7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I was on Anthem of the Seas last spring and had an amazing cruise with a group of six people, which was my very first cruise. A week after being on Anthem we booked another cruise on Adventures of the Seas, this time we added two more ... Read More
I was on Anthem of the Seas last spring and had an amazing cruise with a group of six people, which was my very first cruise. A week after being on Anthem we booked another cruise on Adventures of the Seas, this time we added two more people to our group making it a total of eight people. ( 5 women and 3 men ) The women in our group all had issues with cleanliness of the rooms and not completely satisfied with their dinner meals. Overall I was pretty pleased with my cruise however the music being played throughout ship was horrible to say the least. Half of the music selection was in Spanish and the acoustics were also terrible and even worse if someone was trying to make an announcement over the speakers. I found that the selection of music that I could actually understand ( English ) wasn't upbeat at all and the few songs played that were actually good songs were actually depressing songs. One would think being on a cruise the cruise director would want everyone to be upbeat and cheerful. Perhaps my next cruise I'll have to make sure to bring my own music and entertain myself. The staff on Adventures of the Seas, were all very nice and professional from my experiences with them however the crew didn't appear to be happy. Which was the complete opposite from Anthem of the Seas, their staff was very enthusiastic, fun and entertaining. Before disembarking Adventures of the Seas we stopped by the Next Cruise desk and to our surprise the next cruise offer was twice the price for one less day than the current cruise. Needless to say not one of the eight people in out group was up for paying double, so we will look for other options for our next cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We are seasoned cruisers with 47 under our belt. We love cruising and it is obvious by having a majority of our vacations since 1995 have been on the high seas. Eleven have been with Celebrity and this has been our third on the Summit. The ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers with 47 under our belt. We love cruising and it is obvious by having a majority of our vacations since 1995 have been on the high seas. Eleven have been with Celebrity and this has been our third on the Summit. The last time was in August 2014. • Embarkation – Being from northern New Jersey we love the convenience of Cape Liberty. They have been making continuous improvements to the facilities. The elimination of the need to use buses with a direct check in and boarding the vessel in the same structure was a very big plus. Baggage and passenger drop off was very smooth and efficient. We were met by a representative who checked out our boarding documents and without delay we were directed to the handicap line where there were about four people ahead of us. Since along with using a walker we were Elite and Concierge Class patrons we had three lines to use. Both the Elite and Concierge lines were empty we elected to take the easy route. The facility was clean and the personnel were most amiable. We give place a 5 star rating. • Boarding - Upon entering the ship we were informed that we were free to drop off any luggage in our cabin. This was a very nice touch. Our visit to the Concierge Lunch was also a very nice touch with the absence of the crowding and having a welcome Bloody Mary. • The Cabin – We were in cabin 9201, a C1 on the back of the ship. The décor was very pleasing to the eye. It was spacious with plenty of living and storage space. But the balcony was simply great. There were two lounge chairs, two high back chairs, two tables, and room to dance. Room was 9’ x 23’ and the balcony was 16’ x 9’ enough said. Of course, like any good cruise ship the shower was small. • Our room attendant - We met our cabin steward and mentioned that the refrigerator was not working and within an hour the problem was solved. Our steward kept everything in order and very clean. He was excellent. • The main dining room – Contrary to high standard enjoyed by the Celebrity line this main dining room experience failed. Initially, our assigned table configuration and time slot were unbelievably screwed up. We requested a 6 PM seating with a table of 10. We were assigned a 5:15 PM on a table for 10 with two other couples. One couple had a 5:30 assigned time and the other had a 5:45 PM time. Compound this with the fact one couple had requested a table for two because they were on their anniversary cruise and the other found that it was impossible to enjoy the Elite Cocktail Party that ran from 5 to 7. Both couples left the table and we were joined by three other people, This left a large table for having only 5 people. In ten meals two were very good and eight were terrible. I once went for a roast turkey meal expecting that they could not screw it up. Well they did. The cold fruit soups which at one time were a signature part of the meal were absent. Meals arrived cold. We were most disappointed with the main dining room experience. • The Ocean View Cafe - For breakfast and lunch there was a very wide variety of well prepared offerings. The bakery had a very fine selection of very good breads. The only problem was you must plan your meal by doing a preliminary pass to explore the many options available to you. But without any reservations, I highly recommend the buffet. • The crew - The ships staff, without exception, was courteous, friendly, and extremely helpful. There was an offer of three free drinks at the ships bars for thos who couldn’t make the Elite Cocktail Party. The bar tenders did a get job serving our needs. • The entertainment – Most shows were very good. Not Broadway quality but decent enough to make them pleasurable. • Debarkation – This went super smooth. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I took my teen son on this cruise from Bayonne during the NYC Schools spring break. It was just the two of us -- my husband had to work. We shared a twin bedded balcony cabin on the 11 deck, midship. On arrival our beds were not ... Read More
I took my teen son on this cruise from Bayonne during the NYC Schools spring break. It was just the two of us -- my husband had to work. We shared a twin bedded balcony cabin on the 11 deck, midship. On arrival our beds were not separated but our cabin steward took care of this while we explored the ship in the afternoon. I'd already booked the bogo for dinners before boarding so we had dinner on night one at Chops and night two at Jaime's. Both meals were good and service was good but a downside was that the teen meet/greet was this first night and at the same time as our dinner. My son never did make friends on board and I felt badly that I did not know in advance that this was going to happen. I would have scheduled the meal much earlier. We did have a strange thing happen at Chops. The waiter could not answer a simple question about the wine. He was unwilling to find me someone who could answer my question. I ultimately did not order the wine. I mentioned it to a ship services person and someone from restaurant services tracked me down at Jaime's to answer the question. I also got a call in my cabin the next day from someone else making sure my question was answered. It was a little overkill but I wouldn't have said no to a glass of wine, which I didn't get. We went to our standing res. at the main dining room on night 3. Everything was great but the waiter, busboy and restaurant manager for our section gave me grief about not coming to the main dining room on nights 1 and 2. I had to apologize. It was strange. The ship should notify the main dining room when passengers have other reservations. It should not come as a surprise .. we are all on the same ship. On night 4 we had dinner in Wonderland and enjoyed it a lot. We enjoyed the shows -- and yes some shows were postponed due to the rocky seas -- better that than someone get hurt. I watched another performance from two of the singers instead. Great voices. We Will Rock You was terrific and we even went back to see the ending a second time. There are so many activities on board -- particularly great for active kids and teens. I really liked that there were so many music venues on board in addition to all the shows. Small complaint that there is no proper library on board. While there is a place marked library -- when I got there -- there was a group playing mah jong -- which is fine but not quiet. Also -- there is piped ship music going on and no doors on the space so at one point there was teens running through. We did have some rough weather and two sick passengers. It's unfortunate but nothing that could be helped. I was glad we both started taking bonine two days in advance of the cruise and were both fine but heard others that were not prepared or fine. In Bermuda we took the $7 one way shuttle to the horseshoe bay beach .. We both got sunburned... the water was cold but not too cold and we were in it quite a bit ... Temps were in the low 70's but the sun is strong! We walked past the crowds to the less crowded beaches and even further to where there were less than 5 people. We had lunch from the counter there and took the shuttle back to the ship. The next day we stayed in the area and explored the storefronts and the little beach there. In Boston we booked the ship's excursion on the Old Town Trolley but because the immigration time had changed due to a later arrival -- our excursion left without us. I'm still not sure how that happened as we were repeatedly told to move everything forward an hour and our immigration time was at 9 -- so we went closer to 10 - which was the time the announcement called us there. It only took 15 minutes but when we went to the meeting place for the excursion (and met another family that had done the same), there was no one there. We went outside and were told that the last trolley left at 10am. I'm guessing that those other folks just skipped the immigration processing? Not sure what to make of it. The cruise rep took our tickets and promised a refund before we got back to the ship -- and he delivered. We walked to the make shift sales tent from Old Town Trolley and bought tickets directly and got on a trolley within 5 minutes. We stayed on board for a couple of hours and then walked to the north end for pizza and cannoli. The ship will not allow you to bring back unwrapped food so don't be like the many other folks who brought backed baked goods and had to dump them at the security desk. I knew better but many did not ... They've complained on the boards and I expect reviews to come may include that info here. Granted the ship could do a better job of reminding people that they can't bring fresh food on board -- but I googled, can I bring baked goods on board the ship -- and easily found this info. Getting off the ship was a breeze as we'd already done immigration in Boston. Yes, we arrived the night before and while another reviewer complained -- we were told it was due to a sick passenger who needed to get off board asap. An ambulance met the ship on Friday night. When we pulled in I got the most beautiful pictures of the Verrazano Bridge and the NYC skyline at night. