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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Easter Cruise 2016

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by Taidsinn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2016
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We picked this cruise primarily because Bayonne is within easy driving distance of Toronto, and the cost of flights is a major discretionary expense we did not wish to incur. Despite a significant traffic tie-up at the port, embarkation went very smoothly, and we were on-board less than 15 minutes after parking at the pier.

Anthem is a beautiful ship, and provides excellent amenities. We particularly enjoyed the Solarium and indoor pool area. Having said that, the public areas, such as the Royal Promenade, are not as well laid out as other Royal Caribbean ships, so it is sometimes difficult to manoeuver from forward facilities to the dining areas, especially when a watch, jewellery, or clothing sale is being conducted.

We did have issues with Royal IQ, which is clearly designed to work with Apple products, and is not compatible with Android tablets, Windows phones, or Blackberry devices. While there are IQ stations in a number of areas, there were often line-ups in those areas, and the application did not work flawlessly on the cabin television - in one case, the "working on it" icon on the TV ran for three hours without confirming our reservation for dinner.

The crew are clearly excited to be working on Anthem, and we received excellent service. Having said that, the wait staff in the dining rooms appeared to be stressed, and we were unable to establish solid rapport with them as we did not have the same servers every day.

Despite these minor issues, we had a great cruise and have booked again for another cruise on Anthem in the fall.

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Cabin Review

Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin D2 10542

An excellent cabin, located forward of the elevators on the starboard side. Although it was a little tight for two people (and a wheelchair), we found it quite accommodating. Our cabin steward (Marvin from Costa Rica) was excellent and we would be delighted to have him assist us again.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

Construction near the port area causes significant traffic issues, but once the luggage was off-loaded, the embarkation process was quite smooth.

San Juan

We stayed on board, as we have visited San Juan several times.

St. Maarten

We had perfect weather for a beach break, although my wife did lose her glasses when she was bowled over by a wave. The peddlers seemed more reserved and less pushy than they were on our last visit.

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

We walked around the port area and took advantage of the free WI-FI available at the bar to the right of the Customs House.

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