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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We had an amazing time on the Anthem! My husband and I (mid-late-30's), our three daughters (13-11-6), and my parents traveled in three staterooms (two balconies and one interior virtual balcony for the older two children). The ... Read More
We had an amazing time on the Anthem! My husband and I (mid-late-30's), our three daughters (13-11-6), and my parents traveled in three staterooms (two balconies and one interior virtual balcony for the older two children). The activities offered on the ship and ports on this sailing truly made for a perfect cruise vacation! Embarkation in Bayonne was quick and simple. We drove in from the Philly suburbs the morning of the cruise, parked our car in the garage at 10:30am, and were onboard by 11. There were lots of people waiting in the terminal, though, so I can only assume they did not do the online check in. With online check-in, there was absolutely no waiting, so that is a must! Once onboard, we were told that our rooms and key cards would be ready by 1pm and that until then, we could use our set sail pass that we'd printed at home to utilize our deluxe beverage package. We headed to Two70 for drinks and lunch while we waited. It was a pleasant, scenic place to hang out and get into vacation mode! Cabins and luggage were all ready in a timely fashion, so we unpacked and headed to the required muster drill before dinner. We had the early seating in the Grande dining room, which was beautiful (though we miss the enormous 3-story dining rooms of older ships). Our servers (Sachin & Carmi) were top notch and the food was generally very good! With our large group, we opted to dine in the main dining room every night rather than spend hundreds more trying the specialty restaurants. The Anthem is beautifully decorated and impeccably clean. There are So. Many. Activities. onboard for kids and adventurous adults to enjoy: iFly, Flowrider, NorthStar, bumper cars, and the trapeze were all fantastic. (Our tall six year old was too short for Flowrider, even though she has done it before on land, so be sure to check out the height requirements beforehand to avoid disappointment.) One small complaint I have about the ship is that there is not nearly enough space on the pool deck and there is only one very small outdoor pool. There is an indoor pool with a retractable glass roof that was never opened despite 8 out of 9 days of beautiful weather. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Schooner Bar for piano entertainment (the lavender daiquiri was my favorite there!) in the evening, while our older two girls enjoyed the Living Room for teens (Note: it's 12 and up but 11 year olds can hang out there as long as their parents signs off), and our 6 year old was absolutely obsessed with the Adventure Ocean 6-8 year olds club. We loved being able to have a nice evening out while the children were happy and entertained and making friends! We did miss having a Viking Crown Lounge on this ship, which is usually our go-to place for quiet drinks and views. Of the 4 ports of call on this cruise, we had only been to Bermuda previously. We did the Horseshoe Bay Beach transport through Royal Caribbean, and although we arrived early, the beach was FAR more crowded than it was 13 years ago during our last visit. If you walk allllllll the way down to the left past the rocks, it is less crowded but still pretty packed with daredevils jumping off the rocky cliffs and Instagrammers trying to get the perfect shot. Absolutely beautiful, just more crowded than I like. At the next port, Sint Maarten, we did Royal Caribbean's Maho Beach excursion because we really wanted to see the planes taking off from Princess Juliana airport. After getting off the ship, we waited in line for a very long time waiting to get onto a bus to take us to the beach; I didn't love all the waiting so I would probably look into a private tour the next time. Once we arrived, though, we easily found a table at the little outdoor bar/restaurant there, ordered a few CHEAP buckets of Coronas (I think it was $20 for six) and some reasonably priced food, and enjoyed watching the planes land and take off (as well as tourists get blown down the beach). We ventured down into the water to get the full sand-blown experience, which was great! (Be warned that there are pretty aggressive hair-braiding vendors, little to no sand to relax on, lots of litter on the rocks unfortunately, & the sand really does hurt when a big plane takes off). Still, fun for big kids and plane enthusiasts! We had no planned excursions for San Juan, except that we wanted to check out Barrachina, the bar/restaurant that created the pina colada. Old San Juan is a beautiful, charming place for a stroll, and the Barrachina pina coladas (available with or without rum) and the Plaza de las Palomas (a little square with a colonial gate and hundreds of pigeons, plus a guy with pigeon feed and Purell, yay!) were highlights. Our final stop, Labadee, was heaven for us. I HIGHLY recommend booking an over-the-water cabana on Nellie's Beach for the day. Yeah, it's pricey, but having a private area to store your stuff, someone to bring you drinks, and towels & water waiting for you is invaluable if you hate crowds like I do. Maybe not for a couple, but for a group of 7 it's totally worth it. Our cabana, #3, shared access with just one other cabana to a rocky outcropping with a ladder that led right into 6-7ft deep water. Since all three of our girls are swimmers, it was awesome for them to be able to jump in or float on the included floating mats away from the throngs. We also did the Arawak Water Park for an hour, which was too long for me but very fun for the kids! Disembarkation back in Bayonne was as quick and efficient as embarkation. Our number was called early (despite an insane number of self-depart guests queueing up with all their luggage in tow) and we were back in our car within 20 minutes. Unfortunately, breakfast options and crew members were few and far between that last morning. Overall, it was a wonderful cruise! Port days and sea days were equally enjoyable and there was definitely something for everyone. Service was awesome all around and the ship was spotless. Highly recommended! (Sad to see her go in April!) Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We have sailed on Carnival several times, but were ready to take a chance on a ship that left out of New Jersey where we live. The fact that we did not have to book flights and hotels was awesome. We were a group of 49 family and friends. ... Read More
We have sailed on Carnival several times, but were ready to take a chance on a ship that left out of New Jersey where we live. The fact that we did not have to book flights and hotels was awesome. We were a group of 49 family and friends. Embarkation was very smooth. We were on the ship in less than half an hour even given the fact that I neglected to print my son's boarding pass. We arrived at the port around 11am. My first impression is that it was a beautiful ship. The decor was nice. But it is HUGE! I was so overwhelmed on that first day. Having always sailed Carnival, you get to know the ship layouts as they are all pretty much the same. This was a whole different ball game, and that was all part of the fun. As noted in previous reviews, there are over 4000 passengers so a little crowding is to be expected. We first experienced this once we got on board and headed to Windjammer and had to wait in a long line to "washy washy." But that was the only time we ever really experienced that wait in Windjammer. Some people were frustrated having to wash your hands each time you entered, but with so many people, anything that can help to keep germs at bay is welcomed. The ship had tons of activities. I just think the schedule was badly put together. Who wants to wake up at 8am to join a line for roller skating or bumper cars? And these activities were not offered long enough. An hour or two is just not enough for the amount of passengers. Between my hubby, myself and three kids we able to do iFly, NorthStar, rock climbing, rollerskating, dodgeball, soccer, bumper cars and the escape room. Some we were able to book in advance which was great. SeaPlex is a great place for the kids. I gotta give RC credit for the amount of activities. Definitely a plus. Evenings were a little boring. Karaoke was only for an hour and finished at 8pm. Karaoke is always a hit so why they don't extend the time, I'll never understand. Pools and hot tubs were open late which was definitely great because they were always crowded during the day. I like that RC had life guards on duty. Never seen that on Carnival. We saw Specte's Cabaret and The Gift. Both featured some amazing singers and dancers, but The Gift was just weird and we spent most of the show asking each other what the hell was going on. The story line was not easy to follow. Two70 was an amazing space with great views during the day and awesome use of technology at night. The robot screens were just amazing. I only saw one comedian and he was great during both the adult and the family shows. The juggler guy was ok, but he needs to incorporate more into his act. The cruise director was so boring. You never saw him out and about on the ship talking to passengers or anything like that. Maybe that's just the RC way. The food was ok. Regular cruise food. Windjammer always had a good selection. Service was good. We had nice wait staff in the Chic restaurant. Fnu and Monicia were great, as was Keron, the head waiter. We ate at Jamie Oliver's and the food was awesome. It just kept coming. Same with Wonderland. Very creative and imaginative ways of displaying food. Having the pizzeria and cafe on the 3rd deck to me made no sense. It was not a large enough space. At night time it got crowded with people trying to walk through, get food, find some place to sit. I definitely missed Lido deck in the evenings because even though the buffet was done, you could still get ice cream, juice, hot chocolate, pizza etc. and still have room to sit and relax and talk the night away. Went to guest services three times and man were they miserable! I saw one happy lady who seemed to enjoy what she was doing, but the men I interacted with could barely crack a smile. Dealing with them gave me an instant attitude. We purchased Wow bands which was supposed to be more convenient to use around the ship, but a lot of places, mostly bars, didn't have scanners and so they would still ask for the seapass card, or your room number. That kinda defeated the purpose. Cabin was nice and spacious for four of us. Lots of storage space. Bathroom was roomy, especially the shower. TV sucked. On other ships we were able to get a lot of cable channels. Not so here. Balcony was roomy with a decent amount of furniture. I loved that it was a sliding door and we were able to keep it open and hear the ocean. Our steward Bawa, was awesome. Very clean and thorough. There were a lot of teens on this ship and they were noisy and loud. Running up and down the steps at all hours, hanging out in the hallways and stairwells. Never experienced that before. During the day there seemed to be a lot of security around, but not so at night. And I don't think the 1am curfew for kids was strictly enforced. Did the ziplining in Labadee. Phenomenal experience. Did our own tours on the other islands. Would I sail with Royal Caribbean again? Absolutely. I did miss Carnival for some aspects, but there are a few things both companies could learn from each other. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Cabin #10134 - deck 10 balcony room (just for reference). This is our 3rd trip on Anthem in 7 years. The good on the ship: Waiter in the English Pub was AWESOME! Big happy personality. Nearly all of the staff was very good aboard ... Read More
