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Sail Date: December 2018
First time on a ship this size. While onboard we never really felt crowded at any point. Despite the number of guests and staff onboard, there were many times where we wondered where everyone was. The ship is well designed and you can ... Read More
First time on a ship this size. While onboard we never really felt crowded at any point. Despite the number of guests and staff onboard, there were many times where we wondered where everyone was. The ship is well designed and you can around with ease. We had Suite 12634 which was abundant in space and storage. The room was very quite and the sailing was probably the smoothest one we have ever been on. Bermuda was very nice despite that we did no tours. We did walk around for a few hours at the Royal Dockyard. The Commissioner's house is worthy of seeing and it was only a $15 cover charge. We also found a small transportation museum worthy of a look, if that interests you and that was only a $5 cover. I was intrigued by how many repeat Anthem guests were present in the Suites class. Speaking of that. The Royal, Sky & Sea class is a great experience if you can swing it. Early onboard the ship and early getting off the ship is great. If comparing RCL Suite Class to NCL Haven, I'd probably go with the NCL Haven. NCL seemed to include many more things in the purchase price where as RCL had extra add ons or not included, or not even available. We Did the Chef's Table and that was a great experience. We also did the All Access Pass Behind the Scenes tour. It was informative, interesting and worth the cost. It's amazing to see what goes on that most guests never even know about. I can't review that shows we did not partake. We did dine at Jamie Oliver's which was excellent and Chops Grille. Chop's was not the best experience, but it had nothing to do with the food. Unfortunately we were seated too close to a large group that was over the top loud. It was hard for us even to hear what we were saying to each other. I'm glad they were having a good time, but the staff should have not seated us and the table behind us that close. Eventually we asked to be reseated and the complied. Coastal Kitchen and staff were great as meals. Overall a good trip. Anthem is well worth the experience. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I found this cruise and thought it would be a good relaxing getaway after a interesting year we had beside it was stopping in Bermuda, which is our "happy place"...We are normally NCL people but decided to see what all the hubbub ... Read More
I found this cruise and thought it would be a good relaxing getaway after a interesting year we had beside it was stopping in Bermuda, which is our "happy place"...We are normally NCL people but decided to see what all the hubbub about this ship was about...Let me tell you we are pretty impressed!!!.. The embarkation process was the fast I have ever seen...before you know it we were on the ship...we picked up our sea pass at our cabin door...the décor was amazing and the flow to get from one place to another was excellent...being use to the cabins on NCL ships, we were surprised by the roominess of our balcony cabin and the balcony itself ...there was ample storage space... The food was good...service excellent...we had anytime dining but opted to reserve the same table every night...our waiter Aaron and his assistant Oscar were very attentive.. We saw We will Rock you...a juggler comedian...and Spectra... all were good... We relaxed in the solarium most of the time... Disembarkation was smooth...HINT: it is worth $5.00 to get a porter in the terminal so you dont have to wait on a long line for immigration... All in all we had a wonderful time and would definitely go back on this ship again..RCCL you have won us over Read Less
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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
NO DRAMA! Travelling by myself I wanted a port close to home for my first cruise, Cape Liberty worked fine. , After seeing the layout I will probably drive there and use the parking garage. For a first trip I used a hire car to and from. ... Read More
NO DRAMA! Travelling by myself I wanted a port close to home for my first cruise, Cape Liberty worked fine. , After seeing the layout I will probably drive there and use the parking garage. For a first trip I used a hire car to and from. Not having to do the driving can be a plus, personally I enjoyed the treat. The timing on the cruise was great, I finished my seasonal job the end of November, boarded Anthem of the Seas on 6 December, returned on 10 December. The only "drama" was leaving my dogs in the kennel (they forgave me). My cabin was 6230, a single studio with a "virtual balcony," which worked fine for me. I was out and about most of the time. Very little noise in that location, except for the occasional opening and closing of the neighboring doors. Cabin attendant for that area was great, cleaned the room twice a day, very pleasant and helpful. All the shows were good, I liked the Cabaret in Two70, a multipurpose theater in the stern of the ship. Music was