Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by hallasm
- Sail Date: September 2016
- Destination: Canada & New England
Ports of call met or exceeded all our expectations and so did the weather. Sunshine for seven days except two days at sea - quite exceptional for late September. Restaurants and service in top as usual. We did dine in Jamie's, American Icon Grill, Grande, Silk, Chic and Windjammer. In particular Chic did provide a very high level of service - food good in all restaurants. Also good shows and entertainment.
Cape Liberty boarding and sail away
We had booked transport from the hotel to the cruise ship through Carmel Limousine service. The car arrived to the hotel exactly at 10:30 am and an hour later we were ready to board the Anthem of the Seas.
The same procedures as usual with passports - but as Danish citizens we had an extra passport control, as we also visited Canada at our cruise.
Boarding was very smooth. We were on board at 11:30 am and went straight to the Windjammer Cafe for lunch. Found a table on the outdoor aft deck.
At 1:00 pm, our cabin were ready and suitcases came right away, so we could get unpacked. Booked a table at Jamie Oliver's restaurant for the first evening and booked our excursions for the cruise.
We did like dynamic dining and learned that this was almost the end of the true Dynamic Dining. As usual we had not made table reservations prior to the cruise.
The captain was Danish - Henrik Loft Sorensen - we also sailed with him through the Suez Canal in January 2011. Very informative captain.
At 4 pm we were ready to set sail, and exceptionally the captain had been allowed to sail into New York upper Bay and pass the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan's skyline and set course towards the north. Then under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and to the north.
At 6:30 pm we got a glass of white wine in the wine bar, and then dinner - olives with bread and tapenade, lasagna and dessert (pavlova and tiramisu).
Day 2 At sea
Friday we were at sea, bound for Boston.
It was nice weather for most of the day, we sat and enjoyed the sun and the good weather on the terrace of a cafe latte. By late afternoon, it was foggy and it was almost calm seas. At 19:30 we saw a cabaret in 'two70' followed by dinner in Restaurant Silk - food inspired by the east: squid and roast duck as well as some 'small between courts'.
Day 3 Boston and Freedom Trail
Anthem arrived in Boston at 7 pm. The ship was docked a few km from the center. We bought a Hop-on / Hop-off bus tour that began not far from the cruise terminal.
First stop was at Quincy Market, originally warehouses but now houses shops, restaurants and bars.From here we went to Beacon Hill, an area of ??old houses in the English style. Especially the narrow Acorn Street with small cobblestones was interesting.
We then followed the 'Freedom Trail' which takes in the most interesting attractions in Boston - a walk of about 4 km. The tour starts in 'Boston Common' park and runs like a red line embedded in the sidewalk through the town. With a description of the sights in the hand is just to follow the line from Boston Common and through the city.
After the Freedom Trail, we took again Hop-on / Hop-off bus from stop no. 3 - we drove up to the stop no. 8 which included the library and Trinity Church. Went through the Public Garden and took the Hop-on / Hop-off bus from stop no. 6 and drove the entire trip through Cambridge universities back to the cruise ship. Back on the ship at the 4pm
Before dinner we saw a show in the theater - 'Gift' - marvelous scenery, but unfortunately music not just to our taste. Dinner in the American Icon Grill consisting of fried tiger shrimp, Mahi-Mahi (fish) and apple pie with ice.
Dag 4 - Portland, Maine
We sailed into Portland at 7 am - a beautiful entrance between many small islands.
At 8 am we went on tour - had booked a half-day trip to Kennebunk Port, which is a historic shipyard- and fishing village about 40 km south of Portland. We had hoped to see forests of maple trees that were beginning to be red, but still to warm, so most trees were still green. We started the visit Kennebunk Port at Dock Square at the Kennebunk River, where we walked around and saw the many beautiful houses (colonial). At 11 am we drove along the water to Walker's Point, former President George W. Bush's summer home. Unfortunately we could not stop. The flag was hoisted, so Bush was in his 'home'. From here back to Portland. Went for a walk in the city - unfortunately, a large part of the original town with wooden houses burned and at rebuilding has made wide roads Back on the ship for a late lunch in the Windjammer Cafe and Cafe Latte in the Concierge Lounge. When we left Portland we sailed only a little to the south to see Portland Head Light (lighthouse).
