Holy Crap It

I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I turned the big Four Oh, and now it’s almost October. Slow down universe!

I didn’t get nearly enough of my house and the two rooms I wanted to clean out done this summer. I made a good dent though! Threw out a lot of junk (still more to throw out) and packed up a bunch of old stuff. I plan on finishing those this fall. I definitely have to get one fairly cleaned up because of company coming for Halloween, so that’s motivation.

Over the summer I did do a few paranormal investigations, and I have several big ones coming up next month. The one I’m most excited is spending Halloween night at a local Revolutionary War fort (Ft. Mifflin). My friends and I are leading a public investigation there, and it’s an over night event. Fun fun fun! I’ve been there twice before and something always happens.

I am working on motivating to start getting my Halloween decorations up, though John planted so many flowers all over the front yard that I pretty much have to wait for a cold frost to kill them at this point.

Anyways, below are two fun things I got over the summer at various investigations . . .

Vagina Ghost?

This was at Elaine’s Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, NJ. I have to investigate this more when we return there in two weeks. We spend the weekend there a few times a year doing a public ghost hunt with people who book the hotel just for that. On the doorway was a weird form of some kind. I joked it was a vagina ghost.

This is a quick movie from the David Stewart Farm out near Gettysburg, PA. It served as a hospital for the wounded, and in this room they actually did surgeries. We had all sorts of gadgets set out, and almost immediately something went around the room from gadget to gadget lighting them up.


Healthy Pizza Crust... Aka The Quinoa Experiement.

IMG_0411 For some reason I’ve been on a kick to find healthy pizza recipes. Pizza is my Achille’s heel, it’s the one thing above all else I hate to give up. I’ve resorted to tortilla pizzas and english muffin pizzas in the past when I’m trying to cut calories, but it’s never the same thing. Recently I Facebooked my many attempts at cauliflower pizza crust, which while not terrible, is a lot of damn work for a pizza. A lot more than using the internet to order a delicious one. Recently a friend posted a recipe for Quinoa pizza crust on my wall. Me, being the pizza lover I am, decided I had to try it. This blog post is a public service announcement to the world . . . DO NOT MAKE THIS!

IMG_0437 Reason number one I should have been skeptical this would be good . . . quinoa is gross. I know it’s one of these new fad superfoods, but it is gross. Every way I have ever tried it, it sucks. Why did I think a pizza crust made of this crap would taste good?

Reason number two I should have known to stop . . . the smell. The recipe calls for you to not cook the quinoa, but soak it for eight hours in water. It smells like spunk. I am not even kidding. It smelled like someone masturbated all over my kitchen. Why did I think this would be good? If any lesbians are reading this and don’t know what this smells like, it smells like bleach.

Reason number three . . . after I made it, and seasoned the fuck out of it, it still stank to hell . . . and it looked like vomit. Okay it also looked like oatmeal, or porridge, maybe cream of wheat, all which look like vomit. They at least smell and don’t taste terrible, this did. I think this might be one of the only things that if you threw up, would taste better coming back up.

IMG_0440 When it cooked it was heavy, really heavy, like a brick heavy. That was reason number four I should have known this wasn’t going to be good. The density of this crust is less than the amount of poop it’s going to produce, that is a scientific fact. I still continued and tried to make the best of this disaster.

Unfortunately no amount of sauce, cheese, pepperoni, or whatever toppings you pick will be able to mask the fact that this is not pizza. Pizza should not taste like this. The nasty spunk crust still overpowers everything. This is worse than the time I tried flaxseed crust, and I never tried that again. If I want healthy pizza in the future I’ll either use a tortilla, or slap myself to remember that healthy pizza is like Santa Clause, it doesn’t exist.

If I have not yet convinced you that you do not want to eat this, well the recipe is below. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is pizza crust is probably the closest experience most of us will have as to what it’s like to be a starving Ethiopian child eating dirt and waiting for Sally Struthers to drop off some Chef Boyardee cans to the village. And those only cost pennies a day, quinoa is really fucking expensive. I could have ordered a pizza for cheaper than this.


Thar She Blows!

So depending on where in the country you live, you may have heard our little region almost got taken to the Wonderful Land of Oz last night. Several funnel clouds touched down in the region, though as of yet none of them have been authenticated by the national weather service.