Cabin #10134 - deck 10 balcony room (just for reference). This is our 3rd trip on Anthem in 7 years. The good on the ship: Waiter in the English Pub was AWESOME! Big happy personality. Nearly all of the staff was very good aboard Anthem. Entertainment (with the exclusion of Spectra) was great. We Will Rock You is a must see. Most of the staff in the shops were very helpful and polite. Bathrooms were always kept clean, food plentiful and mostly good. Loved watching movies on the big outdoor screen... made for relaxing nights by the pool. What needs work on the ship: Went on Anthem 2 years ago - and the same stationary bikes in the gym are either broke or power down by themselves! The gym needs a bit of work in general. Classes are nice but my husband and I like the machines and weights - they have to maintain their equipment better. The Windjammer restaurant - food was good most of the time but by day 5 I was eating cereal for breakfast because the eggs were just awful - food became repetitive. Lastly - clean the balconies and refrigerator in the staterooms before the next guest. Nothing worse than spoiled fruit smell in the fridge. What was bad - attendance in one of the gift shops gave us rude customer service when we wanted to purchase about $80 worth of t-shirts and put it on a credit card rather than seapass. Made us use our seapass because it would be too much trouble to call her manager. Ports: Puerto Rico was wonderful. People, weather, food... just wonderful. Can't wait to return. St. Maarten was very nice just hot as heck. Labadee Haiti - ehh... didn't care for it either of us. Bermuda was nice but would NOT recommend going to the zoo. The alligator was kept in poor condition and plan on reporting the zoo. All in all the cruise was nice - I would recommend.... Don't go to the Zoo for the Bermuda excursion Go to the Frog and the Onion for lunch in Bermuda Tour Old and New San Juan in Puerto Rico - Enrique bus #15 was absolutely lovely! Visit Chesterfields for Lunch in St. Maarten Get a balcony room Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We booked a guarantee balcony only a few months before sailing and were very pleased with the cabin we were assigned, under a quiet part of Windjammer buffet. This was my first time on a Quantum class ship and wondered how it would ... Read More
We booked a guarantee balcony only a few months before sailing and were very pleased with the cabin we were assigned, under a quiet part of Windjammer buffet. This was my first time on a Quantum class ship and wondered how it would compare to my favorite Oasis class ships. Here is what I found: Some things I really loved, and a few things I really missed. Typically I spend 90% of my at sea days in the Solarium, but because these ships are designed to sail out of northern climes in the winter, the Solarium is an entirely glassed in space, unlike its Oasis counterparts, where the glass is staggered with open air spaces. I can imagine that if you were embarking in January, it would be lovely to walk into a tropical space right away, but in the middle of summer, I really missed the fresh air. I found the promenade area more crowded as it was much narrower than Oasis class ships. But those are really the only negatives - this is really great ship with some very fun activities! We missed the pre-cruise online booking window when Ifly and NorthStar were offered, but did book all the shows ahead of time. Thanks to Cruise Critic community members, I knew that I could book Ifly and NorthStar as soon as we had checked in and had access to the Royal IQ wifi. We literally boarded the ship, rounded the corner, and stopped and made our bookings! I cannot tell you how much I loved Ifly! We even dropped by towards the end of the cruise and managed to snag a second fly, even though no time slots were being offered in the app. Worth mentioning is the fact that like Harmony, there is a hole in the firewall on Anthem, which allows IPhone users to IMessage throughout the cruise - even photos and videos worked! Bumper Cars, Roller skating and NorthStar were very fun. Get there early to sign up for roller skating, as they assign time slots and the spaces go quickly. Once again, Royal Caribbean outdid itself in the entertainment department. The Gift and We Will Rock You were incredible and the headliners were amazing. Particularly loved the U2 tribute band along with the Tribute Shmibute entertainer. Spectras Cabaret was the only show that I didn’t particularly enjoy, but there are always so many other options. We had great meals, both in the main dining room, the Solarium, and Windjammer. We diid not go to any specialty restaurants this time - Wonderland is such a spectacular venue on Oasis class ships and a must-go for me, but the physical venue on this ship was underwhelming so we didn’t bother. We did have a Chops steak in the main dining room and it was like butter. The staff for the most part were great - and the ports delightful. I also loved sailing in and out of New York harbour as that was a first for me. This is the first time in a few cruises that I didn’t purchase the drink package (which, if you want to buy one, get the Buy One Get one 50% off in the pre-cruise sales). I have to say, I really missed it. At $49 / day plus the insane 18% gratuity, it doesn’t take much to justify. I missed my smoothies, specialty coffees, specialty iced coffees, San Pelligrinos, waters and oh yes, martini’s! Even as a Diamond member, the non-alcoholic drinks can get you to $49 a day pretty easily so in future, that will always be my first choice. You know, there are always problems on any cruise. Life is never perfect and neither is cruising, so set realistic expectations. Overall, I would recommend this ship and itinerary highly to a friend, and would do it all over again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
A group of 21 family members ranging in ages from 7-69 just got back from a 9 night cruise on the Anthem of the Seas. While the trip was an overall success, we had issues on board throughout the trip. Our group had balcony rooms, most ... Read More
A group of 21 family members ranging in ages from 7-69 just got back from a 9 night cruise on the Anthem of the Seas. While the trip was an overall success, we had issues on board throughout the trip. Our group had balcony rooms, most were connecting, and an inside room across the hall from my room. Next to them were two rooms comprised of college aged boys that were loud, ran through the hall (sometimes in only their underwear), banged on the walls, and slammed their doors. The first night my husband stuck his head out and asked them to quiet down. These behaviors persisted, each night with multiple family members asking the kids to quiet down. We had spoken to customer service who said to just call security the next time. We did, but security took awhile to respond and the kids never took anything seriously. The worst was the last morning, they had left a condom on a plate with some left over food in the hallway. I was horrified when my 7 year daughter saw it before the poor room steward had to clean it up. Another night, one of our rooms had been woken up by what they speculated was a domestic dispute around 2:30 in the morning. They tried to call multiple numbers for security and no one ever answered any of the lines. The food on the boat was great and servers were for the most part friendly, but it seemed like they could really use more staff to provide the attention that we had previously received on cruises. Especially in the dining room, the bar server regularly mixed up and would forget orders. My daughter had a great time in the kids club and doing all the activities on board. All the activity people were awesome. They were encouraging, especially with the rock wall and trapeze. We had rented two over the water cabins in Labardee. There were nice, but for the amount we paid, it would had really be great if we could had have lunch brought to us. The attendant was running around, but at times appeared annoyed that we asked him for drinks. I'm not really sure it is worth the splurge to get the cabin. Overall, we had a great time, but the lack of response from security is concerning. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I have sailed on Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. By far RCCL is my favorite. Excellent service, great food, activities and entertainment. On this cruise we booked a balcony (#8572) and was able to book all our meals, activities ... Read More
I have sailed on Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. By far RCCL is my favorite. Excellent service, great food, activities and entertainment. On this cruise we booked a balcony (#8572) and was able to book all our meals, activities and shows (The Gift, Spectra, We Will Rock You) ahead of time on the cruise planner. We were also able to book another viewing of We Will Rock You while on board through the app. Entertainment: All the shows were fantastic and started on time. Although I really did not know the story line to The Gift, I really found the performers to be quite talented. Spectra’s Cabaret did not disappoint and we saw We Wil Rock you twice! Schooners Bar also provided great piano/vocals and acoustic guitar. Comedians were very enjoyable and age appropriate. We also had a surprise performance by ReVoiced (acapella group). All in all, we enjoyed live entertainment every day. Food: We enjoyed most our meals in the Windjammer and especially liked all the options! Regional meals were exceptional. We also had dinner in the main dining rooms and found those meals just as good as at the Windjammer. Beverages: We chose the refreshment package and enjoyed frozen mocktails, soft drinks, juices, bottled water and Starbucks coffee and lattes the entire cruise. Not all the refill stations were up and running, so we just went to a nearby bar for refills. Room: We booked an ocean view balcony (#8572) with Josie as our steward. Josie was absolutely wonderful. I requested a contour pillow (which she provided) and she always kept our ice bucket full. She also made sure we had clean wine glasses each day. Our bathroom was immaculate and our room always tidy and clean. She respected our privacy and always seemed to be right there when we needed her. Josie you rock! Activities: We participated in a scheduled wine tasting (5 samples, but I found the samples to be small) and we had scheduled the All Access Tour of the ship, but cancelled a couple days ahead of time due to one of us not having long pants. Make sure you have long pants or at least pants that go past your knees! It was no problem to cancel and we were given a credit. Embarkation/Disembarkation: We traveled from New Haven, Connecticut via Amtrak to Penn Station Newark and then an Uber (Uber XL $17) to port. Embarkation was a breeze. Dropped off our bags, checked in and was on board within 30 minutes. We headed to the Windjammer and had lunch at 11:30. Our room was not ready until 1:30 after lunch we relaxed in Two70’s with a frozen mocktail and got to know the IQ App. Disembarkation was not has short as embarkation. We had the mindset to expect lines so we were not surprised that it took longer. It was about 45 minutes to disembark and go through US Customs. It was another 30 minutes to wait for an Uber (Uber XL $19 due to traffic) and then another 20 minute ride to Penn Station Newark. Fitness: Walked on the outdoor track nearly every morning with the exception of 2 mornings when it was too windy. I also went to the fitness center each day. Very clean facility and no wait on any equipment. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise first because it was to cruise out of Cape Liberty. The second reason we chose it was because it was a 9-day trip. We had cruised on a 7-day and a 9-day before having children. Last year, we cruised on the Adventure ... Read More
