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I chose this cruise because it was touted as being exciting for young adults. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This cruise is great for young families and old people. If you are in your late teens or in your 20's, you will be bored stiff at night. I took my 2 sons, who are young adults. Every night, they went out hoping to find some cool clubs onboard the ship, but instead, we ran into nothing but 1970's clubs filled with people in their 50's and 60's, or piano bars filled with people in their 50's or 60's, or art auctions filled with people in their 50's or 60's. We saw a lot of other bored young adults walking around looking lost as well. There must have been at least 6 clubs on board this ship. Couldn't Royal Caribbean dedicate just one club to people in their 20's and play Rap or whatever music is on the pop charts? I couldn't believe how insensitive this cruise line was to young adults. It truly felt like the only thing Royal Caribbean cared about was making money off its passengers and keeping us "in line". The service was good, except for the internet which never worked for us. Be aware, that even though marijuana is legal in many states, you will be thrown off the ship if there is a whiff of it onboard. (Even if you have a doctor's order, you run the very real risk of being arrested and thrown in jail and paying heavy fines.) We did not bring it onboard, but this company should really rethink their philosophy on this this. Especially since they are quite happy to serve alcohol to their passengers 24 hours a day and drunkenness is not only tolerated, but seems to be the status quo for many seasoned cruisers. Another point: they didn't even sell sewing kits or Qtips in the ship's store, but they constantly hawked thousands of watches just outside the tiny store! And they incessantly tried to get the passengers to attend their overpriced "art auctions". The only button up shirts they sold for men on the boat STARTED at $165! It was ridiculous. By the 2nd day, I realized I was nothing but a walking credit card to this cruise line. Then, when we got into port, the people running the excursions treated us like walking ATM machines as well; constantly reminding us that they expected to get tipped. I will say that the food was excellent and the drinks were good, but we paid through the nose for everything.

Don't go on the 9 night cruise if you are in your 20's

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by So Cal Equestrian

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I chose this cruise because it was touted as being exciting for young adults. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This cruise is great for young families and old people. If you are in your late teens or in your 20's, you will be bored stiff at night. I took my 2 sons, who are young adults. Every night, they went out hoping to find some cool clubs onboard the ship, but instead, we ran into nothing but 1970's clubs filled with people in their 50's and 60's, or piano bars filled with people in their 50's or 60's, or art auctions filled with people in their 50's or 60's. We saw a lot of other bored young adults walking around looking lost as well.

There must have been at least 6 clubs on board this ship. Couldn't Royal Caribbean dedicate just one club to people in their 20's and play Rap or whatever music is on the pop charts? I couldn't believe how insensitive this cruise line was to young adults.

It truly felt like the only thing Royal Caribbean cared about was making money off its passengers and keeping us "in line".

The service was good, except for the internet which never worked for us.

Be aware, that even though marijuana is legal in many states, you will be thrown off the ship if there is a whiff of it onboard. (Even if you have a doctor's order, you run the very real risk of being arrested and thrown in jail and paying heavy fines.) We did not bring it onboard, but this company should really rethink their philosophy on this this. Especially since they are quite happy to serve alcohol to their passengers 24 hours a day and drunkenness is not only tolerated, but seems to be the status quo for many seasoned cruisers.

Another point: they didn't even sell sewing kits or Qtips in the ship's store, but they constantly hawked thousands of watches just outside the tiny store! And they incessantly tried to get the passengers to attend their overpriced "art auctions". The only button up shirts they sold for men on the boat STARTED at $165! It was ridiculous.

By the 2nd day, I realized I was nothing but a walking credit card to this cruise line.

Then, when we got into port, the people running the excursions treated us like walking ATM machines as well; constantly reminding us that they expected to get tipped.

I will say that the food was excellent and the drinks were good, but we paid through the nose for everything.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8696
The cabin was very nice except there were only 3 hangars in the closets (we had two adjoining cabins and both were like this), so bring your own hangars. Our housekeeper came in twice a day. We were very impressed with her and tipped her accordingly.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Dolphin Encounter
    Excellent once we got in the water with the dolphins. Had to wait quite a while as the staff babbled about where they were from, etc. This would have been fine if it weren't scorching hot and we were wearing their lifevests by that time and standing in the hot sun. But overall, it was definitely worth it!
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  • Jetskiing
    We wish we could have skipped Puerto Rico and just spent two days in Labadee instead. This place is like heaven! The jet skiing was super fun on the ocean and our guide was chill. He led us out over the reefs to the open water and then we blasted at 100%. SUPER FUN! Best day of the whole cruise for sure!
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  • Parasailing
    After drinking rum from a whole pineapple, this is the perfect way to enjoy your buzz! It was our first time parasailing and the guides made it splendid! They showed us how to easily float up into the sky and we never wanted to come back down. We will definitely do it again. Thanks so much!
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  • Ziplining
    This was the best zip line of the whole cruise. We have zip lined for years and on this cruise, we zip lined in 3 ports, but this one beat them all! The staff were super friendly and treated us like human beings. That was really nice. But the best part was the zip line itself. It's super long and exciting, especially since most of it is over crystal clear, turquoise water. Amazing! I wish we could have done it again. Labadee is definitely the BEST port on this cruise.
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  • Ziplining
    First of all, the bus would not leave because they claimed someone on board had not given them a ticket. Since one of our party had stayed on the boat, I immediately told them they could just have my extra ticket. Still, they would not leave! Over 20 people sat on that bus for about 20 min for nothing. When we got to the forest, the people running it complained that our group was too big. We informed them that the cruise line sold us the tickets and should not have done so if the company could no handle 20 people. Then they accepted some families that came in their own private cars so our group got even bigger! It took forever to move from one zip line to the next. These zip lines were each very short, so we kept getting bogged down. We would wait for 10-15 minutes between each 40 second zip line ride. We got on the bus at 7:45 am and didn't get back to the ship until almost 1pm. This encounter was advertised as a 1.5 hour trip but it took 5. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT!
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  • St. Maarten
    This was very fun. There were monkeys in the trees and the people running it treated us like humans, not like numbers. They gave 100% and allowed us more freedom than the other excursions. We really appreciated that. Very cool zip line!
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