Sail Date: January 2018
The Cruise was great staff unbelievable My thanks go to Rutchael and Abhishek our dinning staff went the whole way to please the party of nine Kelvin Fraser our Cabin Steward also went the extra mile North Star Bar Kevin and Steven ... Read More
The Cruise was great staff unbelievable My thanks go to Rutchael and Abhishek our dinning staff went the whole way to please the party of nine Kelvin Fraser our Cabin Steward also went the extra mile North Star Bar Kevin and Steven worked very hard to please all their guests Embrocation a doddle also leaving at the end of the Cruise was very smooth A beautiful ship staff worked so hard in all locations considering it was a full ship Tour of Bridge a must to all The show We Will Rock you was excellent Please be aware of too many wheel chairs and frames I am sure a lot of the passengers use them as they are over weight not disabled this tends to spoil it for others so lift is small the sizes of the mobility scooters were to large for lifts suggest that a lifts are available to take them.when the ship has a full passenger load this causes problems ?? Did our own tours did not use the Cruise ones Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
My husband and I chose this cruise for a few reasons. We were able to drive to Bayonne, NJ in just 1 hour and 15 minutes, This port was super easy to get to, and very organized once we parked in their parking garage, which was adjacent ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise for a few reasons. We were able to drive to Bayonne, NJ in just 1 hour and 15 minutes, This port was super easy to get to, and very organized once we parked in their parking garage, which was adjacent to the boarding area. We wanted to cruise longer than 7 nights, and this 12 night cruise was perfect for us. We also did not want to sail on an older ship, and that's why we chose Anthem Of The Seas. We were not disappointed with our choice, in fact, it exceeded our expectations. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Since we booked the suite, we will get double Crown and Anchor points, which will raise our status. We also enjoyed being able to have dinner at the Coastal Kitchen, which is for suite guests only. All in all, we enjoyed this cruise so much that we would sail it again, not so much for the itinerary, but for the experience and friendliness of this ship and crew. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This is our 36th cruise with RCCL...Anthem of the Seas ...one of our favorites. Puerto Rico....first stop. We walked to Old San Juan. I was very surprised how good it looked. The CVS & Walgreens were mobbed.Had fun walking the ... Read More
This is our 36th cruise with RCCL...Anthem of the Seas ...one of our favorites. Puerto Rico....first stop. We walked to Old San Juan. I was very surprised how good it looked. The CVS & Walgreens were mobbed.Had fun walking the streets & enjoing the shops. Bought coffee to take home.....so delicious. St Maarten.. Very surprised at how much damage there is here. We were able to take water taxi to beach....5 minutes ride for $7... & that allows you to go as many times as you like. $15 for 2 beach chairs; umbrella & bucket of 4 beers....water beautiful....stores a mess St Lucia... Took excursion to beach. Just ok St Kitts.... Loved this island....we took another excursion to Beach. It’s a ride up mountain but very-cliff-like ride. Beautiful scenery. The beach had 2 rain showers come thru...but pretty beach. When we returned ...we come to find out you can purchase a day pass at the beautiful new Marriott which is only 15 minute cab ride from beach...about $35/person....you get a chair but have to bring a towel.Nice lunch & shopping there...just beautiful & very clean Barbados... This island has the best shopping area. The shuttle takes you right to the front door. They also have a Tiki bar just outside with island beers ...all kinds of drinks & good food. I bought some clear vanilla & some local spices. There is a woman selling it near the door to Tiki bar. Someone else sells too but doesn’t have as much & didn’t have the clear vanilla. I bought the regular one last year & it’s very flavorful. The ship itself has so many choices...Windjammer has really upped the choices. Many cruisers having dinner there also. Fabulous food.We ate in the Coastal Kitchen & had the best meals ever....plus the staff is wonderful & happy to please... Starbucks had a good deal going...$32.... for 15 any size coffee or cold stuff.... Morning guys were the friendliest & thoughtful people. We were able to bring on bottled water & some coconut waters...all you have to do is put a ship label on the pack. Loved the Spectra show....so professional & Terry is spectacular...love that guy. Feel very comfortable on RCCL.... they go above & beyond for everything. The captains are so safety conscious...that you know they are thinking of passengers NOT $$$$$ Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We go out of N.J. every January, since Explorer was there. This was our third Anthem cruise. If you discount the dinners in the main dining room and The Gift we would have given a better rating. Food came cold, poor selection, over salted ... Read More
