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After dropping off luggage and proceeding to the parking garage, we were on time for our 10:30 - 11 AM check-in time appointment. We were greeted by a mobile agent and quickly checked in. By 11:15, we stepped on to Anthem of the Seas and finally viewed the Heartbeat chandelier! This new ship certainly has lots of WOW factors. It isn't like all the other RCI classes, so it took a little time to get familiar. Windjammer was one of the only areas that hasn't changed. Lunch was good - lots of choices. Staterooms were open at 1 PM. A SeaPass card was in the slot outside the stateroom door. We entered and were pleasantly surprised at the size of our D5 balcony room. At first I didn't like the closet arrangement - not the usual bifold door closet. There were two built in cupboards that didn't look big enough to hold our clothes. But - there was plenty of room and the drawers are bigger. The morning of Day 2: Lots of rolling during the night. For the first time in 200+ nights of cruising, I was sea sick. Captain Anders announced that the rough sea was more than he anticipated. Walking around (after taking the complimentary seasick pills), we saw some damage. The cosmetics shop had many bottles broken on the floor. Some broken bottles in the liquor shop as well. We heard about other breakage, but didn't see anything that was disastrous. By 3 PM we were in calm waters. Ports of Call: We have been to all the ports previously, but always like going back. The Caribbean Scenic Railway Tour in St. Kitts was the best excursion! The view is beautiful...and beverages are served during the tour. Some guests complained about the scheduled time in San Juan: 3 PM - 11 PM. We enjoyed our time there. Dinner at Cafe Puerto Rico is one of our favorite activities. St. Thomas and St. Maarten are popular islands. What's not too love??? Beautiful weather, that unbelievably blue Caribbean, and shopping! Dynamic Dining Classic: We requested a table of 6 or 8...and were seated at a table of 10. It's difficult to have a conversation with everyone at such a big table. We were told to expect dinner to take 2 hours, and it did. Our waiter did a good job, but he didn't have an assistant. Bread isn't served, there is a basket of rolls on the table - not the good variety we have had on other ships. The four complimentary dining venues are so much different than the big Main Dining Room. We liked the decor, food and service. Wonderland: The Most Memorable Experience of This Cruise!!! Oh my, it was "out of this world" in the very best way. Our waiter asked our preferences/dislikes, and then suggested that he bring courses. We chose the entrees: Branzino and Short Rib; and then he brought the most amazing and delicious food! My husband was NOT enthusiastic when we read the menu the day before our reservation...but he changed his mind with the first dish...and raved about the food and service! The short rib was the best piece of beef we have ever eaten. Jamie's: We went to Jamie's the last night (our Bonus Night) with another couple. It's a restaurant that works better with several people. The board with meats and cheeses started the meal, followed by Pear and Parmesan Salad. The pasta is freshly made and very good. I would recommend both Specialty Restaurants and will go back the next time we are on Anthem. We Will Rock You: Another superlative review!! I'm not a big fan of Queen, but this performance was a winner. A friend who goes to New York often said this show was Broadway caliber. The Gift: We saw it twice, and it took two times to appreciate the message. I paid more attention to the sets the first time. Virtual Symphony: Spectacular!! You don't have to be familiar with classical music to love this high-tech presentation. Spectra's Cabaret: Many people really liked this. We found it a bit bizarre. It's high energy and uses technology. Worth seeing, but for us, not the Wow factor of the other shows. Two70: This is where the Virtual Symphony and Spectra's Cabaret took place. During the day, we wandered in at lunch time. The Cafe has those yummy Beef Sandwiches and a Three Cheese Panini to die for. There are lots of bistro tables and seating for shows. Music Hall: Music (of course), dancing, entertainment and even the football playoff games (on the very big-screen television). Concierge Lounge: This lounge is placed in the back, and is accessible only by walking through the stateroom hallways on Deck 12. Our stateroom was midship Deck 12, so we were lucky to have a relatively short walk (husband counted 286 steps from our stateroom to the lounge). The lounge is large, lots of windows. IFly: My husband booked IFly before we cruised. He loved it! It takes about an hour from signing in to suiting up to getting instructions and to finally getting to fly! All ages participated. It was very popular. North Star: What a view!! This is one of the best new features, especially when at a port. I don't like heights and was a little concerned that we might bounce around. No problem - we rose slowly, had lots of time to ohhh and ahh and take photos. Photo Gallery: So much more efficient than having photos on display. We used the SeaPass to access all photos, picked ones we wanted and they were ready the last night. I expected a long line that last night, but there were many crew members working and it took only a couple minutes. Disembarkation: We chose to walk off and went through customs, got in the car and were on the road by 7 AM. The Captain, officers, Cruise Director, Activities Director, and all crew members worked hard to make this a pleasant cruise. We didn't complain about getting an extra day at sea. The weather played a big role in this cruise. Guests who flew to the port had to make hasty changes. Guests who expected to board Monday, January 25 were disappointed, to say the least. We're retired and drove, so the extra day was a happy bonus for us. We appreciate the concern for safety. Conclusion: Anthem of the Seas is a beautiful ship with so much to offer. Wifi was relatively fast (this is the first time we used wifi). Technology is everywhere and can only get better as the few remaining wrinkles are ironed out. I look forward to another opportunity to cruise on Quantum class.

A couple hours of rough seas didn't stop me from loving this cruise!

