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    twangster reacted to rjac in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    And in even more unrelated news I booked the Symphony TA in October as soon as I re-boarded at the Next Cruise desk.  Symphony, here I come!  Somebody stop me!
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    twangster reacted to Floski in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
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    twangster got a reaction from Matt in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    Last night (or early this morning) I commited a PUI.  Packing Under the Influence. At some point last night I lost the lens cap for my fisheye.  Might have been the whisky, might have been the gin.  Could have been the 2, 4 or 6 pack.  I woke when we started backing into our slip in Bayonne.  
    I'm sitting in Boleros waiting to do the B2B customs process.  There are roughly 30 to 40  of us here.  My battery is dead on my laptop but I have some NYC sunrise photos I'll share once I'm back on board.  
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    twangster got a reaction from RestingBird in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I don't always live blog my cruises,

     
    But when I do I live blog on RoyalCarribeanBlog.com.  Live from my balcony.
    Note to @Matt - need a full screen logo ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from RestingBird in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    Christmas decorations went up while we were in Nassau.  I caught this photo earlier in the day while they were assembling the tree.

    Note they also placed a Menorah to the right of Michael's.





    They were starting to add festive bling to Guest Services as I headed off to bed.

     
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    twangster got a reaction from RestingBird in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    Tonight's show was "We Will Rock You" in the main theater.  Given how quick the MDR was tonight I had time to run to Vintages for a glass of wine before the show.  
    The show started off a bit slow for me and I was wondering what I got myself into.  As it progressed I began to warm up to it more and more.  Roughly halfway through I was really enjoying it and by the end I was on my feet applauding with the rest of the theater.  Don't miss it, especially if you like Rock and the music of Queen.
    I plan to go again next cruise but from the upper level so I can see the band who sit in four boxes stage left and right on the second level and were hard to see from front and center.


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    twangster reacted to Floski in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    Fine.  But no steenking pictures of a gym or any other workout area!!!
     
    I'm pretty sure I've gained about 10 pounds just reading your blogs!!!!
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    twangster reacted to KathyC in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    We are planning Alaska on Ovation in 2020.  My oldest graduates college that year and we want to do something special. Going to be awesome!! 
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    Woohoo!  See @WAAAYTOOO it pays to be a suck up! 
    Since I've still got nearly two weeks on board Anthem I've been thinking how to blog this out.  I think I'm going to focus on various venues making each one the highlight of post.  Windjammer one day, Solarium another day, SeaPlex, Two70, Vintages, pool deck, etc.  They say a picture speaks a thousand words so I'll try to let the photos do the talking. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    Woohoo!  See @WAAAYTOOO it pays to be a suck up! 
    Since I've still got nearly two weeks on board Anthem I've been thinking how to blog this out.  I think I'm going to focus on various venues making each one the highlight of post.  Windjammer one day, Solarium another day, SeaPlex, Two70, Vintages, pool deck, etc.  They say a picture speaks a thousand words so I'll try to let the photos do the talking. 
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    twangster reacted to NS8VN in RCCL sponsoring an LTT video? Yes please!   
    A short video covering some of the new technology RCCL is working on. Really loving their plans for the app.
    (Despite the joke in the title it is 100% safe for work)
     
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    twangster reacted to Matt in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    In completely unrelated news, I am going to nominate @twangster for message board user of the year!
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    twangster got a reaction from Matt in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I don't always live blog my cruises,

     
    But when I do I live blog on RoyalCarribeanBlog.com.  Live from my balcony.
    Note to @Matt - need a full screen logo ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I resemble that remark!
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    twangster reacted to henrysea13 in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    omg twangster the photos thankyou I am planning my cruise on the anthem WOW your pictures I wish I could see pix from our freedom cruise nov 11
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    twangster got a reaction from Neaxan in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I don't always live blog my cruises,

     
    But when I do I live blog on RoyalCarribeanBlog.com.  Live from my balcony.
    Note to @Matt - need a full screen logo ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from FlowBro Ty in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    Day 5 - Nassau
    I woke early while it was still dark out and spotted a couple ships in the distance lining up to arrive into port.
    As the sun rose I could make out the familiar shape of an RCI ship in the distance.

    As she entered the harbor I realized it's Majesty of the Seas who we met upon our arrival in Port Canaveral a few days ago.

    I'm trying to arrange a cruise on her but since she only does shorter cruises and I have to fly to Florida so I am struggling to find the right combination of ships and dates as I plan a 'Tour de Petite Ships'.

    An NCL ship also arrived into port this morning.
    I have a smile on my face today.  While many on board are waking up to the realization they only have two nights left, I still have two weeks.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Floski in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I don't always live blog my cruises,

     
    But when I do I live blog on RoyalCarribeanBlog.com.  Live from my balcony.
    Note to @Matt - need a full screen logo ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I don't always live blog my cruises,

     
    But when I do I live blog on RoyalCarribeanBlog.com.  Live from my balcony.
    Note to @Matt - need a full screen logo ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from Skigoofy in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I don't always live blog my cruises,

     
    But when I do I live blog on RoyalCarribeanBlog.com.  Live from my balcony.
    Note to @Matt - need a full screen logo ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    After the show I went to the pub for a few beer and overheard someone mention 'RED'.  If you've been on Harmony you may have experienced RED before.  It's a full club experience, music blaring, chest pounding club night with dancers popping up or down or swinging in the air from ropes.  It's not a 'show' but an interactive club experience.  


    They started to lower the blinds and I had been curious how they turn it windows into projection screens during full daylight so I took a picture of the shades coming down.

    There is a double blind system over each window.  A light blocking shade in the middle of the frame and then a projection screen surface more flush with the inner surface.  The result is a projection surface that let's them do things like this:

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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I don't always live blog my cruises,

     
    But when I do I live blog on RoyalCarribeanBlog.com.  Live from my balcony.
    Note to @Matt - need a full screen logo ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    I happened to be near the Northstar (ok I was at the Northstar bar) and saw they were light on passengers for a ride so I jumped on Northstar standby this afternoon.  I wanted to see what photography is like at sea from Northstar and learned a couple things.  I only had my fisheye lens with NO CPL.
    Note the position of the sun.  More on that later.







    Sun from aft causes even greater reflections in the glass that will appear in the photo.  I need to be aware of sun position next booking.
    The curved nature of the gondola makes CPL filters less effective.  Especially with ultra wide angle lens.  However I think it would helped at least a little because reflections from inside Northstar onto the glass were pretty bad today.  A CPL filter and picking a time when the sun would be in front of the ship, or on a cloudy day might yield better results.
    No problem with the A/C in Northstar, not hot at all.

    I still enjoyed the ride though.  It's a very unique experience.  Alaska 2019 on Ovation ...anyone in?

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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B   
    The only thing I noted was some swear words like bit** and a**hole.  Not often, only a couple times.  Some adult oriented innuendo but nothing overt.  There were kids under 12 in the audience last night, quite a few actually.  I didn't note any warnings or suggestions that it is adult only. 
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