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

This is our 25th cruise. Everything is always wonderful, never a disappointment. My daughter is diabled and our cabin steward took great efforts to make sure she was comfortable and safe. The windjammer staff is always so cheerful and ... Read More
This is our 25th cruise. Everything is always wonderful, never a disappointment. My daughter is diabled and our cabin steward took great efforts to make sure she was comfortable and safe. The windjammer staff is always so cheerful and helpful, they were very helpful in finding a table for me and my daughter with a wheelchair. We got off the ship at all the ports of call. We have visited San Juan and St. Maarten many times but never Bermud or Labadee, Haiti. I was a little disappointed in the variety of excursions offered for wheelchair bound passengers. We typically just walked around close to the dock. I LOVE the Ripcord IFly!!!!!!! It was EXHILARATING!!!! Can’t wait to experience this again as well as the North Star. Overall I find cruising the best “bang for your buck”, all you need do is board the ship and everything else is taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shaving quality at every opportunity and charging ever more to put back what once was included, RC has raised the cost to a level that there are better options. Sad, we used to enjoy cruising but it is so pedestrian for the price. The ... Read More
Shaving quality at every opportunity and charging ever more to put back what once was included, RC has raised the cost to a level that there are better options. Sad, we used to enjoy cruising but it is so pedestrian for the price. The food was bland, the lounge chairs uncomfortable, the ship outfitting low grade, the shows used silly story's, and the music avoided songs with royalties. They even wanted to charge to take a tour behind the scenes - is their no pride? And the service was insincere interrupting a meal on multiple occasions by multiple people. Accounts clearly bought supplies based on cost; the soft serve ice cream was icy and flavorless not smooth and flavorful. The much vaunted Two-70 entertainment lounge may have been expensive but it was poorly utilized and they didn't even get the field-of-view correct, its not 270 degrees but something on the order of 100 degrees. Time to try a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We were recommended to cruise with Royal Caribbean, and we were happy with our experience. Our family had so much fun that we decided to book another cruise for next year. The service that was provided was exceptional. The crew went ... Read More
We were recommended to cruise with Royal Caribbean, and we were happy with our experience. Our family had so much fun that we decided to book another cruise for next year. The service that was provided was exceptional. The crew went out of their way to make sure all of our needs were met. They were genuinely committed in making sure we were satisfied and content with all that was provided. Not once did any crew member show any sign of annoyance when he/she was providing a service. You can see their goal was for us to feel “taken care of” and happy. The crew members who provided us with drinks throughout our stay even remembered what we were drinking, so they can have them ready when they saw us coming. This type of attention was so uplifting to see and feel that it made our vacation so much more memorable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose Anthem of the Seas because wanted to experience a bigger ship than we've sailed in the past. We came away with "Bigger is not always better". With close to 4,900 passengers, it's a struggle to reserve seats ... Read More
We chose Anthem of the Seas because wanted to experience a bigger ship than we've sailed in the past. We came away with "Bigger is not always better". With close to 4,900 passengers, it's a struggle to reserve seats for entertainment, the IFly, etc. If you didn't get up a the crack of dawn, and go find/reserve a deck chair, you were out of luck. There were only three locations on the ship where you could use your soft drink package cups. Most of the time when you did find one of them, many of the selections were empty. There were a few days that there were not any interesting activities being done. If you didn't want to just sit by the pool all day, or participate in "Trivia", you were pretty much out of luck for something to do. On previous Royal Caribbean cruises, there were always poolside activities and live music being provided. This cruise, it seemed that there were a minimal number of such activities. The staff on board were very friendly and went out of their way to meet all of our needs. However, most of the staff, especially the dining room staff, came from foreign countries. This made understanding them when they talked to you at meals very difficult. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Boarding was easy and efficient at Port Liberty Ship is enormous. Rooms were available at 1pm If on My Time dining make reservations. The Windjammer buffet gets boring and crowded. Eat at the Solarium for breakfast if you ... Read More
Boarding was easy and efficient at Port Liberty Ship is enormous. Rooms were available at 1pm If on My Time dining make reservations. The Windjammer buffet gets boring and crowded. Eat at the Solarium for breakfast if you don't need the huge buffet. The stateroom with balcony was adequate for our family of 4 - we only slept there. It is a ship -- there are various noises throughout the day an night. The premium restaurants are better than the ones included...the menus are different. We at at Jamie's and enjoyed it though the service was not great. There is a TON to do every day if you don't want to sit by the pool but plan ahead bc some activities you need reservations for and some fill up...Bingo at 3pm believe it or not filled up. The 70's Groove Party was entertaining. Finish the Lyric show was fun. The adult comic was typical and gross for a few laughs. Visit Two 70 on your first day before others find it. We liked the big chairs facing the water. Casino was fun -- we found spots at the tables we wanted. If you want to sit by the pool on the sail days get up early, really early and stake your chairs. We barely saw our teenagers there was so much for them to do..They really liked the FloRider. Teen dodge ball was great fun. Our North Star experience was canceled due to wind but it looks awesome. The gym is very nice, get there early. We Will Rock you was super albeit hokey. Contrary to readings....the dress code is super casual. You do not need to wear pants or formal attire at all...unless you want too. The Grande requires it I believe. Ship arrives and departs as planned. Getting on and off in Bermuda was really easy. DO NOT Miss going under the Verrazano Bridge. Royal IQ app is definitely helpful for planning! The wristbands are convenient at times but taking it on and off at some bars is annoying. The all access ship tour is worth it for Bridge access but ran too long at 2 hours. Restaurants close pretty early but Sorrentos always has pizza avail. All the bar staff were phenomenal. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My 15 year old asked to go on a cruise this year, and luckily I was dying to go on the Anthem! We embarked in Bayonne after driving to the port. Parking was easy after dropping our luggage off at the port. We were in the terminal, ... Read More
