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

$3 for a bottle 16oz water, I couldn't bring are not bring water or soda on the ship. I felt like a cow being led to the slaughter when it was time to eat, you have to run and get a table. And you cannot leave a drink on the table ... Read More
$3 for a bottle 16oz water, I couldn't bring are not bring water or soda on the ship. I felt like a cow being led to the slaughter when it was time to eat, you have to run and get a table. And you cannot leave a drink on the table cuz, it will be gone and someone else be sitting at that table, this is my second cruise with anthem of the sea but this so far was the worst ever. Lobster night, yay...No... the lobster was tough, after struggling getting the lobster out, on my second Lobster the server came around and took the lobster out, still the lobster was tough. The announcement came on the loudspeaker making emphasis on the fact that you need to give more money (gratuity) for the service you received, not once not twice at least four times!! The liquor and beverage package the price totally ridiculous!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Had a wonderful time! Very nice, modern ship. Staff and crew were exceptional and friendly. I really loved the ports of call, especially Labadee. We were able to get a Cabana which was amazing. We loved visiting Two70 to just relax and ... Read More
Had a wonderful time! Very nice, modern ship. Staff and crew were exceptional and friendly. I really loved the ports of call, especially Labadee. We were able to get a Cabana which was amazing. We loved visiting Two70 to just relax and watch the ocean. Also enjoyed sitting at the back of the ship while we are st Windjammer. The food at Jamie Oliver’s was to die for. Embarkation was easy and quick, as was leaving the ship. Very organized. We did most excursions on our own, except for one through the cruise line in St. Maarten. It was easy to figure out where to go, who to work with, etc. stateroom was always neat, our attendant was great. Main dining room was excellent. We did partake in the 3 night dining package, but I was impressed wiTh the food in the main dining room. Overall, excellent experience! Would definitely go on this ship again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because 1 It was Royal Caribbean 2 The port was only a 4 hour drive. 3 The crew was very attentive, the food was excellent. 4 We were traveling with an 86 year old with dementia and a 71 year old who is totally blind. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because 1 It was Royal Caribbean 2 The port was only a 4 hour drive. 3 The crew was very attentive, the food was excellent. 4 We were traveling with an 86 year old with dementia and a 71 year old who is totally blind. This is where the crew came in with being very helpful and attentive to our needs. We all had a fantastic experience. The Windjammer experience was excellent. The comedy show was hilarious and my friend whom is blind enjoyed it immensely. We were able to give our 86 year old mother and my wife's friend a great experience by taking them for a ride on the bumper cars which brought them back to earlier days. This cruise stimulated my mother's brain which made her seem like she didn't have dementia. My friend felt like she was a queen on this trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I had a great time on my cruise. We got excellent service and the ship was very clean. The food was excellent with a lot of variety. The staff members were attentive and helpful and there were plenty of activities on the ship. My cabin was ... Read More
I had a great time on my cruise. We got excellent service and the ship was very clean. The food was excellent with a lot of variety. The staff members were attentive and helpful and there were plenty of activities on the ship. My cabin was beautiful and always kept clean. I also liked the virtual balcony. I do wish it was less hectic getting on and off the ship at the ports. Some of the staff were rude and didn’t give much time to gather your belongings. I found it to be quite stressful. I thought the embarkment was easy but disembarkment was not!! We were due to leave at 8:30 but did not get off the ship until 10:00. I don’t think we were given enough information about the process and it seemed disorganized. I would also like it if there were more types of shows and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Embarkation we truly a great experience! We drove from upstate New York. The port was easy to access and parking was a breeze. Room was clean ( although we brought disinfecting wipes and sanitized ourselves as an extra layer) As a ... Read More
Embarkation we truly a great experience! We drove from upstate New York. The port was easy to access and parking was a breeze. Room was clean ( although we brought disinfecting wipes and sanitized ourselves as an extra layer) As a matter of fact the whole ship was clean. Love that they make everyone wash before entering the dining areas. (No washy.. no foody) Entertainment was good although a bit repetitive.... same acts every nite in same location. We got the 3 night dining and did Jaimes, Wonderland and Chops. Jaimes Italian was very good and nice atmosphere. Wonderland was truly a wonder! Do not let the menu confuse you... your servers will handle the details. DO NOT MISS THIS. Chops was very good. Soup was very salty and service a bit slow, meat was excellent. We had My Time dining. Our first experience with this. Not well communicated on ship ... you should still make reservations or be prepared to wait in line for a table. Our Server was Christian and he was GREAT! Drink package was well worth it for us... but buy it before you sail! You can get a wristband ( sometime at extra cost) to use for drinks and room key. It is handy buy a pain to use at most bars and off shore Loved the Itinerary.. Bermuda, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. We would have loved more time in each port but enjoyed the private location in Labadee Haiti the best! We Jet Skied and did the Zipline.... both very exciting. Onboard activities were just too many to count. We did the IFly and the Northstar. Would do them both again. Disembarking sucks only because PEOPLE DONT LISTEN. They crowd the halls and carry off too much luggage further adding to the congestion on deck. Not sure how to fix that. My wife and I traveled wit another couple and overall Royal Caribbean made our vacation special, Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have said from Bayonne before, as I am from Long Island and dont like to fly. We were very excited to sail on the Anthrm of the Seas. The were several new areas of recreation that appealed to some or all of my party (of 8). We all ... Read More
