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    SpeedNoodles reacted to JLMoran in sitting on the balcony   
    You can, but I don't recommend it. Depending on your location, people fore and aft might have a clear view onto a decent chunk of your balcony space. And on some ships, cabins on higher decks are able to see the balconies of cabins lower down.
    All of this is assuming an ocean view balcony, not something like a central park / boardwalk balcony on Oasis class ships where you have the people on the other side of the ship able to see everything.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from stephens2516 in Alcohol in Ports   
    You can, but they will hold it for you until the end of the cruise - you can't bring it back to your cabin.  I believe they deliver it to your cabin on the last night (so you can pack it).
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Biff215 in Itinerary - Which do I believe?   
    Trust your EDocs over either the app or the booking site.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from CrimsonCruiser in No response from post cruise team   
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Matt in This is why no info on Icon class ships   
    Frankly it's nothing Matt hasn't been telling us for the past year.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from ellcee in No response from post cruise team   
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from teddy in Cancelled Excursion Refund   
    I experienced the same when my helium balloon excursion on Coco Cay was cancelled due to wind.  The money was refunded to my Sea Pass card by noon.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Brobbins246 in Flight after disembarking   
    You should be OK with that timing as long as there are no delays in clearing the ship for disembarkation.  Do the self-disembark ASAP and catch a Lyft or Uber to the airport.  I made it from Miami Terminal A to FLL with a similar flight time last year.
    Also, check your flight status before leaving the ship.  In my case, even though I made it to the airport on time, I found out when I got there that my flight had been grounded, and I didn't get a notice.  Sure wish I'd known that before rushing off the ship.  Totally would have stayed for breakfast. 😕
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Neesa in No response from post cruise team   
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in Anthem Jan. 5, 2020 11 Nights Southern Caribbean - RECAP   
    Day 9 - Sea Day
    Now we begin our return to Bayonne consisting of three sea days.  Morning found us still in the rougher weather but I noted we had put on speed.  Looking at the Windy app I think I knew what the Captain was up to.
    By going faster this morning he would get us through this rougher stuff faster and by afternoon it should be getting better.  Sure enough during his noon update that is exactly what the plan was.  
    My nice clean balcony was a layer of salt.  Down on deck 6 the wind driven waves were causing a lot of sea spray.  Outer areas on deck 5 were closed as was deck 15.  The Captain reported gale force winds across the decks.  
    Despite the winds I thought the ship handled it quite well.  There was some rolling at times but I used the stairs without using the hand railing so it wasn't that bad.  
    I had run into the Digital Entertainment Manager a few days ago and talked to him about the new game.  He mentioned it's better on calm sea days as the motion of the ocean can impact the gyros in a phone and cause unpredictable behavior in the game.  Being the inquisitive type I wanted to see how the game would handle these rougher seas.  
    Sure enough the virtual mountain was all over the place.





    The game was impossible to play so if you want to try the game, don't wait until a rough sea day to play.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in Anthem Jan. 5, 2020 11 Nights Southern Caribbean - RECAP   
    Day 8 Late
    Getting up from dinner I questioned if I had truly only had one glass of wine at dinner.  Either I was rocking or the ship was.  Turns out it was the ship.
    All that weather that was causing trouble in the Bahamas and putting CocoCay calls in jeopardy was also impacting us.  A strong area of high pressure and a strong area of low pressure caused a wind tunnel effect between them and that's right where we were as well as a number of other ships give or take several hundred miles.  
    This sort of thing doesn't bother me, it wasn't that bad but it certainly made everyone look like they were walking funny.
    We went up to the Schooner Bar to listen to some piano tunes and even the entertainer was commenting on it.  
    Fortunately this motion makes me sleep like a baby and that's exactly what I did.    
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in Anthem Jan. 5, 2020 11 Nights Southern Caribbean - RECAP   
    Dinner tonight - not Coastal Kitchen.  Shocker, I know.
    My TA had given me a specialty dinner for two so I invited a new solo friend I met at Diamond happy hour in the Music Hall to Jamie's Italian for dinner.
    Having dinner with a new friend I decided to switch off trip report mode and enjoy the moment.  No pictures.
    I have a collection of menu pictures from various restaurants including Jamie's I'll post at the end.  
    It occurs to me that had I been able access to the CL I probably wouldn't have met my new Diamond friend so while access to the CL for D+ is a hot topic these days, the Music Hall Diamond Lounge overflow approach worked in my favor this trip.
    For those following along with the Coastal Kitchen menus, tonight we repeated day 5

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in Anthem Jan. 5, 2020 11 Nights Southern Caribbean - RECAP   
    Sail away party on the Helipad.
    I've always called it a Winch Pad because that's what the big letters on it say but when the Captain invites you to the Helipad, I'm going with his wording.  His ship, his rules.


