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Anthem 11/25/17 - 7+12 B2B

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Day 12 - Sea Day

Yesterday the Captain updated his video on channel 40 regarding the weather and our modified course to avoid the worst parts of a storm.  We made our turn in the middle of the night and are now paralleling the North Carolina coast just off the outer banks.  As I write this I've noticed we are making the turn around the tip of NC and our heading is now due North.

The sea has an angry look to it and it's quite cold on deck.  Anthem is handling it quite well.  There is some small movements but I've never felt the need to grab a railing walking around this morning.  It's very windy and the deck 15 outer decks are closed this morning.  Given the cold and wind I don't imagine anyone would want to use them.  Hot tubs are open!  Hot tubs open include outdoor on the pool deck, the indoor pool area and in the Solarium.

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I took some more pictures around the WJ this morning including the entrance to Coastal Kitchen as I think some folks here will be visiting it on future cruises.  I'm keeping an eye on fares for January and might try to upgrade but I'm quite happy in my current cabin so I'm not sure I can justify it.

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On 12/12/2017 at 12:15 PM, Sabrinaklai said:

I can't tell if it's the angle of the shots or does there seem to be less space between the food stations and the seating area?  It looks more narrow.

Maybe these shots help.

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On 12/12/2017 at 8:24 PM, KathyC said:

...  But what I don't see is the amazing bakery area that Quantum has.  We spent many a visit standing in front of the ovens, waiting for those hot cookies to come out and be transferred to the serving counter.   Hot cookies, yummmmm.  The chef would tell you what kind were baking, and would even hint as to when they'd be planning on baking other varieties.  The smells in that area alone were worth the wait, even if it wasn't one of our favorites baking. 

This bakery?  Yes this area does smell very good!  It's also the waffle station.  It's right beside the coffee bar.

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6 hours ago, twangster said:

 

I took some more pictures around the WJ this morning including the entrance to Coastal Kitchen as I think some folks here will be visiting it on future cruises.  I'm keeping an eye on fares for January and might try to upgrade but I'm quite happy in my current cabin so I'm not sure I can justify it.

 

I cannot wait to go back to Coastal Kitchen!  We already have our reservations there for all 8 nights!  I can think of a few reasons off the top of my head to justify it...filet mignon, pork belly, braised short ribs 😋 86 more days!  Thanks for the pics!

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Last night they cancelled some shows due to the motion of the ship and not wanting to risk injuries.  They swapped in the comedian who also is on tonight.  In his words "Sure, throw the comedian out here, who cares if he gets hurt!".

Also last night I stopped by the pub to use my BOGO drink offer for two Brooklyn Lagers.  I timed this perfectly to occur just before Diamond happy hour.  I'm learning the ways of the Diamond...

I saw a good deal on a Liberty cruise in a few months so I stopped by Next Cruise.  No OBC offered when using a 'Going, going, gone' promo fare but for $389 pp I had to jump on it.  Those water slides on Liberty have been calling my name.  This will complete the Freedom class trilogy for me.  One more 7 - 9 nighter and I'll hit a glass block threshold on Symphony assuming this tradition continues.   Keeping an eye on Adventure to the ABC islands.

I went to see the Captains Corner this afternoon.  I learned some interesting facts.

When it comes to law, since this ship is flagged in the Bahamas, when it is in international waters it is technically a small piece of the Bahamas floating around so Bahamian law applies on board.  When it is in port or within the 12 mile territorial limits it is subject to laws of that country.  This is a simplification because there are many other factors such as public health codes of the U.S. and many other intricacies.  Learning all aspects of law at sea and in various ports is a big part of the Master's job and it takes quite a bit of experience and years to learn all of this.

Like Oasis class this ship manufacturers all water from the sea.  This includes drinking water, swimming pool water which is fresh water, etc.  Sea water for this purpose is only taken in at sea, never in a port.  The ship takes in on no fresh water from any port.  The decision to use fresh water in the pools was based on guest feedback.

