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  1. I suppose I should have more specifically mentioned this but, yes I know there’s PLENTY of fake crap that I could easily find and over pay for down there. That’s part of why I asked the question here, so I could get a bit more guidance and thoughts from everyone who has some experience doing it. this purchase is definitely a ways off but I want to start at least thinking about it.
  2. I’d 1000% agree with that concern...part of why I asked here I know I’ve seen some people post that they’ve been shopping at certain stores or had certain people they go to for years. That’s the sort of situation I’m loooking/hoping for here, someone who’s been around and has a good track record. NO WAY I’d just pick a store and buy something.
  3. I’ve always heard it can be way cheaper to buy in the islands. Is that no longer the case?
  4. Hi Everyone! I’ve been meaning to ask this question for awhile and figure now might be a good time to ask to get a question that’s not about refunds and such! I realize this question may be better asked in the port threads, but I’m asking here since the ports I’m most likely to be in are the ones Royal visits, since I sail royal! That said: Where do you buy your jewelry in the islands? I’m specifically looking at potential engagement rings to buy on one of my next cruises. Also: are you able to contact any of these places ahead of time, that way I can have something picked out before I arrive (I’ll have limited time away from my girlfriend to get it). my next cruise stops in St. Thomas, so I’m most curious there but I’m also very open to suggestions from the other islands as well especially with the cancellations and changes happening, who knows where I’ll wind up! thanks!
  5. We exchanged 3 emails Pre cruise (he was not very responsive ahead of time - they spend more time paying attention to people on board, which I understand). Once on board he presented us with a full schedule for the week of shows, restaurants and activities (based on what we had said in the survey - but also largely generically planned). It had us at each of the restaurants for dinner at least one, with I think 2 repeats, based on their recommendations for popularity. He made it clear we could change it as we needed. We wound up changing one reservation the night before, and adding in another stop at hibachi the again the night before. Both were handled without any issue at all. We never did any excursions with him (I usually do non royal excursions to save $$), but he did offer and I imagine the process would be similar to anything else we had him handle. For room service: we were able to order from any of the food venues on board (MDR, Room service, or specialty). The only rule with it was whatever venue we wanted food from had to be open (I.e: I can’t call and order a chops steak at 3 am - I would be limited to the room service menu at that point). For regular room service we could call that line directly to order (which we did order food at 1 am one night, they delivered it along with a plate of chocolate strawberries as a thank you from the culinary team). For food from any of the specialty restaurants we ordered directly through the genie (they give you a business card that has their on board cell phone number). The creme brûlée we ordered through him at one point came from the MDR. He also arranged for some sort of afternoon snack to be in the room each day when we came back. oh! He also replaced my card on the last morning when I lost it while eating breakfast. We enjoyed our breakfast at coastal kitchen, he arrived at the time we had discussed to get off the boat, showed us one of the other star class rooms we asked if we could see, grabbed me a new card from guest services (ironically that I only had to use to get. They really like to make their answer yes as much as possible so if something crosses your mind, ask! They’re pretty accommodating
  6. We absolutely LOVED having a genie. People often express some concern with having a person like that be too intrusive but we found our genie was the perfect level of present without being intrusive. Below are some of the things he handled for us: 1. escorted us on board on boarding day (I had messaged him ahead of time that my girlfriend was unaware we had a suite and wanted it to be a surprise. She had never been on a cruise, so she didn’t know anything). He came up to us waiting in the lounge and said there had been an “issue” with our room and he needed to bring us there. 2. we took part in a cabin crawl and he arranged some snacks to be there when everyone came through. 3. He made whatever dining reservations we wanted. He always came and visited us at dinner each night to check in and make sure we were all good. 4. he helped with any issues we had on board (we got charged for something we shouldn’t have, he removed it for us. One day our formal clothes had not arrived in time for dinner, so we called him and they arrived shortly). 5. He arranged seating for us at any of the shows (not always front row, he said they get us seats where they think is best depending on the show - they can also get us seated wherever we prefer though). 6. He arranged to have whatever food sent up to our room whenever we wanted. We had breakfast delivered a couple times, and one night I asked for some creme brûlée’ for dessert. 7. He arranged our tours on the bridge, and they galleys. any questions you have let me know! I’m happy to answer.
  7. Could this have had something to do with the changed Anthem itinerary?...I’m not sure if the dates line up but that seems like the timeline Anthem had to change its dates for.
