Anthem of the Seas Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Why Choose Anthem of the Seas?
  • Pro: Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants
  • Con: For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag
  • Bottom Line: Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience

Anthem of the Seas Overview

By Cruise Critic Staff

Anthem of the Seas is the second ship in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class. 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 cabin categories that debuted on sister 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 an inner tube. 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, but the extra-fee venues by far offer the best food onboard.

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 entertaining 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 $13.50 per person, per day ($16.50 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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vette1cruiser
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We did the 9 day cruise out of Bayonne,NJ, leaving on 9/8/16 and returning on 9/17/16. We chose this cruise as we liked the itinerary..The weather for the 9 days turned out to be great. The Anthem of the Seas is a beautiful ship. However ... Read more
Poppy9422
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
261 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I don't know where people get their info, but I read two things about the Anthem I would like to correct. Somewhere I read that there is no more counter check in, you just walk on, which is totally not true. The other is that you need an ... Read more
timmuh56
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because of the sail date and itinerary. Anthem is a beautiful ship and you get the feeling that they are trying to recoup their huge investment in this ship as soon as possible. It seems that every time we sail on ... Read more

Anthem of the Seas Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.3
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.1
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.3
    5.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.9
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.4
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.4
  • Enrichment
    3.3
    3.0
  • Service
    3.6
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.1
    3.0
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