70 Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

The ship was beautiful. We stood in Cabin 11606 it was a balcony cabin. The cabin was good, It was what I expected after seeing pictures online. I was grateful for the storage space under the bed where we put four suitcases. we had four ... Read More
The ship was beautiful. We stood in Cabin 11606 it was a balcony cabin. The cabin was good, It was what I expected after seeing pictures online. I was grateful for the storage space under the bed where we put four suitcases. we had four people in our room, two adults and two children age 16 and 11. The children are too old to sleep on the same bed so we had the beds pulled apart and my husband and I slept on the sofa bed. Surprisingly, the sofa bed was very comfortable and I had a great sleep. The balcony was great as well we watch the sunrise which was beautiful and would relax there after a long day on the islands. My only complaint would be with the beds separate and the sofa bed pulled out to sleep two there was no room to maneuver. Otherwise it wasn't bad at all, I would prefer to have those bunk bed looking beds for the kids, if i looked around I am sure i could have found one but i wanted to stay on the same deck and area as the group we were in. Dining staff was amazing a child in our group had a peanut/tree nut allergy. They made sure everything was safe, allowed him to choose his meal the night before. We did my time dining at one of the dining rooms for the life of me i can not remember the name. Our server Made and Arvin was awesome! Arvin did a lot of magic tricks which was enjoyed by the kids and adults. I loved how they had conversations with us to about the islands, life, family etc. The food in the main dining room was great! My favorite was Day 8 where they had lobster tail! Windjammer food for breakfast, lunch and dinner was also a fav! The staff and food were awesome! I especially loved the hand washing stations..washy, washy...they would say that every time. It baffled me when people would refuse or complain about washing there hands before entering the buffet. Seriously? But the staff always stood happy! I loved the coffee place on the 4th floor in the Royal esplanade, the staff was great! Sorrentos across the way was sooooo delicious! It was not safe for the child with peanut/tree nut allergies though! The buffet had safe pizza so it all worked out. The hidden gem two70 cafe was good and an easy way to skip the line at the coffee place on the 4th floor, it was also nice to look out the beautiful windows in two70. Entertainment and activities was ok, If traveling with kids and families I prefer carnival. If it was just my husband and I with no kids I would do Royal. I felt like carnival had more fun activities shows and entertainment I also felt like the staff of all those including the cruise director was more involved. I barely saw the cruise director and he wasn't that fun! He needs to take a few tips from Matt Mitchum on Carnival. The bar/singing or comedy show entertainment was fun for adults. I thoroughly enjoyed quest put beware it can get very riskay..we saw some crazy things. There was a family quest with kids that was awesome as well! Spectre's cabaret was terrible, the performance and entertainers did a great job singing and dancing but the theme of the story was horrible and weird, our group kept looking at each other laughing and the kids were horrified. We didn't see the gift because of the bad reviews and after watching spectre's cabaret we didn't want to chance it. We will rock you was ok, not what i was expecting but i liked it! Again Carnival's shows are way better! As for the Ifly it was AMAZING one of the best experiences i have had, i wish i did it earlier in the cruise because i would have kept trying! The north star was ok a little scary being up that high in a glass ball but it was a nice view. The flowrider was cool but wear a tight bathing suit or you might lose a top or bottom. Bumper cars, roller skater were fun once but we didn't do it more than that. The kids were a little disappointed there weren't a lot of activities they pretty much played ping pong every day. The seaplex was a nice spot for them and they got to meet a lot of friends, it wasn't over crowded either they were able to play different games without waiting to long. A complaint I have is about the age range they group 9-11 year olds together and didn't have any basketball or soccer tournaments which our kids who were 10-11 years old wanted to do. Our kids are very athletic and would have loved to join the tournaments for 12-15 year olds. As for the Ports Bermuda was beautiful! We went to Horseshoe Bay and stood there all day i loved it! Labadee was pretty cool to, the kids did the aqua park and the slide the food there as ok! Considering it is there private island you had to pay for quite a few things unfortunately. San Juan was ok I use to love it but it was kind of smelly, we did get to go to La Fortaleza which was cool. St. Maarten was ok we stood at the beach and the guys got buckets of 5 beers for 10 dollars which they loved. We also got an umbrella and two chairs for 20 dollars. The shops around there were great too. Overall the ship was beautiful and VERY CLEAN and the ports were just as nice. If you want more family fun or fun in general i would go with carnival. Royal is more uppity and adult friendly. Oh and i don't want to forget to mention my stateroom attendant Jenin was awesome! Always cleaned and was super friendly! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I’m starting to think we weren’t on the same ship I read all the mediocre reviews about. We had a fantastic time on the Anthem of the Seas’ twelve night sailing on April 18. This was our first RC cruise (I did one years ago). We ... Read More
