Jump to content
firebuck

Anthem of the Seas - Port Canaveral, Coco Cay, Nassau. 10/27-11/3

Recommended Posts

Day 2

Seas are much calmer - the skies are much clearer.  

Here's my @twangster style balcony pic of the day

balcony.thumb.jpg.681b1de36ffd349a85533b4a9bd29e27.jpg

I'm going to get dressed and grab some coffee - we've got NorthStar booked today at 11:30... looking forward to it!  

Dinner tonight will be in Chops, and we also reserved "The Gift" a bit later tonight.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 2 Continued

We all decided to visit the Windjammer for breakfast this morning - the food was good, but boy was it crowded!  The only available tables were in the breezy, cold, aft outdoor seating area.

After breakfast, we decided to explore the ship a bit more and see what all she had to offer.

esplanade.thumb.jpg.1aed1bfbec7c6a234b44f0aadb542128.jpg

patiss.thumb.jpg.733bc050b24f1582d7432a445717c915.jpg

 

The Anthem really is a beautiful ship, but I've got to say - it seems to be the most crowded ship we've been on thus far. Since the weather is much nicer today, we figured the Pool area /Solarium would be crowded, but golly was that the understatement of the year!  My wife and I went back down to the music hall and found the self-leveling pool tables and played a round. We are both horrible at pool 😄

We had reserved the Northstar for 11:00 AM today, but it had to be rescheduled due to winds - the only time they had left for us all to get on at the same time was day 7.

After exploring the Seaplex for a bit, My wife and I went down and sat in 270 for awhile.  The views there are absolutely breathtaking. 

270.thumb.jpg.b49a14d0d131bb081db3ac8be34924a3.jpg

Lunch in Cafe 270 opened around 11:30, so we grabbed a Kummelweck and some soup.  How do they make the bread taste so good??  We decided to check out cafe 270 for breakfast the next day.

menu.thumb.jpg.b2f12abb587670ea3c82c73df14a06ca.jpg

After was more exploring, and then more relaxing.

The bartender at the Schooner bar insisted on taking my picture along with the oddly shaped bottle of rum that I wanted to try.

me.thumb.jpg.e0e86e312cd012dc193cae144a9aef44.jpg

Dinner tonight was in Chops.  The waiter suggested that he likes to bring out a small bowl of each side (a total of 8 ) for us to share family style.  My sister-in-law and I had the filet, my wife had the chicken, and my brother-in-law had the prime rib.  We all really enjoyed our meal tonight.

chops.thumb.jpg.9ec865de8188967fa462a1b080e03d27.jpg

After dinner we got changed and headed up to the Royal Theatre for "The Gift" at 8:45 pm.  The cast did a great job, but I was glad the show lasted only about an hour... I just didn't really get it.

The cruise director, Drew announced that the Led Zeppelin tribute band was performing at 10 PM in the music hall, so we made our way over there to catch it.  The band was pretty good!  But after a bit we decided that it was getting late and we decided to turn in for the night, but not before a stop at Sorrentos - yes they've definitely improved over what I remember on Oasis.  Especially if you get a nice, hot slice right out of the oven.  Is it the best pizza I've ever tasted? Hardly... but it's some darn fine cruise ship pizza.

sorrentos.thumb.jpg.909a834cc349d0d473e2ab3ac2410c0d.jpg

Today is day 3, and we're due to arrive in Port Canaveral around noon.  We're heading to the Kennedy Space Center, and I've never been so I'm pretty excited.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can't wait to try Anthem for the first time in Feb.  Somehow we have just never gotten around to sailing in a Q class before this and since our B2B in Feb has turned into B2B star class cruises I am doubly anxious for Feb 15 to get here !!

I have heard other say the same thing, about the Anthem feeling "crowded".  Explanations I have heard usually deal with the ship's general design not allowing traffic flow as readily as some of the other classes and then there's that whole thing about it being a "cool weather" ship where everyone is mostly inside vs outside.  Guess I will find out in a few months !  Can't wait.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I can't wait to try Anthem for the first time in Feb.  Somehow we have just never gotten around to sailing in a Q class before this and since our B2B in Feb has turned into B2B star class cruises I am doubly anxious for Feb 15 to get here !!

I have heard other say the same thing, about the Anthem feeling "crowded".  Explanations I have heard usually deal with the ship's general design not allowing traffic flow as readily as some of the other classes and then there's that whole thing about it being a "cool weather" ship where everyone is mostly inside vs outside.  Guess I will find out in a few months !  Can't wait.

It was a little better this morning - I think people are starting to spread out a bit more.  Definitely want to do Star class - Having access to CC alone will eliminate a lot of the crowded venue issues.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 3 continued

Breakfast in the Solarium Bistro was a bit more organized and a lot less crowded- they of course didn't have EVERYTHING that the Windjammer had, but it was pretty close.

