around, there was no sea grass problem on the beach. The owner mentioned Costa Maya set up a barrier up the coast to collect the sea grass before it hits the beach and I was very happy to see that working.

We spent our day lounging at Maya Chan, enjoying the picture perfect weather, terrific food and time with friends.  It was really the kind of day that I never wanted to end because of all the fun we were having.

Alas, at 4pm it was time to head back to the port.  We boarded the bus and “enjoyed” another ride back into town.

Back on the ship, everyone in my family engaged in some form of shower, nap, get dressed (although not necessarily in that order).

We took the kids to eat at the Windjammer for dinner before dropping them off at Adventure Ocean.

Dinner this evening brought us back to the main dining room and the service was fantastic today.  Everything moved smoothly and we had a great meal.

After dinner, I headed down to The Attic to see the comedy show.  The opening act, which is performed by Simeon, is terrific.

Tomorrow we head up the coast to Cozumel.

 

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Three - Roatan

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19Nov2018

Our first port stop is Roatan and when we woke up, it certainly did not seem like it would be a great day.   Cloudy and lots of rain started off our morning, but we were committed to our plans so off we went.

One of the RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise activities is an exclusive shore excursion for those that booked into the group with our sponsor, MEI Travel.  Our thought was if you supported the group by booking into it, we were going to give back to you with some special offerings.

Today we are headed to Mayan Princess beach resort, which is a Royal Caribbean shore excursion.  About 80 of us met in the Royal Theater and were escorted onto waiting buses to head to Mayan Princess.

Along the way, the tour guide on our bus explained what life is like on Roatan, the island’s history and other cultural norms.  It was a quick 25 minute drive from the port to the beach.

Once we arrived, we were all given a welcome drink and escorted across the resort grounds to the beach.  

Mayan Princess is a beach resort, and our admission got us unlimited beverages (including alcohol), beach access, pool access, buffet lunch and buffet snacks.

There were two primary areas you could spend time at, the beach or the pool.

The pool area is large, although seating is a bit limited.  Still, there are lounge chairs surrounding the pool, which is beautiful.

The beach is vast and a lots of seating in the shade towards the back of the beach, as well as seating in the sun.  Most people tend to sit at the beach.

Regardless of where you sit, there is waiter service to bring you drinks.  In fact, some waiters will wade into the ocean to bring you drinks.

It was a fun and relaxing day and the weather cleared up considerably.  By the time we left, the sun was out and there were barely any clouds. Luckily it never rained on us while there.

After a few hours, the bus took us back to the ship to relax and clean up.

We got back to the ship a bit early, so the kids took a nap in the room. I might have partaken in the napping too.

We left Roatan and I caught a glimpse of the sunset from the Suite Sun Deck area.

While the kids got ready for dinner, I grabbed a quick bite to eat in Izumi.  I call it “pre-dinner” because it is just something small to hold me over until dinner later in the evening.  Izumi is perfect for this because I can order just one roll and be on my way.

I headed back up to grab the kids and feed them dinner before dropping them off at Adventure Ocean.

For dinner tonight, we dined with a few Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders at Jamie’s Italian.  The food was terrific and we had a great time chatting about, well, Royal Caribbean!

After dinner we caught the late show of Hairspray. As it turned out, it was the final performance of Hairspray by the cast, which had been performing for 8 months.  There was a ton of energy in the show and it was fantastic.

Tomorrow we will be in Costa Maya, Mexico.

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Two - Sea Day

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19Nov2018

Our first sea day of the cruise and second day overall means lots of different things going on.  On an Oasis Class ship, a sea day means picking between a lot of great activities.

I set my alarm for 9am thinking there would be no way we would all sleep that late, but clearly the first day took a bigger toll on all of us than I thought.  The alarm went off at 9am, but I think we all felt like it was 6am.  Still, it is much easier to get up and go in the morning when on a cruise than anywhere else.

We all had breakfast at Park Cafe. The kids opted for cereal and my wife and I got a breakfast sandwich.  Those breakfast sandwiches are really good!

We dropped the kids off at Adventure Ocean for the rest of the morning while we took relaxed up on the pool deck.

