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  1. We had been on 7 NCL cruises on the Breakaway class when we found a great deal for the RCL Anthem of the Seas. We both loved RCL! The drink package was great with specialty coffees, fresh juice and bottled water. We loved the Solarium for adults only. The ship never felt crowded and the choices of things to do made it so I know I need to go on the ship again so I can do the things I missed. Also there were two separate times that ship officers were walking around talking to passengers and we were able to talk to them about the differences between RCL and NCL. Both times we were thanked for our input. Never talked to a ship officer on any of our NCL cruises.
  2. Ship -Gem Deck -8 Stateroom # -8602 Stateroom Category –Obstructed Oceanview Starboard or Port Side -Port Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) –mostly the room was quiet. In the evening there was a beeping noise that I could not figure where it was coming from. I could hear the family next door talking if we did not have the TV on. Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? -No Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. –Only a window Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? -NA Was wind a problem? -NA If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? -NA Any specific problems with this cabin? -This was a handicapped room, but the door was not automatic and it was difficult to get the wheelchair into and out of the room. Any other comments? - It was an awesome location. Right by the aft elevator or a short walk down the hall way to O'Sheehan's. The hallway was never crowded and only once did I hear anyone in the hallway. Being so close to O'Sheehan's it was easy to get a drink to take back to the room. The window was blocked on the bottom half but I could still see the sunsets!
  3. I am cruising on the Gem in a few short weeks and realized after booking that there is no adult only area except for the spa. Can anyone tell me of a outside area that is better than others if I want to avoid tantruming children. I run a day care for a living so this is one week I want to avoid toddlers.
  4. Did three cruises in the Haven and could not imagine going in to a regular balcony, but after going to the balcony I found I do not need the Haven. In the Haven there was so much of the ship we never saw because we spent so much time in the Haven. Once we were out of the Haven we found places on the ship that we loved that we had never experienced before. The Haven is nice, but not worth the extra cost. The ships are huge and there is so much to see and do, but if you hang out mostly in the Haven you miss the rest of the ship.
  5. Ok how much more? The couple hundred I would lose if I canceled?
  6. I had been on 5 cruises with no one asking for my marriage certificate, but on the sixth cruise the woman told me I could not board without it. I always brought it just in case.
  7. So the price is the same for refundable as non refundable? I just assumed they would charge more.
  8. I feel like a newbie. How do you find refundable deposits? Every booking I try have non-refundable deposits.
  9. So if I book on the cruise and the price drops before final payment I can still call and get the price adjustment? That was another question I had. Having more rooms to chose from is another plus. So are you saying I can cancel and rebook at the Next Cruise office if the price is about the same? That would encourage me to book now.
  10. Sorry. I am sure this has been asked before, but I cannot figure out how to search these boards to find any information that I need. When sitting with a Next Cruise consultant and attempting to book your next cruise do they have the prices that we see online with the special deals or do they have their own prices? Also do you get to see more than just a few rooms or do you have more rooms to chose from? We already have a cruise for this November, but we have 2 more we would like to book in 2020. So I guess my real question is do they book you at a higher rate than what you can get the cruise for online your self, but throw in OBC so you think you are getting a deal?
  11. I hid 2 ducks a day on my cruise on the Anthem. It was fun looking for interesting places to hide them. It was awesome seeing the smiling faces of the children and adults who found them. It is about bringing smiles to people, so those of us who like to make other people happy will hide ducks.
  12. Yankee Trails now has an app for your phone that shows you where the bus is. It was great because my husband was all antsy about getting off the ship and waiting outside and I could show him the bus was still in NY. I did not see any place to wait inside, but they do have bathroom on the side of the building and that is where I would wait in January.
  13. My husband had trouble sleeping on the bed because it was too hard. I slept on the couch and it was hard. I would bring something next time for both of us to sleep on.
  14. Your welcome to everyone who said thank you. I really enjoyed trying a different cruise line and comparing the differences. Now I really want to do Celebrity and see the differences. I did not say anything about food because I am not a big foodie. Any food that someone else cooks for me is great!
  15. Sorry I forgot to mention that we sailed on the Anthem. A lot of you said the crew on NCL was nicer. We felt the crew on the Escape were amazing compared to the Breakaway. As for the Anthem what I noticed was if I looked a crew member in the eyes as they walked by they would smile and say good morning, if I did not look at them they would say nothing. I cannot help, but wonder if this is what they are told to do. When we talked with an officer on the Anthem about how our room steward was a secret ninja because we never saw him, but he did a great job taking care of us the officer said that is what they want. They want the room stewards cleaning the room without us ever seeing them. I forgot to mention the difference in the pools. Anthem wins for the pool area hands down. There is a outdoor pool, then walk through a set of doors to an indoor pool, then go through another set of doors for the adult indoor solarium. The indoor pool was always crowded so the outdoor pool was never crowded. The outdoor pool has the big TV screen which seemed to play a lot of videos of people doing amazing things or stupid things. It was great for me since we chose not to do the internet. I could sit at the pool area with a drink and get some good laughs in watching those videos. The solarium was awesome for me, but DH thought it was too hot for him. It was nice to get into hot tubs knowing a bunch of kids would not get in with me. The only place that I saw chair hogs was the solarium. If you do not go early it would be impossible to get a place to sit. We went one morning around 8AM and got seats by the big swing. We enjoyed Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's for two hours. I managed to have a hot tub all to myself, but I knew the best part would be when we got up to leave. As soon as we started gather up out stuff people came running trying to get our chairs. It is sad that people will claim a chair, but never use it. Anthem has a big area called the Seaplex. They do roller skating, Bumper cars, trapeze(which I did) Dodge ball, soccer and basketball. My only complaint for this is you had to go early to get in line and hope to get in. Also I could not believe how many times we walked by and nothing was happening. It is such an amazing space and it is not used as much as it should be. Anthem has a room called the Two70. We went to a show where they showed everything the room is capable of doing. I cannot remember the exact number, but the room cost more than $30 million dollars. It is incredible what the room could do, but when we went to the Spectra show they do in that room we did not feel like the room was a Wow. They could do better shows and really show off the room in my opinion. The drink package. RCL won again. I started every morning hiking down to get my free Starbucks coffee. Sitting on the balcony sipping my Mocha Latte was heavenly! When we order drinks at the bars they would ask us if we would like a bottle of water with it. Getting fresh squeezed OJ at Windjammer every morning was awesome. We never waited long to get a drink and all the bartenders were great when I would tell them to surprise me with a drink. It was a great experience trying out a different cruise line. I did get on the ship with a notebook so I could document the differences, but I was not looking for everything to be better or worse. I felt like I was cheating on NCL, but I was tired of being on ships that were not that different. It was great exploring another ship and seeing how another line runs compared to NCL. I hope our next cruise is on NCL so I can get Platinum status, but it will depend on the prices.
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