We have said from Bayonne before, as I am from Long Island and dont like to fly. We were very excited to sail on the Anthrm of the Seas. The were several new areas of recreation that appealed to some or all of my party (of 8). We all went on the North Star which was just thrilling enough for me. Incredible birds eye view of the shop. The girls tried Flow Rider, 3 of us did IFly Ripcord . Dinner was the best part of each day. Our head waiter, George, waiter Robin(Roy), and asst waiter, Stephen, were absolutely amazing. There service and friendliness were 2nd to none. 1st time I ever saw my head waiter before the final night. We literally looked forward to seeing them every night. Also, Mia, at Focus was extremely helpful in getting our photo package corrected. Some missing pics (which she found) and some strangers pics, (which she removed). Such a sweetheart. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
When we arrived at NJ. unloaded car and checking in was very easy. First night was a dinner at Wonderland. What a amazing experience the food was out of this world. Ship was clean and well run ( lots of help) JR suite was well designed and ... Read More
When we arrived at NJ. unloaded car and checking in was very easy. First night was a dinner at Wonderland. What a amazing experience the food was out of this world. Ship was clean and well run ( lots of help) JR suite was well designed and plenty of room. Room service was awesome loved all the towel animals. Easy on and off ship at ports. Very nice that they have beach towels and water as you leave ship ( so convenient ) Entertainment Was just OK. Had some problems with shows, stopped the Gift twice and spectra once. We decided to not take the elevator and just use stairs what a workout. This was Kelly & My 25 Anniversary And our first cruise and Royal Caribbean lived up to all my expectations. I dont Wright many reviews but thought I could share some of what We did and experienced for our first cruise Thank you Royal Caribbean for and lifetime of beautiful memories. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my 35th cruise, approximately the 10th on Royal Caribbean, and my first on the Anthem. I sailed with my husband on a 9-day cruise from Bayonne to Bermuda, St. Maarten, San Juan and Labadee, Let me say right from the start, that ... Read More
This was my 35th cruise, approximately the 10th on Royal Caribbean, and my first on the Anthem. I sailed with my husband on a 9-day cruise from Bayonne to Bermuda, St. Maarten, San Juan and Labadee, Let me say right from the start, that the service on this ship was outstanding, and that the crew exceeded my expectations and gave 110% of themselves in order to ensure that I had a wonderful experience onboard. I was hesitant to go on such a large ship, but my worries proved to be unfounded. Embarkation was the fastest ever. After literally one minute speaking to the agent with an iPad, we were on the ship. Our disembarkation was equally fast and easy! The ship is absolutely gorgeous -- with decor that balances art deco and high-tech. It is spotless and shiny -- with something beautiful and interesting to look at around every turn, including interactive works of art. From the Seaplex to the Solarium to the North Star, you just have to say, "Wow!" The cabin was probably the biggest we've ever had for a verandah stateroom. There was plenty of well-laid-out closet and drawer space, and the bathroom with its glass shower door was immaculate. Dining was one area where there could be improvement. Because I believe they want guests to try the for-a-fee specialty restaurants, the menu, sadly, has shrunk -- with fewer appetizer, entree and dessert choices, and more upcharge items. The food -- let's face it -- is good, not great. Some items were better than others, like the chicken cordon bleu and the mushroom ravioli, and I had to return the mushy, fishy-smelling salmon one night. Our waiter, Siti from Indonesia, and Wilmer from the Phillippines, were phenomenal, and they went out of their way to please us. Nevertheless, despite the OK food,I learned that if you ask, you will receive -- which is why I give the service such high marks. For instance, on the second morning of the cruise, I had commented to a maitre d' that the menu no longer offered my favorite cold soups, which were always a cruise ship treat. That night, my waiter offered me cold soup (whether it was made just for me I do not know), but it was at the table every night thereafter. Similarly, at the Windjammer (which by the way, is also good but not great), I asked if there was any half grapefruit. The manager said that the restaurant had it, then proceeded to travel from deck 14 to deck 4 to get me some grapefruit. One area in which the food service excels is desserts. This ship has the richest, yummiest desserts Ive ever had on a cruise! Free activities were limited to mostly trivia and promotions for onboard services and activities. The bumper cars were lots of fun, and the Rip Cord was literally a blast. The North Star is not to be missed! The shops onboard are a little high-end for my taste. You can either buy expensive watches and $450 Bvlgari scarves ... or $10 items, but not much in-between. I would have loved to have seen more costume jewelry and value-priced cruisewear. Interestingly, I had put this fact on the mid-cruise comment card and actually received a phone message from the Marketing Manager! About the entertainment -- it was simply amazing. The casts of We Will Rock You, Spectra's Cabaret and The Gift were THE BEST I have ever seen. There was a premiere of a new show called In Concert that was wonderful, and the Name That Tune show was the perfect combination of a game show and a production show. I have to say that The Gift had a confusing plot, but the sets and costumes were beautiful. Royal Caribbean spares no expense in bringing fabulous entertainment, including a fantastic live band, the best I've ever seen. Of course, the Love and Marriage game show and The Quest never disappoint. I'd like to mention that the Diamond Lounge was very crowded, spilling into another lounge, and for the first few nights, the