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1 hour ago, SweetPea said:

We are just put putting along on this overcast day. It breaks my heart a little that Derick is now finalizing plans for his new guests tomorrow. I know, I know. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened! 

 

Thank you notes are done. I can have my breakfast now. Batman is packing. 

 

Last dinner in CK tonight. Perhaps a comedian. 

 

One thing I like to note for first time SCers: if your Genie has something scheduled for you and you don't want to go, just say so. Just let him or her know. We've found that Derick books his folks private sessions (Escape room, North Star, bridge tour, etc) together. So if you plan to do it, let him know so he's not waiting to see if you'll come. 

 

We scratched most of our Day 2 itinerary until 6, let him know, and he appreciated the heads up. 

 

SweetPea - we have read some reviews that Star Class suites can have the drink cart come around at a certain time of day in the afternoon.  Was this an option for you on Anthem?  We are planning on having our room stocked with beer but would love it if they came around and made us a mixed drink or a glass of wine.

Sounds like you had an amazing time - we can't wait for ours in March!

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9 minutes ago, jaullram said:

SweetPea - we have read some reviews that Star Class suites can have the drink cart come around at a certain time of day in the afternoon.  Was this an option for you on Anthem?  We are planning on having our room stocked with beer but would love it if they came around and made us a mixed drink or a glass of wine.

Sounds like you had an amazing time - we can't wait for ours in March!

Hi, I've also read about the elusive bar cart. We have not seen it. But if you want anything, simply call your Genie. He'll send drinks to your room, no problem. 😍

Also, it was our experience that many bartenders recognized us as SC, and loaded us up if I was carrying a bag (beers, waters). 

Enjoy! 

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On 5/2/2019 at 9:21 PM, hayley_bopp said:

To be a true Porn Star Martini, it should come with a shot of prosecco 🍸👍

Looks delicious all the same 😋

I only know this because the first time I ever ordered one was on behalf of my sister. I thought the shot of prosecco was a freebie and downed it at the bar. She was not happy 🙊

15 hours ago, SweetPea said:

If anyone knows where I can order a tapeworm and a detox place that accepts high deductible policies, please lmk.

 

Quick, go to the WJ and lick all the serving tongs!

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Now that we're nearly packed, I'm very happy I always bring a carry-on that's full of the things we won't be coming home with. Champagne, sunscreen, treats for the crew, etc. 

I'm so glad I continued that tradition as we wound up with a lot of swag and needed the extra space. Note we bought nearly nothing. Plan ahead! 

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The comedian tonight AL Something, I will look this up later, was very good. The Esplanade is a madhouse. I never made it to the Next Cruise desk. My Jersey prevailed... No patience for people who have no clue what they want. 

 

I should've asked Derick to schedule this for me. This is totally my fault. I will give the Edge to Norwegian on this one. You simply buy discounted deposit certs that are attached to your Latitudes account, and can be used as payment for any cruise. Plus, you can do that via the app. If there is a way to do this on the Royal IQ I haven't found it. 

 

This madhouse was like Disney future cruises before they wised up and went the placeholder /cert route also. 

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1 hour ago, SweetPea said:

The comedian tonight AL Something, I will look this up later, was very good. The Esplanade is a madhouse. I never made it to the Next Cruise desk. My Jersey prevailed... No patience for people who have no clue what they want. 

 

I should've asked Derick to schedule this for me. This is totally my fault. I will give the Edge to Norwegian on this one. You simply buy discounted deposit certs that are attached to your Latitudes account, and can be used as payment for any cruise. Plus, you can do that via the app. If there is a way to do this on the Royal IQ I haven't found it. 

 

This madhouse was like Disney future cruises before they wised up and went the placeholder /cert route also. 

I’m with you on the NCL CruiseNext program, so much easier to just give them lots of money for a little bit of OBC and figure out the date later. 

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Gotta say Jesus' giraffe towel animal is damn impressive!  Did the neck stand on its own like that or did you lean it up against something?  If it was standing on its own that is incredible!!!

Looks like the gift for Derick was perfect - did you know that he hand wrote out the day's activities each day? Is that how you chose the personalized pen and stationery?  I also thought it was pretty cool that he did that.  How can his handwriting not be similar to a doctor's scribbles on an Rx by now?  I know mine is after all the signing I do at work.  That extra level of personal attention was a very nice touch!  

One last comment re: the NCL Haven bathrooms - they were probably more awe inspiring than the interior of my aqua theater suite.  LOL  Not sure how NCL decided to devote that much cabin space and money to a bathroom area but it definitely is luxurious. Something I also majorly missed on my last Royal cruise. 

Welcome back home - hopefully it's warmer in Jersey than it is here in Michigan.  Reality sucks.  Take care SweetPea! :11_blush:

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5 minutes ago, Spartan4Ever said:

Gotta say Jesus' giraffe towel animal is damn impressive!  Did the neck stand on its own like that or did you lean it up against something?  If it was standing on its own that is incredible!!!

Looks like the gift for Derick was perfect - did you know that he hand wrote out the day's activities each day? Is that how you chose the personalized pen and stationery?  I also thought it was pretty cool that he did that.  How can his handwriting not be similar to a doctor's scribbles on an Rx by now?  I know mine is after all the signing I do at work.  That extra level of personal attention was a very nice touch!  

