Calmer weather is good news for all

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With better weather and much more settled sea conditions since reaching the western Atlantic, certain entertainments that had to be postponed have now all caught up, much to the delight of Anthem of the Seas cruise director Luke Aerosmith. His smile has changed from the fixed one he sported through the bad weather to a genuine one now.

In fact, it is a testament to the tenacity of the entertainment staff that none were actually cancelled, just rearranged.

Yesterday afternoon, Lisa and I saw The Gift in the ship’s Royal Theatre. This was the performance which was postponed from October 31 as the rolling of the ship had rendered making the pre-show safety checks impossible. But the show went ahead yesterday. The Gift is an original Royal Caribbean production created exclusively for Anthem of the Seas. Billed as a musical journey of fantasy and illusion that begins one stormy night with the arrival of a ‘magical gift’, it was very enjoyable to watch.

Good weather has also allowed the crew to open the pools, that had been blocked off, and outdoor activities headed by the RipCord freefall simulator by iFly and North Star which takes guests into the air above the ship, giving them 360 degree views of the world that they have not seen before. In the jewel-shaped capsule, passengers climb to more than 300 feet above sea level to see fantastic views of the ship and the ocean.

Actually, as the ship’s movements owing to the huge swells and high winds are now behind us, I do need to add a figurative footnote to my comments the other day. Praise is still due to the food and beverage staff for the way they continued to prepare, cook and serve our meals but there were some breakages. Most notable of these was the loss of 300 to 400 dishes in one go in the staff mess. Apparently everyone got stuck in to help clear it up. Similarly, the Music Hall bar suffered losses of bottles of drink and glasses while there was a tremendous crash of glasses that I heard in Two70.

On board, the retail teams started their sales two days ago as they strive to relieve guests of any spare cash. Well, that’s a bit unfair as the goods being sold are quite reasonably priced and represent very good offers.

Anthem’s maiden crossing of the Atlantic is coming to an end. Today, Tuesday, is the las full day left before we reach the Statue of Liberty early on Wednesday and dock shortly afterwards. Once we reach the United States, Lisa and I are spending another nine days on holiday in some of the north eastern states. This blog will continue to record our progress and bring you news about places of interest to tourists and anything else that takes my fancy.

Keep tuned to www.50shadesofsun.com to continue reading this blog.

 

Rock and roll in theatre as ship does its own dance

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Day two of Transatlantic crossing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, Weather is not so good today, winds got up to force nine on the Beaufort scale with the sea level varying by six metres causing the ship to perform its own dance as pitches and rolls – but it really is not too bad. In fact, given the weather conditions, I’d say that Anthem is a very stable ship.

We are about one-third of the way across and we are being kept well informed by the master Captain Close who makes regular and sometimes more frequent announcements over the public address system. Lisa now refers to these announcements as ‘Close calls’ and whenever the captain meets passengers as ‘Close encounters’.

Changing the subject, I am astounded! No, that’s not an exaggeration. Yesterday, we went to see two shows put on as part of the Anthem of the Seas entertainment for its thousands of passengers. And, yes, that word does accurately capture my feelings and please realise that I have spent time as a theatre columnist and critic during a long journalistic career.

First up was We Will Rock You, the smash-it musical show. My experience of travelling with other cruise lines in no way prepared me for this presentation. What the audience was given was not a show based on the famous West End production . We got the full two hours.

It was professional, slick, and used the Royal Theatre’s stage trap doors and rising sections to great effect. There was nothing, absolutely nothing, that the audience was left wanting and we all seemed to leave with smiles on our faces.

Until I experienced this show, I would never have imagined entertainment of such high quality being available on a cruise ship. A huge ‘well done’ to Royal Caribbean and all those involved.

The second show was Spectre’s Cabaret which took to the stage in Two70, one of the ship’s new facilities. The production made the most use of the venue’s advanced computerised audio visual capabilities that combined with both on stage action and aerial gymnasts to provide a highly technical multi-media show.

It was brilliantly done but, although I appreciated the technical expertise and that of the artistes too, Spectre’s Cabaret was not to my taste. Another guest, with whom we shared a table, said that he ended up wondering what it was all about. He left Two70 confused.

So far, Lisa and I have eaten in the American Icon Grill and Silk, which serves Asian cuisine, for dinner; the Windjammer Market Place’s buffet and American Icon, again, for breakfast; and eaten hot dogs from the Seaplex Dog ‘van’ and pizza from Sorrento’s for lunch. More about dining on board in my next blog from Anthem of the Seas at www.50shadesofsun.com

 

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