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961 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) to Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

This ship should really listen to what their customers say!!! Alot of people understand that formal night is not for everyone but dressing in singlet tops and shorts for dinner - dressing like this is totally unacceptable. So Royal ... Read More
This ship should really listen to what their customers say!!! Alot of people understand that formal night is not for everyone but dressing in singlet tops and shorts for dinner - dressing like this is totally unacceptable. So Royal Caribbean listen to what we are saying, a dress code is for everyone not some arrogant people. I found the food ok for dinner, we went in Silk and Wonderland, but wait for the deals it’s well worth it. Food in the windjammer is ok, 1 thing I don’t understand is the boy and the little toaster, poor man is stressed out to hell, give him a bigger toaster!! The entertainment is brilliant, went to the shows not sure I understood The Gift. Our room was lovely and big, nice shower. The guys in the jewellery shop are great we had a good deal - Imran thank you ☺️ Loved the drinks robot Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose this cruise because of the deal on free gratuities. I hate that I have to pay double as a solo traveler, however. I decided to splurge on a balcony cabin, and in that I was not disappointed. I was in 6520, and except for hearing ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the deal on free gratuities. I hate that I have to pay double as a solo traveler, however. I decided to splurge on a balcony cabin, and in that I was not disappointed. I was in 6520, and except for hearing rehearsals in the theater, it was generally quiet. My cabin attendant Estefie was excellent, as she couldn't do enough for me. I liked the size of the cabin, but not as happy with the small shower. It was great having a balcony, even though I would have liked to have one with a lounge chair. i was very happy with the dining on board. I ate in the American Icon most of the time and requested Kazi, who took special care of me. I found the food to be excellent. I only ate in one specialty restaurant, Chops Grille. It was fabulous. For breakfast and lunch I usually ate in the Windjammer, and I was very pleased with the food and the service there. I also saw and chatted with Kazi. I ate in the Icon for breakfast once, but the service was very slow. There were many activities in which I could have been involved. Mostly I found some good table tennis players who were very challenging and I had a great time. I did the bumper cars, North Star, and I Fly Ripcord, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Maybe next time I'll try the trapeze, if I can face my fear of heights. There were plenty of trivias in which I could have participated, but decided to relax and not rush to join in the fun. As far as the entertainment went, I was disappointed in the shows for which I had made reservations. The music and vocalists were so loud that they drowned out the words of the songs, and since I couldn't understand the words, it made the shows a waste of time. By the time I sat through 40 minutes of We Will Rock You, I got up and left. It was more fun to participate in the tree lighting ceremony in the main area, singing Christmas carols and enjoying the playing of the small group of instrumentalists. One ridiculous event was the timing of the party for the return RCCL cruisers. 10 a.m.? To drink that early in the day in just stupid. My brother and sister-in-law are currently on the same cruise and they said there was just rot gut champagne. I've been on many NCL cruises and the parties have always been later in the day and have an open bar. Now that's a real perk! I was very pleased with the service all over the ship. Everyone was very friendly and anxious to please. The ship was clean. I would love to cruise on this ship again. I liked the itinerary and the ship was beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This is the third time on this ship. We love the shows and entertainment first and foremost. This years cast were outstanding. Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth. The cabin was a good standard. Ship is very clean. ... Read More
This is the third time on this ship. We love the shows and entertainment first and foremost. This years cast were outstanding. Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth. The cabin was a good standard. Ship is very clean. Formal nights are included and we are amazed that people still, and are not turned away, go into a main dining room in shorts and flip flops. They could eat in the Windjammer. We did speak to the staff there and they informed us they would,also like a change in this but their hands are tied and asked us to complain. While the buffet food is plentiful with amazing choice selection, the main dining rooms have deteriorated considerably The service we have found, in the main, has been very good. We tend to find a great waiter and ask to sit with them every night. The menu choices are pretty samey with few changes each night. I am not sure what has changed in the kitchens but the fish cookery was worse than dire. I enjoy fish but it didn’t matter what I selected, it was not good. Sole - meant to be pan fried - was ‘gluey’ with no signs of a pan fry ie it was white as if been poached without seasoning. This was inedible. Barramundi - a very meaty and delicious fish - was completely destroyed by over cooking. I had a piece of rubber served to me The battered cod was tasteless The salmon was grey and chewy. I switched to meat when I realised the fish chef needed lessons. The only good meals I had were the rack of lamb and beef short rib. Then there was the menu and it’s choices versus what you actually received. Pan fried chicken breast was actually roast chicken leg Mashed parsnip,was mashed potato Roasted squash was grilled courgette Cilantro coleslaw - cilantro was green pepper - no cilantro in sight Duck in orange - absolutely no orange flavour Roasted tomato soup tasted and gloopy texture was similar to packet soups from my school days Coconut crispy shrimps - not a trace of coconut but the same as Asian crispy shrimp that was on menu two days before On a couple of days the watermelon tasted of onion - knives need major cleaning On one evening we heard, over the tannoy, that the Anthem had been voted best ship for food for 2018 - in what poll? We love cruising and have so many choices out there which is why we feel RCL need to look at every one of their ships on a regular basis, as a passenger. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We've cruised 20+ times, maybe 8 times with RCL. We chose this big ship because of the Caribbean ports on the itinerary, because we found a 'deal' on the price and because we wanted to check out this giant marvel of a ship ... Read More
We've cruised 20+ times, maybe 8 times with RCL. We chose this big ship because of the Caribbean ports on the itinerary, because we found a 'deal' on the price and because we wanted to check out this giant marvel of a ship with every sort of bell and whistle: bumper cars, rock climbing wall, iFly [skydiving tube], NorthStar [elevated look out] etc. The ship is beautiful. The ports, particularly St Kitts, were lovely: we highly recommend the St Kitts Catamaran Sail and Snorkel with the crew of the Eagle, a sail and power catamaran with a hull built locally. We booked this thru the ship, prior to boarding. Smaller boat, without the over the top party boat atmosphere and hundreds of people: only about 25 of us were on board, the guys were safe, fun, friendly and professional. Our cabin attendant [Patrick, deck 11] was very good, friendly and professional and was able to get new batteries for the tv remote when it stopped working. Also our waiters, Katut and Ikatut were lovely young guys, very good waiters and just really nice people. Our Head Waiter was gracious and made every possible effort to ensure I was able to eat safely despite my food allergies. Thank you, guys. Back to the issues with the ship. The ship is full of technology but much of it doesn't work. It felt like a brand new ship still working out the kinks, but it has been sailing for four years now, so it should not feel like that. Sure, there is a cool Robot Bar, no wait staff just two robot arms that make your drink. Except, the robot arm places a cup on the table, it falls over, the robot arm cannot tell that so it pours the drink into the cup anyway...which then drips all over the counter and the floor. We saw this happen several times. The person who bought the drink that is now all over the