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    Ken23 reacted to AnnetteJackson in Blog Group Cruises   
    Great memory!  This is all the group cruises - so far.
    How does the GC get decided - Matt and myself work together to find a cruise that works with his schedule, my schedule, but more importantly has interesting ports of call - something different.  Sometimes there are several cruises that are held while we decide or wait to see what else is released by Royal.
    If can look at times that the boards, insiders, and comments to him will help make his decision, but in all the years we have worked on these group cruises - that really hasn't swayed him.  Ultimately, he will do two GC a year, and he decides when he has all the factors that he is waiting on from Royal on ships and where they will be sailing.
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    Ken23 reacted to twangster in Blog Group Cruises   
    It's a complex algorithm that factors in a lot of data points that exceeds the capacity of many of us to fathom.
    It's called the Marisa methodology.    
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    Ken23 reacted to FManke in Rainy days   
    Maybe if it's raining, I'll get lucky enough to get a deck chair by the pool! Unless somebody is saving them with rain ponchos.
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    Ken23 reacted to FManke in Drama at Solarium   
    Probably the same guy telling people they shouldn't wear shorts in the MDR!
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    Ken23 reacted to Matt in Drama at Solarium   
    This.
    It never ends well, never mind the fact no guest is in a position to tell other guests what to do.
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    Ken23 got a reaction from Matt in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002.  It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise.
    Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts.
    It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise.  One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun.
    As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds.
    One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live periscope, and I look around the small room, and two other tables were listening in.
    Where ever I would go, I would usually see a friendly face, or a red MEI lanyard (thanks @AnnetteJackson .)
    As mentioned, the flow of people is not very good, especially around the Royal Theater.  What made it worse, there were major shows/events scheduled when a major show ended, and another event started in 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.  People trying to get in (and blocking the hallways) while the theater was letting out.
    Also noticed a few shows/events that started 10-15 (one was 20 or 25) late.  I don't remember this happening so often on my previous cruises.
    Being on three Voyager class ships in the past, Anthem my new largest ship...I did miss the openness of a promenade.  
    Looking forward to joining more group cruises in the future.
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    Ken23 reacted to Catopalooza in Fully covered shoes in the windjammer   
    I'm less worried about seeing someone in sandals than I am about seeing someone in "Nope, I don't own a mirror" skimpy pajamas. The only cruise that we have been on was another cruise line(Carni---) and there was a verrry large and confident woman rocking her extra small Winnie the pooh shorts and crop top jammies walking through the buffet.
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    Ken23 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in El Loco Fresh for lunch   
    I know but I was trying to be considerate and give Hubby some other options.  😄
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    Ken23 reacted to betatke1480 in El Loco Fresh for lunch   
    @Lovetocruise2002 thinking of eating somewhere other than CK?  I'm shocked.  Not very on brand for the President of #TeamCK! 😂
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    Ken23 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Going through some pics this morning and realized that some never made it in. 