My 15 year old asked to go on a cruise this year, and luckily I was dying to go on the Anthem! We embarked in Bayonne after driving to the port. Parking was easy after dropping our luggage off at the port. We were in the terminal, through security and on the ship in less than 30 minutes. Once on the ship we explored and found 270 lounge where we had a great lunch (try the roast beef sandwiches...you won't be disappointed). We went to sign up my son for several activities that I was unable to book online (I-fly and Northstar), we were easily able to book both. Really take the time to explore this ship on the first day so that you can make your way easily throughout the trip. Our cabin was ready by 1:00 and we were not disappointed. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 and it was wonderful! Plenty of storage space, two closets, drawers and hooks all over. Two lounge chairs and a small table on the balcony. There is plenty of room to move around the cabin, and I could sit in the bathroom without feeling claustrophobic. A real door on the shower instead of a curtain. With one exception, I ate every evening in the main dining room, originally with my son, but after he met other kids his age on the ship, he wanted to eat in the buffet with them. All of my meals were outstanding! Breakfast and lunch I would either wander around finding and trying new venues or occasionally room service ( usually an additional charge). There are plenty of places to sunworship around the pools, but you have to get up early to get a good spot. I saw chairs that were unattended, with a towel holding the space. If someone complained, staff would remove the other person's belongings. The Solarium area is a nice respite from all the kids. Seaplex is a wonderful area for both adults and kids with trapeze school, bumper cars, basketball courts, roller skating, an arcade, X box live, rock climbing wall and Flow Rider area. My son found something to do day and night, even though he didn't sign up for the teens club. During the week, several times I heard other people with kids say that they didn't want to leave the clubs because they were having so much fun. All of our excursions were through Royal Caribbean and were well worth the money. Our only port where we didn't book an excursion was San Juan, where we just walked around the city. Bermuda, St. Maarten, and San Juan were wonderful ports, the only downside was the short time in port, especially in Puerto Rico. Labadee was our favorite port, with so much to do. The vendors were a little more aggressive there than the other ports, but I just bought what I wanted. Our days at sea were my favorite part of the trip, sitting on the balcony enjoying the ocean breeze and sun. We had one rough evening at sea, but it wasn't too bad, although they canceled one of the stage shows because of it. There was plenty of entertainment throughout the cruise, really depending on what interests you have. I loved the show We Will Rock You! By the end of the show the entire audience was on their feet belting out Bohemian Rhapsody! The service on the cruise was outstanding! Wayan, our steward went way above and beyond when it came to keeping our room up. Service in the dining rooms and buffet was also great. Debarkation was easy enough, I didn't feel that I could handle our luggage to self debark, so we had our biggest delay both waiting for them to call our zone, then actually finding our luggage once we got to our zone. Our luggage was not in the proper place, but staff helped my son find it. The lines going through customs were slow, but getting out of the port was easy enough. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I love this ship! Obviously, since I have been aboard 4 times. The food, stateroom and staff are amazing! The layout of the ship is perfect. It is convenient to get to the ship, living in New York. Do not miss Jamie's Italian or ... Read More
I love this ship! Obviously, since I have been aboard 4 times. The food, stateroom and staff are amazing! The layout of the ship is perfect. It is convenient to get to the ship, living in New York. Do not miss Jamie's Italian or Chops Grille. The bar staff in the Solarium Bar and The Schooner bar are the best! The itinerary and ports of call were simply beautiful. Bermuda, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Private Island in Labadee. Having said all that, I've been on this ship 3 times before and had the same cruise Director, Dru. This time, sadly we did not. It was a totally different experience. The current cruise director did not connect or try to engage with the passengers at all. This cruise, the entertainment was seriously lacking. The 4th of July party this time was a disaster. Last year, 2017, it was amazing! I would love to go back on this ship, but hope next time the they step up their game on activities, entertainment and the people running it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We have taken 7-night cruises in the past and chose this one because it was a bit longer. Also, we had never been to Bermuda before. The experience on Anthem of the Seas was wonderful - a fairly new ship that has very modern style, with ... Read More
We have taken 7-night cruises in the past and chose this one because it was a bit longer. Also, we had never been to Bermuda before. The experience on Anthem of the Seas was wonderful - a fairly new ship that has very modern style, with many technological improvements over the ship we were on for our last cruise experience 3 years ago. The entire ship was spotless everyday and the staff were more than eager to please everyone. Highlights for us were: the Ripcord (iFly) - the skydiving simulator - it is a MUST! Also, the NorthStar was amazing, providing views of the Caribbean on all sides, at a height of 300 feet above the ocean! The trapeze and bumper cars were other fun onboard activities. The robotic bar tenders were really fun to watch. The ports of San Juan, St. Maarten, and Labadee were awesome (you MUST do the Dragon's Breath Zip Line!), but we were a bit disappointed with Bermuda. We went to one of the beaches but got rained out and just returned to the port for some shopping. For anyone who has taken a 7-night cruise and was not ready to give up on their vacation after 7 nights, this is a terrific alternative. We really enjoyed having the few extra days because it made our vacation seem much longer than the 7-night cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The Anthem of the Seas has to be the most poorly designed cruise ship in The a Royal Caribbean Fleet. It has one outdoor pool the size of a large postage stamp for over 4,000 guest. The indoor pool was okay but small. The ceiling does ... Read More
