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So by back to back, do you mean going back to the states on Anthem in November 2022, or additional cruising when you get to Southhampton?

I am from Florida originally,  so lots of Carribean cruises. Ironically,  our only other RCCL was in Alaska. 

We are thinking of going back via another transatlantic cruise, but we want to see how we do with our first transatlantic. Our prior European trips have been via plane.

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On 11/28/2021 at 6:31 AM, instaGator said:

We are Mike & Lynne from Dunedin, Florida and we are joining you on this transatlantic crossing.  This will be our fifth transatlantic.  We love them!

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Lynn,

Since you are experienced transatlantic crossers AND Floridians, I have a packing question. We are planning to stay in Europe, and basically backpack around for a few months (just bought our backpack - hurray). I realized after booking that Royal Caribbean does not have self-laundry, which is not a deal killer, but I was wondering how dressed do you need to be for MDR formal nights. Is it about the same for Alaska / Caribbean, where I pair a few dressy blouses with a skirt? Will "smart casual" be enough? Does my husband need a jacket, or can he be seated with a collared shirt? 

High heels and dress clothes are bulky for backpacking, and we are trying to be mindful minimalists doing nomadic travel. I want to know if the vibe for transatlantic is different than other cruises. 

    Thanks, Audrey

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5 hours ago, Audrey V. said:

Lynn,

Since you are experienced transatlantic crossers AND Floridians, I have a packing question. We are planning to stay in Europe, and basically backpack around for a few months (just bought our backpack - hurray). I realized after booking that Royal Caribbean does not have self-laundry, which is not a deal killer, but I was wondering how dressed do you need to be for MDR formal nights. Is it about the same for Alaska / Caribbean, where I pair a few dressy blouses with a skirt? Will "smart casual" be enough? Does my husband need a jacket, or can he be seated with a collared shirt? 

High heels and dress clothes are bulky for backpacking, and we are trying to be mindful minimalists doing nomadic travel. I want to know if the vibe for transatlantic is different than other cruises. 

    Thanks, Audrey

Transatlantics are generally less formal than a Caribbean cruise, and in our experience, similar to an Alaskan cruise.  The weather is usually cooler and everyone is dealing with airline baggage limits, which makes efficient packing a requirement.  You husband definitely does not need a suit or sport coat.  Lightweight dresses that can be rolled are great, and so are pants, along with a very versatile warm wrap that can be worn in the evenings. On this trip, we will be gone for 35 days (the TA is the just the start of our trip as well) and we will pack enough clothes for one week.  We will then re-wear or creatively re-combine our outfits make it seem like we are not wearing the same thing every day.  We use a small clothes line (this is ours: https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Summit-Lite-Line-Clothesline/dp/B000T28X4E/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=B000T28X4E&psc=1) and magnetic hooks (https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Refrigerator-Neodymium-Scratch-Resistant-Base,Ideal/dp/B07XG5HFVW/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=heavy+duty+magnetic+hooks&qid=1638749253&sr=8-15), and hang it in our cabin.  We do a small amount of laundry (underwear, workout clothes, sleepwear, etc) each day of the cruise.  Part of the fun is the planning!!  Let us know if you have more questions.

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On 12/5/2021 at 6:08 PM, instaGator said:

Transatlantics are generally less formal than a Caribbean cruise, and in our experience, similar to an Alaskan cruise.  The weather is usually cooler and everyone is dealing with airline baggage limits, which makes efficient packing a requirement.  You husband definitely does not need a suit or sport coat.  Lightweight dresses that can be rolled are great, and so are pants, along with a very versatile warm wrap that can be worn in the evenings. On this trip, we will be gone for 35 days (the TA is the just the start of our trip as well) and we will pack enough clothes for one week.  We will then re-wear or creatively re-combine our outfits make it seem like we are not wearing the same thing every day.  We use a small clothes line (this is ours: https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Summit-Lite-Line-Clothesline/dp/B000T28X4E/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=B000T28X4E&psc=1) and magnetic hooks (https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Refrigerator-Neodymium-Scratch-Resistant-Base,Ideal/dp/B07XG5HFVW/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=heavy+duty+magnetic+hooks&qid=1638749253&sr=8-15), and hang it in our cabin.  We do a small amount of laundry (underwear, workout clothes, sleepwear, etc) each day of the cruise.  Part of the fun is the planning!!  Let us know if you have more questions.

Most cool. I did not even think about clotheslines,  but that will help with the rest of Europe too. 

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Hello, Not many posting on this TA. I'm on May 15th Voyager of the Seas Baltic out of Copenhagen after this ship docks so appreciated the magnets and clothesline info. Most of the other ships I've sailed have had clothesline in shower. Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow has coin laundry so I will be clean for next leg of this trip.

I am Sandra age 78 (solo) and resident of Punta Gorda little further South of Dunedin. I use a walker so will be limited on the port trips but thats okay love being on the ship.

This is my first TA but have been to Europe on Land trips, although the ports on Baltic will be new except for Copenhagen. 😃

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23 hours ago, skings8 said:

Hello, Not many posting on this TA. I'm on May 15th Voyager of the Seas Baltic out of Copenhagen after this ship docks so appreciated the magnets and clothesline info. Most of the other ships I've sailed have had clothesline in shower. Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow has coin laundry so I will be clean for next leg of this trip.