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    Ken23 got a reaction from AnnetteJackson in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002.  It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise.
    Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts.
    It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise.  One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun.
    As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds.
    One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live periscope, and I look around the small room, and two other tables were listening in.
    Where ever I would go, I would usually see a friendly face, or a red MEI lanyard (thanks @AnnetteJackson .)
    As mentioned, the flow of people is not very good, especially around the Royal Theater.  What made it worse, there were major shows/events scheduled when a major show ended, and another event started in 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.  People trying to get in (and blocking the hallways) while the theater was letting out.
    Also noticed a few shows/events that started 10-15 (one was 20 or 25) late.  I don't remember this happening so often on my previous cruises.
    Being on three Voyager class ships in the past, Anthem my new largest ship...I did miss the openness of a promenade.  
    Looking forward to joining more group cruises in the future.
  12. Haha
    Ken23 reacted to FManke in Travel Router   
    Man am I old and not tech savvy! 
    When I first read this thread title,  I thought it was a new term for a travel agent!
    I'm serious! 😂
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    Ken23 got a reaction from mom2mybugs in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002.  It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise.
    Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts.
    It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise.  One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun.
    As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds.
    One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live periscope, and I look around the small room, and two other tables were listening in.
    Where ever I would go, I would usually see a friendly face, or a red MEI lanyard (thanks @AnnetteJackson .)
    As mentioned, the flow of people is not very good, especially around the Royal Theater.  What made it worse, there were major shows/events scheduled when a major show ended, and another event started in 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.  People trying to get in (and blocking the hallways) while the theater was letting out.
    Also noticed a few shows/events that started 10-15 (one was 20 or 25) late.  I don't remember this happening so often on my previous cruises.
    Being on three Voyager class ships in the past, Anthem my new largest ship...I did miss the openness of a promenade.  
    Looking forward to joining more group cruises in the future.
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    Ken23 got a reaction from betatke1480 in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002.  It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise.
    Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts.
    It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise.  One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun.
    As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds.
    One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live periscope, and I look around the small room, and two other tables were listening in.
    Where ever I would go, I would usually see a friendly face, or a red MEI lanyard (thanks @AnnetteJackson .)
    As mentioned, the flow of people is not very good, especially around the Royal Theater.  What made it worse, there were major shows/events scheduled when a major show ended, and another event started in 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.  People trying to get in (and blocking the hallways) while the theater was letting out.
    Also noticed a few shows/events that started 10-15 (one was 20 or 25) late.  I don't remember this happening so often on my previous cruises.
    Being on three Voyager class ships in the past, Anthem my new largest ship...I did miss the openness of a promenade.  
    Looking forward to joining more group cruises in the future.
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    Ken23 got a reaction from tiny260 in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002.  It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise.
    Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts.
    It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise.  One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun.
    As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds.
    One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live periscope, and I look around the small room, and two other tables were listening in.
    Where ever I would go, I would usually see a friendly face, or a red MEI lanyard (thanks @AnnetteJackson .)
    As mentioned, the flow of people is not very good, especially around the Royal Theater.  What made it worse, there were major shows/events scheduled when a major show ended, and another event started in 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.  People trying to get in (and blocking the hallways) while the theater was letting out.
    Also noticed a few shows/events that started 10-15 (one was 20 or 25) late.  I don't remember this happening so often on my previous cruises.
    Being on three Voyager class ships in the past, Anthem my new largest ship...I did miss the openness of a promenade.  
    Looking forward to joining more group cruises in the future.
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    Ken23 got a reaction from KathyC in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002.  It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise.
    Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts.
    It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise.  One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun.
    As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds.
    One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live periscope, and I look around the small room, and two other tables were listening in.
    Where ever I would go, I would usually see a friendly face, or a red MEI lanyard (thanks @AnnetteJackson .)
    As mentioned, the flow of people is not very good, especially around the Royal Theater.  What made it worse, there were major shows/events scheduled when a major show ended, and another event started in 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.  People trying to get in (and blocking the hallways) while the theater was letting out.
    Also noticed a few shows/events that started 10-15 (one was 20 or 25) late.  I don't remember this happening so often on my previous cruises.
    Being on three Voyager class ships in the past, Anthem my new largest ship...I did miss the openness of a promenade.  
    Looking forward to joining more group cruises in the future.
  17. Thanks
    Ken23 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Hey Ken!  I did not even realize that you are on the message boards!  Thanks for reading the live blog 🙂
    Totally agree!
    One day @Michael Vitale, his wife, a few others, and I were in the Diamond Lounge watching @Matt do FB live.  Even when sailing with him, we tune in.  Totally devoted lol.
     
