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April 14-21 Anthem of the Seas Somewhat live blog

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@PrincipalTinker, received word from someone on one of my cruising message boards, currently sailing on Anthem, that a case of norovirus is making its way around the ship :( She said that Royal is diligently cleaning surfaces, handrails and some people have been quarantined. The last update from someone on the next sailing was that Royal had informed customers by email and that an additional cleaning would follow prior to (delayed) boarding.

I hope you and your family are feeling OK!

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21 minutes ago, accio7 said:

@PrincipalTinker, received word from someone on one of my cruising message boards, currently sailing on Anthem, that a case of norovirus is making its way around the ship :( She said that Royal is diligently cleaning surfaces, handrails and some people have been quarantined. The last update from someone on the next sailing was that Royal had informed customers by email and that an additional cleaning would follow prior to (delayed) boarding.

I hope you and your family are feeling OK!

Yes, there have been some grumblings that the outbreak is pretty bad but yesterday morning, the last time I was in the Windjammer, they were still allowing guests to serve themselves. Our brewery tour was missing almost 1/3 of the tour and there are lots of Facebook posts that are sick and angry (a very bad combo). They are scrubbing walls and our Northstar Time was delayed due to a clean out of the pod.

 

So far so good for us! 

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Just now, PrincipalTinker said:

Yes, there have been some grumblings that the outbreak is pretty bad but yesterday morning, the last time I was in the Windjammer, they were still allowing guests to serve themselves. Our brewery tour was missing almost 1/3 of the tour and there are lots of Facebook posts that are sick and angry (a very bad combo). They are scrubbing walls and our Northstar Time was delayed due to a clean out of the pod.

 

So far so good for us! 

Thanks for the update, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and your family!

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3 hours ago, PrincipalTinker said:

Yes, there have been some grumblings that the outbreak is pretty bad but yesterday morning, the last time I was in the Windjammer, they were still allowing guests to serve themselves. Our brewery tour was missing almost 1/3 of the tour and there are lots of Facebook posts that are sick and angry (a very bad combo). They are scrubbing walls and our Northstar Time was delayed due to a clean out of the pod.

 

So far so good for us! 

3 hours ago, accio7 said:

Thanks for the update, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and your family!

I second this! Very glad you and your family are still healthy and able to continue enjoying your vacation!

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Today is our last day. We are currently sitting in Two 70 waiting for the virtual symphony to begin. Today we did IFly and there are no photos since we all did it. Tomorrow is my 57th birthday and I loved it! The staff was amazing.

We are all packed and will put the luggage out before dinner.

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I am in the car on the way home to Massachusetts. We went to the Windjammer for breakfast and other than the challenge of finding coffee the crowds were manageable. It took us about 30 minutes from leaving the boat to hitting the highway. 

A few final thoughts on the Anthem of the Seas. We really enjoyed spending time talking to the crew. Our assistant waiter in the main dining room is flying home to India today and I will be thinking of him today. He was so happy last night! I had posted when out  CocoCay day was cancelled that I was prepared for that possibility and I was not upset. Later that night we spent some time talking to a bartender at Two 70. She apologized for being so happy but she loves Atlantis and she hates CocoCay. CocoCay is so much work for the crew. They all were going to Atlantis from midnight to 4:00am. I know the pier will be built and soon the Nassau overnight stops will end. I am glad this crew had at least one more chance for a night out.   

We heard a lot of guests complaining: the ship is too big, Florida was cold, CocoCay was cancelled....we had a blast.

We loved the main dining room. There were many guests that only dined in the main dining room on day 6. Last night (7) the room was almost empty . Yesterday we ate all three meals in the main dining room. I must admit I love lunch in the Grande.

We watched the virtual fireworks in Two 70 last night. We loved them but thought there is a potential for so much more!

 

Thank you for all your help and tips over the last 14 months of planning. This was a first cruise but we are committing  to at least one cruise a year. I will be waiting for summer 2020 cruises for advice on our next RCL cruise. We have the Disney Dream booked for next summer. I am doing that since I am hoping to be a Disney vacation planner in my retirement and I may be able to talk for 6 hours straight about Walt Disney World resorts, parks and food but I need cruise line experience.

 

Thanks again!

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12 minutes ago, PrincipalTinker said:

I am in the car on the way home to Massachusetts.