We chose this cruise first because it was to cruise out of Cape Liberty. The second reason we chose it was because it was a 9-day trip. We had cruised on a 7-day and a 9-day before having children. Last year, we cruised on the Adventure of the Seas with the children (for the first time) and they loved it, so we thought a few extra days would be great. We had a really great trip and the children (ages 7 and 9) enjoyed it, too. Their favorite part was going to Adventure Ocean. We did not take advantage of the specialty dining, spa, or similar opportunities, due to our budget. In order for us to travel every year, we have to be conscious of our spending. The only stressful part of our vacation was the pool area. It is a much smaller area than other ships we have been on. It was difficult to find chairs in safe proximity to the children's location, so my husband and I took turns staying at the chairs (that were very far from the pools). The chairs were reserved from early morning with towels and unless we watched the people like hawks, it was hard to find any in the pool areas. Other than that, we can't complain about the trip. The food was great, there were lots of opportunities to attend events on the ship. In regards to the Seaplex, in order to be able to attend the events there, it was important to arrive before the start time. We learned that early on. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experiences. We went to the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch daily. There were many options, including salads, soups, and desserts. The food was of great quality. We chose the 5:30pm dining option. We would begin each night with an appetizer and our children would eat dinner. At 6:40pm, our children would go to Adventure Ocean and we would complete our meal in the dining room. Our waiters were amazing. They were not only very particular with all their tasks, they were also very friendly! After dinner, we would either see a show or watch a movie by the pool. The shows were all very good, especially the comedy shows. We also attended The Gift and We Will Rock You. The Gift is hard to follow without any background information. We Will Rock You was great. We love anything involving music. We also thoroughly enjoyed the farewell performance. We didn't shop much. The Anthem has a different shopping concept compared to other ships. It felt very crammed and quite frankly many items were not affordable. We tried to purchase some t-shirts; however, there wasn't much of a selection in the sizes we were looking for (Youth Small, Youth Medium, Adult Small, Adult 3X). Overall, we enjoyed our vacation on the Anthem of the Seas. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Believe it or not, but we chose a 9-night cruise for our first Royal Caribbean cruise not knowing if we'd even like it or not. To be honest, we had high expectations considering how amazing many people call the cruise line, so we were ... Read More
Believe it or not, but we chose a 9-night cruise for our first Royal Caribbean cruise not knowing if we'd even like it or not. To be honest, we had high expectations considering how amazing many people call the cruise line, so we were expecting a lot. Not only were our expectations met, but they were surpassed greatly and we couldn't have asked for a better vacation! To begin, our boarding was really smooth and I felt it was almost too easy! Although the ship was pretty crowded at some times, it never felt too much and you have to expect crowds on such a large ship with such a large person count. I felt the ship's outline was very different than others but there was nothing too dramatic or bad about it. I REALLY enjoyed the food especially at the main dining room, Wonderland, and Chops Grille. The main dining room was outstanding and we wish we went there more, but we wanted to try other restaurants like Wonderland, Chops, and Jamies. The Head Waitress, Maricris was super nice and visited us every night even though she wasn't our actual server and even though she had many things to deal with, so it was outstanding and so kind of her to do this for us. Wonderland had some of the most extraordinary food my whole family has ever tasted and some of the most interesting food my family has ever tasted. We definitely also enjoyed Chops and the layout of the menu that we did it once for dinner and also again for lunch! Yes, Jamies was amazing and had some pretty good food, but we felt that it could have had more Italian theme since it is an Italian restaurant. Moving on from food, me and my family (I traveled with my husband and one 14-year-old boy for further reference) all enjoyed most of the shows. My son and I were in love with Spectra's Cabaret, my husband not that much. We all hated The Gift and thought it was really hard to follow and made no sense even with having full concentration the whole show. The decorations and set designs and singing in The Gift was amazing but none of it made any sense even though we also did some research beforehand. Both the adult and kid-friendly comedy shows were outstanding and we all enjoyed it a lot. We will rock you is great for long Queen fans, so I really liked it but my husband didn't. Overall, entertainment was pretty good and we saw some shows we couldn't ever forget, especially the silent party which was extremely entertaining and enjoyable. Bingo was pretty good despite the same jokes being used each time in each game and the jokes got a bit annoying but we were barely bothered by it. There was so much entertainment that we had to cut some things out and we weren't able to attend everything we wanted to, which is odd considering you'd think everything would be spread out in a 9-night cruise. My son did the flow rider and rock climbing once or twice and enjoyed it, but the whole family really liked North Star and it was unforgettable with the pictures we also got from it. The Sea Plex had so much entertainment and activities that me, my son, and my husband all enjoyed especially bumper cars and my sons first-time roller skating! The ship overall was extremely clean and as I said before, it had a weird outline and I felt that it isn't the same as other ships but it was definitely something I liked and found interesting. The ship was fairly crowded at some times and at some parts including how hard it was to find a deck chair by the pool, but it was fairly empty above the pool deck 1 deck up and is just as enjoyable to sunbathing, listening to the live music, and watching people swim as well. The ship was just amazing and much bigger than we imagined in pictures! Moving onto our cabin, I found it very unique considering there was actually a charging slot on both sides of the bed as well and also a light switch on the side of the bed that turned off most of the lights in the room. I found this amazing since I didn't have to get up (lol!) and turn the lights off then make my way back to the bed. Our only problems with the room was that our comforter/blanket had a weird stain on it that we found really strange, however, it was dealt with swiftly and the same night we noticed it when we told our room stewardess. We also noticed that we only got a towel animal every other night, which was a shock but I guess that's what happens on a 9-night cruise (this was our longest cruise as well, the other longest being 7 nights). We only had a couple of problems that made us have to go to customer service, one being a clogged toilet and lost items, but they dealt with it fast and with no problem at all. The staff onboard are just so nice and it surprised me how much energy they have every single day considering they do this same old thing every week. Moving on from the ship, we REALLY enjoyed all 4 ports that we visited. Starting in order, we really enjoyed Bermuda, Royal Naval Dockyard. This was the tour that we booked with Royal Caribbean where we visited the Aquarium and Zoo for almost all of the day and the tour guides were just so hilarious and we couldn't say anything bad about the experience or tour guides. The map was larger than the place actually was and it was really small but the time they gave us at the place matched how long it takes to go around the place. After the tour, we just went some shopping and got rum cake that was REALLY DELICIOUS and is a must when going to Bermuda. Next up was Saint Maarten or Sint Maartin where we did a circle island tour that visited Maho Beach, Marigot, and some extra places as well. This tour was booked with Bernards Tours, which was off the cruise line and booked by me privately. We felt this tour was outstanding and we really recommend it to everyone! It took most of the day so we just went a little shopping near the port after and then headed back to the ship. The next port was Puerto Rico where we did visited the El Yunque rain forest with another tour, not with the cruise line as we didn't see any tour about the rainforest until after we booked this one. This tour was absolutely outstanding and there was even an extra part at the end where he brought us to an excellent restaurant where we had to get food to go because the tour took almost the entire day and we only had about an hour or so left. Finally, we visited Labadee, Haiti, the private island. Haiti was by far our favorite port and because it was just so beautiful and sooting for the whole family. My child loved the virgin Labadoozie and me and my husband enjoyed the one with rum but it was so delicious and I am currently craving one badly right now. Barefoot Beach was our favorite beach at Labadee and it was so calm. The water was amazing and so clear, it was one of the best we've ever experienced in a very long time. My son did the zipline alone and he said that it was a lot of fun and described it to be the best zipline he's ever done (he has done a LOT). He has never done an over ocean type of zipline so it was a cool experience for him, along with the dragon coaster he also did alone (me and my husband aren't as adventurous as him, lol!). If I had the choice to do it all again, I would definitely. Although it was kind of stressful sometimes rushing to dinner or the Windjammer and doing washy washy every time we entered, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way and the memories we made can never be forgotten. My son didn't go to the teens club despite me telling him to many times. He didn't really make any friends on board but he was fine with that and he just wanted to relax and explore the ship when my husband and I went to the adult-only events like the hilarious comedy show. Disembarkation was super smooth unexpectedly and once we got off the ship, the line to pick up our luggage and go through customs was extremely long, but it went really fast and it was super smooth and I'd say we got out completely in less than 20 minutes (yes, that fast!). Overall, to end this review, this 9-night cruise on Anthem of the Seas was outstanding and surpassed the entire family's expectations fully. We will definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again and maybe even Anthem! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We booked this cruise on -line then called to make our restaurant choices, but were told we had to do that when we boarded. I also, asked about booking the North Star and was told they are all booked up due to varies groups being on-board ... Read More
