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An enjoyable experience, pleasant crew, great ports, and wonderful food. Would definitely repeat this cruise. The stateroom was spacious and the functionality of the virtual balconies is innovative. However, with a camera being out of order, it was odd to have a port side stateroom and see out the port side of the ship while looking starboard. This could potentially cause issues with motion sickness. The food was excellent and well prepared. I wish there was more variety in main dining room menus though. Also there was a notable lack of fruit bisques aside from one night. Spent a night eating in the Windjammer just to get some additional variety. Wonderland service was incredible and a very welcome and inventive addition. Would strongly recommend to anyone wanting a very creative meal in a fun atmosphere. There is a lot of food brought out, so come hungry and being a camera. Skydiving and bumper cars at sea were innovative and enjoyable. Never felt rushed to get through either and both were well run and an awesome addition to all of the other Royal Caribbean exclusive onboard experiences. On top of that, the FlowRider experience and staff were knowledgeable and had a vested interest in ensuring the guests learned and got better at surfing. Wish there were more night sessions. Enjoyably, the fitness center is at the top of the ship with a 270° view. Routinely worked out watching sunrise/sunset. North Star (the cantilevered pod that goes up above the ship and occasionally swings out towards the water) was amazing. 300 feet above the water level, extremely smooth, and exciting. No narration but crew was readily available to answer questions. The shows & game shows onboard were pleasantly varied and high quality. The virtual fireworks at the end of the cruise are slightly anti climactic. The Quest, We Will Rock You, & The Gift were very well done! Of note in the Royal Theatre, the reserved balcony section opens to everyone at 5 minutes prior to show time. Spectra's Cabaret was a unique experience at sea and well utilized the functionality of the two70 theatre. Spectra roams the ship routinely and is a delight to speak with without breaking character. After having Spectra host The Quest, I'm not sure anyone else will compare in the future. The ports were well selected but Bermuda in particular felt short. Of note, the alternating cruise with this one includes 32 hours in Bermuda across 2 days, so you could do the 9 and 5 night cruises back to back (recommend 5 night after 9 night so you bookend with Bermuda and use the first visit to scope out what you want to do). For a very tech-heavy ship, there are many features that were partially disabled like multiple disabled interactive information displays, waivers that wouldn't sign properly on the stateroom TV requiring them to be completed multiple times virtually. Also, Wi-Fi handover throughout the ship was hit or miss. Some areas reliably would only stay connected some of the time. (Wi-Fi shows connected but isn't actually connecting you to the internet) When Wi-Fi worked (most of the time), the speed is impressive and much enjoyed. Recommend pre purchasing. Doing an All Access Tour was excellent and is led by Shore Excursions. They're very knowledgeable and the tour is fun and interactive as you visit multiple service areas and the bridge. Of note, long pants and close-toed shoes are required. The ship was at 95% capacity and never felt overly full. The FlowRider line occasionally got a little line, but no more so than on most of the other Royal Caribbean ships.

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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by StephenCruises

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An enjoyable experience, pleasant crew, great ports, and wonderful food. Would definitely repeat this cruise.

The stateroom was spacious and the functionality of the virtual balconies is innovative. However, with a camera being out of order, it was odd to have a port side stateroom and see out the port side of the ship while looking starboard. This could potentially cause issues with motion sickness.

The food was excellent and well prepared. I wish there was more variety in main dining room menus though. Also there was a notable lack of fruit bisques aside from one night. Spent a night eating in the Windjammer just to get some additional variety.

Wonderland service was incredible and a very welcome and inventive addition. Would strongly recommend to anyone wanting a very creative meal in a fun atmosphere. There is a lot of food brought out, so come hungry and being a camera.

Skydiving and bumper cars at sea were innovative and enjoyable. Never felt rushed to get through either and both were well run and an awesome addition to all of the other Royal Caribbean exclusive onboard experiences. On top of that, the FlowRider experience and staff were knowledgeable and had a vested interest in ensuring the guests learned and got better at surfing. Wish there were more night sessions.

Enjoyably, the fitness center is at the top of the ship with a 270° view. Routinely worked out watching sunrise/sunset.

North Star (the cantilevered pod that goes up above the ship and occasionally swings out towards the water) was amazing. 300 feet above the water level, extremely smooth, and exciting. No narration but crew was readily available to answer questions.

The shows & game shows onboard were pleasantly varied and high quality. The virtual fireworks at the end of the cruise are slightly anti climactic. The Quest, We Will Rock You, & The Gift were very well done! Of note in the Royal Theatre, the reserved balcony section opens to everyone at 5 minutes prior to show time. Spectra's Cabaret was a unique experience at sea and well utilized the functionality of the two70 theatre. Spectra roams the ship routinely and is a delight to speak with without breaking character. After having Spectra host The Quest, I'm not sure anyone else will compare in the future.

The ports were well selected but Bermuda in particular felt short. Of note, the alternating cruise with this one includes 32 hours in Bermuda across 2 days, so you could do the 9 and 5 night cruises back to back (recommend 5 night after 9 night so you bookend with Bermuda and use the first visit to scope out what you want to do).

For a very tech-heavy ship, there are many features that were partially disabled like multiple disabled interactive information displays, waivers that wouldn't sign properly on the stateroom TV requiring them to be completed multiple times virtually. Also, Wi-Fi handover throughout the ship was hit or miss. Some areas reliably would only stay connected some of the time. (Wi-Fi shows connected but isn't actually connecting you to the internet) When Wi-Fi worked (most of the time), the speed is impressive and much enjoyed. Recommend pre purchasing.

Doing an All Access Tour was excellent and is led by Shore Excursions. They're very knowledgeable and the tour is fun and interactive as you visit multiple service areas and the bridge. Of note, long pants and close-toed shoes are required.

The ship was at 95% capacity and never felt overly full. The FlowRider line occasionally got a little line, but no more so than on most of the other Royal Caribbean ships.
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