We will be doing the Anthem to Bermuda next June. Where did you park your car at the port in Cape Liberty? And thanks for your blog, I enjoyed it!:27_sunglasses:

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20 minutes ago, rjac said:

We will be doing the Anthem to Bermuda next June. Where did you park your car at the port in Cape Liberty? And thanks for your blog, I enjoyed it!:27_sunglasses:

There is a parking garage right next to the terminal. It was $140 for the 7 night cruise. We used a porter on the way out (I set aside the tip money before the cruise) and it was so easy. The porter directed us on the way out. When you arrive they direct you to a luggage drop off spot and take your luggage curbside before you drive to the garage.

 

I travel with my son and his girlfriend because my husband does not fly but I am trying to talk him into that Bermuda cruise!

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I forgot to mention. There were a lot, and I mean- a lot- of complaints about the change to the entertainment schedule during our trip. I don’t understand it? You could not walk in a straight line the ship was rocking with the waves. They explained they made changes because the scenery in the Gift moves, and there are elements that are. It safe in Spectra’s with that movement. All shows were rescheduled for two nights and it was communicated well. Is there something else they should have done?

i have come back to edit to just update what happened at the pool yesterday. It was very cold and the outdoor pool was closed. We could not find chairs but finally we found three chairs by the family pool. Two different couple came to us when we were there about 40 minutes. Each time they asked what we did with their things. We explained there was nothing on the chairs when we sat down. Friends later told us that the crew was going around and bagging up personal items left on pool chairs. There were many angry people.

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One final footnote: I think I mentioned that I was traveling with my son and his girlfriend. Since we all work in a school system, the norovirus is part of our work environment. We were not scared and we took every precaution we could. My son’s girlfriend woke up throwing up this morning. It looks like norovirus but it is really stretching that 48 hour window.

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2 hours ago, PrincipalTinker said:

One final footnote: I think I mentioned that I was traveling with my son and his girlfriend. Since we all work in a school system, the norovirus is part of our work environment. We were not scared and we took every precaution we could. My son’s girlfriend woke up throwing up this morning. It looks like norovirus but it is really stretching that 48 hour window.

Lots of reports over on CC about people on your sailing falling ill after getting home. Just read that last night. 

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On 4/17/2018 at 10:55 PM, PrincipalTinker said:

Norovirus has been going around.

2 hours ago, PrincipalTinker said:

My son’s girlfriend woke up throwing up this morning. It looks like norovirus but it is really stretching that 48 hour window.

Ugh, I hope your son's girlfriend gets better soon, that's just no way to spend the time right after a relaxing vacation!

 

It's probably just the fact that we have so many folks here sailing on her and live blogging it, but it seems like Anthem has been getting hit with this more than any other ship I've seen reports of over the last several months. I seem to remember @J_Keeble reporting an outbreak that happened right before his trip (November last year?), leading to extra-heavy cleaning and precautions on his sailing. And I think either @twangster or @iamjohnbamber also reported an outbreak on one of their sailings before / after @J_Keeble, or maybe again was the week before their trips. Then again, @Lovetocruise2002 had no issues on her really recent sailing, so it's most likely (bad) luck of the draw. But I'm definitely going to be extra-careful when my wife and I sail her in October! :38_worried:

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30 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

But I'm definitely going to be extra-careful when my wife and I sail her in October!

I recommend you pack a couple of cans of Lysol spray disinfectant. Not for use in your cabin, but rather to hose down the idiots that avoid the hand disinfectant stations at the entrance to the dining venues as well as the recalcitrant individuals in the men's room that don't wash their hands. :27_sunglasses: 

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Just now, rjac said:

the recalcitrant individuals in the men's room that don't wash their hands

Saw one of those on Freedom, was one of the rare times I very consciously held onto my paper towel post-washy-washy for opening the door. 🤢

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1 hour ago, JLMoran said:

Ugh, I hope your son's girlfriend gets better soon, that's just no way to spend the time right after a relaxing vacation!

 

It's probably just the fact that we have so many folks here sailing on her and live blogging it, but it seems like Anthem has been getting hit with this more than any other ship I've seen reports of over the last several months. I seem to remember @J_Keeble reporting an outbreak that happened right before his trip (November last year?), leading to extra-heavy cleaning and precautions on his sailing. And I think either @twangster or @iamjohnbamber also reported an outbreak on one of their sailings before / after @J_Keeble, or maybe again was the week before their trips. Then again, @Lovetocruise2002 had no issues on her really recent sailing, so it's most likely (bad) luck of the draw. But I'm definitely going to be extra-careful when my wife and I sail her in October! :38_worried:

It can happen on any ship but Anthem has had a bit more reports than other RC ships.  I've noticed that too from my readings.  Just remember, not all sanitizers kill Norovirus.  If you are going to purchase something, make sure you read the labels carefully.  There are only a small handful of products that kill the virus.

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