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About jamesboat

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  1. Phoenix is an annoying transfer. There are moving walkways, but 34 minutes will mean running. Ive done it tons of times. You can do it if you hustle. Have the AA app downloaded so you know exactly what gate youre landing on and where youre departing. Look at the map so you dont waste any time going the wrong way. Phoenix is also an AA hub, so if you miss your flight, you will be fine. They will get you on another one no problem. Relax, you have plenty of time to make your cruise.
  2. I was able to go twice. We were going a third time but it was cancelled due to the weather. Book your official reservation as early in the cruise as possible. Then later in the cruise ask if there are any open slots. Less kids = more slots. You probably wont have luck in July, but we cruised in January so there were maybe 50 kids on the ship.
  3. The Trump administration just announced major changes. It is unknown when they come into effect.
  4. You just made me realize they are showing prices per cabin instead of per person. Much more reasonable! Especially with tip included ($15 per day for other lines)
  5. I assume you can tell your steward to just leave the bed. My gf likes to nap before dinner, so the bed needs to stay
  6. 4/5 day cruises is a bit of a bummer, but I like the destination. It never made sense to me that DR is such a resort destination, but barely and ships go there. I also like later port times. Nothing annoys me more than a 6pm all-aboard when the next port is literally a 2 hour sail away (ie, the virgin islands)
  7. In Google Earth, on the top bar, there is a clock with a green arrow pointing back. Click that, and you get a slider to see the area over time. Drag it left, and then to the right again, and you can see the date of the most recent image.
  8. I cant provide direct links due to forum rules.. But I browse a website that shows a ticker for departures in the next 90 days. I then go to a website where agencies compete on cruise quotes. Looks like you did well with the $300 OBC for the Jan 6 cruise, Im just noting balconies are still available, although without such a generous OBC.
  9. The first few pages of this thread are an absolute goldmine of experts getting it wrong! This is false. We cruised 12 nights on Anthem for $1,150 per person on a balcony (excluding gratuity) in 2017. If youre looking only at RC website pricing, youre doing it wrong! Right now on the Jan 6 twelve night you can get a balcony for ~$1,400, so its certainly not sold out, and thats just 3 weeks away!
  10. Great review! I agree with everything you said. One tiny detail that caught my eye: the cheese platter. If I had to pick the one horrible thing about Anthem, it would be the absolute joke of a cheese platter. Can't believe they haven't fixed it.
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