We go out of N.J. every January, since Explorer was there. This was our third Anthem cruise. If you discount the dinners in the main dining room and The Gift we would have given a better rating. Food came cold, poor selection, over salted and smothered in gravy, even though we constantly asked for gravy on the side. Dessert selection was very limited. Windjammer was much better...we ended up going there for desserts at dinner. Spectra was improved and We Will Rock You was ok to see again but The Gift was still bad! All will be back next year. Individual acts were great as were the shows in 270. If you are a card player there is almost no place to play. On sea days people take over the tables in 270 so there is limited seating for those who want to eat. Seems ridiculous that every year we request an area to play and they still haven’t set one up! Two ladies in wheel chairs couldn’t get a table and those playing wouldn’t vacate theirs, crew was no help. Same at pool. Chairs were "reserved " by 8 AM but nobody sat in them until noon...nothing was done! Going to another ship next year for our January cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ship and destination . The ship is beautiful. It is so amazing to be able to do bumper cars and I fly was awesome! I'm not very adventurous and I'm mid 50's and I really enjoyed these activities. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ship and destination . The ship is beautiful. It is so amazing to be able to do bumper cars and I fly was awesome! I'm not very adventurous and I'm mid 50's and I really enjoyed these activities. We had a balcony on deck 11, which was very nice. Our room steward was great. Most of the workers were great. I'm sorry to have to say this, but Dennis the Cruise Director was dissapointing. First we had our Meet & Mingle and Dennis talked most of the time! By the time he finished there was no time to Meet & Mingle!!! This was very disappointing because that is the reason for the Meet & Mingle. I would not go again. Waste of time! We also asked him about where the escape room was and he said there wasn't one, that it was a game in two70, there is no room. However we found the room later on deck 15 by the seaplex area, and were able to join a group. We also asked him about guest entertainers we heard about on Cruise Critic that were supposed to be there and he said we don't give that info out ahead of the cruise , and no the group was not going to be here. A few days later, they were there!!! He doesn't seem to know what is what, and not to keep talking so much. Embarkation was so easy and fast. We stayed the night before at Embassy Suites, which was very nice . We took the shuttle from there for $20 each to the pier. Went in and were on in about 15 min. We were there about 11 am. We went to the Windjammer and had a nice lunch. We got in our room at 1pm. We ate in Chic for early dinning most nights and most of the food was good. We also ate breakfast in the windjammer or Solarium Bistro, lunch we ate either in the Windjammer , solarium bistro or Two70. We were surprized that the Windjammer was closed at 9pm. so if you wanted a snack you had to go to the café, which didn't have much or you had to pay at lePatiserie. We did eat at Johnny Rockets one night and we got a burger , fries , and soda for $5 , it was good and big. We were surprised to get a free meal at Chops, Thanks to our Travel Agent! It was so good!!! Internet is very expensive, but if you have an iPhone, you can I message for free, so we kept in contact with home. Just sign into wifi and it works. We even sent some pictures home. Two70 did not impress us much. It was ok. We didn't like Spectra. The Gift was pretty good. Desided not to go to We will Rock You. We didn't find there was a lot to do on sea days. Shopping was new, one time only sales, same price , same things everyday. We enjoyed the Ports. San Juan we wondered around and shopped. The trolley was running but we couldn't catch it. The weather was nice. We were only there from 3pm to 11pm. St. Maartin We took the water taxi to Philpsburg and shopped . A lot of stores were open including the Flea Market. Again a beautfull hot day. Antigua We shopped and wondered around in the port area, but we found it kind of dirty and the sales people were very pushy especially in the Market. Weather was good. St. Lucia We went on a Private tour with Spencer Ambrose. The Snorkel Andventure. It was really good! Hot day! Barbados Our Favorite day. We went on a Private tour with Silver Moon, on the Moon Dance Catamaran, Snorkeling and swimming with Turtles and Lunch on a luxury Catamaran! Warm day, rained some, but we were in the water for part of it, and under cover the rest, then it was nice again. St. Kitts We shopped here, it was hot and nice. We would do this ship and these ports again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Getting to the port in Bayonne, NJ was a test of patience on January 28, 2018. There is a two lane road they have set up to get you to the ship and the road is narrow and really backed up by about 11:00 am. We took a Lyft from the ... Read More
Getting to the port in Bayonne, NJ was a test of patience on January 28, 2018. There is a two lane road they have set up to get you to the ship and the road is narrow and really backed up by about 11:00 am. We took a Lyft from the airport hotel and it took about 20 minutes to get from the hotel to the gate at the port, then it took almost 40 minutes to get from the gate to the ship - about 1 mile. When we arrived at the ship from the time we dropped our bags to actually stepping on board was about 10 minutes! The check in was the fastest we have ever experienced, it was brilliant. A lady with a tablet took our information in just a few minutes and we were on our way to the ship. The Anthem is in the Ovation class and so is full of technological advances, which makes one wonder why they have so many staff to tell you that the computer won’t allow them to do something for you. For example, the first night we went to the Solarium to have dinner and John told us we had to have a reservation to eat. I looked around and counted 15 empty tables and said to John, “there are 