We booked this cruise on -line then called to make our restaurant choices, but were told we had to do that when we boarded. I also, asked about booking the North Star and was told they are all booked up due to varies groups being on-board so we would have to do that on-board as well. So first thing as we arrived, I went to Guest Services and was told a different story - as we were suppose to be able to book both when I called, but not the case when talking with foreigners on RC reservation line. Next our room was very well laid out, but not cleaned well - stuff was still in the refrigerator from the people before us that was rotten. Never saw our stateroom attendant till day 2 and by then we were both sniffling and coughing. I do not think our room was sanitized at all. Bed was hard as a rock and when I asked about getting foam or something to soften it up - no one ever came to do as they said they would, and our stateroom attendant said I can use the couple of flattened covers under the bed to help, but that was all he knew of to use? So by the end of the 9 nights, I was very sore glad to be back home. We did enjoy all the shows, especially We Will Rock You!! Dining went ok - loved the specialty restaurants, but our main dining room table got moved when we showed up the second day - so we were place elsewhere, but it worked. Casino was extremely smokey and the slot machines were next to each other for smoking and non-smoking - nothing to block or distribute clean air to non-smokers! Ports of call were enjoyable. Boarding and disembarking was a breeze if you got there early and carried off your luggage. The SeaPlex was full off kids and there was no "adult" time for the Dodge cars so waiting was a issue just to say you did it once. Also there was no one sanitizing hands before you got in your car and with kids picking their noses, and coughing, sneezing, I would think RC could do a better job - like they do when you eat!! Never saw anyone cleaning banisters or elevators to keep germs at bay either. We did like the North Star as something different to experience. All in all, just an average cruise - not really impressed. I would like to highly compliment the wait staff and bartenders who did an exceptional job at keeping us happy and well fed. I didn't find the Anthem to have many activities to do for adults - so we got bored at times. Since it was the holiday weekend/week - there were several kids running around and the pool area was totally packed each day. Thank goodness we had a balcony to escape and relax. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I took this trip with 30 friends and family. I was a little scared to do Royal because I had a bad experience 11 yrs ago with them. The Anthem of the Seas changed me the moment I stepped on the ship. She is big,beautiful and clean. ... Read More
I took this trip with 30 friends and family. I was a little scared to do Royal because I had a bad experience 11 yrs ago with them. The Anthem of the Seas changed me the moment I stepped on the ship. She is big,beautiful and clean. CABIN # 9510---front of the ship with a 6ft window. Cabin was larger than balconies. I had 4 adults in the room with plenty of storage. There was storage over both beds and we had 2 closets. The bathroom was decent size. Umroy --steward took great care of us. He made towel animals almost every night, always greeted us with a smile and asked us how our day was going. FOOD: We had My time Dining. We ate in the Silk dinning room 3 nights, American Icon -once, Solarium Bistro-once, Windjammer- twice, Chops-once and Jamies- once for lunch Service at everyone was top notched. waiters brought out extras for the table. If you wanted something that wasn't on the menu, they got it for you. The seafood tower at Chops is a must. Shawn at Jamies brought us all the appetizers out family style. He also did the same for dessert. Needless to say we did not eat dinner that night ENTERTAINMENT: WE WILL ROCK YOU---so nice I saw it twice THE GIFT--- The story is tough to follow but the singing and special effects are amazing. SPECTRA'S CABERNET: Great singing and acrobatics . Here is my one complainant----Parents with young kids---If you child can not stay quite or sit still for an hour, PLEASE do not bring them to the show. You ruin it for others, SERVICE: EXCELLENT all around. My bartenders at the Sunshine bar( Seon, Gary, Larry, Stephen and Hermit) I will never forget you guys. They were simply the best bartenders I ever had on 10 cruises. PORTS: BERMUDA: took a taxi( $7 per person one way) Horseshoe Bay -- watched friends renew their vows on the beach. ST MARTIN: Took taxi to Maho beach and got drinks at Sunset bar---great experience. At night we did a sunset catamaran cruise on the Golden Eagle--Capt Charlie and crew were the best. A big shout out to My main man Otis who kept the drinks coming even in the thunder storm. SAN JUAN: My sons and I did the ATV ride at Campo Rico--another great time, great staff and drinks. FYI-- bring another shirt because you will get dirty. After that we met friends for a great lunch at Restaurante Mi Tierra--about 2 blocks from ship. Great mojitos and mufungo . LABADEE: was surprised how beautiful this beach was. We did the Dragon coaster( 35 for all day pass) great views from the top . Food at lunch was very good and there were plenty of bars on the island. It is a shame that the ship is moving to Europe next year because I would love to do another 9 days with Captain Hendrik and his crew. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I am going to present to the best of my ability a fair review based upon my experiences in cruising. This was my 11th or 12th cruise, the second for Royal Carribean. 20 years ago, my husband and I set sail to Bermuda on our honeymoon on ... Read More
I am going to present to the best of my ability a fair review based upon my experiences in cruising. This was my 11th or 12th cruise, the second for Royal Carribean. 20 years ago, my husband and I set sail to Bermuda on our honeymoon on the last ship of the fleet, making the last trip, before the new class of cruise ships were born. It was not a great experience, and being 25 back then, I was sure I wouldn't do it again. Alas, the opportunity came up again several years later, and I fell in love with cruising but hadn't returned to RCCL until now. FOOD: I have been on Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and Royal Carribean. Each line is unique in how they deliver their services, and the cruising experience, but most of the tenements of cruising are the same. To be foolproof, you pretty much have to nail down the dining, because let's face it, you are stuck on this floating hotel for a week, and what better way to occupy your time than eating. That being said, the food on Royal Carribean was the worst out of all of the lines I've cruised. The first 2 days, I just couldn't get a good meal. They served a Salmon En Croute that was so fishy, I had to spit it out. By the third night, I was eating dinner rolls, anticipating the bad food that lied ahead. RCCL did not disappoint. I was served an actual bowl of gristle ( yes you heard correct, gristle) it was at that point that I asked the chef to come out so that I could show him what was being served. He was horrified and asked us to be his special guest the next night, in which we did eat a very nice meal, but still not fantastic. The food stayed at a 2-3 stars the whole trip, but I learned to eat things in their natural form (ie: hard-boiled eggs, grapefruit, etc) so this was a big disappointment. We did eat in 2 of the specialty restaurants, Jaimie Oliver's and Wonderland. The food was very creative in Wonderland and a great experience, but the taste was lacking. Jamie Olivers was better, but the eggplant parm was soaked in oil. Nothing on this cruise "wowed" me as far as food goes. Compared to Norwegian and Carnival, I don't think I would choose to cruise RCCL again based on this alone. ENTERTAINMENT: The ship spends quite a bit of money on their entertainment and it shows. All the shows are technically executed perfectly as well as the sound and lighting. The sets are some of the best I've seen and the performers are super talented. Yet again, I didn't find the shows engaging, and never left feeling invigorated or that I would want to see it again (which has been the opposite on all of the other cruise lines. Norwegian Breakaway had some of the best shows I have ever seen). POPCORN: RCCL puts popcorn makers outside of all of their shows and they CHARGE you for a bag of popcorn. SERVICE: The service was mostly good and served with a smile almost every time. I am always amazed at how hard the staff works to please the guests, and I try to be grateful and humble when dealing with the staff knowing what they endure on a daily basis. SHOPPING: This is where RCCL has failed in a big way. The first thing I would like to bring to your attention is that I have never been on a ship that NICKELS AND DIMES YOU TO DEATH the was RCCL does. They push you to BUY, BUY, BUY and that is the center of focus on the ship. The shopping on the promenade is riddled with overpriced luxuries that have been marked up 3 times and pitched to you as a "deal" because you aren't paying taxes. Also, if you plan on shopping, PLEASE get the internet package and price shop. I bought 3 bags on the boat which I googled and found at half price, in which they had no choice but to price match it (as long as it's a reputable site: no Amazon, sorry). I felt like the entire cruise was a money grab and between the art auctions, jewelry talks and raffles, they just want more of your money. They were selling CHICO's clothing for more than I would pay at CHICOs! Also, they make your setsail card inactive if you punch a hole through it and they sell you the lanyards or the wow bands at double the price, so PLEASE get a lanyard WITH THE PLASTIC INSERT before you go. WARNING: If you like to purchase Art, no one tells you that if you exceed the amount allotted via customs, you will be stopped by customs and have to pay duties on the framing of the art you buy if you exceed your allotment so please ask about this when you buy art. TIPPING: I do not remember if every boat is the same, but we were charged $14.50 per day per person, totaling $60 in tips x 9 days. In addition to this, they tack on an 18% gratuity on every service related purchase. Then you will be given tip envelopes to tip above this. ACTIVITIES: This ship has nothing for kids. No fun slides, no real events by the pool, in fact, unlike Carnival that always delivers a good time poolside, the pool was overcrowded and uneventful. No fun DJ, or Large Screen TV with movies, so my 18-year-old and his girlfriend never wanted to go. They did have the IFLY and the NORTHSTAR for free, and there were a lot of activities in the sports complex, but often it was very crowded and on a ship this size, you spend a lot of time waiting. MOST VALUABLE TIP: Sign up for Escape the Room Puzzle break first day on the ship! This was the most fun we had :) Lastly, as a whole, with the islands and excursions in mind, it was a nice cruise, the weather was good, and so were the seas. Some people are "Loyal to Royal" and I truly wanted to drink that cool-aide, but for now, I will stick with Carnival and Norwegian. Safe travels, and enjoy the cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We previously switched from another cruise line because of recommendations from friends plus we wanted to try it for ourselves. When we arrived to Bayonne, NJ, the entire process to get on ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We previously switched from another cruise line because of recommendations from friends plus we wanted to try it for