The Anthem of the Seas has to be the most poorly designed cruise ship in The a Royal Caribbean Fleet. It has one outdoor pool the size of a large postage stamp for over 4,000 guest. The indoor pool was okay but small. The ceiling does not open so there is no air movement at all. The Solarium does not allow children and we were traveling with a group that included teens. The Seaplex was nice but somewhat anticlimactic. We did it while in Labadee. I wished I had done it in San Juan. I think that might have been more interesting. I did not get to do I.fly. It was booked except some times that I could not go. Silk Restaurant was dark and depressing but had great wait staff. Some of the other restaurants were a little brighter and nicer looking. Chic restaurant was pretty nice. Choos Restaurant was very nice and worth the extra cost. Service was outstanding. We had a balcony Stateroom that was nice size (for a cruise ship) but poorly lit. Speaking of lighting in order to turn on and keep the lights in your Stateroom on you had to put and leave your sea card in a slot. What a pain in the butt that was. See how many times you leave your sea card in the room with this rediculous set up. The food was very good as was our waitstaff and Stateroom attendant. They were the only bright spot of this cruise. We had a total of 5 rooms and 11 people. My daughter purchased a drink package for herself and two premium soda packages for our granddaughters. They made FIVE trips to Guest (lack of) Services because evertime they tried to get a drink their cards were blocked. Apparently, they were not the only guest with that problem since others were there with the same complaint. This was extremely frustrating for All if us. The entertainment for the most part was mediocre. We Will a Rock You was exceptional and should not be missed. The Gift Was okay and Spectra Show could have been good but unless you have the right seat (still not sure Where that is) You cannot see the show. This fits in with the poor design issues. The 270 Theater experience is poorly designed. It may be okay if you are in about the lucky 100 or so people that get the only seats that allow you to see pretty much everything. Most of the staff including guest services were poorly trained and many were rude. Because I have had many other great cruises on Royal Caribbean I will continue to use them. I will NEVER EVER SET FOOT ON THE ANTHEM OF THE SEAS AGAIN nor would I recommend them to my friends or enemies. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Ship was just the right size to have lots of amenities for everyone including my 2 boys (9 and 12) but not too big that it was overwhelming like Oasis. I strongly disagree with the other reviews about the food being bad, and the wait ... Read More
Ship was just the right size to have lots of amenities for everyone including my 2 boys (9 and 12) but not too big that it was overwhelming like Oasis. I strongly disagree with the other reviews about the food being bad, and the wait staff not speaking English. Our wait staff were unbelievable. The food was fantastic and always fresh and hot. We did My Time dining and never once had a reservation and never had a problem at peak times of 6 pm. We even got our same wait staff each time. The kids lived in the Seaplex with so much to do. My only complaint was the lack of staff supervision especially around the Xbox room where the older teenagers would not give the younger kids turns on the Xboxes and arguments started with no staff around. Guest services was efficient and the lineups moved quickly. I gave the cabin a 4 rating since it felt small with 4 people in it. Running track should not be on the same desk as the main pool. I'm not a runner but I can see this being frustrating for someone serious about their running. It should be on a lower desk that no one uses much like most other ships. We didn't do any shore excursions except the waterslide and waterpark at Labadee. Both of which were way overpriced especially the waterslide. I was very surprised there was a charge at all. I do agree that the sales people in the Royal Promenade were too aggressive handing out flyers and trying to get us into the shopping events. The shows were great but I'm sorry to have missed We Will Rock You which I heard from other passengers was fantastic. The Gift was really great as was Spectra's Cabaret. The Sabor Quartet in Boleros was outstanding and we went there each night even though I don't speak any Spanish. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My husband had never cruised before and embarked on this vacation with a negative mindset. After experiencing the better-than-expected food in the main dining room at breakfast and dinner, and the very professional entertainment (The Gift ... Read More
My husband had never cruised before and embarked on this vacation with a negative mindset. After experiencing the better-than-expected food in the main dining room at breakfast and dinner, and the very professional entertainment (The Gift and You Will Rock Me were excellent), he is looking forward to our January 2019 cruise on the Allure of the Seas out of Miami. The Anthem is huge, but we still knew we were two of 4900 passengers most of the time. Elevator waits were not long, but the My Time Dining felt hectic each night. We usually waited 15 minutes to be seated, even though we had reservations and ate late (7:45 to 8:15). The pools were overrun with children and teenagers, and swimming laps was impossible. The Solarium is for over age 16 only, but the pools are not designed for swimming. Most of the time we noticed people drinking, standing cheek to jowl in all Solarium pools and hot tubs. The esplanade was clogged every night with tables set up to promote jewelry, watch, and purse sales. On the plus side, the crew seemed happy and very service-oriented. Both our servers and cabin attendant anticipated every need. Our cabin, a handicapped balcony, was spacious, beautifully decorated, and very well designed, with plenty of room for everything. We enjoyed the Old and New San Juan Royal excursion, the St. Maarten and Bermuda bus tours less so. I'd recommend beach or water excursions that avoid the more Irma-devastated parts of the islands. We really enjoyed listening to music in the various bar venues after dinner. Boleros especially had a fabulous Latin Quartet playing most nights, and Schooners had two of the brass players from the Royal orchestra playing jazz standards one night. Embarkation was fairly smooth, although my husband remarked that the waiting area (rows upon rows of closely packed plastic chairs) was reminiscent of Ellis island. Note that the parking garage at Cape Liberty does not open until 10 am. We checked in quickly and waited until 11 am to get on the ship. Our disembarkation number was dead last, so we had breakfast in the MDR at 7:30 and found a comfortable place to wait in the Via. At 10:15, they had called only about half the numbers (we are SUCH rule followers) but a crew member said we should prepare to disembark. They made a last call announcement just as we got in line. Apparently, half the passengers ignored their numbers and disembarked early. All in all, it was a relaxing vacation. I'd always book a balcony, though, in order to have some private space in the fresh air. And now that we are both retired, I look forward to cruising in May and October, when most kids are in school! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My husband and I first cruised on Celebrity then took our family on two Norwegian cruises. This was our first Royal Caribbean experience. Let me start out and say that a vacation is mostly what you make from it. We always thought that ... Read More