concierge was nowhere to be found, but after I noted this fact on the mid-cruise comment card, she welcomed us to the lounge both by phone and in person, and also send a bottle of wine to the room. Sometimes we couldn't find a Diamond Lounge bar waiter (they seemed understaffed) and would often get our drinks at other bars and bring them to the lounge. The ports we went to were all terrific: In Bermuda, we went to the beach right there at King's Wharf, which was great -- without the crowds of Horseshoe Beach and the big hill you have to get up and down to get to Horseshoe Beach. I would definitely recommend the beach near the pier, and go look at the pretty crafts on your way there! In St. Maarten, we did a $59 shore excursion, which was a catamaran ride to Mullet Bay beach. The catamaran anchors at 8 feet of water, so you've got to swim to the beach. I got exhausted swimming to the beach, so I took the dinghy back. We did not have an opportunity to see St. Maarten's post-hurricane destruction, but we were told that Phillipsburg got it pretty bad. The shopping area by the pier looked just fine. In San Juan, we did what we always do in San Juan -- shop for bargains at the Coach Outlet on Calle Cristo, eat piraguas, and snack on empanadas and other treats from the food truck in the park. I did not feel as if Old San Juan was still suffering from the hurricane. Finally, Labadee -- my favorite place in the entire Caribbean! We were among the first off the ship, parked ourselves under a shady tree at Nellie's Beach, and were among the last to get back to the ship. I would definitely go on the Anthem of the Seas again, especially because it is so convenient for me (I live in the New York area). It's a gorgeous ship with impeccable service, and crew members who go out of the way to make you feel special. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Everything onboard was great, it was very crowded at times but the overall experience was great, food was fantastic, service was over the top great. Booked our next cruise on the ship and can't wait to board again. We had a suite and ... Read More
Everything onboard was great, it was very crowded at times but the overall experience was great, food was fantastic, service was over the top great. Booked our next cruise on the ship and can't wait to board again. We had a suite and the Concierge was ok... RCCL needs to have a SUITE only area that is NOT a perk for the Crown & Anchor Society as the Diamond+ members can be overly bullish with the "I've earned this, and oh you're just in a suite." It can detract from the luxury experience that I paid for. The cabin was clean and well cared for any concerns were taken care asap. The easy of embarkation was beyond my imagination on the ship before I knew it. The new port services are fantastic. the overall service is great and I can't wait to go again. We'll be on board soon for a 2019 January cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Affordable cruise to purchase until you are inside, fees that prior cruises where included so bring extra money. They charge even for cotton candy and popcorn. They told me the childcare was free and it’s not is from 6 to 8 per hour, we ... Read More
Affordable cruise to purchase until you are inside, fees that prior cruises where included so bring extra money. They charge even for cotton candy and popcorn. They told me the childcare was free and it’s not is from 6 to 8 per hour, we called Royal Caribbean costumer service and they keep saying the wrong information. Food quality it’s really bad so bring extra for the dinner package so you can eat good. The paying restaurants quality was awesome. Guest services won’t help on issues they just apologize over and over. I Was sexually harassed on the sauna by a elderly man, that decide to rob himself ask me if I mind if he get naked. To file the issue the process was like forever with face recognition . Luckily the identified him so I don’t know what happened to him. Sauna it’s not included. Not enough time to enjoy islands. Lines for everything, slow waitress service. In the other side great room service. Great music! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Great time on excursions! The St. Maarten perfume excursion and the Bermuda scuba diving (for beginners) were both fantastic! The zip-line in Haiti was fun, Old San Juan is beautiful! We enjoyed every day at sea with great activities ... Read More
Great time on excursions! The St. Maarten perfume excursion and the Bermuda scuba diving (for beginners) were both fantastic! The zip-line in Haiti was fun, Old San Juan is beautiful! We enjoyed every day at sea with great activities like bumper cars, trapeze-flying, the iFly, and the NorthStar. The musical, We Will Rock You was well-done. The Gift, however, was a disappointment. The show was technically and visually stunning, but the story and the script were very amateurish. Seriously, my middle school kids write better plot structure than that! Spectra’s Cabaret was another visually interesting piece, but with little heart and nearly no story. I kept waiting for the point of it all, only to decide in the end that the point was to stun the visual senses. Terry Christian, “Spectra” was unable to carry the show vocally, but only because his mic was much softer than the over-powering electronic music. That was a shame, because he was more interesting than anything else in that 36 million dollar space. The cruise director was... interesting. A cross between a morning radio DJ and a used car auctioneer, he lacked some of the intrinsic “class” we are used to seeing with RC. All in all, a wonderful vacation! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports the ship stopped at and shore excursions. Everything was above and beyond what we expected. The cabins, dining, entertainment and shore excursions, etc. We traveled with 3 generations in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports the ship stopped at and shore excursions. Everything was above and beyond what we expected. The cabins, dining, entertainment and shore excursions, etc. We traveled with 3 generations in the family and a few friends. The whole staff of the ship was super friendly and helpful. This was my 5th cruise, 3rd with Royal Caribbean. (I’ve been on 2 Carnival and the Sunshine was just coming out of drydock in Europe and we went on a Mediterranean Cruise. It was a great cruise also. Also went on the Carnival Magic which was the worst cruise ever.) We’ll most likely go on another Royal Caribbean Cruise in the future. Just everything about Royal Caribbean is superior to any other cruise line. The Anthem of the Seas is my new favorite ship! There are so many things to do on this ship and the multiple pools and hot tubs are a Big Plus! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We've done 4 cruises total with Royal Caribbean and I was a little hesitant to do a cruise on the Anthem after reading some of the reviews about how crowded the "mega ships" were. Our previous cruises were on the Grandeur ... Read More