ourselves. When we arrived to Bayonne, NJ, the entire process to get on the cruise was effortless. Where it took us over an hour the last cruise we went on, it took us roughly 15 minutes with Royal. Our cabin was great. We had the pleasure of getting a balcony this time. The interior is good for first-time cruisers or if you're on a budget. We actually utilized the balcony quite a bit, either during our sea days or when we arrived/departed our ports. Views were spectacular. It was spacious enough to fit all our belongings and had plenty of drawer space for both of our clothes. Food was good. We went to the Windjammer Cafe during breakfast/lunch and did the "My Time" dining at dinnertime. There were plenty of options to choose from outside these two options. Wife and I ate at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant for our 3-year anniversary and the service was above and beyond. There was a sushi and steak restaurant I didn't get a chance to try but will keep it in mind for our next cruise. What impressed me was the cleanliness of the entire cruise ship. Prior to eating at the Windjammer Cafe, we were always instructed to wash our hands before serving ourselves. We were always greeted with "Washy Washy" which still stuck to me even after the cruise. Every time I went to the public restroom there was always someone in there either inspecting the restroom or cleaning it. As someone who is slightly germaphobic, I felt at ease the entire cruise. The service between housekeeping and the waiters/waitresses was fantastic. During the cruise our waitor Fuchao (I think that's how you spell it) knew us on a first name basis and catered to our every need. I really hope we run into him again on our next cruise. Our housekeeping could've used a little work but still did a great job. Our ports were the highlights of the entire cruise. Our favorite was probably San Juan, Puerto Rico where we did a Food and Culture tour. The tour guide gave us a taste of Puerto Rican cuisine and gave us a thorough history of San Jaun as well. Our second favorite was Labadee, Haiti. Apparently, Royal Caribbean owns part of the island which made it a great experience. There was anything from snorkeling excursions, a few beaches, floating bars, zipline excursions, and shopping available. Put plenty of sunscreen on because it gets HOT in Haiti. Only con was the price of everything. Drinks, without a drinks package, cost $10+ per drink which is more than the average drinks price in New York City. Be prepared to spend quite a bit on anything extra not included in your cruise package such as excursions, select restaurants, drinks etc. This was the best cruise we've experienced so far. We were considering giving their sister company, Celebrity Cruise, a shot but will be sticking with Royal going forward. If you're contemplating cruise, I highly recommend Royal Caribbean. You won't regret it. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Well just got back today from my second RCL cruise and definitely my last. I have been on 14 cruises and this was the worst one I’ve ever been on. My husband, son and I had a balcony room on the 11th floor. I will say the room was nice ... Read More
Well just got back today from my second RCL cruise and definitely my last. I have been on 14 cruises and this was the worst one I’ve ever been on. My husband, son and I had a balcony room on the 11th floor. I will say the room was nice and stayed very cool throughout the whole voyage. That was great. There was nothing else positive. Food was just ok in the buffet. Very little variety. A little better in main dining room. Coffee horrible. Our toilet overflowed 5x during the 9 day cruise. They had to come in and replace the whole toilet and it still overflowed. Water was clean but flooded whole bathroom. This was happening to a lot of people on the ship. The North Star was broken all week and actually was broken before we got on the ship I found out. Nobody ever got to go on at all. We had 2 reservations for it which meant nothing and they never informed anyone it was broken. It’s literally the main attraction of this ship and one of the reasons I booked it. Everyone was very disappointed. We had reservations for the We Will Rock You show. 1000 people in the theater waited an hour for the show just to have a guy come on stage to tell us to leave because the show is cancelled due to technical difficulties. People were not happy. Another show also cancelled due to technical problems. The entertainment on this ship is the worst I’ve ever seen. The few shows I did get to see were boring and lackluster. The goodbye show was so so bad. I feel bad for the crew on this ship because they do not look happy at all. Overworked and underpaid and it shows. Nobody bothered with us unless they were trying to get money. They nickel and dime you the whole cruise to the point where you want to hide somewhere. $3.00 for a little bag of popcorn for the show.....which gets cancelled anyway. The wait lines for any of the activities were way too long. Bumper cars, flow rider. The bigger ships just mean more people. This benefits the cruise line not you. They keep touting how great these huge ships are but more cabins don’t mean more fun for you. I’ll stick to smaller ships from now on. When I voiced my issues and concerns with guests services they did absolutely nothing for us. This will definitely be my last RCL Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Our first cruise on the Anthem was March 2018. In a little over a year, there has been a general decline. Coordination was poor in several areas. We had Anytime Dining. When asking for a table for 4, you would have thought I asked for ... Read More
Our first cruise on the Anthem was March 2018. In a little over a year, there has been a general decline. Coordination was poor in several areas. We had Anytime Dining. When asking for a table for 4, you would have thought I asked for nuclear codes. Some nights, it took 4 or 5 staff members and several radio discussions to get a table assignment. One night, they sat us at a table in the hallway used by wait staff. We even had other cruisers sitting on a sofa next to us. Another huge step down was the Cruise Director. Last year we had Clo, this year Mitch. I know people seem to love Mitch, but I just don't see it. Mediocre Mitch. The CD Entertainment Staff was also a big step down. Last year, they were humorous and engaging. Not so this year. Technical difficulties appeared everywhere -- multiple shows rescheduled due to technical difficulties; Name that Tune only had 7 of 10 contestants due to technical difficulties; Royal IQ app that couldn't connect many times; the North Star didn't work in the 9 day cruise. But the big problem was in our friends' cabin (8222). Bed bugs were found on day 6. After one night, they had itching backs and thought it was soap. Looking past the huge miss on turn over day 1, Royal handled this horribly. A general message was left on their phone. What??? Someone should have met them when they came back on the boat or in their room, not a phone message. They were downgraded from their suite to a balcony, all their clothes and belongings taken away in clear plastic bags down the hallway. Royal dropped the ball again when NOTHING was offered to them. Show empathy, guest services, and throw them a specialty restaurant dinner while you figure out the next step. Throughout the days ahead, the only thing Royal offered was a future cruise credit for their original amount. Everything else was asked for by my friend. They did comp a cabana at Labadee and a specialty dinner, but only after they asked for it. Royal offered an onboard credit for this cruise. When my friends asked for the money to be changed, lower future credit and larger current cruise credit, corporate turned them down. They then received a form letter describing how they were unhappy that their cabin did not meet their expectations. Since when was a bed bug free cabin an "expectation". Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We choose Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas because we were traveling with a multigenerational group three adults in their fifties and two children in their mid twenties This was a perfect itinerary 9 days and it was in driving distance ... Read More
We choose Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas because we were traveling with a multigenerational group three adults in their fifties and two children in their mid twenties This was a perfect itinerary 9 days and it was in driving distance to port. This was not our first cruise. We have also sailed on Princess and Celebrity and it's been nearly 20 yrs since we sailed with Royal Caribbean Embarkation was a snap. We arrived at port around 10:00am but didn't check in until 11:00am because we were waiting for the rest of our party to arrive. Had we checked in sooner we would have only been waiting in the waiting area to board. By 11:00 we just check in and walked onto the ship. We avoided Windjammer and headed to the Solarium Bistro. They had a small buffet but it wasn't crowed and there were enough choices for a quick lunch in a relaxed area. After lunch we stopped by Boleros for our first cocktail on the ship and purchased the Royal Caribbean wrist band so that we wouldn't have to always carry our sea pass around. Anthem has a nice selection of eating venues. 270 was my favorite. There they had a nice choice of sandwiches and salads and they also made specialty coffee. I quickly became addicted to the blended mocha creamice and the strawberry scones. We ate breakfast in the MDR anytime it was open. It was quiet and pleasant to enjoy the first meal of the day. We only ate breakfast in the buffet one time because of port time. The food wasn't as good. Eggs were cold unless you ordered an omelet and the pancakes were soggy. The nice thing about the MDR for breakfast is that they also had a small buffet so if you wanted to grab something quick you could. They had good selection of fruits, cereal, waffles made to order with a variety of topping, pre made omelets, danishes, pancakes assorted meats. There really wasn't anything missed by not going to Windjammer. We had dinner My time dining in the MDR 7 of the 9 nights. We made reservations and never had to wait to be seated. The other nights we went to Wonderland and Jamies Italian restaurants which were very good. The food was excellent with the exception of the rubber lobster tail on formal night. I have experienced this on other cruise lines and also ordered the Prime Rib as a back up. Meat was tender and cooked to order. The side vegetables were fresh and crisp. Nothing tasted like it was over salted the way cruise food usually does. As good as the food was I can't say the same about service. Everyone was racing around and getting a beverage was an issue every night. On the second formal night they didn't even take drink orders. Coffee and tea were never offered with dessert. One night I was so aggravated waiting for a refill of wine for my wife and a bottle of water for myself that I just went up to Vintages in the middle of dinner and got my own drinks. I mentioned this to the head waiter that night but nothing changed for the rest of the cruise. On the second formal nigh they just rushed us through. They handed out the menu and before we could read it they were taking our order. To my surprise bar service around the pool, adult solarium, and in the bars and theater were excellent. I figured that since the drink packages were so popular that it would be difficult to get a drink. Waiters were always walking around asking you if you wanted a drink. We enjoyed all of the entertainment from the comedians to We will Rock you and Spectra's Cabaret. Overall I enjoyed the cruise and would book the Anthem again. Although the ship is larger than what I prefer it did have some beautiful public venues with beautiful views like the Adult Solarium and Club 270. The Royal Esplanade was always crowded so we avoided it by walking one deck up in order to get from one end of the ship to the other. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Embarkment: We got there at 10:30 and walked right on the ship. Almost no waiting. We watched from the Windjammer as traffic backed up seemingly Pennsylvania (obviously exaggerating lol) Point is: get there early or you will have a rough ... Read More
