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This was our 9th cruise, first on Quantum Class, and our first doing a non-Caribbean itinerary. We loved both the length (this was our first longer than 7 nights) and the itinerary. We wanted to do something different as this was our 10 year anniversary. We weren't sure what to expect as we've always done warm weather cruises but we loved it. It's a beautiful area of the country and we enjoyed being to see so much in such a short amount of time. We definitely plan to take a trip to spend more time in Maine. We were pleasantly surprised that despite sailing North in October we were still able to very comfortably use the Solarium. About Quantum class - if you've never sailed it, it's VERY different then any of the other classes. We enjoyed the change and for the right deal would sail again but our overall opinion after sailing is that we prefer the other classes. The public spaces seemed to be very condensed and not as spread out throughout the ship. The ship feels more enclosed than others. There is very little views to the outside on most levels. Having sailed Oasis and Harmony we also do not feel these ships have as much to offer to kids. We did enjoy the North Star and Ripcord experience and I also did trapeze. 270 is overhyped - it's unavailable to use most nights due to shows and even when in it they have the windows closed for projection so you can enjoy the exterior views. Cons: Drink prices have gone up, up, up! Crew members were pushing the added cost experiences quite a bit. Our mattress was terrible - worst ever while onboard. And c'mon - keep the soft serve open longer and chocolate/vanilla should be standard. It was only available 1x on a 9 night cruise. The rest of the time it was some combo with Strawberry.

Loved our first non-Caribbean cruise!

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by mcangelwp

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This was our 9th cruise, first on Quantum Class, and our first doing a non-Caribbean itinerary.

We loved both the length (this was our first longer than 7 nights) and the itinerary. We wanted to do something different as this was our 10 year anniversary. We weren't sure what to expect as we've always done warm weather cruises but we loved it. It's a beautiful area of the country and we enjoyed being to see so much in such a short amount of time. We definitely plan to take a trip to spend more time in Maine. We were pleasantly surprised that despite sailing North in October we were still able to very comfortably use the Solarium.

About Quantum class - if you've never sailed it, it's VERY different then any of the other classes. We enjoyed the change and for the right deal would sail again but our overall opinion after sailing is that we prefer the other classes. The public spaces seemed to be very condensed and not as spread out throughout the ship. The ship feels more enclosed than others. There is very little views to the outside on most levels. Having sailed Oasis and Harmony we also do not feel these ships have as much to offer to kids. We did enjoy the North Star and Ripcord experience and I also did trapeze. 270 is overhyped - it's unavailable to use most nights due to shows and even when in it they have the windows closed for projection so you can enjoy the exterior views.

Cons: Drink prices have gone up, up, up! Crew members were pushing the added cost experiences quite a bit. Our mattress was terrible - worst ever while onboard. And c'mon - keep the soft serve open longer and chocolate/vanilla should be standard. It was only available 1x on a 9 night cruise. The rest of the time it was some combo with Strawberry.
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Cabin 9508
This was our first time sailing with oceanview instead of a balcony. With a Canada/New England cruise we did not think we would have as much opportunity to use the balcony. The size of the window was great and we had a chair and small table by it which I loved. I would have no hesitation booking an oceanview again.

This cabin is on the front of the ship and we did experience more movement and ALOT of noise! We've never had an issue before being woken up with noises from outside the ship but this time we heard alarms, loud slamming noises from doors (not stateroom doors), docking was especially noisy.
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