• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More

Anthem of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
2722 reviews
6 Awards

Not the ship for us

Review for Anthem of the Seas to the Bahamas
User Avatar
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

Rating by category

Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Ocean View Balcony
Traveled with children

Our teenaged son has gazed longingly at Royal Caribbean ships whenever we've been in the same port. He was thrilled by the size and variety of activities he could see. As a gift to him, we purchased a holiday cruise on Anthem of the Seas since the port was easy to reach and the date worked for his school vacations.

The Anthem is a big ship. We logged thousands of steps each day just getting from the elevator/stairway lobby in the middle of the ship to our room in the aft. This is the first ship I've been on (my 8th cruise) which had only two banks of elevators. It was really inconvenient and we often wished for better access to the rear of the ship.

Our cabin was a balcony on deck 9. The layout was good, though with the sofa bed open we struggled to get to the balcony. Closet space was adequate and decor is pleasant. The balcony was very nice - we liked having the footstools (which we could see are not available on other RCCL ships). My husband found the bed too hard and complained that it hurt his back. I didn't mind it. The bathroom is small but fine for one person. Sharing it between three of us was somewhat of a challenge. Little things made it harder, such as a hook design that dumped towels on the floor whenever they were brushed up against.

Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony

A nice layout, though hard to negotiate with the couch opened up into a bed. Closets were adequate. Bathroom is small but has decent shelves. The balcony is nice.

Port Reviews

Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

Easy parking and embarkation

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

The local bus was easy to catch from the cruise port and took us right downtown. We shopped at Ron Jon's, had lunch, checked out the beach, and went back to the ship.


Stayed on board due to lack of interesting excursion offerings and State Department crime warnings for independent activities

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Beautiful island with nice facilities

5 Helpful Votes

Find an Anthem of the Seas Cruise from $219

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.