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  1. I would consider that but considering we will be bring on our allowed 2 bottles of wine in our carry on bring on mix seems like a lot to carry around on embarkation day. We like to get on the ship as early as we can any usually have a lot in our carry on to begin with.
  2. Thanks for the reply. Hadn't thought of doing an exchange at a bar.
  3. We are doing the 5 night Bermuda cruise on Anthem in October and we have decided not to purchase the Deluxe Beverage Package. This will be our first cruise that we have not purchased the alcohol package however since we will be spending a lot of time off-ship on this cruise where we will be purchasing alcohol I thought having the package on the ship might not be used as much. I am thinking about pre-ordering one of the liquor and mix offerings that are available for $43 and are delivered to your room. Do anyone know if it is possible to get different mix options? They list Vodka and Sprite however I don't like Sprite and would prefer Club Soda. The Rum package is Rum and Coke which is OK but I prefer Rum with club soda or diet Coke. Anyone have any luck getting different mix with these packages? We are hoping that with our 2 allowed bottles of wine and one or two of these packages and the occasional pay as you go when on the ship we will not miss having the alcohol package. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
  4. Interesting - for our October 2020 all of the Board Walk balconies are the same price. Haven't booked yet because we are waiting to book on our next cruise in Oct 2019 and get some OBC. Thanks for the replies and pictures.
  5. Thanks - pretty sure that after the refurb Oasis will have the slide tubes. That is why I think these cabins are now no longer being up charged for because they are now obstructed. I'm wondering if getting a Board Balcony room that is more in the middle would make for less of an obstruction as the tubes will be further away or is the view now totally messed after this installation of the slides?
  6. We have had Board Walk balcony rooms on both Oasis and Allure and have enjoyed them. Can't remember the exact decks but they are xx29 and 27. Both of these rooms were all of the way aft which we found gave us a great view of the Aqua Theatre and some view of the ocean. We are looking at a cruise on Oasis post refurb in October 2020 and have noticed that RC is no longer up charging for Board Walk balconies that are near the aft. They used to do this so I am wondering if they decided to price them all the same because of the obstruction from the water slides? Wondering if the far aft rooms are now less desirable because of their closeness to the tubes? The rooms we are considering as xx29, xx27, xx25. Any thoughts on Board Walk room selection post refurb would be appreciated. Thanks
  7. Sorry my mistake, I just assumed when you mentioned 6 months out that the discount disappeared when we get within 6 months of the sail date. I probably should not post before 7 am!
  8. I didn't realize the balcony discount only applies on bookings 6 months out. Thanks for the clarification.
  9. We just got back from our first cruise on Anthem and enjoyed it so much we decided to book her again for October 2019, 5 nights to Bermuda. This will be our second cruise this year so we will be on a bit of a budget. For that reason we decided to go with the "we pick your room" balcony option as it saved a bit. I assumed we will get an obstructed view as that is the lowest priced balcony category however my wife asked what assignments that others have received on another site and of the 15 who replied only 1 had been given an obstructed view balcony. The rest received balcony cabins on various levels other than deck 6. I would be interested to hear if that has been the case with people here. It would be a nice bonus to get a balcony with a normal view. Any info about what balcony assignment you received and when you got the assignment would be appreciated. Thanks
  10. Getting back to the cruise in our second night we dined at Chops. The service and steaks were very good. After dinner I think we went to the show in the main theater which was The Gift. The production was good as were the sets and the performers were fine however I did look at my watch a couple of times. I guess I'm getting tired of this type of entertainment so I'm probably not a good judge. Most of the people there seemed to enjoy it but for me it was only so-so. After the show we fell into a pattern that we repeated throughout the cruise. We quickly discovered the great live music available in several venues. It seemed that on most nights there were two or three performances going on and we would simply move from one to another. In no particular order we would often check into Boleros and see a band called the Royal Swedes. They also appeared in the Music Hall and at pool side one day. They played a wide verity of older rock songs which everyone knows and they are funny as well. We also liked the performances in the Schooner Bar. Our favorite was Bob Wegner who is the guitarist from the We Will Rock you show. He is an amazing guitar player who manages to play very complicated songs with no singing. As a guitar player myself I was very impressed with his natural ability. He played several times in the Schooner Bar and most nights were theme nights. Our third regular stop was at the Brass and Brock pub to see Tommy Green Jr. He is from the Canadian east coast and brings with him the tradition of a one person party every night. He is funny and a great performer. The bar was packed every night waiting for him to appear. While this was not a regular show we really enjoyed the show in 270 call Spectra. I think it was presented 3 times throughout the cruise and it is excellent. It an amazing combination of recorded music through a great sound system, projections on multiple screens and performers dropping down and or popping up from the floor and ceiling. Very entertaining show.
  11. We had a fairly smooth sail down to Port Canaveral. We have been to this area many times so we did not do much other than get off the ship and wander around the port area. We did take a quick side trip to Walmart via the 888 shuttle which worked well. We got back on the ship and enjoyed the Solarium for much of the afternoon. We also had our North Star ride booked which we did first thing in the morning. It provided a nice view of the port. Unfortunately my camera was back in the room so no pictures however we did get on a second time later in the cruise so below is a picture from that trip. Also I wanted to include pictures of the outdoor part of Wind Jammer. This quickly became our favorite spot for lunch as the views were amazing.
  12. We also had the beverage package and never had to pay any additional amount for our drinks.
  13. Our first night we did Wonderland. We really enjoyed the food and the presentation however we allowed our server to select for us and she basically brought us everything from the menu. It was too much food for two people and we are not small eaters. I would suggest that you might specify your entrees and desserts. As it was we received a beef, pork and fish entrée. Desert included 3 separate items including the popular chocolate ball that melts. All were very good but as I mentioned way to much food. We did not do a show on the first night so we did some more exploring and ended up at 270 for a drink. It was an early night for us. More in a bit.
  14. As I mentioned we did some exploring as soon as we got onboard. Above are pictures of the ship and a view of NY habor as well as us going under the bridge. After we did our initial exploring we ended up having lunch in the Solarium Bistro. It was busy but not overly crowded and the food was fine. At 1 pm they announced that the rooms were ready early so we made our way to our room. The room we selected for this cruise was a spacious ocean view. We have always had a balcony before however I thought with the cool weather at the start and end of the cruise an ocean view might be a better choice. I was also intrigued by this room because it is forward facing and has a large sloping window. The room is basically a standard room with the space of a balcony added. We ended up moving the small table that normally lives under the mirror and placed it under the window. This made for a nice area to sit and watch the view. We ended up really liking the room as it has much more space and the view out the front is very nice. Did not miss the balcony.
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