We've done 4 cruises total with Royal Caribbean and I was a little hesitant to do a cruise on the Anthem after reading some of the reviews about how crowded the "mega ships" were. Our previous cruises were on the Grandeur and the Serenade which were both smaller ships. Let me say, please don't let those reviews deter you! Honestly, our experience with Royal Caribbean has always been consistent. We had just as much fun on the Anthem as on the other two smaller ships. The only time I got irritated about the crowds was at the breakfast buffet in the Windjammer, but even that seemed to work itself out after the first day. People start to go at different times and I was still able to get all the food I wanted and find a table. There was also plenty of space on the deck with the pool...maybe not right next to the pool, but there were always chairs available for sun bathing. We were a group of 7 and we always found plenty of space over by the flow rider. So, really, no issues with the crowds or space! We booked an interior cabin and were assigned an ocean view (yay!) on deck 3 just outside of the casino. Noise did not bother me at all. It was a convenient location and our stateroom attendant was wonderful and helpful. Rooms are bigger than on the Grandeur & the Serenade. Food was very good. Love the breakfast buffet (omelets and hashbrowns so good!). The main dining room was also very good and our servers were so much fun! We loved them. We ate at Jamie Oliver's one night which was delicious. Get the planks and the fresh pasta! Sorrento's & Café Promenade are open all the time if you need a late night snack after dancing in the music hall! Entertainment & Activities: My husband and friends loved the flow rider and the sky dive simulator. They had a blast doing that and, again, there were lines, but they move fairly quickly. We played ping pong and shuffle board too. The shows were good. Spectra's Cabaret had some technical difficulties so unfortunately we didn't get to see all of it and I didn't get to see The Gift either. We LOVED the Royal Swedes, a Swedish cover band. They played almost every night. The Journey cover band was also good. The Comedian, Landry, was hysterical and had us laughing the entire time. So hopefully he's still a headliner when you are On-Board. We loved the 70's party night too. Loved the gym and the spa looked great (didn't actually get a massage, but I wanted to). Service was amazing. Everyone on-board (and at the ports we went to) was so kind and helpful and fabulous. Cannot say enough good things about the service. Also everywhere we went was impeccably clean! It's hard to keep a ship with 4,000 people spotless but they manage to do that. We loved all the ports we went to. We didn't do excursions through Royal Caribbean. WE kind of did our own thing but we loved Bermuda, Saint Martin, San Juan, and Labadee Haiti (we did the kayaks through royal there and some of us did the jet skis). Absolutely would do this cruise again in a heart beat! We had the BEST time! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and not many lines do the Caribbean in May. We did enjoy our cruise but will not be choosing to do any with Royal Caribbean again. We found the Main Restaurant Menu very repetitive every ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and not many lines do the Caribbean in May. We did enjoy our cruise but will not be choosing to do any with Royal Caribbean again. We found the Main Restaurant Menu very repetitive every night - you may get one change each night ! Not very exciting. The entertainment was awful to say the least, there was one band ‘The Royal Swedes’ they were excellent and a comedian one night. If you go onboard don’t take cabin 10596 because you won’t get any sleep with the balcony door continuously rattling while at sea, we reported the problem but didn’t get very far! the cabin itself was beautiful. Also don’t bring your travel iron because they take it off you when your case gets scanned and then expect them to do your ironing at a charge per item! They do not have a laundromat on any floor. This cruise line is not for us, drink packages are encouraging too much drinking on board and lots of noise in some bars at night, which was annoying when your trying to listen to the entertainment. Bermuda excursion to Hamilton on the boat was very good, also Porto Reico highlights and shopping excursion - a beautiful mall but got very little time 1 Hr 15 mins there which was disappointing, next time I would take a taxi there it’s 25 mins max away from port, Also Manhattan Highlights with airport transfer was very good. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My family and I went on this 9 day cruise to celebrate my nieces Sweet 16. We all had a blast. This ship has so many activities for adults and kids. I especially enjoyed the North Star, RipCord, Rock Climbing and Bumper Cars. We cruised 4 ... Read More
My family and I went on this 9 day cruise to celebrate my nieces Sweet 16. We all had a blast. This ship has so many activities for adults and kids. I especially enjoyed the North Star, RipCord, Rock Climbing and Bumper Cars. We cruised 4 days, which many think it too much time on a ship but it wasn't, Royal does a great job at keeping everyone entertained. My family and I would do some activities with the kids, then head to the Schooner Bar for some great Martini's and trivia games. My mother fell in love with the hot tub and relaxing pool side while watching a movie. My husband and I had a balcony, we just loved spending time together, relaxing on the balcony while eating snacks from the cafe with some coffee. One night, we just ordered a movie and chilled before dinner. This is whats great about cruising, you make it the perfect vacation for you, whether thats reading a book, poolside or eating snacks on your balcony. Also, quick shoutout to WindJammer chefs and The Grande Restaurant, food and dessert was AMAZING, including our waiters Claudia and Vergel, and Gerald thanks guys for making our dinners amazing every night. I can't wait for my next cruise, Royal did it again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We traveled with 6 other friends. The Anthem went to Bermuda, St.Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Labadee. Our cabin was a Junior Suite with a large balcony (what a room!!). It was large enough for a pizza party for all 8 of us. The food was ... Read More
