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    Derek, I have also stayed at Marriott Biscayne Bay a few times and we were very pleased. Last couple of times it has been out of our price range and we have stayed at the Intercontinental which is also nice. Both are convenient to the Bayside Mall which has a bunch of bars and restaurants. We also tend to arrive in the early evening, so that gives us just enough to keep us content until we head to the port the next morning.

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    Elf, I loved the Seaside! I can't wait to hear what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nhcris View Post
    Elf, I loved the Seaside! I can't wait to hear what you think.
    Youíve been on the Seaside???? How was the food? Reviews are all over the place but many say the foodís bad. I may have a chance to upgrade to Yacht Club. I have a pretty nice suite booked already. Itís an angled suite all the way aft. (Look at me using cruise words!) I donít know if upgrading would be worth it. Did you like the casino?

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    Just found your TR. Iím reading it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf70 View Post
    You’ve been on the Seaside???? How was the food? Reviews are all over the place but many say the food’s bad. I may have a chance to upgrade to Yacht Club. I have a pretty nice suite booked already. It’s an angled suite all the way aft. (Look at me using cruise words!) I don’t know if upgrading would be worth it. Did you like the casino?
    The casino was pretty typical cruise chip casino. I did like that it was easy to grab comped drinks from the casino bar. I actually liked the food. One of the big complaints from people is that because it is European service, it is a very unhurried pace.

    I was with myself sister (and survived - who knew that was possible?) and we just had an ocean view room. It was small but fine, and I never felt that I wished I was in Yacht Club. That said, YC does seem to get rave reviews, so it might be worth it to you. However, I LOVE Aft staterooms because sitting on the balcony watching the wake is amazingly peaceful.

    I am getting excited about going back on her, so ask as many questions as you can think of!! It makes me happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nhcris View Post
    The casino was pretty typical cruise chip casino. I did like that it was easy to grab comped drinks from the casino bar. I actually liked the food. One of the big complaints from people is that because it is European service, it is a very unhurried pace.

    I was with myself sister (and survived - who knew that was possible?) and we just had an ocean view room. It was small but fine, and I never felt that I wished I was in Yacht Club. That said, YC does seem to get rave reviews, so it might be worth it to you. However, I LOVE Aft staterooms because sitting on the balcony watching the wake is amazingly peaceful.

    I am getting excited about going back on her, so ask as many questions as you can think of!! It makes me happy
    Your TR gave me peace. Lol. The reviews of the ship are so vastly different. I told Stephen that I wasnít sure what I had gotten us into! We made a pact that good or bad we were going to enjoy ourselves and just go with the flow. Now Iím sure weíll have a great time.

    I got Stephen a balcony room on deck 9 which allegedly has the biggest balconies. (My cruise is free so I splurged for him. Got to keep him happy so Iíll always have a travel buddy!) Iím very happy with the cabin I ended up with so Iím not sure a Yacht Club upgrade would be worth it. We both have the Aurea experience which comes with 2 free massages. Iím going to get over my irrational fear of spas and make myself go and enjoy it. Iím also looking forward to seeing some shows. Iíve read that theyíre excellent. Of course that will mean I actually have to leave the casino. Weíll see how that goes.

    Weíre also doing an excursion to the Atlantis water park. It sounds like tons of fun. Our group is doing a beach/barbecue get together in St Marten. Puerto Rico and St Thomas Stephen and I are just going to explore on foot. I have one of the upgraded drink packages which is kind of a waste since I mostly drink beer. Who knows? Maybe Iíll develop a taste for tropical drinks with rum. We both have internet packages but from your TR it sounds like that may have been a waste of money.

    Weíre going to try to board early so we can make spa, show, dinner reservations right away. Did you do any specialty dining? Your food looked pretty darn good. Was it all from the main dining room?

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    Link to the trip report? Need some cruise porn

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvandentop View Post
    Link to the trip report? Need some cruise porn
    Here you go Derek.

    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/top...7&share_type=t

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    Last edited by tee2green; 09-07-2019 at 12:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tee2green View Post
    Here you go Derek.

    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/top...7&share_type=t

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf70 View Post
    Your TR gave me peace. Lol. The reviews of the ship are so vastly different. I told Stephen that I wasn’t sure what I had gotten us into! We made a pact that good or bad we were going to enjoy ourselves and just go with the flow. Now I’m sure we’ll have a great time.

    I got Stephen a balcony room on deck 9 which allegedly has the biggest balconies. (My cruise is free so I splurged for him. Got to keep him happy so I’ll always have a travel buddy!) I’m very happy with the cabin I ended up with so I’m not sure a Yacht Club upgrade would be worth it. We both have the Aurea experience which comes with 2 free massages. I’m going to get over my irrational fear of spas and make myself go and enjoy it. I’m also looking forward to seeing some shows. I’ve read that they’re excellent. Of course that will mean I actually have to leave the casino. We’ll see how that goes.

    We’re also doing an excursion to the Atlantis water park. It sounds like tons of fun. Our group is doing a beach/barbecue get together in St Marten. Puerto Rico and St Thomas Stephen and I are just going to explore on foot. I have one of the upgraded drink packages which is kind of a waste since I mostly drink beer. Who knows? Maybe I’ll develop a taste for tropical drinks with rum. We both have internet packages but from your TR it sounds like that may have been a waste of money.

    We’re going to try to board early so we can make spa, show, dinner reservations right away. Did you do any specialty dining? Your food looked pretty darn good. Was it all from the main dining room?
    The only specialty dinner I remember going to was Butcher's Cut because we were loving our servers and the food in the Main Dining room. I honestly don't remember too much about it, so I am guessing it was a very good experience because if it wasn't, then I would remember! I am not a bg fan os Asian food, but they say Roy Yamaguchi's places are excellent. Ocean Cay's menu was a little too foo foo for us, so likely for you as well - HHH

    One thing you MUST visit on your first day is the Venchi Chocolate Bar and Gelato and Creperie. With your sweet tooth, it will rock your world and be a daily stop!!

    Usually pizza on ships is lousy, but the pizza on the buffet is very good on Seaside. One complaint people have about the ship is that the buffet doesn't change much, but that was not an issue for us at all. We found plenty of choices (and I was full on Keto most days) and it was fresh and delicious. There are 2 buffets, but we preferred the larger one on Deck 8. They have nice outside seating there.

    I confess that I almost never make it to a show because I make the same mistake every night. I enter the casino for a cigarette, and don't come out.

    Be sure and check out all the little rooms in the Spa. It was all brand new to me, so I may have been overly impressed, but I loved it!

    So many things you are reminding me of! Thank you

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