15 empty tables right now”, his reply was “you have to have a reservation”. When pressed for an reason we could not sit down, he suggested that I look at his computer to see the reservations. But you have 15 empty tables and no one coming was not good enough, the computer would not allow us to sit down. Later, when we went to another restaurant and were told the same thing, we asked if we could make a reservation for the next night and were told “the system will not allow me to make reservations for tomorrow, you need to call in the morning”. Then, the next morning when you call the # for a reservation, there are 4000 people calling for a reservation and how well do you think 1 person answering those calls goes? Well why not let me make a reservation on my room TV and get ride of the people telling me that they can’t work with the computer system. The ship is only a few years old and is in good condition overall with very nice interior appointments. We stayed in Cabin 10709 (interior) and although the cabin was in good condition the area it is located has some industrial process and the noise night and day is very loud and recurs frequently (about 10 - 15 minutes between episodes). The entertainment on the ship is average for this class of ship. The big shows require a reservation, but people are only checked for a reservation randomly. The headliner shows are at best average for cruise ship entertainment. Izumi restaurant is different from other ships version of this restaurant in that it does not offer “hot stone” cooking at your table. Otherwise very similar to Izumi on other ships. Chops Grille is much the same as other ships, but the view out the window is of the life boats. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This is our first Cruise ever. embarkation and disembarkation are very smoothly. Anthem of the Seas is fairly new, and very well maintained. rooms are very clean. Thanks to the stateroom attendant. Crews on board are very friendly ... Read More
This is our first Cruise ever. embarkation and disembarkation are very smoothly. Anthem of the Seas is fairly new, and very well maintained. rooms are very clean. Thanks to the stateroom attendant. Crews on board are very friendly and helpful. Don't be shy, they will help you best they can. Entertainment and activities are very plentiful. Loves the bumper cars and the shows. Took a ride on the north star, a very beautiful view during the night. you won't go hungry on board Anthem, food are plentiful as well. Dining experience were excellent. Loves the Windjammer Marketplace. A small advise, take a walk after each meal, try the stairs instead of the elevator. Food are excellent, will gain weight if not taking a stroll after each meal. Went on 3 shore excursions, enjoyed all three. Loves the zipline excursion. Tours were very entertaining. A very high possibility that we'll return next year. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Looking for a mid winter break from the weather, we chose Anthem more because we live within a 30 minute drive from the port. We have sailed on many cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, however, this was our first time on Anthem. ... Read More
Looking for a mid winter break from the weather, we chose Anthem more because we live within a 30 minute drive from the port. We have sailed on many cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, however, this was our first time on Anthem. Embarkation and disembarkation were both surprising easy. The ship is beautiful,and clean in all areas we came across. The ship was overrun with a large number of high school children and their families. We later learned it was Yeshiva Week, with a large number of passengers from Brooklyn NY. Our first night at my time dining, which we had a reservations, was a complete disaster. So disorganized, with a wait of 45 minutes with a reservation was totally unacceptable. Other nights were not as bad of a wait, but so many people on this cruise had special dietary needs, that it upset the entire dining room experience. Food was often delayed and cold, but the wait staff overworked as they were, we always totally professional, apologetic and did the best they could. The windjammer food for lunch or breakfast was not the greatest. Often the food looks like it has been sitting a long time and was cold. Cafe 270 had staff that was not very friendly or trained very well. They could have better seating arrangements at cafe 270 and remove dirty dishes from tables a lot quicker than we had seen. Sorrentos pizza was good but the server was miserable at best. The solarium cafe was nice when it was open, and not reserved for a kosher lunch. Ship was crowded, especially on sea days. Very rude kids, running, no supervision, people saving chairs in the solarium which were unattended from early in the morning. Our Deluxe Oceanview cabin with Balcony was very nice, but we did notice the smaller size compared to other ships. We found the cabin quite comfortable and was designed with efficient use of the space. Since we were mid ship on Deck 13, we heard all kinds of noise at all hours above us from deck 14. Ship entertainment was very good, as we attended all of the major shows, comedians and jugglers. Overall, we had a nice experience, however, we continue to see a decline in service,unfriendly staff, charges for things that used to be free, only water available at sorrentos pizza, quality of food, lack of food trays to carry items, uncleaned tables. We would most likely sail on Anthem of the Seas in the future, but would most certainly avoid mid January. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We are Diamond members and were at a table of 10 Diamond and Diamond Plus members. Many of what follows were shared by all. Embarkation/Disembarkation We arrived at Cape Liberty at approximately 10 15 AM. There was a short line of ... Read More