floor, had to go find a human to make them the drink they had paid for. There are cool interactive ship maps on every deck. In an 11 night cruise, we never saw one that was actually working. We wanted to swap our tix for one of the evening shows. Shore Excursion staff said we couldn't do that because it was sold out. They didn't check with anyone, they just said that. And besides, she said, we can't do that, you have to ask at Guest Services. So we did. They swapped our tickets, we went to the show time we wanted and of course, the show was not sold out and there were lots of empty seats. This to me is clearly a training issue. The staff are overworked and under trained and their first answer to every question is 'no' hoping you will go away. We bought alcohol ashore, knowing it would be confiscated upon our arrival back to the ship and given back to us when we disembarked. We know how this usually works and are ok with that. However, on the last day, we asked four staff in different departments before finding someone [the wonderful Patrick our cabin steward] who could tell us our booze would be delivered to our stateroom after dinner that night [and it was]. This is what we expected, but the fact that four staff did not know/did not have an answer for us, was disappointing and odd. The three shows you have to book before hand - they are ok, but nothing memorable. Spectra's Cabaret is weird and the music is awful. The whole show is designed to show off the technology in the "270 Lounge". The BEST performances of the cruise were the young man, part of the troupe of onboard singers and dancers, who delighted us all with his tribute to Frank Sinatra. He played to a full house; people were sitting on planters just to be in the room. This was a little known show one afternoon of a sea day near the end of the voyage. You have a star there, you should respect him more and make more of that show. The other highlight was 'Joyce and Friends" which was, I think, the brainchild of the staff themselves, a group of the young talented singers and dancers onboard who sang for us in the Schooners Bar one night. There were dancers who don't necessarily sing for a living, but who are really terrific and so enthusiastic and supportive of each other. Again, the cruise director has gold in some of these young people, but all he talks about is the technology in the 270 lounge. People are always more interesting than techie toys. The food was ok, but not memorable. [Although I very much appreciate the care and attention from the Head Waiter and from Katut and Ikatut our waiters to keeping me safe with my food allergy]. There is just something off, about this ship. Maybe it's the senior management, maybe staff are overworked and exhausted on such a big ship. I don't know, but the overall customer service was lacking. I think they need to look after the details, and get back to basics. Tech will only impress if it works, and people appreciate good customer service. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
About once a year, my coworker and I take a cruise on whatever RC ship is in Cape Liberty, since we live locally. The stops are pretty much the same very year. We mainly go to the beaches when we are on an island. We usually get 4 -5 ... Read More
About once a year, my coworker and I take a cruise on whatever RC ship is in Cape Liberty, since we live locally. The stops are pretty much the same very year. We mainly go to the beaches when we are on an island. We usually get 4 -5 sea days. There is plenty to do onboard, if the weather is good. My favorite activity was the Escape Room, which you sign up for when you get on the ship. Second favorite was We Will Rock You, the play based on the songs of Queen. We had assigned seating, second at 8:00. I was looking forward to experiencing gourmet meals. Meh. Perhaps many people have expressed a desire for bland food, so that is what the menu reflected.I was a little disappointed that my favorite dessert was not served until the very last night. I had been asking for it most nights. Only after the cruise did I realize an outstanding waiter would have made my desire known to the chefs and arranged for my dessert to appear at least oncce before it's actual scheduled appearance. Not a big issue since I was trying not to overeat while on board. The dinner menu made that possible. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We did not explore Bayonne before our cruise, (we hate cities)... LOL. Our embarkation and disembarkations went very well. We had an accessible room which was large enough for our son to maneuver in his wheelchair. We dined each ... Read More
We did not explore Bayonne before our cruise, (we hate cities)... LOL. Our embarkation and disembarkations went very well. We had an accessible room which was large enough for our son to maneuver in his wheelchair. We dined each evening in The Grande, the waiters we had were awesome! We eat a vegan diet so we were very pampered there. We had special meals each night, but our son does not eat vegan, so he got what he likes... he got shrimp cocktails every night (2 in fact). The people were very kind and friendly even to him (we often find that not to be the case). The Windjammer was where we took our breakfast and lunch most of the time. At breakfast time, a chef there (Sonika) tried to recreate one of our favorite breakfast dishes, although she gave a good try, it just never came out the same. But we were able to pick from a number of choices there. We would like to see RC be a bit more accommodating to the difference diet choices, there wasn't much for vegetarians and vegans. It should be considered as this group is growing and we would like to have more than 1 or 2 choices at any meal. The ship is huge, so it was not crowded in any area as although there were over 4,100 passengers, they weren't in the same place at the same time! Our stateroom attendant was awesome. She kept our room clean and supplied throughout the cruise. We were not that impressed with the shows we saw. They left us a bit confused as to what they were all about, actually! Having said that, the production's appearances was nice... their stage settings etc. We might have been more apt to go on more excursions, but because of our son being in a wheelchair, it was difficult, we booked one in St. Thomas and that was pleasant. The rest of the islands, we just went shopping. The bad part about most of the islands was that you got approached by anywhere from 10 to 30 people wanting to take you on tours. St. Maarten was the best island as far as that was concerned, we were not approached by more than one or two. CONS: First we bought Travel Insurance, "just in case" but were never told, until we needed it" that it's not accepted on the ship. You have to pay up front (it's charged to your credit card on file) then TRY to get reimbursed. We are in that process now, as I did have to visit the Medical Center on board on our last sailing day. We took the "Bottomless Champagne Brunch" Tour. We were expecting it to be all inclusive. We were with the understanding that we would get to tour all 4 of the galleys of the main dining rooms and then have brunch. Well, the whole tour took approximately 15 minutes, we saw The Grande and Chic galleys and there was really nothing to see there but empty stainless tables. Staff were pushing carts around making a lot of noise, so unless you were close to the chef who was walking you through the tour, you might not have heard anything he said (we were in front so we did hear him). Then we were brought into the Chic for our "brunch". Our's, being vegan was good, except the dessert, we were simply offered a plate of fruit! We are not drinkers, so we felt we paid for those who were. (PRO: After going to Customer Service, we were reimbursed for the tour.) I had put money on my son's account for the arcade, which I thought he'd love. It turned out to be a bust. Most of the games he tried to play, took his money but did not work for him. He got discouraged and did not want to go back. (Again we were reimbursed for that). The arcade was truly nothing, it didn't really have games that my son would normally play, some he couldn't do at all as he would have had to move out of his wheelchair and into the seat which was much higher, so he couldn't. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose this itinerary because it worked with my schedule and it was better priced than most others b/c it was a repositioning cruise. I have traveled on all the major lines and I knew I wanted to try Celebrity again. My goal was to relax ... Read More
