Anthem sails out of Bayonne and we live in NJ so it was an easy ride. After exploring parking optons to try to control costs, we parked at the port which was an excessive $22 a day. (Other local parking lots seem cheaper until you add in Bayonne City taxes, etc. Then the difference is minimal.)
Embrakation was pretty fast and well organized though we did not notice the Diamond line which would have been faster had we seen it. Our agent was a bit chatty and I was anxious to get o the ship, but she was nice and helpful.
The ship has a Promenade called the Eplanade. Unlike other 'streets' in RCCL ships, this one feels less open and spacious, in part due to a midline pub and other features, which my traveling companion did not like. A level above the Esplanade olong the sides are more restuarants and facilities such as the shore excursions desk, Izumi, etc. The shops and cafes are typical of RCCL. But at each end of the Esplanade the ship continues , not with cabins, but with more walking areas and facilites, with the theater at one end and 270 at theother.
The virtual balcony turns this from an inside to an ocean view cabin. What a nice feature. We had a cabin that was more square than long, and the square shape meant a chair instead of a sofa, but the cabin felt bigger than many long ones we've had. Because of the layout, we each had our own closet. There was a closet on each side of the bed, and two overhead bins over the bed, and we had ample room for all of our things. We did miss the clothes line in the shower, which is quite helpful, especially on a 12 night cruise, but the shower was bigger than on other ships. It was more of a square shape, not the half circles with rounded doors. From what we've seen, this squarer cabin is rare, and only ona small area of deck 12.
We've been here many times so we just wander around and try to spend somemoney to support the local economy.
The lines are long to get in because the ship holds so many people. Be patient. It's worth it.