My husband and I first cruised on Celebrity then took our family on two Norwegian cruises. This was our first Royal Caribbean experience. Let me start out and say that a vacation is mostly what you make from it. We always thought that Royal Caribbean would be a step above Norwegian from the reviews we read and friends we spoke with that had been on Royal Caribbean cruises. Maybe we set our expectations too high. When we arrived, everyone was helpful and courteous – from the porters, to the security and at check-in - was VERY fast!!! We walked on to the ship and wanted to eat right away since we really didn’t eat all day. Very disappointing - not many options on the first day. On Norwegian, we had the option to sit down at the main dining room and have a nice lunch to avoid the craziness of the buffet. On the Anthem, we were directed to the buffet which, as we expected, was a nightmare! So many people. No plates. Food picked over. We gave up and left to try to find something else. Tried The Café at 270. Were not impressed. But excited for dinner later, we ventured back to our room. Our room was available when we first arrived on the ship at 1pm and by 2:30, our luggage had arrived. On-board Activities: Here is when it went all downhill. NOT happy about the inconvenient policies of Royal Caribbean. NOT happy that my husband or I had to interrupt our relaxing time to "supervise" our 9 and 12 year old. Waivers were signed, but we had to wake up early "supervise" roller skating, rock climbing, flo-rider, bumper cars, trapeze or any of the activities that we signed waivers. We could not sit by the pool because our 9 year old wanted to rock climb. On other cruise lines such as Norwegian, they could enjoy activities without us constantly supervising them. My husband and I did not enjoy our cruising experience because of this!!! Having to watch your kid rock climb is absolutely ridiculous. This is our biggest deterrent from sailing on Royal again. On Norwegian, our second youngest could be left to rock climb and enjoy other activities all afternoon. Our older kids are 12, 14 and 15. I was excited that the 12 year old could participate in the teen program. What I did not realize is that they break the teens up in groups 12yr-14yr and 15-17yr. They could not hang out together in the teen club. They weren’t too disappointed because they said there were not really any organized activities or things to do. SO they had to leave the teen area and hang out elsewhere to stay together. I like how Norwegian’s teen program is 13-17. The 12 year old birthday was in 2 weeks and he could have been in their teen program if we sailed after his birthday, not separated from his cousin and sister. The nursery was amazing for our youngest (21 months). We did not put her in that often because Grandma sailed with us, but when we needed to, it was clean and inviting. They even had a room to take the baby to play without having to leave her with someone. Internet: We purchased 2 unlimited internet packages to share among the 8 of us. They give you the login and password in your room. This was fast and enabled us all to stay connected in some way. While I prefer to not use my phone, I need to check my messages for work and make phone calls etc. Bars: All of the bartenders were quick and made amazing drinks for us! Main Dining Room: After a couple nights eating at American Icon Grill, we decided to try something new and went to Silk. There, we were so happy with our server and table that we kept coming back to the same table every night. Our main dining experience was amazing because of our waiter, Marcelino and Assistant Waiter, Michael (table 605). Not only did they go out of their way to make our dinner enjoyable, but they surpassed our expectations on service. If you asked for something, they would give you that and more! They made our vacation enjoyable! Could not have been happier! Windjammer Café: Not the best place to go the first day on the ship because everyone is there. They need to have more options to dine on the first day. We liked the Omelet Station at breakfast. They needed to have fruit loops available for kids though which is a pretty common breakfast staple. We did not eat there on other meals except for breakfast. Jaime’s Italian: THE BEST!!! Service and food were phenomenal. Johnny Rockets: Worth paying a few dollars to have a good burger in the afternoon. Wish this was included in the price and not extra though. Bermuda: We got off and took the ferry to Hamilton where we shopped and enjoyed the town there. We had to catch the ferry back by 1:40 since that was the last one offered that day. When we got on the boat, we did the NorthStar which was perfect to do in Bermuda!!! We could see so much of the island. Happy we decided to do this then and not while at sea! St. Maartin: Lots of shopping off the boat. We did a private boat charter here at this port and walked there. The island is devastated by the recent hurricanes. We did Billy Bones Boatcharters where we had a half day boat charter. Our family of 8 has ages ranged of 21 months, 9, 12, 14,15 year old kids! They had a blast! It was a bit of a walk for all of us from the port but wasn't too bad! It was maybe a 15-20 minute walk. We arrived and signed our waivers and were on our way. Captain Al was beyond amazing and did a great job driving the boat and talking about St. Maartin. We were concerned about the conditions due to the wind and the water being choppy and the comfort level. The captain took his time and made sure everyone was in the most comfortable seats. We first went to a place to do some snorkeling, but with my mother in law on the boat with the baby, I suggested we go to a beach somewhere. There, he took us to the most gorgeous beach with the most incredible sand and views. Captain Al kept the beer, rum punch and soda coming along with chips to snack on. Our 12 year old son wanted to fish as well - they were so accommodating that they purchased a rod for him to use!!! Extra kudos to them for going out of their way!! He caught two fish, a jack and a mackerel, as we trolled back to the dock. This was the best experience!!! We highly recommend to anyone visiting St. Maartin. Puerto Rico: Not our most favorite port. We did an excursion booked thru Costco. It was informative, and we were able to see the city via a bus tour. After our tour, we stopped at Mojito’s for lunch. The food was perfect and delicious – a quick walk back to the ship too! Labadee, Haiti: What a surprise – this was our favorite port!!! We did a day bed, so the baby and grandma would have a place to relax. It included 2 mats for the water and also liters of Evian water. Adrenaline Beach was a perfect location too for our day bed! Our attendant brought us beer and frozen Labradoozie’s which were so yummy! Even the kids could get virgin ones! We wish we would have known how wonderful this port was ahead of time - we would have left the ship right away. My husband and I did the Aqua Park with the big kids which was SO fun! The buffet food was so good too – I am not a fan of buffet’s, but the burgers and sides were so great! The worst part of the day was when it ended, and we had to get back on the ship. Entertainment: The cruise director was nonexistent to say the least. In previous cruises, the cruise director set the mood of the ship. We wish there was a sail away party, a themed party, or something eventful. I did not even know who he was until one of the last days on the boat. Wish the nightlife was livelier too. Dis-embarking the last day: This was smooth. We were number 25 and were called by 9:45am. The Gangway would jam up but quickly cleared. Our bags were very easy to find as well. To Summarize, if Royal Caribbean had a better policy for the kids not being supervised during certain activities, and the teen program been better, we would be more likely to book on Royal Caribbean again. While this may seem minor, we were not able to enjoy our cruise like we did on Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
friends birthday. the ship is lovely, offers many options of things to do for the young and older. there was always long lines for the key activities. ie: bumper cards, surf board ext; evening lounges limited with dance music.. gears more ... Read More
