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9 Night Canada & New England Cruise from Bayonne

9 Night Canada & New England Cruise from Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

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Anthem of the Seas

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.5
2,475 reviews
Why Choose Anthem of the Seas?

Pros

Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants

Cons

For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag

Bottom Line

Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
First cruise on Anthem sized ship, We normally prefer the Jewel of the Seas or similar. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. On the ship within 10 minutes. Well done RCI. If only the debarkation was anywhere near to satisfactory. More ... Read More
First cruise on Anthem sized ship, We normally prefer the Jewel of the Seas or similar. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. On the ship within 10 minutes. Well done RCI. If only the debarkation was anywhere near to satisfactory. More about that later. Cabins were available at 1pm as advised. We had a D5 on Deck 9 near the front and it was excellent. The room attendant, Maali was very thorough. He had 17 cabins to look after with no assistance. Just one of many cutbacks we noticed over the term of the cruise. The food was overall, good. We were second sitting in the Grand. Our waiters, Gede and Nurman were great, as was the Maitre D, Christopher. One of our party had a dietary issue that he dealt with admirably. However, ther choices on the menu have diminished significantly and the Dessert choice barely changed during the entire cruise. There were lots of unused tables in the Grand but we were informed Early sitting was booked out completely. We used Windjammer for everything else, didnt go to any of the speciality restaurants. No great problems getting a seat. Staff were good. Entertainment was overall good. The Royal Swedes were totally brilliant. Probably the best rock band I have seen on any cruise. They played songs I would play myself and their version of Hotel California was just awesome. The other bands, I only saw fleetingly. From what I saw they were also good. As were the solo players around the ship. We Will Rock You was brilliant. Did not go to see The Gift. The Cruise Director, Dennis Charles was pretty good. It was his last cruise before vacation. Maybe he was a bit tired. Hannah from Walers, the Activity Manager was very good, but she is leaving to go to the Grandeur shortly. Ports of Call. Boston... Excellent Portland.. Good, went to Freeport which was pleasant. Bar Harbor.. Brilliant. The only place the Fall colours were really evident. Would go back there in a heartbeat. Halifax. Pretty good, Nothing special but the Titanic connection is well documented and the Maritime Museum is excellent. St Johns. New Brunswick... Awful, Waste of 17 hours. We were there from 7am to Midnight. It rained. A lot. Please RCI, go somewhere else. Debarkation. I know we are just an annoyance on debarkation today, nothing is going to change that. But the whole process had us red with anger. We heard ONE announcement. You had to check the screens to see if your number was called. The line on Deck 5 stretched from the Theatre to midships with nobody keeping us informed. It took 45 minutes to get off then another 20 mins to get through Customs. Again no staff were available to keep people with Uber connections informed. Not good enough RCI. nowhere near, Get it sorted. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
First time on Anthem doing the Cruise from New York through New England (in the fall). The Cruise was a package through Iglu, two days in Niagara, two days in New York, then join the Ship for a 9 day Cruise of new England. The ... Read More
First time on Anthem doing the Cruise from New York through New England (in the fall). The Cruise was a package through Iglu, two days in Niagara, two days in New York, then join the Ship for a 9 day Cruise of new England. The Niagara and NY parts were great, although if you intend to do this, try and get a direct flight to Toronto, and cancel the Amtrak train journey to New York, We cancelled ours and Iglu booked flights from Toronto to New York instead of Amtrak which takes 11 hours, cost a but more money (£150) but we were in New York just after lunch as opposed to midnight when the Train people arrived, Stayed at the Hotel Mela in Times Square. Small Hotel, the Taxi driver hadnt heard of it, and the rooms were really small, but a 100 yards from Times Square and really close to everything, at the end of the day it was only for two nights so the size of the room didn't matter, and the best part, our room at the back was really quiet. Transferred from the Hotel by private car to the