I chose this itinerary because it worked with my schedule and it was better priced than most others b/c it was a repositioning cruise. I have traveled on all the major lines and I knew I wanted to try Celebrity again. My goal was to relax the ports of call were not very important to me. I was hesitant choosing Summit because of her age. I read both good and poor reviews. I also didn't want a mega ship - navigating on those ships is frustrating and I don't care about the "rockwall" type features. Ship: I was pleasantly surprised at how well the ship itself looked. As other reviews said, you saw some wear but nothing terrible (that i saw). Its not a very large ship and usually I adapt to ship surroundings very easily but I had some navigating challenges at times. All the windows and glass surfaces were dirty (expected on a ship but seemed excessive). I did not care for the "Smell" of the cafe where all the buffets were - it smelled dirty. There was also a foul smell at all toilets (in cabin and in public spaces). But i am nitpicking. Stateroom: I chose a Sky Suite and because I was last minute there were limited options - I ended up in stateroom 6119 which is S2. Location was good being between midship and aft elevators. The room overall was also in good shape. Some surfaces and upholstery showed wear but not extensive. A- on how clean it was! There is an incredible about of storage not just in the large closet but lots of drawers and cabinets all over stateroom. There was something up with floor near the sofa it is uneven and made weird noise. I also did not really like the view of lifeboats outside my balcany - but it was nice to just relax out there. All in all I was very happy with room. Butler: As a suite you have a butler. Mine was very good - attentive and helpful. A nice perk to have but I am not convinced it was really worth upgrading for. What they outline online was not completely my experience. Entertainment: House band played throughout ship they were very good. The shows in the theater were very good as well - impressive for cruise ship entertainment. Lots of events going on if you wanted to partake. Food: As a suite guest we have our own dining room called Luminae. The service was excellent. The cuisine was excellent. It's a smaller restaurant so the food didn't seem so "cookie cutter" and this is where I ate most my meals. I tried Blu one night and Cosmopolitan one day for lunch and they both were good. As suite guest also had access to Michael's Club - a quiet room where you can chill and have a drink. Packages: UGH! Beverage: I miss the days when everything but alcohol was included. Unless you drink excessively (alcohol or other) I don't think the drink package is worth it. Internet: Seriously reconsider this. Unless you need to remain connected don't do it! I would say for over 50% of the voyage the wifi did not work and I had to keep logging back in to reboot it. Major pain. When spending that much on wifi you would think it would work flawlessly and it didn't Embarkation / Disembarkation: Incredible perk as a suite guest. Was on the ship with in 15 minutes after arriving at terminal and it literally took 5 minutes to leave ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category ... Read More
This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category (get it before they do a complete makeover in 2019)...plus, we had our own padded headboards (per bed) unlike many other cruise lines. Thelma, our room stewardess was so wonderful and underrated...she deserves to be a butler someday. she made sure that everything was absolutely perfect. As for the food in the main dining room, the food was so excellent...I just had to get a recipe or two. The spa café was nothing but perfect and the buffet was decent (except for afternoon tea when the food was excellent every single time). The specialty dinning was excellent but Tuscan Grille and a Taste of Film were the best out of all of them. Tuscan Grille made me feel like I was in Italy without having to go there. Taste of Film was spot on...I saw Chef and they made their own twist on dishes from the film. As for the Spa and Fitness center there, I have been to better places than that except for their indoor spa pool but maybe next year when they do the ship over I will fully utilize it. The indoor and outdoor pools were amazing. You just have to see any of their shows but most especially..."Chandelier" where they do a good show within the whole nine yards including aerobatics. Of course, I did plenty of shopping during this past cruise but St Martin is the best place to shop for duty free alcohol and liquor. The Cruise Critic event at the casino was spot on despite not winning anything but I had a great time...the casino on this ship's pay out was decent but not as much as the main land casinos. As for the shore excursions, we did everything from the cruise line. In St Martin, we did the St Martin Beach Rendezvous as our first shore excursion. We had a wonderful tour guide and she showed us the entire Dutch side of the island. After that, we went to Simpson's Bay Beach that had nearly crystal blue waters except for the seaweed. The tour included a tour of the Dutch side of the island, a welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) fruit punch, beach chairs (umbrellas were only $4 extra), authentic food with either an alcoholic or non alcoholic drink and an extra tour with transportation back to the ship. I was upset that Kon Tiki boat tour was undersold but at least my roommate was getting a little better. She wanted to do Magen's Bay but if we did it outside of the cruise line, we would had to pay more money and so we did the Magen's Beach Getaway in St Thomas instead. We had a tour and then we went to the beach before going back to the ship. As for the grand finale shore excursion for this cruise in San Juan which also included transportation to the airport, we had a wonderful tour guide named Hugo and he gave us a basic tour of San Juan before our Bacardi Factory Tour. Plus, we had a blast throughout our time in San Juan. Would I recommend this cruise to anyone? Yes. This cruise has great value. You will be well fed. You will be well entertained. You will end up shopping until your drop. You will be well traveled (depending on which shore excursion you pick). But would I go on this cruise again? Maybe. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Getting on the ship was quick, cabins available at 1pm. Booked a group trip with 16 people, 8 cabins on the 6th deck (obstructed view balcony). Arrive in our room to a modern room, great storage, limited outlets, but spacious. Obstructed ... Read More
Getting on the ship was quick, cabins available at 1pm. Booked a group trip with 16 people, 8 cabins on the 6th deck (obstructed view balcony). Arrive in our room to a modern room, great storage, limited outlets, but spacious. Obstructed view was worth the savings for a balcony! luggage delivered timely ( mine held by security due to a small fan) not an issue, my fault, (they let me keep the fan). Notice immediately that the room was not cleaned properly. Razor in our shower from prior guest, hair clogged shower drain, beverage circles on tables, toothpaste on the walls and mirror in the bathroom. Used clorox wipes we had packed and they were black after we wiped everything down. My daughters room had prior guests underwear in their dresser draw. Had called to have my daughters room decorated for her birthday, card was from "Mimi and POP" (dont know who they are??) Reservations made prior to arrival, were not correct when we arrived on the boat and at times the staff was not very accommodating, when trying to figure out our needs, (not good with large groups). As with our last Royal Cruise, Windjammer closes at 9:30pm, so forget about eating if you want to see an early show (pizza only). Most shows happened during dinner hours..very frustrating. Never got on ifly or wave due to overcrowding. Waited 1 hour for bumper cars and rock climbing and only got on north star the day we got on the ship docked in NJ. Poorly designed ship. No real quiet deck on 4 or 5 like other ships, due to the life boat location/situation. Outdoor movie screen mounted on the side of the ship resulting in only one view if you want to watch a movie at night (no cushions, blankets or cookies like princess). You have to walk through Schooners to get to anything on that deck and there is no great room for medium sized shows. Music hall had lounge seating, so you could not stand in front of people to see any show and the view from up top was only good from the front row, resulting in overcrowding and annoyed people. Cruise director was arrogant, and rude at times. Never seen that before! Shows had the most talented people ever seen on a cruise ship, yet the shows were hard to follow (weird). Spectras and the gift (which was cancelled and stopped due