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104 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) to Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

This was our first time on a ship and we were both pleasantly surprised. From the initial boarding of the cruise until we disembarked the staff and service was fantastic. The line moved quickly and we were directed with friendly faces. ... Read More
This was our first time on a ship and we were both pleasantly surprised. From the initial boarding of the cruise until we disembarked the staff and service was fantastic. The line moved quickly and we were directed with friendly faces. After boarding our room wasn't ready but we were welcomed to explore. We walked through deck floor and spoke with some of the staff and looked at all of the decorations. The ship had just been updated and it was beautiful. Once our room was ready we went out to explore. The pool areas band was great. The atmosphere was lively and even though the bar was busy they were attentive to everyone. The ship was clean and well maintained. We visited several of the restaurants including Giovanis, Izumi, and the Saphire room. The food was delicious and the servers were great. Throughout the time we had Ben & Jerry's and Starbucks. At night the entertainment was fantastic including the 70's promenade with the staff. The crowd was excited continued to party into the night at the deck party. I greatly enjoyed our time and have already recommended this ship to others. I've already begun planning our next cruise with Royal. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but ... Read More
We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but were five feet into the air! The pool lift only reached into shallow water and would not reach into the pool itself. We have cruised on over 150 cruises from all different cruise lines. We were astounded to learn the RCCL charges a $7.95 service fee for any food ordered through Room Service. We have NEVER paid a service fee for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The only time a service fee was assessed to a cabin was when a whole pizza was ordered for room service, BUT never for any other meals. We paid close to $200.00 for an upgraded internet package and had very slow internet could not stream nor use skype even though it was promised! We are Diamond on RCCL and other cruise lines, but we will seriously think twice before booking on a cruise line that consistently charges extras for things that should be included within a normal cruise experience. We will search out other cruise lines that can offer the type of amenities and features that we most like about cruising. The Vision of the Seas is a very old ship compared to the rest of the fleet. They need to retire this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller than the newer ones, it has less activities but it was fine for us. There is of course a casino, bingo, contests, etc. There was pleanty for someone to do. We had My Time dining and we were usually seated in the same area each night with the same wonderful waiters. We prefer the dining room for all meals but we did try the Windjammer several times and they had a good variety of selections. As a Diamond Plus member I was able to visit the Concierge Lounge and the Diamond Lounge. The Concierge Lounge service was superb! The Diamond Lounge was very slow. It was overall a wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and ... Read More
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and Daniel's seminars on art were very informative and well done. We also enjoyed breakfast every morning in the MDR. We had great service, food and conversation with the different table guests every morning. The morning breakfast team was very professional, adaptable, and started our day off right with their infectious smiles. Our MDR Waiter, Ermon, and Asst Waiter made our dinner very enjoyable. We also enjoyed having Ali as our waiter in Giovanni's Table for two nights. The Tour of the Bridge with the Captain was great and overall we really had a great time on the Vision of the Seas. We will sail her again on September 23rd, 2018 out of Barcelona, Spain. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the ... Read More
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the glass railing to look over to see anything. This is where the flag ceremony was of the different nations. Same thing. Had to go to upper deck and stand and lean over to see. Also when the Captain sang with the cruise director. No seating. Back to the upper deck to see. Always crowded no seating. Everyone that was talking said should have been in the theatre. Somebody really needs to look into this. Don't want anyone leaning over to far and falling. I'm younger than most of these cruisers. My legs were hurting standing so long. Not a good place at all. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ... Read More