I’m starting to think we weren’t on the same ship I read all the mediocre reviews about. We had a fantastic time on the Anthem of the Seas’ twelve night sailing on April 18. This was our first RC cruise (I did one years ago). We have sailed almost exclusively on Celebrity for the last 12 years. Any apprehension we had about trying a new line was short lived. The Anthem is a beautiful ship. We thought the size would overwhelm us but it didn’t. There were just that many more places to explore. Embarkation was about the smoothest we’ve ever had. We walked in the door and a lady with an iPad scanned our boarding passes, took our picture and off we went. Probably the only time the ship felt crowded to me was getting on the ship that first day. People tend to stop and look around, trying to get their bearings. Once we got past that log jam, we were off to 270 for lunch and drinks. Our cabin on deck 13, room 13250, couldn’t have been nicer. There is a ton of storage! This room has a smaller balcony but as it was angled, we found it much more private with great views. Aldo, our attendant was awesome. Every other night there was some type of towel creature on our bed (and one night in our sink!). This is a great location as well. Just a few doors down from the aft elevators. Up one flight of stairs to the pool and Windjammer. I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about food. It is so subjective. I will tell you that we loved all the different options. We spent a lot of time in 270. Great place for breakfast and lunch. The Solarium Bistro was another favorite. Had breakfast there several mornings and a very nice dinner once. We took advantage of the BOGO and ate at Jamie’s Italian (very good) and Chops (good). Breakfast in the dining room was hit or miss. Once we waited about 45 minutes for breakfast. The next time it was much quicker. Had dinner there as well. Two of the three dinners were fantastic. Enjoyed dinner in the Windjammer a couple times. Great staff there. I never did see the dreaded tables filled with stacks of dirty dishes. It was spotless and the staff was constantly clearing. The entertainment and activities were fabulous. Katrina Love and Synergy were amazing. Make sure to see them when they are in the Music Hall. There is so much to do that we didn’t get to do it all. We enjoyed the Northstar, bumper cars, trivia, casino and so much more. We would definitely consider another RC cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wanted 12 days out of New Jersey so no airfare and liked the ports of call. The getting on and off the ship was fast and efficient. I had prebookedxall dining options and shows as well as shore excursions. The food was above average and ... Read More
Wanted 12 days out of New Jersey so no airfare and liked the ports of call. The getting on and off the ship was fast and efficient. I had prebookedxall dining options and shows as well as shore excursions. The food was above average and the wait staff excellent. I had a massage in the spa which was again excellent. Overall I enjoyed this ship immensely. The main dining room was full but with prevailing the my time dining we never had to wait more than a few minutes. The only thing we missed were the late night food options - seemed only pizza was available at night and they charged for room service late. Also there was only one deck/pool party - miss the popular buffets they use to have out on the pool deck. Bingo was fun but expensive as we're the game shows - name that tune and love and marriage show. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I have been on 3 Norwegian cruises so we figured it was time to try Royal Caribbean. I want to start with what we loved about this cruise: 1. The ship is immaculate and huge! Lots of awesome features like the Ripcord by Ifly ... Read More
My husband and I have been on 3 Norwegian cruises so we figured it was time to try Royal Caribbean. I want to start with what we loved about this cruise: 1. The ship is immaculate and huge! Lots of awesome features like the Ripcord by Ifly and the North Star. It's kept extremely clean and there's always something to do. 2. The WIFI is AMAZING! I have to work from the ship so the WIFI alone was worth it to me. That being said there were a few things that disappointed us. Before the cruise even started we were mislead by customer service via the 1800 number on a few aspects including cabin size and what was provided in the room. We were told by 3 different CS representatives that there would be a coffee maker in the room. My husband is an insomniac and needs his coffee RIGHT THERE when he wakes up. Well, there was NO coffee maker in the room. "Oh just call room service" they said. OK, room service is always a 30-45 minute wait! No matter what you order! The point is, we would have taken our own coffee maker on board but figured since 3 different agents told us there was a coffee maker....and we saw it in multiple online VLOGS on the