Speaking of the pool deck, it was a picture perfect day to be on a cruise. Clear skies, calm seas, plenty of sun but not too hot.  

For lunch, I headed up to Hooked to try out their lunch offering.  The lunch menu at Hooked is primarily a slimmed down version of the dinner menu.

I went with the grilled halibut, which was fantastic.

My tablemate opted for the lobster roll.

Our first RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise event of the day was a welcome aboard event in Dazzles, where we hosted a cocktail hour reception for everyone that booked the group cruise and booked it with our sponsor, MEI Travel.

It was great enjoying some drinks and seeing friendly faces.  Plus, Dazzles is such a fun spot.

Next, we headed to the Bionic Bar for a bar crawl.  This has become a regular RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise event where we have a drink at about a half dozen bars are so. Great not only for chatting with others in the group, but also for trying out a lot of bars.

We progressed between Bionic Bar, Schooner Bar, Solarium Bar, Wipeout Bar and Playmakers.  

It was great enjoying some afternoon drinks with friends!

Tonight was formal night, so we gathered together for a formal night photo.  I think I nailed it.

We got ready for our evening out and I enjoyed some pre-dinner cocktails at Wonderland.

Dinner this evening was in Izumi hibachi, and my kids were super excited for this meal.  They tried hibachi on Harmony of the Seas and loved it.

Our chef, Roque (pronounced “Rocky”), was very good and got my oldest daughter really involved.

My youngest daughter somehow fell asleep at the start of the meal.

I loved the Izumi hibachi and the meal did not disappoint.  There is no question why hibachi is so popular on Royal Caribbean, and that is because of the top quality product offered, both in food and service.

After dinner, the kids did a quick trip up Adventure Ocean and then we opted to call it a night.  We have an early start tomorrow in Roatan.

Stray Observations

  • We found the gnome in Central Park

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day One - Embarkation Day

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18Nov2018

We are back onboard Symphony of the Seas and it feels great to be sailing again! A mere two day break between sailings and this time we are with my kids, along with a bunch of friends from RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com.

We stayed at the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne between cruises, which is barely 3 miles from PortMiami.  We got going in the morning and drove our car to Terminal A to start our cruise.

We parked the car in the Terminal A garage this time around. As you enter the garage, there are porters ready to take your luggage, after which you proceed to park the car. Super simple.

After parking, we had perhaps the simplest and quickest check-in process ever.  After walking in the terminal, there is a special entrance for suite guests and Pinnacle members. You go up on elevator, sit down in the lounge and a port agent walks around with a tablet to check guests in.  Whole process took perhaps 5 minutes.

Boarding began around 11am and of course our first stop was the Windjammer for lunch.

Lunch felt more crowded than usual for that early in the day, but once they opened up the other side of the Windjammer, crowds subsided quickly.

After lunch we registered the kids for Adventure Ocean.

Next, it was time for the pool.  Despite cooler than average temperatures, my kids insisted on hitting up Splashaway Bay.

Rooms were ready at 1pm and on this sailing, we are staying in a Grand Suite stateroom.

The amount of space in this room is perfect for our family, and I love that the bedroom is completely separated from the rest of the room by curtains.

Our first RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com group cruise meet up was at Boleros for a celebratory first drink together. It was our first time to see many faces onboard and I had a great time setting the tone for the sailing.

Following muster drill, we headed up to the pool deck for a fun sailaway party.

The kids were getting hungry, so I took them to grab dinner.  One wanted pizza and the other a quesadilla, so we hit up Sorrentos and El Loco Fresh for a convenient dinner option.  They grabbed a few bites from the Windjammer too.

Adventure Ocean opened at 7pm, which was a pleasant surprise since usually Adventure Ocean opens an hour later (8pm) on embarkation day.

After dropping the kids off, my wife and I enjoyed some evening cocktails in the Suite Lounge.

Dinner this evening brought us to the main dining room, and the meal seemed to flow quite smoothly for embarkation day.  Usually the first day is a bit unevenly paced, but the staff tonight did a great job.

Our plans for after dinner were to see 1977, the ice skating show, but the show ended up being canceled.  

My wife went with my in-laws to see MO5AIC, an acapella singing group, while I opted to enjoy drinks with friends in the Pub.

