After sailing on Quantum of the Seas in 2014, I wanted to try Anthem. I was anticipating this ship and all of its beauty. The ship itself was beautiful and very clean! After a few weeks of bad seas and bad press for Norovirus, I wasn't sure what to expect but the ship was indeed very clean. I noticed that it seemed to rock quite a bit, but it could have been because we were going very slowly, 12 knots, and I think the stabilizers might have been off. And we didn't go to Halifax as we were supposed to, but went south instead for safety which was fine. It just would have been nice if the Captain told us instead of letting us guess or see on the television that we had a change in direction.
Now the reason I rated it average was for a few things, the food was no better than cafeteria food and service was terrible. The exception was Jamie Oliver's, a specialty restaurant, that was fantastic and we had eaten in on Quantum as well. Just great! The Grande where we ate one night was good too and service there was wonderful as opposed to American Icon where it was horrendous!
Our room steward too was wonderful though. For a weekend cruise, I was not expecting towel animals which we got. He also brought us ice which was great. We mentioned it once and he brought it everyday without us asking again. Technically, it's supposed to be from room service.
Well laid out and comfortable!
Embarkation was chaos this time. The other time we went there it was very easy. No one was directing anyone to go to a line or anything. It was very hectic and took a long time!