2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
The ship was beautiful and well-maintained. Room was comfortable, even with two teenagers and our housekeeper was great! The main dining room service was excellent - food was great most nights. The buffet offered a ton of choices. Kids ... Read More
The ship was beautiful and well-maintained. Room was comfortable, even with two teenagers and our housekeeper was great! The main dining room service was excellent - food was great most nights. The buffet offered a ton of choices. Kids had pizza and cookies every night before bed. Teens loved the Sportsplex with bumper cars, basketball, foosball and ping-pong. We will Rock you was an awesome show. The Gift and Spectra were a little too different for my taste, but the entertainers were definitely talented. Bermuda is incredible, but wished we had more time there! Royal IQ did not work so don't waste your money if you had a big group. Would work in some sections of the boat and not others. Not all texts went through. Suggest using walkie-talkies if you're going with kids or a group so you can communicate. Soda cups were also a pain in the butt because you had to carry them around and there were only about 3 places to fill them. They were worth the price to get something other than tap water or flavored water that wasn't flavored at all. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
first time cruising from Bayonne, so everything was a little new for us. arrived the afternoon before the cruise and stayed at the Best Western Plus by Newark airport, who provided parking and shuttle service included in the room, so that ... Read More
first time cruising from Bayonne, so everything was a little new for us. arrived the afternoon before the cruise and stayed at the Best Western Plus by Newark airport, who provided parking and shuttle service included in the room, so that was a bonus. embarkation went very smoothly, disembarkation was somewhat delayed, but was as expected for a ship with this capacity. the cabin (see below). the main dining room ... was a hit and miss. the food was good, but we had a couple of uninspired evenings in the beginning. we then found a great pair (Earnesto and I Gusti), and tried to get the head watier (Lakinder) to seat us with them as much as possible. specialty dining ... we only tried three: Wonderland is a must try. Jamie Oliver's is delicious. Izumi's has a good selection of delicous Japanese cuisine. all of them provided really good service. the shows: "We Will Rock You" is great! "Spectrum" was a seen-it-done-that. "the Gift" was hard to understand for some, but the performance was good. the various other nightly entertainers are not too bad, except Matt Yee now, Matt Yee, he was FUNNY!! very politically incorrect and totally lacking any kind of filter. if you get offended with any kind of inuendos, this is not the show for you. Matt even says this himself throughout the show, whenever he sees "fresh meat" stroll by the Schooner's bar. go eary, get a seat, have a few drinks, then enjoy the show!! if you want wine, go see Rodel or Alan in Vintages. they are very helpful, and will help you find the perfect wine. Toni & Alvin in Bolero's are fantastic, and the guys in Schooners are hilarious. other on-board activities ... bumper cars - fun!! roller skating - they limit the number of skaters so it's safe for everyone (not like ice skating on the Allure or Navigator where it's a gong show). you can bring your own roller skates or roller blades, but you must wear a helmet and wrist guards. northstar - cool views!! iFly - cool experience, but they have weight restrictions for this, and bring running shoes!! for ports ... Bermuda is a nice place to visit. we toured the King's Warf area on our own, visited the fort, had lunch at the Frog and Onion, sampled the local beers. going into town is a drive, so be careful if you do go. we had a very late arriving passengers in a taxi, probably got stuck in traffic. having been to St Maarten many times in the past, we rented a car from Rodael Car Rental. they pick you up at the pier, and will drive you back to the pier after drop off. very nice people. we then drove around to visit our usual hang-outs, and saw the devestation from the hurricanes in 2017. you won't see much of this in Phillipsburg, but if you drive out, you will definitely see the carnage. many of our favourite restaurants are no longer there. San Juan, we did the "Old and New" city tour. gave us a good exposure of the town. and just like Phillipsburg, you probably won't see the hurricane damage until you get out of town, so we couldn't tell. but we did purposely overpay on our suveniers, and their gratitude makes it well worth the extra money. Labidee ... unless you have kids and really want a beach day, or want to do that zip-line, stay on the ship. most activities are way overpriced and not worth the hassle. we booked the "beach lounger for two", an affordable option, yet I spent the entire time reading on the deck chair, and could have done that on the ship and be way more comfortable. the bars, they have no refridgeration, so it's all coolers and ice buckets. no juice, warm pop, I recommend sticking with beers. the food line, long and annoying. a gentleman keeps pushing me and finally bumped me out of the way, and I just looked at him and asked him where exactly did he want me to go, as I'm in line the same as everyone else. as for the food, the food in the Windjammer is much better (and that's saying a lot). I couldn't wait to get back on-board so I can go hide in the thermal suite before my massage!! and on the last day, at sea, I spent the bulk of the day in the yurt in the 270 lounge reading my book. very relaxing!! apologies for hoging it all day!! :-) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I wanted a cruise that was more than 7 days; it seems that 7 just isn't enough any more; you just get relaxed and its time to go home. I would have done a 12 day but have a hard time getting something to fit in. Everything worked out well; ... Read More