to technical difficulties). We will rock you was better than the version i saw in Vegas! Karaoke during dinner and only on two nights, so no chance to participate. No deck parties or even a sail away celebration like on other ships. Food Same food in Windjammer every day but quality was good. Princess kills it, with fresh made dogs and burgers by the pool (only steam table option on this ship). The MDR food and service was the best I have had in years. Food hot and the staff unbelievably attentive. We ate in all the specialty outlets and each was better than the last. Izumi was great, Chops amazing, and Jamie Olivers was perfect. We did Wonderland for my daughters birthday and it food and service was spot on, only issue was with seating arrangements. Itinerary was good except for the short amount of time in San Juan. Lots of sick people on our cruise. two air lifts, one by boat, choking incident in Chops, missing guests (announcements in our stateroom at 2am) and saw vomit in hallways, Chops, on pool deck. Most of us had some kind of intestinal issue as well and half are currently sick with a cold. Carried our luggage off for the first time and its much better to do this. Leaving out of NY/NJ (both of which I lived in for half my life in each state) is very convenient but be ready for the rudeness of the north easterners on a ship of 4000 of them. Wanted to love this cruise, but struggle. I would wait till 4pm to get in my cabin, so it can be cleaned properly. Our room steward was excellent, just not possible to turn the rooms over so quickly from a prior cruise. Poorly designed ship, inconsistent service and lack of attention to detail hurt our experience. As an FYI, the cruise team did everything correct when notified of our issues. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I have been on many other cruises, and this was my 3rd on Royal Caribbean. I got married on a RC cruise ship (Adventure) in 2004. I was disappointed. While I had a great time vacationing with my family, and the cruise itinerary was ... Read More
I have been on many other cruises, and this was my 3rd on Royal Caribbean. I got married on a RC cruise ship (Adventure) in 2004. I was disappointed. While I had a great time vacationing with my family, and the cruise itinerary was great, I was very disappointed in many aspects of the cruise. 1. The food was underwhelming. The Windjammer is way too small to accomodate 4900 passengers. There were times that no new people were allowed in to the Windjammer due to lack of seats. There was very little change in the menu at the Windjammer. Same things every single day and it seemed everything was cooked with a ton of MSG because we all got headaches after eating meals. 2. We booked this cruise for the activities such as the North Star, roller skating, bumper cars, IFly, rock climbing wall, basketball, etc (we brought our 11 year old son and 12 year old daughter). Many of these activities were only open for 2-3 hours a day! And many of them required reservations. If you didn't have a reservation by day 2 of the cruise, you were not able to do certain activities. They really should staff the activities department better so that everyone can try them out! We finally were able to get a reservation to the North Star, but we had to leave an island 2.5 hours early to go on it. When we got there, there was a technical difficulty and the North Star was not working. Very frustrating! 3. Entertainment - there are 2 shows - the quality of the shows is good - however, unlike other cruises, you need to make reservations to see these shows and if you didn't know you needed to make reservations prior to the sailing, it was difficult, if not impossible, to get reservations once on the ship. So assuming you got reservations like we did in advance - the Gift also had technical difficulties and had to be canceled, leaving us with literally nothing else to do that evening. They did do the show the last night and honored all the reservations from the canceled night. Other than these two shows, there was a great group called Mo5aic that performed one night and a comedian juggler another night. Other than that, there were no other shows in the main theater. That means that 5 out of 9 nights we had nothing to do!! We don't drink and were really looking forward to some good entertainment. 4. The fitness center was great. Have to give credit where credit is due. Only problem here is the sauna. Unlike all other ships, there is no sauna in the Anthem's fitness center. If you want to use the sauna, you have to book a spa treatment and use the sauna for $$ in the spa!! Not cool, Royal Caribbean. Not cool. 5. We loved our waiters in the Main Dining Room. Ian and Oliver are great. Super great service by them, though the food was very salty and didn't vary much in the dining room either. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because we needed a boat that went out of the NY NJ area so we wouldn't have to fly to another destination. We were a group of 7: Myself, my husband, my two sons ages 3 and 6 and my inlaws. Embarkation went ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we needed a boat that went out of the NY NJ area so we wouldn't have to fly to another destination. We were a group of 7: Myself, my husband, my two sons ages 3 and 6 and my inlaws. Embarkation went smoothly because we did everything online before we left, including the pictures for our seapass card. We went directly to the buffet, we were in our rooms by 1:00pm. We sat outside to set sail. Overall the crew was great. We didn't hit it off with any particular waiters which have in the past. Cons: for such a big ship the gift shop was tiny and didn't have any t-shirts for the kids except ones with Shrek. The main promenade where all the shops were was so crowded because they had tables set up in the middle with more merchandise so it left very narrow spaces to walk through especially with a stroller. There was nothing special for the kids outside of the kids club which my older son didn't want to attend and my younger one couldn't. There was no little playground or kids water park, etc. The library didn't have any board games, kids games or anything of the sort. The books I saw in the library were all in foreign languages. And the library was set above Theather two70 where they hold rehearsals during the day and shows at night. How is that quiet? There were 3 main pools. All of them were 5 feet and above. I am not tall nor am I good swimmer so I couldn't even go in the pool with son because I couldn't touch the bottom. One night at dinner my son was served a fruit cup with a moldy raspberry. We sent it back and the next cup came with the same thing. The buffet closed at 9 and did not open for late snacks Cafe Promenade which was open 24 hours had the same exact thing every day. Royal Caribbean boasts that their adventure activities are for everyone but the Ifly, escape room and North Star were all booked. We only got in on the last day to I Fly due to a cancellation. The shows were all during dinner at 6:00 or 6:30 Drinks cost $12.00 apiece Pros: There were lifeguards at all the pools. The ship seemed pretty clean Crew was nice We always found a seat in the buffet even for 7 Pools didn't seem too crowded. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have enjoyed fantastic cruise adventures in the past but always on other cruise lines. This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. Here we list our pros and cons. Pros: * New, beautifully appointed ship * Excellent ... Read More