Anthem....we figured we were good. When there wasn't one in the room we asked if they could PLEASE get us one. They told us "Only suites get coffee makers" OK that's fine but since you screwed up could you just lend us one??? Nope, they said there was absolutely NO coffee makers to be had on the ship accept for Suite members! I just thought that was rude! There was also some other information discrepancies between what we were told via the 1800 number/website vs. what happened. Hopefully in the future they will communicate the proper information to their phone representatives. Another thing I was looking forward to, but was extremely disappointed in was the Trapeze and Rock Climbing Wall. The people in charge were beyond unmotivational. One person was mumbling as she was telling us how to use the Trapeze. We had to wait on a 45 minute line to use it and then we got about 30 seconds. I hope in the future they have reservations for that and turn it into more of a class like the Ripcord. The dining room staff was excellent. Each waiter has an assistant to help them so you are never waiting for food too long. The food quality was 50/50! Sometimes it was amazing (Escargot.......everyday......SO GOOD) and sometimes it was terrible (anything with the word crab in it was imitation crab.) Would love some more VEGAN options.....but appreciate that they offer gluten free bread. I hated the buffet. Upon first glance it looked like there were a ton of options but it was mostly repetitious and I wish the main dining rooms were open for lunch on port days! Royal Caribbean.....YOU NEED VEGGIE BURGERS IN THE BUFFET! We ate at 1 specialty restaurant: WONDERLAND! If you are a foodie....GO HERE! It was one of the best meals I have ever had! Especially the dessert! Whoa! The entertainment was very good but I wish they had 1 more traditional musical style show. Everything was very rock. I will say.....the performers were phenomenal! The leads in WE WILL ROCK YOU......Why aren't you on Broadway? So good! Spectra's Cabaret was fantastic too! Not only good dancing and singing but some aerial work as well! Overall, the staff was not friendly. The exception are the main dining hall servers and our steward! Customer Service was understaffed. To ask a simple question you had to wait on hold for 5+ minutes or stand in a 10+ minute line. I think a few more smiles, a more staffed customer service/room service, and a more informed staff at the 1800 number would turn our average trip into an excellent trip! We will definitely try Royal Caribbean again in the future but will most likely go back to Norwegian or a different line for our next cruise. PS They need water bottle filling stations. You aren't allowed to refill your water bottle anywhere so I had to do it glass by glass or pay a ton of money for spring water bottles. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The ship has been designed to make the passengers spend on everything. The normal restaurant for all the passengers as it used to be, is no longer. Now they have 4 different normal ones and the quality of food is a disgrace. Unless you ... Read More
The ship has been designed to make the passengers spend on everything. The normal restaurant for all the passengers as it used to be, is no longer. Now they have 4 different normal ones and the quality of food is a disgrace. Unless you want to spend $100's for 2 people to eat in one of the many specialist restaurants, such as Jamie's kitchen where the lady chef came out to argue with us for returning the salmon, because it tasted like rubber. On new years eve the party was on the main inside deck, which was 80% taken up with sales carts and consisted on some balloons falling down from a net on the ceiling, not even a drink of water was free. The Champaign was only given out by the bottle and only so long as it was a pre booked table, in the rear of the ship which was used for shows and at a cost of100's of dollars. The main sun deck had no staff or beds to lay on. The entire ship is based on you spending your money for everything. The service was given by a staff who looked as if they would like to be elsewhere and that is an understatement. 30+ years of cursing and being a diamond plus member with this company has come to an end. Don't go on the Anthem you will be truly disappointed if you have either had to pay for it, or been on other ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I chose to book this Christmas cruise as we had been on the Anthem of the Seas sailing from Southampton in June 2015. It was one of the best cruises we have ever done. We hoped to have the same experience again but were ... Read More
