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The ship is beautiful and clearly designed for cruises in less than perfect weather. The Solarium is enormous and there is also a large, covered family pool area. Of course the Seaplex area with bumper cars, basketball, foosball, video games, etc is all indoors. We went to the NorthStar right after boarding - no reservations needed - for magnificent views of the NYC skyline. We didn't know about the Escape Room, but learned if you don't make reservations on line ahead of time it's important to go as soon as you board; I was disappointed that we couldn't get in. I heard you could do iFly without reservations on boarding day but we didn't try since I had made reservations on-line. Again, if you don't have reservations and are interested, make them as soon as you board. There were crew members in Two70 to make show reservations during boarding. Random comments / thoughts: 1. Virtually no visible presence of the ship’s officers which was a disappointment. Did not see the Cruise Director or Staff very much, either. 2. Life jackets are NOT is your cabin. They are at the muster stations. 3. Major chokepoints / crowds when exiting Two70 and the Theater. Everyone is funneling through the same doorways. 4. Two70 apparently has changing displays in the evenings (Vistagrams). We missed all but the final evenings "Fireworks". I wish we had known when the others were up. My Time Dining - it really doesn’t seem to matter if you have reservations or not (we did). The reception area pulled people from the no reservation line ahead of us; disorganized at the checkin area every night. Service was very good in American Icon and Silk; very slow in Grande, but in all fairness, they dropped us in at about 6:15, during the Early MDR Dinner service. We waited to place our orders until all of the regular tables were served. In general, service was polite but not overly friendly, likely because we had a different crew each evening. Unfortunately, with the floor layout of the dining rooms, events like the parade of chefs and servers really don’t work very well. We heard the greetings over the speakers but only had a glimpse of people as they didn’t come into the back of the room. Food was, as expected, very good. Specialty Dining - Jamie’s Italian was great. The food and service were outstanding. We will visit Jamie's again. Wonderland was interesting. The food and presentation were, as advertised, unique. It was supposed to be more about the “show” or experience, but there really wasn’t much of that; only two dishes had a real “wow” factor. The service was okay, very slow to refill water and clear dishes. I'm glad we did Wonderland once, but would not do again. Other dining - Solarium Bistro is a quiet area for a nice light dinner. Buffet for appetizers and desserts; table service for entrees. Sorrento’s and Cafe Promenade had a good variety of pizza, sandwiches and desserts. Staff was not at all friendly; I think they were overworked. Could use lemonade or punch, in addition to the cold water, hot tea and coffee available. The Bionic Bar is a fun, expensive ($15 / drink) gimmick but frequently breaks down. Production Shows - The Gift, We Will Rock You and Three Tenors were outstanding. Comedians were very good. Only disappointment was Spectra’s Closet. It was cut short because of the rough seas but what we saw wasn’t very good. I believe the blonde actress portraying Spectra was an understudy and unfortunately could not carry the show. Ship Entertainment - Excellent variety. Really enjoyed Beatlemaniacs, Matt Li and Michael Greene. The only thing missing (or maybe we just never found it) was easy listening / slow dance music. A schedule for the Music Hall for the week would help in planning.

Beautiful Ship, Lots to Do

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by Vm023c2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
The ship is beautiful and clearly designed for cruises in less than perfect weather. The Solarium is enormous and there is also a large, covered family pool area. Of course the Seaplex area with bumper cars, basketball, foosball, video games, etc is all indoors. We went to the NorthStar right after boarding - no reservations needed - for magnificent views of the NYC skyline. We didn't know about the Escape Room, but learned if you don't make reservations on line ahead of time it's important to go as soon as you board; I was disappointed that we couldn't get in. I heard you could do iFly without reservations on boarding day but we didn't try since I had made reservations on-line. Again, if you don't have reservations and are interested, make them as soon as you board. There were crew members in Two70 to make show reservations during boarding.

Random comments / thoughts:

1. Virtually no visible presence of the ship’s officers which was a disappointment. Did not see the Cruise Director or Staff very much, either.

2. Life jackets are NOT is your cabin. They are at the muster stations.

3. Major chokepoints / crowds when exiting Two70 and the Theater. Everyone is funneling through the same doorways.

4. Two70 apparently has changing displays in the evenings (Vistagrams). We missed all but the final evenings "Fireworks". I wish we had known when the others were up.

My Time Dining - it really doesn’t seem to matter if you have reservations or not (we did). The reception area pulled people from the no reservation line ahead of us; disorganized at the checkin area every night. Service was very good in American Icon and Silk; very slow in Grande, but in all fairness, they dropped us in at about 6:15, during the Early MDR Dinner service. We waited to place our orders until all of the regular tables were served. In general, service was polite but not overly friendly, likely because we had a different crew each evening. Unfortunately, with the floor layout of the dining rooms, events like the parade of chefs and servers really don’t work very well. We heard the greetings over the speakers but only had a glimpse of people as they didn’t come into the back of the room. Food was, as expected, very good.

Specialty Dining - Jamie’s Italian was great. The food and service were outstanding. We will visit Jamie's again. Wonderland was interesting. The food and presentation were, as advertised, unique. It was supposed to be more about the “show” or experience, but there really wasn’t much of that; only two dishes had a real “wow” factor. The service was okay, very slow to refill water and clear dishes. I'm glad we did Wonderland once, but would not do again.

Other dining - Solarium Bistro is a quiet area for a nice light dinner. Buffet for appetizers and desserts; table service for entrees. Sorrento’s and Cafe Promenade had a good variety of pizza, sandwiches and desserts. Staff was not at all friendly; I think they were overworked. Could use lemonade or punch, in addition to the cold water, hot tea and coffee available. The Bionic Bar is a fun, expensive ($15 / drink) gimmick but frequently breaks down.

Production Shows - The Gift, We Will Rock You and Three Tenors were outstanding. Comedians were very good. Only disappointment was Spectra’s Closet. It was cut short because of the rough seas but what we saw wasn’t very good. I believe the blonde actress portraying Spectra was an understudy and unfortunately could not carry the show.

Ship Entertainment - Excellent variety. Really enjoyed Beatlemaniacs, Matt Li and Michael Greene. The only thing missing (or maybe we just never found it) was easy listening / slow dance music. A schedule for the Music Hall for the week would help in planning.
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