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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by PMS19

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We did not explore Bayonne before our cruise, (we hate cities)... LOL. Our embarkation and disembarkations went very well. We had an accessible room which was large enough for our son to maneuver in his wheelchair.

We dined each evening in The Grande, the waiters we had were awesome! We eat a vegan diet so we were very pampered there. We had special meals each night, but our son does not eat vegan, so he got what he likes... he got shrimp cocktails every night (2 in fact). The people were very kind and friendly even to him (we often find that not to be the case).

The Windjammer was where we took our breakfast and lunch most of the time. At breakfast time, a chef there (Sonika) tried to recreate one of our favorite breakfast dishes, although she gave a good try, it just never came out the same. But we were able to pick from a number of choices there. We would like to see RC be a bit more accommodating to the difference diet choices, there wasn't much for vegetarians and vegans. It should be considered as this group is growing and we would like to have more than 1 or 2 choices at any meal.

The ship is huge, so it was not crowded in any area as although there were over 4,100 passengers, they weren't in the same place at the same time!

Our stateroom attendant was awesome. She kept our room clean and supplied throughout the cruise.

We were not that impressed with the shows we saw. They left us a bit confused as to what they were all about, actually! Having said that, the production's appearances was nice... their stage settings etc.

We might have been more apt to go on more excursions, but because of our son being in a wheelchair, it was difficult, we booked one in St. Thomas and that was pleasant. The rest of the islands, we just went shopping. The bad part about most of the islands was that you got approached by anywhere from 10 to 30 people wanting to take you on tours. St. Maarten was the best island as far as that was concerned, we were not approached by more than one or two.

CONS: First we bought Travel Insurance, "just in case" but were never told, until we needed it" that it's not accepted on the ship. You have to pay up front (it's charged to your credit card on file) then TRY to get reimbursed. We are in that process now, as I did have to visit the Medical Center on board on our last sailing day.

We took the "Bottomless Champagne Brunch" Tour. We were expecting it to be all inclusive. We were with the understanding that we would get to tour all 4 of the galleys of the main dining rooms and then have brunch. Well, the whole tour took approximately 15 minutes, we saw The Grande and Chic galleys and there was really nothing to see there but empty stainless tables. Staff were pushing carts around making a lot of noise, so unless you were close to the chef who was walking you through the tour, you might not have heard anything he said (we were in front so we did hear him). Then we were brought into the Chic for our "brunch". Our's, being vegan was good, except the dessert, we were simply offered a plate of fruit! We are not drinkers, so we felt we paid for those who were. (PRO: After going to Customer Service, we were reimbursed for the tour.)

I had put money on my son's account for the arcade, which I thought he'd love. It turned out to be a bust. Most of the games he tried to play, took his money but did not work for him. He got discouraged and did not want to go back. (Again we were reimbursed for that). The arcade was truly nothing, it didn't really have games that my son would normally play, some he couldn't do at all as he would have had to move out of his wheelchair and into the seat which was much higher, so he couldn't.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 1N 3570

It was a comfortable, spacious cabin. Attendant was wonderful!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

San Juan

It was pretty there, we just shopped and went back on board. Nothing to do!

St. Thomas

I'm guessing this is the name of the tour, we took a van to the top of the mountains and it was interesting and intriguing (and a bit scary, the height and the angle of the driveways of the homes there were crazy!


It was ok, nothing real interesting as we couldn't go on an excursion. (none accessible available)

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Although it was pretty, we got hammered with people wanting money in different ways, selling pictures we took with our own cameras!

St. Maarten

Was our favorite, not a lot of people trying to get our money for tours etc.

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