I am Sandra age 78 (solo) and resident of Punta Gorda little further South of Dunedin. I use a walker so will be limited on the port trips but thats okay love being on the ship.

This is my first TA but have been to Europe on Land trips, although the ports on Baltic will be new except for Copenhagen. 😃

We look forward to meeting you onboard!  Yes, most of the ships have clotheslines in the shower, but we find it more convenient to keep the drying clothes out of the bathroom.  

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I'm a member on another forum annnnd a few comments have indicated that some are canceling European cruises. I will wait until March to make

decision on these 2 cruises. Hate to think about canceling after the hassle of 2020,  but dont want to be stuck in Europe either. My Voyager of the Seas cruise is port intensive and

may decide to just cancel that one and come home when this one ends. 😑

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LOL...yeah me too. We have planned a Europe trip twice before and they were both cancelled due to RONA (Corona). Those trips were land trips. When I found this one, I couldn't pass up the price and so far I have gotten another $900.00 or by calling and price checking. I don't think I will ever find it any cheaper. 11day, 2 ppl, unobstructed balcony, total to date is $2,100.00 🙂 Love it! Now lets hope it doesn't get cancelled

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30 minutes ago, Audrey V. said:

That's awesome.  We are staying in an inside room (I like the darkness). Part of a longer trip (using the cruise as a one way to Europe, and if we like it, will book a return trip in October) backpacking through Europe.  

My daughter is also booked. She is in an inside cabin with a virtual balcony. I’ve never seen that, so that will be a treat 

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Hello folks I too am on this cruise (covid willing🙃) My first time on Anthem and TA. 78 year old widow from Gulf Coast in Fl, in  virtual on deck 11. I will be connecting with

Voyager of the Seas in Copenhagen on May 15 for Baltic cruise, that's a first also. Had same itinerary for 2020 but we know how that went. Hoping that the ports are open

when we sail. Just wondering if Royal will give us free testing in Southampton. I will make a decision in March on these 2 cruises would hate to cancel and go through the  trouble of 2020 again, but not worth the Baltic cruise if ports continue to be closed.

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The cruise cancellations have got me thinking too. Since it is a repositioning cruise,  they will eventually need to move the boat, so Plan B (choice 1) would be to go when they go. Choice 2 would be to go on another repositioning and choice 3 to fly over and then rebook on the way back another repositioning cruise.  We are purposely not booking stays overseas that we cannot cancel. 

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We are also going on this cruise with another couple and was scheduled to cruise  February of 2020 and now hopefully we can go May 2,22. Have never experienced a transatlantic cruise before. Booked a balcony to observe the big waves 😮😮 and hoping to spot some marine life. 

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We are in our nomad portion of retirement,  and this cruise is taking a slower than flight route to Europe where we will stay for awhile before starting a home base again, all COVID-19 willing. 

 

I love when I spot marine life. Have seen whales and dolphins hanging around the ship in Caribbean and Alaska. Did not think there would be much in an Atlantic crossing.  

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Booked with my daughter, my two sister-in-laws, and their kids.  We are all SUPER excited.  Hoping the waves are negligible though!  Currently obsessing over the lack of shore excursion availability.....  We have 3 cabins booked, a balcony and 2 virtual insides.     We just went in December on a Caribbean cruise, there was less than 50% occupancy.  Wondering if this trip will be similar, no lines anywhere was nice.

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My wife and I just booked this cruise, our first time crossing the Atlantic, we had a cruise booked for Feb. on the same ship, but decided to switch to May due to all the issues with COVID right now. I hope they will be adding more shore excursions soon! We are both retired and traveling from the Cleveland OH. area.

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I hope someone posts afterwards about your experience, gives tips and tells about the weather as we just booked the same cruise for May 2023. We were on a cruise two weeks ago and booked via next cruise without much research. It's such a rare cruise there wasn't a lot of reviews or videos, but the dates worked perfectly for us.

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Bunch of firsts for us: First cruise, First voyage on the Anthem, first crossing, first trip to Europe. I think we booked back in January of 21, over a year out. I do hear from colleagues in London that things are normalizing. We also booked 5 days in hotel near Paddington station on points for a really low rate. There is a train that goes straight to Heathrow.  I have seen that on some cruises there are departure day shore excursions, that also drop you at Heathrow.  Has anyone taken one of these vs just booking ground transport?

 

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There was a question about weather.  Variable is probably the most accurate. We will be on Anthem, but the QM2 was purpose built for crossings. On the QM2 top deck, there is a postage stamp sized pool and a hot tub, and some shuffleboard. Basically, the builders did not expect passengers to be outside enjoying the North Atlantic weather. I have also heard tale of some passengers saying they crossed the Atlantic by rail as they had to hold onto handrails whenever possible.  I expect the solarium will be a nice place to hang out on sunny days. And the design of the Anthem will diver a lot of the wind. 2 completely different approaches to ship design.

