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34 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Cruise day, cruise day, cruise day !!!  YIPPEE !!!!!

You should be on board by now....how'd it go ??

I thought of you as we pulled up. Terminal staff wanted us to get out before Zone 6 and take our luggage. I said absolutely not!! 😂.  They let us right through to Zone 6 where we met the star class checkin staff.  So glad for your advice. 

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1 hour ago, Jax said:

I thought of you as we pulled up. Terminal staff wanted us to get out before Zone 6 and take our luggage. I said absolutely not!! 😂.  They let us right through to Zone 6 where we met the star class checkin staff.  So glad for your advice. 

YIPPEE !!!  Glad they didn't hijack you !!  They'll try to do that every time !

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I honestly don’t know where to start....today has been a whirlwind. But in a really good way!! 
So many firsts:  getting to know the layout of Anthem, establishing rapport with Andres, unpacking and eating has kept us busy!! 

Transportation to Cruise Terminal

Very impressed with Dial 7.  Driver arrived 30 minutes early. Our pickup was set for 9:20am. Arrived at terminal within 30 minutes. Clean SUV.  Driver drove safe. A big shout out to @WAAAYTOOOfor her advice on cruise terminal arrival and luggage. Our driver was stopped and redirected but I insisted that we were not leaving the SUV until we reached Zone 6.  It worked!! We went on to Zone 6 and went directly into the terminal and met with the Star Class attendant   The luggage was a bit strange as we were required to put our luggage through security screening device (We received an apology from the star class attendant; it sounds like they were short staffed and this isn’t the norm). 
Andres met us within 10 minutes or so, stayed with us until we boarded at around 10:30am. He toured us around the ship eventually leaving us at Chops for lunch. He picked us up at 1pm and took us to our stateroom.  
 

Sea Pass card and Wow bands 

Sea Pass cards for Star Class are purple and Wow bands are black. Wow bands complimentary.  No lanyards included. We forgot our plastic pouches and had to buy the lanyard with pouch. 2 for $20. I think Royal could splurge for a couple lanyards for star class guests but that’s probably me comparing them to DCL Concierge. 

Lunch at Chops

Our first experience at Chops was outstanding!! Alberta has some of the best beef and our standards are high but Chops didn’t disappoint.  We had the Dry aged steak burger 😋. Unfortunately for you guys I had eaten my Caesar salad and burger before realizing I hadn’t taken any pictures  🤷‍♀️ I will try to do better!

 

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Stateroom #10320 Grand Lift Suite 

After lunch at Chops Andres took us to our stateroom at 1pm.  Timing wasn’t the best as the rooms were just opened to other guests. Because we are aft we had to navigate many people and luggage as we made our way to our room. But in the scheme of things not a big deal. We now realize we are going to make the walk from aft to midship elevators/stairs many times each day! If only Andres could grant my wish for elevators/stairs aft.  🤔

Room didn’t disappoint: pictures below. 

Laundry: Filled 2 bags already. This is a new feature so I will let you know how it goes.  Complimentary for star class guests. 

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15 minutes ago, Jax said:

I honestly don’t know where to start....today has been a whirlwind. But in a really good way!! 
So many firsts:  getting to know the layout of Anthem, establishing rapport with Andres, unpacking and eating has kept us busy!! 

Transportation to Cruise Terminal

Very impressed with Dial 7.  Driver arrived 30 minutes early. Our pickup was set for 9:20am. Arrived at terminal within 30 minutes. Clean SUV.  Driver drove safe. A big shout out to @WAAAYTOOOfor her advice on cruise terminal arrival and luggage. Our driver was stopped and redirected but I insisted that we were not leaving the SUV until we reached Zone 6.  It worked!! We went on to Zone 6 and went directly into the terminal and met with the Star Class attendant   The luggage was a bit strange as we were required to put our luggage through security screening device (We received an apology from the star class attendant; it sounds like they were short staffed and this isn’t the norm). 
Andres met us within 10 minutes or so, stayed with us until we boarded at around 10:30am. He toured us around the ship eventually leaving us at Chops for lunch. He picked us up at 1pm and took us to our stateroom.  
 

Sea Pass card and Wow bands 

Sea Pass cards for Star Class are purple and Wow bands are black. Wow bands complimentary.  No lanyards included. We forgot our plastic pouches and had to buy the lanyard with pouch. 2 for $20. I think Royal could splurge for a couple lanyards for star class guests but that’s probably me comparing them to DCL Concierge. 

Lunch at Chops

Our first experience at Chops was outstanding!! Alberta has some of the best beef and our standards are high but Chops didn’t disappoint.  We had the Dry aged steak burger 😋. Unfortunately for you guys I had eaten my Caesar salad and burger before realizing I hadn’t taken any pictures  🤷‍♀️ I will try to do better!

