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Anthem of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
2,868 reviews

Great activities, reasonable food, poor entertainment, questionable safety procedures.

Review for the Baltic Sea Cruise on Anthem of the Seas
Curiosity123
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2022
Cabin: Ocean View with Large Balcony
Traveled with children

Travelling with two older teenagers activities were a priority for us. AotS did not disappoint - bumper cars, rock climbing wall, iFly, roller skating, North Star (observation cabin) and Flow rider - these made the cruise a success.

Food was Ok but not great - we paid for the dining package - and just about broke even, dining six out of the seven days in specialty restaurants. Of the restaurants Wonderland was a enjoyable experience, food was good; Izumi Sushi was not great (California roll was mushy and inedible); Chops Grill a very average steak house; Jamie Oliver the best food and excellent service. The buffet - Windjammer Marketplace - was just about OK for the five days, not too crushed despite the boat being full, with pretty average food (exception being the freshly cooked pasta which was very good) however on the last two days they had sea food - big shrimp and razor clam - unusual for many cruise lines. That puts it at the top end of the mid price cruise line buffets (NCL, Celebrity, Princess etc). All restaurants close at 9pm, too early in my view especially if you take in a late show - past midnight you only have effectively pizza available.

The entertainment was pretty poor. The Spectra's cabaret had good graphics and good dancers but was a bit disjointed to be enjoyable. The Frankie Valli and Beatles tribute bands were OK - we have seen many over the years. When you see the show you will understand why "We Will Rock You" has left the West end. The children were not impressed. The Gift had the same performers - the story line was weak and with a few exceptions the songs were not great. It was difficult to forget the poor experience in the prior show. Perhaps the best shows were the individual performers - apparently hilarious for the 70s+ audience was Perry Grant a solo keyboard player and comedian - and Phillipa Cookman - an excellent solo singer for the 50s+ audience.

Cabin Review

Ocean View with Large Balcony

Pretty much like all cruise ship cabins - smallish but OK. The bed was comfortable, the shower temperature was unstable (ran hot then cold presumably as others used water). The balcony was like all balconies on a cruise ship - gives you a good view of the weather / ports / sea - but you don't really sit outside.

Port Reviews

Bilbao

Bilbao was the highlight - the Guggenheim an excellent exhibition curated by Norman Foster of the art form of cars, the transporter bridge (Vizcaya) was amazing - well worth visiting and the fresh fish at the Restaurante Cubita on Colon de Larreategui superb.

Paris

Le Havre is pretty much avoidable - the walk to the downtown area is depressing (the fish heads in the car park of the fishing port area are frankly horrible) - the only redeeming feature of the town is the Eglise St Joseph and the outside of Notre Dame. Don't bother getting off the ship!

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