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  1. I'm unpacking and thought I'd share this really nice keepsake Celebrity gave us to commemorate the first cruise back.
    7 points
  2. 6 points
  3. Coco Cay Beach Club Over the water Cabanas are legit! Worth the price!
    5 points
  4. Our very first (and second) rooms on the Oasis class were in a Boardwalk balcony. We loved those rooms. Some are concerned about privacy since you can see straight across to your Boardwalk neighbors but that never concerned us. We were always looking either down or out the aft (something just doesn't sound right about that last part...LOL). The balconies on those rooms are very small but they're adequate for people watching and getting some fresh air. We always tried to stay as far aft as we could so that we had the best chance of having some ocean views. Unfortunately, since you are on Oasis, you will have the great purple monstrosity to deal with which obstructs your view to the ocean....but being further aft will help with that. It's a long walk all the way to the back but that's the trade-off for having the better view (IMO). Of course, there's nothing like an oceanview balcony....but there's nothing particularly unique about it like there is with the BW or CP balcony. If you do decide to go with the OV balcony, I recommend staying closer to midship as you don't have to deal with the walk. You really can't go wrong either way ! That's the good part.
    4 points
  5. Throwing 2 pennies in the bucket; Since there are plenty of ships with ocean view balconies, I'd opt for the boardwalk balcony this time. The two main complaints can be noise ( I do think the sliders seal pretty well though) and distance from other venues. Has never been a problem for me and I have enjoyed the 3 or 4 times I have cruised in a boardwalk balcony.
    4 points
  6. I'm taking a moment to share my (ongoing) experience with Flights by Celebrity, which is really the same service. On my flight home from Celebrity millennium, the flight from Miami was cancelled. American airlines hasn't been real helpful. They insisted the best we can hope for is a flight on Monday. They offered hotels, but said there are none available. I booked the flight through Flights by Celebrity. So, I called there emergency service at 1am last night. Lisa picked up the phone and tried her best. She got us a hotel at Celebrity's expense. She also got us on the standby list for 8:30 today. Fingers crossed that we will make it
    4 points
  7. rjac

