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We had been on Anthem once before, last year to Bermuda, so we were excited to embark on a new itinerary with a ship that we now had knowledge of. Last time we didn't get to do the Ripcord experience so we were very excited for it and it was so much fun. We also didn't get to do any of the specialty restaurants last time and took advantage of a three restaurant deal this time. Chops grille was solid, with a perfectly cooked Filet Mignon. Wonderland was a really neat experience with more food than I could probably eat in two sittings. Finally, Jamies Italian was tremendous. The lamb chops were phenomenal and washing everything down with some limoncello at the end was a perfect way to cap off the meal. As a suite guest we were allowed to dine in Coastal Kitchen. I had seen the reviews ahead of time and they weren't that great. I have to believe since it's located next to the Windjammer buffet that people got these two confused. The food and service were absolutely fantastic. The only knock was the occasional noise coming from the deck above. The activities and entertainment schedule are so immense there's never nothing to do. Spectra's caberet is the most unique show I've seen with the robotic video screens, acrobats and great singing acts. We did the Northstar in port at Canaveral and there was a thunderstorm nearby. It was really neat to see looking out. We saw We Will Rock You and the Gift on the last trip. We Will Rock You is awesome, especially if you like Queen music. The Gift was not that great, we just didn't get it but maybe that was the drink package taking its toll. As a suite guest we were invited to a bridge tour and it was really neat to see all of the controls and technology that runs the ship. Our cabin was very nice, our first time in a suite. It was nice having some extra room and a divide between a living space and bedroom. Also having a bathroom that easily fit the both of us with two sinks made it so much easier to get to our planned activities on time. The ports of call were just good. We honestly didn't take this cruise for the ports as we go to Orlando all the time and we'd both been to the bahamas before. This was our first time to RCL's private island CocoCay. The planned developments they're putting in place will make this a really super destination. In the absence of that we enjoyed just laying on the beach and snorkeling. I had the opportunity to see tons of cool sea life right off the beach and encountered several barracuda and three lemon sharks. Unfortunately on the last afternoon of the trip, a young man decided to jump off the back of the ship. Our ship immediately turned around as did another cruise ship in the area to commence search operations. We were quickly joined by the Navy and Coast Guard and released after a three hour search. The delay did not impact arrival back at our port but did end the cruise on a somber note. However, the Captain was very professional and informative of what was transpiring which put a lot of us at ease. Despite this minor blip on the radar, our overall cruise was fantastic.

Great experience in our first suite

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by Mikef723

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
We had been on Anthem once before, last year to Bermuda, so we were excited to embark on a new itinerary with a ship that we now had knowledge of. Last time we didn't get to do the Ripcord experience so we were very excited for it and it was so much fun. We also didn't get to do any of the specialty restaurants last time and took advantage of a three restaurant deal this time. Chops grille was solid, with a perfectly cooked Filet Mignon. Wonderland was a really neat experience with more food than I could probably eat in two sittings. Finally, Jamies Italian was tremendous. The lamb chops were phenomenal and washing everything down with some limoncello at the end was a perfect way to cap off the meal. As a suite guest we were allowed to dine in Coastal Kitchen. I had seen the reviews ahead of time and they weren't that great. I have to believe since it's located next to the Windjammer buffet that people got these two confused. The food and service were absolutely fantastic. The only knock was the occasional noise coming from the deck above.

The activities and entertainment schedule are so immense there's never nothing to do. Spectra's caberet is the most unique show I've seen with the robotic video screens, acrobats and great singing acts. We did the Northstar in port at Canaveral and there was a thunderstorm nearby. It was really neat to see looking out. We saw We Will Rock You and the Gift on the last trip. We Will Rock You is awesome, especially if you like Queen music. The Gift was not that great, we just didn't get it but maybe that was the drink package taking its toll. As a suite guest we were invited to a bridge tour and it was really neat to see all of the controls and technology that runs the ship.

Our cabin was very nice, our first time in a suite. It was nice having some extra room and a divide between a living space and bedroom. Also having a bathroom that easily fit the both of us with two sinks made it so much easier to get to our planned activities on time.

The ports of call were just good. We honestly didn't take this cruise for the ports as we go to Orlando all the time and we'd both been to the bahamas before. This was our first time to RCL's private island CocoCay. The planned developments they're putting in place will make this a really super destination. In the absence of that we enjoyed just laying on the beach and snorkeling. I had the opportunity to see tons of cool sea life right off the beach and encountered several barracuda and three lemon sharks.

Unfortunately on the last afternoon of the trip, a young man decided to jump off the back of the ship. Our ship immediately turned around as did another cruise ship in the area to commence search operations. We were quickly joined by the Navy and Coast Guard and released after a three hour search. The delay did not impact arrival back at our port but did end the cruise on a somber note. However, the Captain was very professional and informative of what was transpiring which put a lot of us at ease. Despite this minor blip on the radar, our overall cruise was fantastic.
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Cabin Review

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin GS 11242
Very nice cabin with plenty of room. The setup consisted of a separate living area with small desk, couch, chair, coffee table and TV, a separate bedroom with curtain divider that included a desk, a large bathroom with two sinks and tub/shower combo, and a nice sized balcony with two comfortable loungers and a small table and chairs. It was nice to have a room where two people could comfortably fit in the bathroom. Definitely made it easier to arrive at our planned activities on time. It was also nice to have two large closets which setup perfectly for each of us to separately store our clothes.
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