42 Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Canary Islands Cruise Reviews

My wife and I really looked forward to this cruise, new ship and new ideas, well we don't think they have got it quite right yet. If you put 4,000 people on a ship then arrive in port after 7am and decide to leave before 5pm, what ... Read More
My wife and I really looked forward to this cruise, new ship and new ideas, well we don't think they have got it quite right yet. If you put 4,000 people on a ship then arrive in port after 7am and decide to leave before 5pm, what are you going to get? everyone trying to eat and its chaos. You can make a ship as big as you like but you must organise to suit large numbers of people all trying to eat at the same time. All ships now have their time in port reduced to save money, so the days of arrive at 6am and leave 7pm are disappearing, ok not all of the cruise was like this, but add on say at least 5/6 sea days and its chaos in the restaurants and self service dining as well. Dining, We liked the rotation dining but you can get rid of that my time dining when ever you like. Done it once and it's the same messing around booking a time and if not waiting in a queue when you turn up, no way thanks. So rotation dining what's it like, well fun same table number same waiters but different location, though after rotating round twice one does know what one's getting to eat before you get the menu. One fault they put shows on at 9.30 as well so its a mad rush to eat on normal dining and you can find yourself eating alone if the others on your table all go to a show at 9.30. They still have shows at 7 and 10.15 but the special ones are at 9.30. Well never mine cannot have it all right all the time. Overall not the best, ship a bit rocky up top and surprising noisy in places. Décor wonderful and no one seems to want to go to bed (and all over 50 plus) just so much going on in the bars. Will say night life the best of all cruises (14). Drink package all I can say is well you got to have money to burn or be a sponge to get you monies worth, well you are on holiday go for it. Would I go on this ship again, no the Radiant class still we feel is the best. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Recently returned from canary cruise, this was our 8th cruise with royal caribbean but first on anthem of the seas. The embarkation was excellent, fast and stress free. This is quite a new ship and is very big but easy to navigate ... Read More
Recently returned from canary cruise, this was our 8th cruise with royal caribbean but first on anthem of the seas. The embarkation was excellent, fast and stress free. This is quite a new ship and is very big but easy to navigate your way around. The big plus about this ship (and every other royal caribbean ship we've been on) is the staff, all staff from bar staff, stateroom attendants, waiters & waitresses, entertainment staff, cleaners, customer sevices and the especially man who assists with internet & technology issues are very polite, helpful and will do everything they can to help. The quality of the food in the restaurants is very good,- we ate in the grande, devinly decadence, silk & chic.- (the windjammer was the best buffet food we've had on a royal caribbean ship) The cabin was spacious, clean and had all you would need, including a kettle. The public areas were very clean and well maintained The entertainment was excellent. All R.C. shows are well choreographed and entertainig, the comedians and comedian/juggler were brilliant, and guest singers were very good. Our favourite place was the music hall with the excellent live bands. The only negatives were- deckchairs - packed very tight together & all full, this was an issue especially as the best places were taken early the different drinks packages could confuse as prices weren't always available, but the staff would always help you if you asked. The excursions we done were- Madeira where we went on the cable car & toboggan, Gran Canaria - camel ride in maspalomas Lisbon by land and water all these excursions i would recommend as all tour guides are helpful, informative, professional and good fun Overall this is an excellent ship with brilliant staff and very good entertainment I would have rated this ship 5 stars if not for the deckchairs Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our second cruise, the first having been 6 years ago onboard the Independence of the Seas. We booked with great excitement way back at the beginning of the year before the Anthem was even finished being built and then found as ... Read More
This was our second cruise, the first having been 6 years ago onboard the Independence of the Seas. We booked with great excitement way back at the beginning of the year before the Anthem was even finished being built and then found as the months went by all the negative whingey reviews posted about this ship gradually eroded our excitement and happiness until early this summer we were on the point of cancelling! Well what I can say is that I am so very glad we didn't listen and instead decided to follow our first instincts and judge for ourselves. I can safely say the 2 weeks on Anthem of the Seas to the Canaries, Spain and Portugal has been the best holiday I've ever had. The ship is wonderful, beautifully fitted out, a great selection of bars and restaurants, awe inspiring areas such as 270 which had to be seen to be believed and was one of my favourite parts of the ship. spacious extremely comfortable staterooms, a great friendly, helpful and attentive crew. First class service with a smile all the way from the cleaning crew (they are clearly very proud of the new ship and are constantly cleaning, hovering, dusting, washing the Windows (inside and out) all to keep it sparkling and new and looking as vibrant and attractive, through to them stateroom attendants, bar staff, waiting staff, entertainment staff and cruise director, the ships officers and everyone else onboard.. Truly a gorgeous place to be. Unlike some reviewers we didn't have any problems getting a drink a in bar or finding a sunny sheltered corner to sit and enjoy the views with a book or simply soak up the sunshine. On most ports we took advantage of the shuttle bus service which was a very cost effective and convienent way to explore the destinations on your own which is our preference over organised excursions. We tried most of the wide selection of restaurants on board (including the Windjammer) and enjoyed a varied selection of food all of which was cooked well, arrived hot and was very enjoyable. We especially enjoyed eating breakfast in the outside area at the back of the Windjammer and never had a difficulty finding a table. The entertainment was first class, we especially enjoyed We will Rock You and Spectra's Cabaret which really showcased the flexibility of 270. Also we liked the small almost ad hoc shows out on by the bar Staff and kitchen staff too great fun. All in all I would say please don't only listen to the negative reviews, don't let them put you off taking a chance of exploring and enjoying the beautiful Anthem of the Seas. Go with a positive attitude, be friendly and polite to the crew and your fellow passengers, enjoy all the amenities and joy of the spaces that the ship offers, don't worry about being 'squashed' as even on sea days we found it to feel mush less crowded than certainly the Independance was as its a bigger ship and they've designed so you really don't feel hemmed in or as if you're at sea with 4000 other people. Please just go and enjoy all it has to offer and you'll have a fabulous time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The Anthem of the seas is a beautiful modern ship its spotlessly clean and has the wow factor the dinning options are brilliant and you eat in a different restaurant every night, don't bother with the supplement restaurants, ... Read More
The Anthem of the seas is a beautiful modern ship its spotlessly clean and has the wow factor the dinning options are brilliant and you eat in a different restaurant every night, don't bother with the supplement restaurants, Wonderland is lovely to look at but its a rather expensive gimmick chops grille very nice but no better than the complimentary restaurants. Also why has rci decided to put Johnny rockets outside? with no singing or dancing very disappointed. The bars and entertainment are good especially 270 the windjammer has the right name jammer it is like feeding time at the zoo crowded with not enough seats. Overall had a good holiday went with friends and met some really nice people who enhanced our experience, BUT found the staff in the Bolaros bar very rude with no manners at all tried couple of times same treatment so was put off, staff in Michaels pub rude didn't make any eye contact when we ordered our drinks the lady in the perfume shop rude, and a few of the staff serving in the many many sales all rude, also went up to hairdressers to buy some hairspray they looked at me as if they'd never heard of it said they didn't sell it and stared at me, this ship is geared up for you to spend money at every turn, sales of rubbish and watches after watches sales bingo at %0 dollars plus most things are at an extra cost. I feel this ship hasn't enough staff queuing and waiting is the norm also the rooms are narrow very nice but small. I've been on lots of cruises and wouldn't go back on this ship if you like crowded decks no where to sit on top deck if the sun comes out and enjoy jostling and queuing this ship is for you Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
When we arrived at Southampton the Embarkment process was brilliant , very fast and efficient especially if you had printed off e ticket. We were on the ship within 10-15 minutes. Once on ship could get drinks and food straight away. ... Read More
When we arrived at Southampton the Embarkment process was brilliant , very fast and efficient especially if you had printed off e ticket. We were on the ship within 10-15 minutes. Once on ship could get drinks and food straight away. Balcony room was great and wow bands and sea pass cards on bed ready for use. We choose classic dining at 6 pm and started in the American Diner where we were greeting with the waitress and barman who would follow us round the ship, this was great as the were full of useful information about goings on on the ship.then Chic, The grande which is where you dressed up (formal) then Silk. All restaurants were great. Food wonderful and if you have any special requests they dealt with it. I'm vegetarian and they sorted me out. Ask for the daily shot they come in a Royal Car shot glass that you can buy for 3 dollars. Poolside was good but sun beds were cramped up and was awkward to get on and off due to small space. Also sun beds were saved in the morning and left most of the day with towels on as guests off ship on trips. I did approach the towel man as Royal Caribean have a policy that if beds left for 30 mins unattended the towels would be removed. This didn't happen and towel man said management didn't enforce this. Very unfair as on sea days people searching for beds to sit on. We Will Rock You was amazing. Make sure you pre book these tickets as its ticket only. The comedians were both very entertaining. The only problem was that not many bar staff walking round to order drinks, which was disappointing. The North Star was amazing we did it at sea at it went over the ship and views were brill. long queues between 3/4 - 1 hour wait but well worth it. I-fly great fun. The shops are very expensive. The ports that we went to- most had a shuttle service rangeing from 8 dollars to 10 dollars. Lanzarote or as we named it Lanzagrotty not much there and shops were shut when we got there. Madeira brilliant lovely place to visit we used the shuttle bus that drops you in the town and then did a taxi tour which was great as he took us all around and waited for us at each stop. a must is the baskets that speed down roads. Als t he cable cars. Gran Canaria was mostly shut and sleepy so not much to do. Lisbon was great good shops and bars. Bilbao was the best port. Beautiful place and do the open top bus as you get to see the sights. Staff on ship very helpful, didn't see many officers walking around. My husband wanted to send me flowers so went to guest relations to be told they don't do them Health and Safety. Perhaps they should buy artificial ones as its very romantic to have flowers. The staff who looked after us were the best Ruchal the waitress and Dorata the Maitre Dee and Ellisson the barman and Brian Hamilton who attended the state room. The ship is very impressive but it did have a lot of movement but the weather was against us. The ship is very busy due to lots of guest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was the second time on the Anthem this year. We were on the ship for the maiden voyage in April and couldn't fault anything. We had a great cruise just perfect. Our holiday in October was a bit different. Embarkation was ... Read More
