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About Tatka

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    Originally Eastern Europe, now Boston Suburbs, USA
  • Interests
    Travel/photography, books, hockey!!!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity,Princess,Royal Caribbean,NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe, Caribbean, Bermuda

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  1. Anthem is a perfect ship to sail during school vacations. It is better when families with kids are cruising. 🙂 Solarium is Adults only, so families usually go to Indoor Pool. We cruised 3 times during Thanksgiving weeks and Solarium had more space than when we cruised in May as there was more couples without kids and they hit Solarium.
  2. Nice! I still always need WiFi, but for folks who do not want to completely disconnect , but do not want to pay either it is nice!
  3. I think WhatsApp just like Skype, Google Voice, Viper has own rates for calling independent numbers.
  4. Interesting.. We last year we used their Unlimited Streaming plan (which is outrageously expensive $360 for 14 days and superslow).. but are you sure you do not need at least social media plan to use CC ?
  5. Thank you. So considering what happens if you are trying to use cellular on the ship (costs can skyrocket) it is better to use Wifi.
  6. CruiseCritic or Cruise Company application? I was never able to reach CC unless I bought WiFi on Celebrity, RCI, Princess, HALL, NCL, MSC, Cunard or Carnival. Which lines allow it?
  7. Do you need cellular data to use Skype calls (not Skype application via internet, but Skype calls)?
  8. WiFi or not does not matter as in this case it is international calling and depends on your plan with provider. If you call to US (no matter from where) via WiFi and your phone it is free.
  9. If you only need 1 VOOM you are better of just buying it, unless you need several VOOMs and other features that Key provides for every member.
  10. If you are looking to see Rome, I would cruise out of Civitavecchia (port for Rome) as day trip to Rome from this port is just too much. We did it (Barcelona - Marseilles, Villafranche, Livorno(Pisa/Florence),Civitavecchia , Naples - day at sea - Barcelona) , but we hired private driver www.driverinrome.com who picked us up.. and we had very nicely scheduled day trip. Small van brought us to every POI, but we were dead tired by the end of that day... at the age of 31! 🙂 So if I was to visit Western Med again, I would sail out of Civitavecchia and spend several day in Rome prior to cruise. I would also take a longer than 7 day cruise and have 1 sea day in between of all sightseeing to take a breath and rest. We also had amazing 7 days cruise out of Venice on NCL Star Venice - Dubrovnik, Croatia - Kotor, Montenegro - Katakolon, Greece - Athens,Greece - Split, Croatia - Venice
  11. Also interested. Of course Anthem has great VOOM. I use it for work all the time. Grandeur's VOOM is weaker, but still usable. We did buy Surf & Stream on both and was actually able to stream TV. Planning to buy S&S on E.
  12. I am afraid you are out of luck https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/booking-cancellation-refund-policy 75% will be lost
  13. To me it is Headphones. I would go crazy exercising in gym without watching TV on elliptical or on my tablet/phone. Noise cancelling headphones if I need to work and have a meeting (laptop too of course) Shampoo, conditioner, lotion. RCI provides only Shampoo and it is not good Backpack which we use for day trips or beach
  14. Diamond Club was a bit crowded, but other that that not much of crowds. It is a large ship. Enjoy!
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