I wanted a cruise that was more than 7 days; it seems that 7 just isn't enough any more; you just get relaxed and its time to go home. I would have done a 12 day but have a hard time getting something to fit in. Everything worked out well; we were offered an upgrade to a junior suite and we took it. The balcony made all the world of difference!! Such a nice change to have a large balcony with lounge chairs instead of just a chair. We also had a bathtub which made shaving your legs so much less dangerous. But I will tell you that the placement of the drain in the center of the tub is a bit awkward...I stepped on it, closing the drain constantly. I guess you take the good with the bad. But watch not to get your toe stuck; you can trip!. I travel with my girlfriend; we leave the husbands at home as they are both retired and choose not to travel. She and I both have busy lives, so getting away a couple times a year is great. Symphony in December is next! We enjoyed Chops for lunch very much but couldn't get back in...but we tried. We went to the American Icon Grill, had My Time Dining. Going at 5:15 got us in early enough because if you go later, you will wait in line. I found that Windjammer carried an extremely wide variety of foods completely unheard of to most people I spoke to and that was of concern to them. While understood of the need to cover a wide variety of cultures, it would seem that I had a hard time trying to find food I could eat since I didn't know what it had in it. If it would be identified, it would have helped. So I stuck to salads, chicken and other proteins I knew. The vegetables were barely cooked and I guess its all according to taste. But everything needs to be hotter; that would be my one concern and wish. We loved Bermuda; so crisp and clean. And Labadee was so relaxing; rented floating mats ($38 ea) at Nellie's Beach and just enjoyed the day. Perfect weather. DO NOT BRING extension cords!! No matter what you have read on Cruise Critic, you will not be allowed to have an extension cord or a power strip on Anthem. They will take it from you upon boarding. Why do I know this? I bring a fan...brought one on Harmony last May, brought one on Grandeur last November and I brought one May 3 on Anthem. They took it. And while there, you should have seen the extension cords, power strips, etc. that were taken. And what was the statement from every person??? We read it on Cruise Critic that there isn't enough outlets to plug in your chargers, etc. AND on top of this, we wouldn't have been able to plug the fan in anyway, since the plugs are all 3 prong. SO, do not bring these items. And also do not bring a hair dryer or an iron. These were taken as well and most people know that it is not allowed but yet so many were taken. Didn't go to any shows since we had done it on the first time we sailed with Anthem. Did notice they changed Michael's Genuine to Beer & Bock...so that restaurant has changed names. We did our rounds in the shops, checking out the goodies. Honestly, I think they should change up the goods. Its the same items each time and everyone has the same stuff. Time to move up the inventory. Let's talk about the jewelry store! We do buy jewelry in the Caribbean; everyone does! But for them to tell me there is no Kay's Fine Jewelry in the Caribbean just to make a sale is wrong. I know there is, I was just there in November where I bought a Shinola watch. She wanted to sell my friend a ring she was looking at; her quoted price wasn't good enough and we told her we would check at Kay's and she spouted "no Kay's there" and I couldn't believe my ears. Give me a decent price and we can talk. Don't lie! And I told her so! This was my 2nd Anthem cruise and I like this ship. My back is a bit achy because of the bed, but that's just me. I wish the movie rentals weren't so expensive because I like to rent movies and relax in my room late at night. We had amazing stateroom service from our steward; he was great!! Our transfer to the airport was good, no problems there. Go again!? Of course!! After being on 2 other cruise lines and experiencing their service, ships, food, etc. I still come back to RCCL. And after 30 cruises, I think they are still the best at what they do. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
An enjoyable experience, pleasant crew, great ports, and wonderful food. Would definitely repeat this cruise. The stateroom was spacious and the functionality of the virtual balconies is innovative. However, with a camera being out of ... Read More
