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    royal caribbean
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    caribbean or repositioning

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  1. When aboard Anthem OTS this past October, there were Pickleball games posted in the Compass up in the Sportsplex on the top deck. Ellen
  2. I’m surprised that this thread isn’t in the 🔥 category. Surely those currently cruising that have the internet are following the news with abandon.
  3. Totally doable, depending on day of the week, how many ships in port that morning, and only IF everything goes according to plan. Personally, way too stressful for me. I only book flights leaving after 1:00pm on debarkation day. Whatever you plan, have a great cruise! 😊 Ellen
  4. Great start! You all look like a fun group having a great time. Patiently waiting for more... 😊 Ellen
  5. I agree that the Wonderland experience can vary from ship to ship. Just walking in to Wonderland aboard Symphony is part of the experience. Aboard Anthem, for instance, not so much. I would recommend Wonderland to anyone at least once, if they’re at all curious. It is, after all, more than just a meal. With the right waitperson, along with the AMAZING Madhatter, it’s dinner AND a show. Enjoy your cruise. Ellen
  6. My best tip? Bring your most comfortable walking shoes!!! Yes, she is huge, but beautiful. I concur with the entertainment comment. I would also urge you to at least take a walk through the Solarium after dark. The “art piece” in the center is quite interesting during daylight hours, stunning after dark. Enjoy your cruise ... and, I’m a little bit jealous 😉 Ellen
  7. While I do agree with the “chopped up” reference and overall, there’s just something about the design that doesn’t do it for me, I really loved many things about Anthem. Specifically, 270 and it’s Cafe 270, the Music Hall as well as the way-above-average entertainment. I 100% agree with the We Will Rock You recommendation, which was amazing. I very much much like Radiance, Voyager and Freedom class ships, but Oasis class still does it for me, really delivering the “WOW!” Ellen
  8. Just did the same cruise, same ship, 9 nights, this past October 2019. We sailed on the 10th, so a bit earlier than what you’re interested in. Unfortunately, our weather was far from the best, lots of gray days, on and off rain, temps pretty cool, but there’s no guarantees. If you’re familiar with Anthem OTS, you probably know that the entertainment is better than most, much like the Oasis class. I did pretty much the same cruise over 10 years ago on the Jewel OTS, but round trip out of Boston. We sailed around the 26th of September, had gorgeous weather, but there was just the hint of the colors changing. Fortunately, I cruise mostly just to enjoy the ship, the entertainment and the food, all while being on the ocean, my most favorite place to be, although cruising in warmer climes does appeal to me, to be able to enjoy the balcony. If if you have any specific questions, ask away! 😊 Ellen
  9. Have you read through your roll call? I’m fairly certain that you’ll be far from the only CC solo cruiser, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve only done 2 TransAtlantic cruises so far, but there were plenty of solos on both of them. RCI has a message board on every sailing, usually near Guest Services, or Promenade Cafe on Oasis, but if you can’t find it, Guest Services “should” be able to help you find it. That’s where you should be able to find solo luncheons or get-together posted.
  10. Can't speak to any of the tribute bands aboard, but if Royal Swedes are indeed on board, do not miss them. They're a pop/rock cover band, usually found in the Music Hall and are incredible! Ellen
  11. Hello Kim! So glad you were really able to take that preChristmas cruise, and I’m finally caught up. Kudos to you (and to hubby and Sakari for being so supportive) for actually diving again. The fact that you had even planned on trying it so soon, and fairly early into your recovery, is surely testament to you being no sissy!!! 👏👏. I would have thought you might never be able to put on a fin on that foot again, but there you were in video, not just wearing both, but actually using that fin! SIMPLY AMAZING! Thanks, once again, for documenting your wonderful travels with all of us. If I can’t be out there myself having a wonderful time on any ocean, I can at least smile, and sometimes laugh, along with you and your family. Ellen
  12. Being a mostly Royal Caribbean cruiser, their free lobster dinners are only offered on the last formal [now called Dress Your Best] night, although lobster is offered in the main dining rooms every night for an uncharge. These lobster dinners are only offered on sailings of 5 nights or more and I don't believe there are any "lobster nights" on European and Mediterranean sailings, but are definitely included on their Transatlantics to/from European ports.
  13. Ahh, you are correct Biker19. To access, yes. I was thinking about when initially installing it, but forgot that the OP had already done that. Thanks! Ellen
  14. You probably have figured it out by now, but the username/password to use is the same one that is used to install or purchase any other app for the iPhone. Enjoy your cruise! Ellen
  15. Might I suggest that you make sure that the blow dryer, which can be found in one of the vanity/desk drawers, is in working order as soon as you get to your stateroom. I once found out, the hard way, that mine did not. Called my stateroom attendant ASAP and he did bring a working one in about 15-20 minutes, as I sat there in my bathrobe w/wet hair 😳.
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