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We wanted to try a local embarkation port. We wanted to see Bermuda. It was a birthday/anniversary celebration so we did 3 specialty restaurants. Wonderland was a great experience, the food was a little too eccentric for our taste. The ... Read More
We wanted to try a local embarkation port. We wanted to see Bermuda. It was a birthday/anniversary celebration so we did 3 specialty restaurants. Wonderland was a great experience, the food was a little too eccentric for our taste. The service in Jaimie's was great, the had a great surprise birthday presentation/celebration. Food was okay. Now Chops was amazing service, food & atmosphere, we could eat there every night. The ship is a different feel, the technology on this ship is so fun. We really liked the layout of the ship. Plenty to do. They have handwashing stations at Windjammer in addition to purell. The cruise Director Dennis does an amazing job. You saw Dennis and Macy everywhere. Staff as always was amazing. The shows are awesome on this ship. Loved "Spectra Cabernet". My husband is not a big show person, but you could see on his face he really enjoyed this show. He is a big technology person so this was the perfect show for him Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
It was a gift from our children for our 50th anniversary.. easy on we were on the 13th floor right under the pool. First night was terrible, they were doing repairs above us and were moving things around all night. Did not get any sleep.. ... Read More
It was a gift from our children for our 50th anniversary.. easy on we were on the 13th floor right under the pool. First night was terrible, they were doing repairs above us and were moving things around all night. Did not get any sleep.. called guest services and was told I could get another room.. it was three days when I got another room .they told us they shampooed the rug and it had to dry. Happy we changed room. My tour was cancelled and one show cancelled.. we got a different tour and they corrected show.. after that everything went well. Our cabin workers were great Johnaton and Rosnet.. dining room was very nice and our waiter Jhonny and I Nengah were great. The workers in the dining rooms are hard working and do a great job. Entertainment was great all around. Shows very entertaining and games fun. Service was excellent Ports are good. Cape Canaveral very interesting. NASA. Coco bay awesome.. Bahamas junkaroo beach very rocky... long walk tho beach. Lots of shopping. Debarking easy.. been on royal Caribbean before and debarking was terrible. A lot better this time. Over all it was a very nice trip. Would go again but different ports. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Cruised 3/30 to 4/6 from Cape Liberty NJ on the Anthem of the Seas. Ports of call were Port Canaveral Florida, Cocoa Cay and Nassau. Booked a Grand Suite (Cabin #8236) and was very much looking forward to the trip. This was our 9th ... Read More
Cruised 3/30 to 4/6 from Cape Liberty NJ on the Anthem of the Seas. Ports of call were Port Canaveral Florida, Cocoa Cay and Nassau. Booked a Grand Suite (Cabin #8236) and was very much looking forward to the trip. This was our 9th cruise overall and 4th on Royal Caribbean. Let's start with embarkation at Port Liberty. Organized and efficient but the Teal Sweater Brigade know nothing about cruise status. What I mean by that is when you book a cruise in a Suite or pay to be a Key guest or are just a frequent RC cruiser, there are certain perks... shorter security line, quicker check in, etc. Teal Sweater Brigade continually dumps people in the general line without even asking to see their cabin or cruise status. Not a major inconvenience, but I had to tell them we could go in the shorter security line. Then when we got through security, we were placed in the general check-in line. I pointed out to the Teal Sweater talking to me that we were in a Suite and could go to the Suite check-in line. It seemed like this was new information to her. Again - not a huge inconvenience, just a bit annoying that I had to keep pointing this out. Once on board, we were able to go to Coastal Kitchen for a quick bite of lunch while we waited for our cabin to be ready. Coastal Kitchen was fantastic and the wait staff was just tremendous the entire time we were on board. Shortly after 1pm we went down to our cabin and it was prepared and ready for a week's vacation. The location of this cabin is perfect. Right off the rear elevator stack - convenient to everything. And being on deck 8 was great because you could easily use the stairs to go up or down when the elevators were busy. Let me address the title of my review now. On all of our past cruises we had a fantastic time and were treated like royalty. The staff on the ships couldn't do enough for us and anticipated our needs like they were mind readers. This time out the staff was good. Not great or outstanding but solidly competent and did a really good job of taking care of us. But it just wasn't the usual level of excellence. It could have been the crew, they might have been new to the ship or maybe the cruise line is making cuts that are starting to show. Hard to say. For example... there's always been a language barrier but the crew were always well versed in their specific area of expertise. I may not be able to ask a waiter about the casino, but the waiter knew all of the foods, what allergies were and the different types of liquor that were available. I must have asked a dozen waiters in different restaurants for a Bacardi Oakheart and Coke. The short version is an Oak and Coke. Not one understood what I wanted and delivered some interesting drinks in its place, but none of them were Bacardi Oakheart and Coke. This was somewhat confusing because it was on this same ship three years ago when we sailed to New England and Canada (awesome cruise by the way if you ever get the chance) that they told me I could order it by calling it an Oak and Coke. Not a big deal, but it made ordering drinks a little difficult. My wife wanted a glass of Cabernet by Robert Mondavi. Tried unsuccessfully to order it by name and literally had to point to the wine in the menu. I would think that the language of one's job would be taught to them by the other staff and by RC. Again, it could've been just this crew or maybe RC is cutting corners. Not sure. All of the food was excellent but they did make a small change since we sailed with them last time. On the Anthem of the Seas, you would rotate through the four dining rooms (Grande, Chic, Silk and American Icon) with varied menus. Now they all serve the same food and you can sit wherever you like. We use the MyTime dining, so the only place we couldn't eat was Grande because that was for the fixed meal times. We also made use of the Windjammer Cafe and the food was quite good. I will say the bus staff was a little slow at cleaning tables. Often there were many (9 or 10) tables within eye sight that remained dirty for upwards of 30 minutes. Things didn't work like this in the past. It's possible RC cut back on the bus staff or they just weren't good at their jobs. Everything else was wonderful. Our cabin attendant Agus was great. Took very good care of us and kept our cabin spotless. Only two towel animals during the cruise which disappointed me because I really get a kick out of those. We sailed to Alaska on the Radiance a few years back and our cabin steward did such a good job, we kept all of the towel animals in our room for the whole cruise. We had an entire menagerie by the end of the week. Ports of call were very good. Port Canaveral was excellent because we got to go to Kennedy Space Center. We had done this excursion before when we cruised on the Crown Princess but I would never miss a chance to go to Kennedy. Great tour and always educational. Second port of call was Cocoa Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island. What's not to like. Sun drenched beaches, blue skies, 85 degree weather, alcohol, food and water. We had an awesome time that day. The Suite guests do get to go to a VIP area and enjoy an upscale BBQ. So rather than hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and ribs, we were able to have lobster tails, steak and corn on the cob. Very nice touch! And our final port of call was Nassau. I'd never been there before and it was every bit as beautiful as I imagined. We had a lovely time walking through town and checking out the shopping and bars. Overall a great time. Then two days at sea to get home. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I booked this “8 Night Bahamas” cruise in March of 2018 shortly before the work of the new Coco Cay was first announced. It was my second cruise ever, both have been with Royal Caribbean (we went on the Freedom of the Seas ... Read More