 

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Are the WOW bands a different color for non Star class? Just curious if this is yet another way for the amazing crew to know who is STAR? What an amazing start!

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Stateroom #10320 Grand Lift Suite 

After lunch at Chops Andres took us to our stateroom at 1pm.  Timing wasn’t the best as the rooms were just opened to other guests. Because we are aft we had to navigate many people and luggage as we made our way to our room. But in the scheme of things not a big deal. We now realize we are going to make the walk from aft to midship elevators/stairs many times each day! If only Andres could grant my wish for elevators/stairs aft.  🤔

Room didn’t disappoint: pictures below. 

Laundry: Filled 2 bags already. This is a new feature so I will let you know how it goes.  Complimentary for star class guests. 

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This room is STUNNING! Can’t wait to stay in our Star Loft Suite on the Oasis Of The Seas!!!! Thank u for this awesome blog! 

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Sail Away

Took advantage of our aft deck and  stayed in our state room. Great views of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.  Andres had us scheduled to go up in North Star at 4pm immediately following passing the last bridge. Unfortunately, cold weather resulted in cancelling North Star for the day. ☹️  We will try again tomorrow but we will miss out on the NY skyline.  

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Supper at Jamie Italian

Another great meal!  Andres popped in to check on us. I was a bit better about taking pictures. I forgot the appetizers. 🤦‍♀️
The linguine Alfredo was not on the menu but they were happy to whip it up for me.  Hubby says Caesar salad, garlic prawns and squid was very good. Reyd had meat plank. 
 

Evening pictures 

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Possible Itinerary change due to weather

Poor weather in Florida and CocoCay may necessitate an itinerary change. Their plan B is Labadee and Nassau, in which case we would miss Port Canaveral and Coco Cay. I will update more on this tomorrow.  We would be so disappointed to miss out on our Chill cabana at Coco Cay so we will keep our 🤞. I have told Andres that we do not want to miss out on a cabana regardless of any itinerary change — if we go to Labadee we want a cabana. He assured me he would take care of this. I sense a genie is invaluable in these situations. 

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49 minutes ago, Booscruize said:

Are the WOW bands a different color for non Star class? Just curious if this is yet another way for the amazing crew to know who is STAR? What an amazing start!

I will ask Andres and report back. For some reason I think black is for star class guests.  

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10 hours ago, Harper said:

Have fun! We go the 28th and can’t wait. If you happen to snap a picture of the seaplex schedule would love to see it. There’s not many 8 night itineraries to compare to

Andres reports that the sea plex schedule is not set and changes daily but I will try to get some pics. 

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What a wonderful start !  So glad the pre-arrival tips were helpful.  I never get tired of that NYC skyline from the river.  I always get chills.  I’m very surprised that your suite wasn’t ready until 1PM. I’ve never had to wait that long. There must have been an “issue”.  Looks like the SC food coma is well under way.  Great job. Be sure and order your seafood towers at Chops. It’s a right of passage for SC.  Bumper cars tomorrow ?  
 

I hope your itin doesn’t get hooped up (see, I can speak Canadian !).  Very happy to hear that Andres can still get you a cabana, if you have to settle for Labadee.  I assume that means that there would not be any other ships there that day.  Lucky.   

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4 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

What a wonderful start !  So glad the pre-arrival tips were helpful.  I never get tired of that NYC skyline from the river.  I always get chills.  I’m very surprised that your suite wasn’t ready until 1PM. I’ve never had to wait that long. There must have been an “issue”.  Looks like the SC food coma is well under way.  Great job. Be sure and order your seafood towers at Chops. It’s a right of passage for SC.  Bumper cars tomorrow ?  
 

I hope your itin doesn’t get hooped up (see, I can speak Canadian !).  Very happy to hear that Andres can still get you a cabana, if you have to settle for Labadee.  I assume that means that there would not be any other ships there that day.  Lucky.   

I don’t think there were any issues with the stateroom. Andres felt it would be best to eat lunch before going to our stateroom.  We were fine with whatever he wanted (this may have worked better for his schedule onboarding his guests) but we would have preferred to unpack first thing.  Lunch followed by unpacking, drill and sail away was jammed.
 
I had similar thoughts of another ship being in Labadee ... honestly Andres may have been appeasing me in the hopes an itinerary change doesn’t happen.  Time will tell......he said we would know more tomorrow.  

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14 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

What a wonderful start !  So glad the pre-arrival tips were helpful.  I never get tired of that NYC skyline from the river.  I always get chills.  I’m very surprised that your suite wasn’t ready until 1PM. I’ve never had to wait that long. There must have been an “issue”.  Looks like the SC food coma is well under way.  Great job. Be sure and order your seafood towers at Chops. It’s a right of passage for SC.  Bumper cars tomorrow ?  
 

