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  1. Back home after the 5 day Anthem trip to Bermuda. It was a great trip and overall we were very pleased. There were 6 in our party (4 adults and 2 kids, 4 and 7 yrs old) and we had two balcony rooms on deck 8. [U][B]Bermuda:[/B][/U] We took a glass bottom boat tour and visited Horseshoe Bay for a few hours on our first day in Bermuda. Horseshoe Bay was amazing of course, though very, very crowded. My husband waited in line for almost an hour to get us lunch. The line for the bar was equally as long! We took a taxi to Horseshoe Bay and had no problem getting there and back quickly--lines for buses and transfers through the cruise line seem long. On the 2nd day in Bermuda, we took the kids to Snorkel Beach. It was so convenient and a good beach for kids to swim at. Obviously not as beautiful as Horseshoe Bay but my kids were very happy. We noticed storm clouds coming and were able to get the kids off the beach and back onto the ship before the rain came! [B][U]Positives:[/U][/B] [U]Service:[/U] Service was great all week and the staff was great with my kids. [U]Adventure Ocean:[/U] My kids enjoyed going there and there were lots of options for times and activities. Our cruise was for our 10th anniversary and we wanted to have some time each day to ourselves and the program was perfect. We dropped them off on 2 afternoons, 1 evening, and then utilized the Adventure Dining once and the My Time Family Dining once. It was great. [U]H2O zone:[/U] My kids could not get enough of the wave pool. We spent most our sea days there and despite the many people on board, that pool did not feel too crowded. We were not able to find a lounge chair around the outdoor pool, but with young kids that didn't really matter because we were always in the water with them. In addition, we noticed a great deal of vigilance by the staff around the pool deck due to the sad event on the last cruise. I also liked the fact that the swim diaper rules were being enforced. Another passenger on board became quite angry with the staff that her child was not supposed to be in the wave pool because the child was in a swim diaper and despite her anger, they enforced the rule. [U]iFly:[/U]We loved trying the iFly and the instructor was really great working with my children. My son was quite nervous and the instructor went out of his way to make him feel comfortable. [U] SeaPlex--[/U]my son took the acrobatic class and my husband and children loved the bumper cars. My son loved the Xbox, though he was only able to play once and we all enjoyed the ping pong tables. [U]Food:[/U]We liked the cafe at 270 and had lunch there on Day 1 and Day 4. My husband and I ate at Izumi one evening and enjoyed it very much. We had a nice adult meal at The Grand the first evening and all 6 of us at at Silk and even though we had two different reservation windows (6-6:30 and 6:15-6:45) we were able to get a table for 6 together. My family of 4 enjoyed a meal at Chic, as well. We thought there was a nice selection at the Windjammer and the desserts were great all week long. Sorrento's was decent for a snack. While the food wasn't amazing, we thought that it was all fine for such a large ship. Movie on pool deck: They showed Zootopia. Fun way for families to spend an evening. Wish they showed another PG or PG13 movie at 7:00 pm another night on the cruise because it was a great venue! [U][B] Negatives:[/B][/U] [U]Schedule changes.[/U] I made all my reservations in advance for meals and shows and there were several changes to show times which then threw off meal reservations. I then tried to make changes while on board using the app to no avail. Called ext 7000 as was advertised and couldn't get anyone to answer. The DreamWorks character breakfast was moved from Day 5 when I initially booked it to Day 2 and I had our iFly and North Star reservations for Day 2 in the morning as well, so it made it pretty busy for that morning. I would not have booked the breakfast if I had known it would be on Day 2 (and would not recommend the breakfast as I thought it was not a good value--see below) [U]DreamWorks character breakfast:[/U] I booked this in advance and paid $50 for 4 adults and 2 kids to go. Not worth the money IMO. The breakfast was the basic dining room breakfast (not surprising there) but then there were just 3 characters from Madagascar--my kids were really hoping for characters from Shrek or Kung Fu Panda, and I thought for the $50 there would be just a little more to it. Maybe more dancing or interaction or a small souvenir. Since there were meet and greet opportunities with those characters throughout the week, I really don't feel like we got anything extra for our money for the breakfast. [U]American Icon:[/U] I didn't eat there personally, but my husband and parents did and they said it was their least favorite meal of the week. Great trip and we would cruise Anthem again with kids!
  2. [quote name='ShellDil']Thank you! I'm glad you commented - the positive feedback does really help. Sometimes when there are no comments I wonder if anyone is out there still reading! :eek: I hope to get to some more posts either later today or tonight. If I can squeeze some in between work today as well that would be nice too! ;)[/QUOTE] Definitely still reading! Keep the review coming! Send from device_name using Cruise Critic your_app_name App
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    Suite Review of the Allure 06.30.2013

    Great review and pictures!
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    Homeymooners - Anything special?