This was the second time on the Anthem this year. We were on the ship for the maiden voyage in April and couldn't fault anything. We had a great cruise just perfect. Our holiday in October was a bit different. Embarkation was quick, and the cabin was clean. I noticed that the ship looked scruffy and dirty in some areas. Windjammer restaurant, tables were dirty and food on floor. One day when we went for our dinner there was no cutlery. We also had a drinks package, but you were charged for water. We were also charged for a couple of drinks and when we pointed it out the waiter was very rude. Entertainment was good, We will Rock You, The Gift and Spectres Cabaret being excellent but the house band Rock the boat, good first time we saw them but this time they looked like they couldn't be bothered. Luke Arrowsmith the cruise director, dull and boring. I wouldn't have believed the negative reviews about the Anthem but now I have experienced some of them. Disembarkation was fine. Royal Carribean needs to get their act together. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We had a very positive embarkation experience. Pretty seamless and well organised. On board in less than 20 minutes, as a result of online check-in. Highly recommend this method. Very pleased with our cabin....until stepping out on the ... Read More
We had a very positive embarkation experience. Pretty seamless and well organised. On board in less than 20 minutes, as a result of online check-in. Highly recommend this method. Very pleased with our cabin....until stepping out on the balcony on deck 6 to find we were overlooking the smoking area. Having taken a lot of time and trouble looking at the deck plans before booking, nowhere was this shown on the deck plan, and there is no way we would have chosen this particular cabin. However, we spoke to Jose in guest services immediately and he asked if we would be patient and wait till Monday morning when he could speak to the booking agents of no show passengers. True to his word at 10 am the following morning he secured us a comparable cabin on deck 9 with no extra cost incurred. So,thank you RC your service was exemplary, and we had no further problems. We like the dynamic dining experience, choosing to dine in a different restaurant each evening, sometimes booking, sometimes just turning up at a time to suit us, depending on what we chose to do each evening.The food was good and we found the choices very adequate. Service was sometimes a bit hit and miss but we were never kept waiting long. On the whole no real complaints. We enjoyed the shows, Spectras Cabaret was excellent and we managed to see it twice. We Will Rock You was okay, just not our taste. The Gift was very well performed and the scene changes were amazing. With the exception of comedian Steve Womack, who was appalling, all the evening headliner entertainment was most enjoyable. The IFlY experience was excellent and we also managed that twice. The solarium is a lovely place to relax and we enjoyed that facility on cruising days. There were a variety of activities on board so so something for everyone. We are social ballroom/Latin dancers and we had some really good classes taken by Sunny and David. Lovely people, instructive, lively and fun. There was also social dancing from 6-7.30 each evening, but the music was dictated by RC and was not entirely easy tempos to dance to. RC should really consult ballroom instructors in order to ensure a good selection of music. Several times the relevant people were approached but it was only on the last evening did we actually have a good selection of music which was downloaded from a laptop. I appreciate us dancers were in the minority but we're sure future dancing cruisers would benefit. We were disappointed with Tenerife, docking in Santa Cruz and having our beach transfer cancelled due to adverse weather conditions we decided to go walkabout on our own. Open top bus trip was pretty boring and took forever as this is a big city. It rained heavily in Madeira but it did not stop us enjoying the basket toboggan and the cable car. However not enough free time to enjoy Funchal itself. We loved Gran Canaria and did an organised trip to Puerto Mogan and return along the coastal road calling in at Maspalomas to see the sand dunes. Plenty of free time in Las Plamas upon our return. Very enjoyable, lovely beach, cafes, bars and restaurants etc...Lanzarote not to our taster either , very touristy beach resorts. However our stops in Vigo, Lisbon and Bilbao were super. Lovely to just find your own way around and explore all the amazing sights, stopping for wine or coffee breaks in the numerous cafes and bars. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise. The Anthem is a lovely ship and you can fill your days admirably with all the activities, eateries, shows etc..... It is after all your cruising experience and you just have to embrace it. People keep comparing the Anthem to the Independence. if you want that same experience then choose the same ship each time. Each one should be taken on its own merits and the Anthem has that in abundance. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Wife and I (in our sixties) just got back from canaries cruise on Anthem of the Seas had a midship balcony stateroom on deck 10 which was lovely inside BUT had constant noise outside our door from toilets flushing from what I think were ... Read More
Wife and I (in our sixties) just got back from canaries cruise on Anthem of the Seas had a midship balcony stateroom on deck 10 which was lovely inside BUT had constant noise outside our door from toilets flushing from what I think were toilets on deck 11, this was through daytime and very annoying during all hours of the night. Bars were ok, we thought Boleros the best, Michaels pub was usually practically empty and you couldn't get a seat in the Music Hall downstairs unless you were in there for 7.30pm 'ish!! We are Diamond members and found a lack of waiters serving drinks especially on the upper pool decks and generally found that the staff were not as accommodating as on other RCI ships. Dining in restaurants didn't suit us, we prefer the traditional dining in the main dining rooms as opposed to different restaurant venues. Although loyal RCI cruisers we wouldn't go on this ship again too much technology not always a good thing and we think the technology has resulted in less staff on board, we prefer the Oasis class and smaller ships. Anyway try it see what you think. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Like so many others we were very apprehensive about this cruise following so many negative reviews here on CC and other review sites. However we are so pleased that we resisted the urge to cancel and re-book on a different ship. Anthem ... Read More
Like so many others we were very apprehensive about this cruise following so many negative reviews here on CC and other review sites. However we are so pleased that we resisted the urge to cancel and re-book on a different ship. Anthem was a fantastic experience from start to finish! This was our 8th cruise, all with RCI on Vision, Radiance, Voyager classes and our first at Diamond level. Just the two of us travelling without family or children. The ship was fully booked with over 4200 passengers. Embarkation at Southampton was fine but not really any quicker than the conventional queuing system. We had completed all the pre cruise on line check-in requirements, photos, charge cards etc but still found ourselves waiting while the roving (and slightly random) check-in person took photos and entered charge card details of the family ahead of us that had not gone to the trouble of doing it all in advance. This is about the only niggle we had for the entire cruise and we were still "car to Promenade Café" in about 20 mins. The ship was pretty jaw-dropping. At first, the promenade area seemed more like a high end shopping mall but we soon realised what a sociable area this was with numerous bar, café, snack area options both day and night. Yes there were the usual on-board shopping special functions set up here most days but there was plenty of room and none of the crowding problems we'd read about. As you walk aft on deck 4, the ship seems to stretch further and further with some incredible open spaces before you then enter the amazing Two70 space. The Two70 area at the rear of the ship spans 3 deck levels (4,5 and 6) and is a brilliant space with a glass wall spanning floor to ceiling across the stern and around the stern quarters. It's a vast light, airy space with lots of seating options and the glass windows can be transformed into a huge projection area for some great special effects. The ship has almost endless food and bar options, we had no chance of trying them all. The main theatre also doubled as a 3D cinema complete with 3D specs. We wanted to try one of the "Virtual Balcony" inside cabins (8185). The cabin itself was spacious, well laid out (but different to our previous ships so had to find new places for things), full length hanging space was a bit limited but not an issue. The bathroom was excellent with a large GLASS door shower with proper (not aerated) shower flow. The virtual balcony screen was fantastic, so realistic that both of us bumped our heads trying to "see around the corner" as you would with a real window. No more trying to guess the weather before leaving the cabin. A kettle/coffee maker was provided (but we never used it). There seemed to be plenty of entertainment options, we had nowhere near enough time to try them all. The We Will Rock You stage show was excellent, I had expected a shortened version of the stage show, but it was the full length show and really well done. Spectre's Cabaret was entertaining and spectacular but not really our thing, the same goes for The Gift. However, these represent just a fraction of the entertainment on offer, I'd be amazed if there wasn't something for everyone. The Dynamic Dining (DD) worked just fine and was in fact quite flexible. We were more than fashionably late for our (pre cruise booked) reservation several times without a problem and often with impromptu dining partners from the Diamond lounge which the restaurant took in their stride. They coped with my wife's gluten free requirement just fine, passing the information from venue to venue very smoothly throughout the cruise. The menus in each complimentary restaurant changed every 4 days but there was plenty of choice anyway. True, they were sometimes the same core ingredients prepared in different ways but we found plenty of variety and loved it. Tip: American Icon's surf and turf is to die for. Think filet mignon with skewered giant prawns........! Dress Code for the Grande (formal restaurant) was sensibly enforced with jacket and collared shirt the minimum standard, but many male diners wore black tie every night in the Grande. The mix of dining (and drinking) venues gave rise to plenty of varied apparel but rest assured those that like to "dress up" would never feel out of place on any evening A few very minor negatives such as the main outdoor pool area was small without enough surrounding sun lounger space (there were plenty of other areas away from the pool), the gym/fitness suite no longer includes a free sauna/ steam room (you now have to pay for these as part of the spa). These were minor things and were far outweighed by the many positives. It was really something to sail on an almost new ship (Anthem's 16th voyage). The ship was immaculate, little things like the perfectly smooth high gloss handrails around the outer decks I loved. I'm no computer geek, but even I loved the technology, so many great features. I went on the iFly free fall simulator, great experience. We rode the North Star capsule shortly after sunrise on our anniversary, brilliant, 300ft high and about 100ft to the side of the ship while underway at about 20knots, great photo opportunity. Bumper cars, Flowrider, we had a blast! Disembarkation went very smoothly, we were going to self-carry but in the end thought why struggle? So left it to the crew and after a very civilised coffee and pastries we sauntered ashore to collect our luggage and were away no problem. She is a very different ship to the others we've sailed on. The layout does not suit everyone and does not really lend itself to having that central area where everyone gathers for the party type events that we were used to. As a result of this, plus having different table waiters most evenings, you do not quite develop the same sense of "belonging" as on previous ships, however all the crew were fantastic and there are many really great features that we absolutely loved. None of the above is to say that we would, for a second, abandon the other classes of ships that we have loved so much, but we would not hesitate to book a Quantum class again if the price and itinerary were right. It has to be said, there were only about 100 children on our cruise, there had been 1000+ on the previous cruises that received such poor reviews and a couple of the crew we spoke to confirmed that the high numbers of children had put the ship under a strain. So avoid school vacation periods if you can. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