I hope your itin doesn’t get hooped up (see, I can speak Canadian !).  Very happy to hear that Andres can still get you a cabana, if you have to settle for Labadee.  I assume that means that there would not be any other ships there that day.  Lucky.   

Yes bumper cars and I fly scheduled for tomorrow.  

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Breakfast Update - ”I Told You So Moment“ 

I have been telling Lindsay and Reyd that Coastal Kitchen is a great breakfast choice for us. They have not fully embraced the benefits of star class and keep talking about Windjammer 🤦‍♀️ Well this morning off they went to Windjammer (I did not go) to grab breaky. According to them the experience was awful, it was jammed with people, lines everywhere, no where to sit. A total gong show.  They walked out and into Coastal Kitchen 😂  They said Coastal Kitchen from now on.  I told them they need to embrace the benefits of star class. 🤷‍♀️
Sadly they didn’t capture the gong show with a picture.  

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13 hours ago, Jax said:

Laundry: Filled 2 bags already. This is a new feature so I will let you know how it goes.  Complimentary for star class guests. 

You will love this perk of Star Class.  I don't trust anyone with my clothes but Hubby used this every day!  He got so used to it that the next cruise we were on, he started putting things on the couch to be washed and forgot that we were only Sky class on that one. 😂

13 hours ago, Jax said:

if we go to Labadee we want a cabana. He assured me he would take care of this. I sense a genie is invaluable in these situations. 

Most definitely!  That is the "value of a Genie that is hard to quantify" as @WAAAYTOOO has mentioned in the past.

12 hours ago, Jax said:

I mentioned that Pepsi was a favorite drink of mine. Andres said he would try to get me Pepsi even though I assured him I was fine with coke.  Look what was waiting for me.  🥰

Wow!  We tried on Harmony and even super Genie Araceli could not manage this one.  We will try again in 84 days lol.

12 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I hope your itin doesn’t get hooped up (see, I can speak Canadian !).

This Canadian here has never heard that phrase before.  Guess I am not Canadian enough. 😄

13 hours ago, Booscruize said:

Are the WOW bands a different color for non Star class? Just curious if this is yet another way for the amazing crew to know who is STAR? What an amazing start!

Not sure if it is recent change or just a coincidence, but to my knowledge so far, there is not a designated colour for Star guests as far as Wow bands go.  But maybe it's a recent change?

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6 minutes ago, Jax said:

Breakfast Update - ”I Told You So Moment“ 

I have been telling Lindsay and Reyd that Coastal Kitchen is a great breakfast choice for us. They have not fully embraced the benefits of star class and keep talking about Windjammer 🤦‍♀️ Well this morning off they went to Windjammer (I did not go) to grab breaky. According to them the experience was awful, it was jammed with people, lines everywhere, no where to sit. A total gong show.  They walked out and into Coastal Kitchen 😂  They said Coastal Kitchen from now on.  I told them they need to embrace the benefits of star class. 🤷‍♀️
Sadly they didn’t capture the gong show with a picture.  

Live and learn. That's all. lol

#notteamWJ

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Itinerary Update 😢

We are experiencing our first Itinerary change. The Captain made the decision today to go with Plan B. Visits to Port Canaveral and Coco Cay are cancelled.  😢. Plan B includes a stop at Labadee.  Nassau is unchanged.  All shore excursions will be refunded. And guests will have to rebook Labadee excursions once cruise planner is updated later today.  
Andres said guests that had cabanas booked will be given priority. I honestly have no idea what to expect. Will Royal honor the price I paid for the chill cabana. I booked well in advance at a great price. I paid $509 less OBC $400 = $109. Chill cabanas are now as high as $2K so not sure what kind of pricing to expect at Labadee. For now I am putting my trust in Andres. Not much I can do. He knows the cabana was a “must have” for us. I should know more by 5 pm.  Although disappointed we totally understand that safety must come first but there are a few disappointed families onboard.  The captain has been excellent at communicating throughout this time and Andres reached out within minutes of the announcement. 🤞🤞

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Just now, WAAAYTOOO said:

2 weeks ago on Oasis, Dan had a white WOW band and I had a blue one.  He used his, I did not. I don’t think there is a SC distinction for WOW bands.

That's pretty much what I have heard from others too lately.  Although, slight change of topic, I am sort of bothered that Oasis class ships have rolled out a different colour scheme for Sea, Sky, Star seapass cards.  It messes with the collection.  That's the Type A in me talking.  First world problems, I know.

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