We have enjoyed fantastic cruise adventures in the past but always on other cruise lines. This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. Here we list our pros and cons. Pros: * New, beautifully appointed ship * Excellent staff, particularly Wayne/Xiang (American Icon Restaurant) and Owen and Cindy (our stateroom attendants.) * Excellent ports - Bermuda, St. Maarten, San Juan, Labadee Haiti. * Excellent spa and fitness center * Excellent Sports/activity center * Excellent music/dance experience late night (after midnight) Cons: * The initial drop off at pier was poor; the worst ever experienced with any cruise. It took over 2 hours waiting in line to drop off bags and board ship. This was an absolutely terrible start. * Unlike other cruises, we found the "welcome aboard" was far less enthusiastic. * The food in Chops Grille was disappointing. More shocking and disappointing was the reaction when I called to cancel reservation for following evening. The guest services rep called on my behalf. The Manager/Maitre’D asked to speak to me about the cancellation and she passed the phone to me. When I didn’t offer an explanation for cancelling, he hung up the phone on me. Rude and unprofessional! * Treatment - upper management - arrogance not hidden. When we complained to a manager about an item and compared it to other cruise lines, the manager replied "our staterooms are always full!" * Heavy focus on buying and selling on board (clothing, watches, trinkets). If you want the discount mall feel while on vacation, this will not be a con as it was for us. * No fine dining. * Late night food selection is poor Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We are frequent cruisers with Royal Caribbean. After this cruise, we are Diamond in their loyalty program. This was our second time on the Anthem. We chose this cruise because love sailing out of NJ (less than a 1.5 hour drive for us) ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers with Royal Caribbean. After this cruise, we are Diamond in their loyalty program. This was our second time on the Anthem. We chose this cruise because love sailing out of NJ (less than a 1.5 hour drive for us) and like the longer cruises. We had two connecting cabins - one for my husband and I and one for our 3 kids (11, 9, 9). Overall, we had a great time. We were able to book the shows and experiences we wanted beforehand. Our room was clean and well maintained and our room steward was wonderful. There were many activities. We particularly liked some of the non-standard trivia - word play games and such. Some island/excursion highlights included the trip we did on the Restless Native catamaran in Bermuda. It was a beautiful sail out to the cove and we loved swimming around, snorkeling, and cliff diving/jumping. We rented a bungalow in Labadee on Columbus Cove. That was money very well spent as it provided shade and a comfortable place for our family and kids to hang out. My only complaint is the timing of some of the night-time activities. We were at the late seating for dinner and had to miss many of the shows because they started during dinner or about a half hour before dinner. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The staff seemed miserable and acted like they were doing me a favor when they provided any service to my family... other than our 2 regular nightly waiters and about 2 bartenders from the pub, service across the ship was awful. In ... Read More
The staff seemed miserable and acted like they were doing me a favor when they provided any service to my family... other than our 2 regular nightly waiters and about 2 bartenders from the pub, service across the ship was awful. In addition, everything was a la carte when it came to the extras. There was a charge for every restaurant but the main dining hall, and prices were up to $50 or more per person. The internet doesn’t work in the dining room... the whole reason we got the incredibly overpriced internet package was to keep our young kids entertained for an hour! So much for that! The website was awful and had almost no information... embarrassing! We just got off today and I cannot even form a coherent complaint, as we’re so pissed off. Also, we were sold on our twins being allowed into the kids club as long as they were potty trained as their birthday is the same month of the cruise.. total fabrication. They claim 3-5 years of age but will not except any child who cannot listen and participate fully in group activities and will not assist with anything potty related, not even straighten shorts let alone deal with the sanitary aspect of the situation... crazy because I witnessed them screaming at people to wash their hands before eating but will allow feces filled toddlers run wild touching any and all toys... There is a reason why kindergarten starts at 5 and it’s because it’s DEVELOPMENTALLY appropriate. Staff could care less about interaction as they were more focused on finding a preschool infraction that would allow them to kick age able children out, forcing parents to pay for babysitting. We did not have a shot at getting our children in kids club and the sales person certainly implied the exact opposite We give this a poor/average rating because we celebrated my parents 50th anniversary so being with my amazing family was just awesome. The weather was perfect and our kids behaved! Also, make sure you have them remove the auto-tip as it’s insanely expensive on top of all the other extra charges you’ll incur. Drink package was $500/person and it if one person in a cabin got it, anyone over 21 in that cabin was required to get it too. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Starting from Cape Liberty, the embarkation process was a nightmare. We spent over 2 hours in an Uber less than a mile from the ship trying to get to the terminal. There were 2 college-aged "Traffic Enforcers" who did not but let ... Read More
Starting from Cape Liberty, the embarkation process was a nightmare. We spent over 2 hours in an Uber less than a mile from the ship trying to get to the terminal. There were 2 college-aged "Traffic Enforcers" who did not but let the traffic back up for miles. Once we got to the terminal everything finally began flowing smoothly with the exception of the overcrowded security lines. During the lifeboat drill, we were shown 2 videos which were difficult to watch due to the number of people crowded into the muster stations. Shortly after we were stuck wondering through large crowds of people in order to get from the rear of the ship back towards the front. We have sailed on many other Royal Caribbean cruises such as Freedom, Oasis, and Allure of the Seas several times with fantastic results. However, the Anthem of the Seas was a huge letdown. The service and food were subpar at best. The menu selection was poor and the buffet repeated itself nightly. The windjammer marketplace was consistently full for lunch, and the staff did a poor job of cleaning off the dirty tables for new people to sit down. The main dining room service was slow and left us waiting 30 minutes before anyone asked if we wanted drinks. The two shows, "We Will Rock You" and the "The Gift" were good. "The Gift" was originally canceled at the beginning of our cruise due to repeated technical difficulties but they made an effort and were able to add a showing at the end of the cruise for us who missed it. "Spectra's Cabaret" was very bizarre, to say the least, and not very interesting. It also was affected by a technical difficulty and the night we had reserved was canceled. The Guest Services Line was always long, typically taking an hour to be seen by one of the representatives who weren't always able to fix the problem. I understand Royal Caribbean's attempt to go paperless, however, we were displeased to find out they removed the crew recognition cards. The Shore Excursion Desk, while busy, was always very friendly, confident, and knowledgeable. They seemed more than happy to answer any questions we had. When we were trying to schedule our iFly reservation, we were told that it had been sold out before we even got onboard. As did many activities onboard. Fortunately, we were able to speak with the manager and were able to schedule a time. The ports were nice, The vacation was not terrible, the ports of call were nice as always, and we thoroughly enjoyed Bermuda. While we are quite 'Loyal to Royal', we would like to see some of these problems be fixed on future ships. With the ship being overbooked, appearingly understaffed, it is unfortunately noticeable that Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas does not hold what greatness the cruise line had before when it was being run by CEO Richard Fain and what directed by many amazing people such as Richard Spacey, Ken Rush, or Captain Wright. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have chosen the room with a balcony and were hoping that it would be comfortable. It definitely wasn't. The sofa was extremely uncomfortable and we couldn't sleep properly. There were not enough activities for the kids ... Read More
We have chosen the room with a balcony and were hoping that it would be comfortable. It definitely wasn't. The sofa was extremely uncomfortable and we couldn't sleep properly. There were not enough activities for the kids (teenagers), once they cancelled rollerblades and didn't even bother to notify us so we came with our daughter for nothing and was very disappointed. The shows were OK but they repeated themselves all the time. Spectra was almost every day which made it very boring. The other two repeated themselves as well. The price didn't include even soda (and we paid for that cruise much more than we could have paid to other companies), just water and lemonade. During the last day they didn't even have the lemonade (they said that they didn't have enough) but on the other hand, they asked to write a great review about their service and mention their names. It was ridiculous. 9 days for this kind of cruise? definitely too long, especially when they don't have enough activities and just try to sell their stuff (art, gold, etc). The food was fine, but almost the same every day. I definitely didn't expect it would be like that. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I cannot comprehend some of the bad reviews about this ship. The ship is amazing, clean, well maintained and tons of amenities. I’ve sailed twice with RC before and I’ve sailed with celebrity and Norwegian. Anthem of the seas is now ... Read More
