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  1. Agreed. Most underrated feature on the ship prior to boarding. Once on and you watch others or try them yourself, you will be complaining that they aren't open enough! When boarding reserve puzzle break (if it is your thing, and the iFly if you didn't in the cruise planner. Head to two70 for the roast beef or straight to the Seaplex for repeat rides on the bumper cars. Sometimes you won't even have to get off if there are not enough people. After a couple of days, THERE WILL BE LONG LINES. After 7 prior cruises on Royal, my wife and I sailed on the Anthem in Sept 2018. Prior to that we had sailed on all classes but Empress and Oasis (though we leave on the later in less than 3 weeks!) We enjoyed it so much we took our kids (in college) on it for the NYE cruise 3 months later. To date it is the only ship we have sailed twice on.
  2. To date, I've been on all classes except the smallest (Empress) and largest (Oasis - though we'll be on her in less than 3 weeks) and I feel that the Freedom Class is a great starter ship for a group with varied ages. We have had two family reunions (Age ranges from 5 to 80s) on that class (Liberty and Independence) and all had a great time. There was plenty to do and see and it was simpler to go to shows without having to reserve spots like one has to do on Oasis and Quantum class ships. Between the variety of entertainment and dining options on the Oasis and Quantum class ships, it can get a little overwhelming. To me it would be easer to manage a large group on the other ships.
  3. John, since we are in a JS next month, could you please ask what would be our best plan to try to eat dinner at the CK each night during our cruise. What are the best times to try for? We would prefer to eat early (5:30ish) though we are open what the best strategy is. Are we able to reserve upon boarding or do we have to check each day? Any guidance would be most appreciated!
  4. Sailed twice on the anthem last year. There were plenty of options for the iFly and Northstar after it was closed out on the cruise planner once we boarded. The most limited activity was the Puzzle Break room but even that had several options. We did board relatively early though. I actually changed some reservations that I made previously on the cruise planner to more convenient times once aboard.
  5. We are on the February 9th sailing. Which are you on? That is very kind of you. Thanks.
  6. This is our fist time on the oasis class and our first time in a JS. We prefer to eat early - Essentially 5:30, though we are open to even 5PM. Are reservations open to JS for dinner only on a night by night basis or can I make reservations for all nights upon boarding. There are just two of us and we are sailing on February 9th, BTW.
  7. Have a wonderful trip. We are looking forward to our first time on an Oasis class on Feb 9th! Also it will be our first time in a JS. My wife and I particularly enjoy the shows. I think you commented on another thread I posted on. I have a reservation for the first night headliner show but I have heard that there may be different headliner acts through the week and the cruise planner will not let me reserve more than one headliner show. I would appreciate it if you could comment if the headliner shows are different each night they have them and if you attend them how difficult it is to get a seat without a reservation. Thanks again!
  8. I brought my DJI Mavic Pro on a cruise in October 2018 and filmed in Portland, Bar Harbor, Peggy's Cove, St. John and St. Martins. It was a lot of fun. As others have already said, The rules are pretty clear about flying at CocoCay and Labadee. When I fly my drone, I try to get it up and away from people quickly as to avoid intruding on their space and peace (The buzz can scare some people). At Peggy's Cove, the waves and wind pretty much drowned out the noise as soon as the drone was about 30 feet off the ground. The trip out to the Anthem from Bar Harbor made me a little nervous as the ship was pretty far away and the wind was pretty strong that day, but she got back safely. I never flew directly over the ship and was respectful to the people around me, letting them know when the drone was going to lift off and when it was about to return. People were genuinely interested in how everything was monitored and controlled. I lost the connection with the drone once at the St. Martins Caves in New Brunswick but the software brought her back to me fine. 😅 Here's a link to the video for anyone interested: Anthem Cruise to NE and Canada
  9. We were on the Anthem for NYE last year and my daughter was strictly on a Vegan diet during that time. We did notify RCCL about her dietary restrictions via email and got back a generic letter saying that (at the time) there was no special menu for her but that we could ask on board for assistance in the MDR. On our first night, the headwaiter came up to us, introduced himself and confirmed that my daughter was needing vegan options for dinner. He introduced her to a chef that would be preparing her meals for the next 8 evenings and while that first nights dinner was a simple pasta with marinara sauce, he asked about her preferences and prepared EXCELLENT meals for her on subsequent nights. Feedback and even preferences for repeats were solicited each evening for subsequent meals. It was a terrific experience. As far as specialty restaurants, we only at at Jamie's Italian and I believe she had Gnocchi, but otherwise there were limited options.
  10. Looks risky...What happens if Skynet becomes self aware at that moment....
  11. These are so beautiful. That first picture is incredible. Somehow you managed to capture the detail in both the lighter and darker areas of the view. There is minimal to no motion blur from the bartenders (How did you get them to stay still for the shot, LOL!) - The color from the bar is in sharp contrast to the dark surroundings and ...OMG!!!!...The light on Rachel's face is perfect!!! Good thing nothing naughty was going on in the central park view cabin above. The lighting there is even perfect!
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