My wife and I booked this “8 Night Bahamas” cruise in March of 2018 shortly before the work of the new Coco Cay was first announced. It was my second cruise ever, both have been with Royal Caribbean (we went on the Freedom of the Seas last February 2017 with our 2 children, my parents, and some friends from work), but this was our first cruise without our 2 children. Another plus side was that St. Patrick’s Day was occurring during our time on the ship which we thought was going to be very fun. We decided that we would get the beverage package this time and my wife was set to swim with dolphins so that was a "Must Happen." Then I selected the Kayak/Snorkel Combo in Coco Cay. Leading up to our cruise was hectic, we had a lot of unknowns going on throughout the year due to a waiting process for me for a job with a state law enforcement agency and my wife starting a new job herself. About a week before the cruise we were all set and knew for sure that it was all going to work out. However, then the email came in informing us that Coco Cay was no longer going to be a stop for us and we would be going to Miami instead. This turned our “8 Night Bahamas” cruise into a Florida cruise basically, due to us already having a stop in Port Canaveral. Getting onto the ship was VERY fast. We drove from Upstate NY to Newark, NJ the night before departure and stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Airport. Our room was a park and go package so we were able to leave our vehicle at the hotel for the duration of the cruise for no additional cost. The morning of the cruise we simply took an Uber to the cruise port (left the hotel around 1050, got to the port around 1120), were dropped off, and went through the steps. I believe we were on the ship by 1130 and our room was in fact ready at 1300 as we were told with all of our bags already there. Our first few cruise days on the ship were fun. Exploring things to do, places to hang out at, bars to check out, etc. It was also a busy one because we had pre booked a time on the first day with the Ripcord skydive simulator and also purchased the 3 night dining package to try some of the specialty restaurants (we LOVE to try new food options). We bought the bracelet watch things to give us access to our room and also be used for drinks, it was about $4-$5 each. At the end of the cruise we both decided that we probably wouldn’t purchase them again. Getting off of the ship at ports you MUST HAVE your sea card so I usually carried them around with me anyway. The watches were mostly convenient if your hands were full trying to get into the room. With the 3 night dining package our first night was pre booked for us, the other nights we had to schedule. This was somewhat of a pain, the service member helping us just seem to be saying “Yes” to everything we wanted to do without looking into anything. So we booked all of our specialty dining the first day, for day 1, 2, and 3 (We changed the days eventually to space them out a couple of days later and it was fine and easy). Our first day we departed and went under the VZ Bridge which was VERY cool, definitely get to a top deck to see that, and it was great having an AMAZING view of the city while we went by. Later that day we were scheduled to do the Ripcord skydive simulator. THIS WAS AWESOME! I wish we scheduled more times throughout the cruise because we both had A LOT of fun but you only get 1 minute of flying time. I HIGHLY recommend scheduling this. Also, our first night dining was at Wonderland. We were not sure about this specialty dining restaurant. Prior to our cruise we read GREAT reviews but it seemed gimmicky. We figured it was our first night and that if it was bad, so what, and if it was good then great… IT WAS EPIC! Haha, Our waiter Vladan was awesome, made the dinner that much more enjoyable. The portions were small, but got bigger as you started from Appetizer to Entrée. I wish we did this again during our cruise. They had us select 3 dinners, which came with 3 appetizers, which came with 3 desserts. All were great, both of use were very satisfied at the end. Day 2 was more laid back, we checked out more areas of the ship, Two 70, Brass & Bock, the Solarium (we hung out for 3 hours) and then eventually made our way to dinner in the main dining hall. Dinner was good, it was formal night. One of our waitress seemed newer so she wasn’t very personable, and taking photos on this ship was weird. We planned to buy the photo package but towards the end decided not too. They made us do a lot of odd poses that we felt made the photos look cheesy. Day 3 was St. Patty’s Day, we had bought custom shirts before the cruise and I was very excited haha. We spent a good majority of the day at the Schooner Bar, met up with a GREAT couple and another GREAT family from a facebook group that was set up by some people we found prior to our cruise. Also, the Schooner bar has a lot of the trivia games and what not it is very convenient. On this day we also did the North Star which was great, and we tried lunch at one of the dining halls that was also enjoyable. We ended up checking out Brass & Bock for a while, they have a great selection of beer. I tend to enjoy IPAs and they have plenty. Also, Nazarii was our bartended, the guy is a savage. Works likes crazy, and is still super personable. He recommended beers, talked with us every chance he got, just a great guy, and worker. We ate at the main dining hall again this night and it was enjoyable. Day 4 was our stop in Port Canaveral. Gloomy day, but we figured get off the ship and check out some stuff. So we took a shuttle from the port into town and at lunch at this place called the Sandbar Sports Grill - it was good, they have great fish tacos. We also took time to go to some shops to get family members some things and then it began to rain so we went back to the ship and hung out in the Solarium again (about 4 hours). After we hit dinner at the main dining hall again and it was still good. Day 5… Miami… Gloomy… Rain… ALL DAY… SUPPOSED TO BE COCO CAY! It was a bummer to say the least. In all honesty, I wasn’t THAT upset about Coco Cay, some people were SUPER pissed - to the point it was ridiculous. My feeling was I was with my wife, away from work for a week. HOWEVER - I feel the way Royal Caribbean handled the change was very, VERY, poor. The only option they gave us was a free shuttle to and from the port to Bayside market place, and to and from South Beach. Our bummer with not being in Coco Cay was having the drink package that we could have used on the island and the fact that they would be serving us food. Now we got stuck in Miami on a rainy day - literally didn’t stop - And now had to spend more money on food if we didn’t eat on the ship, and drinks. I understand that we could have ate on the ship, but we just spent all of that time on it we just wanted to stretch our legs. We did take advantage of the shuttles and check out both areas. Bayside is literally a row of shops and South Beach was pointless due to no nice weather. I feel that Royal should have compensated us with on board credit maybe in the form of one day per person for the drink package and maybe one day per person to eat at one of their specialty restaurants. It is what it is, and like people pointed out it was raining there was probably raining in Coco Cay too haha. We made the best we could out of a lame option. This night we ate at our second specialty dining Chops Grille. It was OK - in our opinion NOT BETTER than Wonderland. However the mushroom soup we got was delicious and our steaks were cooked perfectly. Our dining experience was ruined a little though due to a couple behind us that came in MUCH later than we did. They must’ve been in a higher up suite compared to our balcony room because the maitre de cam in apologizing about a bottle of wine they ordered and stated that it was corrected once they saw their room number. Whatever their status was killed it because they ended up getting all of their food served before we were served ours. I don’t complain much about service but it was literally like we were forgotten about. Day 6 was Nassau Bahamas. THANK YOU! The sky cleared up, our excursion was to swim with dolphins at Blue Lagoon and it all went PERFECT! Blue Lagoon was great, almost literally its own private island. We took about a 30-45 minute tender boat to get there, totally worth it. The crew was great, they had drinks on board. Swimming with dolphins made my wife’s week, probably year haha. Sun was out - I got burned by it didn’t even care. We went back to the ship once the day there was over, showered, changed and went back into Nassau. Nassau is, not great. The little shops were already closed around 1700 even though we were still scheduled to be in port until 2200. We attempted a few stores on the first main street but didn’t do much else. I don’t like people bothering me on vacation so we ended up getting back to the ship around 1900. Dinner at the dining hall again was good and tonight was the RED Dance Party in Two 70. It was a little weird, Two 70 was PACKED but it was a bunch of people that came to sit and watch everyone that danced - a little weird. We went out for a few songs but headed out when it was over. The ship had some other surprises during though that was cool. Day 7 was a rough day at sea. The ship was ROCKING. We started the morning with the sushi rolling class which was fun, but my wife was bothered A LOT by the movement of the ship and she spent a lot of this day in the room. The night was the final formal night with prime rib and lobster tails for dinner - both delicious. Day 8 I got the call and accepted from the job I was waiting on in the morning before we tried lunch at Jamie’s Italian, so that was a great way to start the day. I liked it a lot - got stuck behind the same high class couple from Chops, but that was entertaining. However the food was good - again, nothing beat our experience at Wonderland. The weather was great so we tried to enjoy the upper pool areas a little. Much colder though so we hung out in the indoor pool area and then walked around some more. Two 70 had a Philharmonic music session that I liked, she wasn’t a fan, but Two 70 is a different entity of its own. That was our last dining night so we did Izumi. We liked it but we have a sushi place in our town that we a super biased towards so it was our best experience. HOWEVER I love Sapporo beer and they had it, that was awesome. Day 9 we got off the ship VERY fast, hopped in an Uber and headed back to the hotel to pick up our car. I have family that lives in Staten Island so we went there for a few hours and had lunch (Got some real pizza) prior to driving home. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I always choose Royal Caribbean and love the longer cruises , 9 to 12 days. We had a great time on this cruise from start to finish. We were traveling with my husband's brother and his wife. We boarded at Cape ... Read More