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On 2/17/2022 at 2:07 PM, JimNCin said:

Bunch of firsts for us: First cruise, First voyage on the Anthem, first crossing, first trip to Europe. I think we booked back in January of 21, over a year out. I do hear from colleagues in London that things are normalizing. We also booked 5 days in hotel near Paddington station on points for a really low rate. There is a train that goes straight to Heathrow.  I have seen that on some cruises there are departure day shore excursions, that also drop you at Heathrow.  Has anyone taken one of these vs just booking ground transport?

 

I think going to Heathrow will be taking you out of the way. You can look at your options on Rome2Rio. I am a fan of the coach system,  which is relatively simple. I think you can easily go from Southhampton to central London,  and then take the Tube to your exact location. That was our original plan.  We changed it to Isle of Wight for the weekend,  then Salisbury,  Bath and Bristol,  followed by London. We take public transportation a lot.

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On 12/5/2021 at 7:08 PM, instaGator said:

Transatlantics are generally less formal than a Caribbean cruise, and in our experience, similar to an Alaskan cruise.  The weather is usually cooler and everyone is dealing with airline baggage limits, which makes efficient packing a requirement.  You husband definitely does not need a suit or sport coat.  Lightweight dresses that can be rolled are great, and so are pants, along with a very versatile warm wrap that can be worn in the evenings. On this trip, we will be gone for 35 days (the TA is the just the start of our trip as well) and we will pack enough clothes for one week.  We will then re-wear or creatively re-combine our outfits make it seem like we are not wearing the same thing every day.  We use a small clothes line (this is ours: https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Summit-Lite-Line-Clothesline/dp/B000T28X4E/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=B000T28X4E&psc=1) and magnetic hooks (https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Refrigerator-Neodymium-Scratch-Resistant-Base,Ideal/dp/B07XG5HFVW/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=heavy+duty+magnetic+hooks&qid=1638749253&sr=8-15), and hang it in our cabin.  We do a small amount of laundry (underwear, workout clothes, sleepwear, etc) each day of the cruise.  Part of the fun is the planning!!  Let us know if you have more questions.

Hello InstaGator:

My DH has looked at the Amazon links for the magnets, which hold 100 lbs. Our question is: How do you get them off the walls? Thanks!

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16 hours ago, Audrey V. said:

Hello InstaGator:

My DH has looked at the Amazon links for the magnets, which hold 100 lbs. Our question is: How do you get them off the walls? Thanks!

It is not too difficult.  You grab the hook and "tilt" the magnet a bit to the side (like opening a pull top aluminum can).  Once the magnet lifts partially away from the wall then it will come right off.  It does not take that much force to pull it off the wall by rotating it in this manner, but if you are concerned, you can always slide the magnet along the wall to an outward facing corner and then the magnet will very easily come off when a portion of it is no longer attached to the wall.  Usually one cabin wall will have a corner like this on either the bathroom or the closet side.  The ceiling is even easier since there are lots of places where there are little gaps to remove the magnets.  🙂

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On 3/11/2022 at 1:27 PM, instaGator said:

It is not too difficult.  You grab the hook and "tilt" the magnet a bit to the side (like opening a pull top aluminum can).  Once the magnet lifts partially away from the wall then it will come right off.  It does not take that much force to pull it off the wall by rotating it in this manner, but if you are concerned, you can always slide the magnet along the wall to an outward facing corner and then the magnet will very easily come off when a portion of it is no longer attached to the wall.  Usually one cabin wall will have a corner like this on either the bathroom or the closet side.  The ceiling is even easier since there are lots of places where there are little gaps to remove the magnets.  🙂

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You should get an award for best directions ever seen. A million thanks!!!

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On 12/5/2021 at 7:08 PM, instaGator said:

That's a great idea in case the tiny clothes line in the shower is broken or not enough. I'm adding this one to my Amazon shopping list.  Thanks!

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First time I've posted on a RC forum. Usually I'm over on cruise critic. This will be out 7th trans ocean That is 2 transpacific and 4 transatlantic. People were asking about weather crossing the Atlantic in May. We have had everything from beautiful skIes around 70f other times overcast, cloudy rain and drizzle in the low 40s. These are the highs for the day. Layers are your friend. 

As for how formal,  for men slacks and nice shirt is fine for even the most dressy night.  Polo and khakis or nice jeans are okay for the rest of the time. I wouldn't recommend shorts at night but then it isn't likely to be shorts weather on this transatlantic. Women slacks or skirt plus nice top is all that is needed. Rarely will you see real formal attire such as a tux or gown but you may see cocktail dresses and suits or sports coat. A good sweater for men or women will be useful, remember that layering in I mentioned.

We will almost be doing almost back to back on the Anthem as we reboarding the ship on the 15th for the Norweign  Fyords. Returning the end of May on Cunard where formal gala evenings really are formal and you will see ballgowns and tuxedos. So we will have real formal wear with us but I don't expect to wear it on the Anthem. Royal Caribbean is much more relaxed onboard though transocean cruises aren't usually quite as casual as Caribbean ones they are by no means formal. The comparison to Alaskan cruises is a good one. 

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