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Anthem of the Seas - March 9-17, 2018

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5 minutes ago, mom2mybugs said:

Ok...I leave in 12 days... I'm beginning to freak out that it is still cold!   Arghhhhhh.  Jane

To be totally honest, we were out and about on decks today. Even mid afternoon, it was not that warm. My kids eventually moved to the indoor pool. I have never cruised to the Bahamas in March before so I have no clue if this is the norm. But you never know, 12 days makes a big difference sometimes. 

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1 minute ago, Sabrinaklai said:

To be totally honest, we were out and about on decks today. Even mid afternoon, it was not that warm. My kids eventually moved to the indoor pool. I have never cruised to the Bahamas in March before so I have no clue if this is the norm. But you never know, 12 days makes a big difference sometimes. 

I just know it was 28 degrees in Florida when I was there in January and it was snowing and cold here in Chicago today (ok...I know... not the 2 feet in the east).  If I don't get warm and sun soon,  I may not survive!   I need cruise therapy badly!   Jane

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Good morning all! Sorry for the late post this morning. Hubby and D2 were off before 7:30am this morning and D1 and I did not wander into the WJ until 10am.

@jurrjurr this was the closest thing I found to dim sum so far. I gave it a try, but as someone who has eaten congee most of my life, I can safely say that this is a pass. 

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After breakfast we wandered the ship for a bit. Did not find the ship's coin but we did find the I-95.  

Random observation...the conference Center here has 4 rooms. They are named Radiance, Brillance, Jewel, and Serenade.  I thought that was a nice touch. We have now stumbled upon an empty North Star line so we are going to ride the NS in port!

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1 hour ago, Sabrinaklai said:

Good morning all! Sorry for the late post this morning. Hubby and D2 were off before 7:30am this morning and D1 and I did not wander into the WJ until 10am.

@jurrjurr this was the closest thing I found to dim sum so far. I gave it a try, but as someone who has eaten congee most of my life, I can safely say that this is a pass. 

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After breakfast we wandered the ship for a bit. Did not find the ship's coin but we did find the I-95.  

Random observation...the conference Center here has 4 rooms. They are named Radiance, Brillance, Jewel, and Serenade.  I thought that was a nice touch. We have now stumbled upon an empty North Star line so we are going to ride the NS in port!

Do they have those cruellers to tip it in? 

Congee is like pasta.  Nothing beats mom's congee.  LOL

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D1 and I rode the NS while in port in Nassau. This was such a nice surprise to find that there was not only no wait but that it was offered today in port. Our reservations are actually for tomorrow (at sea) but this provided a much more enjoyable experience and stunning views. 

D1 is sensitive to motion and was worried but I am happy to report that it was much like riding an elevator. Perhaps at sea it is a different feeling. It does get a bit hot in there after a while. 

I had an interesting conversation with the operator on the way up. He mentioned that  only Quantum and Ovation take the NS over the edge of the ship, not Anthem. The reason being that it would make for a 30min ride as opposed to 9min on Anthem.  With a 30min ride, they would not be able to accommodate all the guests so that option is not available on this ship. Ovation and Quantum also charge for NS due to the extended ride. 

Here is a short video of our experience this morning. Pardon the shaky hand as I was busy chatting as well 😊

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Current mood: 😎☺️

Enjoying the warmth on the balcony while having a halzelnut mocha. Keeping it light and skipping lunch today. Tonight is Jamie's followed by We Will Rock You. 

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Oh, and I just watched this sail by. Someone important must own this....

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5 minutes ago, jurrjurr said:

Do they have those cruellers to tip it in? 

Congee is like pasta.  Nothing beats mom's congee.  LOL

No cruellers!! Super disappointing! 

And you are 100% correct! I like my Mom's congee the best! Hopefully she's following this 😉

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For @firebuck @SeasTheDayNJ, and @KLAconQueso in the name of research. My waistline is paying for this 😟

Fried pickles: just ok, it wasn't spicy, it was fresh and hot. Basically just a breaded pickle. Rating: B

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Poutine: this was just ok too. As a Canadian, I have had much better poutine but it was by no way terrible. One step up from cafeteria poutine.  Rating: I say "B" but D1 says "A".

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And for @Sweety, look what we found! A super fancy one!

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Coffee card is $31 onboard.

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48 minutes ago, Sabrinaklai said:

For @firebuck @SeasTheDayNJ, and @KLAconQueso in the name of research. My waistline is paying for this 😟

Fried pickles: just ok, it wasn't spicy, it was fresh and hot. Basically just a breaded pickle. Rating: B

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Poutine: this was just ok too. As a Canadian, I have had much better poutine but it was by no way terrible. One step up from cafeteria poutine.  Rating: I say "B" but D1 says "A".

