I took Anthem of the Seas on a repositioning cruise from New York to Southampton on May1, 2023. A repositioning cruise is a bit different from a standard Caribbean cruise, as there are many more sea days. My cruise had seven - which is admittedly a long time to go without seeing land. Repositioning cruises have a cult following, with many repeat cruisers who do nothing but take the cruise - and then fly home immediately. Myself included. There are even some who planned to take a Cunard liner from Southampton to New York, and then take this cruise back. (They didn’t, as Cunard cancelled their sailing due to technical issues with the ship).
All in all, I loved Anthem. This is the sixth Royal Caribbean ship I have been on, and there was so much to love - from the size of the ship to all the entertainment offerings. For me, it was a perfectly sized ship. Not the largest in the fleet, but by no means the smallest.
The Good (And there is so much good)
After five days at sea, any land would be good. But Ponta Delgada was truly a wonderful stop. Right off the ship, in the terminal, there are restaurants and shops, so if you so choose, you don't have to go any further. But I suggest you continue on. Unlike many ports, you can easily walk to the main sights. Just turn left as you leave the terminal, walk along the water, and you'll come to the Portas da Cidade (City Gates), the famous three arched gate which leads to the cathedral and the old town, You can easily walk for an hour or two, stop for a coffee and just enjoy the atmosphere. You are still 1000 miles from the European mainland but you're definitely already in Europe.