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On the left is a shopping center about 5 miles down the road. On the right is what happened at a mall about 20 minutes from me. Cars were flipped, the siding ripped off the mall, and some damage to the roof. Both of these are from Twitter/newspapers.

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We got lucky, no damage to our house or the farm. My plants got some damage sadly, it wouldn’t be summer without some insane storm damaging my tomatoes! The above photos are of clouds I took after the storm calmed. The sky went from yellow to pink, it was really odd.


This was a panorama I took in front of the farm.


Poltergeist 2015 Review.

poltergeist_1sht_vera1_large So it’s been ages since I wrote a movie review on my blog, so I found it fitting I do it of the 2015 remake of “Poltergeist.” The original is one of my favorite scary movies of all time, and personally I don’t feel it needed to be remade. Sure some of the effects by today’s standards are pretty bad, but back in the day the meat crawling and bathroom bake-light scene caused people to get sick. It’s still a great story, and the remake is really nothing more than more evidence that Hollywood is out of ideas and is too afraid to take chances on new things. So was the remake worth it? Was it good? That’s what this review tackles.

THERE ARE SOME BASIC PLOT SPOILERS HERE! If you’ve seen the original, it won’t ruin anything.

For the most part, the movie is a direct remake of the original, with some changes. The movie brings certain things into the modern era. For example the family is down on their luck, with the dad having been laid off, which is why they move into the development. Unlike the original, where the development was brand new and the dad worked for the developers, it’s been there awhile in this version. All the locals know the story of the moved cemetery, and many of the homes are now dirt cheap because of foreclosures. They don’t tell you why though, they leave that up to you. Is it the economy? Or the ghosts?

The technology in the film has been brought up to the digital age, which really means that there should not be any white noise/snow channels for Carol Anne (now called Maddy) to communicate on. The new version has the spirits able to manipulate the electricity in the house, including iPads and cellphones. They never outright say it, but they hint this has to do with the major powerlines that are showb going over the house and the development. When the house goes nuts one night, Maddy is sucked into the closet by the dead. The storyline pretty much progresses the same as the original from here on out.

images A major disappointment is they failed to update the film based on current ideas about ghosts. For example, they never explain the idea that ghosts can feed off energy, which is why the power-lines are important, but they leave that up to the viewer to guess about. Also most researchers now believe poltergeists aren’t really spirits or souls of the dead, but psychic energy that is unleashed from someone going through a stressful period, such as the loss of a job or teens going through puberty. They could have gone this way with this version, but then it would have drastically altered the storyline. So they stuck with the old definition of “a noisy entity.” Many scenes from the original are still there, as is much of the same dialogue, though some have been altered. The bake-light scene has been updated and isn’t nearly as gory as the original. Much of the building suspense of the original, such as Maddy/Carol Anne’s interaction with “The TV People,” is gone.

Another major disappointment is that they turn the parapsychologist (played by Jane Adams) into an awkward bumbling buffoon, which if you’ve ever seen Adams is a role she plays well. The Tangina character is now a Zak Bagans/Ghost Hunter reality TV star. Both come off as more or less jokes in the movie, and completely downplay the scientific seriousness of the original.

5wkqkg One of the most iconic scenes that scared most people, the clown scene, is a huge letdown. They had an amazing setup to make it great, and it falls flat.

There are a few nice additions to the movie, for example some minor exploration of the other side beyond the closet, which was lacking in the original. Fans of the original movies will also notice a few scenes seem to actually be from the second movie and are thrown in for fun. A bumper sticker also pays homage to the original director Toby Hooper.

It’s worth seeing for die hard fans of the original, because most like me want to see if they stayed true to the film or wrecked it. It’s not great, it’s not terrible, it just is what it is. If you’ve never seen the original, I would say watch it after you see the remake just so you realize how the film should have been done.

All images found via google images and property of the film/studio.



I know, it’s been eons since I blogged. As much as I try to be better about posting more, I keep failing. I’m just so busy lately and never have enough time to sit down here and write.

Upstairs we finally got furniture moved back out into the main room, though we don’t have the paintings back up on the walls. We are waiting until the bathroom is done before really putting everything back. It got delayed because the tile John ordered is on backorder. It should be in any day now, but in reality who knows.

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Since the bathroom can’t be worked on they’ve been tackling the yard. My garden boxes are going to be finished tomorrow. Yay! I have several different tomato and pepper varieties I plan to grow this year. We also got a fence finally, so my dream of a fenced in backyard for the dogs is coming true. After the garden boxes are done the layout of that fence should begin shortly.

