Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by Bikerboy32
- Sail Date: March 2016
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cruise Director Abe Hughes was the best ever and his early morning/late night show unkissable!
The crew from the funny captain with his quips to the stateroom cleaners were all cheerful,smiling and seemed happy to chat.
The entertainment was awesome with three top shows We Will Rock You,The Gift and Spectra's Caberet all brilliant.The show We Will RockYou Show was remarkably good seeing as it was a new cast on this sailing!
The hygiene seemed a top priority on board with the 'Wishy-washy 'stations at every entrance of Windjammer buffet a great idea.We loved the complimentary restaurants especially
American Icon and Silk and Chic.
The Music Hall was the most amazing venue with Rock Band 'Rock The Boat ',Led Zepp-again' and DJ's etc.Our favourite venue after our meals out.
Cabin 9188 was lovely,clean and had a super balcony view of NYC and the 'Lady' of N.Y as we sailed southwards!
Anthem was a big ship but we didn't really have too much waiting to do for elevators,shows etc.Pre-booking at home was a mandatory if you want to get in to your own schedule!I-Fly experience was awesome and my wife especially enjoyed the bumper cars(her chance to get even with me?),a hoot at Sea!
The weather this a cruise was mainly hot and sunny,seas were fairly calm and a feared 'rough night' didn't materialise on our return to Bayonne.All in All it was a great cruise.We enjoyed a ride we pre-booked on 'North Star' in San Juan,Peurto Rico with 300' above deck views from the gondola to entertain us.
Food was good,plenty and free in the Windjammer and we didn't take the option of a 'pay-to -eat' venue so can't comment on that option.
The Royal Theatre was a large venue offering shows etc and we visited a couple during the fortnight. plenty of waiters on-hand offering drinks etc all at cost mind.We did take a drink package but feel it was worth it as my wife's favourite drink Malibu was included in the package we took.I would take a soda package next cruise and get a 'premium 'coffee inclusion as the free coffee wasn't to my taste to be honest.
We had a lot if fun visiting g the six islands on the cruise we took official trips on Labadee(Amiga Island),Barbados(Harrison's Cave) and St Kitts(Coach tour).Other beach type tours we took privately or just grabbed a taxi and went at low cost! Boat Yard,Barbados a must visit beach venue, awesome!
The ship featured high-end shops etc and many retail shows etc on T.V ,it did get a little over the top eventually seeing as the prices were way out of my reach to be honest(alright if your mega-rich?). A cheap gift sale was offered during certain days and the crowds were like something out of a Riot at one point,almost embarrassing to watch!
Generally the ambience was good with many venues offering musical entertainment to all tastes,dancing ,Latin, classical etc
The 'Pool Deck' on 14 was packed during Sea-days and if you wanted a chair to lie in you needs to be up at dawn!This seemed unfair as many chairs were reserved with towels as guests went to lunch(against ship policy but unregulated ).The giant film screen was great showing films at night and other shows and camera views during the day.Hot tubs were lovely and plentiful onboard.The pool area featured two pools(one under cover),bars,ice-cream machine and free towel vending(Just a $25 fine for un-returned ships towels by cruise end).An adults only Solarium was also provided with cafe,tubs and pools under glass.
The Art on board was good especially around deck 4&5 where a giant 'beating' heart in lights provided a focus and on deck 3/a giant chrome tubular artwork gave a nice central touch to the relaxing area during pre (or after )dinner times.The Artwork auctions were numerous if you like to buy art ,and other events all over the ship meant there was always something to see or do.You will never be bored on Anthem,believe Me!
The Security of guests was well enforced with sea-pass card monitoring at all ports and bottle-storage for drink purchases from land etc.
The Anthem features a gym,running track etc if that's your thing but I prefer to chill out,glass in hand with my feet up by the pool!
Anthem caters to all tastes and pockets...
We had a blast,hope you do too..
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Harrison's CaveAn informative,tour of Barbados included in the journey to the caves.The lifts down were good and the ride itself easy and relaxing(if a little wet at times).The Caves are simply breathtaking in their beauty! The guides were great and proud if their heritage and it showed!View All 82 Harrison's Cave Reviews
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