    Corny Jokes

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    3 points
  8. Lunch at Over the Water Cabanas! (all from the menus above.. and they being some of everything.. ) They’re bringing more Filet, mozzarella sticks and chicken wings..
    3 points
  9. We made it to Houston! I want to give a special shout out to Lisa at flights by celebrity. We were at the top of the standby list this morning. I think she pulled some strings
    3 points
  10. Unfortunately that all means we just keep on sitting in limbo because our government has reached the point where it so monumentally huge and bureaucratic that absolutely nothing really happens except wasting a massive amount of time and energy ? I'm not even sure I know whether my cruise in about 30 days is actually supposed to be happening or not because no one really understands who's in charge and what they have agreed to. Oh well, fingers crossed.
    3 points
  11. Sort-of ....... as of yesterday, there were 85 motions from various parties logged on the court docket. If you've been following this thread you know they involve third parties entering Amicus briefs in support of the FL suit, objections to adding them from the defendants. requests to join the law suit (TX and Alaska) as co-complainants and objections from the defendants to such motions. There's also several technical filings involving court procedure that have no bearing on the arguments/facts of the case. The case has become complicated and you saw in Matt's posts above that Merryday has said, "there are a lot of moving parts ..... and I can only make one ruling." This signals to me that FL has crossed all the thresholds for Merryday to rule (e.g. standing). That is something HHS/CDC has argued against .If you go back to the original claim that was filed by FL it was under Administrative Procedures and Agency Actions. That probably makes it possible for Merryday to consider a rather narrowly defined case that might not take not account the harm FL, TX and Alaska claim as substantial economic harm. At the initial filing, I felt FL had a very strong case from the arguments we saw in filed motions. To wit, FL was never given proper notice or consulted. In response HHS/CDC lawyers filed their motions pointing out they did do both of those things. I thought this was weak sauce because, well, the didn't. They just charged right in, considered doing something or nothing and without consultation with the state PH or transportation officials closed all FL ports to cruise ship traffic. If that was it, FL wins. But it isn't and that became known to us as the motions and counter motions unfolded. HHS/CDDC claim that they acted within their authority given the PHE and granted in U.S.C. 42, section 245. The VSP is within those documents. I read all of it and at that point, felt the FL case had been weakened but still had life. Life came in the form of FL's response that cited the laws that regulate commerce within ports. It's here that I think a case can be made that the HHS/CDC didn't have the authority to do that without consulting both FL and it's involved agencies and the US Department of Commerce - a federal agency that should have been in on the CDC's decision to shut down legitimate commerce in the form of cruise ships. If this were a complete and accurate recap of both sides arguments, the CSO gets enjoined. But it's been pointed out to me that both the law and the spirit of the law help to inform a federal judges ruling. This is where I think it gets very complicated. I also think that as the case unfolded, even though the CDC was scrambling, they made a decent argument that the CSO is a reasonable path forward. We can argue the details but the spirit of the CSO has served a purpose and the cruise lines have complied. Timely? I don't think so and that equates to points in FL's scoreboard. Too arduous so as to make it as difficult as possible to get cruising started faster than the CDC wanted it to? Clearly it was They based this hesitancy to grant an unconditional restart of cruising, correctly defined as a potentially high risk of disease acceleration based on it's definition as a congregate setting. You can disagree with that, you can argue but, but, the Healthy Sail Panel!!!! Wasn't that just as good and much more workable? The ultimate agency to green light the industry once the NSO was lifted is properly the CDC ...... back to the original question - did the CDC exceed it's authority in implementing the NSO? I can see Merryday's ruling going either way. Certainly, his ruling is going to contain questions regarding the clarity of the applicable laws. He'll write in the form of a question, to what extent does existing law grant the CDC authority in a PHE and opine it's not clear. He'll add clarifying vague laws to make them clear is the role of congress not his. I think based on the economic damage the NSO and subsequently the burdensome CSO wrought on the travel and leisure sector of the global economy, because it was so extensive, economic interests WILL come into play although HHS/CDC has worked hard to argue they shouldn't. What else might come up is an opinion that there should have been better oversight through cross agency consultation at the federal level and that isn't covered in the current law - at least not that I can find. It's a tough case and I'm going to fence sit. Regardless the outcome, I think the cruise industry is well positioned to adapt to however Merryday rules.
    3 points
  12. I realize the corkscrew was just an example but, to answer your question, at least in my experience, they have some overnight people with guest services who handle stuff like that. On a cruise a few years ago, one of my daughters was "overserved" at the Windjammer dessert bar. In the middle of the night, she got sick in bed and we called down to guest services for some clean sheets. There was someone other than our regular steward who came up and helped us remake the bed with new linens.
    2 points
  13. Awesome thank you! Praying for sunny skies! ?
    2 points
  14. You’re fine - we’re currently in a rain delay.. but I presume yes on board.. I know they have bottle service for Veuve per the Cabana menu - full cabana menu below - @Matt FYI for menus
    2 points
  15. In September of 2019 i had my phone in airplane mode with wifi turned on.. as soon as i walked through the gate to Coco Kay my phone started pinging, buzzing and i started to receive texts.. I looked at my wifi settings and there was an ATT hotspot on the island.. So since it was free and i didnt have voom i did a few live vids on FB lol
    2 points
  16. If you like people watching, get the boardwalk balcony. If you like the relaxing ocean views, pick the ocean view.
    2 points
  17. Thanks for posting your cruise experience during your cruise. I'm really happy to see despite a few cases on board the protocols worked and the cruise didn't come to an abrupt end.
    2 points
  18. The blog members dreams coming true to life as the Gang get ready to hit port!!!?
    2 points
  19. There she goes! https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/
    2 points
  20. I have been in this show (Little Sally -“too much exposition”) and it turned out to be the one I wouldn’t mind doing over and over, even as weird as the premise is. @steverk Thanks for the live blog, it was great!
    2 points
  21. Several contributors on this site have already commented (facetiously) they expect norovirus and the common cold to be used as an excuse to lock down or force restrictions again. As crazy as that sounds - in today's environment, you never know.
    2 points
  22. WAAAYTOOO

    Suite Talk

    1. I agree with @12thman. I would NOT depend on RoyalUp if you really want a full suite. Those chances are extremely remote. 2. GS - I am a huge fan of Grand Suites on all of the Royal Caribbean ship classes EXCEPT for the Quantum class (of which, Anthem is one). Since you mentioned your mom uses a scooter, I would scratch this one off your list immediately. The half wall where the TV is mounted in the Q class GS makes that suite VERY cramped and I would think that she would have a big problem with a scooter. Frankly, I think you would have more room in your JS than you would in a GS on Anthem. I will never EVER pay for a GS again on a Q class ship. 3. I have never stayed (or even seen) a 2 BR GS on the Q class ship so I really have no opinion about this one. As long as the living area is not designed the same as it is in the 1 BR (with that half wall for the TV) you would probably be fine. This might actually provide you with the most comfortable situation as you would each have a regular bed. 4. While I have never stayed in an OS on a Q class ship, I feel confident that you would have plenty of room for your mom's scooter in an OS. Not only would you have plenty of room, but you would have a dining table and regular chairs in your suite so that you could enjoy a comfortable room service meal if you decided to try that. With a full suite, room service is complimentary so you could have breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all 3 !!!) delivered if you chose to do that. It's a very nice treat. Honestly, if you are going to spend additional money, I would NOT waste it on a GS on Anthem. I am fairly sure that you would have to completely remove the coffee table in the living room to be able to get to the bedroom with a scooter.
    2 points
  23. We've docked in st. Maarten. It's hard to believe we are at the end of the cruise. ? We fly out this afternoon. Unless something happens, this will be my final post on this topic. It's been a great cruise and celebrity has worked especially hard to make it a success. I want to thank them for all of the hard work and bold step to be the first ones back.
    2 points
  24. Henceforth a group of ships shall be called a Gang.
    2 points
  25. Same here! I actually just changed my username to 'Cruising With JT' as I am in the process of creating a few cruise-related social media channels...but it's still me, johnt83 ?
    1 point
  26. Boardwalk is going to be loud at night. While you may not be able to see the aquatheater show from your balcony (depends on if the slide is in your way or not) you definitely can hear it. Hope you like 80s music!
    1 point
  27. loki007