    There was a Honeymooners party on our Honeymoon cruise on Freedom of the Seas in 2006. We had a [U]fabulous[/U] time on that cruise, but I remember that particular party being BAD--terrible cake, awful champagne, etc. I think there are just too many honeymooners for RCCL to do much of anything too special.
  5. LOVE this review! What a wonderful adventure for you and your family! After reading this, I hope I can do a similar trip with my children in a few years.
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    Show us Your Aft!

    Awesome thread...excited because we booked 1688 on Explorer of the Seas today...our first AFT!
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    Best use of RCCL Visa points

    [quote name='phish tales']for us, again for us, it may not be for everyone. my wife and i always cash it when we reach 125,000 points. (the way we spend it takes approx. every 18 months). we use this for a free 7 night Caribbean cruise for two. we usually get $1400 to $1800 value and than we pay the extra and upgrade to a suite. this really really works for us. we will be taking our 3rd free cruise value in 2 months. enjoy your points and do what fits best for you. but the 125,000 points cash in for a cruise is the best value....[/QUOTE] I would do this, but we have approximately 20,000 points that are approaching 5 years, so if we don't use them, we will lose them, correct?
  8. Hi all- Please help walk me through the best way to maximize our RCCL Visa points. We are planning a cruise on Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda next July or August. Ready to book, but before we do, I am trying to figure out the best way to use our approx. 50,000 Royal points (just under that now, will have that in the next month or so). We ultimately want to have a balcony stateroom for our family of four. Wondering if the best way to maximize our points is to book an oceanview and then use the 50,000 to upgrade to a balcony (can we do that as we are 2 adults AND 2 children?) OR to simply go for the $500 off the cruise. We need to use the 50,000 points over the next few months as a bunch of our points will expire (they do after 5 years, correct?). Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!
  9. Following this great thread! Read through your awesome review of your Canada/New England cruise...it was wonderful! We live in New England and have been to Montreal, QC, and Portland (and Bar Harbor which you didn't make it to) and you gave me the urge to book a cruise with that itinerary some day. Thank you for taking the time to report on your cruises!
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    why use costco or other card for your safe

    FYI- Majesty has the keypad safes as well.
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    Majesty 4/21-4/25 Review

    [quote name='tropicalwoman']Thanks for the review we're off to the majesty tomorrow!![/quote] Have a great trip!!! I'm back to work tomorrow :(
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    Majesty 4/21-4/25 Review

    [quote name='kingsgirl']That is so strange!! Why do they keep changing the port times. It's not like we have to rush to get anywhere since we don't even travel very far. Weird.[/quote] Maybe they are hearing the complaints that some give that the formal night is scheduled on the only late night in a port, so they are moving the times around???? Just a thought.
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    Majesty 4/21-4/25 Review

    [quote name='tigerdadky']tell me about the majesty, will be cruising her in Oct. our first RCI cruise, does it have a grand atrium. I hear she is newly refurbished and is better than most Carnival ships. Ive been on two carnival ships the Elation and the celebration.[/quote] Yes, it has a grand atrium. Not as amazing as the Royal Promenade on the larger RCI ships, but still very nice. I was on the Carnival Fascination 6 years ago and the Majesty was much much nicer than the Fascination...if that is at all of a comparison to the Elation and the Celebration.
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    Majesty 4/21-4/25 Review

    [quote name='kingsgirl']To the OP, a very important question.... Were you scheduled to be in Nassau until midnight or 6 pm? You mentioned you were still there at 11:30 so I am curious b/c we are scheduled to be there only until 6 next week.[/quote] We were scheduled to be there until 11 p.m. I believe.
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    Majesty 4/21-4/25 Review

    [quote name='Merion_Mom']Laura, how have you been??? Long time, no read! Sounds like you had a great cruise. I'm trying Majesty in September. :)[/quote] Hey Carol!!!! How are you? We've been great. Have an awesome time on Majesty!
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