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Anthem of the Seas Review

Anthem of the Seas Overview

By Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor, and Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor
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Anthem of the Seas is the second of three ships in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class. It debuted in April 2015; sister ship Quantum of the Seas launched November 2014, and the third, Ovation of the Seas, will debut mid-2016.

The 4,180-passenger cruise ship features innovations like RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator; North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level, providing 360-degree views from high above the ship; and the SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, with attractions ranging from bumper cars, roller skating and video gaming to a circus school complete with flying trapeze classes.

Anthem has 2,090 cabins, which include several new cabin categories that debuted on Quantum of the Seas. The ones that have garnered the most headlines are the 375 rooms with virtual balconies (floor-to-ceiling ultra-HD screens with real-time views of the ocean and destinations visited). The ship also features interconnected family staterooms, which prove more accommodating for large groups, and studio staterooms with balconies that spoil solo travelers.

Onboard entertainment is exceptional, highlighted by West End musical, "We Will Rock You," which rivals anything you'd see on Broadway. At night, the ship's innovative Two70 venue blends technology with live performance, including aerialists, singers and dancers.

Art throughout the ship is whimsical, fun and beautiful. It's epitomized by GiGi, a two-deck giraffe wearing a floatie. We took the time to walk up each set of staircases onboard just to see as much of the art as possible. You can't miss the multi-deck crystal-and-gold cherry blossom piece that begins on the ship's promenade (called the Esplanade) on Deck 4. Another fun piece is an interactive work that allows passengers to place their hands on a podium. Plates on the podium measure your heartbeat, which is then "shown" on a huge chandelier that beats in time. It stores 200 heartbeats, so when someone doesn't have their hands on the podium, the 200 lights blink to reflect each one.

The ship's Esplanade and its adjacent area, called The Via, are the ship's hub of nighttime activity, with bars and restaurants throughout. (The two areas are separated by a stairwell and bank of elevators, and The Via houses high-end shops, as well as bars and restaurants.) In total, the ship features 18 dining venues, including three -- Jamie's Italian, Michael's Genuine Pub and Devinly Decadence -- created in association with celebrity chefs. Also onboard is a restaurant called Wonderland, which is the cruise line's first real foray into molecular gastronomy. You'll pay for a number of the restaurants onboard, including Jamie's Italian, which, inexplicably, has high a la carte pricing; a night out at the family-style restaurant could easily end up costing a family several hundred dollars.

Technology-wise, Anthem raises the bar for the cruise industry. Not only does it offer superfast Internet, but it also uses iPad check-in, RFID bracelets, online bookings for restaurants and activities, and robot bartenders -- and the good news is that it all seems to work.

Anthem is a big, bold, beautiful ship, with more restaurants, bars and entertainment onboard than you can hope to experience in a week. It's fun and flashy, and it reminds us of being in a Las Vegas hotel for a week. The atmosphere is equal parts modern sophistication and straight-up fun.

In general, our one gripe about Anthem of the Seas is that you could spend a lot of money onboard, and the cruise fares are already pretty expensive. But if you're looking to have a blast on your cruise and you like a choice of dining, bars and mind-blowing entertainment, this is the ship for you.

Anthem of the Seas Fellow Passengers

With an abundance of amusement park-type activities and variety of cabins, Anthem of the Seas draws families, fun-loving couples and groups of friends of all ages. It primarily draws passengers from North America and the U.K.

Anthem of the Seas Dress Code

During the day, virtually anything goes: Swimsuits and shorts poolside are perfect, though shirts for men and cover-ups for women are required for dining indoors. At night, casual resort wear is required; for men, that means slacks or khakis and collared shirts, and for women, sundresses, or capris, nice slacks or skirts with blouses. Anthem of the Seas does not have a formal night, but if you dine at The Grande on any night, formal dress is required. Acceptable formalwear includes evening or cocktail gowns or dressy slacks and blouses for women, and tuxes, suits or slacks with sports coats, dress shirts and ties for men.

Anthem of the Seas Gratuity

Passengers on all Royal Caribbean ships are charged $12.95 per person, per day ($15.95 for passengers in suites). Gratuities can be prepaid or added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during each sailing. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs and spa bills.

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Anthem of the Seas Member Reviews

Overrated jakala15
We just returned from the inaugural sailing, on Anthem of the Seas, to the southern Caribbean. This ship is not appropriate for older passengers. Here's why: the many bells and whistles, such as bumper cars, roller stating, rock climbing, and ... Read more
Traveled 12 days on this ship from Bayonne 2 days at sea stopped in San Juan, then to Martinique, St Kitts, St Martin, Barbados. The ship is new with many tech advances. New way to dine on board took a little getting used to anyone should ... Read more
Great Ship! beachgirlalways
We just returned and would not hesitate to sail this ship again. LOVED dynamic dining. The ability to eat in different venues when and where we want without having to sit with others was terrific. The food and service were excellent at all ... Read more
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Anthem of the Seas Ratings

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Sailing From

Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Bayonne, New Jersey Cape Liberty

Cruises To

Bahamas Bermuda Canada & New England Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Western

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Nassau, Bahamas
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