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This weekend I’m heading back down to Cape May with my friend Laurie for some paranormal fun, and just all around relaxation. I have yet to find the time to go through the evidence and recording from our last time there. Last time wasn’t as eventful as my first time there, where I had my bathroom nightlight constantly turning on during the night until I finally unplugged the damn thing. I also woke up to what appeared to be a child at the end of my bed, though that may have been the booze I drank the night before 🙂 I’m hoping this time will be a little more eventful and more like my first trip there. Below are some full-spectrum photos I took in the bar and one of the guest rooms, but there’s nothing in them. They are just fun photos of the place.

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So the work on our upstairs bathroom is coming along, though it’s taking longer than I’d like. That however seems to be the norm in regards to this housework. We got the floors redone, and the walls painted, and now the baseboards are going back up. We are leaving the brick chimney exposed, rather than plaster it back up, as it adds to the rustic charm. The bathroom has been wired and the plumbing is in, so now all we need is the fixtures installed. Unfortunately the upstairs won’t be done in time for John’s brother, who returns in about two weeks. I’m not sure how long he will be here, I believe it’s only for a weekend, but I’m sure it will result in a story or two. Right now all the furniture upstairs is actually in the guest room where his brother stays. If we don’t get things done and out in time then he will have to stay with his mother, which will lead to major drama. Grab your popcorn kiddies!

In other news, I just went back to Pennhurst with a friend for another investigation there. I haven’t had time to review all my recordings, but it was a fun night. It was also a freezing night, as it was the weekend of the freak cool down and the tempts dropped into the twenties and started to snow on us. We did hear a kid crying at one point during the night, and a lot of our little electronic gadgets went off in a few places. We plan on going back this summer when it’s much warmer. This weekend however we have an investigation in at a B&B that we are staying in. It should be fun!

In the meantime, check out the photos of the house, and some blurry photos of some of our gadgets going off at Pennhurst below.

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Heart Health Month! Plus More House Photos.

So February is over, and I’m very glad. I decided to use “the month of love” to basically be about getting healthier. I converted to being a vegetarian again, which I was for 7 years once. It was only supposed to be a month long challenge, and believe it or not I succeeded!

Truth be told, I don’t know if I really feel any different, and I didn’t lose much weight at all. That’s likely due to the sodium in some vegetarian products, along with me eating too many carbs. Half way through the month I did my best to alter my carbs by changing to mainly flatbreads, flax breads and other hearty high fiber breads by Udi. Udi is best known as gluten free, but I wanted them for the flax/chia/hearty grains more than anything. I did try and make my own flax bread, which was gross. I will say the overload of fiber did not play well with my tummy for a large part of the month. I’m sure though it helped with my blood pressure and cholesterol issues.

I’m not sure I’m sticking with the veggie thing. In fact given the amount of frozen chicken and other non-veggie things in my freezer, I’m pretty sure I’m at least going to eat that up rather than throw money out the window. John won’t eat it, and it’s mainly small high protein portion controlled sizes from Personal Trainer Food, which is amazing by the way 🙂 One thing I also did that I am going to try and stick to is I completely cut out soda, diet and non-diet. I have to say that was hard, and I noticed that I’ve never craved sweets as much as I do right now. John has this bowl of chocolates which I normally don’t care about at all, but I went to town on it a little too much this month. I definitely have to curb that for sure.

So in other news, the upstairs is coming along. I’ve thrown some more photos for updates in. A lot of insulation has been put in upstairs, and with access to all the walls elsewhere it’s been piped down to the manifold as well. Our house was from the age where they didn’t insulate, and it was noticeable in the dead cold of winter and the insane heat of the summer. It’s a lot nicer now. It will be nicer when the bathroom is done though. Then they will start the renovations on the main floor bathroom though . . .

The current joke is our contractor is basically Eldin from “Murphy Brown.” He will be here for nine seasons working on this house 🙂


The Blizzard Of The Century.