My husband and I always choose Royal Caribbean and love the longer cruises , 9 to 12 days. We had a great time on this cruise from start to finish. We were traveling with my husband's brother and his wife. We boarded at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. Everything went smoothly. Very short wait. We had lunch pre-reserved at chops grille. It was too early for our reservation when we boarded, so we went to sit pool side and we were greeted by Prince Charles. He turned out to be our favorite pool side attendant for the 12 days. It was always fun in the neighborhood when he was present. We also had the pleasure of seeing him working in the Royal Theatre. Always professional and friendly. Our next stop was Chops Grille for lunch. Service was a little slow probably due to first day. We had the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection and was tender and delicious. We had a muster drill aboard the ship..our station was Jaime's Italion which was quite crowded and was a glitch in the safety film being shown. Speaking of Jamie's Italion..We ate lunch there the next to the last day. It was fantastic from appetizers to desert. Will definitely be going there again next cruise. Our waiter was great, unfortunately I can't remember his name. Our cabin was on deck 10. A special shout out to our room attendant ANAK WIJAYA. We had a balcony stateroom that was immaculate and all our needs were met. As all the staff on Anthem, he was friendly and professional. We had our dinners in the MDR. We had the greatest staff in the Grande ,table 338. FATIMA the head waiter was attentive to everyone's needs. She made sure she stopped at all her tables in the area to greet everyone and see if any concerns. EVERTON our waiter and RAYNOLD our assistant waiter were excellent. After the first night, they had our likes and dislikes and were able to meet all our needs ( without us even having to ask). They were both friendly, professional and fun. We looked forward to dinner every night. We had breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer and had the pleasure of seeing FATIMA and RAYNOLD there also. They were working hard as usual. We also enjoyed all the headliner shows and the show Spectre Cabaret in 270 and the play We will Rock You in the Royal Theatre. We were on anthem before, so saw Spectre and We Will Rock You before. We loved them as if we were seeing for first time. They were Great! One of the headliner shows in the Royal Theatre was Ronn Lucas a ventriloquist. My husband Brian was the "dummy." My family and I could not stop laughing. ( My husband was a good sport about it.) It was a night to remember. Before i end my review, I can't forget to give a shout out to bar attendant UPENDRA in Boleros. My family and I love Sangria and Boleros was the only place we could find it. (Although Prince Charles made sure we had in Royal Theatre). Upendra made sure we got our Sangria before and with dinner. He even made sure he had delivered to MDR on evenings we had no time to stop at Boleros before dinner. He definitely went above the call of duty and made our cruise extra special. Last but not least a shout out to our CD Dennis Charles and activities director Hannah. They did a great job. Look forward to seeing them in the future. We can not wait to cruise again!! The only complaint we did have was, We were talked into an all you can eat surf and turf at Chops Grille (filet mignon and lobster tails). We were approched in Sorrentinos to purchase. We figured would try again because food was good first day. Again the service was slow, and we had to look for waiter to give us coffee with dessert. The main course was buffet style. The filet mignon was very rare and we were afraid to eat it and the lobster tails were stuffed. The tails had more stuffing then lobster meat. Was definitely not worth the money. However, the cruise itself was fantastic and as I said before can't wait to cruise again. I hope this review was helpful to someone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We had a great ri,e the foodmusic, food and staff were great I would like to acknowledge our cabin attendent Melvin he was aoways above and beyound expectations we were on deck 12 cabin 278 Our dininf room staff were tremendous We were ... Read More
We had a great ri,e the foodmusic, food and staff were great I would like to acknowledge our cabin attendent Melvin he was aoways above and beyound expectations we were on deck 12 cabin 278 Our dininf room staff were tremendous We were in the geand Our head wairter was Rahesh he was awesoe the best head wairee we have ever had our waiter was Terry from Mauritius he was awesome. our assostant waiter was Atchawadeefrom Thialand she was great. In the theathre Himanshu took care of me above and beyond This was the best cruise I have been on The shows were great The group the Royal swedes were tremwndous so talented and sweet. The chops grille was great However Jamies Italiam was less then adequate They did nit serve enough Italian food. The Guest services were always very helpful. The solarium and the soarium cafe were wonderful. Bollares night club allowed very young children late at night and I found that in appropiate Loved the music hall 270 was awesome! Thank you Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We arrived to the port early. We beat the traffic and had a minimal wait before being allowed on board. We had lunch booked for Jamie's at 1:00pm but switched it for noon when we got on board. I highly recommend this. Not only were we ... Read More
We arrived to the port early. We beat the traffic and had a minimal wait before being allowed on board. We had lunch booked for Jamie's at 1:00pm but switched it for noon when we got on board. I highly recommend this. Not only were we the only people in Jamie's, the food was delicious, and it beats how hectic the Windjammer can get the first day. It was a relaxing, fun way to kick off our trip and our waiter, Octavian was incredible. Our room was ready after our lunch and Muster drill shortly after that. The crew: I can't say enough about the crew on this ship. Everyone we encountered was friendly, helpful, hardworking, and nothing short of amazing. Our room steward, Edward, was wonderful. Very friendly. We chatted on occassion and loved bumping into him and other workers on the 12th floor! Such a great bunch of guys! Our waiter, Elizabeth, and assistant waiter, Deepak, were by far my favorite of any ship I've sailed on. Anyone would be lucky to be seated in their section. Very attentive and constantly went above and beyond to give us the best dining experience every night. Not only that but they were so friendly and genuine. Really awesome people. We didn't eat in the Windjammer often but when we did, I was constantly amazed and awed by how attentive the staff was. Please wash your hands before entering! Entertainment: Spectra's was our favorite. A very fun show to watch. We also really enjoyed Vocal Extreme and the comedians. WWRY wasn't my cup of tea, but a lot of people seemed to like it. And it's impressive and clear how hard the performers work to put on a show like that. Royal Swedes and DSB played on our ship. Unfortunately, unless you arrived pretty early, no seats were really available. We tried going once to these shows but gave up. They played often during the 12 nights but we decided to keep busy with other things. Too crowded and I didn't feel like arriving 30 minutes or more to an event to get a seat. Cruise Compass: We loved trivia. And they had it often. It wasn't always listed as trivia. Sometimes it would just say, staff activity. Some trivia was busier than others. We tried arriving about 10 minutes prior to get a seat. On occassion we had to stand but we still stayed. A few people had to be told to put their phones away while playing, we thought it was foolish that they were trying to cheat. Regardless it was a lot of fun. We even participated in the scavenger hunt. There was definitely a nice range of activities. We really only participated in trivia, a scavenger hunt, and some of the late night entertainment. The guitarist in the pub was outstanding! Cabin: We had an interior on deck 12. We found it to be large enough. We didn't spend much time there. Plenty of storage room. We didn't even use all the space given! And the beds and pillows were great. We have a soft bed at home and had no trouble with the firmness of the bed in our room. Food: We ate mostly in the MDR. Breakfast was great as was lunch. We didn't miss a dinner there. Minus our first lunch at Jamie's, we didn't eat in any other specialty dining areas. Food is delicious elsewhere so we didn't see the need. Dinner in the MDR was great. I'm a vegetarian and was pleased with the options. My boyfriend, a foodie and a meateater, had a wonderful experience every night. He always had positive things to say about the food and he ordered and tried quite a bit! We did the Solarium for breakfast on occassion. We found it less busy. Sure, there is a limited selection, but there was still more than enough to choose from. Solarium/Pool decks: I knew before going on the