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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?

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37 minutes ago, SweetHomeLady said:

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?

My husband and I had the Key on Anthem last October for a 9-night sailing.  We were booked in a balcony cabin.  We wanted a junior suite, but the prices were ridiculous when we booked (around $3,000 more).  We always get 2-device Surf and Stream anyway, and we had a $100 OBC to use.  We paid $19.99 per person for the Key. 

My husband always bids on RoyalUp when he has the opportunity.  He started out with a mid-range bid for a junior suite, but decided to change it and put in the max bid.  About 10 days before the cruise, we got the upgrade to a junior suite for the max bid of $1,000.  Based on the price difference between the balcony cabin and the junior suite, we felt like we got a great deal.  We loved the cabin, and we ate dinner in Coastal Kitchen every night.  It was wonderful!  

We did not cancel the Key because of the upgrade, since it was to a junior suite. With the Key, we absolutely loved the embarkation day lunch in MDR with the Chops menu.  We also loved the disembarkation day breakfast.  We didn’t take advantage of any seating for shows or private hours for activities.  We were only able to take advantage of priority disembark at one port, and it was great.  We just got off the elevator, asked where to go for the Key, and they let us get in the line right at the exit.  We had excursions booked in all the other ports and had to meet in the theater and they escort you off.

I know getting the Key is a personal choice, and I can tell you for the Anthem cruise we absolutely loved it!  We didn’t even take advantage of all it had to offer either.

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While there are some overlaps in the JS and Key benefits, there are some that are exclusive to each.  The JS does provide priority boarding and CK dinner, but the VOOM service, embarkation day lunch and priority show seating does not extend to JS. For VOOM, reserved show seating, CK lunches, Concierge services, etc you would need to RoyalUp to a Grand Suite or above.

 

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5 hours ago, WannaCruise said:

Are the reserved Key seats on Anthem on the main level (near the front) or upper balcony (front row) in the main theatre?

In the main theater, It’s kind of hard to describe - you are near the back of the main level. You aren’t front row but you aren’t at the 2nd level either. However, from where you are, you can see everything.

You are directly behind the Star Class seating so we happen to think they were very good seats.

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8 hours ago, RockerDom31 said:

In the main theater, It’s kind of hard to describe - you are near the back of the main level. You aren’t front row but you aren’t at the 2nd level either. However, from where you are, you can see everything.

You are directly behind the Star Class seating so we happen to think they were very good seats.

Thanks for the response.  

(Going on Anthem soon without the Key so am actually happy it's not front row....but probably suites or some other priority groups have these reserved.

If was front row...then would make me consider)

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