We wrapped up our evening with a balloon drop on the Royal Promenade at midnight and then called it a night.

Tomorrow is a sea day.

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Six - Nassau

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15Nov2018

Our short two-night sailing brings us to our sole port stop on the only full day onboard, and that is Nassau, Bahamas.

As noted in yesterday's live blog post, this is a complimentary two-night preview sailing provided to me by Royal Caribbean.  

Symphony of the Seas arrived in Nassau shortly before 9am on a sunny and hot day in the Bahamas.  We had a great view of Nassau harbor as we pulled into port, with Enchantment of the Seas in port as well.

I grabbed a quick breakfast at Park Cafe to get my morning started. Their breakfast sandwiches are really good.

The first order of business this morning was a Q&A session with Royal Caribbean's CEO Michael Bayley and Symphony of the Seas' Captain.

The Q&A session was for the members of the media onboard, and questions covered a lot of interesting topics.  Most of what was mentioned was not news, but there is always some interesting tidbits or insight into Royal Caribbean's thought process.

Next up was an overview and update on Royal Caribbean's new smart phone app development.  The head of the new app gave an in-depth presentation on how Royal Caribbean's app came to be, where it is now, and what the future holds.

Of particular interest was the roadmap of features coming to the app.  Royal Caribbean prefers to itterate their development and roll out more releases over time, rather than doing  a lot of development and having periodic milestone releases.  

I will write up a new blog post with a peek into the future of the app shortly after this post.

Following the app session, it was time to grab lunch.

I headed over to the Boardwalk for lunch at Playmakers.  For the purposes of this preview sailing, they were only serving a combo meal of slider, wings and fries.  Everything tasted great, and I really think Playmakers is a compelling choice for an inexpensive, yet good quality meal.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas was celebrating the arrival of Symphony of the Seas to Nassau for its inaugural visit. There was a large ceremony in the AquaTheater, complete with marching band.

I wanted to see Symphony in port, so I actually disembarked the ship for a few minutes before getting back onboard.  She looked amazing with a picture perfect backdrop.

In the early afternoon, Symphony departed Nassau to start making her way back to Miami.

A real higlight was seeing Royal Caribbean's Vice President of Entertainment, Nick Weir, speak about the ship's entertainment.

Mr. Weir is as talented at creating awe-inspiring shows as he is providing audiences with a behind-the-scenes look at how all the show magic happens. He gave backstory and even demoed a few things from 1977 ice show, as well as talked about Flight, the AquaTheater and teased us about the future.

The best part of the show was a live demo of the drones that are used in the ice show.  These photos do not do the show justice.

We headed back to the room to get ready for dinner to discover a wonderful tote bag gift waiting for us.

We headed up to the Wonderland Bar for happy hour drinks with our favorite bartender on Symphony, Sorin.

We rounded out our evening with dinner and the late-night comedy show.

It was a great combined six nights onboard Symphony of the Seas and while I got to see a lof of the ship, much of it remains yet to be experienced.  Luckily, my family and I are coming back on Saturday for a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise with my friends from RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com.

We will hit the pause button on this live blog, and pick things back up on Saturday.

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Five - Embarkation Day

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14Nov2018

When is the last day of a cruise not the last day of a cruise? When you are doing a back to back cruise!

Symphony of the Seas returned to PortMiami and while that meant the end of the 4-night sailing, I was staying on for the next 2-night cruise.

After waking up, I packed up my belongings and got myself ready to go.  My stateroom attendant would move my suitcases and clothes on a hangar to my new stateroom for me, so all I needed to do was get it all together.

It is a bit surreal being on a cruise ship on turnaround day when it seems everyone else is scrambling to get off the ship and go home.  In the 9am hour, when most guests are off the ship already, it feels like being in a store after they close.

At 9:45am, I reported to the main dining room on deck 4 to meet other consecutive cruisers.  I estimated there were roughly 100 or so of us.

After a bit, we were escorted off the ship and over to Terminal A for U.S. Customs.  Something different here was instead of talking to a Customs agent, we used faceless recognition machines.  You stare at this machine, it processes your face and then lets you go on your way.

