Duncan Writes

Adventures of a part-time traveller.

Honeymoon in the Mediterranean

Sailing on Anthem of the Seas, September 2015

Driving to Southampton

30 August 2015

Today Alex and I left for our honeymoon driving all the way to Southampton, and I experiment with some video… what do you think?

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New Forest Pt. 1

31 August 2015

Today Alex and I moved into our room at Hotel TerraVina, had a lovely walk around the New Forest, and visited the Beaulieu National Motor Museum!  We also had a wonderful tasting menu at Hotel TerraVina.

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New Forest Pt. 2

01 September 2015

Alex and I had a lazy day today, but spent the afternoon back at Beaulieu where we saw the rest of the estate.  We had a lovely dinner at The Rose & Thistle which involved a terrifying drive home in the dark!

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Anthem of the Seas

02 September 2015

Today we boarded Anthem of the Seas and explored a few of the venues on the ship.  This is a small taste!  We had dinner in Silk and I beat Alex at a game of pool…

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Day at Sea (1)

03 September 2015

Toady we had our first sea day on Anthem of the Seas, as well as the first full day of our cruise!  We had quite a relaxed day, but enjoyed some spectacular evening entertainment and a very interesting dinner in Wonderland!

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Sea Day 2

04 September 2015

Today we had another day at sea.  We spend a bit of time relaxing in the SeaPlex as well as having dinner at Jamies Italian and had our first visit to the theatre!  I also answer some of your questions in a Q&A!

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Gibraltar, UK

05 September 2015

Today Alex and I had a Royal Caribbean excursion in Gibraltar, saw Jonathan Wilkes in the theatre, and watched a hilarious music quiz in Two70º!

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Cartagena, Spain

06 September 2015

Today we visited Cartagena in Spain, had dinner in Chops Grille, demonstrated the Bionic Bar, and saw We Will Rock You on stage!  What a day!

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Civitavecchia, Italy

08 September 2015

A recap of what happened on the last sea day, for which there was no blog/vlog, plus today we visited an Italian Beach, tried our hand at boogie boarding on the FlowRider, and had dinner at Izumi.

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La Spezia, Italy

09 September 2015

Today we docked in La Spezia for Pisa & Florence, where we had a short trip to Pisa.  Back on board we relaxed in the solarium, had another trip on the North Star, and watched a lovely sail away from port.

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Marseille, France

10 September 2015

Today we visited Aix-en-Provence from Marseille, had a relaxing afternoon watching the Apple event, and watched some people fight over watches & then be hypnotised (not necessarily the same people…)

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Sea Day 4

11 September 2015

Today we had an action packed day at sea, with an All Access Tour in the morning, Ripcord by iFly in the afternoon, some time on the rock climbing wall for Alex, and dinner at Devinly Decadence (a.k.a. Solarium Bistro).

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Cádiz, Spain

12 September 2015

Today we had a lovely day walking round Cádiz before relaxing in the afternoon and enjoying some shows at night – a fantastic violinist and the virtual symphony!

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Fake Sea Day

13 September 2015

Today we did the unthinkable.  Despite docking in Lisbon, Portugal, we decided to stay on the ship and relax with our Kindles!  We had a burger for dinner, and then enjoyed the evening festivities, including Royal Caribbean’s infamous gameshow: The Quest.

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Vigo, Spain

14 September 2015

Today we visited Vigo in Spain – our last port of the cruise.  We had lunch in Michael’s Genuine Pub, dinner in Chic, and saw the second of Anthem’s production shows: The Gift!

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Final Sea Day & Disembarkation

17 September 2015

This is the final blog in the season, and to be honest the video isn’t the most exciting!  We had a final sea day, another dinner in Silk, and then travelled home the following day!

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Technology and Check-in

16 October 2015

Many people often say that one of the downsides of sailing from Southampton is how badly organised the port is, and how long check-in can take.  Most people want to be through check-in and security as quickly as possible so they can start sipping their first holiday cocktail as soon as humanly possible.  I want to talk about how technology on Anthem of the Seas makes this as quick as possible!

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