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And for @Sweety, look what we found! A super fancy one!

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Coffee card is $31 onboard.

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Thank you. It looks so good.

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Blue Lagoon Dolphin Excursion:  RC Excursion

This excursion is available in several forms.  There is the Blue Lagoon Beach Break.  This gives you access to beach only.  Then there is the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim where you can actually swim with a dolphin.  The one Hubby and D2 did was the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter, which basically lets you play with a dolphin in waist high water.

The excursion started at 7:45am with the meeting spot at Station 1 on the pier.  Hubby reported that it took a long time to actually get on the ferry to Blue Lagoon Island.  They waited pier side until about 9am.  People were separated into two groups (beach people, animal encounters) and bands are given out before boarding the ferry.  

The ferry ride to Blue Lagoon Island took about 45min.  Hubby and D2 reported a smooth, slow ride.  There is a washroom available on the ferry.  You can even purchase drinks and snacks on the ferry.

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After arriving on Blue Lagoon Island, there are a few dolphin locations and staff direct you where to go.  There is slight confusion but no one got lost.

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Once arriving in your location, there is a consent to sign off on.  Then your belongings are stored in a locker.  Hubby reported that these lockers are small and difficult to lock.  If you have a large backpack, it won't fit and you have to put it off to the side.  The locker can fit approximately a mid-size handbag.  Hubby says the locker is ancient looking and rusted.  It locks with a key.  After securing your belongings, everyone is provided with a life jacket.  Then you are taken to the area for the Dolphin Encounter.  Here the dolphin trainer gives instructions on how to interact with the dolphin and safety.  There are about 16 people in each group.  No personal cameras or recording equipment allowed.

Interactions with the Dolphin includes hugging, kissing, dancing, rubbing, and touching its teeth.  You are also given a fish to feed to the dolphin.  Sometimes the dolphin squirts and splashes you.  After, the dolphin does a few tricks and then you are given to have the opportunity to take a group photo with the dolphin.

Change rooms and showering facilities are available to clean off.

Kiosks are available in the gift shop for purchasing photos and videos. 

Single pics are about $14

Videos are about $58

4 pics + video is $97

All inclusive pics through email was $79

7.5% tax is charged on all purchases and if paying with a credit card, you have to show picture ID.

Beach time is included with the excursion and you have the option to take selected ferry times back to the ship.

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Overall thoughts:  Hubby felt this was worth the money.  We paid $119.70 CDN (on sale during Black Friday).  He reported that some parents had children who ended up being afraid and not wanting to go in.  So, buyer beware.  Know your children.

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Photo credit: all Hubby

Excursion recap:  Hubby and D2 🙂

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1 hour ago, Sabrinaklai said:

Poutine: this was just ok too. As a Canadian, I have had much better poutine but it was by no way terrible. One step up from cafeteria poutine.  Rating: I say "B" but D1 says "A".

See, I knew you were the MVP!  I'll take Canadian B rated poutine and eat it with a "glowing heart"!  You rock, thanks for checking this out for me!

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Dinner photo dump:

Jamie's Italian tonight. What can I say? I love Jamie's. Everything was delicious! 

No menu pic as @twangster already included one. Here is the kids menu though.

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Vegetarian Plank:

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Arancini:

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Garlic Bread:

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Mini Sliders:

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Penne Carbonara:

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Eggplant Parmigiana:

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Funky Chips and Polenta Chips:

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Tiramisu:

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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake:

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Epic Brownie:

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Off to see We Will Rock You. I ate so much I can barely move! 

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24 minutes ago, Sabrinaklai said:

Dinner photo dump:

Jamie's Italian tonight. What can I say? I love Jamie's. Everything was delicious! 

No menu pic as @twangster already included one. Here is the kids menu though.

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Vegetarian Plank:

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Arancini:

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Garlic Bread:

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Mini Sliders:

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Penne Carbonara:

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Eggplant Parmigiana:

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Funky Chips and Polenta Chips:

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Tiramisu:

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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake:

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Epic Brownie:

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Off to see We Will Rock You. I ate so much I can barely move! 

Lemon meringue cheesecake looks yummy.

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34 minutes ago, KathyC said:

We sailed on Quantum when she was still based out of NJ and we went over the side on Northstar. It did NOT take 30 minutes, and they did NOT charge.  30 minutes?  That's crazy.  Less than 15 start to finish. 

It runs a number of different programs.  NorthStar has evolved in North America.  For what ever reason they kept it free in North America but due to demand they had to cut the duration to 9 minutes plus 6 minutes for boarding, de-boarding.  Up, slight left and right and back down.  

In other regions the duration is longer but there is a cost. 

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