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12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Bayonne

12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    San Juan
  • Day 5
    St. Maarten
  • Day 6
    Antigua
  • Day 7
    St. Lucia
  • Day 8
    Barbados
  • Day 9
    St. Kitts
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

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

Sail Date: December 2018
Now, as a disclaimer, I’d like to state I understand each cruise line has a following of its own, and not everyone looks for the same things when they shop for their next cruise vacation. For me, being able to relax for a few days ... Read More
Now, as a disclaimer, I’d like to state I understand each cruise line has a following of its own, and not everyone looks for the same things when they shop for their next cruise vacation. For me, being able to relax for a few days while all my daily needs are well taken care of is at the top of that list. I was a little worried because the cruise I booked on Anthem this time was a so-called holiday cruise, and I was right to be worried. The ship maxed out on its passenger capacity of some 4,100 people. As a result, we had to battle to get a table at the buffet (Windjammer) pretty much all the time. The main dining fare was just lackluster day after day. The crew at the buffet, especially, seemed always overworked and tired, though they barely held their temper flare-ups at bay and stopped short of snapping at the guests who make any sort of requests. Entertainment on board was decent. Any show worth attending needs prior reservation, so that was another added stress. If it is one of the more popular activities — such as iFly, Escape Room, or North Star — you’d either have to book your cruise early and get a spot on line as soon as you can, or risk standing in line at the “box office” for 2-3 hours on the day of embarkation to see if you are lucky enough to get in. Not pleasant. Cost-cutting measures were evident everywhere. One thing, very trivial, struck me the most inconsiderate was the fact that they do not offer any blankets by the pool side for late night poolside movie events. Depending on the season and itinerary, some nights get rather chilly and windy to be out by the pool to be exposed to the elements. On one of the nights, they offered a pool side movie, which my kids wanted to watch, but no crew members were present on deck and nothing by way of blanket (or something comparable) was available. The movie just played by itself in what seemed like a ghost pool in the dead of the January night. They could have cancelled the showing, or just make plans to accommodate guests who wanted to participate despite the weather condition by providing some simple amenities. Having to contend with the drunk guests yelling and screaming into the wee hours of the morning on January 1, and one particular banging on my door at three in the morning for a good minute until he/she realized it was the wrong door, are solely on myself for naively thinking how bad it could be on a holiday cruise, with over 4,100 people from all over the world. Overall, the ship is packed with entertainment/activity features, but they are readily available for your enjoyment on land. Why bother standing in line for 2-3 hours for that and ruin your vacation? If you are young (or young at heart, and don’t mind the rowdy fellow passengers tripping over you all the time) and consider “action-packed” cruise your kind of vacation, you will do just fine on Anthem of the Seas. If not, then I would NOT recommend this cruise at all. I am exhausted after 8 days of battling my way to every little thing I got to do or eat. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate Christmas with our family of five in a special way. This was the first time not being in our home for Christmas. The high light of this cruise was by far the entertainment. Our favorite show was ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate Christmas with our family of five in a special way. This was the first time not being in our home for Christmas. The high light of this cruise was by far the entertainment. Our favorite show was Spectra's Cabaret, followed by the gift and their special combined Christmas show. Unfortunately, the headlining show, We Will Rock You missed the mark by a long shot. I am normally not picky and enjoy all shows, plays, concerts etc. for what they are but We Will Rock You was too long and did not hold our attention. We also noticed many people walk out of this show and we almost did as well. This has never been our experience in the past. Overall, this ship was too crowded. The staff seemed tired and overwhelmed and no one was giving the guests any of the little extra special treatment you come to expect while on a cruise. I felt sorry for the staff especially in the Windjammer Cafe. It was so overcrowded you often could not find a table to sit at. My entire family took our breakfast back to our cabins to enjoy on our balcony on multiple occasions as we could not