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  1. We've been there once during a land vacation, once during a port stop. It's a good, not amazing, beach and I'd do it again on a summer cruise. (Our cruise stop was in March and it was too cold to be enjoyable). Chairs/umbrellas are easy to rent and affordable and Ron Jon's is almost a stop in itself.
  2. Quick question for all of you experienced UDP-ers... On Anthem, is food at the pub and vintages included in the package? With limited specialty restaurants I'm trying to decide if it's worth unlimited.
  3. Go to Breezes in Nassau. It was like the Motel 6 of all inclusive.
  4. Sorry, I should have specified February 2022. We moved it back a year because of Covid.
  5. I am wondering about this and the VIP pool seating this poster is talking about. We chose the JS suite because CK dinner and priority embarkation (plus double points) were really the biggest draws... but if the Coco Cay and pool (aside frome the suite sundeck) are part of the deal I'd upgrade.
  6. Does RC typically sell Blue Lagoon excursions onboard and do they sell out frequently? We would like to play it by ear with Nassau (have been there several times). We will have a pretty significant amount of OBC to burn so I'd prefer to do that as opposed to a day pass but don't want to pull the trigger on an excursion until last minute. (looking at you, February weather)
  7. I don't have a problem wearing a mask. I wear one everywhere else- why would it stop me from going on vacation? As Lovetocruise and others have mentioned, the biggest issue remains port closures and quarantines.
  8. No difference in Cyber Monday specials for my cruise. Snagged a $43 beverage package but Coco Beach Club was more expensive so I'll wait for that one. Moved the cruise to 2022 so no rush.
  9. Unfortunately, it's where we are. If that's what it takes to start cruising then I am OK with it.
  10. The short answer is that you're probably going to be okay with temperature checks. A hot flash doesn't really raise your temperature, it's hormones messing with your body thermostat.
  11. I can say that now because I got my package ?. In actuality, it really is probably our break even point. By the last couple of days alcohol fatigue sets in.
  12. Mine started out at $74 for a February cruise. The recent planner sale brought it to $46 (yay, sold!). My initial calculations were $1000 or less for the beverage package and 1 voom so if the prices didn't come down the plan was to set myself an on board spend limit of $1000. If we went over then water and tea for us ?.
  13. @JLMoran That is very helpful, thank you! It doesn't sound like it's worth it for me personally. It would be nice to sweat off some alcohol in a sauna but not for $200 with such a small space.
  14. How is the thermal spa on Anthem? I haven't been able to find any videos or pictures. PS - I have been reading old live reviews to pass time and belated thank you for your great Anthem reviews!
  15. Is there a park and cruise hotel that you can recommend?
  16. We are booked 2/21 and plan to go as of now but will reevaluate by final payment time. By that time NYC will probably be the best equipped for containing this and hopefully there will be some POC testing or movement on antibody research by then.
  17. Thank you. Is there anything specific that you like better or just the general vibe?
  18. I hope you are not referring to me as dismissing out of hand. In my experiences thus far I've enjoyed NCL more than Carnival, which is why I won't choose to sail Carnival anymore. Now I'm adding another line to compare. Not to say that I didn't have a good time on the Carnival cruises or that there was nothing I liked about them. Just that in planning to do a couple of cruises a year I'd like to start building loyalty and they aren't my top pick.
  19. Yes! One of the reasons we're looking at RCI for loyalty. Planning to do a winter Bahamas and summer Bermuda on Summit if we stick with it!
  20. This is so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to go into such detail - it is much appreciated! What is this secret floor that you mentioned? We are on deck 10 midship.. is this a good location?
  21. Thank you for the insight. We are mostly limited to NY, NJ, and Baltimore departures and there are no CCL new ships for our usual dates. I would consider trying one if there was.
  22. Thanks for the insight! Perfect cruise for me is laid back and relaxing. I'm looking forward to spending time in the solarium on cold days, pool deck on warm days with a frosty beverage. Specialty dining is not a must (and we should have dinner access to CK). We are not party animals but enjoy cocktails and a comedy show or live music in the evenings. I'd like to try some of the unique activities on the Anthem as well.
  23. Hello All! We're booked for our first RCI cruise on Anthem and wondered if anyone can offer some comparison to the NCL away class? We've done Escape, Breakaway, and a couple of smaller Carnival ships in the past. Loved NCL, won't go on Carnival again. We're looking to start building loyalty points with a line so we want to give Royal a shot before we make a decision as to which. Any input?
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