After that, we were issued new SeaPass cards and made our way back onboard.

This new sailing is a 2-night preview sailing, provided by Royal Caribbean.  I’m sailing on this cruise as a guest of Royal Caribbean, which means it was provided without cost.  

Back onboard the ship, it felt like embarkation day with lots of new guests exploring the ship and plenty of celebrations going on.

My wife joined me on this sailing, so we spent some time walking around and exploring the ship.

On this sailing, we are staying in a oceanview balcony stateroom.  

The neat thing about this room is we are somewhat on the “hump” of the ship, so our balcony is a bit deeper than a standard balcony.

Sailaway brought us up to the pool deck for another dance party with the backdrop of a beautiful Miami sunset.  Say what you will about which port you prefer to sail from, but Miami sailways are among the most scenic.

We headed back to our room to get ready for dinner and the evening.

We attended a reception for members of the media in Dazzles, which featured a terrific jazz band performing.

Next it was over to Chops Grill for dinner.  

We rounded out our evening on the Royal Promenade and a street party event.

Tomorrow our ship will be in Nassau, Bahamas.

Stray Observations

  • There are lots of beautiful flower arrangements onboard the ship.
  • It looks like dry-aged steak is back on the menu at Chops.

Symphony of the Seas Live Blog - Day Four- Sea Day

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13Nov2018

The last day of my first Symphony of the Seas sailing is here, and being that I will be on the next sailing, it certainly feels odd with that notion that this sailing is almost over and yet I am still going back.

Like every morning of this cruise, I woke up earlier than I probably should have.  Despite some late nights, once I wake up and remember where I am, my mind starts going and sleep is no longer an option.

I spent my morning relaxing by the pool in the shade and with a nice breeze.  One thing I love about Symphony’s pool deck is there are so many spots in the shade.

The weather today was noticeably windier than previous days.  There was a slight chop in the ocean, which meant very, very subtle movement sensations onboard. Considering the first two days of the cruise had virtually no motion, today’s ocean waves were merely a footnote.

I probably had more grandiose ideas for how to spend my morning, but I decided to take it easy.  As lunch rolled around, I headed down to Central Park to enjoy Chops.

I asked the waitress if I should get the filet mignon or the dry-aged burger.  She recommended the filet.  I suppose the chances of something outranking a filet is quite low.

The entire Chops meal was great, and I was glad to sneak that in.

I stopped by Boleros to notice they have the Coco Loco on their menu.  The Coco Loco is the official drink of Coco Cay, and I suspect perhaps the inclusion on this menu is a tie-in to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

I stopped back in my room to find that I had received my consecutive cruiser letter. The letter explains what to do on turnaround day tomorrow and where to be. Moreover, it mentions Royal Caribbean will move my luggage for me to my new room, which is such a relief not to have to schlep my own stuff around until rooms are ready at 1pm.

As day turned to night, I spent some time down in Central Park.  Central Park is my favorite neighborhood and evening is the best time of day to hang around.  The contrast of lighting and flora really stand out.

After getting ready for dinner, I walked down to Deck 4 to check out the Diamond Lounge.  Of note, the Attic was being used as a Diamond Lounge overflow space.

One thing everyone needs to do on Symphony is see the Solarium art piece at night.  So beautiful.

Dinner tonight was at Hooked.  I was excited to try a new restaurant, but I will admit that I was somewhat concerned about the menu options for myself since I do not eat shellfish.

I was happy to see there were a few different options to consider, including the messy fish sandwich in which the staff puts a bib on you.

My tablemates indulged in some of the oysters and mussels, while I went with the grilled salmon.

Overall, I thought Hooked was a good restaurant and I certainly did not dislike anything about the meal.  We had a great waiter and I think we enjoyed everything we ordered.  Nonetheless, it just did not stick out as the kind of restaurant I really wanted to go back to again and again.  As I recall, I felt indifferent to Jamie’s Italian the first time I dined there and now I love it, so who knows how this will all go.

After diner we grabbed a few drinks in the Pub, but I think 3+ days of fun on Symphony had caught up with us, so we pulled a Michael Poole and called it an early evening.

Tomorrow is day one of a 2-night Symphony preview cruise for media and travel professionals.

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