I’ve been on the Independence and the Anthem with the Navigator coming in the spring. Since I’m still so green I’m trying to spread the adventures out amongst the fleet. However if I were able to organize a family reunion and everyone decided on a ship I had already been on I wouldn’t be upset.
It's so true... we had our first JS on Mariner and I keep eyeing them on Allure and trying to come up with a reason to rationalize the jump. As much as I'd love to eat at Coastal Kitchen, I don't see it happening.
I have to disagree, and not purely because I want a new Q-class in my home port. 😉 The signature feature of Q-class is that they are designed from the ground up for cold weather -- the massive indoor solarium , the SeaPlex with all of its indoor activities, iFly (which you have to enter from outside but really an indoor activity, the multitude of indoor entertainment and recreational spaces (think Two70, Music Hall, etc; not just the usual Schooner Bar, pub, and Boleros)... and very minimal outdoor stuff. Apart from the pool with its associated bars, and the NorthStar, there's really nothing to do outside. And I felt like the pool on Anthem was kind of small compared to the ones on Freedom. I walked past there during the belly flop competition and it was jam-packed; no way you could get a lot of people using the pool at once.
If they put that ship in an all-warm-weather location all year long, it would be a waste of her design and might well result in a lot of people complaining about how they're spending all their time indoors. Cape Liberty, Boston, or Seattle are where I'd see Odyssey spending most of her time in the US.
And one other possibility I hadn't considered before now -- California.
Royal hasn't sailed out of there for ages, and this could be a way to have a ship on the west coast year-round -- up in Seattle for the Alaskan itineraries, and then down in California to make runs up the west coast to Canada or down to Mexico in the fall and winter months. The Pacific, despite its name, gets really rough from what I remember reading about it; and one of the Q-class' other design features is to handle rough waters better than the other ships.
James Van Fleet, Royal’s Chief Meteorologist tweeted about Majesty making a similar swap. High seas and surge in Costa Maya made it unsafe to dock one day this week so they headed to Cozumel. Perhaps Indy did the same.
Worst: We Will Rock You
Best: Cantilever jacuzzi
Worst: Sorrento's not being open 24/7 †
† I'm being sarcastic, I can't think of anything negative to say about the Independence since it was my first cruise I was excited and blown away by everything! But we did joke about being upset Sorrento's wasn't open for a 4am snack. We stayed just up the stairs on deck six and it was our go-to for something small and quick.