  8. Milkshakes are included with the drink package yes, never had a problem getting one.
  9. I was just on anthem for the Jan 5 cruise and the way the package worked for us was we could go to any specialty restaurant (including Johnny rockets) as many times as we wanted as long as they were open, embarkation day included. When we got on board we wandered right up to Jamie’s and made reservations for every night right then and had zero problem getting the times we wanted (between 630 and 730 each night). We did make some changes throughout the cruise and it was slightly harder but we always found something that worked. Dress code matches the compass but as usual it’s not ever enforced so wear what makes you comfortable. note on Johnny rockets: yes it’s just a counter and the staff were ALWAYS confused when we were there. Make sure to tell them ahead of time that you have the dining package because they always tried to charge me. dining doesn’t always take longer, if you want it faster or have a specific time to be somewhere just tell your waiter and they’ll make sure you’re ok. I enjoyed all the restaurants: Chops was consistently good although slow at times, we also grabbed desert alone from there a couple of times, Izumi (I LOVE sushi, I often got sushi to go to grab as a snack, which they happily accommodated), Jamie’s was good Italian though I had trouble ordering from there more than twice. Wonderland was really unique and interesting, we went on an off night (for us not the restaurant) though so I’d like to go again on a different sailing. Johnny rockets I often grabbed fries or onion rings as a snack. Favorite dishes: Chops: CHOCOLATE CAKE DESSERT, Branzino was delicous, and truffle fries. Steaks are all decent steaks. Izumi: honestly any of the sushi, I really enjoy it and loved trying them all. Also the chicken appetizer is quite good if you like crispy fried chicken (not KFC style, it’s delicious though) Jamies: Any of the pastas, my girlfriend loved the truffle one. Wonderland: I don’t really remember specific things though again we were having an off night. Either way it’s a very unique experience and I’d recommend trying it at least once especially if you have the package. Our waiter was excellent at sharing recommendations and accommodating based on our likes or dislikes. Also, if you enjoy Indian food you can unofficially request it in the MDR, we asked if they could get it for us at chops for dinner one night and they excitedly brought us some and it was quite good. Any other questions let me know!
  10. it’s Oasis and Symphony, Chic Fil A is correct
  11. I just brought this little guy on a cruise on Anthem with no problem. It’s battery powered or usb powered, it killed the batteries in one night (I like it on overnight), so I just used the included USB to plug it in with my phone charger (mine has 2 USB port, used one for the phone and one for the fan. Worked beautifully, and never had any issues from bringing on board to room attendant. Honeywell HTF090B Turbo on The Go Personal Fan Black, Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YU0W3CY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_RLhoEbT0W40CC
  12. I’m literally walking off of an Anthem 11 night cruise that did southern islands (st Lucia, Antigua, st kitts, Puerto Rico, and St Maarten). Loved the longer itinerary and I totally agree I wish they would do a longer itinerary on an oasis ship. One can dream as they keep getting more of them!
  13. @DisneyMatt10 We had 6 people for a 7 day cruise and did $100/person. He did include my grandparents in show seatings a couple of times so they also gave him an extra $50 themselves. Room steward is included in the standard tips BUT we tipped ours $200, since he was one of the most friendly room stewards we had ever had and we gave him so many clothes to press/clean and he always handled them very quickly (I literally watched him run several times, not because I ever asked), so we felt he deserved some extra compensation, which he made very clear he really appreciated. We have another star class room booked next year and I anticipate doing similar numbers as long as we enjoy things as much as we did the first time! Everyone handles tipping differently though and I know you’ll find some differing answers on the linked threads as well.
  14. Dining reservations, show seating, having food or things sent up to our room, getting clothes pressed (and finding out where it was when it didn’t arrive in time for dinner), getting any charges or things changed if it wasn’t correct. He also arranged for some food/snacks to be there when we had our cabin crawl come through the room. When we boarded I had told the genie the star class room was a surprise for my girlfriend (she had never been on a cruise and thought we were in a normal small balcony room). He came and found us and told us that there was something wrong with our room and he needed to bring us there right away, she cried when she saw it and it was a wonderful surprise. Our genie surprised us with adorable and personalized notes under our dinner plates at chefs table one night (and checked in on us at dinner every night), and also got each of us a personalized gift. For my girlfriend it was a really nice scarf, I got a couple of books about traveling the world to find the best food, my sisters husband got a book about “being a gentleman”. Each of those things were related to something we had mentioned or said during the cruise. I really loved the genie and cruising is not the same without one! (I’m on a cruise currently in a regular balcony room and I frown a little each time I see a genie around the ship - I was spoiled for sure).
  15. I’m writing this from my cruise that stopped in San Juan today. The city is fine, and we had an amazing stop (we don’t leave for another 2 hours). Obviously if something happens between now and your cruise they can change it, but that also applies to any port stop. Book your cruise, you’ll have an amazing time!
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