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“The Starry Neighbor (Neighbour?) Chronicles: Pining for the Fjords” – Anthem of the Seas, July 8th-15th, 2022


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Here are a few photos of the day that aren’t duplicates. 
 

This guy wore proper gear for a waterfall, unlike some kids I know🤣

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Tucking in for some waffles!

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Sometimes we take a nice picture 

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There may have been a comment made by The Boss regarding Lydia and Trolls or something? Regardless, add another embarrassing photo to the collection.

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Old watch tower for the city.

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Regent cruises, Seven Seas Splendor was here too. This ship has a suite with a $200,000 bed that costs 11k a night, but needed to be helped out of port with tugs.

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2 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Tomorrow is a sea day, if anyone has anything to ask that we have not covered, or if you want me to find out something for you around the ship, please let me know

Yes.  I have a question.  

How is it that @GregD always seems to be up early and able to post first as you enter a port?  🤣

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On 7/11/2022 at 4:23 PM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

After the museum, the bus took us back to the port. Hubby stayed behind to walk around town on his own. Kids and I had enough and headed back to the ship where Leroy had my favourite room service chicken wings waiting for us. 😋

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Yassss The room service chicken wings are soo good! I can not wait to order them again. 🥰

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4 hours ago, AlmondFarmer said:

Not a question but a request for a waffle count from each family.

If you count each individual waffle we are at 8, though if it were up to my son, that number would be much higher.

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8 hours ago, twangster said:

Yes.  I have a question.  

How is it that @GregD always seems to be up early and able to post first as you enter a port?  🤣

What can I say? I wake up before the crack of dawn 10 months of the year. July/August I like my sleep lol

7 hours ago, AlmondFarmer said:

Not a question but a request for a waffle count from each family.

7 I think.

2 hours ago, GregD said:

If you count each individual waffle we are at 8, though if it were up to my son, that number would be much higher.

It might be 9 for you. Yesterday, on our way back out to the Fjords, D15 grabbed an extra plate for us and your daughter. We literally had to eat it on the go lol

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10 hours ago, GregD said:

I was also glad I didn’t do the hike to pulpit rock because it would have been pretty miserable today.

This is such a good point. I've already been eyeing up excursions for next year and was pretty torn between the fjord cruise and the hike. I think you've made my mind up for me!

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Just did the North Star again. Today it went off the side of the ship! Many people know that for many years that wasn’t a thing with the response being “it was a privacy thing” From our vantage point, you can see their point! I talked with Leroy about this and he wasn’t aware of when or why there was a change.9C3FCC29-3881-4EE9-A614-752BF906B664.thumb.jpeg.21f808766b4dc557e917874f3293c5f2.jpegD5E88555-0620-4E8B-8579-D66DAF6443B3.thumb.jpeg.e2d8ecc11a296f49d0efd49bc909345c.jpeg2D33AA55-0365-45B4-BD6C-7F584D495549.thumb.jpeg.d3eeb9e9068f0580ac0dfe9a79db15b3.jpeg66ACDA12-209C-405A-99D8-A3FF942EB191.thumb.jpeg.841141a7e925bb1889eb2d3999dbd907.jpeg

We also have some albatrosses escorting us home.

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Izumi lunch today after we finished bumper cars and North Star with @GregDand family. 
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Now at Harry Potter trivia in 270. This one is a whole lot more difficult than the one we did on Oasis. Good thing we have a major fan here because I have no clue about the answers to any of these. 
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13 hours ago, GregD said:

Once back of board, dinner was in CK. It was lobster night and our server took care of me🤣 five lobster tails later, I was stuffed!

Thanks for confirming that they are still serving lobster tails in the CK on lobster night...at least, on Anthem.  I know there has been some conflicting info on whether or not they are serving food from the MDR outside of the MDR.  Great news.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Thanks for confirming that they are still serving lobster tails in the CK on lobster night...at least, on Anthem.  I know there has been some conflicting info on whether or not they are serving food from the MDR outside of the MDR.  Great news.

I had choices too. On the normal CK menu was buttered poached lobster, but our server recommended the regular tails from the MDR.  They were delicious and cooked perfectly.

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Dinner at Chops tonight and Leroy had some nice things for us. It was a great way to end this cruise. What The Boss didn’t know was that Leroy reached out to me and asked for pictures of the two of us together and this was the result.

