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7 Night Bahamas Cruise from Bayonne

7 Night Bahamas Cruise from Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 4
    CocoCay
  • Day 5
    Nassau
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This cruise was chosen because of the departure relatively close to where we live in NJ and also because of the itinerary including the Christmas holiday. We has my time dining and on the first night, the evening meal we had in the ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because of the departure relatively close to where we live in NJ and also because of the itinerary including the Christmas holiday. We has my time dining and on the first night, the evening meal we had in the American Icon dining room set up an amazing tenor for the cruise. During the meal service from a nice waiter staff of Franklin and Xia Dhong, the head waiter ALEXANDER TRAVASSO arranged for us to have the same table and wait staff if we wanted it and we did. So every night we had the most amazing level of service like we have not had on all our previous cruises. We are a family of two grandparents, two adult children and tree teen age grandsons. Each meal Alexander made sure w had fresh fruit plates and cheese plates served as we sat down. Then along came the greatest bar server ever UPENDRA PATLEKAR, These two guys absolutely made our cruise spectacular, KUDOS to them! Embarkation and debarkation were smooth. We had a three bedroom family suite of interconnecting cabins with an immense balcony. Weather was windy so some shore activities were canceled, but full refunds promptly provided. Shows were just okay, but the Christmas Eve show was superlative. And the English pub was fun. The promenade was a fun place to sit, relax and people watch. The Sports Complex was like it was custom made for our family. From non-stop basketball for the boys, to the bumping cars for this 80 tear old grandpa, it was a great experience. We would definitely go again. Read Less
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