friends birthday. the ship is lovely, offers many options of things to do for the young and older. there was always long lines for the key activities. ie: bumper cards, surf board ext; evening lounges limited with dance music.. gears more to the hip-hop crowd, limited dancing for the older. there was not much to do in the evenings. the entertainment was limited .The.main restaurant service was excellent. The waiters were exceptionally great ai, to please, the food presentation was great..the taste average, food temperature on the cold side. the Winjammer market ( buffet) was a nighmare. specially for breakfast. waited over 20 minutes on line for an omelette . the snack bars were very nice. specially Sorentinos, pizza was great the services as nice as can be. overall in all areas of cake and desserts i find them average ...the ports of call Bermuda, San Juan, St. Marteen are awesome . I have cruise on the Anthem before, this is the first time I found the overall cruise experience average.. the Cruise director and assistant not the best. The captain needs to add volume to his voice on when doing his 12 noon announcements! have the time, I could not understand what he was saying. Embarkation was good/fast, however, disembarkation was not a good experience.. the lines were very long. the staff had no consideration. for people with canes, only with wheelchairs assistance. NOT GOOD Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
From the time we departed until we came back, it was a home away from home. Nothing was too much to ask the staff. The teens loved the I-Fly, Flow-rider, Northstar (a glass ball the took up 300 feet about the sea) and the traipse ... Read More
From the time we departed until we came back, it was a home away from home. Nothing was too much to ask the staff. The teens loved the I-Fly, Flow-rider, Northstar (a glass ball the took up 300 feet about the sea) and the traipse classes. Three pools worked out great, they were never really crowded. The shows were fun, the whole family could see them. Our food was marvelous. Breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer was delightful. It had a great a selection ( Everything from burgers to pasta to Asian to lunch meats to hot foods). Dinner was glorious!!! The wait staff had us trying new foods and treated us like family. The desserts were delightful. The chocolate cake and strawberry cheese cake are superb. The ship was well maintained. You felt safe and secure. The safety drill was easy and quick. If there was a problem, the staff could handle it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this particular cruise for the proximity to our home and the itinerary. The ship barely came into play in considering the trip. Embarkation was super smooth and took about 20 minutes from the moment I pulled into the drop-off zone ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise for the proximity to our home and the itinerary. The ship barely came into play in considering the trip. Embarkation was super smooth and took about 20 minutes from the moment I pulled into the drop-off zone until my car was parked, checked in, and on the ship. First, the good: The staff overall was super friendly. Our wait staff and the food in the main dining room was excellent, and as usual, RCCL came through with special requests, hold the ____'s, "Can we get extra ____" and all that kind of stuff. The bad: For a ship that leaves within eye-shot of the "City that never sleeps", they love to roll up the decks awfully early. The ice cream machine on the pool deck closes at 6:30. The buffet closes at 9:30 or 10:00. If you want something more than burnt pizza, you're going to pay for something at the pub or the little pastry shop. Oh, and if you want a soda on your soda package, you have to go all the way down to the pizza joint to get something other than coke/diet coke or sprite at the bar. It would make sense to put a freestyle machine on each floor or at least in the heavily traversed areas like the pool. Speaking of... Fancy a late night swim? Not in the solarium, that closes at 7:00 so, you're going to be put into Kid-gen-pop in the central pool, which closes at 9, then the main pool, that closes at 10:00. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING requires a reservation. We ended up not taking advantage of many of the "cool" features like the bumper cars (line went around and out of the seaplex each time we tried), iFly (admittedly, I am too big, but the kinds weren't and there were never times available and they couldn't be booked online), Flowrider (2+ hour waits), and the escape room? That ship became my escape room. Forget the NorthStar, only time we could do it is during our dinner or stand in a standby line for 1 hour plus. Again, none of these had reservations available online except for the flowrider, if I wanted to pay an obnoxious amount of money for the private sessions. We missed the adult comedy show because each time we showed up 30 minutes early to a packed house. Guess we need to try an hour next time. The bionic bar was pretty neat, but nobody could explain why I had to give an 18% gratuity to a machine. It's stupid, minor annoyances that could easily be fixed that caused problems. Other than that, we had a great time. We did the Horseshoe Bay beach transfer and it was beautiful, although the water was a tad bit cold. The beach chairs and umbrellas were $45 for the day - so be warned. We also did the Beach Rendezvous in St. Martin, which was nice, the people were super friendly, the local vendors were out but were respectful of the phrase "no thank you", and the lunch provided was delicious and generous. Drinks were cheap, too! We took the Club Vivo beach day and although we got rained out at the very end, it was absolutely delightful. Best beach day of the bunch for sure - the water was crystal clear and the staff was super helpful and kind. The drinks were priced appropriately, and the lunch was delicious. We wandered around Labadee, it was hot, but still a great time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our 3rd cruise on with Royal Caribbean, largest ship to date. We booked that cruise to celebrate our daughter sweet 16th birthday party. We had 2 cabins side by side but not communicating (by design). Cabins were Balconies on the ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on with Royal Caribbean, largest ship to date. We booked that cruise to celebrate our daughter sweet 16th birthday party. We had 2 cabins side by side but not communicating (by design). Cabins were Balconies on the 8th deck, they felt very roomy (especially considering our previous cruise was on the Majesty). We were 2 per cabins. Dinning was the late service at the Grande Restaurante and was excellent, both for food quality and staff. We had two 16 year old (our daughter and her friend) and they had a blast at the teen areas and the Seaplex. The seasplex staff was wonderful and that ship had so much activities, it keep them busy for the whole 9 days. The shows and headliners were B+, I liked those on Liberty much better. Service all together was impeccable, Anthem has the best barista ever (Latoya). Ship stopped at all the ports as scheduled and weather was great all the way. To see the teen point of view, our daughter made a video of it: https://youtu.be/tkJMEVhscCk Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
With living in Pennsylvania, we picked this cruise because we could drive right to the pier instead of dealing with airports and transfers. We were not disappointed. Cape Liberty was easy to find, and the parking garage was right next to ... Read More
