Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Harmony of the Seas: Day 7 ~ Last Full Day on the Ship

Kind of a sad day. Our last full day on the ship.

Because of all the deck chair drama the day before, My Sweetie got up at 7 am and went out and put our towels, plus a couple of magazines and a hat on our chairs. Try stealing that!

Breakfast was at Solarium this morning.





After breakfast we took our coffee and went and sat in our chairs for a bit.





It was a lovely day at sea.






After a while we decided to do the zip line. They provided the shoes which was good since we didn't bring any close-toed shoes. My Sweetie was first and loved it.






It goes across the Boardwalk, ten stories up.





All geared up.






My turn.







We went down to the boardwalk and these guys were playing so we listened for a while.



We also went to another trivia session. We really had a great time guessing and realizing how dumb we were.



At some point we went in and got a drink from our favorite bar and Edwin suggested we try the main dining room for lunch.

They only serve lunch there from 11:30-1:00. But they seat you at tables like they do at dinner, with a waiter. You can order from the menu, and/or go to a very nice buffet.



Here was the bread display.




My plate from the buffet.





My Sweetie ordered a lobster roll from the menu.




I got cod.





They had a really neat salad station. You choose from a wide variety of ingredients, and they toss them in these large bowls and then plate them for you.





For dessert we had a Napoleon,





And a meringue cloud.




This was a great lunch! I was sad we only found the main dining room for lunch on our last day. Eating there did take longer than if you went up to the other buffets, but it was really good food.



We realized we were doing lots of eating and needed to burn some calories so we found the jogging track on deck 3 and did some laps.






The view out of the back from the track was so beautiful.





At around 3 we went to the ice skating show. There were 8 or so skaters that really knew how to skate, and they gave us a show.





It was about 45 minutes and actually very nicely done.



As soon as the show was over, we walked out and ended up right in front of the theater. They were inviting people in for the extra show of Columbus, which had malfunctioned the day before. We had liked what we saw so we went in.


It was a really fun show! They sang excerpts from popular songs which wove into the story perfectly.



It was actually very well done. We were very, very impressed with the quality of all of the entertainers here on board. All performances were top notch and done by very talented people.






We went back to our chairs for a bit. It was getting later and some of the really nice chairs were becoming available. These were large and could fit two people.






I swear people would leave stuff overnight in these things to hold them. We never got to sit in one, except on the first day and then today, the last.



We were nearing Florida, and saw another ship headed back to port, just like us.






As the sun set, we played a game of mini golf.






Our view.





We headed back to our room to change for dinner, and our room attendant, Margaret, was there. The whole week she was amazing, and always wanted to help us. Tonight, she gave us the special treat of showing us how she made her fun creations.





Today was our 21st Anniversary. For dinner, we were dining at a specialty restaurant, Wonderland.







The bar.






I loved this hanging seat in the waiting area.



We were seated and given our menus.





Can't read it? Neither could I. Until we were handed a paint brush and some water. We 'painted' our menus and only then could we see what we were eating:




Our menu was divided into elements: Sun, Ice, Fire, Sea, Earth. Our waiter suggested that we choose 5 appetizers to share and an entree each.


Our first appetizer came like this: a swirling of smoke with a glass lid. With great ceremony our waiter lifted the glass, and all of the smoke came out and dissipated.





To reveal Buffalo Chicken Eggs with a smoked flavor.






We were also served these amazing shrimp, called Shrimp Kataifi, encased in a crispy scotch bonnet. These were amazing.






I loved these wine glasses.






This next appetizer was so different. This was called Oceanic Citrus, on a bed of ice, inside each of the limes was a tuna tartare, seasoned perfectly. The presentation was amazing.






Here was a sashimi of red and white tuna.





And our last appetizer was a reconstructed caprese. This had such interesting flavors! The white powder you see was ricotta, that had been freeze dried.




Our entrees:


My Sweetie had the Terroir Beef. It was very nice.






I chose halibut cooked in clear paper. This was not as tasty as I was expecting, and seemed under seasoned.




We had talked a bit with the couple next to us and this was the third time they had eaten here this cruise. They had suggested two dishes to order for dessert, since they really complimented each other.