We traveled with 6 other friends. The Anthem went to Bermuda, St.Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Labadee. Our cabin was a Junior Suite with a large balcony (what a room!!). It was large enough for a pizza party for all 8 of us. The food was pretty good, but very salty. I ordered extra vegetables and sometimes the broccoli was like a salt-lick. Next time, I'll request a low-or-no-salt diet! The snorkeling in Bermuda was great, the i-Fly on the ship was cool (second time we did it), and the highlight was the zip-line in Labadee! Wanted to do it again!! The beaches are great with lots of natural shade and lounge chairs and hammocks available. I'd skip the jeep tour on St Maarten, as most of the island (French side) is wiped out and there was not much to see. The beach was fine on the Dutch side. The Vivo Beach Club in PR was beautiful and the lunch was good. Elegant, clean, and beautiful beach and pool. We had the 2nd best Pina Colladas at the bar there. We saw "We Will Rock You" for the 3rd time and it was just as good as the first two. Loved it. The Gift was pointless the first time so we did not see it again, as was Spectra. If you like Cabaret stuff I guess it would be OK. Hard to find a really good Pina Collada except in the Two-70 lounge: excellent ones there!! Brass and Bock is a nice quiet bar to meet before dinner: the waitstaff is very friendly, see Agusti for excellent service!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our second cruise on this ship. The first was over a year ago over the Christmas/New Year holidays which was fun! We drove the day before from Western NY to Newark which was "not so fun." Newark was horrible to ... Read More
This was our second cruise on this ship. The first was over a year ago over the Christmas/New Year holidays which was fun! We drove the day before from Western NY to Newark which was "not so fun." Newark was horrible to drive through even as directed by our GPS. We stayed at the Best Western Plus located near the port on International Way. This was our third stay at this hotel where we left our car for $8/day. They were most accommodating, courteous and offered shuttle service to/from the ship. The embarkation went smoothly. The ship is huge, beautiful, easy to get around and clean. The staff was courteous, friendly, helpful and cheerful. Our cabin 8712, balcony, located near the back of the ship was quite a "hike" from anything - even the elevators. Not to mention very small. We looked for life preservers but couldn't find any and asked where they were. This is scary: they were in a locked rooms in some of the public areas. How dangerous is that??? Also, the interactive TV had some good stations, but no music stations which would be nice. We are Diamond members and took little advantage of the Diamond Club located on Deck 4. As compared to our first cruise on this ship, the club was very crowded and some of the liquors offered were substandard. Although we were able to get three (3) drinks free at any bar (without dining) from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm each day off a menu with some "cheap" liquors offered. A downgrade for sure! Also, as Diamond members, we would sometimes find RCCL notebooks, slippers, flowers, fruit, lotions, creams, and other amenities on different days - small gifts of appreciation. I didn't pack a plastic beach bag because we always found a RCCL bag in our room for incidentals. Had to purchase something from the gift shop to get one. This time we got cookies, choc. covered strawberries and 4 bottles of water. That's it! Our room steward, Basil, was wonderful - hard working and eager to please. We had My-Time dining. Thought we would give this another chance. Well it was the same as last time: crowded, rushed, very generic, service was harried and not personalized and very "robotic." I think the theme in the dining rooms is: Seat'em, feed'em, and get'em out!!! The food was so-so. For sure, they are understaffed....Not a good dining experience. We landed up eating at the Windjammer for most of this cruise. The staff there was wonderful and attentive. The food was pretty good, but too much ethnic foods. They had grilled steaks and chicken breasts, both of which were small and thin and were grilled ahead of time and left to dry out on a heated pan. I asked for a freshly grilled steak and was directed to pick one of the dried out steaks.... There were quite a few activities on board - if you like bingo and trivia and trivia and more trivia. The pools were crowded and a bit scummy. The boutique(s) were expensive and void of shoppers, whereas most of the cruisers were frugal. They would do much better with more reasonable items in their shops. However, I must give kudos to RCCL for having a priest on board to say Mass - four times on that cruise. That Sunday, we had at least 200 people for Mass and all were grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This is only my second cruise and my first on Royal Caribbean so take that into consideration when reading this review. The ship is beautiful and quite large with a lot of modern features. Lots to do day and night. The entertainment is ... Read More