My husband and I chose to book this Christmas cruise as we had been on the Anthem of the Seas sailing from Southampton in June 2015. It was one of the best cruises we have ever done. We hoped to have the same experience again but were sadly disappointed. The bathroom toiletries have been downgraded, you now have to pay $5 for a wristband to use for purchases, the individual dining venues have all been changed, and the rock band 'Rock the Boat' we really enjoyed previously had moved to another ship in November 2016. We were being asked to fly to Newark via Brussels outwards and via Frankfurt on the return journey. There is a direct flight from our local airport (Edinburgh) to Newark and weagreed top ay £65 each to upgrade to this flight. We arrived in Newark at 12.00 noon and went to our overnight hotel. We did not get collected until 12.00 noon the next day. The ship was sailing at 3.00 p.m. and we struggled to get on board on time for the safety drill before sailing. There was nothing to do at the hotel or anywhere to go as it was an airport hotel. We are Diamond members but this did not appear to make any difference at check in and we were told we just have to join the queue like everyone else. We thought one of the privileges of being Diamond members was to get on board quicker!! On our return journey we had to leave the ship by 9.00 a.m. despite our flight not being until 8.00 p.m. (We were told this was due to people starting to board at 9.30 a.m. I wondered why some people could yet Royal Caribbean did not collect us at the hotel until midday.) There was no day room offered but there was a short New York city tour at a cost of $80 each but we still would have been dropped off at the airport at 1.30 p.m. Newark is not the best airport to relax in or has a good range of food outlets. My husband and I decided to pay $100 for a day room ourselves until our flight in the evening. My husband took ill on the second day of the cruise and was confined to his room on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and part of Boxing Day. I was able to move around the ship but it was Christmas and I wanted to spend time with my husband. We had worked hard all year for this cruise. We had paid for a drinks package but were unable to use this much on the days of my husband's confinement. I did ask the Crown and Anchor Concierge if it would be possible to have some alcohol, e.g. bottle of wine, in my room so I could spend time with my husband and not have to run to a bar for either a soft drink or an alcoholic one - which could be quite a distance in such a large ship. There was no consideration given to my request. Our cabin was not cleaned until after the confinement as staff are not allowed to enter the cabin until at least twelve hours after being clear of all symptoms. Overall, the Anthem of the Seas is a lovely ship but this cruise was disappointing compared to our previous one. I don't think I would book on it again, especially as the three main shows - 'We Will rock You', 'Spectra' and 'The Gift' are the same three shows we saw on the previous cruise. I feel staff could have been more supportive during the time of my husband's illness but they did not appear to be interested. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have sailed with RC many times, but had not sailed with them recently. Anthem was a large ship but most of the time the size was not an issue. The size did affect the ability to utilize several of the attractions, which required ... Read More
We have sailed with RC many times, but had not sailed with them recently. Anthem was a large ship but most of the time the size was not an issue. The size did affect the ability to utilize several of the attractions, which required reservations. We were unable to book those attractions and while waiting in line for an hour or two we could have done it, it isn't how we chose to spend our vacation. The Cabin was nice (13th floor Oceanview with Smaller Balcony) and well configured. But it is certainly a tight space. Bathroom was also well configured and shower worked nicely but I found the space to feel more cramped than on other cruises we have taken. While I enjoyed much of the cruise and the ship, I do have a pretty sizable issue with dining. We had "My Time Dining" and had reservations for each night we were not scheduled to dine at a specialty restaurant. Yet the seating at the restaurants was difficult. Each night we seemed to be treated as unexpected, despite the fact we arrived at the time of reservation. And then of the seven nights we dined in the main dining room, four times it did not seem that the runner was able to locate our table, and on three occassions we were seated and then told we had to move (or were told we could not be seated at the assigned table). It was very jumbled and honestly made me wish we hadn't selected My Time. Why does the restaurant staff not know where the tables are -- and why, with the bevy of computers, walkietalkies and runners, does the seating staff look so perplexted when you check in at your designated time. While this ship is new to My Time Dining I understand, RC has been doing this for many years, The food in the main dining rooms was generally edible but less that inspiring --- RC is not a gourmet line and the food served was ok. Entertainment was good --- loved Synergy and Katrina Love!! also the Silent Parties were great fun to watch. The comedians were good as well. The onboard entertainers were all very good and while I didn't follow several of the productions, I had not doubt they were well performed. I have noted there were several reviews that indicated poor morale among crew or that My Time Dining waiters and assistant waiters lacked attention to patrons. I did not see this at all, and instead felt that all of our servers were very attentive to us. Leaving from Bayonne went smoothly and our departure from the shipt to come home was quick an painfree -- our porter collected our bags, whipped us through customs and had our bags curbside at the onsite parking garage immediatley. Amazed to be on the road driving home at 730am when ship had only docked at 6 am. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Just passed the Diamond Plus Club on Royal Caribbean!! Woohoo! I have to say that this was our first christmas & New Year's Cruise and it was absolutely fantastic. We sailed on the Anthem of the Seas. Anthem is a beautiful ... Read More