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    Ken23 got a reaction from JLMoran in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002.  It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise.
    Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts.
    It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise.  One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun.
    As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds.
    One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live periscope, and I look around the small room, and two other tables were listening in.
    Where ever I would go, I would usually see a friendly face, or a red MEI lanyard (thanks @AnnetteJackson .)
    As mentioned, the flow of people is not very good, especially around the Royal Theater.  What made it worse, there were major shows/events scheduled when a major show ended, and another event started in 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.  People trying to get in (and blocking the hallways) while the theater was letting out.
    Also noticed a few shows/events that started 10-15 (one was 20 or 25) late.  I don't remember this happening so often on my previous cruises.
    Being on three Voyager class ships in the past, Anthem my new largest ship...I did miss the openness of a promenade.  
    Looking forward to joining more group cruises in the future.
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    Ken23 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Final Thoughts:
    Where do I begin...?
    Let’s start with the ship itself. While the weather was a huge improvement from March, I still do not care for Quantum class. It’s not for me. @Matt mentioned yesterday while recording the podcast that it is a big ship with a small ship feel, but yet smaller ships (Voyager and Freedom Class) never feel as crowded as Anthem. My dislikes from my previous Anthem blog still remain. The WJ is a madhouse. The Esplanade does not move crowds.  And crowds do not disperse well throughout this ship.  While YMMV for motion, both times that I have sailed this ship, I have had to take meds for every sea day. I take zero meds on all OA class sailings. 
    We Will Rock You remains my favourite broadway show that Royal does. Very talented cast both times. I like Spectra but this time it was not Terry LaVell, it was someone else who played Spectra so I felt that something was lacking there. The Gift still remains a mystery.
    Bermuda is beautiful. We really hope to go back one day. 
    This sailing we dined exclusively in CK for dinner. The menu is your regular 7 night menu across the fleet. They repeated the Night 1 & 2 menu to make up for the 9 night sailing. I have the menus on PDF on the “Dining” section of the message boards. It is the same as Harmony and the rest of the fleet. I will provide the link when I get home. I did learn that CK on Ovation runs a slightly different CK menu for now.  The service in CK on Anthem far exceeds OA class. Food the is the same excellent quality. Each night we received multiple check ins from the Maître D’ and the Chef. Stand out service. 
    What really made this sailing was the people. Last night, I was saying to @Matt that what he’s been saying for years is true. On a GC, you can do as much or as little as you want together. It is so much fun to walk around the ship and constantly run into people that you know. Sailing with the group also provided us with the opportunity to do things that we normally would not do on a cruise, like sit in the Pub or play Jenga...well I did not play, but Hubby did.
    The people on this sailing were fantastic. I cannot even put into words how much I enjoyed meeting everyone in person (finally) and sharing laughs, drinks, and time with them.  Even more proud to support and be a part of the Royal Caribbean Blog community now. 
    To the regulars here on the message boards, @Matt, @tiny260, @betatke1480, @CGTLH, @Michael Vitale, @l9dance, @josepena12, meeting you all in person was nothing short of awesome! You are all amazing people!
    And if you ever sail with @crzycatldy5 you want her on your team for the Crazy Quest! She rocks!
    If there are any other questions, feel free to ask.  If not, thank you for following along. Sorry for not blogging as much this time.
    And I barely scoped, I left that up to @josepena12 so make sure to check out his scopes for coverage of the GC. Obviously @Matt provided lots of coverage as well @theRCLblog on periscope.
    Until next time...oh wait! That is in 14 days! 😃
    This must be how @twangster feels 😆
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    Ken23 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Last night of the cruise... 😢
    4 rounds of farewell shots! What a great cruise! @Matt thank you again for this fantastic community that you have created! Cheers!

    Recap tomorrow. That’s all 😉
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    Ken23 reacted to CGTLH in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Another first, Jenga at the Casino bar

     
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    Ken23 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Photo evidence that @Matt will be trying CK for dinner 😆 

    And thank you to @betatke1480 for having us 😊
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    Ken23 reacted to JLMoran in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    I think you still have your polite teacher hat on. Let me translate to vacation-speak...

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    Ken23 reacted to karl_nj in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Yeah, that is our favorite place for breakfast on anthem too.  Last cruise we went there almost every morning. 
    Sometimes they don’t leave the breakfast sandwiches in the panini press long enough, so they aren’t quite warm enough in the center. But the quiet atmosphere and the view of the wake from 270 makes up for it. 
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    Ken23 reacted to CGTLH in Cruising with Greatness – Anthem Group Cruise – July 4-13, 2019   
    Pub Crawl #shotsberg style
     

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