    Allure of The Seas!

    I've been on Allure pre-amplification. Not sure with COVID if amplification will be complete by next summer? It's a great ship as are all the Oasis class. We love Johny Rockets on the board walk for breakfast (never busy, people don't realize its included, Vintages wine bar in central park, Dinner at Chops (try to sit outside in Central Park). Definitely make time to see Mama Mia in the theatre. You can't go wrong, you'll have a great time.
    1 point
  28. I heard that there are only 67 children on the cruise. I also heard that there are 2 adults with a medical exemption that are required to wear masks. It seems like the protocols are similar to what we are used to in the US. I see kids with masks walking around but without masks outside and in windjammer or anyplace they could be eating, whether they are or not.
    1 point
  29. It’s starting to clear up
    1 point
  30. The days of the extended check-in window are long gone, IMO, even after covid is gone.
    1 point
  31. They give you a brief tour but yes - has a mini bar but if you have DX it’s included (wine/bubbles are based on dx rules) but ask and they’ll bring it.
    1 point
  32. Michael Bayley reported this cruise is 94% 16+.
    1 point
  33. Usually slightly less. For a King Bay view room with Club access, it ranges from around $350-400/night. What I do is I book with the members (free to join) refundable rate and watch the price. When it goes down, I cancel and re-book. You can do that up until a few days before arrival.
    1 point
  34. Lovetocruise2002

    Suite Talk

    I personally, would still agree with @WAAAYTOOOin that the OS is probably better than the GT (2 bedroom GS). The GT is still very "chopped up" with walls and narrow in some areas. The living space/main area in the GT on Anthem is very plain as well. The OS is much more open concept and probably easier to get around in.
    1 point
  35. Does that treason thing come up if we help the gang invade ?
    1 point
  36. Covid had this peculiar effect of "viral interference" which shut down the flu and pretty much all common cold viruses except rhinovirus. My son was in school full time all year, and kids 10 and under didn't have to wear masks. There were barely any cold bugs going around, and zero flu. It was amazing (other than the shadow of covid) Now the cold virus is coming back and it's freaking people out because they forget what it's like to have the common cold.
    1 point
  37. No one should be subjected to that, my apologies. ?
    1 point
  38. The lack of crowds is already making this one of my favorite cruises. Every crewmember is going out of their way to welcome everyone back.
    1 point
  39. We passed the test! Just got on the bus.
    1 point
  40. I'm all checked in and now just waiting on test results. Should take about 30 minutes. We got here at 1115 and they took us early for our 1230 appointment.
    1 point
  41. Lovetocruise2002

    Suite Talk

    You all know where I stand with this, I never would hold out for Royal Up. Book what you actually want now and consider Royal up an extra treat if you want to play the Royal Up game. Also, I have found (pre-covid) that Royal Up works well with cabins where there is a lot of availability (ex. inside/oceanview to balcony) but for suites, when the availability is already low to begin with, the chances of actually getting something through Royal Up are much more slim.
    1 point
  42. Fairlynew

    Suite Talk

    I highly recommend going with a suite. Coastal Kitchen and the concierge are huge benefits.
    1 point
  43. DanielB

    Starbucks on Symphony

    Is it September 25th yet????? I moved my Nassau (9/11) cruise to this one. At this point don't care about Starbucks, I just need some Vitamin Sea!
    1 point
  44. We are on this sailing
    1 point
  45. I just added my parents last week and they did have a few rooms left at the group rate.
    1 point
  46. Good morning cruisers! im here in DC waiting for my passport renewal appointment this morning. We drove in last night and stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Foggy Bottom which is just a block from the agency. We booked an explore DC deal that even came with late check out and free parking. I’m calling this almost debacle a welcome quick getaway!
    1 point
  47. Matt

    Member Benefits Update

    I completely agree.
    1 point
  48. We are on this and the previous one for a post pandemic B2B! Can't wait for this! ?
    1 point
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