After reading several mixed reviews about the Anthem of the Seas, we didn't know what to expect. However, everything about this new ship is spot on. Boarding was very quick (about 10 minutes). Our balcony stateroom was on deck 12 had ... Read More
After reading several mixed reviews about the Anthem of the Seas, we didn't know what to expect. However, everything about this new ship is spot on. Boarding was very quick (about 10 minutes). Our balcony stateroom was on deck 12 had plenty of room for the two of us and the balcony was also quite large, too. The entertainment was first class throughout the cruise with the highlight being the 'We will rock you' show which was delivered to a West End standard. The two 70 area at the back of the ship delivers stunning views of the sea during the day and then at night transforms into an amazing technology entertainment area. We went on the ships 'North Star' which delivers panoramic views of both the ship and the sea. We opted for the dynamic dining having pre-booked restaurants and times and everything worked liked clockwork. The food in all of our four chosen restaurants was of exceptional quality with a large choice daily menu. The service of every member of staff on board was excellent at all times and nothing was ever too much trouble. Would we travel on this ship and with Royal Caribbean again? Yes, without a doubt! We had fantastic weather throughout our cruise with very calm sea conditions. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my third cruise with Royal Caribbean so my holiday on this new ship came with high expectations. Cabins are greatly improved better décor with much more space and storage. Service as always with RCCL was excellent although staff ... Read More
This was my third cruise with Royal Caribbean so my holiday on this new ship came with high expectations. Cabins are greatly improved better décor with much more space and storage. Service as always with RCCL was excellent although staff shortages were noticed by myself and others, Entertainment on the ship was exceptional and the 270 theatre was out of this world and highly recommended. Staff around the ship are very pleasant and extremely helpful. All the swimming pools are now heated so no more ice cold salt water pools. Outdoor Sunbeds are as usual first come first serve so be quick. Be advised there is a $25 dollar charge to your sea pass account should you not return any of the pool towels. Dining is very good although remember to book early due to high demand. Shopping on the ship is varied although a lot of the shops seem to cater to the more wealthier passengers. The port merchant did not seem to stock as much as they have on other ships I have been on. Also noticeable among the passengers was the lack of parades or theme nights have been on offer in the promenade areas on other ships. On the Anthem it is non existent. The Seaplex centre offers a variety of activities such as roller skating and dodgem cars which are very good. if travelling with youngsters or teens this ship is ideal. The North Star viewing pod is a definite must for all passengers. Smoking areas are reduced to a small section by the jumbo screen on deck 14 and a glass shelter outside on deck 5, Wi-Fi is available with good speed and coverage but at nearly $200 for the duration of the cruise its a little overpriced, changes are noticeable from other ships for example café promenade is no longer open 24 hours and Breakfast delivered to your stateroom is no longer free nor are most of the items on the rooms service menu plus the additional charge that is added if you order is now after 11pm not midnight as on previous ships, it is also worth noting that prices for all shore excursions are considerably more expensive than advertised in RCCLs online brochure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We've just returned from a 13 night Canary Island Cruise on Anthem Of the Seas. Our favourite cruise line is Celebrity but we have also sailed on Royal Caribbean on The Independence and Adventure and several times with the British ... Read More
We've just returned from a 13 night Canary Island Cruise on Anthem Of the Seas. Our favourite cruise line is Celebrity but we have also sailed on Royal Caribbean on The Independence and Adventure and several times with the British cruise line P&O.. We wanted to try Anthem on her maiden Southampton season before she becomes based year round in New Jersey. Embarkation We reserved a check in slot of 11.15 to 11.45 but arrived early at 10.30. We walked straight up to a person with a tablet, they scanned our seapass papers and checked our passports and that was it, we were onboard within 5 minutes of arrival. Superbly smooth and hassle free. Cabin The cabins were released at 1pm with the doors to the corridors kept shut until then. We had a standard balcony on Deck 6 (Obstructed). The cabin is probably the best designed of any we have stayed in. It had a feeling of space and has plenty of room to move around. There are two separate wardrobes, 1 each side of each bed with storage above the bed. There is a desk with a large light up mirror above and the desk is freestanding and can be moved say in front of the couch if you want to eat meals from the (mostly chargeable) room service menu. Then there is a unit with 6 drawers and the mini fridge, the top drawer containing the hairdryer. The couch is a good size if somewhat firm. Above the desk area are three sockets plus two USB outlets for charging devices which is a nice touch. We liked the lighting options including lights above the curtains and a large table lamp on the drawer unit however the bedside lights are a touch too bright. There is a 40” flat screen TV neatly sat against the wall which can be pulled out at an angle. The bathroom is very similar to those on Celebrity S class ships but with open shelves rather than cabinets. The shower has a glass screen and is a good size. Like Celebrity, there is a courtesy light in the bathroom making it easy to find and see at night without waking others in the room. The cabin was kept spotless by our attendant. The air con worked very well and is quiet and unobtrusive as its outlet is built into the cupboards over the bed. The cabin probably surpassed the design of Celebrity's S class cabins which we thought could not be beaten and the midships location on Deck 6 was really convenient to access the decks below by stairs. Food We were on dynamic dining choice. We pre-booked all our evenings across the 4 free main dining rooms. We did check out Devinly Decadence on embarkation which is great if you like salad but has limited main meals at lunch and very little for vegetarians (OH is a veggie) as none of the cheese used is suitable for vegetarians (animal rennet). Their evening menu offered no mains for vegetarians so it wasn't an option for us. We thought that there were much better dining options elsewhere and don't cruise to count our calories but I'm sure many will enjoy the relative peace of this venue. Out of the other 4 main dining rooms we rated them in this order: 1) The Grande 2) American Icon/Chic (neck and neck) 3) Silk We loved The Grande. The ambience and decor are superb and we enjoyed the food options the most here. We wore blazers without ties and it was nice to see the majority adhering to the dress code with very few having to be given a jacket to walk in with. There was little to choose between American Icon and Chic and we thought the options quite similarly good.. We tried Silk on one menu and we both left during our mains. We thought the food was quite poor. It all sounded nice but the execution wasn't good, onion bhaji was cold and soggy and stir fry broccoli and beef was gloopy. We decided to try it on the alternate menu and this confirmed it wasn't the place for us (Shrimp Korma was insipid and not creamy, just gravy like). Others liked Silk but we’ve eaten better Asian food from local takeaways. The menus in the 4 restaurants switched every 4 days and the choice of options was superb. The food was well prepared and presented and the portions were large. Service in all restaurants was excellent without exception. Just a note about the reservation system for Dynamic Dining Choice. Our reservations made from home were all transferred to the ship and appeared on the Cabin TV and the Royal IQ App. When you turn up for dinner, if there is a queue in front of you there appears to be no differentiation between those who have reserved and those who have not. Everyone is dealt with in turn. Therefore after around night 3 we ignored our reservations and just turned up at our restaurant of choice. They don't keep a table open for those who have reserved so the suggestion to reserve restaurants is probably more to do with Royal trying to spread the load across restaurants and times. We ate usually between 7-7.30 and never encountered a queue or wait time. Meals were served briskly but you could ask to take it slower if you preferred. We've previously said the the food on Celebrity was the best included food we've had. However, the food on Anthem in the main dining rooms topped it. We also preferred the smaller dining rooms to a large single dining room which can get quite noisy and bustling and it was nice to eat in different venues. Quality, portions, presentation and choice all tipped the balance from Celebrity to Anthem. I should point out that the Anthem food was way ahead of the food served on Adventure 2 years ago. The only speciality dining we tried was Jamie’s Italian. We got a 30% discount by asking onboard. The service was superb and the food was extremely good. Make sure you are hungry as the portions are very large. It was great value with the discount and highly recommended. For breakfast we ate in either American Icon or the Windjammer. American Icon was very good. Good service and a nice choice of food. We asked for and always got a table for 2. The eggs benedict was excellent and my OH enjoyed the Beignet. The Windjammer has a great selection but is of course busier. Interestingly American Icon is a la carte for breakfast with not help yourself options but next door in Silk they offer a buffet selection which is a good option if you want to help yourself in a quieter location than the Windjammer. Lunch was usually the Windjammer too but a couple of times we ate in Two70 where the roast beef sandwiches are superb. They also have paninis, sandwiches and cakes and a large gluten free selection. The salads are a 'point and select' type and though the ingredients are limited they are very nice. We snacked on pizza at Sorrentos a couple of times and this was always busy (beware the cheese is not Vegetarian but after a discussion they obtained some veggie cheese for my OH). I tried a hot dog from the Seaplex Doghouse and it was very good. We didn't try Johnny Rockets as we did not feel the need to pay for fast food with all the other free options. We had snacks from Cafe Promenade a few times. Opposite is a chargeable Patisserie. We didn't see a single person buy food from there and the space as a result is wasted. We had the free included Select drinks packages but I upgraded to the Premium Package and my OH downgraded (doesn't drink alcohol) to the Royal Replenish Package to access the sparkling waters and Mocktails. We both had lots of choice and had no issue getting a drink and the choice was excellent. We liked that every bar had its own unique cocktail menu in addition to any other cocktail you might choose. Entertainment Of course the big show is We Will Rock You. We booked in advance and they scan your card or Wow band on entry to ensure you have booked. 