We are Diamond members and were at a table of 10 Diamond and Diamond Plus members. Many of what follows were shared by all. Embarkation/Disembarkation We arrived at Cape Liberty at approximately 10 15 AM. There was a short line of cars to the luggage drop off point but it moved smoothly and quickly. Later in the day, however , the line of cars in to the port was very long. After dropping off luggage I drove the car to the indoor parking garage while my wife waited inside the terminal which was just a short walk to the parking. There was of plenty of parking and the process of getting a receipt, parking and walking to the terminal was easy. Checking in was very efficient and quick. Within a very short time we were aboard the Anthem. Disembarking was also smooth and efficient. Staff at the indoor parking garage were very helpful and there was room on the ground level to park for a few minutes to put luggage in the trunk Unfortunately, the overall experience aboard the Anthem fell short of our expectations. Yes there were some good points but the negative seemed to out weigh the positive. Perhaps it was this particular cruise where there were ( according to staff) 1000 children on board. Having children on board is not and should not be an unpleasant experience. However, having rude, unsupervised children on board can be a problem. Sadly, the latter was the case as we watched children riding elevators some in late evening , leaving empty ice cream bowls and food/beverage items on the floor of the elevator or hallways. Entertainment venues had unsupervised children in attendance. At the performance of a comedian, there were two children ( 14 and 12) who felt it was fine to heckle the performer. At the same performance a fight and assault broke out over seating. One of the participants returned to the seating area to throw a drink at the other individual in the dispute. Security intervened and removed the individual from the theater. At a late night, “Adult Only” performance there were 1 or two rows of underage, children. Prior to the performance, the Cruise Director ( to his credit) asked that the apparent underage children provide identification or leave the theater. One woman responded that she was fine with her 15 year old sitting through the performance. The cruise director pointed out that the age limits were set by the cruise ship and it was his decision to follow those rules. Bravo to RCCL and the Cruise Director in this regard. General sanitary precautions taken/suggested by the cruise line was evident. However, the high tech theme of the Anthem was to use various Kiosks fitted with I pads to make various reservations...... did anyone realize that having that many guests place fingers on touch screens is a means of spreading germs? I didn’t see anyone wiping screens or having guests apply purell before touching the screens. In several buffet areas, food such as pastries were touched and placed back on the serving area ( often by children as parents watched) While the cruise staff were efficient in directing guests to wash before entering the Windjammer, for example, what followed negated their good intention At the many sports areas such as bumper cars, basketball, rip cord etc.cruise staff did an excellent job. The activities were well supervised by knowledgeable friendly staff. Cocktail lounges and in particular the Diamond Club had very good service and comfort. Pre/post dinner entertainment such as the house band and others were outstanding. However, adding to the deteriorating low class atmosphere on this cruise was an unattractive tip jar ( looked like something from the galley) on the piano in the Schooner bar when various instrumentalists performed in the evening Perhaps one of the more disappointing aspects of the cruise was in the public areas. The merchants in the Esplanade passage area "cheapened" the ship and the cruise experience. There was a flea market atmosphere with annoying, obnoxious and intrusive sales people taking turns ( non stop) on a loudspeaker peddling their wares . If a guest wanted to sit at one of the café’s to enjoy a coffee and pastry, it was not possible. It was almost impossible and dangerous to maneuver the esplanade from one end to the another where merchants are allowed set up tables to stack watches, handbags and other items. The invasive presence of the merchants, the numerous children and parents with strollers and babies caused congestion and blocked people from walking through the area safely. What should have been a casual stroll through the Esplanade towards the Diamond Club, for example, was as frustrating as maneuvering through crowds at a busy airport. RCCL should limit merchants to the shops, and not allow intrusion into the public areas. Selling products in the open pedestrian areas adds nothing to the cruise experience. It merely points to the deteriorating image of the cruise line. RCCL is entirely to blame for allowing or perhaps promoting this type of merchandising In summary, this particular cruise was a disappointment in several ways; many of which could have been prevented / minimized by the cruise line. If not for the dedicated staff on board I would have rated it lower As one of our table mates, a Diamond Plus member, announced at dinner one evening.... “ its official, I do not like Anthem of the Seas” Read Less
Anthem of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 3.6
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 3.9
Value For Money 3.0 3.5

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