find anywhere to sit! One time while going back for some fresh silverware I returned to my table to have another couple sitting there and my food all moved to the corner. I could not believe it! This summed up our experience on this ship the entire week as we encountered constant lines and rude people and a very East coast mentality prevailed throughout the ship. No wonder the staff appeared beat down and exhausted. This is not how I want to spend my VACATION and we will never cruise out of NYC again. The biggest disappointment was when our Christmas day was ruined because our port of call, Coco Cay, was cancelled as a result of rough seas as we had to take small boats to the private island. I think this was very poor planning on the part of RCCL to plan Christmas Day on an Island with a high likelihood of aborting due to weather. The captain did plow full steam ahead to Nassau, but it was too late to really enjoy the day on an excursion by then and the weather was cold, windy and raining. We made the best of it, but our snorkeling adventure and relaxing day planned for Christmas was a memory never to be made. The food was lackluster on this cruise and the menu repeated most of the items in the MDR daily. More adventurous menu planning needs to occur. We started out eating in the MDR Silk with lackluster waiters who rushed us through and never tried to get to know us or provide any exceptional service. Because of this we continued to change waiters every night until we found someone we loved. BTW, the SILK dining room is too dark and dreary in its decorum of dark red crushed velvet and gold. We felt much more at home in the American Icon MDR with its bright and cheery well lit environment. The guests on this ship were so rude and unruly and tons of extra kids due to the Christmas holiday. So many ill-mannered people all laying/sleeping on couches, chairs etc. in common areas with their bare feet, making huge messes that they never even tried to contain. Kids spewing cheerios all over the ship, parents allowing their unruly children to take over stages and jump up and down on furniture when people were performing and the poor staff could not keep up with the masses of mess everywhere. While waiting in a line to visit Santa Claus, one waiter trying to hand out eggnog on a huge tray was knocked into and all of the wine glasses full of egg nog went flying with broken glass everywhere and egg nog all over him and several guests. We booked adjoining balcony cabins with our kids so we had extra space and a larger balcony that way. Our cabin steward was awesome, but the cleaning was somewhat lackluster and our shower drain was clogged! That really grossed me out the first time I showered and this white foamy/black scum surrounded me to the ankles. I and my husband both tried to clean out the drain ourselves to no avail and maintenance finally fixed it the next day. The iFly was amazing, but again the staff seemed only cordial, tired and beat down by the constant crowds of demanding guests with attitudes. The same experience occurred at the North Star where we showed up for our rescheduled time, due to weather cancellation, to discover that we and several other guests were really not rescheduled. An ensuing altercation began with several loud, boisterous and very rude New Yorkers against the staff running the North Star. I couldn't believe the treatment this staff had to endure. I don't know how RCCL keeps staff working on this ship on this route. They need hazard pay! Even staff off the ship the day of disembarkation were rude and yelling at customers to "Move Along...." I don't expect to pay to be treated like that. Never again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
1.We stayed over 2 go in our car cause of traffic which basically was controlled by the crew. 2.All tips are already automatically included ridiculously expensive and stuff is not trying to work hard 3.All my family members got sick ... Read More
1.We stayed over 2 go in our car cause of traffic which basically was controlled by the crew. 2.All tips are already automatically included ridiculously expensive and stuff is not trying to work hard 3.All my family members got sick from this ship 4.Solarium place has so much chlorine that make impossible to breath 5.Food was OK. 6.Entertaiment was decent 7.Not much activities for a teenagers 8.We supposed to have 2 Islands but stopped only on Bahamas 9.The most important safety before sailing nothing was properly explained. All that they say wash your hands 10.Traveled with the kids and they weren’t excited at all said that Norwegian cruise is much better 11.Always issues with towels you can get only a certain amount 12.The ice cream place was a mess I almost flipped over cause it was so slippery .Ice ream itself had a very artificial taste 13.Main dining place one day took about 1.5 hours to get some food 14.Cruise was so expensive including tips that make no sense.It would be much cheaper to stay at the all inclusive 5 star resort Read Less
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