a bit loud, but the cast is great, high energy. Carrying almost 5,000 passengers some areas get crowded and some groups can be a bit loud. Having said that, there are also numerous quiet areas where you can unwind a bit. I'm not a bar person, they have plenty of bars, and the crowd in them is pretty typical of any bar. They get loud. There is a pretty wide choice for dining, snacks, etc. Casual or dress up, what ever floats your boat. Getting on and off the ship, aside from waiting with almost 6000 other folk, was pretty smooth. For the short trip I got by with a carry-suitcase and a small pack for my electronics, camera and such. Made on and off a bit easier. Decks 4 & 5 tend to be crowded, picture your local "mall" on the weekend. Stores, bars, cafe, pizza,, guest services, etc. Too loud and crowded? Pick another deck, indoor pools, outdoor pools, running track, etc. Fun just to stroll (good exercise if you use the stairs) and explore the features of each deck. Signs in each lobby and throughout the ship to keep you orientated. North Star is the pod that rises up to 300' above the sea. Sign up early you are limited to one trip, I did it "at sea" which was great, however I would have preferred "in port" after we docked in Bermuda. They also had it up once we cleared the Verrazano Bridge, going under the bridge the smoke stacks clear by about 17 feet. The crew? GREAT, knowledgeable, polite, well groomed, helpful, experienced, well trained and those that I had a chance to talk with all liked their job and their ship. Getting off the ship went well, one area that could be better for a newbie like me .. the handout "Three Tips for an Easy Departure" will arrive the day before you dock. (you get all sorts of literature delivered to your door)The instructions for departing the ship was a tad vague ... "proceed to your assigned waiting area on deck 5" Unfortunately they don't tell you where your assigned area is, nor how to find it .. that is where the on-board TV system comes into play, a departure schedule is available by time groups depending on the amount of luggage you decided to lug. It is by luggage tag number if you are using checked luggage, or by two time slots if you can carry it yourself. During the trip you can access a lot of information (including shopping, which they stress in every talk .. sell, sell, sell) but that's typical resort fare. Menus, schedules, show information, etc. can all be found on the TV and "Cruise Compass" which is delivered daily. You initially download your "set sail pass" which gets you on the ship, at your room you will find an envelope with a plastic card, your "Sea Pass" which serves as door key, charge card, and ID to exit and return to the ship. Bermuda, we did pretty good, the sea was calm out and back but most days were overcast, lots of squalls on the horizon. Arrived in Bermuda to bright sunshine (remember sun glasses), lots of shore events, I chose to wander the "museum" which is actually the old fort and commissioners house right next to the cruise docks. Nice way to spend an afternoon, and you can watch the dolphins there too. Overall a great trip, and I've started planning for next year. Almost forgot the "Compulsory Guest Assembly Drill," bring popcorn, the movie is great! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The ship is beautiful and clearly designed for cruises in less than perfect weather. The Solarium is enormous and there is also a large, covered family pool area. Of course the Seaplex area with bumper cars, basketball, foosball, video ... Read More
The ship is beautiful and clearly designed for cruises in less than perfect weather. The Solarium is enormous and there is also a large, covered family pool area. Of course the Seaplex area with bumper cars, basketball, foosball, video games, etc is all indoors. We went to the NorthStar right after boarding - no reservations needed - for magnificent views of the NYC skyline. We didn't know about the Escape Room, but learned if you don't make reservations on line ahead of time it's important to go as soon as you board; I was disappointed that we couldn't get in. I heard you could do iFly without reservations on boarding day but we didn't try since I had made reservations on-line. Again, if you don't have reservations and are interested, make them as soon as you board. There were crew members in Two70 to make show reservations during boarding. Random comments / thoughts: 1. Virtually no visible presence of the ship’s officers which was a disappointment. Did not see the Cruise Director or Staff very much, either. 2. Life jackets are NOT is your cabin. They are at the muster stations. 3. Major chokepoints / crowds when exiting Two70 and the Theater. Everyone is funneling through the same doorways. 