Embarkment: We got there at 10:30 and walked right on the ship. Almost no waiting. We watched from the Windjammer as traffic backed up seemingly Pennsylvania (obviously exaggerating lol) Point is: get there early or you will have a rough time. Excursions: Took the ferry to Hamilton in bermuda and shopped their. Then got back to Kings Wharf and went to the Rumcake store. Definitely worth checking out as their rum cake is delicious. You can also watch them make glass figurines and such too. We went on the SXM party boat. It was fantastic. One of the best excursions I've ever done. Tripple decker boat took us from the ship to mayo beach. You don't actually go on the beach. The boat anchors a little ways out and lowers its own dock. They have snorkel gear included in the price and you can just jump in, snorkel, and watch the planes land. If you don't want to swim the boat has plenty of seats and you can grab a drink and enjoy the view. We were worried this might be a bunch of drunks going crazy, but everyone was really chill and we just relaxed the whole time. We paid $7 each for a bus tour of san juan. saw old town and new town. The tour was maybe an hour and a half. after the tour we walked around old town and went to Señor Frog's. Went to Nellie's Beach in Labadee. This beach seemed to be the least crowded. Water was nice and warm. It is worth bringing snorkel gear if you can. A few people there with me found some interesting creatures while snorkeling. If you swim out past the peninsula with the cabanas you get a great view of the ship. Walking distance from the lunch area and the shops. Lots of cool stuff at the shops, but the vendors are a bit pushy. Pools: As with every other cruise, you will not find anywhere to sit due to chair hogs. The Solarium pools and hot tubs were fantastic. I have seen people complain about children being in the solarium, but I never saw one there during my cruise. There are 3 shallow pools that were seldom crowded. and 4 hot tubs. The indoor pool seemed to be much less crowded than the main pool. That is where I swam the most. It also save me from sunburn. Entertainment: We Will Rock You - Phenomenal! For those that don't know this is a musical based on the music of queen. I may be bias, because I saw this in the West End in London a few years ago, but the cast and the music were amazing. Be sure to catch the cast when they sing live at the Schooner bar. The Gift: Story was very hard for me to follow. The music was good. Mostly covers of pop songs. Definitely skip this if you aren't into musicals in general. It was hard to get through all the way. Spectra's Cabaret: Show was very entertaining. Cast worked their butts off. Lots of high energy dancing. Dining: I had no issues with the quality of the food at any restaurant. Went to 3 specialty restaurants. Jamies, Chops, and Wonderland. All fantastic. My time dining is awful as far as wait time. even with a reservation it took 20 minutes to get a table. Norwegian has similar setup for dining and we always just walked right in. If you are able to do traditional dining I believe that is the way to go. Our waiter (Loyale) told us we could talk to the staff and ask to sit at his table every night. This did allow us to beat the system and skip the line the last 3 nights of the cruise. Disembarkation: Honestly it seemed like waiting to get off took forever, but I think they got held up with customs(or so I heard). Not a big deal. We were all cranky anyway, because the cruise was over. To sum it up: Overall experience was great. Only complaint is the my time dining. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
After 10 cruises on the Liberty of the Seas, the Anthem was an AMAZING experience. Starting with our cabin, 8226, it was a spacious balcony. They removed the coffee table that is usually in the cabin but we did not miss it since it gave ... Read More
After 10 cruises on the Liberty of the Seas, the Anthem was an AMAZING experience. Starting with our cabin, 8226, it was a spacious balcony. They removed the coffee table that is usually in the cabin but we did not miss it since it gave us so much more room. They have maximized storage. We had more than enough room for the first time ever. Our only complaint was the lighting. We had a lighted mirror but it was not good enough to put on makeup. As always all the staff was friendly accommodating and hard working. My girlfriend wanted to go to Wonderland, I wasn't so sure. It was a delicious and entertaining meal. I can't wait to go back. We also had lunch and Jamie Olivers. Another hit. The ship itself is beautiful with very much to see and do. Lots of places to sit, sleep and people watch. My only disappointment was that the solarium did not have a pool. It had hot tubs and a wading pool? Not sure what you would call it. I like to swim and I need a pool with stairs due to a disability, I can't use a ladder. We ate our meals in the MDR or TWO 70. TWO 70 was perfect, never a crowd and plenty to choose from. The MDR was good, just like every other ship we've been on. The shows were very good. I would highly recommend this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This is our third RC cruise - Oasis, Allure and now Anthem! In comparing, I do like the Oasis class ships better for their design and size, but the highlights for me of Anthem are: The Two70 lounge, Seaplex and being able to drive to the ... Read More
This is our third RC cruise - Oasis, Allure and now Anthem! In comparing, I do like the Oasis class ships better for their design and size, but the highlights for me of Anthem are: The Two70 lounge, Seaplex and being able to drive to the port, park and get on the ship. All Staff we came across were very friendly, efficient and went out of their way to make our vacation the best. I was really surprised with how fast the embarkation was - from passing on our bags, to parking, to checking in, we were on the ship in 1/2 hour. Disembarkation was just as easy - sitting in theatre waiting for our luggage tag # to be called, getting off ship, to getting our bag and going through security (facial scan), pay for parking, getting car - all within an hour. The shows on board were great. Got to experience our first silent disco, and I even did iFly. We did excursions in Bermuda and Puerto Rico; St. Maarten, we just took a water taxi to beach. Labadee was a lazy beach day - very enjoyable - the lunch was delicious. I was worried about a 9 night cruise, but when day 7 came around, I was glad we had two more nights. We have a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We sailed from Cape Liberty. The port was driving distance from our home. We had a 1230-1pm boarding time. We drove directly up to the porters and luggage crates albeit a line of cars the luggage drop off went pretty smoothly. The ... Read More
We sailed from Cape Liberty. The port was driving distance from our home. We had a 1230-1pm boarding time. We drove directly up to the porters and luggage crates albeit a line of cars the luggage drop off went pretty smoothly. The parking garage was on the right after the terminal. Parking for 9 days cost $198. The terminal was a bit crowded with a long line of passengers trying to get through security. Once passed the security you had another line for the cruise check in both seemed to take a bit of time. Since we are Emerald, the cruise only had 3 check-in stations, where Gold had at least 10+ stations and Diamond+ levels had 6 or more stations. The only nice part about being delayed in the terminal is that our cabin was ready once we boarded so we could drop off out carry on bags, go explore the ship and grab something to eat. The entertainment staff and CD were good. The production shows were the same as a previous sailing other then a few cast member changes. This is where I wish that Royal Caribbean switched up the shows every six months-12 months. There seemed to be a lot of passengers that have sailed with the Anthem of the Seas multiple times. The Headliner show and the comedian were excellent. The cover band Led Zeppagain was excellent and fun to listen to. Again, I wish there was more than one band that played in the Music Hall. The Music Hall seemed like a lot of wasted space. The 5th floor was very hard to view the main stage located on the 4th floor. There are 3 well worn pool tables located in this areas. The Schooner bar had excellent bar staff. There was nightly music and daily trivia played in this area. The Brass and Brock bar was also filled with excellent bar staff and live Acoustic singers. The Two 70 Lounge is one of its kind. The sound system, electronics and views were outstanding. The show Spectra was a unique experience as well. We had my time dining and had the same wait staff team every night for dinner. Their service was superb they went over and beyond our expectations. Food choices were plentiful. Everything tasted fine. One unique thing that has changed when ordering in the MDR. The waiter takes your appetizer, main course and dessert order and the same time. North Star and I-fly were neat experiences and must tries. Sign up in your cruise planner before you set sail. Bumper cars were hysterical. Watching adults of all ages laughing like they were kids again was fun. Being apart of the bumper car action was even better. Expect a little whiplash. The pool areas were as annoying as they usually are due to the chair hogs. I did not see any deck employees policing the area of this. With the bigger ships it seems like too many people and too little seating around the main outdoor pools. Bermuda was very windy so we just walked around the port on our own. We found a mini golf course overlooking the ocean and played for $15 pp. We booked the Maho Beach excursion in Saint Maarten. That was an experience seeing the planes land and take off so close to the beach. In San Juan we booked the bike excursion in which was a private tour by accident. We were lucky and the Shorex team allowed us to go. We rode around San Juan and the beach area for 8-9 miles. One hidden gem was an umbrella street not in the touristy area. In Labadee we rode Jet skis. I was little bummed my jet ski was not functioning properly. I didn't go as fast as I wanted to. On the last run, a better jet ski was brought out to me. I wish they listened to me on the first run when I told them the engine light was alarming. Disembarkation was very slow. Our deck number was called and then stood in line on the ship for a good 30 minutes. Customs on shore froze the line to lessen to number of passengers onshore going through customs terminal. It seemed a bit disorganized. All in all it was a great cruise and had good times. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose RCCL for our vacation this year for the port stops and the number of sea days. To avoid any travel delays, we stayed overnight in Newark the day prior. The embarkation process went very smoothly and we boarded Anthem just before ... Read More