My inlaws decided to stay on the ship today and relax, so just my wife and I were getting off today. We decided to get off of the ship around 12:30 to give ourselves plenty of time to hail a drive share service and get to Kennedy Space Center to meet our friend there between 1:30 and 2.  There was a long line to get off, but it went rather quickly, and before we knew it we were on land!  We looked at both Uber and Lyft, and Lyft was a few dollars cheaper, so that's what we chose!  Once we requested a ride, the gentleman was at the curb at the port in less than 3 minutes.  The ride to Kennedy Space center only took us about 20 minutes, and cost around $32.00.  We arrived just a little past 1:00 PM.kennedy.thumb.jpg.56e080805b5f96acb32fbb942c046da7.jpg

Rockets.thumb.jpg.fca71574520d733713209f8d3403a7bb.jpg

Our friend arrived shortly after, and upon the suggestion of the lady selling the tickets, we opted to take the bus tour first.  This tour takes you through the restricted areas of KSC and some of the highlights are seeing the VAB or Vehicle Assembly Building - a huge 526 foot tall building where they build the rockets and launch towers.

Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)

VAB.thumb.jpg.1360bc006529e29eba6695ffaebd20c8.jpg

Launch Pad

launch.thumb.jpg.1a953486fdb62d9fc60bd13d940aff7e.jpg

We also drive by the SpaceX rocket assembly building and the launchpad that they lease from the space port (I believe the guide said that SpaceX has leased that building and launch pad for 20 years).  We also drove by several launch pads including those that sent the Apollo missions to the moon.

The bus tour then concludes at the Apollo/Saturn V exhibit.

apolo.thumb.jpg.18bbfa27658afd5f895f211d2176b570.jpg

boosters.thumb.jpg.c4812bca781d22d29491905bbf750c07.jpg

Once back at the main visitors center, we ventured into the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit.  This exhibit opened in 2013 and houses the Space Shuttle Atlantis - it's quite a site to take in, and pictures do not do it justice.  It's something you need to experience in person.

atlantis.thumb.jpg.8f228c4b5fe1d862b6630b06623ad743.jpg

51543951_atlantisback.thumb.jpg.feb62eed5b084a969f6c0e3d4089d469.jpg

Unfortunately we were running out of time as the Space Center closed at 6:00 PM. I had never been to Kennedy Space Center, and would definitely recommend going if you have any sort of interest in space travel - it was very informative, and we all had a great time.  

Our friend was kind enough to drive us to a dinner destination that he suggested - Dixie Crossroads restaurant in Titusville Fl which is a popular seafood destination.  I'm not a big fan of seafood, but I knew they'd have some killer chicken tenders, and they did!

All aboard was at 9:00 PM, and we arrived back at the port shortly after 8:00.  We had 9:00 PM reservations for Spectra's Cabaret.  I thought it was a very well-done show and really showcased what the 270 venue could offer - I would definitely recommend this show over The Gift. 

spectras.thumb.jpg.08fdba7d0e160caf3bd602baf8ee3908.jpg

The cruise director announced after the show that there was an adult comedy show at 11:15 PM, so we decided to take it in.  The comedian did a great job, but I was pretty darn tired afterwards, so with that it was bed time.

 

Today is Coco Cay!  I'm excited.  We have a beach bungalow, and we also booked a last minute excursion that I'm really excited about!  I will blog about it later, but for now I need to get coffee and get ready to tender!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, firebuck said:

Our friend arrived shortly after, and upon the suggestion of the lady selling the tickets, we opted to take the bus tour first. 

We heard and followed the same advice when we visited KSC on an excursion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Enjoy your blog. I will visit the KSC too on our coming trip in 2 weeks. My husband and I went there once but it will the first time for my 6 years old. I think it will be great for him. How is the weather on your trip so far?

Do you see any drink card sales at the bar yet? We both got the refreshment packages and we will get 3 free drinks in the evening like 4 pm-8.30 pm. but I try to make the decision should I buy the drink package for my husband. It is about $26 different/day from what I already paid for a  refreshment package. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
22 hours ago, Boston Babe said:

@firebuck, can you let me know if the beach bungalow might be accessible vi scooter or wheelchair?  You got me very excited about Kennedy Space Center! Thank you! 

I honestly think it may be tough for a conventional scooter or wheelchair to get to the bungalow area.  The bungalow area is all the way at the end of the island, and while they do offer transportation via golf carts and trailers pulled by tractors, it doesn't seem like a scooter or wheel chair would fit on the carts unless it can fold up pretty well. The bungalow area from where they drop you off is very sandy as well, so that may present a bit of a challenge.

That said, I did see wheel chairs being offered on the island with the large, fat tires that should be able to navigate the sandy paths to the bungalow. The pusher will just need to be ok with pushing all the way to the end of the island. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Susie said:

Do you see any drink card sales at the bar yet? We both got the refreshment packages and we will get 3 free drinks in the evening like 4 pm-8.30 pm. but I try to make the decision should I buy the drink package for my husband. It is about $26 different/day from what I already paid for a  refreshment package. 

No drink card as of day 4 - I will let you know if I see it pop up later on.  The bars have been super packed this time around, so they may be getting enough sales as it is right now without the card.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, firebuck said:

No drink card as of day 4 - I will let you know if I see it pop up later on.  The bars have been super packed this time around, so they may be getting enough sales as it is right now without the card.