4. Two70 apparently has changing displays in the evenings (Vistagrams). We missed all but the final evenings "Fireworks". I wish we had known when the others were up. My Time Dining - it really doesn’t seem to matter if you have reservations or not (we did). The reception area pulled people from the no reservation line ahead of us; disorganized at the checkin area every night. Service was very good in American Icon and Silk; very slow in Grande, but in all fairness, they dropped us in at about 6:15, during the Early MDR Dinner service. We waited to place our orders until all of the regular tables were served. In general, service was polite but not overly friendly, likely because we had a different crew each evening. Unfortunately, with the floor layout of the dining rooms, events like the parade of chefs and servers really don’t work very well. We heard the greetings over the speakers but only had a glimpse of people as they didn’t come into the back of the room. Food was, as expected, very good. Specialty Dining - Jamie’s Italian was great. The food and service were outstanding. We will visit Jamie's again. Wonderland was interesting. The food and presentation were, as advertised, unique. It was supposed to be more about the “show” or experience, but there really wasn’t much of that; only two dishes had a real “wow” factor. The service was okay, very slow to refill water and clear dishes. I'm glad we did Wonderland once, but would not do again. Other dining - Solarium Bistro is a quiet area for a nice light dinner. Buffet for appetizers and desserts; table service for entrees. Sorrento’s and Cafe Promenade had a good variety of pizza, sandwiches and desserts. Staff was not at all friendly; I think they were overworked. Could use lemonade or punch, in addition to the cold water, hot tea and coffee available. The Bionic Bar is a fun, expensive ($15 / drink) gimmick but frequently breaks down. Production Shows - The Gift, We Will Rock You and Three Tenors were outstanding. Comedians were very good. Only disappointment was Spectra’s Closet. It was cut short because of the rough seas but what we saw wasn’t very good. I believe the blonde actress portraying Spectra was an understudy and unfortunately could not carry the show. Ship Entertainment - Excellent variety. Really enjoyed Beatlemaniacs, Matt Li and Michael Greene. The only thing missing (or maybe we just never found it) was easy listening / slow dance music. A schedule for the Music Hall for the week would help in planning. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This ship conveniently leaves out of NJ, it is new and big. The dates aligned with my kids, 11 and 13, having off from school. It was our 5th cruise. We also sailed in Carnival and MSC. We have enjoyed all of them. We hit a 20 minute ... Read More
This ship conveniently leaves out of NJ, it is new and big. The dates aligned with my kids, 11 and 13, having off from school. It was our 5th cruise. We also sailed in Carnival and MSC. We have enjoyed all of them. We hit a 20 minute traffic jam driving to the port at around 11:30 AM, but once we got to the port, embarkation was fast and smooth. On disembarkation morning, there was a 1 hour line to go through customs. Balcony cabin 13216 was comfortable and spacious for our family of 4. The balcony was worthy, even when sailing during cold season. Restaurants I guess everybody read the reviews in Cruise Critic and headed to Cafe Two70. While it was a long line there, the Windjammer was not crowded at all, with plenty of tables available. We bought the 5 night specialty dinner package and had MTD the other two nights. Jamie's Italian was my wife's favorite restaurant. The food and service was exceptional. We had the plank for appetizer and dessert. It was a lot of fun. Chops was my favorite restaurant as they had the best New Zealand lamb chops. The branzino was ok. Wonderland was my kids' favorite restaurant. We went there twice. It is definitely worth a visit. We tried all 5 entries. The pork belly was surprisingly delicious. The slow cooked beef was also amazing. My wife loved the Halibut. We enjoyed Izumi, but the a la carte menu gave me the impression the other 3 restaurants had better value for the money. The first night we tried MTD, we showed up without reservation at 6 PM. We were sited immediately at the Silk. We had a nice table next to a window and became friends with the couple on the table next to us. Service was great; however, the food was not. The fish had a very strong fishy taste, and the steak was just ok. The second time we tried MTD we showed up at 6:30 without reservation and had to wait about 10 minutes. We were sited at the American Icon. The food and service were great. It is a hit or miss with the included restaurants. The Asian food at the Windjammer was my favorite. I noticed how some foods could have been warmer, but I thought the buffet was great overall. Bars/Drinks We liked the NorthStar bar, Boleros and the bar at the solarium. The NorthStar bar had beautiful views and attentive service. The Solarium bar had fresh squeezed orange juice. At Boleros Oky always was helpful and learned quickly how my wife and I liked our drinks. Most other bars would make the mixed drinks too sweet. The martinis at two70 could have been better. It was nice seeing the robot make your drinks, but they were also sweet, unless you make your own. It helps to ask the bartenders for the brand of liquor you want and the proportions you like. I thought the drink package was a great deal. The specialty coffees at the Windjamer were included. Entertainment This