So I love snow, I really do. Now I don’t live in an area that gets inundated with it every winter, which is why I likely love it. When I was a kid we got at least 2 or 3 good snows each winter, enough for great sledding. That’s what I remember about snow, the fun I had as a kid. Now as an adult I appreciate the quiet in brings, and seeing the dogs have fun in it. I won’t lie, if I had a hill near me, I’d so be sledding. However the last countless winters, with last year as the exception, we’ve gotten little to no snow. In some cases it was 65 in January. That’s crazy! So the lack of snow for so many years has also fueled my love of the white stuff. You can imagine my disappointment when the blizzard of the century, the historic storm they talked up and down we were supposed to get last week, turned out to be a dud for us. I was planning to be stuck inside for days, but nothing came of it. At this point I’m just hoping for one good snow before Spring is here.

In other news, construction on a second bathroom upstairs has begun. I actually felt we should wait till spring for this, but I was out-voted. Construction started during the blizzard that never happened, and it involved dormering out. While we didn’t get snow, it was still cold as hell with a large hole in our second floor. Fortunately construction has speed along and it’s not so bad upstairs anymore, except when it gets frigid outside and the wind whips up. The upstairs bathroom will have a shower stall, toilet and sink/vanity combo. It will mainly be for guests, and night time necessity. Once in the bathroom downstairs will get it’s much needed makeover. We are expanding it into one of the bedrooms downstairs which gets no use. It will still be a good space, enough for the small office I keep meaning to turn it into. Our new bathroom will have double sinks, a lot of cabinet space, a toilet obviously, and a nice big tub/shower combo. I’m still not sure as to how that one is going to work yet given the tub John wants to buy. It’s some sonic tub that sends your music through the water as sonic pulses and turns the whole tub into a speaker system. I keep telling him “and what happens when it inevitably breaks?”


The Book Of Face.

So it is true, I have returned to the book of face. I really had every intention of trying to stay off it for a whole year. However in this day and age it almost seems impossible to keep in touch with many people without it. In December I decided to send out Christmas cards, having skipped the year before. As much as I tried to save addresses from everyone, some got lost, and it was difficult to send them out to everyone. Damn I could have used Facebook! As our cruise ended I knew I would need the book of faces in order to keep in touch with people we met. Only one person didn’t have the book, that was because of his job being strict with what he could and couldn’t post on it. I totally get that. While I could have had our new friends just add John, and they did, he never uses it except for the months he’s off. So I went back . . .

Adding people back on Facebook has been a challenge. When I deleted my old one I neglected to back up my friends list. Oops! Also many people have their accounts set to only “friends of friends” can friend request them. While you can send them a message, it goes into their “other” mailbox which most people don’t know exists. I found it by accident and was shocked to see three years of messages in it from various people.

So if you would like to be friends again, here is a link to my new Facebook. Now I’m NOT going back to my old ways of posting anything and everything, I’m going to be very minimal on it as to not get sucked into the drama. My main use for using it is to stay in contact with people. I will continue to use my Instagram as my main platform for sharing photos, along with my various blogs for life updates.


An UPDATED Review of Royal Caribbean

IMG_7745-0.JPG First I want to say that while I can complain a lot, I almost never complain about bad service to a store or restaurant and I’ve never complained to a cruise company about their cruise before. I usually bite my tongue and bitch to friends later. I may have given some constructive criticism on review forms every year from the cruises, but the positives have always by far outweighed the negatives. However that can’t be said when it comes to Royal Caribbean ‘s Quantum of the Seas. A more proper some might say would be The Quantum Piece of Bleep and the tag line should be “You’ll be wowed if something goes right.” After this sailing we will be emerald status members, but I don’t know if I want to do another cruise on Royal so soon.

Before I get to the negatives, I do want to say some nice things. The ship is beautiful. Mamma Mia was amazing, and StarWater was nice too. We haven’t seen Sonic Odyssey yet and I expect it to be great. Our cabin steward was great too.

Now let’s start with to WOW technology onboard. One of the things that was touted was the wearable WOW band that does everything your seapass card does. It opens your room and that’s about it. Just leave it and stick with the card, that’s what everyone asks you for anyways.

There is also the Royal IQ app which lets you make reservations at the restaurants, for shows, and for excursions. Aside from sometimes being told I’m not connected to the Internet, this worked fine for me. Others on the ship can’t get it working to save their lives. We were all given free wifi rather than having to pay for it, and I think they did this because they know the system isn’t working right.

