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  1. Did three cruises in the Haven and could not imagine going in to a regular balcony, but after going to the balcony I found I do not need the Haven. In the Haven there was so much of the ship we never saw because we spent so much time in the Haven. Once we were out of the Haven we found places on the ship that we loved that we had never experienced before. The Haven is nice, but not worth the extra cost. The ships are huge and there is so much to see and do, but if you hang out mostly in the Haven you miss the rest of the ship.
  2. Ok how much more? The couple hundred I would lose if I canceled?
  3. I had been on 5 cruises with no one asking for my marriage certificate, but on the sixth cruise the woman told me I could not board without it. I always brought it just in case.
  4. So the price is the same for refundable as non refundable? I just assumed they would charge more.
  5. I feel like a newbie. How do you find refundable deposits? Every booking I try have non-refundable deposits.
  6. So if I book on the cruise and the price drops before final payment I can still call and get the price adjustment? That was another question I had. Having more rooms to chose from is another plus. So are you saying I can cancel and rebook at the Next Cruise office if the price is about the same? That would encourage me to book now.
  7. Sorry. I am sure this has been asked before, but I cannot figure out how to search these boards to find any information that I need. When sitting with a Next Cruise consultant and attempting to book your next cruise do they have the prices that we see online with the special deals or do they have their own prices? Also do you get to see more than just a few rooms or do you have more rooms to chose from? We already have a cruise for this November, but we have 2 more we would like to book in 2020. So I guess my real question is do they book you at a higher rate than what you can get the cruise for online your self, but throw in OBC so you think you are getting a deal?
  8. I hid 2 ducks a day on my cruise on the Anthem. It was fun looking for interesting places to hide them. It was awesome seeing the smiling faces of the children and adults who found them. It is about bringing smiles to people, so those of us who like to make other people happy will hide ducks.
  9. Yankee Trails now has an app for your phone that shows you where the bus is. It was great because my husband was all antsy about getting off the ship and waiting outside and I could show him the bus was still in NY. I did not see any place to wait inside, but they do have bathroom on the side of the building and that is where I would wait in January.
  10. My husband had trouble sleeping on the bed because it was too hard. I slept on the couch and it was hard. I would bring something next time for both of us to sleep on.
  11. Your welcome to everyone who said thank you. I really enjoyed trying a different cruise line and comparing the differences. Now I really want to do Celebrity and see the differences. I did not say anything about food because I am not a big foodie. Any food that someone else cooks for me is great!
  12. Sorry I forgot to mention that we sailed on the Anthem. A lot of you said the crew on NCL was nicer. We felt the crew on the Escape were amazing compared to the Breakaway. As for the Anthem what I noticed was if I looked a crew member in the eyes as they walked by they would smile and say good morning, if I did not look at them they would say nothing. I cannot help, but wonder if this is what they are told to do. When we talked with an officer on the Anthem about how our room steward was a secret ninja because we never saw him, but he did a great job taking care of us the officer said that is what they want. They want the room stewards cleaning the room without us ever seeing them. I forgot to mention the difference in the pools. Anthem wins for the pool area hands down. There is a outdoor pool, then walk through a set of doors to an indoor pool, then go through another set of doors for the adult indoor solarium. The indoor pool was always crowded so the outdoor pool was never crowded. The outdoor pool has the big TV screen which seemed to play a lot of videos of people doing amazing things or stupid things. It was great for me since we chose not to do the internet. I could sit at the pool area with a drink and get some good laughs in watching those videos. The solarium was awesome for me, but DH thought it was too hot for him. It was nice to get into hot tubs knowing a bunch of kids would not get in with me. The only place that I saw chair hogs was the solarium. If you do not go early it would be impossible to get a place to sit. We went one morning around 8AM and got seats by the big swing. We enjoyed Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's for two hours. I managed to have a hot tub all to myself, but I knew the best part would be when we got up to leave. As soon as we started gather up out stuff people came running trying to get our chairs. It is sad that people will claim a chair, but never use it. Anthem has a big area called the Seaplex. They do roller skating, Bumper cars, trapeze(which I did) Dodge ball, soccer and basketball. My only complaint for this is you had to go early to get in line and hope to get in. Also I could not believe how many times we walked by and nothing was happening. It is such an amazing space and it is not used as much as it should be. Anthem has a room called the Two70. We went to a show where they showed everything the room is capable of doing. I cannot remember the exact number, but the room cost more than $30 million dollars. It is incredible what the room could do, but when we went to the Spectra show they do in that room we did not feel like the room was a Wow. They could do better shows and really show off the room in my opinion. The drink package. RCL won again. I started every morning hiking down to get my free Starbucks coffee. Sitting on the balcony sipping my Mocha Latte was heavenly! When we order drinks at the bars they would ask us if we would like a bottle of water with it. Getting fresh squeezed OJ at Windjammer every morning was awesome. We never waited long to get a drink and all the bartenders were great when I would tell them to surprise me with a drink. It was a great experience trying out a different cruise line. I did get on the ship with a notebook so I could document the differences, but I was not looking for everything to be better or worse. I felt like I was cheating on NCL, but I was tired of being on ships that were not that different. It was great exploring another ship and seeing how another line runs compared to NCL. I hope our next cruise is on NCL so I can get Platinum status, but it will depend on the prices.