Just passed the Diamond Plus Club on Royal Caribbean!! Woohoo! I have to say that this was our first christmas & New Year's Cruise and it was absolutely fantastic. We sailed on the Anthem of the Seas. Anthem is a beautiful ship and very different from the other RC Ships. She was very Modern and didn't feel as big as she actually was. There are tons of dining options and all reservations can be made via the Royal IQ smartphone app (which you do not need to buy an internet package to use). Jamie's Italian had amazing fresh pasta, the steaks and service at Chops Grill were top notch and Wonderland restaurant was a experience like no other. Even the suites dining, Coastal Kitchen, was super with high energy service and excellent food options. Normally, the suites dining options are a little quiet and empty- not the case for Coastal Kitchen. Windjammer was... well it was windjammer and nothing to really write home about. For New Years Eve, we paid for the 270 Party. This was the BEST New Years celebration we have ever been too. They had the live music, Champagne bottles as every table, cheese plates, and decorated for the event flawlessly. Each Section in the theater had their own private bar service, which was nice not having to wait in any lines when it was time for a refill. The Digital Screens at the theater had an amazing pre NYE show and the Count Down was INCREDIBLE. The Party continued all night long as we moved to the Music had for the Dance Floor. I would absolutely recommend this 10 night journey on Anthem of the Seas. The only issues we had were with the Photo Studio people and computers. They were extremely slow and when we asked about the NYE Pictures because they weren't loaded on the computers yet, the guy working the desk said "really? Really? You couldn't have come on another day to ask?" Well.. it was the last day of our cruise, yes it was busy... but we just wanted to buy the pictures that they took the night before. He seemed a little overwhelmed and I assume he was just taking out his frustration on us. The Ports we stopped at were: Labadee, Haiti / San Juan, Puerto Rico / St Martin / St Thomas. We also had 5 sea days (my favorite) :) San Juan: We did the ATV's through the Jungle. It was the best ATV tour we have ever taken. Went through the jungles, stopped at different rivers (swimming optional) and great BBQ towards the end. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After 2 Disney cruises was looking forward to Royal Caribbean now that my daughter is older. Unfortuantely it did not live up to expectations in some areas. The overall boat is big and beautiful but all the amazing activities listed are ... Read More
After 2 Disney cruises was looking forward to Royal Caribbean now that my daughter is older. Unfortuantely it did not live up to expectations in some areas. The overall boat is big and beautiful but all the amazing activities listed are often only available for a very limited time or with limited spots so a very small percentage of the cruise passengers could actually have a spot to experience it. There was no priority waiting list if your activity was canceled due to weather and often the crew was overwhelmed by the amount of unhappy passengers and their families hoping to engage in a fun activity that was already "booked up". The food in the main dining rooms was ok but nothing special. Wonderland however was fabulous so if you have the extra cash to spend it is worth it. Chops was also good but again was a pay additional experience. Please do not bother with the Character breakfast. There were only 2 characters present and you basically were given a ticket for a quick picture which you could have gotten for free at other times on the ship. Really disappointed in this aspect of it after sailing with Disney. The shows were very good especially Spectra and the dancers/actors good. Overall the staff was friendly and tried to be as helpful as possible but often their hands were tied. Asked for a pad of paper and pen to be able to write a note but was told that was done away with awhile ago in the state rooms. Also another tip, don't get a stateroom on the 6th floor as ours was right above the Music hall so loud music until 1am every night and we only had a half view balcony as this is were the life boats are stored. We made the best of it as a family and still had a great vacation but overall, Royal Carribean was not what we were hoping for and this seemed to be a common comment from other passengers we talked to so look into things carefully before booking. Oh yeah the average price for a drink was $11-13 american which adds up quickly!! . Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
it had great featured entertainment. Earl Turner was absolutely the best. the other musical the gift was so-so as was spectra cabaret. the comedian phil tag was funny. there was bumper cars which i did. i did not do ifly, trapeze ... Read More