We took their advice and got the Forbidden Apple. This was not an apple, but a raspberry cremeux. Amazing flavor and so tasty. I am so bummed that the photo was blurry!





We also got what was called on the menu, The World. This came to our table, looking like a ball of chocolate. Our waiter began pouring a warm caramel sauce over it, and then this began to happen:





This was decadence. We would take a bite of the raspberry cremeux and its sourness, and then a taste of the chocolate mousse, peanut butter ganache, and salted caramel ice cream and sauce. These two dishes perfectly complimented each other.


What a lovely dinner!






On the way out we had to snap a photo of this table. Check out the chair on the left - it is a couch sitting on its side.





We headed to the theater to watch the comedy show. This one did not have the warning in parenthesis (age 18+) that a couple of other shows had. There were two different guys that really made us laugh. The first man was actually quite funny! He had some great jokes and impersonations. The second one was funny as well; both were totally clean and we really had a great time.



We got a couple of drinks - our favorites: a Grapefruit Caipiroska and an Old Fashioned, and went to headed upstairs to our room.



Harmony of the Seas: Day 1, Boarding the Ship
Harmony of the Seas: Day 1, Central Park and Aqua Show
Harmony of the Seas: Day 2 ~ Nassau, Bahamas
Harmony of the Seas: Day 2 ~ Afternoon and Dinner in the Dining Room
Harmony of the Seas: Day 3 ~ Day at Sea
Harmony of the Seas: Day 4 ~ St. Thomas, Jamie's Italian
Harmony of the Seas: Day 5 ~ Sint Maarten/Saint Martin
Harmony of the Seas: Day 5 ~ Main Dining Room and Headliner Show
Harmony of the Seas: Day 6 ~ Fun on the Ship


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Harmony of the Seas: Day 6 ~ Fun on the Ship

Today was another day at sea.

I snapped this photo for our youngest daughter. Her doll comes with us on vacations and I wanted her to see that Dolly was having a great time.


Since all 5,000+ people were on the boat today, and since we had such a hard time getting chairs the other sea day, before breakfast we headed up and reserved chairs in the Solarium.

Breakfast was in Central Park at Central Cafe. This place does not have all of the breakfast items that the other two breakfast buffets have, instead there is lots of fresh fruit, a bagel bar, and a made to order breakfast burrito station.

We got a bagel with the works.






This was actually one of the best breakfasts of the cruise. And Central Park was a nice quiet place to eat.




We took some fruit up to our deck chairs and finished our breakfast while looking out at the water.



Trivia in the Schooner Bar was at 9:30 so we headed down for that.



So far, there were some really smart people on this cruise.

Only one time did we ever win at trivia, and it was a day when a family asked if we wanted to become a team. The theme of the trivia was TV show themes and their son knew every single one of the questions except one. So we did win two RCL pens.



We decided to get our suits on and head out to do some fun water things. We went up to our deck chairs, and were surprised to see a man in one of our chairs. He was an older European man, and he said he had put his towels on these chairs also. We looked around, and I spotted my fruit bowl and fork on the other chair and said sorry, these were actually ours. This liar had the audacity at this point,  to say that it was actually his fork and bowl and he asked us to move.

Seriously??

We were a little concerned because you check towels out on your SeaPass card, and there are signs that say that they are $40 to replace. We went to a towel station, explained what had happened, and he removed those towels from our card and gave us new ones.

So much for getting deck chairs today. Oh well, we did have lots of plans to keep busy on the ship.


First up was the rock climbing wall.  Do be aware that they are only open for blocks of hours, like 10-12pm, or 2-4pm.

They provide all the equipment.




My Sweetie having a go.


He made it to the top.





This was definitely harder than it looked. I made it halfway up.



There were these little 9 year-olds scurrying up the face of that thing, making me feel old.



We got off of the rock wall and saw the carousel and realized we hadn't ridden it yet. That needed to be fixed.







We also decided to try out the Flow Rider. My Sweetie went first.





It takes using your feet and elbows, and balancing to stay up. The next step is to go up on your knees.