ship is huge and has many things to do. Flowrider, climbing wall, Ifly, NorthStar, trapeze classes, bumper cars .. etc. The live bands were good. We liked the U2 tribute band, especially when they performed at Two70. Candela in Boleros was entertaining. Matt Yee was funny, but I think he repeats the same jokes every night. I saw the Royal Swedes twice. One night they sang all the nice popular songs most people are familiar with. The second night, they sang several songs in a row that only 1 or 2 people knew ... why? They had two comedians, both were funny. The Quest and The Love and Marriage games are not to be missed. The silent party was awesome .. but I wished they had more nights like that. We missed the sail away and theme parties we've had in previous cruises. Two70 didn't have any virtual concerts only virtual fireworks. Shows Spectra - I was disappointed as I thought it was going to be risqué, but it wasn't. The saxophonist was my favorite. The Gift - Had a very elaborate production. I knew the story beforehand, otherwise, I would have been lost .. and I was at times. We Will Rock You - Talented actors, but I wish they had sang more songs. Singing Bohemia Rhapsody at the end was worth it. The band was phenomenal. Ports Bermuda was great. We took a van to Horseshoe Bay for $7 a person. The beach was fantastic. We then took a taxi to Hamilton, for $20. Hamilton had nice restaurants and shopping, but it was expensive. On the second day, we stayed close to the cruise port and spent the day at Snorkel Park. It has a $5 entrance fee. Chairs are $5 and umbrellas $10. Mixed drinks are about $10 and I saw people paying $15 for a small shot of Patron. The beach was clean and the water calm, like a pool. The water in November was cold. Boston was the second port but it did not make sense to make it a port stop on this cruise. We love Boston, but we have been there many times. We walked 20 mins to Faneuil Marketplace and went back to the ship after a couple of hours. On the good side, we got to enjoy the ship to ourselves. Photos Better to buy a package before sailing. Read carefully what you are going to get. The photo crew was very nice, we always had a great time, specially with Candela, the photographer. Kids Club My kids never went to the kids club, so we can't comment on it. They thought the cruise was exceptional. We had an amazing cruise. Service all accross the ship was exceptional. I definitely recommend this ship to my friends and I would sail on it again. Cheers Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
The cruise was great, the ship was great. Bermuda was a great place, everything was a little expensive. The ship was originally supposed to be in port 3 nights, but for some reason we had to leave one day at 3 and return to port the next ... Read More
The cruise was great, the ship was great. Bermuda was a great place, everything was a little expensive. The ship was originally supposed to be in port 3 nights, but for some reason we had to leave one day at 3 and return to port the next morning at 930, so that really took away one of your nights in Bermuda. The food and dinning room service was great. Room service was good, Guys Burgers have the best hamburger any where. The casino was good, won some money & the casino staff was so nice This was a Primary Cruise and the gifts were really nice. The shows were good and had a great people. Deon the cruise director was one of the funnest people on the whole ship. It was always nice to hear his announcements everyday. The military show on the ship was one of the best I have attended on all my Carnival cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I love Carnival, I thought the good was delicious, the staff was very friendly, ship was clean, it was a wonderful vacation. This was my 15th cruise so I do know what I am talking about. The captain is a sweetheart, the comedy shows was ... Read More
I love Carnival, I thought the good was delicious, the staff was very friendly, ship was clean, it was a wonderful vacation. This was my 15th cruise so I do know what I am talking about. The captain is a sweetheart, the comedy shows was hilarious. I went to all of the comedy shows. Guys burgers was so delicious i could eat them every day. The brunch at sea was my favorite meal. The filet mignon for breakfast was always cooked to perfection. The prime rib at dinner was yum. Our cabin guy was very good at his job. I liked how Carnival allowed us to buy a liter of crown royal for our room. We will be going back next month and taking our five grandchildren with us.they do enjoy cruising and they enjoy camp ocean and the green eggs and ham breakfast. Carnival keep up the good work. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation: was a breeze. due to coast guard conducting a mandatory routine inspection, our arrival time was pushed back to 11:30....i never listen. got there for 10 a.m. and i believe we were on the ship by 11:15. disembarkation ... Read More