Speaking of reservations, don’t be surprised if you show up for dinner to be told you have no reservation, even though you do. Be hopeful you get someone pleasant who will accommodate you as a new friend onboard was simply yelled at by the rude hostess that he didn’t have a reservation. I’ve heard from other guests that if you didn’t book your restaurants before the cruise (which I did back in October) or book immediately upon getting in the ship then you were stuck with the buffet. There has been varying responses all over for this. Some people have complained their way into restaurants, others are flat out told no that they are full.

This brings me to the service on the ship. Mind you we still have two more days and two dinners, but aside from one night it’s been pretty poor. If you like to take your time eating, be ready for a shock. The servers take your order and bring your food as fast as they can so they can get you out and the next person in. We’ve barely spent an hour at dinner. Your waiter is now your bartender so if you want something other than water to drink then you have to ask, as many won’t bother asking you first. Be prepared to ask for a lot that was normally offered to you in the past.

The Windjammer on this ship is a nightmare. Good luck getting a table at breakfast. The guests won’t get up after eating and they doddle as you walk around with your plate looking for a table. The ship needs to make announcements that other guests are looking for tables so keep that in mind. Today I sat my ass down on the floor in the buffet and ate my breakfast. One person asked me if I’d like a table, a nice server, a rarity. The manager pretended I didn’t exist as I gave him a death stare as he walked by.

Today we went to meet friends at the American Icon Grill for lunch. They texted us to come join as there was plenty of room. Once we got their one server told us to look around, yet the manager said, “Go to windjammer.” Excuse me? The server ignored us until we asked for menus, which is when he claimed they weren’t serving anymore. He eventually checked with the kitchen and said we could order from only one part of the menu. I said “no thanks” yet John did get a salad. As we were leaving it was very clear by people still getting food that they weren’t closing, the server just wanted to end his shift as his section was almost empty.

The first few days at sea were rocky, and right now it’s very rocky. We assumed it was because of the currents off the east coast, as the Caribbean was calm. However I overheard one employee say to another on day 2, “Why is this ship rocking, it never rocks!” We found out today from another employee that the stabilizers on this brand new ship aren’t working. Add that to the long list of things that don’t seem to be working. At least the toilets flush! Apparently though something didn’t work all last week and Royal had to refund over 1000 guests their full cruise fairs because of the complaints. This was told to us by another employee. Normally you wouldn’t be told any of this by employees, but it speaks to how unhappy the crew seems to be. This is rubbing off on the guests and bringing our vacation down.

One of the things we look forward to on these ships is the pay restaurants that are known for their excellent food. Wonderland, which is considered a molecular kitchen because of the types of food they serve, was fantastic. However Chops Grill, which we normally love, was terrible. My chunk of beef was overcooked and was not a Fillet Mignon. It was a nasty chunk of beef. I could get a better cut at Walmart. A friend told me of a similar nasty and tough piece they got there, and when we were there a woman in the restaurant ordered a rare fillet as they overcooked hers the other night too. Disappointing. I ate two bites and told the server I just lost my appetite. I didn’t say it was awful and I didn’t want to wait for them to try and cook me another one. Tonight we have the Chef’s Table which was very expensive. I’ve found out it’s at Chops, so tonight I will be blunt with anything that is not up to par. Chops is one restaurant that you are told to plan to be there for 2-3 hours. We were there an hour and ten minutes. Once again they couldn’t get us out fast enough. They no longer make the salads at your table for you nor do they wheel around the trays of desserts or cuts of meat for you to see before ordering.

Moving on, many of the venues in the ship don’t work. There is no disco, they use Two70 and Music Hall as nightclubs and also where they host game shows. Music Hall is a terrible venue for anything but music, as there only a small amount of seats from which you have a good unobstructed view of the stage area. So having a game show that you want to see the participants make asses of themselves shouldn’t be there, but that’s where it will be. Also I get that we are going out of New Jersey, but we had four full days of a Bon Jovi cover-band in there. Two nights was plenty! The bars are also understaffed and you can wait thirty minutes in the dance venues for a drink. Other bars by the pool can be the same way. I’ve walked across the ship to a bar that was empty and walked back to the venue I was originally at as that was faster than waiting for a drink there.

The Cruise Compass, the daily newspaper that tells you all the events, has been riddled with errors. It either tells you something is going on that is not happening when you get there, or something is going on that you don’t know about because it wasn’t in the compass. There are also too many events like adult roller disco that I would have loved to do, but they put it from 7-9pm when we have our dinners booked every night. I still haven’t done the skating!