With living in Pennsylvania, we picked this cruise because we could drive right to the pier instead of dealing with airports and transfers. We were not disappointed. Cape Liberty was easy to find, and the parking garage was right next to the ship. Embarkation was nice and smooth, and disembarkation could not have been easier. We were off the ship and in our car within minutes. As for the ship itself, it's big and it's gorgeous. We are a family of five so we booked two adjoining rooms, and traveled with a group of 11 family members. The kids did like having their "own room." With traveling as a family we stuck to the main seating for dining, and did not get to try any of the specialty restaurants. Although my in-laws raved about their experiences at the specialty restaurants and pubs. We all ate like kings and queens all throughout the cruise. One member of our party is on a gluten free diet and had several dining choices as well. From our room steward, to our wait staff, as well as everyone else, the service was outstanding. There were activities for every age group, but I would liked to have seen more kid friendly shows. We loved our ports, and there were plenty of excursions to chose from. Our group had children from age 7 to 15, as well as grandparents. Everyone had the vacation of a lifetime and will certainly be cruising again. So much so that this was the first cruise for the grandparents and they had another one booked by day four. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Wonderful cruise except for the Casino staff and photo package hidden costs. Be aware that the unlimited package for which you pay $300 is extremely limited… Does not include groups over 12 people and if they volunteer to edit your ... Read More
Wonderful cruise except for the Casino staff and photo package hidden costs. Be aware that the unlimited package for which you pay $300 is extremely limited… Does not include groups over 12 people and if they volunteer to edit your pictures beware that there will be $20 per picture charge on top of the original charge which could be $20 per picture if you have 12 more people in it. Maybe you should tell the staff not to take the picture with so much carpet and surrounding space if they don’t expect to need to edit the picture. There is no indication on the screen when you buy the package that there are limitations. Also did not seem like anyone was winning in the casino all week… And worse, they were staff at the craps table that kept rolling their eyes and making comments about the guests. I did not find this professional nor inviting in any way. The other activities and amenities on the ship are wonderful. I love the food and the children traveling with us between the ages of two and 20 enjoyed all the activities on board… Lots to do and quality experiences Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Stateroom was great. We Will Rock You show was great. Mo5aic show was great. SeaPlex is very cool - lots of fun activities. We felt we were "nickel and dimed" a lot. $25 if you don't return a towel! Food in the ... Read More
Stateroom was great. We Will Rock You show was great. Mo5aic show was great. SeaPlex is very cool - lots of fun activities. We felt we were "nickel and dimed" a lot. $25 if you don't return a towel! Food in the main dining room was very disappointing. The strip steak was terrible. The fish was ok. The pasta was fine. Nothing was great. The menu did not change much day to day. We ultimately stopped going to the main dining room after day 4 and just went to the Windjammer buffet which at least had enough variety that you could find something to eat that you liked. Royal IQ app is very buggy and frustrating. The IT department had to reset our room on Royal IQ 3 times. Our two teenagers were eager to try participate in the teen club but found the activities "dumb" and the staff not engaging. For perspective, we almost never saw them on our Disney Dream cruise last summer as they were always in the teen club having a blast. The pool on Anthem was so crowded, they had to close it, drain it, and refill it on an at-sea day - thus making the pool unusable after 3pm until the next day. The deck chairs by the pool already had towels on them to reserve them by 5:30am on at-sea days! The staff did not enforce the "no reserving chairs for more than 30 minutes" rule all. All in all, would we go on Royal Caribbean again? Maybe. If the price was right and the trip looked good. Maybe we'd choose a smaller ship that wouldn't be so crowded. Although I'd really hesitate to do it again based just on the dining room food. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our 1st cruise and we had an amazing time. We loved our room, the ship is amazing, the food was great, the shows were spectacular, and the service was incredible. Embarkation was smooth. Getting off was a bit slower. The ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise and we had an amazing time. We loved our room, the ship is amazing, the food was great, the shows were spectacular, and the service was incredible. Embarkation was smooth. Getting off was a bit slower. The overall service was really good. One of our servers, Mr. Ivon, went above and beyond to make us feel at home and comfortable. He was specially amazing with kids! Our 3 year old loved him! We only tried the kids club once with our 6 year old and she didn't really like it. Overall the rooms for kid's activities weren't too appealing. We loved San Juan. In Labadee we had a private cabana with some friends and the experience was amazing. The beach at St. Marteen was nice, but I didn't like the place too much. I would have liked to see somewhere to go dancing before midnight. I would go back on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go after the school year ended, as our 4 children range in ages from 9-16. Embarkation was a breeze, since our group consisted mostly of pinnacle members and suite guests. We were walking onto the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go after the school year ended, as our 4 children range in ages from 9-16. Embarkation was a breeze, since our group consisted mostly of pinnacle members and suite guests. We were walking onto the ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the port, which was awesome. Of course everyone who boards the shop is anxious to have that first meal in the windjammer, so be prepared to get lost in a literal sea of hungry people looking for a table. It is insane. There is a gluten free station at the very back of the windjammer and there’s almost always empty tables in that area even on embarkation day. The food in the windjammer is very good and you can find almost anything you might be in the mood for. Just don’t expect to have an easy time especially at breakfast and lunch and especially if you have a family that needs a decent size table. The place is enormous but even so, it gets crazy in there. On day 1 I checked out the diamond lounge since I am a diamond plus member. I was helping myself to a cappuccino when the under counter fridge door fell on my leg, and the jagged rusty metal scraped my thigh. I brought it to the attention of a lounge server and she told me I must have been kicking the door for it to fall on me. She was very rude and clearly was afraid of being in trouble because the door was not attached, in fact it was leaning on the side of the counter and it tipped over, falling on me. Maybe they are trained to not take responsibility for occurrences like this? Adventure Ocean- my 9 year old wanted to attend some of the activities in adventure ocean. They have a room for 9-11 year olds. She loved the activities. However, my husband and I both