We each went twice and he really got the hang of knee boarding. 






My turn. I thought I was going to have a harder time balancing, but stayed on pretty well. 






The first time I tried to go up on my knees I fell, but the second try I stayed up for a bit.






We sat for a while, looking out at the back of the ship.



Now it was time for lunch. In the Windjammer today, they had giant-like dishes.


A huge hoagie.





This is a massive apple crumble, with vanilla ice cream.





My plate.



Today they had some really tasty clams. In my journal I wrote that this was a great lunch.


After lunch we checked out the Cruise Compass and noticed a scavenger hunt. This was a photo scavenger hunt. We all met at the Boleros Bar for instructions. We had 20 minutes to do about 15 different things, but the trick was that they were all over the ship.


Posing as a statue in Central Park





High-fiving an officer



Proposing to someone




Having a bad day on the mini golf course





Reenacting Titanic







Taking a shower




Starbucks



Winner, winner, chicken dinner!



A handstand



The YMCA


That last one was my favorite photo. These were random people in the Schooner Bar that we asked to help us. They were very sweet and I'm bummed the photo was blurry!

Of course we didn't win, but it was fun to participate.




After the scavenger hunt we walked around for a bit. Out of the boardwalk this guy had his movable piano out. We found him playing in many places on the ship and really liked sitting and listening to him. He specialized in ragtime and would play any Scott Joplin song requested.





We walked around the Boardwalk and then through the Promenade for a while. 


It was almost dinner time - we were going to eat early tonight since we had reservations to see the show.


Our Thursday night menu in the Main Dining Room





We started with shrimp. This was one of the "classic" items on the menu, which means it was offered each night. They were always tasty.





I also tried ariancini, which is Italian rice balls. These were quite good.





We shared beef tenderloin. This was one of the best cuts of meat we had the entire cruise. Very tender and almost melted in the mouth.



Some seafood linguine.




And tonight, lobster was on the menu. We both got one, and then split a third.




You can get as much as you want of any item. We asked our waiter what the most lobsters he had someone order, and he said 17.

SEVENTEEN?!?!

Crazy.

We were just too darn full to order dessert so we headed to the bar to get a drink before the show.

Most of the time during the cruise, we ended up in the On Air bar, because it was an easy shot off the elevator closest to our room. We got to know Edwin, one the of  bartenders there. He was from the Philippines and had worked for RCI for 16 years and loved it.

Tonight, to take to the show, he made me this:




The rose was very well made, because get this: I kept it, all the way back to Miami and Orlando, and packed it gently in my carry one bag. It made it through the airports and drive home, and now sits on my dresser in a vase.



At the theater.






The show was Columbus.




 We got about 20 minutes into the show, when the whole stage went dark and the music stopped. There is a large ship that rotates on the stage and it had malfunctioned. So they told everyone in our showing that they would add a show the next day and to come back.



This doesn't happen often; the cruise director was at the door, telling us all how very sorry he was and to be sure to come back.

We actually didn't mind. When we first read the Cruise Compass that morning, we were bummed to see that they were playing Star Wars The Force Awakens on the big screen at the Aqua Theater, and we thought we were going to miss it because of Columbus. So we went across the ship, and got there just in time.






The sound was great! I had ran upstairs to grab a sweater since there was a little breeze, but there weren't many people watching so we had great seats.



We got tired and didn't make it to the end. Back to our room, where the ship rocked us to sleep.

Harmony of the Seas: Day 1, Boarding the Ship
Harmony of the Seas: Day 1, Central Park and Aqua Show
Harmony of the Seas: Day 2 ~ Nassau, Bahamas
Harmony of the Seas: Day 2 ~ Afternoon and Dinner in the Dining Room
Harmony of the Seas: Day 3 ~ Day at Sea
Harmony of the Seas: Day 4 ~ St. Thomas, Jamie's Italian
Harmony of the Seas: Day 5 ~ Sint Maarten/Saint Martin
Harmony of the Seas: Day 5 ~ Main Dining Room and Headliner Show
Harmony of the Seas: Day 6 ~ Fun on the Ship