The blue color of the lower hull was a marketing decision.  In the Captain's words "they wanted to make the ship look more white so they painted it blue".  He said it's a challenge because the sun causes paint to fade and trying to touch up various shades of blue over time is very difficult.  It was much more simple when the lower hull was white - they just painted it with more white.

The top speed of the ship is published to be 22 knots.  We've been doing almost 24 knots due to this modified route to avoid a storm.  At this speed we consume a gallon of fuel every 47 feet.  It is entirely the Captains authority to make a routing change of this nature.  He notifies Miami of his decision and he may use input from them but ultimately it's his call.

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O M G its cold on the pool deck.  Alaska was warmer.

Seas have settled down and we've slowed to 18 knots.  We've passed the entrance to the Chesapeake.   

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Another crummy iPhone pic of the sunset. 

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And with that its time for a glass of red wine to warm me up.  Vintages here I come...

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I reluctantly packed earlier.  This time tomorrow I'll be trying to figure out what to eat, meaning I have to cook it myself.  Ugh.  

19 nights has passed so quickly.  Maybe I should have booked the next cruise too. I now know a longer cruise is right in my wheel house.  

Absolutely no regrets with 19 nights on Anthem.   

While I'll soon be on Indy I'm already looking forward to 9 nights on Anthem in January.  Many, but not all crew will be here then and that's awesome.  

I missed highlighting some areas of the ship in my photos, especially specialty dining.  I have the BOGO 2 dining booked for Anthem in January and just thinking about where I'll eat is already lifting my spirits. 

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

O M G its cold on the pool deck.  Alaska was warmer.

Seas have settled down and we've slowed to 18 knots.  We've passed the entrance to the Chesapeake.   

Another crummy iPhone pic of the sunset. 

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And with that its time for a glass of red wine to warm me up.  Vintages here I come...

Yeah, what an awful picture  

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

I reluctantly packed earlier.  This time tomorrow I'll be trying to figure out what to eat, meaning I have to cook it myself.  Ugh.  

19 nights has passed so quickly.  Maybe I should have booked the next cruise too. I now know a longer cruise is right in my wheel house.  

Absolutely no regrets with 19 nights on Anthem.   

While I'll soon be on Indy I'm already looking forward to 9 nights on Anthem in January.  Many, but not all crew will be here then and that's awesome.  

I missed highlighting some areas of the ship in my photos, especially specialty dining.  I have the BOGO 2 dining booked for Anthem in January and just thinking about where I'll eat is already lifting my spirits. 

Once again @twangster thank you for an awesome live blog! It has been wonderful seeing this ship through your lens. Also thank you for all the helpful tips.  She is a beauty! Can't wait for the Indy one! 😊 I feel like we are all going to go into @twangster blog withdrawals once you stop this crazy pace but by the sounds of it that doesn't seem likely at this point 😜

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7 hours ago, twangster said:

I reluctantly packed earlier.  This time tomorrow I'll be trying to figure out what to eat, meaning I have to cook it myself.  Ugh.  

19 nights has passed so quickly.  Maybe I should have booked the next cruise too. I now know a longer cruise is right in my wheel house.  

Absolutely no regrets with 19 nights on Anthem.   

While I'll soon be on Indy I'm already looking forward to 9 nights on Anthem in January.  Many, but not all crew will be here then and that's awesome.  

I missed highlighting some areas of the ship in my photos, especially specialty dining.  I have the BOGO 2 dining booked for Anthem in January and just thinking about where I'll eat is already lifting my spirits. 

