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Anthem of the Seas Review

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Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Anthem of the Seas
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2023
Cabin: Studio Ocean View Balcony
View from North Star pod on Anthem
Stateroom on Anthem - Studio Balcony Stateroom (2F)
The impressive Two70 on Anthem
American Icon restaurant - lacked the wow factor usually associated with cruise ships of multi-level restaurants

I am a regular cruiser (Diamond RCL, Platinum Cunard, Elite Celebrity) but this was my first 2 night/3 day cruise, and first time on Anthem of the Seas. This had much more of a "booze cruise" atmosphere and demographic than a longer cruise. There were lots of hen parties, birthday celebrations and children. I had a single balcony stateroom on deck 6 which was perfectly adequate for the two nights - the only difference from a normal balcony stateroom being that I did not have a sofa area. I did though have a big balcony on a corner.

Unlike a longer cruise, there was no interaction with my Stateroom Steward - never saw them and they did not, as usual, come and say hello and introduce themselves.

Boarding was well organised - through security and on board in 10 minutes thanks to the online app. Stateroom wasn't ready until 1.30 so I headed to lunch in the Solarium Bistro. Good food, not as much selection obviously as in the Windjammer buffet, but plenty of space to sit. I had my bags with me which was a frustration - checking in an overnight bag seemed silly, but I didn't expect to wait to get into my room for an hour.

Cabin Review

Studio Ocean View Balcony

Perfectly adequate for a short cruise, although for a longer trip I would want more space. The only difference between the studio balcony stateroom and a normal one being that it lacked a sofa area. Bathroom fine and lovely to have a balcony with plenty of space.

Port Reviews

Le Havre

Le Havre proved a hidden delight. The walk into town from the ship was about 20 minutes - there was a shuttle bus available. In the town were several restaurants and bars, shops. The town had been extensively bombed in WW2 and rebuilt. Whilst Notre Dame Cathedral had been restored to its gothic glory, St Joseph's had been rebuilt as a brutalist church. The real delight was the Volcan complex, though, one of the few projects designed by Oscar Niemeyer, outside of his native Brazil.

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