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Sailing on Anthem in November and trying to figure out what we need to do as soon as we board. Here are some things I want to do - let me know if I’m missing anything!


In no particular order:

1. Check in at excursions desk to see if we can choose location of our cabana in the water park.

2. Try out the bumper cars!

3.  Ship tour.

4.  Sign up boys for kids club.

5. Lunch (May sign up for specialty lunch -still deciding). 

6. See if we can change our dining assignment (currently my time). 

7. Get an umbrella drink and start getting our money’s worth on the drink package lol.  


What do YOU do when first boarding the ship?  This is our first time sailing with kids and it’s their and their mom’s first cruise, so I don’t want to miss a thing for their sake!


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When in Nov are you sailing? How old are your kids?  Probably anything you have to change on board first, then Adventure Ocean, then if you want to book time on iFly, then if bumper cars are in progress do that as the line can get long.  In between all that get the Sail Away drink for the day.  Get ready to run to where you want to be for Sail Away as Anthem usually starts leaving before muster drill is over, which is about the only complaint I have.  Then enjoy.  We love the Anthem and have a great time on her.

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Hunt out the free champagne

Head to the dining room to see where our table is.

Get more free champagne

Lunch in Windjammer

Sunbathe on deck

Go to our cabin


Muster Drill

Find a bar that sells champagne (sadly by now all the free stuff has gone ) and take it back to our balcony for sailaway.

Sleep for a couple of hours

Go to dinner



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It depends what time we board. and what the weather is doing.

Usually find a sun bed and get a few rays. Head to Windjammer for lunch. Go to cabin. Back out for more sunbathing. Muster station. Unpack if cases have been delivered. More Sunbathing. Shower. Diamond Club. Dinner. Show. Bed.

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  1. Get Mimosa
  2. Sign into Wifi and put phone and iPad into airplane mode.
  3. Get Pina Colada
  4. Arrange specialty dining reservations
  5. Get Pina Colada. 
  6. Lunch (Windjammer or other restaurant depending packages purchased.)
  7. Go to room and unpack and change.
  8. Get Strongbow and head to Promenade and do one lap then head to Flowrider.
  9. Get another Strongbow.
  10. Embarrass self on Flowrider.
  11. More Strongbow.
  12. Head to cabin and watch sailaway from balcony.
  13. Shower and change for dinner.




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Oasis class ships.

1. Set up reservations for specialty restaurants 

2. Sign up for laser tag

3. Go to park cafe for roast beef sandwiches and salad. 

4. Have a drink and watch the teens on flow rider.  

     Stay far, far, far away from windjammer. Not a way to start your vacation. 

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4 hours ago, boscobeans said:

Right to the dining room and check out our table. Change it if we decide to.


Exactly what we do, then off to make all our package reservations.  Or more exact, I head to Schooner  or Trellis bar and my wife goes to make all our dining reservations. 

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On upcoming Symphony.  Make reservations for restaurants for our UDP. Go to Rising Tide for champagne to start off our Drinks pkg. and people watch. Lunch at Jaimes.   Muster drill. Solarium Bar for sailaway. Unpack. Change for dinner. Cocktails at Wonderland. Dinner. Show. Check out entertainment in the various lounges for after show and check out casino till midnight balloon drop.  Go to cabin after balloon drop. Sit on balcony for a bit. Bed.


Mary Ann

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