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We've been cruising for 25 years now so we have some basis for comparison. First, Bayonne isn't a very nice place to go out of, and when we arrived on Jan15, 2016, their wifi went down and they didn't seem to have a back-up plan. Embarkation was a mess. As for the ship, some critics have written that it seemed worn. We didn't find any such thing. Our balcony cabin was spacious, clean and pleasant. The public areas were also in great shape. We alternated our sit-down meals in the four theme restaurants included with the cruise. We found the food to be perhaps the best we've had on a cruise in recent times. We're not meat eaters, but we had to go back for the hibachi steak in Silk. It was excellent. The WIndjammer and Solarium are the usual buffets. There is an ample selection of buffet food. We didn't find it to be inconsistent. The shows in the theater and Two70 were excellent. The electronics, technology and machinery made for the most unique performances we've ever seen on a ship. The headliner acts were also very good. One thing we didn't think they did well was the recorded "ballroom music" in the Music Hall. We've been ballroom dancers for over 20 years, and the selection of music they played wasn't ballroom. Also, the Crown and Anchor get together was disappointing. We experienced some heavy seas, and our return to Bayonne had to be delayed by a day because of bad weather. It's true that a lot of the inovative gadgetry on the ship can't be used when the weather is bad, but weather can always be a problem. The staff was excellent. The food service was as good as we've found in most gourmet restaurants. After as many cruises as we've taken, we didn't think there was another way the cabin attendant could fold the towels, but he came up with several new ways. The two shore excursions we took were both interesting and well run. All in all, we had a very good time.

Better than some other reviews would have lead us to believe.

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by theresaged@att.net

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We've been cruising for 25 years now so we have some basis for comparison. First, Bayonne isn't a very nice place to go out of, and when we arrived on Jan15, 2016, their wifi went down and they didn't seem to have a back-up plan. Embarkation was a mess.

As for the ship, some critics have written that it seemed worn. We didn't find any such thing. Our balcony cabin was spacious, clean and pleasant. The public areas were also in great shape. We alternated our sit-down meals in the four theme restaurants included with the cruise. We found the food to be perhaps the best we've had on a cruise in recent times. We're not meat eaters, but we had to go back for the hibachi steak in Silk. It was excellent. The WIndjammer and Solarium are the usual buffets. There is an ample selection of buffet food. We didn't find it to be inconsistent.

The shows in the theater and Two70 were excellent. The electronics, technology and machinery made for the most unique performances we've ever seen on a ship. The headliner acts were also very good. One thing we didn't think they did well was the recorded "ballroom music" in the Music Hall. We've been ballroom dancers for over 20 years, and the selection of music they played wasn't ballroom. Also, the Crown and Anchor get together was disappointing.

We experienced some heavy seas, and our return to Bayonne had to be delayed by a day because of bad weather. It's true that a lot of the inovative gadgetry on the ship can't be used when the weather is bad, but weather can always be a problem.

The staff was excellent. The food service was as good as we've found in most gourmet restaurants. After as many cruises as we've taken, we didn't think there was another way the cabin attendant could fold the towels, but he came up with several new ways. The two shore excursions we took were both interesting and well run. All in all, we had a very good time.
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Cabin 6292
Large, well appointed with plenty of storage room. Compact bathroom with shower as usual, but very usable.
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