ship that the pool deck and solarium can get pretty busy. I was even worried about "the chair hogs" I heard so much about. The nice thing about the chair hogs though is they tend to stay away from the top deck. It was pretty easy finding a spot to relax on the top deck. Usually toward the front or back of the ship. And it's quieter in those places too! Chair hogs also tend to disappear from each location, even the solarium, starting around 4. Some nights we had the Solarium and even the hot tubs all to ourselves. We thought it was silly to get up early to fight over loungers and pillows. Why do that when you can get the whole place to yourself in the evening? It's still unfortunate that some people feel the need to stake their claim over a whole row of chairs, but we found it easy to find other, better places to relax. Any time of the day. The itinerary is great. I was bummed to hear that Barbados is getting taken off the same cruise next year. Beautiful islands. We loved them all. Overall the ship is beautiful, fun, and we can't wait to go back on her. We were worried about the crowds but it was never really a huge problem. Only disappointment was some of the passengers. Only a tiny few. But they seemed to have forgotten their manners. Niceness goes a long way and it's unfortunate that people forget this. We didn't let this damper our trip and we still can't stop thinking about the awesome time we had onboard and off! We didn't buy the beverage package and didn't see the need. We were more than satisfied by the tea, water, lemonade, fruit juices, and coffee available. Getting off and on the ship was an absolute breeze. No stress for 12 full days. The Anthem is great. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We choose this cruise to experience a bigger ship and to have some winter sunshine. From the moment we arrived at Bayonne every thing was as smooth as silk. Check in was fast, efficient and exciting. From the second our feet were on board ... Read More
We choose this cruise to experience a bigger ship and to have some winter sunshine. From the moment we arrived at Bayonne every thing was as smooth as silk. Check in was fast, efficient and exciting. From the second our feet were on board we could see exactly where the millions and millions were spent on the ship. No expense spared here. As usual staff were outstanding, food excellent and service well just second to none. Every single staff member was so good at their jobs. All remembered our names and would always address us when we went into the restaurant and to the bars. Marco in the Pub is outstanding at his job and he works so hard. The staff in the bar 270 again fantastic at their jobs as were the Solarium bar staff. Jonathan our room Stewart is so good at his job. The trips we booked were all great. Thank you so much everyone you gave us a fabulous fabulous holiday that we won't ever forget. We are already booked again for a different cruise next year. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall it is a nice ship and the entertainment and shows were top notch!!!! The food in the dining room was good but offered very little changes in menu. I would have liked to have had key lime pie offered during the 8 days but was not ... Read More
Overall it is a nice ship and the entertainment and shows were top notch!!!! The food in the dining room was good but offered very little changes in menu. I would have liked to have had key lime pie offered during the 8 days but was not available. The servers were new but after a slow start on the first day they were very good!!!!!!! The Head Waiter - Merri Chris was awesome as well as Rodion and Maksim!!!! They made it very special and always ensured that everything was good!!!!! I feel they went above 100%!!!! Merri Chris is probably the Best in the Business.......she was spot on in Customer Service!!! Lots to do on the ship too including flying, dodge em cars, roller skating, movies on the big screen, break out room, North Star that takes you high up over the ship and a wonderful Band called Switched On...probably the Best I have heard on any cruise ship!!!!!! Thanks, Alan! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This ship should really listen to what their customers say!!! Alot of people understand that formal night is not for everyone but dressing in singlet tops and shorts for dinner - dressing like this is totally unacceptable. So Royal ... Read More
This ship should really listen to what their customers say!!! Alot of people understand that formal night is not for everyone but dressing in singlet tops and shorts for dinner - dressing like this is totally unacceptable. So Royal Caribbean listen to what we are saying, a dress code is for everyone not some arrogant people. I found the food ok for dinner, we went in Silk and Wonderland, but wait for the deals it’s well worth it. Food in the windjammer is ok, 1 thing I don’t understand is the boy and the little toaster, poor man is stressed out to hell, give him a bigger toaster!! The entertainment is brilliant, went to the shows not sure I understood The Gift. Our room was lovely and big, nice shower. The guys in the jewellery shop are great we had a good deal - Imran thank you ☺️ Loved the drinks robot Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category ... Read More
This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category (get it before they do a complete makeover in 2019)...plus, we had our own padded headboards (per bed) unlike many other cruise lines. Thelma, our room stewardess was so wonderful and underrated...she deserves to be a butler someday. she made sure that everything was absolutely perfect. As for the food in the main dining room, the food was so excellent...I just had to get a recipe or two. The spa café was nothing but perfect and the buffet was decent (except for afternoon tea when the food was excellent every single time). The specialty dinning was excellent but Tuscan Grille and a Taste of Film were the best out of all of them. Tuscan Grille made me feel like I was in Italy without having to go there. Taste of Film was spot on...I saw Chef and they made their own twist on dishes from the film. As for the Spa and Fitness center there, I have been to better places than that except for their indoor spa pool but maybe next year when they do the ship over I will fully utilize it. The indoor and outdoor pools were amazing. You just have to see any of their shows but most especially..."Chandelier" where they do a good show within the whole nine yards including aerobatics. Of course, I did plenty of shopping during this past cruise but St Martin is the best place to shop for duty free alcohol and liquor. The Cruise Critic event at the casino was spot on despite not winning anything but I had a great time...the casino on this ship's pay out was decent but not as much as the main land casinos. As for the shore excursions, we did everything from the cruise line. In St Martin, we did the St Martin Beach Rendezvous as our first shore excursion. We had a wonderful tour guide and she showed us the entire Dutch side of the island. After that, we went to Simpson's Bay Beach that had nearly crystal blue waters except for the seaweed. The tour included a tour of the Dutch side of the island, a welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) fruit punch, beach chairs (umbrellas were only $4 extra), authentic food with either an alcoholic or non alcoholic drink and an extra tour with transportation back to the ship. I was upset that Kon Tiki boat tour was undersold but at least my roommate was getting a little better. She wanted to do Magen's Bay but if we did it outside of the cruise line, we would had to pay more money and so we did the Magen's Beach Getaway in St Thomas instead. We had a tour and then we went to the beach before going back to the ship. As for the grand finale shore excursion for this cruise in San Juan which also included transportation to the airport, we had a wonderful tour guide named Hugo and he gave us a basic tour of San Juan before our Bacardi Factory Tour. Plus, we had a blast throughout our time in San Juan. Would I recommend this cruise to anyone? Yes. This cruise has great value. You will be well fed. You will be well entertained. You will end up shopping until your drop. You will be well traveled (depending on which shore excursion you pick). But would I go on this cruise again? Maybe. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to do the New England Canada cruise. We embarked from Bayonne N.J. which was driving distance for us. Parked at the Bayonne Cruise parking which had the best pricing. It was easy to find, and they ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to do the New England Canada cruise. We embarked from Bayonne N.J. which was driving distance for us. Parked at the Bayonne Cruise parking which had the best pricing. It was easy to find, and they shuttled us to and from the cruise port. When we exited the ship, they were waiting and we got on the shuttle and were in our car within minutes. This was our 14th cruise, and third with RCCL, our first cruise with them was 1992, ans although cruising has changed immensely everything was quite good. The reason we had stopped cruising with them was the mandatory formal night , which no longer applies. Our room was a balcony with an obstructed view, which wasn't much of an obstruction, a little larger than some rooms we have had in the past. However; we don't really use the balcony or stay in the room, except to sleep or shower. The food was good, the dining room was very busy, but our service was good, we especially liked the Solarium Bistro which had Mediterranean style food, appetizers and desserts were served buffet style and served in individual serving dishes, and the main meal was ordered with a waiter. We did purchase a three night specialty restaurant package which has service and food like the cruising of yesteryear. Our favorite was Wonderland, which served food in an innovative, artistic style( you must be adventurous with food). Chops was great, but we were disappointed in Jamies. While the service was good, the food was nothing special. The entertainment was good, I especially liked The Gift. All of the shows were very contemporary and had great visual effects. Beatle Mania and the Elvis impersonator were great. Embarking and dis embarking were smooth. On the day of embarkment things are congested and people are trying to settle in and become familiarized with the ship, but after that things were fine.We only purchased one excursion from RCCL, and it was cancelled because of the weather, we were unable to dock in St. Johns and had an extra day at sea. The activity staff really did a nice job of re planning the day to stay at sea, and kudos for much of the staff who gave up their day off and worked worked so that the passengers experience didn't suffer. These people work long, hard days and they don't get enough credit. Overall good experience! Would take this cruise again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I took my family on a 5 night Bermuda Cruise Sept 29th out of Bayonne, NJ. We live very close to the Baltimore Harbor but chose to drive because the ship had many more bells and whistles than the smaller ship out of Baltimore. Getting on ... Read More
