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We chose this ship as it appeared there was so much for my 10, 13 and 15yr olds to do onboard. First, there were no poolside or ship activities for kids to do- no children in our group wanted to spend the days inside at “camp” playing dodgeball everyday without the option to swim or experience other kids activities. This ship needs hair braiding, henna tattoos pool games, giveaways and other poolside activities that other ships and resorts have to offer. By not having these things, much time is wasted on the islands as this is the only place where these things are available. Additionally, for a ship this size, the one small outdoor pool is not enough. People were crammed in there (especially during the World Cup) and there were never enough chairs (people every day we’re on towels on the pool deck floor). If the pool was to capacity, the only other option was to pile into the indoor pool, which again, was small and mediocre at best. The Solarium (adults only pool area) was also an indoor pool which was extremely hot and stuffy. The band only played for short intervals sporadically during the day- they were fantastic, wish we could have heard more. The food (especially at Windjammer) was not impressive, though I do have to say it improved in the dining room after day 4. The service in the dining room however, was outstanding- ask for the waiter Aleat if you have anytime dining or Michael the assistant waiter- both were absolutely amazing... night. In terms of organization, we felt that this was lacking on several different occasions. First, one of our drink packages was not linked to the wristband for the entire duration of our vacation. This resulted in my wasting hours (upwards of 5) over the course of the trip at Guest Services to remove inapplicable charges to the account. The lines moved very slowly and it was extremely inconvenient and disappointing that I had to spend so much of my time resolving an issue that was promised to be rectified on Day 1 but continued through the early night hours on our last night- 8 nights later! Our favorite night spot was The Pub. Great, cheap pub food (we had to eat here a few times as the free food on the ship is extremely tiresome). They also offer a variety of beers that no other place on the ship does- inclusive of a few varieties of IPA’s. Our favorite crew member here was Myron- he was absolutely amazing and we enjoyed him immensely. In summary, Royal needs more attention to detail. The activities on board are lacking tremendously. The shows (that were unavailable to make reservations for) were impossible to get into- including the 4th of July party. This led to many unhappy and disgruntled cruisers, which is really too bad. The ship is beautiful and I really enjoyed being on the large ship. But with the large numbers, the flow and demand needs to be much better planned and accounted for.

Beautifully Ship, Activities Lacking, Food Cold and Tasteless

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by TripleLMA

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We chose this ship as it appeared there was so much for my 10, 13 and 15yr olds to do onboard. First, there were no poolside or ship activities for kids to do- no children in our group wanted to spend the days inside at “camp” playing dodgeball everyday without the option to swim or experience other kids activities. This ship needs hair braiding, henna tattoos pool games, giveaways and other poolside activities that other ships and resorts have to offer. By not having these things, much time is wasted on the islands as this is the only place where these things are available. Additionally, for a ship this size, the one small outdoor pool is not enough. People were crammed in there (especially during the World Cup) and there were never enough chairs (people every day we’re on towels on the pool deck floor). If the pool was to capacity, the only other option was to pile into the indoor pool, which again, was small and mediocre at best. The Solarium (adults only pool area) was also an indoor pool which was extremely hot and stuffy. The band only played for short intervals sporadically during the day- they were fantastic, wish we could have heard more.

The food (especially at Windjammer) was not impressive, though I do have to say it improved in the dining room after day 4. The service in the dining room however, was outstanding- ask for the waiter Aleat if you have anytime dining or Michael the assistant waiter- both were absolutely amazing... night.

In terms of organization, we felt that this was lacking on several different occasions. First, one of our drink packages was not linked to the wristband for the entire duration of our vacation. This resulted in my wasting hours (upwards of 5) over the course of the trip at Guest Services to remove inapplicable charges to the account. The lines moved very slowly and it was extremely inconvenient and disappointing that I had to spend so much of my time resolving an issue that was promised to be rectified on Day 1 but continued through the early night hours on our last night- 8 nights later!

Our favorite night spot was The Pub. Great, cheap pub food (we had to eat here a few times as the free food on the ship is extremely tiresome). They also offer a variety of beers that no other place on the ship does- inclusive of a few varieties of IPA’s. Our favorite crew member here was Myron- he was absolutely amazing and we enjoyed him immensely.

In summary, Royal needs more attention to detail. The activities on board are lacking tremendously. The shows (that were unavailable to make reservations for) were impossible to get into- including the 4th of July party. This led to many unhappy and disgruntled cruisers, which is really too bad. The ship is beautiful and I really enjoyed being on the large ship. But with the large numbers, the flow and demand needs to be much better planned and accounted for.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 5D 12-296
We had adjoining cabins for the 5 of us (12-296/12-294). Rooms were spaceous and well payed out. Balcony faces the Port Side Aft- great views and awesome position on the boat.
Deck 13 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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    Hired private transport off the terminal (Puerto Rico Travel Connections) and the owner, Danny was wonderful. We told him what we wanted to do and he took us everywhere we asked. Spent 6 hours with him, he took us to a natural water slide in the Rainforest River where all the locals go- it was absolutely amazing. From here, he gave us a tour of Old San Juan. In total, a 6 hour tour, with 5 of us going horseback riding through the rainforest; sliding in a natural water park and a thorough tour of the forts, etc in San Juan- $450 for all. Can’t beat it- look him up, he has a website!
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