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I didn't necessarily "choose the cruise." I was lecturing for a conference that was aboard this cruise/ship. Overall: I have sailed on the Oasis before and have also sailed on the Celebrity Brand ships. This cruise departed from Cape Liberty (NJ)- and it's a bit tragic to see the sheer tonnage of humans boarding this ship. Cons: I cannot blame the crew for their despondent and apathetic demeanors- I couldn't imagine serving this population of overweight, rude, and disrespectful humans week after week. WAAAYYY too many loud, obnoxious children on this ship. It's practically a way to move the masses from NJ to Bermuda with a stop in Boston in route. One day too many at sea- why they can't go fast speeds from Boston to NJ and let people get off this ship is quite baffling. The ship is not as pretty as some of the others in the fleet. They "allowed" children under age 16 into Solarium {which has signs posted everywhere that it is a 16+ area}- meaning that the breakfast lines were overrun with toddlers (and younger) spilling their cereal bowls while grandmothers and mothers would say "it's okay honey, that person (referring to crew) will pick it up." Honestly, people, a little refinement would be nice. Don't even bother eating at Izumi- it's overpriced and the sushi is NOT good- honestly your local grocery store has better quality sushi. The wine bar Vintages was staffed by one very apathetic and rude attendant. The wines are outdated- meaning many of their reds have been opened for some time and are oxidized. The personnel is not well versed in wines. The server at Chops Grille poured our red and swirled my glass- at first i was quite taken aback but i can imagine that the majority of passengers probably are not refined enough to know what to do with a complex red once it hits the glass. About Day 5 of the cruise the whole ship began to smell like a urinal- especially in the common areas on Decks 4 and 5. The bathroom in our room smelled like a sump pump - it got so bad that I would have to leave that door open whenever i used it because it was like being in a dirty bathroom waiting for the sewage to come spilling out of the bottom drain. Pros: The cabin attendant was great. Book yourself a suite. why? because you can dine at the restaurant just for Suite Class passengers- Coastal Kitchen. While the staff is a bit sycophantic (you can tell they are all working for the reviews and tips- which says a lot to how hard they are working and probably not getting paid by RCL) at least it's a restaurant tucked away from the masses. Wonderland is a fun feast for the senses. The gym is reasonable. In general, i have decided no more RCL or large passenger cruises. IF I do cruise again, I will try a European River cruise that is 18+ and deliberately set at a higher price point. As for the Anthem, if you are looking for an all day all you can eat extravaganza while watching large bellies compete in belly flop contests and you want subpar entertainment and constant show cancellations- then this could be your cruise to Bermuda.

Moving the Masses

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by GlobalPJ

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite with Large Balcony
I didn't necessarily "choose the cruise." I was lecturing for a conference that was aboard this cruise/ship.

Overall:

I have sailed on the Oasis before and have also sailed on the Celebrity Brand ships. This cruise departed from Cape Liberty (NJ)- and it's a bit tragic to see the sheer tonnage of humans boarding this ship.

Cons: I cannot blame the crew for their despondent and apathetic demeanors- I couldn't imagine serving this population of overweight, rude, and disrespectful humans week after week. WAAAYYY too many loud, obnoxious children on this ship. It's practically a way to move the masses from NJ to Bermuda with a stop in Boston in route. One day too many at sea- why they can't go fast speeds from Boston to NJ and let people get off this ship is quite baffling. The ship is not as pretty as some of the others in the fleet.

They "allowed" children under age 16 into Solarium {which has signs posted everywhere that it is a 16+ area}- meaning that the breakfast lines were overrun with toddlers (and younger) spilling their cereal bowls while grandmothers and mothers would say "it's okay honey, that person (referring to crew) will pick it up." Honestly, people, a little refinement would be nice.

Don't even bother eating at Izumi- it's overpriced and the sushi is NOT good- honestly your local grocery store has better quality sushi. The wine bar Vintages was staffed by one very apathetic and rude attendant. The wines are outdated- meaning many of their reds have been opened for some time and are oxidized. The personnel is not well versed in wines. The server at Chops Grille poured our red and swirled my glass- at first i was quite taken aback but i can imagine that the majority of passengers probably are not refined enough to know what to do with a complex red once it hits the glass.

About Day 5 of the cruise the whole ship began to smell like a urinal- especially in the common areas on Decks 4 and 5. The bathroom in our room smelled like a sump pump - it got so bad that I would have to leave that door open whenever i used it because it was like being in a dirty bathroom waiting for the sewage to come spilling out of the bottom drain.

Pros: The cabin attendant was great. Book yourself a suite. why? because you can dine at the restaurant just for Suite Class passengers- Coastal Kitchen. While the staff is a bit sycophantic (you can tell they are all working for the reviews and tips- which says a lot to how hard they are working and probably not getting paid by RCL) at least it's a restaurant tucked away from the masses. Wonderland is a fun feast for the senses.

The gym is reasonable.

In general, i have decided no more RCL or large passenger cruises. IF I do cruise again, I will try a European River cruise that is 18+ and deliberately set at a higher price point.

As for the Anthem, if you are looking for an all day all you can eat extravaganza while watching large bellies compete in belly flop contests and you want subpar entertainment and constant show cancellations- then this could be your cruise to Bermuda.
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