Dag 5 - Bar Harbor, Maine
We arrived in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island in Maine State at 7:00 am. A splendid entrance between the many small islands and thousands of lobster traps marked with white buoys. Bar Harbor is a tender port - we sailed into the harbor in small boats.
Today's excursion was to Acadia Nature Park, covering the majority of the island. We drove from Bar Harbor to the south along the rugged rocky coast and through dense forests to the top of Cadillac Mountain, where there was a nice view over the island. Back in Bar Harbor we got a cappuccino at a cafe. Walked through the town and along a path along the water.
Day 6 - At Sea
On the way south on Bay of Fundy and Nova Scotia in Canada from Halifax.
After 5 days of sun, we passed through some rain, but it was not blowing as the sea was very calm. The day went with reading. In the afternoon we saw a musical in the theater - "We will Rock You" based on the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen - great setting and good music. Late in the afternoon we were in the gym. Dinner at the Grande. A vol-au-vent with shellfish for main lobster and dessert valrona-cake and ice cream.
Day 7 - Halifax, Canada
Arrived in Halifax at 07:00 am and already 07:30 am, we were on the road on tour. Today's first outing went to Peggy's Cove, a very charming little fishing village south of Halifax. The sea was fired and the small port was lobster boats and there was lobster traps on the wharf. The houses were in different color because the color was originally the family emblem when the boats come in with their catch. We drove along the coast, where there was some little fishing villages in the protected bays. Back on the ship, there was just time for lunch before the day's second outing - a 'whale lookout-trip "- it was considerably more looking than whales !. Then head a few gray seals. The whales had traveled south for the winter. For the evening we ate in the Chic - - gravad lax, Chicken masala and hazelnut cake / apple pie with ice cream - served by our South African servant, Jo Anny.
Day 8 - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
We arrived in Saint John, in the province of New Brunswick at noon - we had to wait until it was high tide, before we could sail into the harbor. Saint John is the place in the world with the greatest difference between the ebb and flow of - a total of 16 meters. at 1 pm we went on an excursion. We started at the town market, a covered market, built in 1870 with local goods. Continue on to "Reversing Falls", where Saint John river flows into the Bay of Fundy. Because of the large difference in the tide runs large amounts of water into the Saint John River from the Bay of Fundy, when it is high tide. When the tide falls after 6 hours (low tide) runs the large volumes of water with great force back from the river to the bay - flow is changing so every 6 hours. We came back at 6:30 to see the water flowing back. very impressive to see the large amount of water running back into Bay of Fundy
The tour then went to Saint Martin, a small fishing village about 50 km north of Saint John. Also here there was a big difference between the tide and the fishing boats were in the harbor standing on the seabed. We ate clamp chowder (soup of fish and shellfish) at a restaurant in St. Martins, Sea Cave - an area where the water has made big caves in the cliffs. Here we saw the typical covered wooden bridges.
On the way back to Saint John and the ship we started again stop by "Reversing Falls" to see the water run back to the Bay of Fundy. The trip ended with a local beer at a Irish pub.
Day 9 - At Sea
On the way from Saint John back to Cape Liberty Cruise Port - a trip of 36 hours. The weather has deteriorated - rain and more wind. At 1pm we were on the bridge. Unfortunately, Captain Henrik not on duty. We were guided by a Swedish female second officer.After the visit we went in Two70 where there was 'Captain's corner', where it was possible to ask questions - quite entertaining. Before dinner we got a 'Manhattan' in the Concierge Lounge and then dinner in the Windjammer Café - Mongolian barbecue, cheese and a little dessert. Bags packed and placed outside the door at before 10 pm. Then time for a late drink in the bar.
Arrival Cape Liberty and Departure
Arrived at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne at 07 am
At 8 am we got breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe and waited so that we could go ashore. Immigration was slow and we left the first ship at 10:30 am and then took 30 minutes to get our suitcases and get through immigration. Departure schedule were 30 to 60 minutes behind schedule. This is the third time we arrive by cruise to Cape Liberty, and we have not yet found out how transfer to the airport operates. We could not find anywhere to buy tickets, but finally we did find a transfer bus that to Newark International Airport
We had a little wait before check-in opened. Quickly through security and to the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) lounge where we ate a late lunch. At 5:35 pm SK910 was ready to leave for Copenhagen. A flight of 7 hours 35 minutes. Once again we were fortunate to be moving forward in the plane to the 'Plus'. Giving a little extra width and legroom.
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