Sail Date: July 2018
We attended this cruise with the guest Dance school that preformed on-board twice, which my daughter was part of. Food was excellent. I found windjammers to serve a bit to heavy foods for lunch. but everything was great. Solarium ... Read More
We attended this cruise with the guest Dance school that preformed on-board twice, which my daughter was part of. Food was excellent. I found windjammers to serve a bit to heavy foods for lunch. but everything was great. Solarium Bistro which served Mediterranean food was the best on board. We where in the mytime and classic dinning rooms and food was always great and great staff. a little disappointed in Johnny Rockets was a pay burger place where other cruise lines have higher end burger joints for free. Lots of activities and with 3 teen each with there own interests and physical levels all had fun and where kept busy. App for bookings suck for multi room bookings and dinner reservation system needs work. every morning we booked a mytime dinning with my family spread out into 3 rooms they never had us on the master list that evening and always had issues. even if we where first inline in the morning to book. They need to work out that list. wonder if it is printed the night before before they open up the daily bookings in the morning. makes no sense. BOOK YOUR SHOWS and ACTIVITIES THE MINUTE YOU BOOK YOUR CRUISE!!!! with almost 5000 guest there is not enough space to accommodate everyone for everything. We missed out on the GIFT, and others in our group of 40 missed out on other shows as they where full. Also book IFLY, surf, breakout room and any other activity you can. you will regret it if you don't as you will miss out. Even if you don't make it at least you had the opportunity. If you don't pre book you might not get that opportunity. We missed out on Breakout room and the Gift because of it. Love the Pizza joint being open till late late at night. always stopped in for pizza after drinking and parting 1-2am every night. helped relieve the hang over. lol. Recommend this for families as your teens will be highly entertained. even if they are a recluse like my son is, he actually loved the activities, Teens lounge and all the activities they did. He is a schedule kinda guy so it fit him perfect. Never saw him at all which was a huge surprise to us. Also great for the party type, great fun had in the music hall ever night, alot is kid friendly as well for those girls in our group 11-18 who just want to go and dance with the big kids. lol. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
My wife and I scheduled this cruise as a convenient and varied way to spend time with her mother. While getting on and off the ship should have been a breeze, it was very smooth boarding and transferring from the airport, but ... Read More
My wife and I scheduled this cruise as a convenient and varied way to spend time with her mother. While getting on and off the ship should have been a breeze, it was very smooth boarding and transferring from the airport, but disembarkation was a nightmare: no taxis for 45 minutes while hundreds of us stood in the rain waiting. Sigh … it wasn't RCCL's fault, but they come and go from Bayonne regularly and should have anticipated the issue. Perhaps the port facilities could be upgraded with more covered waiting areas? Our cabin was very nice, and well maintained, but the ship is only three years old and that should be expected. These lower price point cruise lines have reputations for deferred maintenance but we were pleasantly surprised to note the crew constantly hard at work and any deferred maintenance could not be seen. Dining was a chore in the main dining rooms. Soup was frequently served at tepid temperatures, time between serving courses was extended to the point our party frequently eschewed dessert because we did not want to sit around that long. One of the few times we tried dessert, a "molten chocolate cookie" was served cold and it had sat so long before being served it was delivered to the table as a slab of concrete. The Maitre D' was very apologetic, but that was a little too late. Entertainment on the ship was first rate. The quality of musicians and guest entertainers was very, very good. In particular, the production of WE WILL ROCK YOU was even better than the original West End performances we had attended in London. If there is any single reason to take this cruise, the musical and general entertainment is worth the other issues. One final word of warning: don't even think of attending any of the art auctions. On the plus side, the ports of call may be a bit limited (Bermuda, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Labadee) but they are prettty much what you expect in the Caribbean so there is plenty of sun, sea and fun to be had. This was the 12th RCCL cruise my wife and I have taken out of more than 30 total cruises. It conveniently served a purpose and earned an overall "Average" score from us. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because it was over a week long 9 nights and was in a local port. Although I have a long list of complaints, I think overall the cruise was very good. Pros: Crew was excellent and made sure you were taken care ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was over a week long 9 nights and was in a local port. Although I have a long list of complaints, I think overall the cruise was very good. Pros: Crew was excellent and made sure you were taken care of. Ports and the excursions I took were good. I enjoyed the Dining very much and the Waiters made the dining experience very fun. Shows were also good. We got to see a Journey Cover band on our cruise. Cons: The first 2 days there was a lot of upselling to get us to buy dining packages and drink packages. I did not like this at all. There was a lot of people, but this was to be expected on such a big ship. Some things to watch and do: Must pay close attention to your account as I had to correct the charges a lot as others in my group had drink plans but I did not and I usually got the charges instead of them. Also pay close attention to the different activities on the on board Compass paper as I missed a few things I wanted to do and see. We missed the Magician that we were hoping to see but we didn't pay close attention to show times. Definitely go to the Shows, they are great. I saw Spectra and We will Rock you. Both are worth it if you take this cruise. As always schedule everything early, I had a hard time scheduling the show because I booked late and was unable to see "The Gift". Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We just returned from a 9-night cruise aboard Anthem and found it to be my perfect vacation! I have so many memories to process and pictures to sort, so I am going to organize my review by category. Feel free to jump around or skip what ... Read More
We just returned from a 9-night cruise aboard Anthem and found it to be my perfect vacation! I have so many memories to process and pictures to sort, so I am going to organize my review by category. Feel free to jump around or skip what you are not interested in. I won’t be offended – heck, I won’t even know! I hope some of you will find it useful or even just enjoy re-living your own Anthem memories. Warning: this is lengthy. This was a much-anticipated trip for us. My Dad had suffered an illness through much of the fall and winter, and my husband had both a knee replacement and a spinal fusion within the past year. Now that they both seem to be on the road to recovery, we thought we would celebrate our family with a cruise. My sister’s family (sis, husband, teenage son and daughter), my family (me, husband, teenage sons), and my parents shared a wonderful week of pampering, partying, fine dining, and fun aboard Anthem. This was my 9th cruise with Royal Caribbean, but my first on Quantum class. The Anthem is one beautiful, well-appointed ship, although it is hard not to make comparisons to the other classes. The biggest challenge for me was that there were certain times and places when the ship just felt too crowded. In particular, the outdoor pool area and Windjammer just did not seem to have the best layouts to accommodate the crowds. On the other hand, I loved the artwork around the ship, the quirky posters in the elevators, and most of the public spaces around the ship. Café 270 and the Solarium were two of my favorite places; both were beautiful, well-designed, and took great advantage of their location to achieve gorgeous views of the sea. We opted out of the Voom package, as we all wanted to disconnect for a while. (Well, maybe not so much the kids, but they adapted quickly). It was so freeing to not be tied to screens through our vacation. Dining: As a large group, we decided to eat all of our dinners together. We had MTD, but reserved a 6:15 mealtime for every night, on-line, through the cruise planner. We figured we could adjust the reservation if we chose to, but we so enjoyed our service team through dinner that we decided to keep the same reservation for the whole trip. We ate in the Silk dining room every night, which was quite lovely, if a bit on the small side. We missed the grandeur of the old-style main dining rooms, but I heard others say that it felt more intimate. I suppose it’s a matter of preference. Our head waiter was Alan, who was a delight. He stopped by our table multiple times each night, and along with checking on our satisfaction, regaled us with stories and jokes. Melwin was our assistant waiter; he was a bit shy, but quite sweet. He remembered the wines we liked and our preferences for coffee/tea/cappuccino. Our waiter was Edi. What a treat he was! Attentive without being solicitous, funny, responsive, and so great with the kids. Upon seeing that the kids didn’t care for the appetizers offered, he routinely made up his own to bring them. They got chicken fingers, French fries, grilled cheese – and that was just for appetizers! Edi always brought out whatever he wanted us to try; of course he always brought out what we ordered, but often that was accompanied by 2 or 3 other entrees, if he thought we would enjoy them. After dinner, Edi always had a puzzle to show the kids, asking them to return the next night with a solution. I know there has been much discussion about MDR food. We all found most of our meals to be excellent. Many of the appetizers were creative, and all were delicious. From the entrée menu, I ordered what was new and fresh, and enjoyed most everything. Every night, about ½ of the appetizer and dessert menu and about 1/4 of the entrée menu remained the same. For my group, this