Anthem of the Seas Review

Enjoyable Cruise but could have been better

Review for the Bahamas Cruise on Anthem of the Seas
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023

To celebrate our 45th Anniversary we chose a cruise to the Caribbean. Having previously sealed on RCLs’ Allure and Oasis we knew this ship, the Anthem, didn’t have all the bells and whistles of those ship, but it fit into our schedule, we booked it. Originally scheduled to stop in Port Canaveral, Nassau and Coco Cay because of engine problems the ship skipped Nassau. As promised RCL, surprisingly gave us a 1 day credit of our cruise fare as compensation.

Having purchased The Key, their supposed VIP package, which was include reserved seating in main venues, priority times on things like the Northstar, Bumper Cars, Rock Climbing, Iflow and dedicated embarkation and disembarkation procedures, plus a welcome Chops menu lunch and carry to room small bag addition.

There was no special entry into the the terminal for suite or key members. Once inside the terminal there was a dedicated line for key and suite guests for security. Surprisingly the security line for normal passengers was non existent, but the line for Key/Suite guests was long. Guess it just worked out that way. Anyway after checkin, where they took our pictures again, even though we completed and uploaded pictures during the check in on line app, we were directed, not escorted, to the boarding door. Regular passengers, non Key or Suite, were also boarding now so here there was no real benefit of the Key.

Cabin Review

Cabin, don’t know letter code, was spacious enough for 2 people. We had a large balcony with lounge chairs and foot rests. Only trouble with the balcony was because of the ships extended hump we could not see anything going forward, it was clear viewing looking back.

The cabin has a night reading light next to each bed but only had a power jack on one side.

Plenty of storage room, 2 closets, and enough drawer space. Even drawers above the bed.

Another benefit was this room was very close to the rear elevators, No long and winding walk to get to the room.

Port Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Having been to Port Canaveral we just decided to take the Disney Bus Transportation to and from the Ticket and Transportation Center. It was a 1 hour ride, we were not going to any parks as the 5 hours there would be wasted waiting on lines. Instead we chose to Resort hop. A 10 min walk to the Polynesian, monorail to The Floridan, walk to the main Magic Kingdom entrance the a walk to the Contemporary resort. Slow, pleasant walk around just to get off the ship after 2 sea days.

We could of ubered or picked up a free Disney bus at the Polynesian to Disney Springs but been there so many times before.

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