An enjoyable experience, pleasant crew, great ports, and wonderful food. Would definitely repeat this cruise. The stateroom was spacious and the functionality of the virtual balconies is innovative. However, with a camera being out of order, it was odd to have a port side stateroom and see out the port side of the ship while looking starboard. This could potentially cause issues with motion sickness. The food was excellent and well prepared. I wish there was more variety in main dining room menus though. Also there was a notable lack of fruit bisques aside from one night. Spent a night eating in the Windjammer just to get some additional variety. Wonderland service was incredible and a very welcome and inventive addition. Would strongly recommend to anyone wanting a very creative meal in a fun atmosphere. There is a lot of food brought out, so come hungry and being a camera. Skydiving and bumper cars at sea were innovative and enjoyable. Never felt rushed to get through either and both were well run and an awesome addition to all of the other Royal Caribbean exclusive onboard experiences. On top of that, the FlowRider experience and staff were knowledgeable and had a vested interest in ensuring the guests learned and got better at surfing. Wish there were more night sessions. Enjoyably, the fitness center is at the top of the ship with a 270° view. Routinely worked out watching sunrise/sunset. North Star (the cantilevered pod that goes up above the ship and occasionally swings out towards the water) was amazing. 300 feet above the water level, extremely smooth, and exciting. No narration but crew was readily available to answer questions. The shows & game shows onboard were pleasantly varied and high quality. The virtual fireworks at the end of the cruise are slightly anti climactic. The Quest, We Will Rock You, & The Gift were very well done! Of note in the Royal Theatre, the reserved balcony section opens to everyone at 5 minutes prior to show time. Spectra's Cabaret was a unique experience at sea and well utilized the functionality of the two70 theatre. Spectra roams the ship routinely and is a delight to speak with without breaking character. After having Spectra host The Quest, I'm not sure anyone else will compare in the future. The ports were well selected but Bermuda in particular felt short. Of note, the alternating cruise with this one includes 32 hours in Bermuda across 2 days, so you could do the 9 and 5 night cruises back to back (recommend 5 night after 9 night so you bookend with Bermuda and use the first visit to scope out what you want to do). For a very tech-heavy ship, there are many features that were partially disabled like multiple disabled interactive information displays, waivers that wouldn't sign properly on the stateroom TV requiring them to be completed multiple times virtually. Also, Wi-Fi handover throughout the ship was hit or miss. Some areas reliably would only stay connected some of the time. (Wi-Fi shows connected but isn't actually connecting you to the internet) When Wi-Fi worked (most of the time), the speed is impressive and much enjoyed. Recommend pre purchasing. Doing an All Access Tour was excellent and is led by Shore Excursions. They're very knowledgeable and the tour is fun and interactive as you visit multiple service areas and the bridge. Of note, long pants and close-toed shoes are required. The ship was at 95% capacity and never felt overly full. The FlowRider line occasionally got a little line, but no more so than on most of the other Royal Caribbean ships. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We booked this cruise due to the features of the ship and the departure location. Overall, the staff and service was great, the entertainment director has done a terrific job making sure there is plenty to do on the ship. Overall, ... Read More
We booked this cruise due to the features of the ship and the departure location. Overall, the staff and service was great, the entertainment director has done a terrific job making sure there is plenty to do on the ship. Overall, the food was ok. The ship's main dining and buffets were lackluster with the exception of formal nights (2). Breakfast is their Achilles heal, needs much improvement. The signature restaurants are good, although you should not expect top, premium quality, I don't think its realistic anyway. If you get the 4 night signature dinning, its a great deal. St. Maarten was our least favorite port, the locals swarm you and constantly ask you to buy things when you're on the beach. While the cabin was small it was clean and comfortable, the Stateroom attendant we had was fantastic and hope you can meet him one day. The shows were interesting, We Will Rock You was their best. Not sure what was going on in the Gift as it lacked plot development, choreography, lighting, and music was fantastic though. I would absolutely cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
on the first day, we were barricaded in the balcony stateroom due to ship employees blocking the door which opens outward, with suitcases. called guest service only to be on hold for 30+ minutes, and ended up forcing door open to get out ... Read More
on the first day, we were barricaded in the balcony stateroom due to ship employees blocking the door which opens outward, with suitcases. called guest service only to be on hold for 30+ minutes, and ended up forcing door open to get out for " safety video" and injured hand. to this day, guest services would not comment on the issue and still waiting to hear back from royal. food in buffet was pretty bad at breakfast. seems runny scrambled eggs and extra charred black bacon is liked by other guest somewhere. Lunch and dinner food was fair, but some food concepts are hard to understand. guest services have the most in-trained, baggers working customer service. I have never seen a cruiseline have a guest services line constantly have 35+ people ALWAYS in line about issues. pretty said honestly. calling from room was even worse, always on hold for a minimum of 20 minutes. bars, drinks and barstaff was excellent. food at chops was fair. Room services burgers and wraps were like hockey pucks, but wings and salads were great. To much upselling going on everyday. cant walk 10 minutes without workers trying to upsell, very annoying. I wish they would hire more English speaking people, or that at least understand English better. Lots of little children in the bars until midnight. ship started smelling like sewage at about day 8. balcony cabin was nice. They really need to improve the food and the staff.... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