it had great featured entertainment. Earl Turner was absolutely the best. the other musical the gift was so-so as was spectra cabaret. the comedian phil tag was funny. there was bumper cars which i did. i did not do ifly, trapeze class, roller skating, rock climbing or the flow surfer. the robotic bartender was amazing. a lot of people enjoying themselves. the best port tour was at st. kitts on the sugar cane train. the Reggae band was tops and made the trip for me. the Love Band was so tight and the lead singer's voice smooth. Earl Turner, singer, was Excellent. the other bands were salsa, katrina love and a country rock band. they were all good. karaoke was bad and funny. there were a few good amateur singers. the food was good. the steaks and prime ribs tops. the free lobster entree was a disappointment. it was heavily brined and i dont know why they did that other than to extend the freshness. it was too salty and the lobster was not at all sweet and tastey. the paid lobster entree tasted better. so, improvement for the lobster entree is needed. the lamb chops were great as was the tenderloin steaks. the shrimp was also great. overall, i had a great time. the rooms were superbly clean. i want to give credit to raymond porcena for his execellent services in housekeeping. all the employees on the cruise were polite and accommodating. thank you royal caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
RC ships always had something innovative. This ship's especially amazing. The 270 lounge (robot monitors/floor to ceiling window screens) was my absolutely favorite. The most advanced theater on land and sea. The shows at 270 amazing. ... Read More
RC ships always had something innovative. This ship's especially amazing. The 270 lounge (robot monitors/floor to ceiling window screens) was my absolutely favorite. The most advanced theater on land and sea. The shows at 270 amazing. Other shows not bad. Sporting activities avail are ideal for tween to young adults, and perhaps for some active adults. However you have to make reservations for everything. You can only make reservation for the iFly and Northstar once. And on the day of my Northstar appointment it was too windy and it did not open. And it wasn't possible to be rescheduled : (. And as for activities that did not need advanced scheduling (bumber cars, wall climb, roller skating, etc, even ping pong tables) there was always a long line (sometime 30+ minutes). Best gym at sea. No complaints about the food. Fresh diverse buffet. Restaurants are gorgeous with a great menu selection. The beef and salmon dishes are very consistent in quality and are excellent. Desserts are amazing. My server and assistant server was attentive, quick and friendly. The cabin attendant did a great job cleaning and was always smiling. However, the staff around the ship was not friendly like the few other cruise ships I've been on. Most of them will look at the ground or away when passing by. They looks unhappy and unfriendly. The cruise director was lame not funny and wasn't good at creating energy from the crowd. The customer service line usually long but even when short it moves verrrry slow. TIPS: Need to book activities and dining advance. Nassau Bahamas: Take the shuttle ferry to Paradise Island/Atlantis. Buy one way do not buy round trip tickets. Then take taxi on the way back so you don't have to walk back to the pier to take the ferry. Taxi and ferry cost same oneway $4pp. Atlantis is big, if you are looking to see the giant fish tank, the way there is by passing the casino. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
First time on a la ship and i feel like it is too big to satisfying most of the guest. Lack of personal and low selection of meals. Restaurant have the same reduced menu everyday so after you go onceyou don't go back unless you want ... Read More
First time on a la ship and i feel like it is too big to satisfying most of the guest. Lack of personal and low selection of meals. Restaurant have the same reduced menu everyday so after you go onceyou don't go back unless you want something from the same menu. There is definitely a to small amount of staff wich make a lack for good serrvice. I was told that 6.30 & 8.30 ldiner time will start on 28 of november. Hope this will make a change. Why do they put toasted bread in other isle than the eggs? They only have twochoice of cold meat at the Windjammer. Eating at the Chic was a deception. Corridors are noisy because the room attendants have to take their stuff in the cabinet near the rooms door. We tooke excursiôns privately and we had greater service and cheaper than the ones offered aboard the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
THE MEALS WHERE GREAT IN THE GRANDE ,AMERICAN ICON, SILK AND Cico, some of ports,labadee. Costa maya have long walks if no jittneys are provided.the elevator service could be improved after the shows with so many disabled passengers ... Read More
THE MEALS WHERE GREAT IN THE GRANDE ,AMERICAN ICON, SILK AND Cico, some of ports,labadee. Costa maya have long walks if no jittneys are provided.the elevator service could be improved after the shows with so many disabled passengers aboard. Some of the shows where geared for the children,not much interest for senoirs. I believe that the evening sales in the main hall clutters the walking areas with too many people blocking the flow of traffic. I think that the captain could or should have been better versed in his speaking over the ships public speaker systen. It was very diffucult trying to understand him we liked this ship so much that we would sail again on it, my wife was well taken care of in the infirmary,and provided with good medical attention after a bout of intestinal virus. MY WIFE AND I HAVE 70 CRUISES UNDER OUR BELTS SO WE CAN JUDGE A GOOD CRUISE SHIP Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Embarkation: Absolutely amazing. It is so good, that if they roll this kind of check in on other ships, it will make priority check in obsolete, it was that good. 15 minutes door to ship max. They meet you at the door as you walk up ... Read More