Many people came on the ship to do things like the iFly skydiving simulator or the Northstar. Do these as fast as you can, because I can guarantee they will break at least once. Also book the iFly the moment you step on as if you don’t you will be SOL. It booked out for the whole cruise day one.

I ordered the soda package as I normally do, but they didn’t initially have the tumblers which you hand to people to get your soda. Now this wasn’t a huge problem as they’ll fill a glass for you. However they have those advanced flavor coke machines all over the ships which work with the tumblers, but we’re unusable because we didn’t have them. Finally by day 6 some people got theirs, others like me had to go to guest services to complain to get theirs. One would think since the machines hadn’t been used at all this cruise that they’d work. Wrong! Good luck getting ice out of them. The coke at least tastes like coke, which can’t be said for the rootbeer flavored coke the bars give you.

God forbid there is an actual problem on this ship as security has been few and far between. Underage kids are in the horrid fake night clubs every night, and they consistently break curfew and nobody does anything about it.

I hope you like taking the steps, as at least two elevators are guaranteed to be broken at any given time. They will also skip your floor and not stop as well as stop and make you get off. Oh yes, people in suites and diamond members can swipe their cards or wow bands, if theirs work, and it will immediately summon them an elevator for their use. It will also kick anyone on that elevator off. The doors will open, it tells you this elevator is needed for priority use, and you MUST exit.

If you become fed up with the windjammer or the dynamic dining restaurants, well there is always room service. Except now they charge you for it ala carte. This ship nickles and dimes you more than any other Royal ship. Johnny Rockets? You pay for everything piece by piece now rather than a five dollar cover for all you can eat. It even costs two dollars to play an air hockey game. Are you kidding me?

Many people have booked this ship because it’s not going to be here long. It heads to its home market in Singapore in May. That’s likely something Royal didn’t tell many because ultimately what people like me and you are are their beta testers. I paid a premium price to do this ship in order to help them work out all the bugs before they send it to its home market.

If anyone from Royal Caribbean ends up reading this blog, I’ve been wowed. However not in the way you wanted me to be.

Note: This was posted on my iPhone and at the end of the 7th day. I’ll likely update this when we get off the ship and will add more photos to it. Until then you can see many of the photos, and problems, on my Instagram.

UPDATES: After getting off the cruise . . .

So yes, I am home. Yes, I’ve had a few hours away from the ship to think things over. I wrote this post initially at my breaking point. Was I overly harsh in it? NO! The ship is flawed and if people like me continue to not say anything then it will stay flawed. I gave them holy hell in my comment form, I’m giving them holy hell in my post-cruise survey they just emailed me. I WANT this ship to work. If it worked, it could be great. But changes have to be made. Aside from everything that went wrong, I had a great time with the people I met onboard. If it weren’t for them, I might have jumped over 🙂 I’m making this update to clarify some things from my initial post, and of course ADD to what became known onboard as “The List.” I was channeling my inner Julia Sugarbaker and taking names and keeping a list 🙂

On the WOW bands, they do work for other things other than opening your door. You can use them to order drinks at the bar. But you have to take them off usually and hand them to the bartender. So just stick with the card. Plus they become nasty, sweaty and yucky. They are made of cheap rubber.

I signed up for a premium wifi package when we first got on, so for the most part I didn’t have problems. When they gave us free wifi the theory was I stayed on my original package I paid for and was refunded, while others got stuck with the basic “you can check your email and nothing else” package. They couldn’t get the internet to do anything to save their life. Of note, during the Captain’s Q&A one person asked why they gave us all free wifi. He said, “because we can!” He also claimed it was not because it was working poorly. It was suggested that wifi be free in this day and age, and they claimed they were considering it.

On the restaurants, they finally started making standby lines for people who didn’t have reservations. While a nice idea, they became another line for people to stand in on this ship. One of the major complaints from the guests were the lines.

Talking to others on the ship, the shower situation became an issue. People were not being given shampoo or body lotion. One lady was furious as she had no shampoo for 5 days. Gone are the gym-like dispensers in the shower, so you NEED the little bottles they give you. She said when she saw them on a steward’s cart she stole ten of them. Apparently some guests were told they had to be Diamond Plus in order to get body lotion. This is not true. Our cabin steward gave us all these day one, he was awesome. He was THE nicest person on the ship. Well the guy who serviced the cabins down the hall was awesome too, as he always said hello to us as we came and went.