Embarkation: was a breeze. due to coast guard conducting a mandatory routine inspection, our arrival time was pushed back to 11:30....i never listen. got there for 10 a.m. and i believe we were on the ship by 11:15. disembarkation was even easier. walked right off at 7:15 a.m., grabbed my luggage from Section 18 and through customs and home by 8:20 ... 8:30 a.m. after embarkation, up to the WJ for a quick lunch, then headed to Seaplex to try again to sign up for Escape Room. didn't work, again. however, got lucky and was on bumper cars without a wait. that's always fun. Cabin was on deck ten with the extended balcony. a bit of a walk from the aft elevators but believe me, i needed it and more. i do not think i would get this cabin again only because it's sort of above the "bus stop" (smoking lounge) which is on deck 5 starboard. first night it sounded like there was an argument. and you could smell the smoke. not that bad tho, but i don't really have a good sense of smell. there was always food available. i ate way too much. every single bite was delicious. loved dressing up for formal night. i don't get to do that too often and i'm not a make up wearer so it was nice. that being said, was out of my heels and makeup right after dinner. lol i was with a group of 6-8, depended who wanted to do dinner that night in the dining room. we all got our main entree and would pick another to share. everything was really really good. i do highly recommend the dining room for lunch. the salad bar is out of this world. there is a dessert bar too but i never got there during the lunch. i was always too full. that didn't stop me from getting cookies later lol was not lucky in the casino but i never am. i keep trying tho. lol didn't win a raffle at the meet n mingle either. never do...i keep trying tho lol went to WWRY again and it was fantastic. we did alot of trivia. fun but we didn't win. also did the mystery in Two70. just the two of us. i think we got one clue lol there were groups of 6 so we didn't stand a chance. Service was fantastic. Inyoman was our cabin attendant. such a nice guy. always smiling, would always stop to say hello. couldn't have asked for better. the attendants on deck 10 starboard/aft were all very nice and worked so hard (i'm sure they all do but i only noticed those in my hallway). Gary and Inyoman (different guy obvi) at Sunshine Bar in the Solarium were very attentive, friendly and smiling. Dadang and Michael in the Casino were great too. always had good service everywhere. lots of roving bartenders in the venues this time. i think last time they had to use more staff to clean as Noro was on two cruise before mine and on mine. On a sad note.... no more elevator art. i was totally looking forward to that. and no binoculars in the Northstar. passengers stole them. unbelievable. oh and the artwork in the elevators was removed because people kept defacing it. unbelievable. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Wanted to try a new cruise line. We were attracted by the departure port and the variety of activities. We were not disappointed! Embarkation was a breeze. We had a Grand Suite (lowest end of Sky Class). Lovely room, although the brown ... Read More
Wanted to try a new cruise line. We were attracted by the departure port and the variety of activities. We were not disappointed! Embarkation was a breeze. We had a Grand Suite (lowest end of Sky Class). Lovely room, although the brown color scheme was dull. Great to have a separate space from our daughters, wonderful bathroom—full size with two sinks and full size tub/shower. Nice big balcony. Concierge got us reservations for every activity and dinner we asked for. Concierge lounge was a great place for a free cocktail before dinner and nice hot d’oeu. Activities were great, from bumper cars to roller skating to escape room to iFly and more. Spectra’s Cabaret was cool, some sections stronger than others. We Will Rock You is very silly but fun, with some seriously talented performers. We skipped TheGift. Food was very good overall, some misses but more hits. Appreciated the international selection at Windjammers and the wide array of free food available at off hours. Service was very friendly and thorough almost without exception. A great experience!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
was a great cruise on board was great Dru Pavlo is a great cruise Dir. one of best in fleet food in MDR was good only down part was they stoped serving Osso Busco Great pool area and it looks like they are cracking down on people ... Read More
was a great cruise on board was great Dru Pavlo is a great cruise Dir. one of best in fleet food in MDR was good only down part was they stoped serving Osso Busco Great pool area and it looks like they are cracking down on people placeing towels on chairs and leaving which is great. Windjammer food was very good whne we at there. also the pizza at searentos was very tatsy the shows were good and we will rock iIMO is the best show that Royal has ona ship cast i great. Royal just a great job we had a Jr. suite and I think that is the way to go. we had such i good time we are heading out next year going to do Cuba can not wait. got a grat price on board with the next cruise desk. they are a big help in choosing. think we will always be loyal to Royal Read Less

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