noticed that the staff that runs this room were not friendly AT ALL. I undertand people maybe have a bad day or maybe working with kids all day might be stressful but not one smile came from any of the staff, not even eye contact. The room was usually staffed by a couple younger women and they always looked miserable. I’ve been cruising with royal since I was young enough to attend the kids program (now I’m 39) and I always remember the staff being extremely friendly, very fun and upbeat, full of energy. These girls clearly hate this job and probably shouldn’t be working with kids if you can’t make eye contact or smile at the parents. Our daughter said they were never unkind and she seemed to want to go back so hopefully they’re a little nicer to the kids than they are to the parents. Coastal Kitchen- as suite guests we had the privilege of eating in coastal kitchen. It was the highlight of the cruise. The service is top notch. And the food is fantastic. They manage to keep the atmosphere non-stuffy but dignified. We ate almost every meal in coastal kitchen and loved every minute. The ports of call were all awesome. Puerto Rico feels a little unsafe and so does St Maarten. So be cautious with belongings and bags etc. There is a sniffing dog when you get back on the ship in Puerto Rico. That should tell you something. The water taxi in St Maarten takes you to a nice beach for swimming. Bermuda is always an amazing place to visit. Our fave is Horseshoe Bay but dear god there were a million people there and crowded beaches are the pits. When you want to swim there are so many people in the water it feels claustrophobic. Labadee is of course absolutely beautiful. We had access to barefoot beach which made the visit a thousand times more enjoyable. They transport you from the ship to the entrance of the barefoot beach and they have a separate lunch buffet with a little better selection. If you do the wave runners be prepared to be approached by locals on row boats trying to sell their hand made items. They do even try to grab onto your wave runner at times and they are very persistent. It’s annoying and honestly a little concerning with all the civil unrest in Haiti. And after you pay 130 for that experience they could at least find a way to keep them away. On board there were many things for the kids to stay busy. Arcade, bumper cars, trapeze school, escape room, flow rider, i fly, 3D movies in the royal theater on sea days, North Star, just to name a few. The sea plex is great for the kids and kids at heart. One thing however that I can’t for the life of me understand is the pool area. They have this tiny outdoor pool with a limit of 29 bodies. There are over 4000 passengers. The outdoor pool area is kind of a joke. There are maybe 50 seats (at the most) to be had if you want to be anywhere near the pool and in the sun. People literally FIGHT to get these seats, and you have to get up at like 5 am to go and grab up a seat or seats if you’re lucky. Fighting over pool chairs is stressful. But if you’re like most cruisers you want to sit in the sun, near the pool. For the life of me I will never understand why they make a tiny pool with relatively few chairs for a ship of 4000+ passengers. People literally just pack into the pool like sardines and stand there. And if you can’t find a spot to stand then the edges /steps fill up with sitters hoping to keep cool at the edge. Kinda gross when you think about it. No thanks. My biggest issue on this trip though, was about halfway through we were awoken by an extremely offensive odor in the middle of the night. It woke me up around midnight. We were up until about 2:30 am airing out our cabin by propping open the cabin door and balcony door at the same time. I can’t even imagine the smell in a room without a balcony it must have been horrendous. The smell was a combination of burnt onion/garlic mixed with rubber and skunk. It was coming out of the a/c vent in our room. We made call after call just to make sure there was not something wrong on the ship. It was extremely strong. We were given 5 different answers by different staff members about what the smell was. It only affected one side of the ship and about 4 of the decks. The smell lingered for days in the rooms and hallways. At times you could smell the air fresheners they must have sprayed to try and cover it up. We had concerns that it was something serious not only by the way it smelled but also the way it was blamed on many various things by different crew members we talked to. Some said Johnny Rockets. Some said windjammer. Some said it was an issue in the a.c. ventilation. Some said it was a human error. Some said it was burnt onions. Some said it was burnt rubber. Some said they never smelled anything (yeah right) even though they worked on that deck and it was so strong it was nauseating. We never got answers about what we inhaled that night. But two of my kids ended up with sore throats from it. This trip was a much needed family getaway and overall we enjoyed our 9 days and didn’t want to see it end, in spite of the issues. The anthem is a beautifully done ship and there’s much fun to be had. I’ll most likely go again for the simple fact that I live relatively close to Bayonne and don’t have to fly. If I could go back on the Oasis without flying I’d prefer that. It felt less crowded and more to do without waiting in a stinking line or fighting through crowds for every. single. thing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our experience was simply fantastic from start to finish and we couldn’t recommend the ship and intinery enough. Even though the ship was a couple of years old it felt and looked brand new, our stateroom was immaculate and all of the ... Read More
Our experience was simply fantastic from start to finish and we couldn’t recommend the ship and intinery enough. Even though the ship was a couple of years old it felt and looked brand new, our stateroom was immaculate and all of the staff clearly had a real sense of pride in the ship and service they offered the passengers. Tip- pre book as many activities as possible online before you cruise. Many of the activities also had standby options as well. We will rock you and Spectre were epic, the Gift was ok, but maybe just not our thing. Any time dining ok, and the menu choices seemed to get better as the cruise went on, at first there didn’t seem to be much change from the previous night - onion soup was a starter every night. the IFLY sky diving was brilliant and anyone can do it. Considering there was 4860 passengers on board, it never felt busy 3ven on the sea days. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This cruise was booked 15 months in advance, as soon as the itinerary for June 2018 became available. We wanted 3 balcony staterooms so the balcony partitions could be removed to make one space. Anthem of the Seas was the only ship ... Read More