10 minutes before the start they allow people who haven't booked to fill any empty seats. The theatre has some obstructed views so it's best to arrive early. Doors open 45 mins before the show. It was great fun, very professional with good sets and of course all those well known Queen songs. For UK cruisers it was interesting to see Kevin Kennedy, aka Curly Watts from Coronation Street, in one of the main roles and he was good. It got a great reaction and standing ovation at the end. Another show to book was Spectra's Cabaret in Two70. Whilst mentioning Two70 I have to say it's possibly the best single venue on any ship we have been on. The design of it allows it to switch from library to cafe seating, to bar to general lounging area and at night it becomes a showbar. The surrounding 50ft high windows become projection screens at night and the roboscreens are amazing and superbly flexible. We loved Spectra's Cabaret. The singing and dancing were superb and the show had amazing energy. The final bookable show was The Gift. We missed our booked performance as I was under the weather however almost universally everyone we met said it was technically impressive but they had no idea what it was about. The next night we popped in and watched for 5 mins and we could see that a lot of design had gone into the production but we didn't stay given the feedback from others. Onboard Activities Of course you have the rock wall and the flowrider. But on Quantum Class the headline activities are the Ripcord by I-Fly and the Seaplex. We prebooked the skydiving simulation in advance and took part on day 3. All I Can say is it was superb. Exhilarating and exciting. After day 7 you could book another go one day at a time. We did it 5 times in total and loved every one. We saw a 3 year old and a 70 year old take part and most we talked to thought it was excellent too. If you have done it previously you can skip the video instruction at the start but still have to wait for the rest of your group to see the video. The seaplex is multipurpose and hosts roller skating, trapeze, basketball and of course the bumper cars. The latter looked a little tame but after we gave it a go we loved it and took part about 8 times. It was great fun and well organised and by the end of the 2 weeks there were some seriously competitive bumper car drivers. The daily compass was full of activities, lots of quizzes, fitness, Zumba, port talks etc. We didn't care for the cruise director (Luke Aerosmith) whose specialist ability seemed to be reading out the activities in the daily compass both on the TV channel and on the tannoy announcements. The Ship in general. The decor is very smart and modern certainly more Celebrity than Royal. Classy and with some modern high tech touches. The Bionic Bar is interesting briefly but had several mishaps and was pretty quiet mostly. Vintages is a lovely large wine bar with a lot of options within the premium package price point. The other bars are a touch small for the amount of passengers (Beleros and Schooner) and Michael's Genuine Pub is like no UK pub I've frequented, dark and a tad depressing with barmen wearing braces and flat caps. However they had a wide beer selection and it proved popular though we thought the food options a little on the expensive side. So did most others as we never saw anyone eating in there. Music Hall is a superb area. Two floors, each with a bar and the top level has pool tables. There is always something going on here and in the evening it was always busy. Rock The Boat were the house band and were excellent. On deck the outside pool areas are smaller than Independence however she has the indoor pool plus the Solarium area for cooler/wetter days. Both of the latter two are lovely areas. We've been on Independance on cool and wet days out of Southampton and there is nowhere to go apart from inside a packed ship with limited seating so it was nice to have other options on the first and last cooler days. A lot of the UK cruisers had previously been on the Independance as she has been based in Southampton most summers since her launch. Many made the comparison between her and Anthem. Some missed the 3 level MDR and some missed the larger Royal Promenade. Not sure why they chose Anthem knowing she had neither but we like that the venues on Anthem were more spread out as it made it feel less busy and the separate dining rooms kept that division of passengers possible such that you never thought you were on a ship with this volume of passengers. Ok, so overall. We loved Anthem. If she was going to be based in Southampton each summer she would be our Go To cruise ship of choice but that's not to be unfortunately. We loved the cabins, food, entertainment, decor and service. We liked the flexibility, and quality, of the dining options and interestingly there were a lot of new cruisers onboard so Royal must be doing something right in their marketing to entice people to try cruising for the first time. Clearly she is designed for mixed climate cruising and would not work in a solely caribbean itinerary but for her Southampton maiden season and her New Jersey home I'm sure she is expertly suited. Overall, a 9 out of 10 for us. Interestingly we have sailed on 3 ships out of Southampton this year, the new P&O Britannia, Celebrity Eclipse and Anthem Of The Seas. Anthem was the best of the 3 in our opinion. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I've waited almost a year for this cruise, with very high expectations. After seeing the negative reviews of Quantum, I've lowered them quite a bit. My DH was with me, and a couple of friends - first time cruisers, coming with us ... Read More
I've waited almost a year for this cruise, with very high expectations. After seeing the negative reviews of Quantum, I've lowered them quite a bit. My DH was with me, and a couple of friends - first time cruisers, coming with us based on our recommendation. Our cruise was marred by a very big group (almost a quarter of the total pax), which I'll call "The group". I've waited quite some time to write this review, since I've written first to C&A (being platinum). To make it very short, it told them that I was very disappointed to find out that public spaces like the Solarium and 270 were closed, mainly on sea days, in order to accommodate "The group", that I felt that RC's first priority was the well being of "The group", and that I'll greatly appreciate being advised before hand if such a big group will travel on a specific cruise. RC took their time in replying. In the end, it was along the lines of "we value the privacy of our customers and we cannot advise of them being present in a certain cruise...". It made me laugh. As if I asked names, addresses and SS # .... I wrote again, saying that I'd like the choice of deciding whether or not to join "The group" .... After waiting more than 2 weeks, I decided the write my review anyhow. Besides taking over public spaces, as mentioned above, "The group" has been reserved prime location tables on all the complimentary restaurants, along with a special "direct" line, without having to queue like us, mere mortals. Also, on the only for fee restaurant we decided to try, Jaimie's, there was also a representative for "The group", making sure that every one of them could get in immediately. The "best" part was being in Loro Park (Tenerife), finding no places to sit for a show, but guess what ... the central aisle, with the choice views, was also reserved for "The group" !!! Now to the good part. The ship is beautiful, sparkling clean, the staff very helpful, we enjoyed the North Star (only in port), i-Fly,bumper cars, puzzle room. We could have enjoyed more all the shows which could be reserved before hand (Spectra, the Gift and We will rock you), if the sound was not so loud. We've seen Wicked while in London, and found it also very loud, so may be it is us.... I've spent a lot of time reserving the 4 "complimentary" restaurants and then, when the entertainment could be booked, changing the hours again. BUT, after trying every one of them once, and waiting for a lot time (in Chic - 2 hours!!!) for average food, we cancelled all the remaining reservations, and opted for WJ, which was quiet and had a very nice variety of food. Jaimie's we tried once and were not impressed. One star minus because of "The group", and one star for the average food and service in the 4 "complimentary" restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My wife and I have done several previous cruises with RCL and other operators. Like so many other people, our favourite RCL ship is "Indy" and we were interested to see how Anthem compared. Embarkation and disembarkation at ... Read More
My wife and I have done several previous cruises with RCL and other operators. Like so many other people, our favourite RCL ship is "Indy" and we were interested to see how Anthem compared. Embarkation and disembarkation at Southampton were quick and easy as we have come to expect from RCL so no complaints there. The ship's appearance is lovely. Indeed, it is very elegant in places and everywhere looks new and is kept spotlessly clean. The passenger/space ratio is generally good and we never felt crowded except on the sun decks on fine days and, sometimes, in the popular show venues and some of the bars. Some have complained that the layout is confusing but, really, it's not that much different from more traditional ships in that the spa, fitness, pools and main buffet restaurant are all on the upper decks; shops, bars cafes, Guest Relations and casino on decks 3, 4 and 5 and staterooms on the other decks with most of the complimentary restaurants being towards the stern on decks 3 and 4. The speciality restaurants are scattered around the ship. Signage is good and we never got lost. The crew and staff were invariably friendly and helpful My wife is disabled so uses a mobility scooter and this caused a problem in our stateroom which was a superior balcony on Deck 13. We have had this type of room on RCL ships before and never had a problem storing the scooter, usually parking it next to the sofa. However, our cabin was configured so that the bed was nearest the door with the sofa and dressing table beyond, nearest the balcony. Unfortunately, the gap between the end of the bed and the wall was too narrow to get the scooter through to our 'normal' parking position next to the sofa and the only place we could put it was just inside the door. This made access into and out of of the room quite difficult and was a considerable inconvenience. We spoke to Guest Relations as soon as we discovered the problem and asked if we could have a more suitable room, paying for an upgrade if necessary but we were told that this was not possible because the ship was full, a statement which we took with a pinch of salt. We were told that if another stateroom became available during the cruise we would be moved immediately but, needless to say, that never happened so we just had to live with the situation. Ironically, we later discovered that some staterooms have the reverse configuration i.e, with the sofa nearest the door so if we'd had one of those there wouldn't have been a problem. I guess we were just unlucky. Incidentally, information regarding facilities for the disabled was sparse (unusual with RCL) and catering for disabled passengers on tour buses and shuttles was very limited. Apart from the above, the room and balcony were fine except that the bed was extremely hard and uncomfortable to each of us and no foam mattress toppers were available to soften it as there are on other RCL ships. Also, there was a shortage of hanging space in the