Embarkation: Absolutely amazing. It is so good, that if they roll this kind of check in on other ships, it will make priority check in obsolete, it was that good. 15 minutes door to ship max. They meet you at the door as you walk up with your check in luggage. They review your check in information and they stamp your set sail pass and direct you through security. Once through security, it’s up the escalator and onto the ship. It was that easy. Barely any security lines at noon. The only improvement would be the processing of luggage at street side, but it wasn’t bad considering. The ship: Modern cruising at its best. The public rooms were great. This was the biggest ship I’ve ever been on, and in being 2nd class size in the world to the oasis class, I’m a bit scared to go bigger. The design of this ship is pretty simplistic if you look at it. Food is all in the rear. Entertainment venues are center to forward. That’s all you really have to remember. I will go into details of the specific common areas later. Cabin: We had a balcony room on deck 8. The rooms on this ship are a bit different than other ships I’ve been on. They are thinner, but longer. The room width is maybe slightly bigger than the length of the bed, enough for you to walk by the foot of the bed, but that’s about it. Could not be more than 8 feet wide. However, it’s longer than expected. Long enough to put in a couch and a desk and still have room to maneuver. The bathrooms are small, but the showers are slightly bigger than before. You could actually fit two people in the shower stall, but it would be tight. One person was fine. Try doing that in other classes of ships. They also had more power options than before. Not only are there the standard two plugs next to the desk, they also have two more USB power plugs for your devices as well as a plug (only one though) next to the bed. It takes a little bit getting used to, but once you get over the thinness of the room, you realize that they actually utilized the space in the room better than the traditional square rooms. Public spaces. Two 70. This is a giant lounge that is used as a show venue in the evenings as well as music and entertainment venues. From what I’m told, this room itself cost 36 million to build. This room was a technological marvel. Michaels Pub. This was the quintessential pub of the seas. Great drink options. Great décor. They had live music in this venue. They used a lot of dark wood to accentuate the pub feel and this was a success. Royal Esplanade. This is the Anthem’s Promenade. My only other comparison is Independence, and this was more of a mall feel than the Promenade on the Freedom Class. Elevators. They almost got this right. They had MORE elevators than other ships, however, it could have been done better. Freedom class had 4 banks of elevators fore and aft. This one had 3 banks of elevators. Two rear, but only 1 forward. If they had split the forward into two banks, it would have made the elevators as efficient as the Freedom class, which I found to be the best setup for elevators (4 banks, 2 on each side). Food/complementary This review will be obsolete as Dynamic Dining will be replaced by the return of the Traditional MDR dining by the time this review hits. Dynamic Dining. Great idea, bad implementation. I found the food to be a bit hit or miss, but it hit more than it missed. We used the Dynamic Dining Classic, which means that we were assigned a table at the same time every night and rotated throughout our cruise with our wait staff following us every night. I found this to be a great boon for dining, but was able to see that normal dynamic dining had major flaws. There were two lines at every restaurant. The line for Dynamic Dining was somewhat disconcerting, but never a line for the classic. We just walked in past everyone, which, to those who didn’t know what Classic was, would be angry that people got around them. From what I heard, if you did not have reservations, you were relegated to eating at 5:00pm or 9:00pm. This is the very opposite of what Dynamic Dining was meant to be. It is meant to allow you the freedom to eat when you wanted to at the Main dining rooms, but given the high demand, they were not able to cater to everyone so they got the beginning or end openings. Service was amazing, but I can only speak to classic as we had the same wait staff follow us throughout every restaurant throughout the cruise. Nitesh and Rhyan were the shining example of what a wait staff team should be. I found a great addition to breakfast in the Solarium Café. They offer yogurt parfait which I had not seen before. Food/for Fee Here is where you decide whether or not to pay for better food on a cruise ship. We were able to try two out of the three for fee restaurants. Keep in mind that we got this as a 2 for 1 deal prior to boarding. Chops. The Steakhouse at sea. I’ve had one bad experience with this restaurant on the Jewel, but every other ship, including this one has made up for that bad experience. This was also the first cruise that ever offered me the option of having my steak done blue. For those of you that don’t know, this is below rare. It made a big difference as my filet mignon was absolutely delicious. At the normal price of $35/person, it is still a value, but at what we paid, it was an amazing deal. Wonderland. Again, the price we paid for this was amazing. The meal, did not disappoint. There was 4 of us, and the menu was a bit confusing. The waiter tried to explain the menu, but was not doing a good job of that. It is fairly complex. Then he said,” you know what, let me put together your menu.”