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STAR Light STAR Bright, First STAR...Class Cruise on Anthem 11/14-21


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Inspired by you all writing these fantastic live blogs, and desperately craving another cruise during the pandemic, we booked a Star Class cruise because it was on our bucket list. A week after booking the first one, I couldn't help myself and talked hubby into booking a second one in 2022.  I've yet been unsuccessful in booking a third, but it's not been due to lack of effort on my part.  We already have another cruise scheduled in 2022 (non-SC), so that brings us to three in the next year.  I'm waiting for the right moment to book the next one.  🤩🤩 Shhhh...don't tell hubby!

This will be our 8th cruise, and our first since the comeback.  I've been experiencing some major FOMO since cruises started in July and I've driven my family crazy with my obsession over it.  I've been ready for this cruise since we booked it back in January, and now that we're less than a month out I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself!  I'm a planner through and through (and a lover of Excel), so I've been building our packing list, our shopping list (much to hubby's dismay), our activities wish list (much to our genie's dismay), and our dining / food / snack wish list.  

Going on this trip:  This was going to be a cruise just for Tim and I, but our youngest daughter Kenzie just moved back home with us and her fiancé Jeremy is about to join us, so we decided to make it a family trip.  One of the deciding factors is that the last day of the cruise will be Kenzie and Jeremy's dating anniversary.  🥰🥰  Jeremy has been in Malaysia during the pandemic and they just finally opened their borders for travel; he arrives on Wednesday and Kenzie is beside herself!  It's been too long!

Ship:  Anthem of the Seas

Cabin:  Grand Loft Suite 10724

Royal Genie:  Yen Lee

Sail Dates:  November 14 - 21, 2021

Itinerary:  We sail RT from Bayonne, NJ with stops in Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Perfect Day at CocoCay 

Tim and I don't even plan to get off the ship in Orlando (used to live there) or Nassau (been there many times). The kids might, but we're hanging back and planning to chill.  The only port we're really after is CocoCay.  If Royal had an itinerary with just sea days and multiple stops at CocoCay, I think I'd book it.  

We've already booked the Beach Club at Coco Cay.  We had originally booked a Cabana at the Beach Club, but then decided it's more about the pool and restaurant for us and we probably wouldn't be in it much, so we cancelled it.  

We got our welcome letter from Yen the other day and I've already started communicating with her.  I sent her our dining preferences and activities wish list and other than a few specific requests, we're leaving the scheduling up to her.  We're pretty chill these days, so we're planning on lots of R&R and preparing for the SC food coma.

More to come as we prepare for our first Star Class cruise.  I'm excited to share our journey with all of you!  I hope I can entertain you all as much as you all have entertained me!

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

You will love Yen.  She is an excellent Genie.  It takes a little while for her to get to know you…she may seem a bit impersonal at the beginning but she’s really very sweet and extremely efficient.  She is also fearless.  She’s tiny but mighty !

You're in a really awesome suite, too.

Enjoy !

Thank you!  You were actually my inspiration for requesting her.  I read your B2B blog from a couple of years ago and decided that if she was available, we would request her.  Not that any of the Genies wouldn't be great, but of all the stories I read, Yen stuck out in my mind.  Any ideas for a nice, personalized gift for her?  

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10 hours ago, CravingaCruise said:

Any ideas for a nice, personalized gift for her?  

I know she will live up to your expectations.  She is a lovely person.

I am sooo bad at gifts.  I got her a Pashmina wrap but there was no inspiration there.  It was just something I came up with out of desperation.

She is from Malaysia if that helps.  Probably not.  She is very private so she doesn't really share anything about her personal life at all (unlike Joyce who is a chatterbox but such a HOOT !).

I am going to punt and tag @Lovetocruise2002b/c she is a much better gift-giver than I.  Not sure if you still have time or not but something personalized with her name on it (maybe Etsy ?), similar to what @Lovetocruise2002got Smitha would be really lovely.  

Sorry to do this to you, Sabrina.  Please don't hate me. 😍

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8 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

She is from Malaysia if that helps.  Probably not.  She is very private so she doesn't really share anything about her personal life at all

Thank you.  That does help a little.  Our future son-in-law is from Malaysia.  He begins his journey of flights to the US tomorrow.  🙂  Our daughter is beside herself.  I googled Yen and I see that she's from Kuala Lumpur, which is where Jeremy is from.  He might be able to find something that is specific to that area for her.  I was originally thinking of a personalized tote bag, or special executive pen, or something along that line.  I just really want to get something meaningful rather than just another thing, you know?

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8 hours ago, Drewtastic86 said:

Following! We do Anthem GLS 10324 in February. Can’t wait to read about your experiences!

Thank you for following!  I am planning to get some good pics/videos of the cabin.  The center GLSs don't have any really good videos (I've looked).  You're room would be a flip flop of ours, so hoping it will help you plan.  

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28 minutes ago, Yesiamthere6 said:

Following. We are doing two bedroom Aqua suite on Allure in February!

Nice!  That's our next SC cruise.  We'll be in 9730. It was originally going to be a 2BAT on Symphony in 2022 and then Allure came out with crazy good deals and we jumped ship from Symphony to Allure to save almost half!  I'll be watching for your posts next February!  🙂 

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Tonight we officially added Kenzie and Jeremy to our reservation.  I was initially waiting because we weren't sure if Jeremy was going to be able to travel in time due to travel restrictions in Malaysia (he's in the air as I type), and then Kenzie came down with a breakthrough case of Covid last month and we were waiting for her to test negative (she did that last weekend - yay).  

A month ago, I had called and received a quote on how much it would cost to add them (and then made a note of that amount).  When calling tonight, I was hopeful that the representative would have been able to pull up that number without any assistance.  However, the amount she came back with was almost double what it should have been.  After a little nudge from me to ensure we received the same price, and a lengthy hold, she came back and honored the original price we had been quoted.  Yay!

Once I was off the phone, I got them checked in.  I'm so happy they gave us the same check-in time at the terminal!  I was a little worried their time would come back different.

Next up...SHOPPING!!  🥰🥰  Never fear - I have a paper bag on standby for Tim (to assist with the hyperventilating).  LOL!

 

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Following along! We're in 10324 on the March 20 sailing. As I said on FB, we have the same itinerary, but even moreso we ALSO plan to stay on the ship in PC and Nassau. This will be a repeat of a trip we took in 2019 when I was pregnant with our now-2yo. But this time, in a suite with the amenities, and an older big sister (4 back then, 7 now), it's all about the ship's activities (she brings up the missed bumper cars at least once a month) and CCC! 

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