I cannot comprehend some of the bad reviews about this ship. The ship is amazing, clean, well maintained and tons of amenities. I’ve sailed twice with RC before and I’ve sailed with celebrity and Norwegian. Anthem of the seas is now my favorite ship. The staff were amazing, goes above and beyond to please guests. We ate in American Icon most nights and the food was pretty good. Did not like wonderland much, windjammer was good also. The surf and zoom service was good, I only had interrupted service once. Our cabin was well maintained and Jensen our stateroom attendant was just awesome. The only downfall for me was the bed was too small, as I’m custom to sleeping on a queen size bed. Maybe if i had a suite cabin( suite cabin was pricey) the bed would have been bigger. We had an ocean view cabin on deck 3. It was so convenient, the casino, the musical hall. two70 and most restaurants were on deck4 and 5. The solarium just beautiful and relaxing. I love this ship, it was a great vacation! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My wife and I scheduled this cruise as a convenient and varied way to spend time with her mother. While getting on and off the ship should have been a breeze, it was very smooth boarding and transferring from the airport, but ... Read More
My wife and I scheduled this cruise as a convenient and varied way to spend time with her mother. While getting on and off the ship should have been a breeze, it was very smooth boarding and transferring from the airport, but disembarkation was a nightmare: no taxis for 45 minutes while hundreds of us stood in the rain waiting. Sigh … it wasn't RCCL's fault, but they come and go from Bayonne regularly and should have anticipated the issue. Perhaps the port facilities could be upgraded with more covered waiting areas? Our cabin was very nice, and well maintained, but the ship is only three years old and that should be expected. These lower price point cruise lines have reputations for deferred maintenance but we were pleasantly surprised to note the crew constantly hard at work and any deferred maintenance could not be seen. Dining was a chore in the main dining rooms. Soup was frequently served at tepid temperatures, time between serving courses was extended to the point our party frequently eschewed dessert because we did not want to sit around that long. One of the few times we tried dessert, a "molten chocolate cookie" was served cold and it had sat so long before being served it was delivered to the table as a slab of concrete. The Maitre D' was very apologetic, but that was a little too late. Entertainment on the ship was first rate. The quality of musicians and guest entertainers was very, very good. In particular, the production of WE WILL ROCK YOU was even better than the original West End performances we had attended in London. If there is any single reason to take this cruise, the musical and general entertainment is worth the other issues. One final word of warning: don't even think of attending any of the art auctions. On the plus side, the ports of call may be a bit limited (Bermuda, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Labadee) but they are prettty much what you expect in the Caribbean so there is plenty of sun, sea and fun to be had. This was the 12th RCCL cruise my wife and I have taken out of more than 30 total cruises. It conveniently served a purpose and earned an overall "Average" score from us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We attended this cruise with the guest Dance school that preformed on-board twice, which my daughter was part of. Food was excellent. I found windjammers to serve a bit to heavy foods for lunch. but everything was great. Solarium ... Read More
We attended this cruise with the guest Dance school that preformed on-board twice, which my daughter was part of. Food was excellent. I found windjammers to serve a bit to heavy foods for lunch. but everything was great. Solarium Bistro which served Mediterranean food was the best on board. We where in the mytime and classic dinning rooms and food was always great and great staff. a little disappointed in Johnny Rockets was a pay burger place where other cruise lines have higher end burger joints for free. Lots of activities and with 3 teen each with there own interests and physical levels all had fun and where kept busy. App for bookings suck for multi room bookings and dinner reservation system needs work. every morning we booked a mytime dinning with my family spread out into 3 rooms they never had us on the master list that evening and always had issues. even if we where first inline in the morning to book. They need to work out that list. wonder if it is printed the night before before they open up the daily bookings in the morning. makes no sense. BOOK YOUR SHOWS and ACTIVITIES THE MINUTE YOU BOOK YOUR CRUISE!!!! with almost 5000 guest there is not enough space to accommodate everyone for everything. We missed out on the GIFT, and others in our group of 40 missed out on other shows as they where full. Also book IFLY, surf, breakout room and any other activity you can. you will regret it if you don't as you will miss out. Even if you don't make it at least you had the opportunity. If you don't pre book you might not get that opportunity. We missed out on Breakout room and the Gift because of it. Love the Pizza joint being open till late late at night. always stopped in for pizza after drinking and parting 1-2am every night. helped relieve the hang over. lol. Recommend this for families as your teens will be highly entertained. even if they are a recluse like my son is, he actually loved the activities, Teens lounge and all the activities they did. He is a schedule kinda guy so it fit him perfect. Never saw him at all which was a huge surprise to us. Also great for the party type, great fun had in the music hall ever night, alot is kid friendly as well for those girls in our group 11-18 who just want to go and dance with the big kids. lol. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We wanted a Caribbean cruise from NYC were we planned to spend 5 nights in advance of the cruise. Although he had visited all the islands before with the exception of Bermuda we had never been on Anthem. The ship is very easy to ... Read More
We wanted a Caribbean cruise from NYC were we planned to spend 5 nights in advance of the cruise. Although he had visited all the islands before with the exception of Bermuda we had never been on Anthem. The ship is very easy to navigate. It’s also fairly new and fresh. The staff at the dining room, bar etc were all excellent. Food is standard as per the other ships we have been on. Drink service in dining hall was poor. It felt like their wasn’t enough staff in the main dining room and the waiters etc spent a lot of timing running around. They worked very hard but maybe needed an extra pair of hands. Entertainment- the ‘everynight’ performers / musicians weren’t great on this ship. Not even in tune a fair amount of the time! DSB- Journey tribute was very good. Productions like - we will rock you etc were excellent Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I genuinely couldn’t fault out RCI Cruise, the experience was amazing from start to finish, Just a minor glitch when collecting our onboard Photographs which took about 30 Minutes to sort out but got there in the end, Our Room ... Read More
I genuinely couldn’t fault out RCI Cruise, the experience was amazing from start to finish, Just a minor glitch when collecting our onboard Photographs which took about 30 Minutes to sort out but got there in the end, Our Room attendant did a fantastic job his Name was Allison Dublin who left our berth spotlessly clean and greeted us with a pleasant smile and friendly Chat and the Towel Origami was Brilliant our young Daughter couldn’t wait to get back to the Room after his regular visits to see what Animals Allison had created with the Towels The Live Musical entertainment was always very popular with the Passengers with Bands like Royal Swedes and DSB Journey Tribute Band, And the shows SPECRAS CABARET and WE WILL ROCK YOU we’re fantastic, Lot of onboard Karaoke and Quizzes the list was endless, The onboard entertainment information was delivered the night before so you we’re kept up to date what was happening the following day as was the Port location information and if you had concerns there was always a member of the Crew to help you with your queries. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Always cruise Royal Caribbean, they are a big company, great crews with a good reputation and with a big American service, big ships with lots to do on them. People who think you get sea sick on cruises do not realise, on a big ship you do ... Read More
