right, Three Generations. Me (72), Scott (46) and Noah
(16). Actually, the whole idea was to celebrate Noah's
16th birthday which happened during the cruise. Scott and
I had cruised on Anthem before and knew that there was much to
do on her to keep a teenager busy. Anthem has TWO major
things going for it when the weather is less than
pleasent.... Seaplex and an Indoor Pool. And for
adults there is The Solarium.
The idea for
this cruise came into being 11 months ago, long before
everything broke out about the COVID-19 virus. We even
received information from Royal Caribbean indicating that ANYONE
who was from or passed through certain countries in Asia and
Italy would be denied boarding. That even included if you
were within SIX FEET of anyone from those countries. The
rest of us would be subject to medical evaluation should any
indication of sickness be observed. This was serious stuff
and the cruise line was taking precautions.
This was a
one week Sunday to Sunday cruise. No issues were
experienced or observed during the cruise. One week after
we got home the entire worldwide cruise industry shutdown.
Itinerary for our week went something like this.....
Day was filled with beautiful weather for sailing
under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on our way out of New York
Day that wasn't so nice with wind and rain.
Canaveral where the three of us too a bus to Disney
World during some absolutly wonderful weather. We spent
the entire day in Epcot where we walked our butts off! For
me it was ~15,000 steps.
Perfect Day at Coco Cay was just that,
perfect. This is Royal's private island where $225 Million
worth of improvements were put in last year. I was
scheduled to ride the balloon and the boys went off to the beach
for some snorkeling. My balloon ride was cancelled because
of the wind so I found lunch, caught up to the boys, and
wandered back to the ship. I used this opportunity to
capture some video with my iPhone 11 Pro Max and an app called
in the Bahamas. Again, a third day in a row
with perfect weather. Scott is big on finding public
beaches and using public transportation to get there.
Initially I wasn't going to go along but made a last minute
decision to go with them on this adventure. Our objective
was Cable Beach and Scott knew we needed to take a #10 bus to
get there. We anticipated that there would be no
facilities at the beach so Scott brought a backpack with some
drinks and snacks. We found the beach and found that it
was shaded which, in my opinion, saved the day.
The return trip back to New Jersey involved TWO days at sea. Both were overcast, windy, and rough to the point that outdoor upper decks were closed. The indoor and outdoor pools were eventually closed because of the wave action. Fortunatly there are things to do indoors aboard Anthem so we found something to do.
I like to
get out ~6am and walk the halls on 3-4 decks and end at the
Cafe' for some coffee, a snack and, on this cruise, read my
Kindle. I walked in TWO other places besides the halls and
took my GoPro Hero 8 Black out for a spin. I was eager to
capture some Time Warp video...
It was most
certainly a memorable experience cruising with my son and
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