. We ended up with pretty much the entire menu and most of it was delicious. I will have to say that the fish items on this menu was only mediocre, but the other dishes more than made up for the bland fish. The presentation alone is amazing. The normal price of $50.00/person is a little steep. If I paid regular price for this, I might be a little disappointed. Chef’s Table. Chef’s table is our go to activity on every cruise that offers it. If you don’t know, it’s an exquisite 6 course meal with unique wine pairings for each course. This is held in a small room inside Chops. Each course is presented with a bit of background on the inspiration. Wine is then presented in the same fashion. At $95/person, it’s a high price, but given the quality of the meal, its worth it in my opinion Entertainment: You can’t get bored on this ship. There is so much to do. The signature show, “We will Rock you” is an amazing tribute to Queen. However, I found the other reservation needed shows, The Gift and Spectra’s Cabaret, to be confusing. Spectra’s Cabaret made use of the Two 70 lounge, but given the amazing things this lounge can do, the show itself was very hard to see given the variance in levels. Even at midlevel, you’d have a difficult time seeing the dancers as they were below you and usually blocked by either someone else in front of you, or railings or the floor at your level. The aerial portions of the show were spectacular, but as I said, the entire show was confusing and even with all the bells and whistles were awesome, the show still was very confusing. The Gift was most confusing of all. The music and effects of the show were top notch. The stage itself was magic. The story was so convoluted, that it made no sense. Effects and talent can’t save this story. There were other great entertainment option on this ship. Bumper cars, Ifly, Escape room, rock wall. If you were able to make use of them, they were awesome, however, I think this is a huge flaw with this design. The Escape room only held up to 12 people. It was held about 5 or 6 times a day, maybe. On our 9 night cruise, this could accommodate maybe 675 people total. This ship can hold 4100 at double occupancy or 4900 full occupancy. At 4100, only 1/6 of the ships population can experience this. Ifly, is a similar situation. They can hold 10 people at a time, and each session is about ½ hour. At 20 people an hour, opened 8 hours a day (I don’t think they were opened for that long though), they could only cater to 1440 and that’s only if they were open 8 hours a day, every day. I think the reality was they were open 4 – 5 hours/day. As you can see, this amazing attraction is unable to be experienced by more than ½ the passengers. If you were a new cruiser, you would have boarded this ship with high hopes of trying this, and left the ship angry because reservations were booked 90 days prior to the ship ever leaving port. Same deal here as with dining. Reservations for dining were made as early as 90 days prior. To those who didn’t know, would have ended up angry as their vacations would be marred by denial of food and denial of entertainment. They did something on this cruise that was brand new to me and I found it to be an absolute blast. They held two silent parties. All this is, is that everyone who attends this party gets a set of earphones. There are two channels on the earphones. You can tell which channel someone is on by the color light on the earphone. And then we were let loose on the dance floor. Surprisingly, even people listening to different music, actually dance to the same beat somewhat. I’m not talking about similar music. I’m talking about one set is playing hip hop, the other is playing oldies, and yet the beat was similar enough that people dancing were almost in sync. Almost. This is probably one of my favorite things I’ve found on this ship. Bottom line. This is the bleeding edge of technology for cruise ships. Between Ifly, robot bartenders, Two 70 and a host of other things, makes the Anthem of the Seas and the Quantum class, a cruise to remember. However, because of all these new technology, some of it works, and some of it doesn’t and they are still playing with it. Personally, if you’re more adventurous and live through adversity and change, this class will work for you, but if you yearn for the older days of cruising, then this cruise may upset you as they are departing from many traditional things. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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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