This is only my second cruise and my first on Royal Caribbean so take that into consideration when reading this review. The ship is beautiful and quite large with a lot of modern features. Lots to do day and night. The entertainment is endless and they have variety of classes and events for all ages. The shows were good but had some strange elements in them especially Spectra. We stayed in a cabin with an obstructed view. My first cruise I had an inside cabin so the ability to go outside and enjoy the fresh air was a treat. We had a wonderful room attendant and awesome dinning room waiters. My sister and I were traveling with two other friends who had issues with their room attendant. The food itself ranged anywhere between pretty good and ok. This was a disappointment for me since I expected it to be much better than it was. I also have to say another disappointment was the cleanliness of the ship. Most of the pubic bathrooms stalls smelled like urine and the carpets in the public areas were not always clean. All the places we ate were clean so that was a plus. Also there were some deep cleaning issues in the cabin. The overall cleanliness provided by the attendant was excellent but if you looked deeper there were things that needed attention (dirty vent underneath the cabinet for example). The amount of storage in the cabin was very good. If we had put a 3rd person in the cabin with us to sleep on the couch it would have been a bit more challenging. All the ports were enjoyable and easy to get on and off the ship. We did not book any shore excursions through the cruise line. In Bermuda, we booked and took the blue taxi and had a tour around the island with a short stop in Hamilton for some shopping and a quick swim at Horseshoe Bay at the end before heading back to the ship. Our taxi driver Skip (Dennis) knew and loved his island. In Saint Martin we took a taxi to the French side to spend a couple hours on the beach and then do a little shopping back near the port before going back on the Ship. Since we didn't arrive until after 12:30 p.m. we had little time to shop after the beach because the shops closed around 5:30. In Puerto Rico we did a walking food tour which was excellent! It's called Spoon Tour and I highly recommend it if you like history and good food. In Labadee Haiti, we took advantage of the beach and enjoyed the barbecue lunch provided. All in all we had a great time on the cruise even with some of the disappointments listed. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary from NYC. We are tired of Orlando Bahamas, and ships leaving from NY just don't have itinerary like we were used to when Princess and Carnival were regular departures. Departing ships have ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary from NYC. We are tired of Orlando Bahamas, and ships leaving from NY just don't have itinerary like we were used to when Princess and Carnival were regular departures. Departing ships have become rather pricey and offer little in the way of longer (9-12 days) Southern and Eastern Caribbean during the shoulder season, when we prefer to travel (kids in school). Embarkation traffic was typical for NY/NJ but the process to get on board went very quickly. we arrived at about 1:30pm and were on board in 20 minutes. (including parking the car). The ship still seems new after several years - this was our third sailing on Anthem. The cabins are well designed to provide plenty of storage. We had a 12th floor balcony and were very pleased. I do feel like the pillows and bed (seemed extra firm) were not to my liking. On this particular sailing the food and wait staff in Chic (5:30 seating) were far superior to what we experienced on the previous sailings. Even though it took something like 21/2 hrs to dine on average ( rather lengthy for us) we enjoyed the time together. We sailed with two 2 yr. olds - a standing order for fruit cups were ready for us each time we sat. their food was ordered and received from the galley promptly. Alan the Maitre d' met all of our needs Sophan and Yunlin were new to the wait staff and really made a personable impression on us I am sure they will get better with time, we had special orders like cheesecake plain no whipped cream no strawberry, dressing on the side --things like that would eventually get fouled up by more experienced device team but quickly sporran recovered and worked hard to get things right -- it is more than you could expect when 25,000 meals a day are served. Dennis Charles is our favorite cruise director and his new assistant Tanya is wonderful - The Royal Swedes were excellent Matt Yee for ADULTS ONLY in schooner bar had everyone singing along - the place was packed -The Journey tribute: DSB band in two70 was awesome, do not miss it. The comedians were great according to many in our group of 10 who went while we sat in the coffee shop with Latoya who was the happiest crew person ever, we changed the name of the Patisserie to Latoya's because of her passion and charm, it was our favorite place to kick back and people watch. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
23rd cruise, 18th on Royal. We enjoy this itinerary (it's the only one we've seen with a day stop in Bermuda, we like San Juan because they park in Old San Juan, we love Labadee because we do the zipline, we love St. Maarten ... Read More
23rd cruise, 18th on Royal. We enjoy this itinerary (it's the only one we've seen with a day stop in Bermuda, we like San Juan because they park in Old San Juan, we love Labadee because we do the zipline, we love St. Maarten because we love the airport). GOOD: The breakfast variety has gotten better (e.g. round oniony potatoes instead of Burger King little tots). The trivias have increased in number and variety, espcially on sea days (we love trivia). The pool movies are a good selection ("Coco", "Black Panther", "Dunkirk"). Better interaction of the TV folio and Royal IQ. The WJ host Nuur. Nice addition of the tiny wastebasket in the cabin bathroom. The stateroom attendant Jimmy (cabin 9690). BAD: I wish they'd replace the annoying toilet paper holders with a simple vertical stick. The Cafe Promenade was often out of coffee and the staff there isn't the best. The WJ lunch and dinner were repetivite, not as varied as on other ships. Seating for pool movies is awful, I actually witnessed guests arguing. The shelves above the bed are horrible for tall people (hit my head three times). There was a trivia on Labadee on the Compass, no one showed up. There was a WJ misprint one day of 6:30 for breakfast instead of 7. The shower hoses always point off to the sides due to the water pressure. The pub food is crap, even for only $4 an appetizer. The TV selection has gone downhill and they don't simultaneously air the pool movies. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship was incredible, the food, service and entertainment 5 star. The decor on the ship is outstanding, the staterooms with a small balcony are very roomy. We were very lucky with the weather not a cloud in the sky for 9 days. The ... Read More