One last comment re: the NCL Haven bathrooms - they were probably more awe inspiring than the interior of my aqua theater suite.  LOL  Not sure how NCL decided to devote that much cabin space and money to a bathroom area but it definitely is luxurious. Something I also majorly missed on my last Royal cruise. 

Welcome back home - hopefully it's warmer in Jersey than it is here in Michigan.  Reality sucks.  Take care SweetPea! :11_blush:

Even in the junior suites on NCL the bathroom leaves a lasting impression. Having a second sink rather than the walk in closet is a trade off my family would make everyday. 

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32 minutes ago, Spartan4Ever said:

Gotta say Jesus' giraffe towel animal is damn impressive!  Did the neck stand on its own like that or did you lean it up against something?  If it was standing on its own that is incredible!!!

Looks like the gift for Derick was perfect - did you know that he hand wrote out the day's activities each day? Is that how you chose the personalized pen and stationery?  I also thought it was pretty cool that he did that.  How can his handwriting not be similar to a doctor's scribbles on an Rx by now?  I know mine is after all the signing I do at work.  That extra level of personal attention was a very nice touch!  

One last comment re: the NCL Haven bathrooms - they were probably more awe inspiring than the interior of my aqua theater suite.  LOL  Not sure how NCL decided to devote that much cabin space and money to a bathroom area but it definitely is luxurious. Something I also majorly missed on my last Royal cruise. 

Welcome back home - hopefully it's warmer in Jersey than it is here in Michigan.  Reality sucks.  Take care SweetPea! :11_blush:

I'm going to give you a close up of the amazing giraffe. He used tape and rubber bands. 

 

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1 hour ago, Spartan4Ever said:

One last comment re: the NCL Haven bathrooms - they were probably more awe inspiring than the interior of my aqua theater suite.  LOL  Not sure how NCL decided to devote that much cabin space and money to a bathroom area but it definitely is luxurious.

I have never sailed in a Suite on NCL so I cannot compare to RCL but I will be the first to admit (and have said so before) that the suite bathrooms on RCL are pathetic. They definitely skimped there.

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Don't get me wrong.. We loved the walk in showers on Royal. But I think the showers with benches like Haven are better. Bath set up and supplies (bar the Shampoo that doubles as a body wash) are better in Haven. This is the Singular place Haven wins in a Landslide. Plus, the dressing table. If you're blind like me, the magnifying mirror is amazing. 

 

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1 hour ago, Andrew72681 said:

I’m with you on the NCL CruiseNext program, so much easier to just give them lots of money for a little bit of OBC and figure out the date later. 

Yeah totally. We always buy 2 500$ Haven certs for 750$ when I have OBC. We get 1000$ worth in deposit when we book 6 months out. 

 

So for our Bliss 12 night Haven Southern Caribbean, I used 750$  Norwegian given OBC to buy 2 Haven certs to put a deposit down on the Bliss 12 night Southern Caribbean. So essentially I got 1000$ deposit free. 

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6 minutes ago, SweetPea said:

Yeah totally. We always buy 2 500$ Haven certs for 750$ when I have OBC. We get 1000$ worth in deposit when we book 6 months out. 

 

So for our Bliss 12 night Haven Southern Caribbean, I used 750$  Norwegian given OBC to buy 2 Haven certs to put a deposit down on the Bliss 12 night Southern Caribbean. So essentially I got 1000$ deposit free. 

The other catch with Royal's NextCruise program is it a directly charged. I'm not confident that you can use OBC towards a deposit.

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15 minutes ago, CGTLH said:

The other catch with Royal's NextCruise program is it a directly charged. I'm not confident that you can use OBC towards a deposit.

That sucks. Norwegian OBC (which I have > 100 shares of stock always gets me my shareholder benefits, more lenient than Royal) is allowed to be used towards Cruise Next certs. 

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11 hours ago, SweetPea said:

 Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened!  

 

This is one of the sagest, most useful, bits of advice I've ever read, and will be very useful in many aspects of my life (specifically thinking about the short lives of dogs, but for many things).

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9 hours ago, Andrew72681 said:

Even in the junior suites on NCL the bathroom leaves a lasting impression. Having a second sink rather than the walk in closet is a trade off my family would make everyday. 

Agree about the bathrooms in those mini suites on breakaway (and similar ships). Especially the showers. Amazing showers. You forget you are on a ship.

But the balcony is so tiny for most cabins. That was a bad design decision. I much prefer the direction Royal went in.

It’s interesting that the same shipyard made Quantum class and Breakaway class.  In some ways they are so different in regards to design decisions. 

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We are back in NJ. Boo. I will do some wrap up later. I've saved all the Cruise Compasses if anyone is interested, but I don't think there are many more cruises with our itinerary. 

 

I will post pics of the bridge tour also. Those aren't on my phone. I didn't think pics would be allowed. 

 

Derick is meeting us at 8 to escort us off. He says he's bringing me a Bloody Mary. I've never drank on disembarkation morning before... Good thing I have some detox tea waiting at home. 

Thanks to everyone who followed along! 

 

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