GroovyJulie95

GroovyJulie95
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Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
Joined: 06/20/2016
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About GroovyJulie95

A girl who loves to cruise and see new places.


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Anthem of the Seas

June 2016 - Anthem of the Seas to Bermuda

A New Cruise Experience but Still a Great Time

Overall, it was a great cruise. Even with most of the days sailing at sea, there was so much to do, we still found ourselves debating which activity to do and how much sleep we can risk ;)

 

My only criticism is the booking of the onboard activities of the iFly and Northstar. They were booked for the whole week before we even embarked (or shortly thereafter). We tried right after the muster/safety briefing and the slots were all full. I was bummed as this ship was the only one in the area that had these features.

 

I'm very techie, but for a vacation, I really wanted to check out for a bit and only planned to use my phone for occasional photos. I was quite surprised I'd having to carry my phone with me everywhere booking shows/activities because the Royal IQ app was the preferred method. The Compass was on the app as well, but it still didn't have all the activities in the paper version.  You can add most activities to your calendar, but you can't take off items you added. You also can't seem to add things you really need to remember like the 2 for 1 drink specials (I didn't have a drink package).

The shows, wow, were amazing. The 270 Cafe/Lounge with the Robots and projection screens were awe inspiring and my husband and I enjoyed shows there the most. The food at the cafe was also really good for complimentary food.

The night scene seemed to be lacking, something we tried to get enough sleep to stay up for, but since we did enjoy our sleep, it wasn't too much of a loss. There was a party event on other cruises (Freedom and Allure) called Twenty that drew quite the crowd. The white party on Anthem couldn't compare to Twenty.

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Freedom of the Seas

May 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Super Fun Ship! Lots to do for everyone.

Might be biased, as I got engaged on this cruise, but it was an awesome ship. Fun things to do around every corner.

 

We didn't do drink packages, there were many ports and it wasn't expected we'd break even on it. Take advantage of the daily 2-for-1 specials and drinks of the day.

 

A storm was on the horizon for part of the cruise but never hit us directly. Only bad part was that all water related excursions in Cozumel were cancelled due to rough waters after the storm passed through.  Left us with little to do, but walking around and making the most still was fun.

 

Grand Cayman was amazing. Loved it the most. Labadee was also very fun. If you want to snorkel, suggest staying away from the water near the zip line. It was strong and pushed me into coral several times. We rented floating mats and that was super relaxing. Jamaica, we saw Dunn River Falls and the Bat Caves excursion. Highly recommend. It's a popular excursion but not to be missed.

 

No complaints about the boat. Staff was polite, food was excellent, things we did were all fun. We'd definitely do this ship again.

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Allure of the Seas

May 2012 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Serenade of the Seas

October 2010 - Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Serenade of the Seas

April 2009 - Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)

June 2002 - Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED) to Caribbean - Bahamas

GroovyJulie95's Tips

Anthem of the Seas Anthem of the Seas - Book your excursions and onboard events before the cruise. Buy a drink package, and make sure you have the Royal IQ app downloaded on your phone before you embark.

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