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ship is older but in good condition and as always the RCI crew were wonderful. There were a lot of upper tier RCI cruisers ( i.e. pinnacle ) and this was the first cruise where "status" was so in your face. I get it, I was platinum on good old Northwest ( Delta) when I traveled a lot for my job and enjoyed all the first class upgrades, and certainly repeat customers should be rewarded, it was just so overt on this cruise- maybe because it was a small ship filled with mostly retirees who could take a 14 day cruise. I think out of the 1900 people on board at least 1600 had some level of status ( we are lowly Gold ourselves). Cabin: When I booked the best cabin available was a sea view 3rd floor aft. What I didn't realize was that it was directly under the main kitchen and there was a lot of activity at night even at 2am. Guest services was very accommodating and moved us to another cabin on the same floor which was much quieter so that worked out. It was a bit of a disappointment that the bed is located directly under the window so when you are sitting on the couch you kind of have to look over the bed to see out the window, but we could have requested the beds be separated which would have opened it up a bit. Dining: We are not foodies and while the food in the Windjammer was hit or miss, the food in the main dining room ( we had "My Time" seating for dinner ) was fine - our waiter and asst. waiter were wonderful and we enjoyed many dinners with friends we made on board. After a few days of the buffet for breakfast and lunch we decided that eating at the dining room whenever possible was a better choice both for the quality of food and to limit the quantity. Entertainment and Activities: I was a bit surprised at the choice and number of movies ( there were quite a few sea days since we left from NJ and made our way down to Galveston TX.) - several of the movies seemed to be more appropriate for a much younger group and there certainly could have been more shown during sea days, but the evening entertainment was fine. I heard some grumbling about some of the shows but I thought they were generally good. There are not as many activities on this ship as on the larger ships, and the shops are just not quite the same caliber but that is probably a good thing for my wallet. I did pop for internet service when there was a special that combined full internet with our drink package. Well worth the money since there was a lot of on ship time. Service: No complaints - we found all the staff to be excellent and attentive. The captain was especially friendly and went out of his way to say hello to the guests. Ports and Shore Excursions: Well, it was a lot of islands. The shore excursions were for the most part ok - it really depended on the guide. We were only truly disappointed in one excursion to one of the Mayan ruins and we made sure to express our concerns to the shore excursion staff. Disembarkation: Horrible! We were self assist and had to report to the Centrum at 7a and there were already probably 100 + people with their luggage on multiple lines. The staff could have explained the cause of the hold up a bit better - we have been able to just walk off the ship on other cruises. We ended up having to stand in a hot line for an hour or so all the while panicking because we had arranged a car and it would be waiting and had an early flight out of Houston. This left a bad last impression but the captain came down and explained that the delay was due to the immigration staff at Galveston not clearing the ship so I have to give him kudos for facing the angry crowd. So, overall we will cruise RCI again but probably look for a shorter cruise on a larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had ... Read More
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had cutain(shower very small-average sized adult(i,m not!) would not fit easily=best captain on the planet! Deck 7 balcony very nice-large balcony-show very good-two nites of comics-dining staff outstanding- limited daytime activities of all the 1,979 passengers, approx 1,500 were from texas( no kidding!) did not take a port excursion so i cannot judge.-steve davis was cd. Very talented and active- asst. cd conducted a zumba class every day and was quite good( she is also a brazilian) all in all, it was a wonderful cruise- we met a lot of nice people while on board boarding and leaving ship were fast and efficient. We have never gotten on board as early( by 11:30). Captain marat(sp) was always visible. Friendly and personable- announced birthdays of passengers every day, including day of disembarking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Love the Vision class and this ship did not change our opinion. Size is perfect for what we prefer in a ship. We did find some of the staff to be disconnected, mainly in the Diamond Lounge, R Bar and Windjammer. Very short staffed ... Read More
Love the Vision class and this ship did not change our opinion. Size is perfect for what we prefer in a ship. We did find some of the staff to be disconnected, mainly in the Diamond Lounge, R Bar and Windjammer. Very short staffed in Diamond lounge; the few waiters would totally avoind the back side of Some Enchanted Evening Lounge, with the exception of Laura who ran rings around the other staff. It is not as if RCCL did not know there were over 400 Diamond, D+ and Pinnacle members on board. We were only in R Bar once, but it was not pleasant. Ordered two glasses of wine with D+ card (allows 3 drinks from 4:30-8PM free), waited 15 minutes when brought to be slammed down with card and statement "no free drinks as card already used" then stomps off before I could even respond, never to be seen again, Went to bar where I was told waitress was on break and to go to Guest Services. Guest Services, at first. handed me D+ amenites list and did not seem to understand HH