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For dinner, The Boss had shrimp cocktail and the goat cheese salad. The camera forgot it’s bite there. I had the wild mushroom soup that everyone apparently loves. For me it was just okay. We both had the petit fillet, and I added the lobster. I was informed that they didn’t have the full lobsters and just had the tails. No big deal for me!

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A gorgeous sunset to cap off a beautiful vacation.
📸Hubby

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We feel incredibly blessed. There were a lot of hurdles to clear to take this trip and everything went so smoothly, right down to perfect weather even on days that we forecasted to be not great. Someone was definitely watching over us.
 

Over the last two weeks, we have experienced so much as a family, it’s going to take us a few days to get home and really digest and soak in what we saw. 
 

Meeting @GregD and his family has been a real treat! It is always great to meet and sail with people you have gotten to know over the years. Our cruising community is small, goodbyes are just a “so long for now”. 😊

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Final thoughts on our Grand Loft Suite. 
 

I will admit, I did not set many expectations for this suite only because I am #teamDeck17 at heart. Several things did not surprise me about this room:

- It is most definitely a long walk to/from the suite. 
- There is quite a bit of motion back here. 
- The missing vanity downstairs (compared to the star loft) was missed by the two teenage girls. It made getting ready a tad slower. 
 

A few things that did surprise me about this suite:

- Aside from the long trek to/from the room, I liked the room a lot. It is not as “open” as the star loft but I did not mind it. 
 

- The master bathroom layout in this room is way better than the star loft on the older OA/AL, and the newer HM. It is more open and there is more counter space. This one wins for sure. 
 

- The view from this suite is the best. Hands down. No contest. On OA class ships, with all your Deck 17 rooms, there is either some obstruction from the back deck (flow rider, basketball court, mini golf, etc.) in your line of sight. The ocean facing ones are one sided. The ATS has the Aqua Theater in the line of sight. This room gives you a totally central view of the wake with nothing but the wake in your line of sight. No other room can do that. We have taken so many balcony pics this cruise compared to other cruises.

Would I hesitate to book this room again? Definitely not. 

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Final thoughts of Star Class on Anthem:

- SC definitely paid off for activities. We had zero stress getting to the bumper cars, North Star, iFly. 
 

- Specialty food options are lacking a bit on Quantum class, compared to Oasis. We repeated most of the specialty restaurants, they were all good, but compared to our other star sailings, this one lacked variety a bit. 

- At the end of our 3rd cruise now on Anthem, I can definitely say that they have the best CK staff. On all our sailings on this ship, from March 2018-now, this CK remains beyond excellent compared to other CK crews. There is just something extra about them. 
 

- Leroy, our Genie is fantastic! He is so well organized, kind, great with little kids, and pay attention to small little details. Every day he sends an overview of the day, reminders along the way, follows up on orders to the room, he is beyond thorough. Every dinner he showed up to walk us in (they don’t all do that), and no request was too much for him to handle. He is very dedicated to this job and it shows in his actions each day. He is headed back home soon for vacation but if anyone gets him in the future, they are lucky and in good hands. 
 

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Tomorrow we are going to push disembarkation as late as we can (eye roll here, yes, we are going to be “those people” this one time) because we are spending one extra day in the UK before flying home on Saturday. The rationale here was that we did not want to face a long flight home on debarkation day. Staying an extra day gives us a chance to rest and reset before flying home. 
 

As we were packing up today, Hubby said to me, “We aren’t staying in some fancy hotel tomorrow, are we?” Well, I wonder if after almost 20 years of marriage he really knows me lol. I am also willing to bet he doesn’t know we had 5 Accor Suite Night upgrades and not 4. 😉

 

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2 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

- Leroy, our Genie is fantastic! He is so well organized, kind, great with little kids, and pay attention to small little details. Every day he sends an overview of the day, reminders along the way, follows up on orders to the room, he is beyond thorough. Every dinner he showed up to walk us in (they don’t all do that), and no request was too much for him to handle. He is very dedicated to this job and it shows in his actions each day. He is headed back home soon for vacation but if anyone gets him in the future, they are lucky and in good hands. 

 

So glad you had the same Leroy experience we did. My kids talk about him still. He is an amazing genie, but he is also such a genuine and kind person. The walk back to the room didn’t bother me (though I’ve never experienced the magical deck 17 so maybe I’d change my mind!), but the motion did. The suite’s location is definitely something to keep in mind for those prone to motion sickness!

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