I took my family on a 5 night Bermuda Cruise Sept 29th out of Bayonne, NJ. We live very close to the Baltimore Harbor but chose to drive because the ship had many more bells and whistles than the smaller ship out of Baltimore. Getting on and off the boat was very easy. The Anthem of the Seas is just awesome. The I-Fly, Flow-Rider, Escape Room, Bumper Cars, NorthStar all very cool. All these structures are built in the boat. Our room was huge (you don't say that allot on a cruise ship) and was kept very clean. We had an extra large balcony cabin on the 7th floor more or less mid-ship. All the staff that we ever came in contact with including all the customer service people were outstanding. So why just the average review? All the food was basically the same in all the main restaurants and was all just ok. Even the main restaurant Jamie's Italian was just average. The Lamb happened to be very good but the apps and dessert fell below expectations. Chops was great from start to finish but that was a paid restaurant. If the other meals the best thing that you can say is the french onion Soup was the best thing we had all week, what does that say for the food. Windjammer had all the same food and if you didn't want to wait in a long line for an omelette, you were hoping for an early lunch. There was no music at all poolside and we saw the cruise director for a total of 5 minutes the whole cruise and he wasn't funny even for those five minutes. I will say they were not at fault that the weather was less than desirable with 40 mile an hour winds and extremely rough seas. Shows were cancelled and rescheduled because it was so rough. The kids club was average but it was more or less just like babysitting. We can only compare to the Norwegian Escape and it fails miserably. We will stick from now on to Norwegian and we will i'm sure be happy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We choose this area as we thought a great time to see the changing leaves. Only a few seen! Our travel agent recommended this ship. The ports were great and we were exhausted at the end of the day!! Getting on and off went smoothly a ... Read More
We choose this area as we thought a great time to see the changing leaves. Only a few seen! Our travel agent recommended this ship. The ports were great and we were exhausted at the end of the day!! Getting on and off went smoothly a little more congested on last day but not a huge problem. The ship is huge!! I thought 4100 passengers we had to be nuts going on this cruise, but there were very few long lines, the buffet went smoothly the food is delicious, the dining room was wonderful, the pizza at Sorentos was so so. We have Chicago thin crust and the best we think!! The boat is clean and the staff are great. A few we had a hard time understanding with the language not a big deal though. The pools are great! 2 inside, 1 outside. One of the inside is adult only! We did two excursions from Royal Caribean, the lobster boat in Bar Harbour...very interesting and very cold and windy, would we do again? Definetly! And we did the St. Martin Bay of Fundy. Went to the reversing falls and into St. Martin. Very long day. If we did this again, we would do the Bay of Fundy Express. The town of St. John has alot to do if you want to go on your own They have a trolley tour which we should of thought about. Each evening they have entertainment in each of the bar areas and theater, very good. Couple of shows, great singing and dancing, story line was strange.Karoche, trivia, piano bar all excellent!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Our departure city was Beyonne, New Jersey. We flew in the day before and stayed in Elizabeth, NJ where we ate dinner out but then stayed the rest of the night in our hotel room. We Ubered to the port the next day. Even though we went ... Read More
Our departure city was Beyonne, New Jersey. We flew in the day before and stayed in Elizabeth, NJ where we ate dinner out but then stayed the rest of the night in our hotel room. We Ubered to the port the next day. Even though we went earlier than our assigned time, we were allowed to board. My husband had misplaced his boarding pass but the port staff were great and ran another copy for him. Embarkation went smooth and pretty quick since we had finished all paperwork ahead of time. The ship is a beautiful ship that is in pretty good shape. The rooms are a little bit older.The staff were all wonderful (friendly and helpful) and helped in any way needed. We chose the My Time dining in the Sapphire Room but ended up not going there anymore after the first 2 days. We were told that it would take a couple of hours each meal but decided we didn't want to spend the time on dining. My husband and I were traveling with another couple. The choices in the buffet line's were enormous and, of course, we ate too much (our fault, not the cruise line). Since the weather was cooler, a Fall Foliage Cruise, we were not able to take advantage of any of the outside activities normally offered by the ship so we were limited to the inside ones of which most cost money - quite a bit in my opinion. It was $40 for 3 games of Bingo. For this reason, and the fact that on our normal vacations here and over seas are filled with exploring, I was kind of bored on ship. I credit this to my issues as my husband doesn't play games. We did excursions every day they were offered. I had never been in this part of the country before so I looked forward to them. We did the Acadia National Park and Lobster Bake - the bus tour was uneventful, checking out the town was fun as it was a nice day and the lobster bake was very good; The Best of Portland and Kennebunkport - was an interesting ride as our tour guide was from there and she pointed interesting facts. When we drove through Kennebunkport, we saw a tent set up on the Bush compound and found out later that Barbara Bush was getting married under the tent.; Saint John and Bay of Fundy Top 10 - we had an interesting guide, who dressed in period costume, and filled us with information. We saw and learned a lot.; Top 10 Best of Halifax Tour - we feel this tour was awful because of our guide and the weather - rain. We kidded that we really saw about 1 or 2 of the top 10. Peggy's Cove was rainy and cold with so many buses (meaning so many people) it wasn't enjoyable. Added with the fact that most places were not opened for us as we were starving. Watch out for these excursions and what they do about lunch - sometimes not considered even if tour is during lunch hours. We do thank the cruise ship for crediting us 1/3 of our excursion costs since so many complained (some people even walked back to the ship at one point).; Baddeck Hop On & Off Sightseeing - enjoyable excursion in Baddeck (town). We explored on our own and ate on our own. After Baddeck we had time to explore Sydney, Cape Breton, as well.; The Island's Finest Scenic Drive, Anne and Lobster - our ship docking was late (and we had to leave 2 hours early because of the whale migration which, unfortunately, we saw none) so the schedule with other tours ran together which ended up with too many people at the same place and the same time. We went to Green Gables but did not have time to stand in the long line to get in. Our lobster lunch was delicious and was served in Glasgow by a restaurant owned by a man who was interesting and had a Irish brogue (?). He was so interesting, funny and entertaining. Then we had to go back. Disembarkation went smoothly considering the amount of people and luggage. We Ubered to our hotel as we stayed in Quebec City, Old Town, for a couple of more days. We loved this old town part even though it was cool and rainy. Obviously we arranged all of this part. We also arranged our flight in and home. We have another cruise scheduled, with the same couple, next summer with RC in the Baltic Sea. I'll see then if we enjoy the cruise part better or if we are better off flying in. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I'd chosen this cruise for our 41st wedding anniversary and planned it 10 months in advance. Everything was paid for, but I was still worried about hubby's mobility issues. Fortunately, RC gave me information on the vendor they ... Read More