drinks. Another staff member corrected the first, checked my card and told me to go to bar to get credit for the two drinks. Charged, but never signed receipt! Back to bar to have charge removed. Windjammer also has issues by not refilling food containers until empty thus creating a logjam with those wating. Many times there were no coffee cups at coffee dispenser, ice tea not available and not enough silverware. This is not rocket science, plan ahead!!! There were coffee issues in the Diamond and Concierge lounges also. Empty or not working coffee/espresso machines in the morning. Have staff check before 6am - not difficult! Captain Marek is the most outgoing, informative captain we have ever sailed with. From announcing guest and staff birthdays each day to shaking each guests hand upon disembarkation. Such an asset to RCCL!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the Vision since it was a smaller, older ship but we were pleasantly surprised in the really great condition it was in for it's age. None of the bells and whistles of the newer-built RCCL ships like a promenade, ice rink, flowrider, sport court, zip line, etc. but with only 5 sea days out of a 14 day cruise, we were OK. The best part of a smaller ship is no waiting in lines for anything. We did My Time Dining and NEVER had to wait for a table and we always asked for a table for 2. We chose not to make "reservations" or request a particular waiter so we had a variety of waitstaff and they were all excellent. We thought the food was better on this ship compared to the larger ships. Hot food was served hot, cold food was served cold and beef/steaks was tender. Service was also very good throughout the ship. We enjoyed all the ports of call except for Progreso which was not good because our docking was not until 1:00. Because we had to be shuttle-bused to town (and it getting dark by 6:00), we felt there was not really enough time to do a tour since most of the highlights were at least an hour or more drive away. We usually do not book the ship's shore excursions. We like to do our "homework" and usually take public transportation to the beach to snorkel, do a private tour, or do our own thing. Only in Curacao did we book a tour from one of the port tour companies because the weather looked like it might rain and we decided not to go to the beach that day. For "experience" purposes, we are Diamond Plus on RCCL with 283 cruise days and enjoy many of the perks that we receive with that status. We have also sailed on Princess, Carnival, Disney, NCL and various other now out-of-business cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was ... Read More
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was efficient and helpful. Sorry to see the bean counters taking over management of the cruise industry, as those things that make cruising an experience can not be quantified, they are eliminated. I was sorry to see the pillow chocolates go and now gone are the ballroom dance classes, craft activities... The ships singers and dancers are very talented and actually looked like professional dancers; too bad that the material that they were given to perform was so poor. Our grand daughter really enjoyed the variety of food in the Main Dining Room and dressing up for the formal nights. We booked excursions in each of the ports through the cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept ... Read More
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept guests informed on PA system of what was happening with weather, delays, announcements and so forth. Interacted with guests, performed at a couple of shows and greeted guests, wished them a safe journey, as they left the gangway on last day of cruise. Food was ok. Some nights there as a better selection at the buffet. Tv showed only very old movies. Poor selection of movies on the pool deck (only showed three movies all week. Only terrible disappointment was excursions (to merida) were suddenly cancelled last minute. Weren't told about the cancellation until we were on the pier. One of the reasons we booked this ship was to visit this city. We booked the excursion before we went on the cruise. We had been to all the other islands. Transportation to the airport from ship was a disaster! Hugh mob of people waiting with their luggage in the heat. Finally, everyone scrambled in different directions to get on a bus. No one checked to see if passengers had paid for transport. It was a messy free for all! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I’m starting to think we weren’t on the same ship I read all the mediocre reviews about. We had a fantastic time on the Anthem of the Seas’ twelve night sailing on April 18. This was our first RC cruise (I did one years ago). We ... Read More