We chose RCCL for our vacation this year for the port stops and the number of sea days. To avoid any travel delays, we stayed overnight in Newark the day prior. The embarkation process went very smoothly and we boarded Anthem just before 11. Our first impression of Anthem is that she is a beautiful ship and very clean. Prior to entering any dining rooms, guests are encouraged to "washy-washy"! Crew were often seen cleaning and kept areas neat. For this cruise, we chose a virtual balcony inside stateroom (10517)and were pleasantly surprised. Although a smaller cabin, it was cozy and the virtual balcony gave you the feel you had an actual window or balcony. Dining: We had dinner in Silk 3 nights. The decor is pleasant, the food is average, service was slow , the waiters were pleasant to talk to and knew the menu well. We enjoyed having dinner at Solarium Bistro. This is a little different dining experience where it is quieter, less crowded, and located in the adults only Solarium. Over the 3 nights we ate there, we were able to get right in with no wait. The menu is such that the apps and desserts are buffet style and entrees are served. The food here was very good, esp the NY Sirloin Strip. I'm not a big steak eater, but this was good! Breakfast in the Windjammer was always good and there are tons of selections. Snacks are a plenty all day and night. Entertainment: imo, I have seen better, but was good. Spectre Cabaret in Two70 was noted for the moving screens, which made this show a hit ( for me anyway), The Gift was ok and We will Rock You was good, then again, any music by Queen is good! Service: As previously mentioned, service in the main dining room was slow, however, our stateroom associate, Karla, was fantastic! Karla came to our cabin soon after we got settled to introduce herself and ask if we needed anything and how to contact her if/when needed. We asked for a couple of things and Karla delivered. She kept our cabin neat and tidy, leaving us with towel animals on several nights. Thank you Karla! Ports: The ports are beautiful and there is a lot to see and do, however, we found the cost of excursions was too expensive and did not book any. While in PR, we did find a 2 hr tour by the locals. This was a shuttle tour we found once off the ship, $15pp and made numerous stops and provided us with a lot of historical info and photo opportunities. I look at it as a good sampling of PR. It was worth the money and the bus had a/c too which was great considering it was in the 90's the day we were there. With this, we would like to visit PR again in the future to see more of this beautiful place. My favorite port was Bermuda as it has a good vibe and the beaches are so beautiful and yes, the sand is pink! St. Maarten was nice. We took a shuttle to Maho Beach so we could experience the planes coming and going overhead. The beach isn't much of a beach and was crowded but the water was beautiful. There is a strong current there, so for little ones, this isn't the beach to go to. The experience of the planes so close overhead is great and photo ops are a must. I grew up right near an airport, but not this close! Labadee is a beautiful place, the beach is pretty, and the water beautiful. RC provides a BBQ lunch which was nice and locals provide some entertainment. Shopping for souvenirs was annoying as the locals in the markets are VERY pushy and don't leave you alone. Not a fun, relaxing experience. Anthem is a beautiful ship and activities and entertainment are plentiful. We had a medical emergency on board, requiring us to divert to Nassau . This diversion delayed us getting back to Bayonne by 1 day. The Captain did a fantastic job of handling this and we were able to get the passenger to a medical facility quickly. Last we heard, the passenger was doing well. With this, we had an extra sea day. Due to the delay, many passengers who had booked flights had to make alternate arrangements and it was announced that internet and phone would be available to all. There was a logistics issue once back in Bayonne due to our delayed arrival, so once we arrived, we were to be off the ship by 9 am as another ship was due in. We did self-disembarkation( as did hundreds of others) and were off the ship by 7am. Even with this, all went smoothly. Overall impression: Having cruised with 2 other cruise lines, I anticipated a more up beat vibe. The vibe on Anthem is great; calm and relaxed. Even with the large number of passengers( over 4k), you wouldn't know it as there is plenty of room to spread out the crowds. It took me a few days, but I managed to get the relaxed vibe and especially enjoyed the adults-only Solarium. A note about children: we didn't see many kids on this cruise and those we did see were well-behaved. There were a large number of retirees , couples, groups and some singles. Chair hogs in the Solarium were plentiful with one going so far as to hang their handicapped parking tag on their lounge chair! Late afternoon and evenings were good times to be in the Solarium and pool decks as most were at dinner or shows so the crowds were less. We had reservations on North Star, but due to what we were told were 'technical issues', it wasn't running at all this cruise. We did have reservation on iFly and had a blast! As mentioned, we had a virtual balcony cabin which we enjoyed and would book again, however, we see where many times, had we had a balcony stateroom, we would have spent more time there, away from the crowded pool decks to relax. We very much enjoyed Anthem and look forward to sailing with her again soon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We enjoyed our cruise on Anthem. Keep in mind that a larger ship does not necessarily mean more to offer, just more people in this case (in our opinion). We enjoyed our last RC ship Jewel of the Seas as much as Anthem, maybe even more. We ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise on Anthem. Keep in mind that a larger ship does not necessarily mean more to offer, just more people in this case (in our opinion). We enjoyed our last RC ship Jewel of the Seas as much as Anthem, maybe even more. We were in a balcony stateroom on deck 8, 582; really a nice room, but the bed was so uncomfortable that we dreaded going to bed and woke up aching every morning. Our steward added several layers of comforters, but the bed was so hard it just didn’t help much. We have been on older ships in lower category staterooms with more comfortable beds. Overall a good cruise though. We probably will not take a cruise with so many sea days again. We did shore excursions in Bermuda and St Marteen. Kayaking in Bermuda was excellent, but didn’t leave time for a trip to Hamilton, so we shopped the cruise port for a bit before returning to the ship. In St Marteen we did the Rhino Rider excursion, which was very fun! Keep on mind that you will have to swim ashore when you get to the beach and will not be able to take anything with you because they tell you that you get soaked from head to toe; not Completely true. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Sailing on this cruise were myself 56, husband 55, son 25 and his fiance 25. This was our second cruise on Anthem. We drove from our home in Northern Virginia to the cruise port in Bayonne on the day of sailing, a Thursday, and traffic was ... Read More
Sailing on this cruise were myself 56, husband 55, son 25 and his fiance 25. This was our second cruise on Anthem. We drove from our home in Northern Virginia to the cruise port in Bayonne on the day of sailing, a Thursday, and traffic was amazingly smooth. And it is so nice to drive to port and not have to worry about the weight of your bags or whether they will get lost! We unloaded our bags and then parked our vehicle in the parking garage, which was $22 per day. When you enter the garage you are given a ticket that you must not lose, because when you return from the cruise, you insert your ticket into the kiosk outside the garage, and make payment, then hand one of two receipts to the attendant when you exit in your vehicle. There are staff members at each point in the parking garage (entry, exit, kiosk) to provide assistance. There is a wait upon returning from the cruise to get into one of two elevators to get back to your vehicle (lots of people and luggage), but other than that, it was a smooth process. Also, there 3 or 4 floors, so don't forget where you parked! The check in process once inside the port was very quick and efficient, and then we were ushered to the waiting area to await boarding, which took place at about 10:45. (Just FYI, if you are in the market for a new lanyard, they had several different styles for sale in the port area, but only a very limited choice once on board. I was considering one of the blingy ones since we were turning diamond unofficially on this cruise, but thought I'd wait and buy it from one of the ship's shops. Buzz, thank you for playing. There were none. Just thought I'd mention it.) Of course like most folks, we headed to the Windjammer for lunch. Food is a very personal thing, so I won't say much about it, but I must comment that Anthem has really upped their game in the Windjammer, as the lunch provided was probably the best tasting one we have ever had on boarding day. For all other meals, we ate in the dining room with anytime dining on level 4, American Icon and Silk. Breakfast is served from 7:30-9:30, and lunch from 11:30-1. For both of those meals you do not need a reservation, you just walk in and can choose to sit alone or with other cruisers. There is also a small buffet to go along with the menu. Our waiter Widia and his assistant Amaliya in the Silk dining room were terrific and very personable. Our first port of call was King's Wharf, Bermuda. We have been to Bermuda on a few occasions prior, so we just decided to take the shuttle ($7pp each way) to Horseshoe Bay Beach. The beach was pretty crowded, but nice when looking out on the water with the large rock formations, but not as pretty as those online photos depict. If you look closely in the sand you can see streaks of pink sand. They have facilities and you can rent 2 chairs and an umbrella for $50, two sand chairs and an umbrella for $45 (I think), and an open tent with 4 chair and a bucket of beers for $150. We thought all that was expensive, so we put our towels down near the rocks in a shady spot, since we had not intended to stay long. Be on the lookout for the pretty Bermuda Longtail seagulls flying overhead. On our way back to the ship we elected to take a taxi because we wanted to stop by the lighthouse. There are such beautiful views of the island from here, whether or not you choose to climb up to the top. I don't like heights, so I stayed in the parking area! You can see the ship in the distance. There is a small gift shop here where I bought two water color prints. However, I found them cheaper back at the cruise port. At port there is a shopping mall with trinkets and souvenirs, plus other nicer clothing stores. Be sure to have your photo taken under the Moon gate near the ship. Our next port of call was St Maarten. We chose to do the Screaming Eagle Beach and Snorkel catamaran, a ship's excursion. The vessel is in great shape and the staff are very nice. However there were many young children, one of which cried for half of the sailing. I think they need to reconsider raising the age limit on this excursion, as it was a bit scary for preschoolers to have to don the life vests, plus alcohol is served on board. One set of parents chose to snorkel, leaving their child on board crying with another member of their party. Other folks were tipsy, and it just doesn't seem like an appropriate environment for small children. That's just my opinion. The snorkeling wasn't that great, and the waters were a little rough at the beach where we stopped