Next maybe you can try back to back with Allure/Harmony  :-)  although you not sure the suitcase will go automatically between ships 

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2 hours ago, Traveler said:

Next maybe you can try back to back with Allure/Harmony  :-)  although you not sure the suitcase will go automatically between ships 

I'm trying to put together a tour of small ships in the FL market.  Enchantment, Majesty and Empress that involves moving between cities.  Perhaps also riding on some others like Brilliance and Mariner post dry dock.  It's a lot more work trying to figure that schedule out.  Perhaps I can hitch a ride on Vision while I'm in Galveston this winter for Liberty.  Need to minimize hotel nights so that's a challenge - some of these ships share ports and aren't there on the same days.  Hotel stays and meals add up quickly.

Interesting B2B tidbit.  My C&A points from the 1st leg are being held until I complete this 2nd leg.  Since I board Indy in 7 days that could be a problem as I'm still showing Emerald.  I suppose I can try to argue my case with the loyalty ambassador on Indy but I was hoping the points would hit separately and I would be a normal Diamond when boarding Indy.   In this modern day of computing I wonder why it takes so long for C&A points to process.

It's 5am and I just visited guest services for a copy of my statement.  No lines :)

The RoyalIQ app and the 'My Account' features on the TV don't work on disembarking day and I wanted to make sure I had no unplanned charges on my account.  All good.

I saw the 1st self carry folks taking their luggage down.  I'm going to hang around my cabin a little bit longer.

FYI - Cape Liberty still uses the paper customs declaration form.  Port Everglades stopped using them earlier this year.  

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One last dinner in the My Time MDR

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The Iceberg wedge was fine but I wasn't impressed by the Steak Diane.  I had never tried it before and I'm not sure I will again.  

We passed under the bridge at 5:10am   

At 5:30am a line is forming near the aft elevator banks.   The self carry area is officially Two70 or the Royal Theater but i’ve seen other reports of queueing in this area.   I’m 5th in line and another 10-15 couples have lined up behind me as I write this.   

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Customs boarded at 6:35 am. At 6:55am they started letting us off.  By 7am I was out and hailing my Lyft ride.  $20 to EWR.   

It's 24 degrees.  That's Fahrenheit, not Celcius.   It's snowing!

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Roads are snowy and we hit some traffic.  

Luggage checked, through EWR security and at my gate at 8am.  

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There are some flight delays but so far mine are on time.

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

Interesting B2B tidbit.  My C&A points from the 1st leg are being held until I complete this 2nd leg.  Since I board Indy in 7 days that could be a problem as I'm still showing Emerald.  I suppose I can try to argue my case with the loyalty ambassador on Indy but I was hoping the points would hit separately and I would be a normal Diamond when boarding Indy.   In this modern day of computing I wonder why it takes so long for C&A points to process.

When you get home, call the C&A folks and plead your case with them. I would not rely on their computer system to process your points, look at all the problems folks talk about on this blog regarding the RC website.

Thanks for your comments, photos and tips! They have been most enjoyable!:27_sunglasses:

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24 minutes ago, rjac said:

When you get home, call the C&A folks and plead your case with them. I would not rely on their computer system to process your points, look at all the problems folks talk about on this blog regarding the RC website.

Thanks for your comments, photos and tips! They have been most enjoyable!:27_sunglasses:

I called C&A, they won't do anything.  Basically told me I'll likely be Emerald for Indy unless the system happens to process the points.  If I don't see my points in two weeks from today i should call them.  Those are the rules.

At least the loyalty ambassador on Anthem was able to make me Diamond for the 12 night cruise.  That was much appreciated.  Perhaps the loyalty ambassador on Indy can also spin some magic.

In the bigger picture it's not a big deal, just need to slow down around important milestones.

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Thank you so much for the great live blog.  You've once again set the standard we all will measure ourselves against, because your photos and summary have been must-read every day of the cruise.

Safe travels home!

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I'll echo the sentiments listed above; excellent stuff. I am new(ish) to the board, and this was the fist live blog that I have followed. From the photos, to tips and hints, to just the daily itineraries, it was fantastic to follow.  It certainly sets high expectations for the rest of the blogs I'll read in the future :10_wink: 

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