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  1. Anthem of the Seas had plenty of attention last month...not fun for us either as we waited hour by hour to hear the status of our cruise.
  2. What a treat it has been to find a thread like this! I love your perspective on life and your sense of humour (Canadian spelling....don’t know why we need to add an extra “u” to some words) and I hope you’ll be back often to share whatever you feel like talking about. I did visit Texas (San Antonio) years ago and loved it - and absolutely nothing spoiled my vacation!
  3. Both ships departing on the same day is actually a good thing. It means that everyone who parked at the terminal for the previous cruise on each ship will be arriving back on the day you depart, and will then disembark the ships, get into their cars, and leave the parking lots.....this should create all the space that arriving passengers will need, as long as you don't leave your arrival at the pier too late.
  4. Hi Henry! It was great to meet you on the Escape last year, and I've been enjoying your helpful and informative posts ever since. I'll see what I can find out about the officers when I'm on board in a couple of weeks. Kathy
  5. Thanks for your reassuring reply! I think we're also on the same February 2021 cruise as well. Kathy
  6. This is good to hear! Although we've been out of MCT a good 15 times or so over the years, we've never had a problem getting a parking spot in the past. Our next cruise is December 2 on the Gem and I was a little worried that cars being turned away had become a routine occurrence these days. We're the only ship in port that day, but Bliss departs the day before so hopefully those pax won't take up all the parking spots! On a side note....Gem is scheduled to arrive at 10 am. On all of our previous cruises on Gem her arrival time was no later than 8 am. Does anyone know if she actually does arrive in Manhattan at 10 these days or is it usually earlier? Kathy
  7. Thanks again for all the photos! For some reason I totally remember this dining room from my 1992 cruise and can’t wait to enjoy those sea views once again. How comfortable are you finding the beds? I’m booked for 17 nights on Empress and wondering whether I need to bring my own egg crate mattress....sure wished I’d had one on my Anthem cruise.....
  8. Thank you for your wonderful review and amazing photos! We last sailed Empress in 1992 when she was Nordic Empress, and this morning we booked one of the new Bermuda itineraries for next May. So excited to see the ship again and to dock in Hamilton and St. Georges instead of Dockyard.
  9. To clarify: There are guns here; law enforcement have them, licensed hunters have them, and unfortunately criminals manage to have them. My reference to 'gun culture' means that those of us who have no involvement with law enforcement, with hunters, or with criminals never see guns....it's not part of the 'culture' of normal citizens. A friend in Chicago told me that virtually everyone she knows has a gun. In Canada, no-one I know has a gun. A few posts earlier in the thread referenced that the presence of guns during the OP's cabin inspection might cause some people in that position to feel additional alarm if they were in the OP's situation. I'd be one of them because I have no normalized frame of reference with them.
  10. Canada (where the OP is from) does not have a gun culture. Seeing guns is not the norm for us.
  11. Happily, you weren’t made to stand in a bathrobe in a public hallway for that hour.
  12. Yikes...I would be absolutely incensed at this kind of treatment, especially since my only 'crimes' have been a few speeding tickets in the 1980's! The takeaway for me from your unfortunate experience is that we will do a thorough search of our cabin as soon as we take possession of it on future cruises. You never know what may have been left behind by a previous occupant that we could be blamed for....
  13. Yes, this was the case on our January Anthem cruise. When I'm at sea on a ship, data roaming is OFF, cellular connection is OFF, and airplane mode is ON. On my Anthem cruise whenever I was logged into the Royal IQ app at sea ( did not purchase an internet package) I was able to IMessage (with photos) with people at home and on the ship who also had iphones. Not only that, I also got Ring notifications from our doorbell camera at home and could see footage of our son's comings and goings while we were away (didn't tell him about this, lol). I got several FB Messenger messages, AND I was able to access and surf all over Cruise Critic too! I was a little nervous after I got home to Canada waiting for my cell phone bill just in case I'd messed up somehow with my settings, but it was all good.
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