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Jeff Brazier Interview

By JoFriday 15th May 2015

Jeff Brazier met up with Emma, Godmother of Anthem of the Seas! Jeff Brazier met up with Emma, Godmother of Anthem of the Seas!

Here at Royal Caribbean, we’re focused on providing you with the best family holiday, and with the arrival of the International Day of Families we thought we’d have a chat with family man Jeff Brazier and his two sons, to see what they thought of our newest ship, Anthem of the Seas.

Hi Jeff, thanks for meeting with us! Since you’ve been onboard, have you noticed any obvious benefits of going on a cruise for a family holiday?

I first learnt the benefits of a family holiday with Royal Caribbean, when I went on Oasis of the Seas with the television show, This Morning. To be honest, I’d spent a long time thinking cruises were for old people, but the minute I got there and saw the ship I realised how huge it is, and it dawned on me that it’s actually like a five star hotel. There’s every amenity and activity you could want, for a whole week’s holiday and more. I started to realise that cruises are the future, and as a parent I felt guilty that my kids weren’t there with me experiencing it! So I knew my kids and I had to do a cruise together at some point, because I knew that they would have the time of their lives, and this weekend they’ve loved it! Jeff and his family loved the dodgems, and there are loads of other things to do onboard that will keep the kids active. Jeff and his family loved the dodgems, and there are loads of other things to do onboard that will keep the kids active.

What have you enjoyed so far onboard Anthem of the Seas?

With such a great range of activities onboard, there’s so many things that my kids and I have never done before. You’ve got iFly, the dodgems, roller-skating, basketball, and so on. The kids can run off first thing in the morning and get stuck straight in. This means that as a parent I get to relax. Earlier we wandered off to the library, played some scrabble, and enjoyed guilty pleasures like the massages and treatments at the spa, I’m even going to get a haircut later! I love going to the gym at home and it’s easy to get exercise here. I’m also a big fan of food. I love Jamie Oliver, and the fact that he has a restaurant here is a big draw for me. Even the buffet is incredible; there are lots of options from healthy foods to burgers, which means that everyone can have what they want.

What do you think was the highlight of your kids’ weekend?

Well just today, we had a collection of highlights, like iFly, the climbing wall, and lots of swimming. The kids have done it all without worrying about me having to give them money, or permission to run off, or the key to the room. They’ve had a week’s worth of holiday in one day, and onboard this ship they can do that every day. Evenings are great too. My eldest is at the age where he’s getting more independent, and last night he went out dancing, enjoying the DJ! As a parent, watching my kids be able to express themselves is really lovely to see, and here they have the confidence and freedom to do what they want.

Would you say that having time to relax and making sure the kids are having fun is important when choosing a cruise holiday?

If you’re in a resort, you pretty much have to follow the kids around, so you’re not as relaxed as you could be. The settings might be lovely yes, but you’re always switched on as a parent and you have to be observant. Here, the absolute benefit is the fact that 95% of me is happy to take a step back, and let the kids run around. I trust the staff, and my kids are 10 and 11 so I’m starting to give them that independence. I can say “OK boys I’ll see you later” and that’s it. The kids love it, and I can’t give them that at home.

What has been a special moment for you whilst onboard?

The quality of the time that my girlfriend and I spend together is much better. We actually spent an hour in the arcade completing a game together earlier, and we never have time to do that usually! It sounds like a ridiculous statement, but it’s how we chose to unwind and I loved it. We felt like kids again, and love doing our own thing. North Star is great for all the family, and makes for a romantic lookout. North Star is great for all the family, and makes for a romantic lookout.

We saw you on iFly, how did you find it?

The boys and I had done it before, but Kate was great for a first-timer! If you go in there and you can hold the position without the instructor holding onto you, you feel pretty great. I’ve never been skydiving before, and it gives me the confidence to try it out in the future because it’s in a controlled environment. We’re going on the North Star soon and we can’t wait, it looks incredible. I honestly can’t wait to try out the rest of the activities on the ship, because they all look great.  

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