The ship was incredible, the food, service and entertainment 5 star. The decor on the ship is outstanding, the staterooms with a small balcony are very roomy. We were very lucky with the weather not a cloud in the sky for 9 days. The island we visited was Bermuda, St. Martin, Porto Rico and Labadee. Labadee was an amazing experience, you spent all day on the beach relaxing and the crew brings picnic style lunch to enjoy. We had 4500 passengers on the ship and it didn't feel crowded, cause so many restaurants to choose from to have your meal, our breakfast was served in the Grande dining room, so it was very convenient and service was great even complementary Mimosas for breakfast were appreciated. The shows were amazing a specially Spectra, it is very unique concept involving robots. The Gift and We will Rock you were very well done, I would have to pay lots of money to see something like that back home. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Sailed with my husband and 2 other couples. We wanted to try a cruise from a port we didn't have to fly to. Have done several cruises out of Baltimore (closest to us), so New Jersey was next closest. Anthem of the Seas was the ... Read More
Sailed with my husband and 2 other couples. We wanted to try a cruise from a port we didn't have to fly to. Have done several cruises out of Baltimore (closest to us), so New Jersey was next closest. Anthem of the Seas was the biggest ship we've sailed on so far and was definitely not our cup of tea. Just too crowded. We spent a total of 4 days at sea and they were miserable. The deck chairs are packed together so tight you can barely get in and out of them. There is no peace and quiet, even in the Solarium. If you've heard people say you can't feel the ship rock on these huge ships, absolutely not true. If you think the venues are bigger on these huge ships, absolutely not true - just more of them. The shops were no better than on RC's smaller ships, same junk just more of it. The casino was twice as big and twice as stinky. They should not allow smoking ANYWHERE inside the ship and that includes the casino. Just couldn't enjoy it in there. The quality of two of the shows was supposedly outstanding, but we wouldn't know because we waited too long to make reservations and couldn't get in. This was our 10th cruise and we have never had to make a reservation before. The shows that didn't require a reservation were so-so. The Windjammer was huge and there was ample seating but the variety did not change much from day to day. Food was good but not great. There was actually lettuce that was turning brown and wilted at the salad bar one day. The staterooms (we had a balcony room with a partially obstructed view) are nice and big and have plenty of room for storing your clothes and luggage. Bathrooms are nice and shower was actually spacious. Beds, however, were miserably uncomfortable. All six of us had trouble sleeping because of the mattresses and skimpy pillows. Note to RC: Princess has you beat here. All in all, I was disappointed because I had imagined that this bigger class of ship would be a little more luxurious. The only difference however was it was crowded. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship was not as great as everyone made it sound. Everything being located in a general area made it feel overcrowded during the cruising days. You also feel like you are being herded like cattle whenever there was an event or even ... Read More
The ship was not as great as everyone made it sound. Everything being located in a general area made it feel overcrowded during the cruising days. You also feel like you are being herded like cattle whenever there was an event or even trying to get to the Windjammer dinning room (the buffet). I wouldn't do this cruise again, and when I expressed my disappointment to guest services, they did nothing to help. They apologized...but didn't help. I've filled out their post-cruise survey so we'll see if they respond and do anything about our poor experience. Getting on the ship was confusing and unclear. We were told our inline check in was fine but as soon as we tried to get on the ship they made us wait because the photo's didn't work...when they had been uploaded weeks in advance and the people at security seemed to not notice an issue. We had a balcony room, which was nice. At least we felt like we could get away. Our room attendant was amazing and worked very hard. Other staff...not so great. Many were disorganized and inexperienced. They often couldn't help us. Some staff were pushy when it came to sales. The food was awful. The quality of the food was so poor and often wasn't cooked well. Things were soggy when they were supposed to be crispy and often times not prepared well. We had such high expectations for the food and was most disappointed by that. We also made reservations for dinner every night and still had to wait 30min to get a table most nights. The food service times were inconvenient too and the room service selection was awful...and there was a charge for room service. Most of the more interesting food options were for extra charge too. Gratuity was automatically added to absolutely everything. I'm surprised they didn't charge extra for breathing. The excursions were a rip off. They charged $50/pp to take people to a beach, where if you just did it yourself it was $7/pp by the same kind of vans! The drink packages were outrageously priced and the drinks were all watered down. The internet package was just criminal! Beach chairs on the only open area were tied down and facing inward instead of the ocean...who goes on an ocean cruise and wants to sit in the sun watching people walk by? Half the pools were covered and felt like cheap community center pools. The shows were not well performed. A couple of people could really sing, and they weren't given major roles...but other people who were mediocre at best had more prominent roles. They were painful to watch. Do yourself a favor. Save your money and go with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I dislike this cruise so much I am writing this review from my deck instead of enjoying my vacation. First the food..... terrible. The quality the times that restaurants are open are both terrible. You can not get breakfast before 7am to ... Read More
