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Unfortunately, this ship didn't really work for me. I tried my best to like it but there were just too many things wrong with it for me to totally enjoy it, although I still had a great holiday. The main problem for me is that it has hardly any outside space and certainly nowhere outside where you can get a bit of peace and quiet. Deck 15 is the only outdoor sunbathing area and this is shared with the 2 lane so called jogging track - which isn't really a jogging track as its the only place people can walk around the deck so its only suitable for jogging after about 8 at night or before 7 in the morning. The sunbeds are packed so close together that they are actually touching each other with no room for bags or drinks by the side and they are tied down so that they cannot be moved. The back of the bed is up against the side rail and the end of the bed is right up against the border of the jogging track - consequently there are hundreds of people passing and bumping into the end of the bed all day long. Because of the indoor solarium at the front of the ship there's no room for anything other than the jogging/walking track around the front of Deck 15 from about two thirds of the way down. There's music blaring out either from the pool in the middle or from the climbing wall and flowrider at the back. Its so loud that you cannot listen to your own music through your headphones. Its all just really awful and stressful. You can normally walk or sit around the whole of the outside of cruise ships on deck 4 or 5. Not on the Anthem though. You can go out on Deck 5 but you can only walk about 1/2 way down each side before its blocked off to passengers - you cannot get to the front or the back. There are also lifeboats all down the side of Deck 5 so you cannot really see the sea. There are 6 sun chairs down each side. All the outside space that there would normally be is taken up by the massive indoor solarium - which is beautifully done but is indoors with a constant humid atmosphere. Everyone in there appears comatose! Or by the Seaplex - again a great space but caters for only about a fifth of the passengers - hosting basketball, football, trapeze and dodgems. The 270 entertainment space at the back of the ship is impressive, everything else is standard RCI cruise ship stuff. Sorry to sound so negative - I did have a great holiday but the ship just didn't work for me. I'm sure its fantastic for those that like lots of adrenaline type activities on the one hand, or those that like to sit indoors for hours on end falling asleep on the other, but its not for me.

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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by 21Shipshape

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Unfortunately, this ship didn't really work for me. I tried my best to like it but there were just too many things wrong with it for me to totally enjoy it, although I still had a great holiday.

The main problem for me is that it has hardly any outside space and certainly nowhere outside where you can get a bit of peace and quiet. Deck 15 is the only outdoor sunbathing area and this is shared with the 2 lane so called jogging track - which isn't really a jogging track as its the only place people can walk around the deck so its only suitable for jogging after about 8 at night or before 7 in the morning.

The sunbeds are packed so close together that they are actually touching each other with no room for bags or drinks by the side and they are tied down so that they cannot be moved. The back of the bed is up against the side rail and the end of the bed is right up against the border of the jogging track - consequently there are hundreds of people passing and bumping into the end of the bed all day long. Because of the indoor solarium at the front of the ship there's no room for anything other than the jogging/walking track around the front of Deck 15 from about two thirds of the way down. There's music blaring out either from the pool in the middle or from the climbing wall and flowrider at the back. Its so loud that you cannot listen to your own music through your headphones. Its all just really awful and stressful.

You can normally walk or sit around the whole of the outside of cruise ships on deck 4 or 5. Not on the Anthem though. You can go out on Deck 5 but you can only walk about 1/2 way down each side before its blocked off to passengers - you cannot get to the front or the back. There are also lifeboats all down the side of Deck 5 so you cannot really see the sea. There are 6 sun chairs down each side.

All the outside space that there would normally be is taken up by the massive indoor solarium - which is beautifully done but is indoors with a constant humid atmosphere. Everyone in there appears comatose! Or by the Seaplex - again a great space but caters for only about a fifth of the passengers - hosting basketball, football, trapeze and dodgems.

The 270 entertainment space at the back of the ship is impressive, everything else is standard RCI cruise ship stuff.

Sorry to sound so negative - I did have a great holiday but the ship just didn't work for me. I'm sure its fantastic for those that like lots of adrenaline type activities on the one hand, or those that like to sit indoors for hours on end falling asleep on the other, but its not for me.
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