We cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past and were always very satisfied, so we decided we'd like to experience their new ship Anthem of the Seas. After leaving for several cruises from the piers in Manhattan, we find the embarkation at Cape Liberty is far more convenient. With so much of the documentation being done online beforehand, we were through security and on the ship with little delay.
This is an absolutely beautiful ship, brand new and well maintained. We had a balcony cabin that was very comfortable and always immaculate, thanks to our attendant Ingrid. Room service brought coffee each morning, just at the time requested, so we could relax with a cup on the balcony before starting our day.
Though the ship is tremendous, the layout is simple, so I found getting around very easy. It carries thousands of passengers, but it never seemed crowded except for the main pool area and the Marketplace Buffet at breakfast. But, I've encountered the same situation on other cruise lines, - it seems to be unavoidable. We enjoyed dynamic dining, visiting a different restaurant each night. Each was unique and decorated beautifully, with a menu reflecting it's theme. Our dinner reservations were all made online before the cruise, so we were seated on time in each venue. I thought the food was very good and had nice variety. I wouldn't compare the quality with a five star restaurant in Manhattan, but I enjoyed the meals and I thought the service was great. My favorite restaurant was The Grande, the most elegant, and the menu offered some great choices.
They have amazing activities to suit everyone. The solarium, an adults only refuge, is beautiful and relaxing with the pool and surroundings under a glass roof. From Ripcord by iFly, bumper cars, air hockey, flow rider, to trivia in the main lounge, there's always some activity happening at every level. A member of our family tried the iFly and was so happy she did. It was a unique and fun experience, led by attentive, well qualified instructors. With so much to choose from, you'd really have to try to be bored on this ship.
The entertainment was the best I've encountered on any cruise. "We Will Rock You" was a fun musical, set to the music of Queen. The actors were all very talented and could easily compete on Broadway. Spectra's Cabaret combines music, dancing and technology to create a powerful and entertaining show. My personal favorite was DSB a Journey tribute band. They sounded exactly like Journey and brought so much energy and talent into the Music Hall, the entire audience was engaged in their performance. Saw them twice. What a great time!
Bermuda is a great destination because it's beautiful and lush, with pristine beaches and wonderful people. On this visit we tried the segway tour in the Royal Dockyard, and it was really cool. The tour guides gave great instructions on operating the segways and gave us ample time to practice. Everyone picked it up quickly and we were on our way, even doing a little off-roading from time to time and visiting local beaches. This excursion was well worth the money and you pick it up right on Kings Wharf. We did some shopping in Hamilton, where they have great shops and our only disappointment was our beach day being cut short by rain. Bermuda is a wonderful island where you always feel safe and welcomed!
I enjoyed this cruise very much. The ship was amazing and the service was wonderful. The staff on Anthem of the Seas was quick to accommodate and assist, always with a great attitude. I just wish it was longer than 5 days and I would be very happy to revisit Anthem of the Seas again!
Lovely cabin, great balcony. Very comfortable bed and good amount of closet space. The cabin attendant was Ingrid, always cheerful, friendly and efficient. Spotless room with her in charge.