This cruise was booked 15 months in advance, as soon as the itinerary for June 2018 became available. We wanted 3 balcony staterooms so the balcony partitions could be removed to make one space. Anthem of the Seas was the only ship considered because it offers so many activities for young teens (4), their parents(4) and grandparents (2). The only very slight disappointment was that this itinerary was the same one we had for our last Family Cruise in 2015...but the ports of call were ones everyone likes. Embarkation: could not have gone smoother or faster. From the time we entered the terminal until boarding was 10 minutes. It was 11:30 AM and we immediately went to Cafe Two70 for lunch. Staterooms: For us (the grandparents), the size of the stateroom was very good. Lots of storage, nice size bathroom. The other 2 staterooms had the parents and a young teenage boy and girl - they were a bit more crowded. Dining: There is no large Main Dining Room on Anthem. We had early dining in Le Grande each evening. Service, Presentation and Taste were all very good. The adults had dinner on Father's Day at Wonderland...and it will be one of the most delightfully talked-about meals for a long time! Again, service, presentation and taste were outstanding. All 10 of us had dinner at Jamie's Italian and enjoyed every morsel and loved the suggestions from our server. For both specialty restaurants, reservations were made prior to sailing (as soon as they were made available). Activities: Everyone participated in going on North Star and IFly. Another very happy memory. I booked both activities as soon as they became available before the cruise. North Star, however, was not available on the website for port days. I was able to easily make the change once onboard. Going in North Star at 4:45, just before departing Labadee at 5 PM was The Best Possible Time to go. Several in our group did the Trapeze School. Harder than it looks, they said; but a fun experience that they couldn't get anywhere else! Shows: The Gift, We Will Rock You and Spectra's Cabaret were all booked in advance on the cruise. These shows are entertaining and the actors, singers, dancers, aerialists did a great job. These shows are complimentary and should not be missed. Shore Excursion: The only excursion we did was in San Juan. Give Back to La Perla gave us (and all on the tour) a chance to help a community in need. A typical Puerto Rican lunch was included at a local restaurant. A rewarding couple of hours. Disembarkation: We chose to Walk Off and at 6:45 AM closed our stateroom door for the last time. Everyone walking off was directed to Two70 where the line was quite long. Once it began to move, we walked the gangway, went through customs, retrieved our car from the parking garage and were on the road by 8:15 AM. What the Teenage Grandchildren Did: The two boys (age 11 & 12) played lots of PingPong, rode the Bumper Cars, went to the pool. The two girls (13 &14) loved the General Trivia, going to the pool. They went to "Fuel" one night for "Prom" but didn't stay long. Most of the kids were older. I can't comment on the Children's Programs since they didn't participate...they were busy just spending time with each other (since their homes are hundreds of miles apart and get to visit only a couple times a year). Conclusion: We enjoy every class of Royal Caribbean ships, but must say that Anthem of the Seas with it's Royal IQ app, all the technology, things to do, crew friendliness, dining choices...I could go on and on, but suffice it for me to say we are doing a Back To Back next year on Anthem and know that for all 20 days, there will be no boring moments! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we didn't have to fly out anywhere. It was very convenient and we hadn't tried this ship before. It was just amazing. The shopping was okay - not that comparable price-wise, in my opinion, because ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we didn't have to fly out anywhere. It was very convenient and we hadn't tried this ship before. It was just amazing. The shopping was okay - not that comparable price-wise, in my opinion, because I'm a shopper and can get things at comparable prices - lol - unless you were interested in Invicta watches; otherwise, no. The ports were okay, although Puerto Rico was a bit depressing, unfortunately. A lot of places were closed and the prices were higher than at home for many items. St. Maarten is recovering from the hurricane as well, so that was sad. St. Maarten has the usual people bugging you relentlessly to buy junk, but that was it. The beach was still awesome. As far as the food, it was excellent. Unfortunately, our seating was 8:15 p.m, way too late. By the time we were served everything, it was 10:00 p.m. We didn't go back after the first night, not realizing until the last day we could have utilized My Time Dining. Otherwise, it was all good. The only thing we had problems with was the internet. I probably won't buy internet on my next cruise vacation, because it was so aggravating to get connected, but other than that, the overall experience was unforgettable! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this ship for the Ports, we haven't been on RCL in a while,so we were interested in seeing what they had to offer. Embarkation was a breeze, we received a email earlier in the week about a Coast Guard inspection / drill ... Read More
We chose this ship for the Ports, we haven't been on RCL in a while,so we were interested in seeing what they had to offer. Embarkation was a breeze, we received a email earlier in the week about a Coast Guard inspection / drill and were asked not to arrive before 12pm. We arrived at 11:15, dropped off our bags,parked the car, 20.00 per night,joined my family on the security line and were checked in and on the ship by 11:45. We had a Balcony cabin on the 10th floor Aft. room was fine, steward was attentive and friendly,no issues here. We had lunch in cafe 270, (it reminded me of Panera Bread) it was good. We were wait listed for early MDR, so the 1st night we reserved a table for 5:45, we had to wait in line to be checked in and seated, this took about 10 mins. We received a confirmed MDR 5:30 the next day, service was EXCELLENT!! our waiters Rolland and Raj were fantastic for the remainder of the cruise. Food was average at best, choices were plentiful,but portions were small and lacked flavor, i kept adding pepper to whatever i ate. Gone are the big production shows, 2 nights there were no shows at all? Spectres' Cabaret: please see this if you need a 55 minute nap. The Gift was good. We will Rock you was excellent but a little long 1:57. Wanted a Bon Jovi cover band was also very good.There always seemed to be something to do somewhere on the ship and even thought there were almost 4600 people on board, it never felt crowded. People were respectful of lines for shows or coffee and i never heard anyone complain about them. Pools / chairs: seats could always be found unless you showed up at 11:30 and wanted poolside. 30 minute chair saving policy was never enforced. We sat in the adult Solarium on the 1st sea day and it was hot due to all the glass and poor AC flow. Ports: Bermuda - we rented a moped for the day and drove all over the island St. Maarten - we took a cab to Maho beach to enjoy the surf and watch the planes land. San Juan - took a cab to the Barcardi Factory, the walked to the fort, did some shopping and finished with a drink at Senor Frogs. Laberdee - enjoyed the beach, did a little shopping and had lunch. Misses: casino ran a slot tournament, top 12 scores competed for a free cruise, no prizes were given for qualifying round winners or at least a spot in the finals. Drinks were expensive, average was 8.95 and up with a 18% gratuity. Jaime Olivers was disappointing. Photos: All photos can now be viewed on a terminal after swiping your card, this is a great idea, as the ship no longer has to print out all those photos, saving paper and $$$. Too Bad RCL doesnt pass those savings on the the customers. Same price for a print or transferring the image to a USB! We chose to self disembark, we had a 8am slot and were in our car for the ride home by 8:30 Read Less
Sail Date May 2018

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