    Like Oasis class, the Quantum class Helipad is not open to the public.  Oasis class has often held special sail away events for Suites and Pinnacles but they are much less common on Quantum class ships.













    The Hotel Director mentioned this was only the second time he has put on this event using the Helipad so it was truly special enjoying the sail away and a fabulous sunset from here.

    Loyalty pays.  #Loyal2Royal
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in Anthem Jan. 5, 2020 11 Nights Southern Caribbean - RECAP   
    I didn't have an excursion booked for today.  My plans were to wander into town and along the black sand beach.  
    Every time I got ready to leave the ship another passing rain cloud washed more salt off the ship and sent be back inside.  
    I really didn't feel like getting my camera wet so I used the opportunity  to grab some more pictures around a more empty ship.  

    The VIA.

    Jamie's Italian in the VIA.






    Vintages on this ship is one of my favorite Vintages.  It is the bar used by Jamie's to fulfil dinner drink orders so it's a more of a full service bar unlike some ships where Vintages only has wine.  It's more open to the VIA so you don't feel like you stuck in a box and there are some truly knowledgeable bartenders who have taken care of me on this and other Anthem cruises.








    Some leisure seating across from Vintages in the VIA.


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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from teddy in No response from post cruise team   
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Va4fam in Birthdays on Board   
    If you or your TA has made a note of it, sometimes your room steward will make a fuss as well. Ours did on Ovation last June for my husband's 50th (she had 2 people sneak in and make an elaborate towel cake, complete with towel candle) - we accidentally interrupted the process, so they sang an impromptu Happy Birthday to him.  I miss that woman.  She was just the best.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to teddy in School me in back to back cruises?   
    Since airfare is a big part of the overall cruising expense for us , I helped justify the second cruise by saying, “I’m already there, so I don’t need to buy another plane ticket”.  🙂
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Birthdays on Board   
    If you or your TA has made a note of it, sometimes your room steward will make a fuss as well. Ours did on Ovation last June for my husband's 50th (she had 2 people sneak in and make an elaborate towel cake, complete with towel candle) - we accidentally interrupted the process, so they sang an impromptu Happy Birthday to him.  I miss that woman.  She was just the best.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from MelKaps in No response from post cruise team   
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Insomnia sucks! Since I cant go to sleep here are pics of my dogs. Getting worried about them more and more when we leave. Our oldest skye is 15. They dont have an issue with sleep 



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    SpeedNoodles reacted to KWong in Anthem Jan. 5, 2020 11 Nights Southern Caribbean - RECAP   
    In fairness, is this not the standard upon which we compare all our breakfast sandwiches to? 
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in Anthem Jan. 5, 2020 11 Nights Southern Caribbean - RECAP   
    Day 8 - St. Kitts
    Arriving in St. Kitts it seems my streak continues.  It always seem to rain in St. Kitts in the morning.
    The heavy rain even knocked Voom offline for a spell.  Fortunately these were isolated showers so 10 minutes later it was sunny.
    The new pier (in the distance) at St. Kitts is nearly complete.  In fact it looks complete but along the shore you can see signs of ongoing construction activity so it's got to be very close.

    Through the rain and morning mist I could a see a ship approaching but it seemed to have this large array above it.  In my morning haze I thought maybe it was a glitch in the matrix but my telephoto lens proved it be one of those small ships that can sail under wind power as well.

    Breakfast this morning at the café @ two70°

    This is a somewhat lesser known gem on Anthem both for breakfast and lunch and it's included. 

    Not going to lie.  I have a hard time not inserting "Mc" when ordering the Egg Muffin.  The salads are part of the lunch offering.

    Lunch sandwiches.  It's probably not good for me but the B & B is heavenly.  This is also where I get my Kümmelweck fix at lunch.

    The coffee bar has an additional charge.


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