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  1. In my humble opinion, life is too short to wrangle my own straws on vacation. I did find that if my paper straw gets yucky the bar staff are always willing to give me a new one.
  2. I just got off Anthem on Sunday. We were the first cruise after the delayed voyage due to the scare. I didn't see anyone in masks or in any way subdued because of the virus. A few people were seasick during high seas on day 7, but that is a different story. Go!
  3. We were just on Anthem. Reports are that the ship was at capacity but we never had more than one minute wait for MTD. (Four nights, two people. We dined elsewhere the other nights.)
  4. On our recent Anthem cruise we really enjoyed Solarium Bistro for dinner. It was calm and quiet. Buffet style salads, appetizers, sides and deserts. Cooked to order entrees. We tried the skirt steak, salmon and shrimp. All were delicious.
  5. Posted in dining by mistake. Anyone know how to move or delete this post?
  6. On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it. (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.) I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it. Someone took it on the first day during sailaway! We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door. No luck. It was really gone!. We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head
  7. Agree. I also don't like the hard sell on products after and the request for a larger gratuity than the compulsory 18%. I get my massages back home before and after.
  8. As others have said, it is all personal preference. Just got back from a cruise on Anthem. We were so glad we didn't pay for any extras on Coco Cay. We got off the ship around 1030, found two loungers together with an umbrella just a few steps from the water and were too full from breakfast to even eat any lunch. (We only had the mozzarella sticks, which were tasty.) We would not have had any more fun with a beach bed, cabana, beach club or floating loungers. Just my opinion.
  9. Add on (related) question. Can I make same day reservations for dinner in the MDR using the app? Say we decide at 3:00 p.m. that we want dinner at 6:00 p.m., can we reserve it then? Thanks in advance for your help.
  10. Taking Sudafed (little red ones) seems to help me. I think they promote ear drainage.
  11. I was sailing with my parents on Valentine's day with no sweetheart of my own. The headwaiter came at dinner and gave each lady a long-stemmed red rose. Very nice surprise.
  12. We usually use clear packing tape on our luggage tags. Cut a strip of tape a bit longer than the paper tag, put the tag face down on the sticky side, then slide that through the luggage handle and fold it up, sticking the tape to itself. Never had a problem. Good luck!
  13. Also, you might find a roll call group on FaceBook. In the search section put your ship name and dates. There are FB groups for both of my upcoming cruises. Enjoy your cruise!
  14. Bring battery operated tea light candles to use in your cabin or on the balcony.
  15. Just for fun, share if you have ever had these cruise experiences. --Sailed alone --Sailed with a sweetheart/spouse --Sailed with other family members --Done a repositioning cruise --Missed a port call because of weather --Had your port of disembarkation changed because of weather --Sailed in or out of a port in your home town --Sailed in or out of a port in foreign country --Gotten sick on a cruise --Ate at the midnight buffet --Had formal tea on a sea day --Visited a cruise line's private island --Toured the ship's galley
  16. I make up a mini medicine cabinet. One sleeve each of antihistamine, anti-diarrhea med, gas-x, Pepto-Bismol, Benadryl, Mucinex, etc. Small bottle of calamine lotion, tube of antibiotic ointment, a few bandages in common sizes, antiseptic wipes, etc. Mine fits in a small make-up bag. It is nice to have what you need without paying ship prices, or realizing you need it after the ship store closes.
  17. Teddy, still hoping you get an upgrade!
  18. I would never fly in on the day of a cruise. Too many chances for things to go wrong. My humble opinion.
  19. Have you used the Key on a recent Anthem sailing? What was your experience? I purchased it for two of us at $25.99. DH loves adventure and hates crowds and waiting, so I thought it would be worthwhile. Now we have a potential to Royal Up to a Junior Suite for about the same amount. That suite perks would eliminate some of the crowd factor (dinner at Coastal Kitchen, Suite seating at shows, etc.) Trying to decide if I should cancel the Key and try to Royal Up. Any thoughts?
  20. For me, I think it has to do with inner ear and chronic sinusitis. I believe taking Sudafed ( the little red ones) helps me with the minor irritation that I sometimes experience. I had it really bad when I took a re-positioning cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii. (Five sea days before first port.) My brother, who is a commercial fisherman, told me to eat or drink something and lie down or at least sit down and close my eyes until the feeling passes. So yes, that was me, staggering down the street and then lying on a park bench in Maui with a Sprite in hand.
  21. We have successfully used Air BnB in other cities. My advice is to read every word of every review, and look carefully at every photo. I look for 100% positive comments, and make sure there are several comments. If there is some feature offered but not shown in a photo, there is probably a reason. You can always ask the host questions before booking. (Is the bathroom on the same floor as the bedroom? Is there a coffee pot and coffee? Etc.) I check in early afternoon, so I am not scrambling in the middle of the night if something is wrong. If something does go wrong you can dispute the
  22. I agree with all the great advice already given! Also, don't forget if meals seem overwhelming you can always order room service. (There is an upcharge, but it might be worth it to you.) You can also have "do it yourself room service." Make a plate and take it to your room if you like. On my next cruise I plan to order continental breakfast (for free) delivered to the room and "do it myself" and bring back some sausage and eggs one morning. If I time it correctly I will have hot coffee and pastries waiting when I get back with the hot stuff. Also, to echo what others have said, don'
  23. Thanks for the info. Trying to decide on whether to buy The Key or not.
  24. Back in the dark ages, we could purchase internet packages on board with a certain number of minutes for one flat price. (90 minute package for $25, eg.) I will be on Anthem next year. Will that be an option or will I need to purchase a package for daily use? If it is an option, can you tell me the cost? Thanks in advance!
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