I'd chosen this cruise for our 41st wedding anniversary and planned it 10 months in advance. Everything was paid for, but I was still worried about hubby's mobility issues. Fortunately, RC gave me information on the vendor they use to rent electric scooter or wheelchairs. Hubby, however, refused. RC put us in a spacious, handicapped-accessible inside cabin near the elevator. Everyone from the boarding person and room housekeeper were very helpful and efficient. Dinner that first night on-board was great, as were the four other people we dined with. The food, and I'm a very picky eater, was very good - especially the creme broullie for dessert. But the first morning of the actual cruise, hubby's hand swelled up like a claw. The ship's clinic took basic blood tests and xray, put him on an antiobiotic drip, gave him pain meds, and then released him. The RC nurse phoned us to make sure he was feeling better. The pain killers weren't working. When we docked in Bar Harbor, Maine, RC's ship clinic doctor made arrangements for us to disembark and get driven to the Mt. Desert Island Hospital -- quite a scary name, right? But it turned out to be a real life saver. After doing an ultrasound, though, the hospital's orthopedic doc told us we could not return to the ship because we still lacked a diagnosis. The client care staff on board RC packed our suitcases and had their wonderful liason, Captain Ron, get me settled in the hotel across the street from the hospital. He was truly such a Godsend. The hotel had no available rooms left, so they gave me a suite at the same price. After a couple of days in the hospital and a diagnosis that hubby had experienced an adverse reaction to the Eloquist blood-thinner he was taking, we were back on our feet. Did I mention I also wound up in ER for stress-related causes? THANK GOODNESS WE HAD TRAVEL INSURANCE THROUGH TRAVEL GUARD FOR BOTH THE CRUISE, FLIGHTS, AND LODGING! That's another story. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Autumn Leaves and Lobsters in Maine and the Maritimes Our two week cruise On Celebrity Summit to New England and Canada was very much akin to a curates’ egg. Many good aspects and experiences with the occasional not so good ones, ... Read More
Autumn Leaves and Lobsters in Maine and the Maritimes Our two week cruise On Celebrity Summit to New England and Canada was very much akin to a curates’ egg. Many good aspects and experiences with the occasional not so good ones, but unlike our previous Celebrity cruise earlier this year to SE Asia which was sub-par in virtually every respect, the good stuff significantly outweighed the bad. For instance: The ship: Ageing and showing serious signs of wear and tear everywhere with tawdry, outdated furnishings and fittings, the Summit is in desperate need of the total makeover it is due to undergo early in 2019. BUT, despite her age the ship was always clean and well maintained. Entertainment: Although the singers and dancers were talented and energetic, the main shows were disjointed and not of the standard we have come to expect from the cruise line. BUT overall, the entertainment on offer was generally better than the typical cruise ship offerings with a couple of excellent stage acts including an hilarious stand-up comedian, a great magician and some better than average musical performers. The bands, duos and solo artists that performed regularly at various venues and varying times around the ship were also much of a mixed bag. Some were really good and one could usually find some good music to listen to while quaffing a pre-dinner glass of wine or a cocktail in one of the lounges. Patrick (Cruise Director) and his able assistant Charlotte were also excellent and not over the top as we have sometimes found with Cruise Directors on previous cruises. Food: The fare in the buffet restaurant was generally bland pretty much the same day in and day out although each day did have a small segment dedicated to a particular theme such as an Italian day, or a Mexican feast and so on. BUT, we thought the main Cosmopolitan restaurant where we dined most frequently was good - more than adequate variety, tasty and always attractively presented. We also sampled two of the speciality restaurants, Sushi on 5 and QSine. Both were good especially QSine which offers such a fun dining experience with good, quirky food and attentive service. Service: The one area where the RCCI group consistently gets it right is in the standard of service one generally receives from staff and employees at all levels which is a tribute to the high quality selection and training programmes they clearly employ. Service on this cruise was no exception with special shout-outs to our main dining room team of Jewis (head waiter), Walter (assistant waiter) and Randi (sommelier)who collectively contributed to making our dining experience in the main restaurant that much more enjoyable. Carlos our stateroom attendant also attended to our needs efficiently and unobtrusively throughout the two week cruise. But this cruise was all about the itinerary. A cruise to New England and Canada, particularly in the Fall, has long been on our bucket list and, with only a very few minor exceptions, the experience did not disappoint. We started the trip with a couple of days in New Jersey to enable us to recover fully after our long 16 hour flight from South Africa. We had never stayed in Jersey City before having always opted to hotel it in Manhattan on our previous visits to North America. We are glad we did. Much cheaper and nowhere near as busy and buzzy as the Big Apple it offers splendid views of the New York skyline from virtually all vantage points. We secured a self-catering studio apartment at Candlewood Suites, an efficient, well run block of self-catering suites less than a kilometre from a PATH station and a well -stocked supermarket. It was more than adequate for our needs with a microwave oven, hotplate and full sized refrigerator and sufficient cooking utensils and crockery/cutlery for two persons. Highly recommended for anyone requiring comfortable, safe and clean accommodation for a short stay at an affordable cost. While in Jersey City we did the usual touristy things, taking in visits to Liberty Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and to cosmopolitan Hoboken that included an obligatory stop at Carlo’s Bakery! The PATH station was only one stop from World Trade Centre and we of course, took the opportunity to visit the awesome, understated and respectful 9/11 monument site - an humbling and moving experience. We also wandered our way through much of Lower/Mid Manhattan exploring Soho, Greenwich Village, Chinatown and the Little Italy areas. Our visit coincided with the annual feast of San Gennaro festival in Little Italy which was an experience in its own right! An overcrowded, boisterous, happy atmosphere with every type of Italian fare one could wish for on offer in abundance. Great fun. Then, on to the cruise. As mentioned, a trip to Canada and New England in the autumn months had long been a “must do” one. We were, of course, hoping to see the Fall colours but regrettably, the cruise was perhaps just a bit too early in the season. However, traversing many of the main ports of call in Maine, Canada and the Maritime Provinces fortunately enabled us to see glimpses of the beauty of the turning leaves, giving us a taste of just how majestic the area must be when the colours are in full bloom. The itinerary included visits to: Boston: We took a ship’s tour of Boston by Trolley Bus. The trolley picked us up at the pier and gave passengers a good overview of the main sights of this beautiful city. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind (actually the only really wet day during the entire trip), which sadly prevented us from walking the famous Freedom Trail as planned. The tour included time at the Quincy Market area before dropping us off back at the ship. Incidentally, as the ship docks quite a distance from the downtown area, doing the trolley bus tour which takes one to and from the ship directly is really a good deal - not that much more than the $18 per person shuttle service the ship offered that merely took passengers to the harbor entrance, still some distance from the main attractions of the city. Portland, Maine: As we docked right at the entrance to the harbor, our plans were to do our own thing in Portland as we could easily walk into town. We however, ended up taking a similar trolley bus tour of the town operated by an independent tour operator that included a visit to one of the famous lighthouses of the area at less than half the price of a similar ship excursion. Well worth the $28 per person for a 2.5 hour tour. After the tour we enjoyed the obligatory lobster roll at a wharf side eatery. Delicious! We still had plenty of time to walk around the town before returning to the ship. Bar Harbor, Maine: Probably the highlight of our whole vacation. We tendered in Bar Harbor harbour. Seas were quite rough initially so it was quite hairy but lots of fun. We had pre-booked an all-day ship’s tour that took us up Cadillac Mountain and a drive through the beautiful Acacia National Park (apparently rated in the top two or three such parks in the USA). Leaves were starting to turn and we were treated to numerous resplendent vistas of oranges, reds, and purples at every turn. A drive through the leafy wealthy suburbs of the area (holiday homes to the Fords and Rockerfellers!), was followed by a mouthwatering lobster lunch at the Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes restaurant. A real feast comprising a starter of fresh mussels, a full lobster lunch of huge freshly baked lobster, buttered corn on the cob, coleslaw, baked potato and freshly baked bread followed, if one still had an appetite, by freshly baked blueberry cake. Such a delicacy for people such as us who come from a country where our version of lobster (crayfish) are typically less than half the size of the ones that seem to be in abundance on the north eastern seaboard of USA and Canada. After lunch we had a scenic drive along the coast stopping at Thunder Hole a famous attraction in the area. Quebec City: The first afternoon after docking in this quite extraordinary city, was spent touring the old city on our own. This included a circumnavigation of the famous Citadel and a walk along the boardwalk on the banks of the St Lawrence river. On day 2 in Quebec, we opted for a full day ship’s tour that included much of what we had done ourselves the previous day (but this time with a knowledgeable, proudly Quebecer guide), followed by a trip into the countryside of Quebec where we had visits to the Montgomery Falls – relatively small