Always cruise Royal Caribbean, they are a big company, great crews with a good reputation and with a big American service, big ships with lots to do on them. People who think you get sea sick on cruises do not realise, on a big ship you do not feel the sea, the ship hardly moves or rocks. Entertainment is great on board with lots to do , variety for all. Ports of call are usually early in the mornings. That gives you all day to enjoy the islands and giving you time for breakfast before you dis-enbark. ecuse my spelling, i am not a robot so you know this is a real rating. The crew are all over you, always asking if you want anything, espesially medicin, aka a drink. Some might say they ask to often, but its more fustrating enjoying a show and cant find a waiter to get your drink. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
First off, there were a lot of good things, but my wife and I both feel the Royal Caribbean PR Team deserves a standing ovation, for they "sold" this to be a lot better than what was actually experienced. Realize that what you ... Read More
First off, there were a lot of good things, but my wife and I both feel the Royal Caribbean PR Team deserves a standing ovation, for they "sold" this to be a lot better than what was actually experienced. Realize that what you see in brochures and on TV/online advertisements paint a picture that just doesn't live up. (Yes, most of what they show IS possible, but a lot of sacrifices - time and financial - will have to be made.) I'm going to hit briefly on a lot of things... I hope you find the information to be helpful. Months/Weeks prior to your trip: Make sure to reserve shows and dining as soon as you are able on the RC Cruise Planner. Royal IQ App: Useful, but not always reliable. Make sure to download this onto your phone/device before boarding. Plan to arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes prior to your boarding window... traffic is pretty bad at Cape Liberty due to the sheer volume of people involved in this process. Once in the terminal, check-in and embarkation went quite smoothly, mainly because we did everything we could prior to arrival at the terminal. Check as much luggage as you can so you can move around the ship without the extra baggage. We boarded at 10:30am, carrying only a small bag, knowing our luggage wouldn't show up in our cabin until 1-4pm. Once onboard, we grabbed a quick lunch at Cafe270 (Deck 5 aft)... I will speak more to this hidden gem later. After a good lunch, we walked decks 4 and 5 to get our bearings before the ship got crowded, then headed up to decks 14, 15, and 16 where you find the pool, activities area, NorthStar, climbing wall, Solarium & Solarium Bistro, and Fitness Center among other things. The line at the North Star was really short, so we took advantage and got a great view of the NYC Skyline. (**North Star - What you see in all the pictures is the "pod" extended far off to the SIDE of the ship. They don't do that anymore. It will go up to the vertical limit, turn a few degrees to port, a few degrees to starboard, return to center, then descend. The entire experience is about 10 minutes. Worth it, but RC did not deliver completely on what was/is advertised.) Staterooms were accessible starting at 1pm, and our bags were delivered at 2pm and 3:45pm. Muster drill at 4pm went smoothly, albeit kinda a joke because people just don't shut up and the crew does not want to bother people as soon as they are onboard for their vacations, I assume. The ship is huge, obviously, and quite well-maintained. My wife is an a high school art teacher and found the decor and art displays to be quite interesting and appealing. We like having a larger balcony, so we selected a Deck 7 cabin that was more of a square shape then the thin/long tradition cabin style. It was awesome. No problems with the cabin or position of the ship. Port side of the ship had better views than the starboard side in NYC, Bermuda and San Juan. Starboard enjoyed better views in St. Maarten and Labadee. Milton, our room attendant, was wonderful. The onboard TV options are very limited, so we went 95% of the cruise without it turned on. And really, if you think about it, you're on a cruise ship with plenty to do... why waste it watching TV? Onboard activities are plentiful, from games to trivia, challenges to shows. Entertainment is kinda all over the place. The large-scale productions - The Gift, Spectra's Cabaret, and We Will Rock You - feature some pretty great talent. The performers in the main productions are super-talented. (I'm the head of our school's music department and have quite a bit of experience directing musicals. Honestly, I'm not easily impressed, but I was after watching the shows.) Make sure to not only make advanced reservations, but be sure to arrive in the performance venues 20-30 minutes early if you want to get good seats. The Gift was confusing unless you knew the storyline ahead of time. A quick behind-the-scenes on your cabin TV will give you a good look at this program. Spectra's Cabaret is a mix of visual and audio astonishments... but as stated in the original Jurassic Park, "We were so focused on whether or not we COULD, that we didn't stop and think whether or not we SHOULD." Spectra's is kinda like that; perhaps a bit too much to be good. We Will Rock You was phenomenal, especially given the physical limitations of the hull of a ship. Too bad "We Will Rock You" ran only a couple times the whole trip and more guests couldn't witness it. Special appearances... Mo5aic, an A Capella group who appeared on America's Got Talent, was fantastic. There was a magician, whose name I can't remember, but he did a really nice job. We generally LOVE the comedy shows on cruises, but compared to Carnival, the comedians weren't that great. RC's comedians were just "ok"... Carnival definitely owns RC in that aspect. Shops/sales/Art Gallery: Meh. Been there, seen that all. Casino: Aside from the $5 freebie credit the give you on Day 7, we didn't gamble at all. Photos: What we got was good; two pictures at $20 each. We couldn't see spending $200 on the "get 'em all" package. We do wish there would have been more locations throughout the ship to get pictures done. Smaller ships we've cruised had just as many locations/backgrounds for far fewer people. Spa: We didn't partake in any of their offerings. Fitness Center: We did appreciate how expansive it was. The only suggestion I would make would be to add one or two more "upright" stationary bikes. There were only four or five compared to the rows upon rows of treadmills. :-/ Recreation: Sea Plex... a lot of cool offerings, but they were so limited in how many people could do it, it almost seemed like offering fewer activities would allow more people to get involved. Also, it almost seemed like more time was spent "changing over" the main floor from one activity to another that time actually DOING activities was very little in total. North Star: Did that pretty soon after boarding on Day 1, and got to enjoy it again (because we reserved it prior to the cruise) at sea on Day 9. Cool experience. iFly: If you haven't done anything like this, be prepared for a very unique experience. I've been skydiving, and while it did feel familiar, the fact that you're in a tube and have to worry about staying "centered", makes you realize exactly how much the movement of even ONE FINGER can effect your overall position/balance. Enjoy it and try to relax! It's also good to have someone to take pictures/video of you while you fly... but they can't be signed up in the same time reservation for iFly. Rock Climbing & Flow Rider... It would be nice if you could sign-up for those like you do for North Star and iFly. Sitting and watching the passengers partake in both (and wipe-out on the Flow Rider) was quite fun, though. Running Track... it's so thin and along a crowded route, unless you go before sunrise or after sunset, it's actually dangerous for runners and sunbathers alike. The real runners know to go to the treadmills. Pool areas... always busy, always packed, chairs are reserved with people's towels despite signs being posted that saving deck loungers is not permitted. Oh well. The Solarium (16+ area at the front of the ship) itself was fantastic, much calmer and the Solarium workers were great. The hot tubs are pretty empty at night... 