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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by mac_attac

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: France
  • Cabin Type: undefined

I've been on a number of cruises, none with Royal Caribbean before and never on a ship so fantastically technological - it was an experience.

Firstly; Royal Caribbean were very good. Their embarkation; provided you fill in all the forms online prior to arriving; is the best I've ever used. From port to ship in under 5 minutes - basically just walked on.

Their service on board was very good, a few rough edges, but it's a new ship.

The amenities and facilities on board are out of this world, never have I seen so much to do & been so spoiled for choice.

Secondly; their technology is breaking waves. It's certainly out there, on the right tracks but needs some refining and tweaking here and there. I loved the ability to open my room door with the RFID tag wrist bands and I liked that this could be scanned for a number of things including dinner reservations and purchasing drinks. However, this is where it falls down a little bit, after scanning the band to pay for drinks I still needed to sign the receipt, this for me, just interrupts and spoils the customer interface with the technology. Same at the Bionic Bar - another great idea, but it's slower than a bar tender & you have to collect drinks on at a time.

Like I say, they are on the right tracks, but refinement is required.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Balcony 11700

Cabin, as you'd expect on a brand new ship was spotlessly clean, very well appointed and a pleasant place to be. The bathroom was one of the best I've seen on a ship, the shower was very powerful, which is unexpected on a ship that size. There was more than enough space for everything, including empty cases under the bed etc. I loved that it had both Europe and American style sockets, but most importantly for me - USB charge ports. I never needed anything other than my phone cable. TV channel selection was pretty poor - even BBC had Polish adverts in the programs. This would be one of the most negative factors, for me, so if you can live with that you'll love it.

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Airport is very small & nothing to do, but it's quite quiet in my experience. Very mixed experience of the Airport to Cruise Port Transfer company: Checker Cars.

City Tour

Very good tour. Covers all you can expect to see in one afternoon. We seen the main sites, tried some chocolates and beers & enjoyed the lovely city. Tour guider really knew his info, spoke good English & maintained a good pace around walking.

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