My breakfast protest was spurned when after looping the entire Windjammer we finally found a table being cleaned off. As we approached it some middle age man screamed at us “I’m still sitting there!” He was not holding a tray of food at all. That’s when I sat my ass down in the buffet on the floor to eat. This became known as my “Japanese breakfast” by the friends we made. What I wished I had done, and started dreaming of doing, was dumping a plate full of food on the heads of the guests who hogged the tables.

If you by chance find yourself googling and reading this while on the cruise and are wondering “How will the do The Quest on this ship?” The answer is, THEY WON’T! Yes, one of the staple games of Royal Caribbean is impossible to do on the ship as they don’t have the venue for it.

In the SeaPlex, which takes the place of the sports court and ice rink on this ship, there is supposed to be a daily circus camp. You can learn all sorts of circus tricks like the trampoline and flying trapeze. It was canceled for our entire cruise. In it’s place they just held basketball, volleyball and dodgeball games. Yes, dodgeball, the elementary school game most of us have no desire to revisit.

I never did get to skate, as it was almost always scheduled at dinner and I decided eating at a poorly server restaurant was better than trying to do the horrible windjammer. Speaking of the service, our server in Wonderland and at Jamie’s Italian Kitchen were wonderful. Others elsewhere, not so as much. As I said in my initial post, you have to ask for everything. For example in Chops Grill they no longer bring the sauces for the steaks around, you have to ask them to. You have to ask for a drink, which we weren’t offered night one. One friend told us they weren’t even given water for one of their meals. The service on this ship overall is TERRIBLE. If you think I’m lying, simply go to Royal Caribbean’s Facebook page and read posts, or search for Quantum of the Seas and read some of the reviews. I’m not alone here.

When it comes to the coke machines, by day 7 (of 8) many had run out of the majority of the flavors. This was hilarious as they went into service on day 6.

Because of the way the do the dance clubs, it’s very difficult to ID people at the door like they did on older ships. Expect kids in the club, and expect them to be drinking too thanks to people buying them drinks. I overheard many of the kids discussing this. Talk about a legal headache. Some of the guests did finally complain, as I overheard a group of girls were discussing how “it wasn’t their fault they looked older than they were.” Also one of the 8 nights the DJ announced “Anyone under 18 had to leave and they would be checking IDs.” I saw no such thing happen though, and they next night the same offenders were in the clubs. Aside from the 70’s night, which was by far the most popular of all the dance nights, the music was the same crap every single night. If they would consider having either two venue, or music theme nights, these clubs may be more successful. Instead you’ll hear Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias over and over and over. By day 3 you’ll have the DJ’s entire setlist memorized.

Regarding the elevators, these started breaking down left and right by the end of the cruise. See my instagram again for hilarious photos. It got to the point that I had to post all the things wrong to keep my sanity. I heard from one guest that he and a woman got trapped in one and she freaked out as she became claustrophobic. I also borded an elevator with a guest who used their snooty privilege of summoning an elevator. I could tell she wanted to say something like “How dare you, this is my elevator!” However she said nothing after I gave her the look.

A final example of how this ship nickels and dimes people. We met a couple who came all the way from Australia to do this ship for their honeymoon. On day 6 the husband said he went to guest services to say he was on his honeymoon. He said they pulled up his account and could see this was noted. He said time was running out, and he simply thought they would be left a nice note in their cabin congratulating them, yet they had received nothing. He was told, “Oh you have to pay extra for that.” That’s WOW service right there.

As I said I do hope Royal gets it’s SHIP together. This could be a great boat, but they have to start addressing these issues and fast. Like an idiot I agreed to put a deposit down on the sister ship “Anthem of the Seas” next January. It was a small deposit, and John paid it. The ease of going out of Jersey, the insane amount of ports I’ve never been to, and it being a 12 night cruise drew us to it. However I will be looking at the competition, and I will be monitoring social media as the Anthem comes out. If Royal doesn’t pull it together, I will not hesitate to go elsewhere.

Final note, do NOT order the Digital CD of photos! Some of my photos were missing from the CD, photos I PAID for. My friend got a CD full of hundreds of photos of a family that he didn’t know. That family is probably pissed given how much they paid for that CD package. Those types are in the hundreds . . .

Below are some photos from our cruise . . .