Ship, took a while and queued for half a mile when we got there. Embarkation was quick and easy, not sure why we did a photo at home checking in as they did another one. You picked up your Sea Pass on the Door of your cabin, which was ready when we got there at 1pm and the bags by 2,30pm. We have cruised many times before but this ship is all about making reservations, for everything !!. BEFORE YOU GO DOWNLOAD THE ROYAL IQ APP, everything is done on this, if like us, you don't have wifi onboard there are Royal IQ tablets in Guest services. You need to book Dining, the big Shows, North Star and some activities. Its difficult to plan ahead but try and do some before you get there as some things become hard to book like the popular shows, like We will Rock You. But at the end of the day you can go in Restaurants without booking and shows if there is space. The Ship is big with lots to do, oldish demographic on this ship with few children at this time of year but that didn't stop the Bumper Cars being busy. The North Star was popular, basically think about your plans for the week and try and book things ahead or as soon as you get on the ship, We had My time Dining which was either in American Icon or Silk. Silk was the quieter of the two, especially as the Cruise was predominantly American, who can be a little loud. The Food was as good as any ship we have been on, the service excellent, no complaints at all about the Cruise, other than maybe that you can smoke in a big chunk of the Casino, which for a non smoker is ridiculous and off-putting. The Major shows, The Gift was good but a little confusing, Spectras Cabaret amazing use of Robotic screens with singers and dancers, but We Will Rock You probably the best show we have ever seen. West End standard, two hours of amazing singing and dancing, not to be missed just pure quality, and dont leave until they have sung Bohemian Rhapsody as the encore. Not too impressed with the Ports of Call, Bar Harbor was lovely and Acadia trip a must, Boston was good, but Portland, St.Johns and Halifax are nothing exciting, You can walk into most of these except Bar Harbor which ran Ferries in to Port. They are mostly large towns/cities, not too pretty especially when its dull and raining, everywhere looks different in the rain but it was October. Most of the days cruising were too dull and wet to be on deck. So New England in the fall was disappointing but the Cruise part fortunately was excellent. Would definitely sail on Anthem again, lots of Bars, lots of Music of different types in different places to suit everyone, great staff and great food. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I took my family on a 5 night Bermuda Cruise Sept 29th out of Bayonne, NJ. We live very close to the Baltimore Harbor but chose to drive because the ship had many more bells and whistles than the smaller ship out of Baltimore. Getting on ... Read More
I took my family on a 5 night Bermuda Cruise Sept 29th out of Bayonne, NJ. We live very close to the Baltimore Harbor but chose to drive because the ship had many more bells and whistles than the smaller ship out of Baltimore. Getting on and off the boat was very easy. The Anthem of the Seas is just awesome. The I-Fly, Flow-Rider, Escape Room, Bumper Cars, NorthStar all very cool. All these structures are built in the boat. Our room was huge (you don't say that allot on a cruise ship) and was kept very clean. We had an extra large balcony cabin on the 7th floor more or less mid-ship. All the staff that we ever came in contact with including all the customer service people were outstanding. So why just the average review? All the food was basically the same in all the main restaurants and was all just ok. Even the main restaurant Jamie's Italian was just average. The Lamb happened to be very good but the apps and dessert fell below expectations. Chops was great from start to finish but that was a paid restaurant. If the other meals the best thing that you can say is the french onion Soup was the best thing we had all week, what does that say for the food. Windjammer had all the same food and if you didn't want to wait in a long line for an omelette, you were hoping for an early lunch. There was no music at all poolside and we saw the cruise director for a total of 5 minutes the whole cruise and he wasn't funny even for those five minutes. I will say they were not at fault that the weather was less than desirable with 40 mile an hour winds and extremely rough seas. Shows were cancelled and rescheduled because it was so rough. The kids club was average but it was more or less just like babysitting. We can only compare to the Norwegian Escape and it fails miserably. We will stick from now on to Norwegian and we will i'm sure be happy. Read Less
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