I’m starting to think we weren’t on the same ship I read all the mediocre reviews about. We had a fantastic time on the Anthem of the Seas’ twelve night sailing on April 18. This was our first RC cruise (I did one years ago). We have sailed almost exclusively on Celebrity for the last 12 years. Any apprehension we had about trying a new line was short lived. The Anthem is a beautiful ship. We thought the size would overwhelm us but it didn’t. There were just that many more places to explore. Embarkation was about the smoothest we’ve ever had. We walked in the door and a lady with an iPad scanned our boarding passes, took our picture and off we went. Probably the only time the ship felt crowded to me was getting on the ship that first day. People tend to stop and look around, trying to get their bearings. Once we got past that log jam, we were off to 270 for lunch and drinks. Our cabin on deck 13, room 13250, couldn’t have been nicer. There is a ton of storage! This room has a smaller balcony but as it was angled, we found it much more private with great views. Aldo, our attendant was awesome. Every other night there was some type of towel creature on our bed (and one night in our sink!). This is a great location as well. Just a few doors down from the aft elevators. Up one flight of stairs to the pool and Windjammer. I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about food. It is so subjective. I will tell you that we loved all the different options. We spent a lot of time in 270. Great place for breakfast and lunch. The Solarium Bistro was another favorite. Had breakfast there several mornings and a very nice dinner once. We took advantage of the BOGO and ate at Jamie’s Italian (very good) and Chops (good). Breakfast in the dining room was hit or miss. Once we waited about 45 minutes for breakfast. The next time it was much quicker. Had dinner there as well. Two of the three dinners were fantastic. Enjoyed dinner in the Windjammer a couple times. Great staff there. I never did see the dreaded tables filled with stacks of dirty dishes. It was spotless and the staff was constantly clearing. The entertainment and activities were fabulous. Katrina Love and Synergy were amazing. Make sure to see them when they are in the Music Hall. There is so much to do that we didn’t get to do it all. We enjoyed the Northstar, bumper cars, trivia, casino and so much more. We would definitely consider another RC cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wanted 12 days out of New Jersey so no airfare and liked the ports of call. The getting on and off the ship was fast and efficient. I had prebookedxall dining options and shows as well as shore excursions. The food was above average and ... Read More
Wanted 12 days out of New Jersey so no airfare and liked the ports of call. The getting on and off the ship was fast and efficient. I had prebookedxall dining options and shows as well as shore excursions. The food was above average and the wait staff excellent. I had a massage in the spa which was again excellent. Overall I enjoyed this ship immensely. The main dining room was full but with prevailing the my time dining we never had to wait more than a few minutes. The only thing we missed were the late night food options - seemed only pizza was available at night and they charged for room service late. Also there was only one deck/pool party - miss the popular buffets they use to have out on the pool deck. Bingo was fun but expensive as we're the game shows - name that tune and love and marriage show. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I have been on 3 Norwegian cruises so we figured it was time to try Royal Caribbean. I want to start with what we loved about this cruise: 1. The ship is immaculate and huge! Lots of awesome features like the Ripcord by Ifly ... Read More
My husband and I have been on 3 Norwegian cruises so we figured it was time to try Royal Caribbean. I want to start with what we loved about this cruise: 1. The ship is immaculate and huge! Lots of awesome features like the Ripcord by Ifly and the North Star. It's kept extremely clean and there's always something to do. 2. The WIFI is AMAZING! I have to work from the ship so the WIFI alone was worth it to me. That being said there were a few things that disappointed us. Before the cruise even started we were mislead by customer service via the 1800 number on a few aspects including cabin size and what was provided in the room. We were told by 3 different CS representatives that there would be a coffee maker in the room. My husband is an insomniac and needs his coffee RIGHT THERE when he wakes up. Well, there was NO coffee maker in the room. "Oh just call room service" they said. OK, room service is always a 30-45 minute wait! No matter what you order! The point is, we would have taken our own coffee maker on board but figured since 3 different agents told us there was a coffee maker....and we saw it in multiple online VLOGS on the Anthem....we figured we were good. When there wasn't one in the room we asked if they could PLEASE get us one. They told us "Only suites get coffee makers" OK that's fine but since you screwed up could you just lend us one??? Nope, they said there was absolutely NO coffee makers to be had on the ship accept for Suite members! I just thought that was rude! There was also some other information discrepancies between what we were told via the 1800 number/website vs. what happened. Hopefully in the future they will communicate the proper information to their phone representatives. Another thing I was looking forward to, but was extremely disappointed in was the Trapeze and Rock Climbing Wall. The people in charge were beyond unmotivational. One person was mumbling as she was telling us how to use the Trapeze. We had to wait on a 45 minute line to use it and then we got about 30 seconds. I hope in the future they have reservations for that and turn it into more of a class like the Ripcord. The dining room staff was excellent. Each waiter has an assistant to help them so you are never waiting for food too long. The food quality was 