  13. After 4 times on the Breakaway and 2 on the Escape my DH suggested that we try Royal Caribbean. I was only 10 days away from Platinum so I tried to talk him out of it, but the price was better on Royal and I was tired of the same ship. The difference between the Breakaway and Escape is not that much in my opinion. So I booked the cruise and started reading the Royal Caribbean boards instead of Norwegian. That felt weird! Pre-cruise I definitely felt that the NCL website was way easier to navigate. I could take care of everything myself on the NCL site. It really annoyed me that I had to call RCL to pre-pay my gratuities. It was also annoying that I had to check the prices of the drink package and shore excursions because RCL changes them. It is great when they drop the price, but the you have to cancel and repurchase the item. I had a hard time finding out what time I had made dinner reservations with my time dining. I got used to it after a month, but NCL wins for their website being user friendly. Embark Embark was much easier on RCL. We did not have to show our paper work until after we had screened our bags. After screening we went to a woman with an Ipad and she checked us in and sent us to the mobility impaired section. We sat there for 5 minutes and we were moving to get on the ship! They started boarding at 10:40. We went straight to the pool bar and had drinks in our hands by 10:45. Sail away Ok this was disappointing after NCL. The Statute of Liberty and Manhattan are above you. The only thing to look forward to is the bridge. You can see all that stuff, but it is not the same. NCL wins for sail away. But RCL had our luggage in our room right after sail away and that was really nice! Rooms RCL rooms are nice. Two closets that are easy to get into. The vents from the air conditioner did not blow directly on us which was nice. The bathroom is smaller, but still is fine and has a night light feature which was awesome at night. You can go to the bathroom and not have to turn on a bright light. There was not a clothes line in the bathroom, but six hooks on the wall which was great. We had 3 plugs and 2 usb plugs so no need for an power strip. The TV was not great, but better channels than NCL. TV did not tilt which made it hard to watch from the couch. The balcony is wider that NCL and the chairs recline and have a foot stool so I could actually lay out on the balcony and get a tan which is impossible on NCL. The balcony is higher than NCL so I could see out to the ocean where for my DH who is 6'2" the balcony was not a good height for him. I did have problems with putting on make up as the lighting was not good for that. RCL has a touch system with the room so it was nice to touch the outside of the door and not to have to insert that card to get in. RCL wins for the room and balcony. Bars Not too much difference in bars, but I felt NCL had more and different theme bars. My DH loved the Mojito bar on the Escape and I liked the Maltings bar on the Breakaway and Escape. On the RCL we did like the Schrooner bar and I like the Bionic bar where I could make my own drinks. Even for bars for both ships. Dining The first night on RCL was a joke for My Time Dining, but they fixed it after the first night. Never had a problem on NCL with dinners. RCL has specialty dining, but their prices make it ridiculous to try it without a package. NCL has prices that make it so you can do ala carte, not RCL. I did like the way I could check the menus on RCL for the entire cruise for the MDR so I knew when we did not want to go and when to try to book something else. Internet Hard to say much about this as we did the RCL voom for only one day, but the one day we had it it was nice. NCL internet does not work with my email provider so it was useless for me, but with RCL I could actually check my emails. So RCL wins for internet. Activities This is tough. I felt that NCL had a lot more things happening on the ship. The RCL ship we were on had a lot of cool things to do as long as you got there early enough. I got to do Ifly and a trapeze school on RCL. NCL has slides and rope course, but I loved Ifly. RCL had bumper cars and roller skating, but NCL has a mini golf. With the Bliss coming to New York there will be cooler things to do on NCL. I cannot pick a winner on this because both have different things to entertain you. Ports We did Bermuda and Boston on RCL. Both times we left port about 15 minutes early. With NCL we always had pier runners. Why? Disembark We had mobility impaired disembark. We were waiting for our bus to come so we asked if we could be last. Not a problem with RCL. They told us we could go last and the man who took us off actually asked if we wanted to wait in the wheelchair for the bus to come. Too nice. There were benches to sit on while we waited which is impossible to find in NYC. There are bathrooms outside while you wait! RCL wins for disembark and the waiting area. So I really liked both ships and enjoyed being on a different ship. DH thought RCL was better and wants to do them again. I think after trying a different line I would like to try even more lines. I would have no problem going back to NCL when another ship comes to NYC, but I would have no problem with doing RCL again and trying another line.
  14. You never know. I have gone in April and October and had the seas as smooth as glass. Go when it is best for you and hope for the best.
  15. Ship -Anthem of the seas Deck - 10 Stateroom # - 560 Stateroom Category – Balcony Starboard or Port Side - Starboard Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – The room was quiet. Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? -no Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. – The view was not obstructed. Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - Normal size balcony Was wind a problem? -no If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - Any specific problems with this cabin? -  Any other comments? -Loved the location as we were near the elevators. Bed is by the balcony. Would love to have this room again.
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