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Picked the Anthem for a second go around after falling in love with the ship last year. We are a family of 4 with 13 and 15 y.o. boys who were off for Spring Break. We are Emerald status folks with prime designation in Casino. Tons of families on this one. I'm told there were 1,400 kids on this packed cruise of just over 4,000 folks. We stayed on adjoining balcony cabins on the 12th deck forward. Good place to be. Ship is still one of my favorites even if this cruise wasn't quite as good as our previous Anthem cruise. Lines/reservations for some of the cooler amenities - North Star, bumper cars, etc. pretty much meant you were going to have to dedicate more time than you'd like for a simple activity. Dining was excellent as usual. Jamie's Italian is an absolute must and well worth the $40 freight. We learned a nice little hack on this trip that I'm hesitant to share, but here goes. The Solarium bistro on deck 14 forward is the place to go for breakfast, and you should try it for dinner as well. Light crowds, far fewer kids (though they are allowed despite this being in the Solarium), and freshly made food set it far above the harried Windjammer - which is actually pretty decent considering the crowds it has to deal with. Now for the weird. A confluence of events conspired to make the itinerary get a little jacked up. Mind you, the crew and officers did the best they could to deal with the issues we encountered. First off, we had a medical emergency on the first night that caused the Captain to turn the ship around and return to Bayonne in the middle of the night. I hear the patient made it to the hospital in one piece for emergency angioplasty. Fingers crossed she came out of things alright. Bottom line, our arrival in Bermuda was a few hours late...worth it for a saved life. Next up, bad weather. The last 2 or 3 days had the Captain watching a storm approaching NJ. To stay out of the worst of it, we stayed ahead of things leaving Boston early and getting back to NJ early on Friday evening rather than late at night. In addition, they had to cancel a couple of shows, one of which we had wanted to see, but hey, what are you gonna do? Safety first. Big impact to us was a lost night in the casino, but we took it in stride. It helped that both the Mrs. and I managed to each hit a jackpot in the last hour the casino was able to operate...Nice one. Getting on and off were a breeze. We were out of our cabin and in an Uber within 30 minutes. RCI and Bayonne have that figured out. Bottom line - the Anthem is great. Just take it easy and try to be patient. You're on vacation. Relax and have a good time and don't whine about every little injustice and inconvenience (you know who you are, people)

Strange things afoot on the Anthem - still had a very good time

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by barmanatsea

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View with Large Balcony
Picked the Anthem for a second go around after falling in love with the ship last year.

We are a family of 4 with 13 and 15 y.o. boys who were off for Spring Break. We are Emerald status folks with prime designation in Casino. Tons of families on this one. I'm told there were 1,400 kids on this packed cruise of just over 4,000 folks. We stayed on adjoining balcony cabins on the 12th deck forward. Good place to be.

Ship is still one of my favorites even if this cruise wasn't quite as good as our previous Anthem cruise. Lines/reservations for some of the cooler amenities - North Star, bumper cars, etc. pretty much meant you were going to have to dedicate more time than you'd like for a simple activity.

Dining was excellent as usual. Jamie's Italian is an absolute must and well worth the $40 freight. We learned a nice little hack on this trip that I'm hesitant to share, but here goes. The Solarium bistro on deck 14 forward is the place to go for breakfast, and you should try it for dinner as well. Light crowds, far fewer kids (though they are allowed despite this being in the Solarium), and freshly made food set it far above the harried Windjammer - which is actually pretty decent considering the crowds it has to deal with.

Now for the weird. A confluence of events conspired to make the itinerary get a little jacked up. Mind you, the crew and officers did the best they could to deal with the issues we encountered. First off, we had a medical emergency on the first night that caused the Captain to turn the ship around and return to Bayonne in the middle of the night. I hear the patient made it to the hospital in one piece for emergency angioplasty. Fingers crossed she came out of things alright. Bottom line, our arrival in Bermuda was a few hours late...worth it for a saved life.

Next up, bad weather. The last 2 or 3 days had the Captain watching a storm approaching NJ. To stay out of the worst of it, we stayed ahead of things leaving Boston early and getting back to NJ early on Friday evening rather than late at night. In addition, they had to cancel a couple of shows, one of which we had wanted to see, but hey, what are you gonna do? Safety first. Big impact to us was a lost night in the casino, but we took it in stride. It helped that both the Mrs. and I managed to each hit a jackpot in the last hour the casino was able to operate...Nice one.

Getting on and off were a breeze. We were out of our cabin and in an Uber within 30 minutes. RCI and Bayonne have that figured out.

Bottom line - the Anthem is great. Just take it easy and try to be patient. You're on vacation. Relax and have a good time and don't whine about every little injustice and inconvenience (you know who you are, people)
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Cabin Review

Ocean View with Large Balcony
Cabin 1C 12-530
Good space for 2 people with a lot of good storage. Had no issues with anything at all.
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  • Kayaking
    Rough day on the water - not the fault of the operator. It was a great day taking the fairy to Hamilton to go kayaking, have lunch and bounce around a bit. Bermuda is a true paradise. KS Watersports had very friendly people and they were very helpful...not much they could do about the high winds that kicked our butts while on the water.
    Spent day 2 at the Frog and Onion Pub in Royal Naval Dockyard (right at cruise port). We had a great time.
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