50/50! Sometimes it was amazing (Escargot.......everyday......SO GOOD) and sometimes it was terrible (anything with the word crab in it was imitation crab.) Would love some more VEGAN options.....but appreciate that they offer gluten free bread. I hated the buffet. Upon first glance it looked like there were a ton of options but it was mostly repetitious and I wish the main dining rooms were open for lunch on port days! Royal Caribbean.....YOU NEED VEGGIE BURGERS IN THE BUFFET! We ate at 1 specialty restaurant: WONDERLAND! If you are a foodie....GO HERE! It was one of the best meals I have ever had! Especially the dessert! Whoa! The entertainment was very good but I wish they had 1 more traditional musical style show. Everything was very rock. I will say.....the performers were phenomenal! The leads in WE WILL ROCK YOU......Why aren't you on Broadway? So good! Spectra's Cabaret was fantastic too! Not only good dancing and singing but some aerial work as well! Overall, the staff was not friendly. The exception are the main dining hall servers and our steward! Customer Service was understaffed. To ask a simple question you had to wait on hold for 5+ minutes or stand in a 10+ minute line. I think a few more smiles, a more staffed customer service/room service, and a more informed staff at the 1800 number would turn our average trip into an excellent trip! We will definitely try Royal Caribbean again in the future but will most likely go back to Norwegian or a different line for our next cruise. PS They need water bottle filling stations. You aren't allowed to refill your water bottle anywhere so I had to do it glass by glass or pay a ton of money for spring water bottles. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I chose to book this Christmas cruise as we had been on the Anthem of the Seas sailing from Southampton in June 2015. It was one of the best cruises we have ever done. We hoped to have the same experience again but were ... Read More
My husband and I chose to book this Christmas cruise as we had been on the Anthem of the Seas sailing from Southampton in June 2015. It was one of the best cruises we have ever done. We hoped to have the same experience again but were sadly disappointed. The bathroom toiletries have been downgraded, you now have to pay $5 for a wristband to use for purchases, the individual dining venues have all been changed, and the rock band 'Rock the Boat' we really enjoyed previously had moved to another ship in November 2016. We were being asked to fly to Newark via Brussels outwards and via Frankfurt on the return journey. There is a direct flight from our local airport (Edinburgh) to Newark and weagreed top ay £65 each to upgrade to this flight. We arrived in Newark at 12.00 noon and went to our overnight hotel. We did not get collected until 12.00 noon the next day. The ship was sailing at 3.00 p.m. and we struggled to get on board on time for the safety drill before sailing. There was nothing to do at the hotel or anywhere to go as it was an airport hotel. We are Diamond members but this did not appear to make any difference at check in and we were told we just have to join the queue like everyone else. We thought one of the privileges of being Diamond members was to get on board quicker!! On our return journey we had to leave the ship by 9.00 a.m. despite our flight not being until 8.00 p.m. (We were told this was due to people starting to board at 9.30 a.m. I wondered why some people could yet Royal Caribbean did not collect us at the hotel until midday.) There was no day room offered but there was a short New York city tour at a cost of $80 each but we still would have been dropped off at the airport at 1.30 p.m. Newark is not the best airport to relax in or has a good range of food outlets. My husband and I decided to pay $100 for a day room ourselves until our flight in the evening. My husband took ill on the second day of the cruise and was confined to his room on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and part of Boxing Day. I was able to move around the ship but it was Christmas and I wanted to spend time with my husband. We had worked hard all year for this cruise. We had paid for a drinks package but were unable to use this much on the days of my husband's confinement. I did ask the Crown and Anchor Concierge if it would be possible to have some alcohol, e.g. bottle of wine, in my room so I could spend time with my husband and not have to run to a bar for either a soft drink or an alcoholic one - which could be quite a distance in such a large ship. There was no consideration given to my request. Our cabin was not cleaned until after the confinement as staff are not allowed to enter the cabin until at least twelve hours after being clear of all symptoms. Overall, the Anthem of the Seas is a lovely ship but this cruise was disappointing compared to our previous one. I don't think I would book on it again, especially as the three main shows - 'We Will rock You', 'Spectra' and 'The Gift' are the same three shows we saw on the previous cruise. I feel staff could have been more supportive during the time of my husband's illness but they did not appear to be interested. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have sailed with RC many times, but had not sailed with them recently. Anthem was a large ship but most of the time the size was not an issue. The size did affect the ability to utilize several of the attractions, which required ... Read More