on that day. There were plenty of life vests, snorkeling equipment and pool noodles. The lunch served was very skimpy, just half of a sandwich with a few extra halves if some wanted seconds. Our next port was San Juan, Puerto Rico. We just walked around and happened to stumble upon the 'umbrella street', which is at the far end of Calle Fortaleza. I'm one of those folks who researches our ports, but for some reason I was unaware of this, so it was such a happy surprise to find. We stopped nearby at one of many bars that offered Pina Coladas 2 for $10. The last stop was Labadee. We hung out at Nellie's beach. Lunch is served in one of 3 areas, so you won't have to go back to the ship unless you choose to do so. They serve burgers, chicken, sides, fruit, drinks etc. There are also bars close to the beaches and a shuttle system for getting around. You use your cruise card for bar purchases but will need cash if you choose to go over to the craft market for souvenirs. We have avoided this area in past years after encountering overly aggressive local sales folk. We tried it again this time because my son's fiance wanted to look for gifts for her family. We did not feel badgered or pressured at all while looking around this time. Not sure if they were busy with other cruisers, or if there has been a change in the way they are interacting with potential customers. The ship is in beautiful condition, and we never felt particularly crowded except for the usual times, such as embarkation lunch in the Windjammer, or when a show lets out. There are the typical elevator crowding issues, especially on disembarkation day. This sailing had a lot of young children, and many elderly individuals with mobility issues. There were a lot of scooters and wheelchairs, and many cruisers who were not making it any easier for them to get around. I can understand the frustration on both sides, though. We enjoyed Spectra's Cabaret in Two70 (best seats are in the center, get there early) and We Will Rock You. The singers are outstanding. It was hard to sit thru the entire almost 2 hour production of We Will Rock You, as there was no intermission. I have heard that folks leave during intermissions and don't return, so perhaps that is why they performed the production all the way thru without a break. We did not make it to The Gift on this sailing. The day after we left Labadee and headed north for home, there was a medical emergency on board. The Captain said that someone walked into the medical treatment area with a serious condition. It was determined that it would be contraindicated for the patient to be flown off the ship, so we set course west to Nassau. The patient was off loaded at about 1am, and then we headed back out to sea. That following morning the Captain announced that instead of getting back to Bayonne on Saturday morning as scheduled, we would not arrive until about midnight, and passengers would depart Sunday morning when customs agents and port workers would be on duty. When the announcement was made about our delayed return, internet was made available to all passengers, and RC said they would pay up to $200pp for domestic flight change penalties, and $400pp for international flight change penalties. A letter was sent to all cabins outlining all the details. Also, when we paid to retrieve our car on Sunday from the garage, we were not charged for the extra day. Royal Caribbean handled the situation very well. So, that's how our 9 day trip became 10. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
What a way to recharge our batteries after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. To us this felt like a really large ship and took a little getting use to with over 4500 guests onboard. The ship was spotlessly clean from the ... Read More
What a way to recharge our batteries after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. To us this felt like a really large ship and took a little getting use to with over 4500 guests onboard. The ship was spotlessly clean from the outsides to the main areas and the staterooms. Our stateroom was well maintained, although for part of the cruise there was a problem with the A.C. for which we and other guests received some compensation. Some longer drop hanger storage would have been nice to accommodate my wife long dresses, but in general there was enough storage although some may have proved a little difficult to reach for people with less mobility as it was over the bed. Food onboard was excellent which was matched by the waiting on service. It took us a few days to get into the swing of cruising and to learn about all the activities that were going on around us, next time we will do a bit more research but it was fun learning and we didn't miss much in fact we ran out of time to do all the things we found we wanted to do! The ports we visited along with the excursions we went on were well managed and ran smoothly. These were in some cases an insight into the history of the islands we were visiting, with others being just chilling on a beach of white sand with warm water and a cold beer. Would we go again YES, but we would look to visit some of the other Caribbean islands as its a big world. The only down side to this adventure was getting to the port at Cape Liberty. In particular the last mile from the highway to the terminal building. This was a TOTAL shambles with traffic queuing right back to the highway both when we embarked. and disembarked even taxi's couldn't get in or out. This needs sorting and should have been sorted when the port was first opened. However once we were through the doors it was a simple procedure for embarkation and when we returned again once through the door it was back to the mayhem. Note, There is NO shelter while waiting for a taxi and we waited for an hour and then shared a taxi back to the light rail station, with a very kind lady. We didn't opt for an internet package due to the onboard costs and found we didn't miss it at all, it was a true break from the hassle of e-mail etc. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
An 11 day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas leaving the frigid cold temperatures for the sunny eastern Caribbean, what could be better? Well, while the ship is amazing, the crew friendly and exceptionally hard working ... Read More
An 11 day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas leaving the frigid cold temperatures for the sunny eastern Caribbean, what could be better? Well, while the ship is amazing, the crew friendly and exceptionally hard working (except for one of the bartenders in the Bionic Bar...more on that later) there are definitely some pros and cons to this experience. First the good stuff. As I said before, the ship is beautiful. While not the largest of the fleet, Anthem is big (4,180 passengers) and has some unique features such as the North Star observation ride which takes you up 300 feet for a 360 degree panoramic view, the Rip Cord I-Fly Sky diving simulator, Flow Rider surfing experience, and the Bionic Bar. The food was good, not as good as on past RCI cruises, but overall very tasty. Our waiter and his assistant made sure that every need was met and that our glasses were constantly filled. Our balcony cabin on Deck 10 was small but very functional. Two of us slept in the king sized bed and the third on the pull out couch. There were two built in storage closets, a vanity/desk, and a dresser with five drawers and a small refrigerator. Our cabin steward was amazing...twice a day he cleaned up, made (or turned down) the beds, and replaced any used towels. He even folded our blankets that we brought from home. The entertainment on this ship was good, especially the We Will Rock You show. As a wise fellow cruiser once told me, any morning that you wake up on a cruise ship is a good morning. I wholeheartedly agree with a few exceptions. We are Platinum loyalty members having cruised frequently and almost exclusively on Royal Caribbean. As the years go by however, I feel like I’m getting less for my cruise dollar and that more and more “experiences” are not included in the base or are not a good value. They are really pushing the specialty restaurants which of course cost extra, sometimes LOTS more extra. My thrifty alter ego cannot justify paying for food and then paying again for a “specialty” meal. This was the first time in 8 cruises that my husband (a drinker) did not purchase a beverage package. They insisted that I buy one too. I am not a drinker. I am also diabetic so the “refreshment” package with juices and smoothies that they tried to steer me to was not an option. I offered to provide a note from my doctor but they wouldn’t hear of it. So my husband carried on two bottles of wine and we saved almost $500. There could have been a few more free activities on this ship. For example, we were excited to attend a robot vs. bartender competition at the Bionic Bar. When we got there, a not so friendly employee informed us it will cost $15 for the experience. Very disappointing. We purchased internet packages. Again, I felt that it was pricey ($15-$19 per day) and not a good value. The service was slow and frequently needed to be rebooted. This was also the first time that we did not book any excursions with Royal Caribbean. In my experience, the excursion prices keep increasing in price with fewer options. On this cruise, we overheard a couple saying that they spent $30 for a beach excursion only to get there and have to pay extra for an umbrella and chairs. We took our chances and either walked to the shopping near the pier or too a cheap cab ride to the beach. There was no shortage of locals carrying maps and offering us island tours (despite the company’s warning not to utilize third party vendors). Despite these criticisms, we had a lovely vacation and respite from the winter chill. Will we cruise again?...Definitely. Will we cruise on Royal Caribbean again?...Maybe. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
20+ cruises. 25 minute backup to get into the parking lot. After that, nice speedy embarkation. Beautiful ship, easy to get around. Lots of people, but did not ever feel rushed or crowded. Very disappointed in Shows. Oasis has ... Read More
20+ cruises. 25 minute backup to get into the parking lot. After that, nice speedy embarkation. Beautiful ship, easy to get around. Lots of people, but did not ever feel rushed or crowded. Very disappointed in Shows. Oasis has great Broadway type shows. Anthem elected to go a different way. The shows included Spectra's Cabaret with the lead performer, a man dressed as a woman, slinking around a lights down theatre; The Gift, which was an unclear message to a good part of the audience (later we heard an explanation from a woman at breakfast telling her children about it); The third mostly involved two female singers, fair at best. Service was wonderful at most venues. The Schooner Bar, however, was an exception. Here, the bar provided back-up service for Chops Grill, the Specialty restaurant. On a regular basis, the waiter serving those enjoying the entertainment would vanish. The two waiters servicing the bar area never came over to help out. I asked one of them if we could get service. She told me that the waiter had to go to Chops. I got drinks for my wife and I. This happened on 2 consecutive nights, so I went to the Service desk to complain. They were apologetic and said they had referred to matter to the Entertainment Director. That was the last we heard. The ship seems to have used all the added space for additional cabins or for younger cruisers entertainment. Saw nothing on the ship that was anything better than Read Less

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