wardrobes for long garments (my wife had to leave a large proportion of her dresses in her suitcase). The Dynamic Dining concept was disliked by almost everyone we spoke to (although I myself didn't mind it) and most people much preferred the traditional way of dinner in a Main Restaurant at set times, at the same table and with the same waiters. The four main complimentary restaurants (Chic, the Grande, American Icon and Silk) were laid out and done up very nicely but the food quality was inconsistent, ranging from (sometimes) good to mediocre and occasionally poor. The main complaints were the repetitive menus which, as far as we could tell, never changed throughout the cruise, tough steaks and food being served cold or lukewarm. In our view, the best of them was the Grande but even in there the dress code (formal) was not enforced so was abused by some. We didn't try any of the speciality restaurants because, to us, there wasn't anything on the menu to warrant paying the supplement which, in some cases, was very steep. And in that regard we knew that RCL had abandoned the singing and dancing wait staff in Johnny Rockets because, they say, people didn't like it (really?) but what is left on Anthem is a draughty burger bar on a par with MacDonalds. And RCL have the nerve to charge a supplement for eating there! Similarly, the equivalent of the very popular Dog & Badger pub on Indy is Michael's Genuine American Pub. It's a gloomy place lacking atmosphere and it never seemed to be very busy. And they charge a supplement for things like fish and chips and cottage pie! It didn't seem to make any difference whether or not you made a restaurant reservation because you still had to queue although usually not for more than ten minutes The other casual eateries (Sorrento's, Cafe Promenade, Cafe 270 etc) were fine. In particular, the notorious Windjammer is a vast inprovement on the Indy. It's more spacious, better laid out and has a good selection of dishes of excellent quality. In fact, for the first time ever, we ate there in the evenings as many times as in the more formal restaurants. Getting a table was never a problem except at peak times and we particularly liked eating al fresco on a fine day or evening in the open area overlooking the stern. Magic! We didn't go to many shows but we enjoyed those that we did, particularly the Spectra Cabaret and We Will Rock You. The rest of the entertainment seemed to be on a par with other ships. The shops were the usual boutiques selling overpriced designer clothes, watches and jewellery. The one general shop was quite small and had only a limited stock range. The North Star was good but the much vaunted Bionic Bar is, in our view, a total gimmick. We watched it in action once and never bothered again. Beware of the shuttle in Lisbon! RCL's mooring used to be next to the suspension bridge which is quite a distance from the city centre so using the shuttle bus was essential. However, Anthem docks much further upstream closer to the city centre and we didn't realise how much closer until we had taken the bus which made a slow and tortuous journey through busy streets to cover a distance of about half a mile as the crow flies. But it was the return journey that was a fiasco. For some reason which was never explained, the bus (which was exclusively for Anthem passengers) dropped us at the Celebrity Eclipse which was moored next to us. We were told that another bus would take us to the Anthem but there was no sign of it and, anyway, we didn't relish the hassle of loading/unloading the scooter on and off a second bus. So we made our own way back. We complained about this and, in fairness, RCL refunded our shuttle fares without argument. The moral of this is don't take the shuttle unless the ship docks next to the bridge because it's quicker, easier and cheaper to walk. Drinks are, as usual, expensive, particularly when the ship is in Spanish waters, because by the time the 18% gratuity and Spanish VAT is added a small glass of mediocre wine cost about £8.50. Fortunately, we didn't have to pay for too many drinks because we are Diamond Members which gave us a number of daily free drinks. It also gave us use of the Diamond Lounge which is a very nice relaxing venue. And the pre-dinner nibbles are very good too. RCL boast that Anthem is highly technologically advanced and so it is, too much so in our opinion and some features either didn't work properly or are a retrogade step. For example, on other ships there's an A4 booklet in your room listing all the available tours in order of the itinerary. You decde which ones you want, book them via your TV and the tickets are delivered to your room. Not so on Anthem because there's no booklet and no facility for booking a tour via the TV. You have to go to Guest Relations, sign in at one of the iPad stations, scroll through every tour available throughout the fleet (or so it seemed to me) and print your own tickets all of which is very laborious. It may be that it's possible to do this with RCL's IQ App but I want to get away from my phone when on holiday and, moreover, not everyone has a Smartphone or is IT literate. Also,you can no longer have breakfast in the room by ticking boxes on a card and hanging it outside you door. You now have to do it all via your TV which takes much longer, plus the fact that only items such as cereals and rolls are free. Cooked items are chargeable. And you're supposed to receive a printout of your onboard account on the last night of your cruise. We didn't get one. I'm sorry that this review has gone on for much longer than I intended but I wanted to try to give an objective view of as many aspects as possible. In summary we say, "Nice ship but we're looking forward to Indy coming back." Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was one of the best cruises we have ever been on and we have done quite a few. The embarkation process was slick and first class. Some of this was due to the fact that we had completed all the necessary information online before we ... Read More
This was one of the best cruises we have ever been on and we have done quite a few. The embarkation process was slick and first class. Some of this was due to the fact that we had completed all the necessary information online before we sailed. From the minute we arrived at the port, we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes. The North Star experience was excellent but sometimes there was a bit of a queue to this attraction. We experienced Ripcord iFly, what a fantastic experience. The seaplex complex was fantastic too especially the dodgems. All bars were easily accessible with great service. The entertainment on board was first class. We found Luke the cruise director to be very helpful and informative. Booking all the shows and restaurants online before we sailed was definitely the thing to do as some people were complaining they couldn't get into some of the shows and restaurants. We tried all the restaurants with a cover charge. Wonderland and Jamie's Italian were our favourites. We also had the drinks package which offered a great selection of beer, wine, spirits and cocktails. Some people complained about the Windjammer being very busy. This was the biggest self serve buffet we have ever encountered and we never struggled to get a seat. The selection and variety of food was excellent probably too much choice. The food was always fresh and hot. We had been previously to most of the ports of call. We booked this cruise mainly for the ship experience and we were not disappointed. The staff throughout the ship were fantastic and nothing was too much of a problem for them. The WOW wristbands did tend to come off quite easily so we referred back to the sea pass. Overall the ship was first class, very clean with plenty of things to do during the day and at night but the one thing that was missing was things like barbecues on the deck, ice carving etc. We would definitely go on this ship again. It did have the WOW factor. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have just returned from a 13 night voyage on the Anthem Of The Seas and I feel that I must express my views having read so many negative reviews. I don't confess to being what some may call an experienced cruiser but I have ... Read More
I have just returned from a 13 night voyage on the Anthem Of The Seas and I feel that I must express my views having read so many negative reviews. I don't confess to being what some may call an experienced cruiser but I have completed 12+ cruises on different cruise liners including Royal Caribbean, Princess, Cunard, Celebrity and P&O. I have travelled on the same cruise liner on more than one occasion but never the same ship twice. I like to try different cruise liners to see how each of them compare. They each have plus and negative points but it's the overall feeling at the end of the cruise which I base my opinion on. I am neither young or old and I do have a walking disability and therefore I can review different aspects of the ship from a mobility point of view. Lets start with the ship itself. There is no denying the fact that this is a huge ship with over 5,000 passengers and crew. At no time did I feel that the ship was over crowded because there are so many different public areas to visit. Breakfast time at Windjammer's was very busy and patience was required when trying to find a seat but this is no different to any other ship i've been on at peak times. Plus I didn't feel the need 'to eat my monies worth' so most of the time I opted for room service which was delivered on time every time even though some jam or butter was missing on a couple of occasions. EMBARKATION: Embarkation I wasn't overly keen on. Checking in with a rep at the entrance to the terminal on a hand held device with no desk to rest on wasn't personal enough for my liking but having said that all went well and we embarked within our allotted time on time. I have rated embarkation 4 stars. CABIN: Our stateroom had the WOW factor for me. Having tried mini suites and balcony cabins in the past we opted for the large interior stateroom with the virtual balcony which was brilliant. Having realised that we spend very little time sat on a balcony we decided to try the alternative and we were not disappointed. Everything was obviously new (15 previous cruises) so everything worked as it should with no issues. Large TV, bed, sofa, vanity table and chair and of course a large glass shower cubicle. It felt more than a hotel room than a cabin. I had no issues with the stateroom and therefore rated it 5 stars. DINING We tried all the dining options expect the Costal Kitchen (suite guests only). The dining options does away with the traditional 2 sittings and opts for a more smart casual approach. The only dining area which required any type of formal dress was the Grande dining room which required a jacket only. When I say a jacket only that was the only stipulation. I was disappointed to see open neck shirts, jumpers and sandals. The Grande should insist on complete formal dress code for those guests who like to dress up, as it is the only formal type restaurant. I'm not a jacket and tie type person myself but I will do it on a couple of occasions when needs must and I was disappointed with the dress code for the restaurant. I was disappointed with some of the meals, wrong order, chipped plates, missing food, dirty glasses and 1/2 hr wait for a starter was not the best of experiences when compared to other cruise liners. I felt at times there were too many staff serving each table and serving staff not knowing what the other one has or has not done. Don't get me wrong all the dining staff were very pleasant and well mannered but inexperience did show at times. The best dining experience was Chops Grill by far with one experienced waiter. Fantastic food. Some of the restaurants had supplements attached to them so it was a personal choice. Jamies restaurant was the most expensive but my least favourite for food and service. The Windjammer had some excellent self service choices. Insisting guests wash their hands prior to dining was good to see. I gave dining 3 1/2 stars due to my experience but in time i'm sure it will raise to 4 stars after a couple more cruises. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: Unable to comment as I didn't use the Spa treatments. ENTERTAINMENT: We saw the show Spectre Cabaret in Two/70 - excellent performance with a great backdrop. The Gift (Theatre)- very good but I lost the plot (father, son and daughter in a tug boat), We Will Rock you (Theatre)- West End show - Queens musical - brilliant and Soul Boys (Theatre) - fantastic. All the visual effects were sensational especially in the Two/70 area at the back of the boat with the rotating TV screens and huge virtual screens. My favourite was the Rock The Boat rock band who played most nights in the large music hall. They played many songs from different eras to an audience of 17 - 85 year olds. Great live band. There were other smaller bands in a couple of other bars who were also good if you liked that type of music. There were other shows but we opted out due to personal choice. Entertainment scores 5 stars. FITNESS & RECREATION: Superb gym with plenty of machines and free weights. Full size 5 a side / basketball court. Flow rider, indoor sky diving, trapeze training and a climbing wall for the more adventurous. Table tennis / xbox 360 area and even dodgems which was very entertaining and a good laugh with no queues. These were the obvious activities with even more organised activities on the daily planner for the more sedate passengers. Fitness and recreation score a strong 5 stars. PUBLIC ROOMS: Excellent - clean, bright and on the whole spotless. Plenty of seating although at busy times (adverse weather or peak times) you may struggle for good seats but no different to any other ship in my opinion. All areas accessible for wheel chairs / motor scooters. Toilets - spotless with automatic doors for cleanliness / prevent germs from spreading. I rate public rooms a 5 star. SERVICE: First class customer services. All staff senior and junior were very pleasant, chatty and highly visible. I never experienced one bad mannered or disgruntled staff member. My only gripe was with some of the service I experienced in the dining rooms but I honestly believe that was due to lack of experience in that field because most of the serving staff work in both the restaurants and the bar areas. For service I rate 4 star only because of my dining experience. SHORE EXCURSIONS: Will never score high in my books because it's either good or very poor but once again it's no different to any other cruise liner. Some shore excursions are a waste of money because the hype in the brochure rarely lives up to expectations. Sometimes there is nothing to see on so called scenic tours. I suppose it all depends on what you expect from a tour. They were mainly well organised apart from the usual passengers wanting to sit on the front of the coach because "i'm more disabled than you" attitude; pathetic really. This is an area where the cruise liners make their money because they are so expensive for what you get in return but at the end of the day it's your choice whether to go on a shore excursion or not. Shore Excursions score a 3 star. VALUE FOR MONEY: Difficult this one. If the price you pay at the time is all you have to pay then very good value for money but there is always add ons ie. Speciality restaurants, drinks packages, shuttle bus and various other bits and bobs. What I don't like is the way all the cruise liners leave gratuity envelopes in your stateroom to reward individuals for the extra WOW treatment you may have received from them during your cruise. This is all well and good but surely not after you have already paid your gratuities at the time of booking. What will they think of next; the WOW WOW factor envelope. I would much rather not pay gratuities and reward individuals because at the end of the day you never know whether gratuities are used to pay staff their basic wage and therefore save the company even more money. Value for money score 3 1/2 - 4 stars for me. CONCLUSION: What I found irritating on the ship was the number of passengers complaining that it wasn't like the Independence of the Seas. No they are right that is why it is called Anthem of the Seas and is a total different class of ship. The only advantage the Independence has over the Anthem is the Royal Promenade which I must admit is a great feature but other than that the Anthem wins hands down. If you don't like big ships then the Anthem is not for you - simples. If you are expecting a promenade like the Independence then you will be disappointed. I have been on both ships and the Anthem is the winner in my book. It is the best ship I have been on to date and even though I have downgraded several areas of my rating I will still give it an overall 5 star rating. It is one ship I will return to. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are frequent Royal Caribbean customers and were looking forward to being on a brand new ship... We booked for car parking and arrived at the pier 1.15pm. The process should be superfast for this hi-tech brand new ship. If ... Read More
We are frequent Royal Caribbean customers and were looking forward to being on a brand new ship... We booked for car parking and arrived at the pier 1.15pm. The process should be superfast for this hi-tech brand new ship. If you've checked in online, you will be greeted with someone with an ipad and they'd check your photo and documents, and give you a sticker. You go to security and then straight onboard. Easy if it's quiet and with a steady stream of arrivals. However, it was busy and slow at our alloted time, there were nowhere near enough check in attendants. So a bit of a disappointing start to the #royalwow... TOP TIPS: Go see Hugh in the lower Pool Bar, he's a true star. And ask to sit with Courtney in The Grande. Ride the North Star around sailaway time and the queues should be short. Don't miss dinner at Jamie's Italian...breakfast/lunch in Cafe270 is so good and is much quieter than the Windjammer. Finally 'We Will Rock You' in the theatre is the star attraction of a cruise on Anthem, make sure you prebook. Cabin 11680 very spacious with sofa by the window, beautiful shower and plenty storage. You appreciate the ship is newly built with the sleek furnishings. Our cabin steward Beni was fantastic and very helpful with any requests. Sofa by the window in this cabin with 2 reclining chairs and footstools on the balcony. We had chosen Dynamic Dining with the freedom of choosing a restaurant at a time to suit us. The majority of passengers on this cruise seemed to dine around 630/7pm. Therefore many of the restaurants were quiet later on which meant less atmosphere. We had some great service and lovely food but at other times it was disappointing. The 1st night we went to The Grande and got a very good waiter, Courtney. The following night in Chic we were placed at a table near to the kitchen and all you could hear was dishes being sorted, despite lots of empty tables. The food was average. Onto American Icon, we found on both occasions the food was good in flavour but only luke warm through all dishes, others we spoke with thought the same. We chose not to try Silk as the menus were not to our taste... So it was back to The Grande and got a waiter Abdi who was apologising for his poor service to each table before he even took our orders, yes really (1st time I'd ever heard a waiter do that)...it was so slow we left after the main course. Thereon we requested to the Maitre D to sit with Courtney. She said no problem as we ate generally at the same time each evening. The next night we got that table and had a lovely meal. The following night at the same dining time we were placed with another waiter ... and so the story went on... The Grande has lovely food, which was hot and well presented and definitely a favourite. Highly recommend the halibut and the beef tenderloin. A couple of evenings we ate in The Windjammer which was always popular. Dont forget the the DogHouse in SeaPlex for top snack late afternoon or Sorrentos for made to order pizzas. Overall we found the dining concept erratic, it could be exceptional but equally disappointing. Personally we prefer My Time dining with a rotating menu in a two or three tier dining room that the other ships in the fleet still offer. Perhaps I'm more traditional in my cruise ship preferences than I thought :) And how much do we miss that Filet Steak option on the other ships at a supplement of $20, not available on Anthem unfortunately. The entertainment was varied. The 80s tribute act 'The Wild Boys' were absolutely fantastic and did three separate performances in Two70 and the Music Hall. 'Rock the Boat' are a firm favourite, mainly playing the Music Hall. This is a great venue and the band love it. They sound great too, however there is a lack of seating. Way fewer seats for example than the Pyramid Lounge on the Freedom Class, and Anthem is much bigger. The limited seats were taken early so after 9pm there was absolutely no option but to stand. The 'Beatles' tribute played this venue twice to a packed house, unfortunately we missed them due to a lack of seats. Two70 is a stunning venue but also does not have many seats for popular shows. The other alternatives are Boleros and the Schooner Bar which are also both small. It's a pity because the entertainment was actually really good. This is a design fault unfortunately with the Quantum class ships. There was the usual juggler, comedian and illusionist. Plus the other main shows, Spectres Cabaret and The Gift. It can be difficult to get served at the bars, there is a lack of waiters and lots of passengers on drinks packages so demand is high. Poolside, bar stewards do circulate the upper decks during the day but only stock alcoholic drinks on their carts. The ports of call were good, starting with Vigo in Galicia, Spain. An easy walk off port with shopping. A shore excursion in Lanzarote took us to Playa del Carmen, excellent value at £18 each. Almost 3 hrs on your own for the beach, bars and restaurants and shopping. Next up was the Southern Delights excursion in Gran Canaria. An excellent tour guide took us to Maspalomas to see the dunes, then a drive to Puerto Mogan marina. Again good value at around £20 each. Tenerife, we took the Puerto de la Cruz excursion. Another good value with a few hours alone in this popular resort. Lisbon, the ship docked at the old Tobacco pier which is close to the centre of town and shopping. The Celebrity Eclipse berthed at the more usual Alcantara pier. Stunning sail way under the bridge over the river not to be missed. Bilbao, shuttle buses offered for €10 from the pier, 20 min into the city. A delightful prosperous city. See the Guggenheim Museum and riverside. Cruise Director, Luke Aerowsmith, very enthusiastic and a good replacement for Joff Eaton who was on vacation. We did notice a lack of officers around the ship in the public areas, usually you know who the Hotel Director is or the Chief Officers, but unfortunately not on this cruise. Captain Claus was very entertaining with his daily updates. The deck area directly around the main outside pool is always busy and popular. But there were sun loungers to be had further along towards the aft. The Solarium is a stunning venue, popular on sea days. I had the 4 tier pool to myself after 6pm each day and the water was beautifully warm. There a multiple hot tubs available too. The fitness centre is very well appointed with fabulous sea views and some state of the art equipment. The Diamond Lounge is very busy in the evenings and overflows into the Music Hall. There were 4 waiters serving and they never had a minute, demand was so high. It is a nice venue but not big enough either. The concierge, Andrew was the poorest concierge we have ever had. He never circulated amongst the guests at all during the cruise. Overall a nice cruise, on a beautiful ship but let down personally by inconsistent dining and lack of seating in evening venues for 4000+ passengers. Everyone seemed to stay all evening in a chosen venue once they found a seat rather than circulate between venues and performances. But you've got bumper cars at sea, I FLY skydiving simulator and the North Star #justwow Download the Royal IQ app on your phone before you sail, it's fabulous. Lets you track dining, onboard account, entertainment and activities. Wifi is very fast and consistent. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Yes, as a lot has been said before reading previous reviews. We as a party of 6, one being 95 and in a wheel chair thought why did we book this but we kept a fairly open mind having traveled on various different cruises over the years ... Read More