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by indiana71

Trip Details
After dropping off luggage and proceeding to the parking garage, we were on time for our 10:30 - 11 AM check-in time appointment. We were greeted by a mobile agent and quickly checked in. By 11:15, we stepped on to Anthem of the Seas and finally viewed the Heartbeat chandelier!

This new ship certainly has lots of WOW factors. It isn't like all the other RCI classes, so it took a little time to get familiar. Windjammer was one of the only areas that hasn't changed. Lunch was good - lots of choices.

Staterooms were open at 1 PM. A SeaPass card was in the slot outside the stateroom door. We entered and were pleasantly surprised at the size of our D5 balcony room. At first I didn't like the closet arrangement - not the usual bifold door closet. There were two built in cupboards that didn't look big enough to hold our clothes. But - there was plenty of room and the drawers are bigger.

The morning of Day 2: Lots of rolling during the night. For the first time in 200+ nights of cruising, I was sea sick. Captain Anders announced that the rough sea was more than he anticipated. Walking around (after taking the complimentary seasick pills), we saw some damage. The cosmetics shop had many bottles broken on the floor. Some broken bottles in the liquor shop as well. We heard about other breakage, but didn't see anything that was disastrous. By 3 PM we were in calm waters.

Ports of Call: We have been to all the ports previously, but always like going back. The Caribbean Scenic Railway Tour in St. Kitts was the best excursion! The view is beautiful...and beverages are served during the tour.

Some guests complained about the scheduled time in San Juan: 3 PM - 11 PM. We enjoyed our time there. Dinner at Cafe Puerto Rico is one of our favorite activities.

St. Thomas and St. Maarten are popular islands. What's not too love??? Beautiful weather, that unbelievably blue Caribbean, and shopping!

Dynamic Dining Classic: We requested a table of 6 or 8...and were seated at a table of 10. It's difficult to have a conversation with everyone at such a big table. We were told to expect dinner to take 2 hours, and it did. Our waiter did a good job, but he didn't have an assistant. Bread isn't served, there is a basket of rolls on the table - not the good variety we have had on other ships.

The four complimentary dining venues are so much different than the big Main Dining Room. We liked the decor, food and service.

Wonderland: The Most Memorable Experience of This Cruise!!! Oh my, it was "out of this world" in the very best way. Our waiter asked our preferences/dislikes, and then suggested that he bring courses. We chose the entrees: Branzino and Short Rib; and then he brought the most amazing and delicious food! My husband was NOT enthusiastic when we read the menu the day before our reservation...but he changed his mind with the first dish...and raved about the food and service! The short rib was the best piece of beef we have ever eaten.

Jamie's: We went to Jamie's the last night (our Bonus Night) with another couple. It's a restaurant that works better with several people. The board with meats and cheeses started the meal, followed by Pear and Parmesan Salad. The pasta is freshly made and very good.

I would recommend both Specialty Restaurants and will go back the next time we are on Anthem.

We Will Rock You: Another superlative review!! I'm not a big fan of Queen, but this performance was a winner. A friend who goes to New York often said this show was Broadway caliber.

The Gift: We saw it twice, and it took two times to appreciate the message. I paid more attention to the sets the first time.

Virtual Symphony: Spectacular!! You don't have to be familiar with classical music to love this high-tech presentation.

Spectra's Cabaret: Many people really liked this. We found it a bit bizarre. It's high energy and uses technology. Worth seeing, but for us, not the Wow factor of the other shows.

Two70: This is where the Virtual Symphony and Spectra's Cabaret took place. During the day, we wandered in at lunch time. The Cafe has those yummy Beef Sandwiches and a Three Cheese Panini to die for. There are lots of bistro tables and seating for shows.

Music Hall: Music (of course), dancing, entertainment and even the football playoff games (on the very big-screen television).

Concierge Lounge: This lounge is placed in the back, and is accessible only by walking through the stateroom hallways on Deck 12. Our stateroom was midship Deck 12, so we were lucky to have a relatively short walk (husband counted 286 steps from our stateroom to the lounge). The lounge is large, lots of windows.

IFly: My husband booked IFly before we cruised. He loved it! It takes about an hour from signing in to suiting up to getting instructions and to finally getting to fly! All ages participated. It was very popular.

North Star: What a view!! This is one of the best new features, especially when at a port. I don't like heights and was a little concerned that we might bounce around. No problem - we rose slowly, had lots of time to ohhh and ahh and take photos.

Photo Gallery: So much more efficient than having photos on display. We used the SeaPass to access all photos, picked ones we wanted and they were ready the last night. I expected a long line that last night, but there were many crew members working and it took only a couple minutes.

Disembarkation: We chose to walk off and went through customs, got in the car and were on the road by 7 AM.

The Captain, officers, Cruise Director, Activities Director, and all crew members worked hard to make this a pleasant cruise. We didn't complain about getting an extra day at sea. The weather played a big role in this cruise. Guests who flew to the port had to make hasty changes. Guests who expected to board Monday, January 25 were disappointed, to say the least. We're retired and drove, so the extra day was a happy bonus for us.

We appreciate the concern for safety.

Conclusion: Anthem of the Seas is a beautiful ship with so much to offer. Wifi was relatively fast (this is the first time we used wifi). Technology is everywhere and can only get better as the few remaining wrinkles are ironed out.

I look forward to another opportunity to cruise on Quantum class.
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Very comfortable bed. Nice balcony with two chairs and a very small table.
The sofa is bigger than we have had in other ships.
The bathroom nightlight is a real convenience.
To activate lights, you need to place a SeaPass into the slot by the door.
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