I dislike this cruise so much I am writing this review from my deck instead of enjoying my vacation. First the food..... terrible. The quality the times that restaurants are open are both terrible. You can not get breakfast before 7am to 1030, lunch is at 12 to 3, dinner is 530 to 9 out side of them times you have to eat some of the worst pizza I've ever eaten in my life. How exactly does one mess up pizza?!?!?! Seems to be no sauce on it at all I've seen numerous people applying ketchup atop of it.... that should say it all right there. Them hours list above are not for only the seated dining areas but also the buffet, on Norwegian you can pretty much go eat any time you want. The food they have for lunch is "ethnic" dinner type foods from Indian to Asia to stuff like sausberry steak. No chicken tenders, grilled cheese, wings, onion rings, quesadilla, no "American" type bar foods for a quick easy food lunch. Basically I was spoiled by Norwegians O'sheehan's if you enjoyed that for lunch you will hate it here. Befour you enter the buffet they make you wash your hands in a small room with 4 sinks that have not appeared to be cleaned since day 1 I feel dirtier after 8 leave that "washey washey" room. The rest of the boat also falls short of norwegian very little out side are small over crowded pools, the attractions are always packed expect over an hour wait for the surf attraction, the IFLY is not great they dont let you fly above the instructors head he places his hand on your back to stop you from going higher. I cant not think of a single reason anyone would return to Royal caribbean after being on both norwegian and royal caribbean, norwegian is way more bang for your buck it cost less the drink packages cost WAY less the attractions are way better the food is so much better. I head someone on the boat say it's weird you dont see any other cruise ships out here to witch his friend replayed because everyone would be swimming over to it just to get off this boat. When you go to port you have maybe 6 hours on the island because the time they tell you that you dock you can not leave the boat for over an hour after that time. Very misleading.... Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I wanted a cruise that was more than 7 days; it seems that 7 just isn't enough any more; you just get relaxed and its time to go home. I would have done a 12 day but have a hard time getting something to fit in. Everything worked out ... Read More
I wanted a cruise that was more than 7 days; it seems that 7 just isn't enough any more; you just get relaxed and its time to go home. I would have done a 12 day but have a hard time getting something to fit in. Everything worked out well; we were offered an upgrade to a junior suite and we took it. The balcony made all the world of difference!! Such a nice change to have a large balcony with lounge chairs instead of just a chair. We also had a bathtub which made shaving your legs so much less dangerous. But I will tell you that the placement of the drain in the center of the tub is a bit awkward...I stepped on it, closing the drain constantly. I guess you take the good with the bad. But watch not to get your toe stuck; you can trip!. I travel with my girlfriend; we leave the husbands at home as they are both retired and choose not to travel. She and I both have busy lives, so getting away a couple times a year is great. Symphony in December is next! We enjoyed Chops for lunch very much but couldn't get back in...but we tried. We went to the American Icon Grill, had My Time Dining. Going at 5:15 got us in early enough because if you go later, you will wait in line. I found that Windjammer carried an extremely wide variety of foods completely unheard of to most people I spoke to and that was of concern to them. While understood of the need to cover a wide variety of cultures, it would seem that I had a hard time trying to find food I could eat since I didn't know what it had in it. If it would be identified, it would have helped. So I stuck to salads, chicken and other proteins I knew. The vegetables were barely cooked and I guess its all according to taste. But everything needs to be hotter; that would be my one concern and wish. We loved Bermuda; so crisp and clean. And Labadee was so relaxing; rented floating mats ($38 ea) at Nellie's Beach and just enjoyed the day. Perfect weather. DO NOT BRING extension cords!! No matter what you have read on Cruise Critic, you will not be allowed to have an extension cord or a power strip on Anthem. They will take it from you upon boarding. Why do I know this? I bring a fan...brought one on Harmony last May, brought one on Grandeur last November and I brought one May 3 on Anthem. They took it. And while there, you should have seen the extension cords, power strips, etc. that were taken. And what was the statement from every person??? We read it on Cruise Critic that there isn't enough outlets to plug in your chargers, etc. AND on top of this, we wouldn't have been able to plug the fan in anyway, since the plugs are all 3 prong. SO, do not bring these items. And also do not bring a hair dryer or an iron. These were taken as well and most people know that it is not allowed but yet so many were taken. Didn't go to any shows since we had done it on the first time we sailed with Anthem. Did notice they changed Michael's Genuine to Beer & Bock...so that restaurant has changed names. We did our rounds in the shops, checking out the goodies. Honestly, I think they should change up the goods. Its the same items each time and everyone has the same stuff. Time to move up the inventory. Let's talk about the jewelry store! We do buy jewelry in the Caribbean; everyone does! But for them to tell me there is no Kay's Fine Jewelry in the Caribbean just to make a sale is wrong. I know there is, I was just there in November where I bought a Shinola watch. She wanted to sell my friend a ring she was looking at; her quoted price wasn't good enough and we told her we would check at Kay's and she spouted "no Kay's there" and I couldn't believe my ears. Give me a decent price and we can talk. Don't lie! And I told her so! This was my 2nd Anthem cruise and I like this ship. My back is a bit achy because of the bed, but that's just me. I wish the movie rentals weren't so expensive because I like to rent movies and relax in my room late at night. We had amazing stateroom service from our steward; he was great!! Our transfer to the airport was good, no problems there. Go again!? Of course!! After being on 2 other cruise lines and experiencing their service, ships, food, etc. I still come back to RCCL. And after 30 cruises, I think they are still the best at what they do. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018

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