Yes, as a lot has been said before reading previous reviews. We as a party of 6, one being 95 and in a wheel chair thought why did we book this but we kept a fairly open mind having traveled on various different cruises over the years with RC. At Southampton, the check in was very easy and took less than 20minutes before we were all on the ship as we set everything up before hand. Got to our rooms ok and 1 room even though ordered was incorrectly made as meant to had 2 singles in but they changed it during our evening meal so no real issue for us. Only issue had was one our party had to wait for her cases too arrive after we left port, so 4 1/2 hrs for her bags and when we was in the grande restaurant straight away as we had selected Classic dynamic dining she felted pressured to get ready in 20 minutes. Food overall was a hit and miss, we still don't know why they changed to the dynamic dining as it doesn't give you variety, just the same food with a title change in a different restaurant, you definitely had more variety in the old system. The waiters we had, Veerapan and Casar were excellent so no issues with the staff although they seemed pushed some days mainly because of the problems with the menu titles, not the same as the food that came out. For instance in silk one night was duck a'lorange- but what came out was a hoisin sauce type ? funniest was a crepe dessert title but was more a cake 15mm depth round circle item with ice cream on the side (Not sure how the french would reacted to it but we had such a laugh with the waiters as a Discus thrower would have more use than eating it) Apparently there a totally new menu in a few weeks time for when the ship leaves to America. Divine Decadence I tried for lunch, tried it once and had there version of the Big Mac, it was a brand new burger that came out from the Chef and looked good, bite into it and stone Cold!!! so didn't eat there again. Windjammer was pretty good overall, yes its cramped and trying to get a table you have a few circles around but couldn't fault the food. Johnny Rockets, now tried this on a number of ships and loved it. This design they have destroyed the atmosphere with it open plan and just a corner of a ship next that's soul less, might as well make your own in windjammer down the hall. Also on a windy day food goes cold very quickly as open to the elements. Chops grille, excellent steaks and our waitress Olivia was very good but now a larger restaurant than other ships you feel like there packing the tables in. Outside areas- Ripcord was fun to try and good on a sea day and can book as many times as like for 1 min of fun. Flowrider was good, less crowds as very few teenagers, Seaplex was good, if like waiting in the line up the Northstar a good trip. Pools- well all been said before, the Muppet's at 7am are out to put their towels out by the pool loungers. The towels sit there and no one on them, stayed on ship one day in port, all these towels out by 9am and no one there until just before ship leaves port. So 30 mins and RC staff remove them rule is fiction, they might say it on the daily sheet but never happens. Yes might get crowded on windy days inside but the pools are nice to sit in at the front and relax and most of the time can find a space to lounge. We didn't do any excursions as cheaper to get a taxi most of the time e.g 40 euros for the 6 of us to top of Madeira, then toboggan ride, then taxi back up to cable car and down to the shore. Worked out 160 euro in total, instead of $82 i think PP with RC. Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lisbon, Bilbao were excellent stops. Lanzarote - ok was a Sunday so everything virtually closed, but where they dropped you was nothing really there and had to walk 10 mins to the town to find it closed anyway. There was enough sailing time between the stops to go on a different day, I mean one night the ships traveled at 5 knots for the night?? The biggest gripe with RC was how they looked after the wheelchair bound people on the shuttles, for 1st time Ive experienced being a 3rd rate forgotten people. Lanzarote -2 mini buses that could handle 2 chairs at a time, with a ship having 150 wheel chairs on board this cruise! 1 hour waits with no sun shades, even going to 1 disable shuttle coming back in Lanzarote is unacceptable. In Bilbao , we had similar problems. we found out from the coach staff that out of 26 shuttle buses RC had ordered ZERO coaches for the disable and that they had put on 3 coaches themselves as they knew of the 150 wheel chairs. RC should be ashamed of themselves! Entertainment was pretty good overall I thought and especially liked the virtual Orchestra and comedians on the ship. Cruise Director- think of Sheldon Cooper but not funny. Made boring be a fine art Dont download the RC app- trying to book Ripcord for over a hour with little success, 5 min walk to the nice guys at there desk was quicker Disembarkation- well usual no staff and mass scrum trying to get your bags in the line up So there are good points like the staff trying their best, cabins pretty good and selective on food, but overall its soulless ship trying to be something it not. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Never thought i would start my reveiw with that title, but theres just something that is not right with the flow of the ship. Getting aboard was brilliant, less than 20 mins and then the selling started. as with all rci ships products are ... Read More
Never thought i would start my reveiw with that title, but theres just something that is not right with the flow of the ship. Getting aboard was brilliant, less than 20 mins and then the selling started. as with all rci ships products are pushed your way, but on the anthem it is relentless. every time you turned a corner somebody wanted your dollars. we parted with seveal hundred dollars for two drink packages, which for us all in all were value for money compared to the sky high pay as you go drink prices. beware as they dont stock large amounts of certain lagers and once its gone they dont stock up until back in southampton. I raised this issue with the beverage manager and quickly realised i was talking to a very arrogant man, who seemed to be trying, simply to belittle me. this he failed to do. And that goes for the rest of the customer service, if your not handing over dollars, there not really that intrested. The dynamic dining feels like they only started it a week ago, quite chaotic at times though food was generally good. winjammer was like a rugby scrum where some people had clearly left their mannors in the previous port of call. Food again was generally good, but luke warm most of the time. We dined in coastal kitchen a few times and the service and food were fantastic. Sunbeds by the pool need to be grabbed on your first hour on board, and you need to lay on them 24hrs a day or you will never get another, people where putting towels out from 5.30 am, and the deck team do nothing about this. if you get a sunbed on deck 15 you have to get on it from the front as there is no space between them, which is slightly off putting, when you wake up with your nose in some strangers armpit. Stateroom was a junior suite and was superb, though the cleaning and attention to detail was not always up to scratch. The bar venues where good, just too many people tring to use them. You cant get to most bars as they have seating around every bar so you need to order your drinks form six feet away. Overall i will use royal caribbean again as i have sailed with them many times in the past, but it will not be on a quantum class ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
just returned from our cruise on Anthem of the Seas and was very disappointed. We have previously cruised on Independence and this cruise ship is no where near that standard. Main problems were too many people on board. We could not get a ... Read More
just returned from our cruise on Anthem of the Seas and was very disappointed. We have previously cruised on Independence and this cruise ship is no where near that standard. Main problems were too many people on board. We could not get a seat in any of the bars in the evening. We had pre booked for the two shows "The Gift" and "We will Rock You" which were both very poor. The entertainment in general was very poor not anywhere near the standard we have had on either the Independence or on P & O. Other problems were unable to get a sun lounger on deck and also did not manage to get any loungers in the Solarium all holiday. Complained to the pool manager and he just shrugged his shoulders. The staff in general were no where near as professional as we have been used to and some of the Eastern Eiropean staff in the Grand Restaurant and the American Icon Grill were frankly quite rude. There were no sail away parties and no pool parties. We hardly saw the entertainment crew. The food in the Windjammer was very good with an excellent choice however we thought that the food in the Grand Restaurant was poor with the same menu every night. All in all we were very disappointed with this cruise and would never go on a Qantum Class ship again Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
-This whole ship is a work of art with spectacular venues fore and aft. The only time you are aware of the number of people on board is at the mandatory muster drill to find your lifeboat. At all other times there are so many different ... Read More
-This whole ship is a work of art with spectacular venues fore and aft. The only time you are aware of the number of people on board is at the mandatory muster drill to find your lifeboat. At all other times there are so many different venues there is more than enough space to spare for everybody. -The crew without exception were customer focused on you being comfortable/having fun/ enjoying yourself and having an amazing time. The ship has a multiplicity of restaurants to choose from with excellent food. The sports hall, solarium, gym and show venues exceed comparable facilities on shore. Where else can you have trapeze lessons, jazz and tap, join a choir, drive dodgem cars, relax in the superb solarium or on deck or in one of the pools watching a film or the football on screen listen to a concert pianist and classical violinist or a rock band or go to truly amazing shows which were so good there are no words to describe them, top class is the least you can say. -You will enjoy the fun quiz's and the cruise director's early/late shows on the television and also the dear captain's daily updates to his guests and crew. There is always something going on if you don't want to simply relax.There were so many high spots on this cruise it is hard to pick out any in particular. We dined in divinely decadent with Alina, Romulus, Marigold, Velinka and all the waiters making the front of house so welcoming it was more like being invited into their home than just getting a meal. Special mention must go to Fortune and the sous chef Sadeki Edwards who prepared such succulent food ,again with smiles. Who could have thought healthy food could be so filling and enjoyable- a true artist. Just all totally wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Background - This is only the second cruise for my wife and I ( first was 2 years ago on norweigan epic) - this time we travelled with my wifes parents. We are in our 40's and they are in their 70's (but young at heart!!). I ... Read More