This boat is huge but there is only one 6 foot circle of concrete for kids in swim diapers. They're not allowed in any pools at all. The staff was not knowledgeable about the boat or activities. Unless you're 75 and in a scooter, this ... Read More
This boat is huge but there is only one 6 foot circle of concrete for kids in swim diapers. They're not allowed in any pools at all. The staff was not knowledgeable about the boat or activities. Unless you're 75 and in a scooter, this cruise was lame. There was a 45 minute wait for dining even with a reservation. Every day there was some new problem or rule that prevented people from enjoying themselves. The North Star was closed for wind most days and the iFly was only a 60 second ride. Very unorganized and scattered with most things. Room service was cold or burnt when we received it. Always felt rushed at meals for them to turn over the tables and we were solicited a lot for picture packages, upgrades, etc. always being asked for more money every chance they got. I just can't recommend this after our experience Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I have cruised with RCL at least 15 cruises. Every cruise has become more onboard revenue driven. It has gotten to the point where you can’t enjoy breakfast or lunch without staff approaching you trying to sell you premium ... Read More
I have cruised with RCL at least 15 cruises. Every cruise has become more onboard revenue driven. It has gotten to the point where you can’t enjoy breakfast or lunch without staff approaching you trying to sell you premium restaurants, spa treatments or as on the last cruise foot analysis. First the flowers and fruit in the rooms were taken (no big deal) then the robes, next pens and paper, and finally all bathroom amenities. You get two bars of soap and a shampoo dispenser in the shower. In the dining room fine dining now consists of ordering everything including dessert at once. This way the line can save on staff. Even the cheapest NJ diners don’t have you order dessert before you even had appetizers. If you are looking for a downmarket cruise and don’t mind the crowds then this is for you. Only smoking is in casino so be prepared to gamble in a haze as every smoker on the ship will be there. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was a great boat! We Will Rock You broadway show was amazing and we got to go to the show 2 times. Queen fans will love this show! You will be singing every song with them. Wonderland Restaurant is a must! I don’t want ... Read More
This was a great boat! We Will Rock You broadway show was amazing and we got to go to the show 2 times. Queen fans will love this show! You will be singing every song with them. Wonderland Restaurant is a must! I don’t want to give away to much information on the restaurant. It was like you went to a show while you were eating. The food was sooo good! Get at least two specialty restaurants so you can also go to Chops Grille. I Fly sky diving simulator was so cool and the instructor was very friendly. I liked the North Star. It lifts you 200 feet over the ocean and has a 360 view that was really nice! Make sure you book this early because we had to reschedule because of the wind. I wish they still had a miniature golf, but the bumper cars were a nice addition. The activity director was very friendly and funny. Make sure you don’t miss the Newlywed Game! It was hilarious. 270 Cafe had great sandwiches if you need something in the middle of the day or when you get back in the boat after and excursion. Hope you enjoy your cruise on this ship as much as we did. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Birthday and 50th anniversary with group of friends. Great time by all .alway accommodating. Food terrific. All friends from all over,two first time cruiser. They were more that inpressed. Dinning Matridi always had a table for all 7 of ... Read More
Birthday and 50th anniversary with group of friends. Great time by all .alway accommodating. Food terrific. All friends from all over,two first time cruiser. They were more that inpressed. Dinning Matridi always had a table for all 7 of us. Embarking at port of destination easy fast . All lounges were fun and gracious. Staff alway ready to serve always helpful and alway having a good time with guest. All entertainment on board top class . Shopping was good deals. Ship always clean. Port of Call fun .A good bargain. Excursion was fun and given by local and experience people. Lots to do on ones own with locals.Making 7 people of different ages from 30 to 70 was a task taken with expertise. Adult deck ,solarium was very much enjoyed. With 4,000 people never had to wait for anything. Ship had so much for everyone.Cabins comfortable and quite from outside noise.. Read Less
Anthem of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
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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