was ideal because there was always a choice for them to fall back on if they didn’t care for the day’s new choices. Even for me, there were so many things I wanted to try that it was nice to see some options repeated. For breakfast and lunch, we all did our own thing. I ordered coffee from room service every day early, and drank it on my balcony. After a workout in the gym, I usually headed to the windjammer. I can’t really comment on the quality of the breakfast food. I ate a yogurt and fresh fruit every morning. My boys did report that they felt the Windjammer’s pastries were stale(ish) but the waffles were good. I got in the habit of grabbing a latte from La Patisserie after breakfast, and sipping it at the back of Café 270. What a great way to relax and take in the view. This was probably my favorite place on the ship. I ate most of my lunches in the Solarium Bistro or Café 270. I found the selections good, the food tasty, and the lack of crowds inviting. Café 270 especially served some very nice sandwiches, wraps, salads, and desserts. Bars: My sister, her husband, and I had the Deluxe Beverage Package. We took full advantage of it. The bar service was a bit lackluster around the pools, but exceptional in the bars we went to. The bartenders in the main bar at Café 270 were great! They were competing to see who could make us the best Cosmo, and WE were the winners!! We especially loved the team in the Brass and Bock. Susana was a hoot. Tell her hello from “the curly haired sisters” if you sit by her bar! This deluxe package was perfect for us, and I can honestly say that we all got our money’s worth. Entertainment: We saw the three production shows, as well as the house band, and a Journey tribute band. The Gift was disappointing, to say the least. So much hype, and so little payoff. I thought the talent of the performers was wasted on such a poorly executed story-line. Spectra’s Cabaret was a bit Avant-garde. The “Spectra” we saw was, herself, not a very strong performer, but the rest of the cast were power house performers, both vocally and physically. The acrobatics they performed obviously required great strength and discipline, and were very impressive. It was a fun show. We Will Rock You was fun. All of the Queen music we loved wrapped into a production. The plot was a bit cheesy, but the audience was on its feet at the end. It was a feel-good show with some strong vocal performances, especially by the ladies. We also saw DSB, a Journey tribute band. They were great fun, and the lead singer certainly has that Steve Perry voice. Probably our favorite entertainment was the band The Royal Swedes. They performed almost every night, in different venues. They played a variety of contemporary music, and played it well. They played very few repeats, so it was a fresh, fun show every night. Activities: We did not participate in a lot of evening activities. A few we tried to participate in were held in The Music Hall, which is a great space reminiscent of some of the old-style halls in NYC. However, for participation activities, or even viewing such activities, the Music Hall did not work well if you were seated on the upper level. After trying a few times, we just gave up and did not attend activities (other than music) in this space. We did do some daytime activities though, and found that there were so many options that we couldn’t get to them all! My favorite activity was Trapeze school. Who would have ever thought that I would swing upside down on a trapeze? And like it?!?! We also did family bumper cars (it got vicious), iFLY, and NorthStar. All were great fun with great staffing. My sons played soccer, basketball, ping pong, air hockey, and shuffle board, and loved the variety of options to keep busy. Pool: I am definitely a pool person, while some in my party were not. I am also an early riser. After an early workout and breakfast, I usually got to the outdoor pool on sea days before 8 am. By that time, most of the chairs immediately around the pool in the sun had been snagged, as had the lounger/couches. Luckily, most in my family prefer the shade, and there were always shade chairs to be found at that time. I usually wound up in the Solarium by afternoon. It was, except for the first sea day when we had some unsettled skies, mostly uncrowded and very pleasant. I love the layout and peaceful flow of the Solarium design. And I loved the multi-level pools. As a large ship, Anthem should have a better outdoor pool layout. Yes, I expected crowds, but the pool was simply too small to accommodate that volume of people. It was actually a bit unpleasant on two of the sea days. I was very thankful to be able to escape to the Solarium, and equally thankful that my kids did not care that they could not use that pool area! Ports: We did not do anything ambitious in any of the ports. Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda; shopping and exploring in St. Maartin; walking to and exploring the forts in San Juan; Columbus Cove beach in Labadee. (I will say that I noticed a profound difference in many of the locals in St. Maartin: they were much more aggressive than I have ever experienced here. I know that this was a result of the hurricane, and that these people are still hurting for business. It made me quite sad). I enjoyed each stop, and enjoyed returning to a less crowded ship on a few of those days. Overall: It had been a few years since my last cruise, so I especially enjoyed Anthem! While I experienced a few drawbacks, they did not lessen my overall experience. Anthem is a beautiful ship with a friendly and overall efficient staff. My nine-night cruise sailed by so quickly, and I am so grateful to have experienced it with my family. I welcome any questions about specifics, or perhaps any area I didn’t cover, but it looks to me like I covered a lot! I wish you all a cruise experience as pleasant as mine was! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Pros: Food was very good.Service was outstanding !!!! There were plenty of things to do, great ports, relaxing, staterooms. Cons: Adult beverages a bit too high. It would be nice if the tipping on drinks were optional. Seating with 5000 ... Read More
Pros: Food was very good.Service was outstanding !!!! There were plenty of things to do, great ports, relaxing, staterooms. Cons: Adult beverages a bit too high. It would be nice if the tipping on drinks were optional. Seating with 5000 people sometimes difficult but workable. Casino "house rake" too high at the hold em table. Actually, I would suggest adding a second table as well. Frankly, I thought the entertainment was average especially The Gift. The comedian Mr. Harris was very good. The ports of call were very nice. I thought Labadee and St. Maarten were very enjoyable. The guys in the morning and afternoon at the entrance of the Windjammer were great singing "Wash your hands" and "washy washy". Mainly because they were happy. Every service person seems happy and excited to serve you. A big plus in my opinion. Overall, it was a very good experience and would sail RCL again but would like my comments considered for change. Thanks for a very good vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted a Caribbean cruise from NYC were we planned to spend 5 nights in advance of the cruise. Although he had visited all the islands before with the exception of Bermuda we had never been on Anthem. The ship is very easy to ... Read More
We wanted a Caribbean cruise from NYC were we planned to spend 5 nights in advance of the cruise. Although he had visited all the islands before with the exception of Bermuda we had never been on Anthem. The ship is very easy to navigate. It’s also fairly new and fresh. The staff at the dining room, bar etc were all excellent. Food is standard as per the other ships we have been on. Drink service in dining hall was poor. It felt like their wasn’t enough staff in the main dining room and the waiters etc spent a lot of timing running around. They worked very hard but maybe needed an extra pair of hands. Entertainment- the ‘everynight’ performers / musicians weren’t great on this ship. Not even in tune a fair amount of the time! DSB- Journey tribute was very good. Productions like - we will rock you etc were excellent Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise to try out the Quantum class ships and see what they were all about. We have previously been on The Allure, Oasis, and Navigator. We've loved all three. Well, lets start with the good: The service was almost ... Read More
We chose this cruise to try out the Quantum class ships and see what they were all about. We have previously been on The Allure, Oasis, and Navigator. We've loved all three. Well, lets start with the good: The service was almost universally excellent. We had one bad experience that I won't go into detail about. After we complained (our first time on 4 cruises) they more than made up for it. The ports were universally great. We've been to St. Maarten before so knew our way around the island. and knew what to do. The island is severely damaged still from the hurricane though. It was heartbreaking to see some of our favorite spots so damaged. The Solarium on the ship is the best I've been on (with caveats i'll get into later.) The pools were big and generally not crowded like that can get on the Oasis and Navigator. Having the indoor pool, and Solarium is a great combo. As always, we loved the deli and Sorrentos in the Esplanade. The coffee drinks from The Windjammer and 270 were always great. North Star is a great experience unique to the Quantum Class ships that we thoroughly enjoyed as well. Now the bad. Everything I write is in comparison to other Royal ships we have been on. We haven't done other lines yet. The food was the worst we've ever had. The buffet had only a small selection of food, and most of the time we found it hard to find good quality that would fill us up. The food in Chops was good, but I will never book a specialty restaurant instead of MDR again. Maybe for lunch. The MDR food was almost always good, but again, some days we were disappointed with quality. KIDS EVERYWHERE!!!! okay I don't have kids. When I go on a cruise I don't expect to be around kids so much. I'm sorry I may sound like a curmudgeon, I am 37 years old. I've never been a loud bar kind of person. I prefer to sit and read a book at night. Kids were everywhere including the solarium at night. No workers would be around after 10pm to kick kids out. and I'm talking like 20 of them taking over hot tubs, making noise, and just doing kid things. I've talked with people with kids on board and they said