10pm and after. Enjoy! Off-hours access to food and ice/water... this needs to be addressed. There weren't enough options, and because the ship is so huge, it can be a looming way from your cabin, depending on where you are. Dining: We looked at Windjammer the first morning for breakfast, but ended up going elsewhere every morning after. Again, looked at Windjammer once for lunch, but left once we saw how crowded/hectic it was. There are other/better options. For dinner, we chose late (8pm) dining, which we don't regret. Shawn and Divina, our waiter and assistant waitress in Chic, were ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! They both deserve to be higher-up on the food chain. Cafe 270... we were constantly wondering why more people don't take advantage of this place for breakfast and lunch. FAR less crowded and much more relaxed than the Windjammer. A good variety of food options... definitely try the Kummel Weck, their signature Roast Beef Sandwich. (I feel like a drooling Homer Simpson just thinking about it. So good.) Solarium Bistro is another "hidden gem" on the ship. Great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Definitely do dinner there (no charge) a night or two. They have food that is not available anywhere else on the ship. Premium Dining: Again, and if you haven't noticed the trend, we chose not to partake in any of the four options offered because they all cost additional. We paid a good price for the cruise, which has all of our dining covered. I'm sure they're good and everything, but we would rather save our money for other things. Excursions: We would have done more, but (again) they cost quite a bit. If you do your research ahead of time, you can do much more for far less in each port. Case in point, we rented a car at St. Maarten. It cost us $62 and we were free for seven hours. Your three-hour van/bus transfer to Maho Beach (Plane Watching) was something like $50-55 per person. They priced themselves out of the conversation in that and MANY other situations. Ports: Kings Wharf, Bermuda - We had onboard credit to burn, so we chose the Catamaran Sail. It takes you to a little cove where you can swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board (two of each per 60-passenger catamaran), sunbathe, and cliff jump. We swam along the coast to some pretty cool caves and went exploring. Free rum swizzles on the return sail... they charge on the sail out to the cove, so we waited for the return trip. The catamaran crew was great! After our sail, you can walk to/through the market/shops in the vicinity. St. Maarten - My wife and I have been there a couple of times, both pre-2017 Hurricane, so we knew what to expect when we got there and where best to go and spend our time. Just off the pier, keep left to get to the car rental place and get a car. Drive to the west end of the island to Simpson Bay or to Maho Beach. Maho Beach is still rebuilding, but sits at the end of the runway if you wanna see planes land and take off within just a few feet of you. Just around the airport/runway, there's a little place we love - Karakter restaurant, which is right on the water of Simpson Bay, butted-up against the runway. Super cool place to enjoy a meal, some drinks and swimming. San Juan, Puerto Rico - If you are lucky enough to dock on the "good" side of the port, you'll get off the ship and be in Old San Juan right away... no need for taxi. Make sure to wear your walking shoes so you can explore the forts and Old Town. It's definitely worth it to walk, since you can pass through the markets and shops. The forts are run by the National Park Service, and don't cost nearly as much as the cruise line wants to charge you for an excursion. Again, do your research. Labadee, Haiti - It's worth it to get off the ship early and find a good spot on the beach. We brought our own snorkels and masks on the cruise, and although there wasn't a ton of things to see, it was still exciting to explore. Super relaxing day, and complimentary lunch is served in multiple locations in port. Enjoy the day... head back to a nearly empty ship to do stuff there if you want... no worries! Speaking of, while the ships are in port, most people go ashore, making the activities basically a free-for-all. Rather than to the $14.50 per day auto-tip on your bill, we opted to have Customer Service remove the charges completely, so we could put cash in envelopes for the crew members who waited on us directly. (We didn't want a cut of our money going to workers in the Spa or the Windjammer, where we spent no time. This way, our room attendant, our waiters, etc. get their due.) Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but, in our humble opinion the MAJOR downfall of RC is the unending uncharging for EV-ER-Y-THING!!! ... and I know many will think/reply, "If you've been cruising before, or know anything about how businesses work, you should have expected this. Stop whining." Ok, fine, part of that is true. We have cruised before, and we learned a lot about what other companies charge for their services. Disney Cruises cost more, but their service is above-and-beyond and they cover every little detail except alcohol. Carnival is cheaper and far less pushy. For what RC charged for this cruise, I was expecting more, quite frankly. I guess one could say we did get "more"... more/higher price tag for everything. A bottle of wine you charged $32 for is a $6 bottle at our local liquor store... I know because I drink that kind. Uncharging for profit is one thing, but 533% is ridiculous. $13 for A bar drink... plus gratuity on top of that? I mean, let's be honest here... they charge gratuity at the Bionic Bar where a ROBOT makes the drink. Really?!?!?!? No wonder I had no problem buying a few bottle of alcohol and some rumrunner flasks and sneaking a lot of stuff onboard in our luggage. ;-) Bottom line, we enjoyed it, but it wasn't the right "fit" for us. We may try another RC cruise in the future, but if a comparable experience can be had on a different carrier, we will be going elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Pros: Food was very good.Service was outstanding !!!! There were plenty of things to do, great ports, relaxing, staterooms. Cons: Adult beverages a bit too high. It would be nice if the tipping on drinks were optional. Seating with 5000 ... Read More
Pros: Food was very good.Service was outstanding !!!! There were plenty of things to do, great ports, relaxing, staterooms. Cons: Adult beverages a bit too high. It would be nice if the tipping on drinks were optional. Seating with 5000 people sometimes difficult but workable. Casino "house rake" too high at the hold em table. Actually, I would suggest adding a second table as well. Frankly, I thought the entertainment was average especially The Gift. The comedian Mr. Harris was very good. The ports of call were very nice. I thought Labadee and St. Maarten were very enjoyable. The guys in the morning and afternoon at the entrance of the Windjammer were great singing "Wash your hands" and "washy washy". Mainly because they were happy. Every service person seems happy and excited to serve you. A big plus in my opinion. Overall, it was a very good experience and would sail RCL again but would like my comments considered for change. Thanks for a very good vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
On July 26, 2018 My husband and I cruise On Anthems of the Sea. It’s a large ship that can be very crowded. Let’s first start with the Prositive. Most of the staff was very friendly. Washing hands is encouraged throughout the ship. ... Read More
On July 26, 2018 My husband and I cruise On Anthems of the Sea. It’s a large ship that can be very crowded. Let’s first start with the Prositive. Most of the staff was very friendly. Washing hands is encouraged throughout the ship. There were lots of variety for food choices and for the most part the food was tasty. Port of calls were excellent. Drinks if you didn’t buy the package cost as much as buying them at a club. Now the negative. The boat is overcrowded. Unless you get up 6 o’clock in the morning you will never get a seat near the pool. People come out early and hog the chairs and placing towels on them and never return. The 30 min rule is not enforced. Most activities are boring and the shows were ok Nothing to write home about. Oh and the bed is hard as a brick. Special shoutout to Joseph and Faith two excellent staff on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018

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