Thank you so much. : )

How is the weather so far? Does it cold in Florida, Cococay, and Nassau?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 4 - Coco Cay

We woke up early and decided to skip conventional breakfast today. The cruise director stated the previous night that the Captain should have  us ready to tender early, and he did. After donning our swim gear and grabbing a cup of coffee, we were in line for the tenders.  On Anthem there are two tender locations, one aft, and one forward.  We were in the aft line when a crew member suggested we go forward as the first tender was there and it had plenty of space.  So we heeded his advice and headed on up.

We were indeed the first tender to make it to the island.  We immediately hopped on the cart to head to the bungalow area.  Once there, we checked in with the concierge and into our assigned bungalow by 9:15 AM.

bungalow1.thumb.jpg.2a3c94aa4e9156b66e944cc133dba9cf.jpg

1068373255_palmbungalow.thumb.jpg.0a0eb31591524706c388d9af231b708c.jpg

You can tell I need some sun...

73968583_bungalowsit.thumb.jpg.15a2873409d1971ce11c23c4babe321e.jpg

At this time in the morning, even though the sun was shining down, the water was freezing!  Once you "ripped the bandaid off" it wasn't horrible - just get everything wet at once.

On day 3, my wife noticed in the cruise compass that they offer a Swimming with the Pigs excursion. The excursion said that it lasted an hour and a half and left at 12:30. Even though we already had a bungalow, we all agreed that this was an experience we couldn't pass up. I never saw this excursion online in the cruise planner.  Come to think of it, a lot of excursions offered on board were never offered in the pre-cruise planner online... 

Our lunch was scheduled to be delivered to our bungalow between 11:30 and 12:00 so we knew we'd need to scarf it down pretty quickly to make our swimming pig excursion. Lunch arrived at about ten minutes til noon.  My wife had the chicken tacos, and the rest of us had jerk burgers.

With that, we headed back to the excursion desk to meet up for our swimming pigs tour.

We took a quick 5 minute boat ride to "Treasure Island" where we saw the crew coaxing pigs down the ramp to the beach area.

1294380921_pigarea.thumb.jpg.d43f7e276d7e7ea06185c8e316de55af.jpg

The swimming area was fenced in, and there were about 8 pigs that were willing to swim with us for apples.  After some brief instructions on how to hold the apples away from your body (pigs do bite) we were able to get down in the water.  Side note - if you do this excursion, I HIGHLY recommend water shoes - the area down to the beach was solid rock and it killed my tender bare feet.

999819363_pigapple.thumb.jpg.34456d9b1ede2ea6e5d011fcda7562c0.jpg

741268854_whitepig2.thumb.jpg.b71d70be7a0981a3e07bb6d3c00fdfb5.jpg

1196240243_smallpig.thumb.jpg.7bd85329ba5435912e93334835cdc8cf.jpg

We swam with the pigs for about 45 minutes when one of the crew members who was snorkeling came up with a small sea turtle!  They called him flappy.

flappy.thumb.jpg.acde8cb21d34b2c0a42bb3c5262a5ce7.jpg

The crew was very funny and entertaining.  All in all, it was a neat experience and we all had fun.

We were back to our bungalows around 2:15 and spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing.

The last tender back was at 4:45 and we opted to come back around 4.

Pier Progress:

229852502_pierprogress.thumb.jpg.325ca548e3f06e7096d7ec60a72bf524.jpg

 

2078036229_pierprogress3.thumb.jpg.0657cdc3d40787414af2323a43432416.jpg

1773714056_pierprogress2.thumb.jpg.37c61c3d79bf0cd6de5652ba0123da37.jpg

After swimming with pigs, we decided to quickly shower and hop in the solarium pool - since pigs sometimes have accidents (which the crew quickly attends to) we figured the extra chlorine from the pool won't hurt 😄

After yet another shower, we headed to Izumi fro dinner at 6 since my brother in law really wanted sushi.  The rest of us got ramen. After dinner we sat in the Schooner bar for some entertainment.  It was a long, fun day in the sun and we were all pretty wiped out so we retired to the room by 10 PM

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
28 minutes ago, Susie said:

Thank you so much. : )

How is the weather so far? Does it cold in Florida, Cococay, and Nassau?

The weather has been beautiful!  Coco Cay was perfect... I'd say in the mid to high 80s with a nice breeze?  Florida was the same, maybe slightly cooler.  The sun was hot, but it wasn't a humid oppressive heat.  I'm sitting on my balcony right now sans shirt and the breeze is amazing.  It's 77 right now and not expected to go past 84.  In the morning the water is chilly, but it gets nice around 11 or 12 once the sun has a chance to beat down on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 5

Happy Halloween! Today is Nassau.  We don't really have any plans except to walk around the port area a bit and grab a flight of beer at Pirate Republic Brewing.  Tonight is Jamies Italian for Dinner.  

My view of Atlantis from the balcony this morning.

nassau2.thumb.jpg.da3c96b5335e5a6656b1a8374ce55a4c.jpg

We may try the MDR for breakfast this morning if we can get there in time. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...