there wasn't much else for teens to do at night. This leads to my final rant. ALL POOL BARS ARE CLOSED BY 10PM! what?!? I've never heard of such a thing. Never in all my cruises has that happened. I like to sit in the hot tubs, and on pool deck every night from 11p-1am. Not cool. Not to mention after 12am the only thing open on pool deck is 2 hot tubs which again leads to 20 teenagers jumping and dancing around. Overall I did enjoy the cruise even though i had more to rant about. You know how it goes bad experiences are easier to chat about. Next time we will stay with Oasis Class. Oops, forgot about the shows The Gift: Skip it. Just plain stupid Spectra's Cabaret: Skip it unless you have nothing better to do We Will Rock You: Entertaining, and cheesy. Really liked it though Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
5 days of cruising and four port of calls was great, the way it was done was great I would do the same trip again each and every port of call was clean easy on and off and everything was close by the ship. In my option I would skip the ... Read More
5 days of cruising and four port of calls was great, the way it was done was great I would do the same trip again each and every port of call was clean easy on and off and everything was close by the ship. In my option I would skip the buccaneer beach is was not a nice setting everything this ship offered was great but this beach was not a good one. all others were good the best of the best was Labadee this by far was the best port of call was our best day on any island all the people were great super great service Island was very clean and you used your sea pass card on the whole island which made it all very easy This island was first class all the way and was my and my wife's best part of the trip Great Beaches Great food and great service This was the best vacation I every had everything was great and the people were great only bad part of the trip was the Voom Internet service I paid 300 for the use of it for nine days and it did not work good at all when you did get a online it was very slow and most all the time lost connection. So other than the web-service this trip was Amazing do it you wont be sorry Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Anthem is a big ship with lots to do. Our family of 4 + my sister and her family of 6 had a blast. There was lots of pool space (big splash pad, main pool, indoor pool, and adults only pool). I do wish they had poolside food like a french ... Read More
Anthem is a big ship with lots to do. Our family of 4 + my sister and her family of 6 had a blast. There was lots of pool space (big splash pad, main pool, indoor pool, and adults only pool). I do wish they had poolside food like a french fry or nacho station. They have a Johnny Rockets outside next to the pool but you have to pay for it. In the sports play area, they had bumper cars, roller skating, a rock wall, boogie boarding, iFly, basketball etc - tons for kids and adults. The show We Will Rock You is so good, Broadway quality and such great music (Queen songs). Ports were great, we LOVED our Haiti excursion (swimming in Paradise Cove and Haitian village tour). The beach where we swam was private and gorgeous. Walking tour of Puerto Rico that ended with kite flying was also really nice. Snorkeling in Bermuda was really fun - not a ton of fish to see but the boat and experience were high quality. Brass and Brock British pub had a great live guitar player at night and the staff was awesome - they knew my husband and brother-in-law’s names. There is a huge 2 story music hall that has an awesome band - we were there almost every night enjoying the music until 11/12 midnight. Overall I highly recommend this ship!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary to Bermuda Leaving from New Jersey however was not a good experience. If you are sensitive to motion whatsoever you probably shouldn’t leave from this port. Anthem of the seas ship is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary to Bermuda Leaving from New Jersey however was not a good experience. If you are sensitive to motion whatsoever you probably shouldn’t leave from this port. Anthem of the seas ship is gorgeous with plenty to do but when you are dealing with a sold out cruise it was too many people for my liking and if you have kids be prepared to be disappointed when trying to participate in amenities due to crowds & they aren’t able to swim in pools because they are very crowded as was the adults only solarium section. We were not able to find a time to use any of the hot tubs there, they were crowded. It gets very loud as well. We ended up upgrading our meals to specialty restaurants because we were sick of eating buffet food which is ok if you like buffet food. Entertainment was ok & be prepared to take stairs as well because there were always waiting lines for the elevators. I highly recommend the catamaran shore excursion with restless native in Bermuda. They were awesome and a portion of the proceeds goes to breast cancer awareness.All in all it wasn’t enough to make me want to cruise again as a couple or with my children Read Less
Anthem of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.5
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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