This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and when we decided to book, we opted to go on the Anthem of the Seas as it was such a new boat and the deal we got was amazing.
Embarkation went so smoothly and is the reason I prefer to cruise from the UK rather than have the stress of the airport. The ship was fantastic, it ticked all the boxes and more. However the only disappointment for me, there didn't seem to be a lot of bars and there wasn't enough outside space. We actually preferred the set up in the Adventure of the Seas (this being the only other RC ship we have been on). The service was fantastic especially Erdi and Daniel in the Schooner Bar. Our holiday was made excellent by the staff.
We only did a couple of the shore excursions, one in Rome where the only disappointment was our tour guide liked to walk fast, not that easy in 40 degrees especially when there are elderly people. Went up the Rock in Gibraltar and saw the Aquarium in Lisbon.
The dining on board was excellent, whilst the Windjammer was very repetitive, the food was an acceptable standard. We dined in Chic and American Icon Grill and was very impressed with the food, we made the most of it as it was complimentary, often having 2 of everything (always good to try something you have never had before) and once again the staff were fantastic. My one advice is to pre book the restaurants before you get onto the ship. We didn't and found it impossible to book some of the restaurants. We only did Chops Grille (extra payment) and whilst the food was excellent especially my Fillet Steak the staff weren't as good as in the complimentary restaurant.
The surf rider was excellent as was the North Star but be warned that you will be weighed if you are on the larger side.
We will Rock You was fantastic and would have loved to see it again but again it required to be booked so again pre-book before you board. The entertainment overall was excellent though I did wonder what the Gift was about.
We opted to carry our suitcases off ourselves at disembarkation, as last year was so messy, definitely the best choice. Off the ship and in the car within 15 mins.
Overall our holiday was excellent and we didn't want to come home but the one issue I have is the reserving of sunbeds. I'm an early riser and found beds reserved with towels and personal effects with no-one there from 6.30am every morning. If you are going to reserve them then sit there!!! Most of the time we were never able to get outside on a sunbed. This unfortunately happens everywhere so not unique for RC. We will most definitely be booking again with Royal Caribbean it's just having to decide where to go.
We opted for the obstructed view as it was slightly cheaper than a normal Balcony cabin. On booking they informed us that it was 75% obstructed so we were slightly concerned that we wouldn't see a lot. However we needn't ave worried. The view was fine, yes we had a lifeboat and the metal strut in front of us but it did not interfere with our view. My in-laws had cabin 6166 that was a 50% obstructed view and they could see plenty. If you are looking to save a bit and would like a Balcony cabin,I can recommend the obstructed view cabins.
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