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Fiance' was distraught about school dates on a Mariner run in late March leaving her college age daughter back on the beach... Daughter is at school at UVM with an early spring break... Fiance' too shy to ask.  Early March I'm flexible and plans have me in Jersey at that time. So.... I pulled the trigger in an Anthem run from Cape Liberty... Gets daughter and a friend out on a week long ride. Keeping the other reservation intact and her son can also bring a friend keeps it fair. Heck I can even take them hog hunting or big game fishing  to make up for the two less days they will have on board. I like being as even and fair as I can... 

Oddly enough I have been part time charter fishing Jersey most of my 45 year career and never jumped on a cruise ship out of here. Couldn't begin to guess how many cruise ships that have brushed right past me including Anthem over that time. I can see the port some days while fishing but not close enough to know anything about it. Anthem has passed within a few yards of me a few times. Impressive gal. Is she as impressive inside?  How about Friendly? And out right fun? What things do I want to check out on her versus other classes of ships? 

The port? easy access to major roads and easy parking?  Its gonna be a ride back to UVM when we return to the port...  I've always used south Florida ports and have a "feel"  for them. If I can get back on major roads easy from the port I'll relax for the ride quicker... 

As always tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated.... 

 

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The wife and I did Anthem a few years ago - actually did a mini road trip up there from GA instead of flying. Port was nice and easy to get in and out of. Anthem's a great ship, plenty to do onboard - iFly and North Star are definitely worth snagging spots for. If you're into the shows, they were doing We Will Rock You back then, if they still are it was worth the watch.

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Anthem is a great ship.  I have always enjoyed our cruises out of Bayonne.  Keep in mind that there is NOTHING around the port but it's an easy port to get to and to embark from.  The suites waiting area could use some work but that's low down on the priority list...

As you are well aware, March is one of those dicey months where it could be early spring or you could have a brutal nor'easter...it's just a crap shoot.  Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Anthem is a great ship.  I have always enjoyed our cruises out of Bayonne.  Keep in mind that there is NOTHING around the port but it's an easy port to get to and to embark from.  The suites waiting area could use some work but that's low down on the priority list...

As you are well aware, March is one of those dicey months where it could be early spring or you could have a brutal nor'easter...it's just a crap shoot.  Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

I have the getting beaten down to a science... Many a fishing trip that time of year involves wind, spray, even snow.... It hopefully will give us a break at the other end. but I know it can be special there as well... I think the girls will find enough stuff to amuse aboard....

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OO! I just realized I'm in March too for Anthem, the 6th.  Although I'm thinking about switching to another date to see friends ive haven't gotten to visit in Texas the month before so not sure. I love the convenience of Anthem and that there is no flight needed.

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14 minutes ago, ellcee said:

OO! I just realized I'm in March too for Anthem, the 6th.  Although I'm thinking about switching to another date to see friends ive haven't gotten to visit in Texas the month before so not sure. I love the convenience of Anthem and that there is no flight needed.

This one is the 6th as well.... Her daughter deserves it. So is "difficult" at times but I can't play favorites. Daughter earned scholarship at school and earned this trip.... My very original booking had good dates on Indy and a pretty good itinerary. They changed ships on me, then itinerary, then dates... I really needed to make this addition. I could have done a "shift" but chose to ramp it up for everybody...  Though not "needed" we're gonna fly the girls to EWR from Vermont I think then possibly drive them back up...

 

 

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Bayonne is my preferred port as it’s so close to home and easy to get to. Anthem is a great choice to sail out of New Jersey in late winter/early spring. The Solarium (ages 16+) is completely enclosed in glass. Temperature controlled and beautiful on a sunny day regardless of how cold it may be outside. Also, the family indoor pool is large and also completely enclosed in glass and temperature controlled. Things to do? Anthem has the SeaPlex complex. A massive indoor open area that can be separated into separate sport venues, or used for the flying trapeze experience, or roller blades, or the whole area becomes one large bumper car space. As you travel south, it gets warmer and outside is the place to be. The outdoor pool is large and loungers are all around on two decks. The Flowrider and Rock Climbing Wall are always a hit. And cold or warm outside, going up in the Northstar capsule is always a great view. The capsule is heated/air conditioned. The crew is typical Royal…excellent. The pubs, bars, clubs, casino, restaurants are all excellent. My favorites are Chops and Jaime’s Italian. Also, I love me some Johnny Rockets! Entertainment is great! I love the show, We Will Rock You! I always found the guest comedians and performers to alway be excellent. Anthem is the perfect ship to sail out of Joisey in winter!

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