Background - This is only the second cruise for my wife and I ( first was 2 years ago on norweigan epic) - this time we travelled with my wifes parents. We are in our 40's and they are in their 70's (but young at heart!!). I booked this cruise about a year ago and have been following the progress of anthem until her launch and since she started cruising with interest. The ports (canary islands , madeira ,lisbon , la coruna and vigo ) appealed to us and the lure of a brand new ship sealed the deal! Embarkation - We flew from Belfast the morning of the cruise (this was flights arranged with royal as a package - normally I would prefer to fly the day before to allow for any delays ) and all was on time. Waited about 3/4 of an hour for the coach to the docks and finally arrived at the pier at about 10.45am. Embarkation was super easy - checked in by lady with an ipad in 2 minutes. My credit card information which I had registered prior to going had not shown up so I had to go to a desk to get that registered but only took an additional 5 minutes and then it was straight on board! Probably about 15 minutes from entering the terminal to onboard and would have been 10 mins had the credit card info been ok. First Impressions - We entered on deck 5 and were greeted with a glass of champagne and canapes - my first impression was how beautiful and classy the ship felt and this was reinforced every day as we explored her more. Had the feel of a 5 star hotel. We went to the windjammer for lunch and cabins were ready just before 1pm and luggage was already there. We had a fun experience when one of the glass elevators stuck between floors when we were in it - felt like animals in a zoo! Took about 15mins for engineers to fix the elevator and release us! Cabin - we had cabin 10954 - a D7 balcony. Cabin was well designed with plenty of storage and cases fitted under the bed. The bed felt hard when I first sat on it but actually proved to be very comfortable and we slept well the entire cruise. The balcony was a decent size. Must give a mention to our room steward Marlow. He came to introduce himself to us the first day and was absolutely brilliant - nothing too much trouble. Note that this ncabin is directly outside a staff service door but we were not disturbed in any way by noise from this except on the last night when cases were being collected. Dining - I had booked several restaurants in advance. We tried american icon , chic and the grande. The food was good quality and the service very good but my wife and her parents like plain food and felt that their choices were limited (whereas I would have been happy to try everything on the menu ) so we cancelled some future bookings and used windjammer instead where I was surprised at the quality and choice available. Definietly recommend afternoon tea in windjammer - the scones with clotted cream are a must and don't miss the fresh baked cookies all day - several varieties. We ate in chops grille twice - the filet mignon was as good as any I have had - we all felt it was well worth the cover charge. I tried Jamies Italian for lunch (back to a cover charge - $20 for lunch , $30 for dinner) it was excellent. Sorrentos pizza was quite good for what it is and definitely recommend cafe at 270 for lunch - the roast beef sandwiches are very good. On a sepatate note I found dynamic dining easy to work with - reservations were easily changed and it was possible to just walk up to restaurants with no reservations and get seated without too much of a wait. I spoke to some people who were not keen on it and preferred the traditional main dining room but it worked for me and I prefer it. I had to change both our chops grille bookings for various reasons and this was easily accomplished. Public areas - I liked the general feel and layout of anthem. The esplanade is where most of the bars etc are located and flows well. Our favourite nitetime haunt after shows was music hall or schooner bar both of which had some good music on most nights. 270 was a fantastic space - very versatile - great for chilling out with a book or listen to a lecture or see a show or have lunch - love it. For such a big ship with so many passengers it was always easy to find a quiet spot to get away from it all -some nice quirky seating scattered about! The pool areas are well laid out - the indoor pool with a retractable roof is great - works for both cool and hot days and we could always find a bed without any trouble -worth noting that on hot days a bed around the main outdoor pool is hard to come by - wasnt what we wanted anyway so no hassle for us! The solarium is fantastic - just beautiful. Shops were a bit of a disappointment - very high end. I heard a lot of guests complaining about this - rarely saw anyone in some of them except when there was a sale event on. They would benefit from some more reasonably priced outlets with more mainstream clothes , jewellery ,gifts etc (although I did manage to pick up a very nice Guess wristwatch for a good price). Entertainment - one word - fantastic! On a 12 night cruise we saw a different show every night and on some nights 2 ! With a couple of exceptions (matter of personal taste) all were brilliant and the music in bars etc afterwards was fab - rock the boat are a brilliant band! Special note for we will rock you - west end quality show. Service - we found service to be of a very high standard. All crew we encountered (with the usual couple of exceptions you find everywhere!) were happy and eager to please. Music hall could have done with a few more waiters to take orders but the ones who were there worked their socks off. As mentioned our room steward was superb. Guest services were efficient - staff with ipads walked the queue if there was one and tried to reslove minor issues . Activities - I think it depends what you like as to your opinion of the activites on anthem. We did not get enough time to do everything we wanted but I spoke to some people who thought their was nothing to do? Did ifly , bumper cars , north star etc etc and wanted to do some of them more than once but not enough time. Their seemed to be lots of quizzes and trivia going on and I know quest was done at least once in seaplex. Seaplex is great for kids (young and old!) - always lots going on. Internet cost $270 for 12 days for 2 devices unlimited and was very fast except for a couple of occasions when coming out of port for some reason. I spent hours just strolling around the ship and always found something I hadn't spotted before. Ports - We did private tours in Lisbon (spain day tours - highly recommend) and madeira (danielmadeira taxis - again very good) both of which were great and a ship tour on Lanzarote which was ok but not great. Just did our own thing in the other ports . Madeira was our favourite but Vigo was a pleasant surprise. Wasn't that impressed with las palmas (did hoho bus). Summary - You can probably tell we loved anthem! Having said that I heard a good number of guests saying they preferred independence of the seas ( a british favourite) - I think its personal taste. Anthem has much to recommend it but I do recognise that it is different from what has gone before and may not be for everyone. There are quite a few things which incur an extra charge but the key to Anthem is to do your homework on her and know in advance what to budget for - that way there are no surprises. A lot of people who werent happy with their cruise expected her to be like any other RC ship and she is not. In my opinion she is a fantastic ship with a great crew and some amazing innovations and I hope I get a chance to sail on her or another quantum class ship in the future - please dont send them all to China! I am ROYAL CARIBBEAN convert! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My husband and I wanted to do something different and decided to do the Canary Islands on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. The ship is huge, but pretty easy to navigate once you figure out where everything is. Our cabin was a ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to do something different and decided to do the Canary Islands on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. The ship is huge, but pretty easy to navigate once you figure out where everything is. Our cabin was a balcony, which had ample storage and a nice layout. The multiple eateries were very good, but it took some getting used to having to make reservations for dinner if you didn't want to do the buffet. The entertainment was exceptional. We went to all three shows, Spectra, We Will Rock You and The Gift. The production, considering the small venue and moving ship, was fabulous! We enjoyed The Gift the most, even though they had a small set issue which caused a delay. Everyone on board went out of their way to make our vacation memorable, and we really appreciated it. I only wish two things... 1) that Royal Caribbean and Celeb would share perks as I have cruised Celebrity in the past and have two additional cruises already scheduled with them. 2) that Royal Caribbean still sold open cruises when you are sailing. I would have purchased a package, but I am already scheduled through February 2017 and I need one after that when my son graduates college, which was not available yet. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Before going on our holiday on Anthem of The Seas I had read some very negative reports however I can only describe our cruise as fantastic from beginning to end. This is our 6th cruise with Royal Caribbean and whilst we have always ... Read More
Before going on our holiday on Anthem of The Seas I had read some very negative reports however I can only describe our cruise as fantastic from beginning to end. This is our 6th cruise with Royal Caribbean and whilst we have always enjoyed our holidays with them and the previous ships such as The Independence of The Seas myself and my husband felt this cruise was in a different class. The minute you step on board you cannot be anything other than impressed by the beautiful surroundings and the amazing facilities . We dined in all four of the complimentary restaurants our favourite was Chic but I have to say all 4 of these restaurants were of a very high standard and the service was excellent. We also dined in Chops Grill and Wonderland .Wonderland was a good experience but if you choose to do only 1 of the paying restaurants we would recommend Chops Grill the steaks were one of the best we have ever had. There have been many negative comments by previous cruisers around getting suitable dining times. We had booked all our restaurants prior to the cruise, however some of these did not fit in with our plans on our holiday and it could not have been simpler to change these times and indeed some of the restaurants. The restaurant staff did this for us and they were very helpful. The entertainment is fantastic especially We will Rock You, also the headliner acts were excellent. On an evening there was just so much to do sometimes it was a struggle to decide which show or venue to chose and I say this as a positive comment not negative. To,summarise I would say for those people who are booked or plan to book this ship this is a different style of Cruise mainly because you don't have the same dining room or waiter night on night. However you have more choice of the style of food you want to eat and it is a great experience to go to different restaurants each night. In order to enjoy this cruise to the max you need to embrace the change and try not to compare it to the previous style of cruising. This ship is a real treat to cruise on and I am certain we will do so again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my 11th cruise on Royal since 2008 and sixth in last three years so clearly loyal to royal.I would make the following comments made by our family party of four including one vegetarian. 1.vegetarian choices limited as always or ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise on Royal since 2008 and sixth in last three years so clearly loyal to royal.I would make the following comments made by our family party of four including one vegetarian. 1.vegetarian choices limited as always or none existent.Tofu or quorn protein supplement not available or a mystery in most restaurants on board.Promised that extra menu available for vegis by chefs but dining room including maître de not aware of this .Clearly a communication breakdown or someone's telling porkys. 2.Public areas claustrophobic.No space between sunbeds.If you want one near the pool make sure you bag one at 5am they've shifted to first come first served with no towel check out or in.Imagine the ensuing chaos any arguments that ensue.I pointed this out to pool staff but they shrugged their shoulders in resignation 3.Clearly this was not your usual happy crew but as usual they remain so professional. This is the reason I remain loyal to royal but for how long if technology and gimmicks result in staff cuts .No im not atechnophobe or over sixty but royal is its people not its multi million pound robots and gimmicks. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Anthem of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.0
Value For Money 3.0 3.5

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