THE HOWARD– Travelogue
Travel Review–Anthem of the Seas
Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman
August 1, 2019
“Just sit right back – And you’ll hear a tale – A tale of a Royal–ful trip, That started from this Cape Liberty Cruise port, Aboard this mighty RCCL ship”.
Yes siree “we be going” on another sea cruise, another luxurious, relaxing, all exciting jaunt far far away from all our cares and woes on the most excellent ocean liner, our dear friend – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines – Anthem Of The Seas. This time around we are heading out on a 12 Night Adventurous Bermuda & Caribbean Cruise, island hopping to Kings Wharf, Bermuda, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Labadee, Haiti. It is currently July 30th, my embarkation begins in two days – packing has commenced.
Some of you have asked – how do you pick the cruise line that’s right for you? Firstly, just like a shoe, you need to try several on to see how they fit. Luckily, I enjoy trying on shoes, in this case cruises. As many know, I have traveled all over the world on cruise ships, and I have throughly enjoyed the RCCL family of cruise lines – Celebrity, Azamara and of course Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
Cruise lines nowadays do offer something for all types of guests. Some lines are geared more to families with young children and very active cruisers, others to adults or millennials. I personally enjoy an emphasis on wellness, 5 star cuisine, Broadway style entertainment and having a truly Royal time from the minute I step on board and being treated like a member of the family.
Speaking of family, I must state, that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for the past several decades has treated me, as with all their passengers, like family. I am so appreciative of that fact and their continued kindness. They are indeed a trusted family member when it comes to cruises. At this time, I personally want to thank our dear friends at RCCL, Lyan Sierra-Caro, Michelle Aerts-Byrd and Megan Barbe for their gracious assistance in planning all my RCCL cruises. I would also be remiss if I didn’t send out a special hug of appreciation to the one and only Megan Barbe who not only finds me the perfect cruise destinations, but faithfully checks up on me regarding my health, and remembers me on my birthday and during the holidays- now that’s family!
As I mention in all my Cruise Travelogues – here are some general rules to follow in regards to pre-cruise preparations. I stress- don’t over pack luggage, fold clothes lightly (they will only get re-wrinkled), remember your passports, fill out cruise documents, setup limo service, stop your mail, prepare medications and other assorted sundry items such as toothbrushes, shaving razors, clean underwear and socks, sunglasses and finally – to remembering to clean out the refrigerator. One thing I want all you new cruisers to take note- your cabin is small – as stated- don’t over pack with ten suits, 20 pairs of shoes and four suitcases – you will find there is NO ROOM for all this useless falderal – just take your basic essentials! On most cruises there are usually one to two formal nights- gals a beaded top and slacks will suffice and gents one nice pressed suit will do ya quite nicely.
Another reminder when going on a cruise – turn on the “airplane mode” on your phone, laptop or tablet – believe you me, you do not want to come back home and see a 500 dollar telephone bill for roaming charges – second, make sure all water is turned off and you have jiggled the toilet handle so no water is continually running – a mistake could be very costly!
From my home in Connecticut- it will usually take my Hunter limousine driver about two hours and 30 minutes to the Cape Liberty Cruise Port and then onwards to the RCCL Cape Liberty cruise passenger terminal. As usual, a porter will load my luggage from limo to transport cart. Easy Peasy. In fact the entire embarkation process will take less than 10 minutes. Please remember to complete your RCCL Online Check-In process at home with photo and passport info.
Bottom line – you ARE the cruise – you ARE what you make of a cruise. You ARE joining a family of other cruisers. Take a deep breath – exhale – ahhhhh – be relaxed, be renewed, be royal- on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Cruise. And so I embark onto the “Anthem of the Seas!”
Relaxation here I come…….the adventure begins!
Next – part two-
Meeting our RCCL Genie and getting cruise reacquainted with Anthem of the Seas.