We have sailed with RC many times, but had not sailed with them recently. Anthem was a large ship but most of the time the size was not an issue. The size did affect the ability to utilize several of the attractions, which required reservations. We were unable to book those attractions and while waiting in line for an hour or two we could have done it, it isn't how we chose to spend our vacation. The Cabin was nice (13th floor Oceanview with Smaller Balcony) and well configured. But it is certainly a tight space. Bathroom was also well configured and shower worked nicely but I found the space to feel more cramped than on other cruises we have taken. While I enjoyed much of the cruise and the ship, I do have a pretty sizable issue with dining. We had "My Time Dining" and had reservations for each night we were not scheduled to dine at a specialty restaurant. Yet the seating at the restaurants was difficult. Each night we seemed to be treated as unexpected, despite the fact we arrived at the time of reservation. And then of the seven nights we dined in the main dining room, four times it did not seem that the runner was able to locate our table, and on three occassions we were seated and then told we had to move (or were told we could not be seated at the assigned table). It was very jumbled and honestly made me wish we hadn't selected My Time. Why does the restaurant staff not know where the tables are -- and why, with the bevy of computers, walkietalkies and runners, does the seating staff look so perplexted when you check in at your designated time. While this ship is new to My Time Dining I understand, RC has been doing this for many years, The food in the main dining rooms was generally edible but less that inspiring --- RC is not a gourmet line and the food served was ok. Entertainment was good --- loved Synergy and Katrina Love!! also the Silent Parties were great fun to watch. The comedians were good as well. The onboard entertainers were all very good and while I didn't follow several of the productions, I had not doubt they were well performed. I have noted there were several reviews that indicated poor morale among crew or that My Time Dining waiters and assistant waiters lacked attention to patrons. I did not see this at all, and instead felt that all of our servers were very attentive to us. Leaving from Bayonne went smoothly and our departure from the shipt to come home was quick an painfree -- our porter collected our bags, whipped us through customs and had our bags curbside at the onsite parking garage immediatley. Amazed to be on the road driving home at 730am when ship had only docked at 6 am. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Just passed the Diamond Plus Club on Royal Caribbean!! Woohoo! I have to say that this was our first christmas & New Year's Cruise and it was absolutely fantastic. We sailed on the Anthem of the Seas. Anthem is a beautiful ... Read More
Just passed the Diamond Plus Club on Royal Caribbean!! Woohoo! I have to say that this was our first christmas & New Year's Cruise and it was absolutely fantastic. We sailed on the Anthem of the Seas. Anthem is a beautiful ship and very different from the other RC Ships. She was very Modern and didn't feel as big as she actually was. There are tons of dining options and all reservations can be made via the Royal IQ smartphone app (which you do not need to buy an internet package to use). Jamie's Italian had amazing fresh pasta, the steaks and service at Chops Grill were top notch and Wonderland restaurant was a experience like no other. Even the suites dining, Coastal Kitchen, was super with high energy service and excellent food options. Normally, the suites dining options are a little quiet and empty- not the case for Coastal Kitchen. Windjammer was... well it was windjammer and nothing to really write home about. For New Years Eve, we paid for the 270 Party. This was the BEST New Years celebration we have ever been too. They had the live music, Champagne bottles as every table, cheese plates, and decorated for the event flawlessly. Each Section in the theater had their own private bar service, which was nice not having to wait in any lines when it was time for a refill. The Digital Screens at the theater had an amazing pre NYE show and the Count Down was INCREDIBLE. The Party continued all night long as we moved to the Music had for the Dance Floor. I would absolutely recommend this 10 night journey on Anthem of the Seas. The only issues we had were with the Photo Studio people and computers. They were extremely slow and when we asked about the NYE Pictures because they weren't loaded on the computers yet, the guy working the desk said "really? Really? You couldn't have come on another day to ask?" Well.. it was the last day of our cruise, yes it was busy... but we just wanted to buy the pictures that they took the night before. He seemed a little overwhelmed and I assume he was just taking out his frustration on us. The Ports we stopped at were: Labadee, Haiti / San Juan, Puerto Rico / St Martin / St Thomas. We also had 5 sea days (my favorite) :) San Juan: We did the ATV's through the Jungle. It was the best ATV tour we have ever taken. Went through the jungles, stopped at different rivers (swimming optional) and great BBQ towards the end. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016

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