in width but about 100 feet higher than Niagara falls, and to the awesome Shrine and Cathedral of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre. We then had lunch at a traditional French restaurant (pretty basic fare but in a delightful setting). The tour was then scheduled to return to tour the Citadel and battlefields outside the walled city and was also scheduled to take in a visit to the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel. However, these plans had to condensed into a quick drive through the scheduled areas as the tour bus was delayed for almost two hours when a fault was detected in a bridge we had to cross to get back into the city area and had to be checked for safety and passed by civil engineers before we were allowed to cross it. Corner Brook, Newfoundland: Probably the least impressive of the ports visited. We decided not to do a ship’s tour (we probably should have because there was very little to do in the small, nondescript town). There did not seem to be any local tour operators offering tours of the local area so we just ended up walking around the town and a nice little park that seems to be the main attraction of Corner Brook. To their credit the town tried to roll out the red carpet for Summit passengers offering a free, continuous shuttle service from the port to the town centre. Signs welcoming Celebrity Summit were on display throughout the town and some establishments even offered free refreshments to Summit passengers! It will however, be surprising if this destination is retained by the cruise line on its future Canadian itineraries. There must be much better places to visit in the Newfoundland province. Sydney, Nova Scotia: We had visited Sydney before so knew what to expect and decided to effectively “take a day off” and relax. In retrospect we perhaps should have opted for a ship’s tour, probably one of the famed Cabot Trail that we had had to cancel on our previous visit due to bad weather. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Our final port of call. We had pre-booked an all-day “All Things Canadian” tour“. This was somewhat disappointing and certainly, apart from the visit to the glorious Peggy’s Cove, did not live up to its publicized hype. The tour comprised a long, relatively uneventful 1.5 drive (both there and back!) through relatively bland countryside to Lunenburg, a picturesque harbour front village and home to the famous “Bluenose” racing schooner – Canada’s most famous racing ship. We were fortunate that a replica of the original Bluenose was docked in the Lunenburg yacht harbor on the day of our visit. A visit to a maple products facility was also scheduled where we were promised we would be able to sample a range of maple syrup products and delicacies, but this turned out to be nothing more than a rushed twenty minute shopping stop at a shop! Because of the long time spent driving to and from Lunenburg, the tour itself was pretty hectic and left us absolutely no time to explore the attractions of downtown Halifax where we were hoping , at least, to include a visit to their famed farmers market. There were many other ship’s tours that include Peggy’s Cove in the itinerary. Tourists, in our view, would be well advised to choose one of these shorter tours to Peggy’s Cove and leave some time to visit the other attractions in the city of Halifax itself. Cape Liberty, NJ: After disembarkation we took a cruise ship’s excursion that gave us a three hour tour of most of the major sites of Lower/Mid Manhattan before dropping us off at JFK airport where we had an overnight stay at the Fairfield Inn airport hotel before our flight back home the following morning. The tour guide was a born and bred Manhattanite, able to offer many fascinating insights into life in the Big Apple, so, even though we had often toured Manhattan on our own, it was nonetheless an interesting experience. While on the surface the transfer to the airport seemed expensive, the tour proved to be well worth it, effectively not really costing much more than any other private transfer from the Cape liberty port to JFK. In summary, our New England and Canada experience lived up to our expectations. It is a beautiful part of our wondrous planet and one that we are now so very privileged to be able to tick off our bucket list. The below par standards we encountered on our last Celebrity cruise to SE Asia and China in the early part of 2018 left us with the distinct impression that the quality and marketability of the Celebrity product was dramatically slipping downwards. Because of our concerns about the cruise line’s perceived declining standards we had seriously considered cancelling this tour. We however, decided to persevere with the cruise line one last time and are glad we did because, notwithstanding the massive remodeling and refurbishment the ship so urgently needs, we are happy to conclude that our overall experience on Celebrity Summit has, to a large extent, restored our faith and confidence in the Celebrity brand. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the ship, itinerary and shore excursions. Our interior Promenade View cabin was what we expected. Very nice. The service in the dining rooms was very good. What we found disturbing is the food in the Main Dining ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed the ship, itinerary and shore excursions. Our interior Promenade View cabin was what we expected. Very nice. The service in the dining rooms was very good. What we found disturbing is the food in the Main Dining rooms. Once upon a time customers raved about the inclusive meals. We, among others, found the inclusive meals tasteless. Beef had no flavor and most fish selections were dry. I had sirloin steak one night and prime rib another. Both had absolutely NO TASTE. Now in order to enjoy the food you MUST select the specialty restaurants. We went to Chops and had a fantastic meal. We did enjoy meals in the Windjammer. Windjammer had many selections and the food tasted like food.Disembarking in Qubec was outstanding. They have quite an orderly procedure. Just about everyone needed a taxito the airport. There was no mayhem. People waited online, were directed to an available taxi and were assisted in loading the luggage. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked the cruise for our honeymoon and from the time we paid in full for our trip to the time we got off the ship Royal Caribbean was a total let down and less than helpful. Our trouble began before even boarding with dissengaged ... Read More
We booked the cruise for our honeymoon and from the time we paid in full for our trip to the time we got off the ship Royal Caribbean was a total let down and less than helpful. Our trouble began before even boarding with dissengaged customer service representatives who seemed to only be able to give us the run around about "proper documentation" and even at one point suggested we CANCEL our trip two days before becuse according to them port authority would not verify my license with my new married name! After hours on hold and conflicting responses of "yes your documentation is fine" and "no it's unacceptable" we were put in contact with a Ms. Brittney Grant who told us to email all of the documentation to her and she would contact port authority for us and call us the following day.....that was the last time we talked to her. When we made and effort to get back in contact with her it seemed as though no one knew who she was or how to get in contact with her. Then the following day, a Sunday, we received an email informing us that she had contacted port authority and they had told her my documentation was unacceptable and we should look into canceling. We didn't cancel we did some research of our own and showed up on cruise day with the "unacceptable documentation" and were welcomed onto the ship with open arms.....we spend days calling, worrying and stressing for NOTHING!! Royal Caribbean needs to take a serious look at their customer service department. Once on the ship our expectations were once again not met! We found the ship, while one of the largest on the seas, to have sub par entertainment options. Days at sea we struggled to find things to do, the "library" was one bookshelf with 12 books, the dinning was unorganized, almost all of the shows required pre-registration which could only be one through a kiosk at guest services or if you paid extra to use the ships Wi-Fi and download their app. The central hub of the ship was nothing but pushy vendors trying to persuade you into spending extra money and restaurants that also cost extra! What happened to "all inclusive"??? When it came to our excursions we were once again let down. The price we paid for the excursions we experienced were ridiculous. No one wants to pay over 200 dollars to be shoved on a bus for a 2 hour highway drive and more shops where you have to again spend extra. It seemed the only fun we had was fun we made for ourselves off the ship and unaffiliated with Royal Caribbean. Getting off the ship was no breeze either! In one particular port of call there was a tender service which was totally fine...what was not fine was the fact that we needed tickets that dictated what time we were allowed to get off the ship, that we didn't find out we needed until the night before. Then after waiting in line for our ticks at 7 A.M. no one even bothered to look at them. My Husband has been on several cruises with Carrnival and was under the impresaion that Royal Caribbean was a step up. Boy were we wrong! We loved our honeymoon but not Royal Caribbean!! Sail Carnival folks! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We we went on this cruise with a few family members. Boarded the ship in Bayonne, NJ. Our luggage was taken at curbside. What a blessing. Plenty of staff to check you in. The ship was beautifully designed, artwork, crystal chandeliers, ... Read More
We we went on this cruise with a few family members. Boarded the ship in Bayonne, NJ. Our luggage was taken at curbside. What a blessing. Plenty of staff to check you in. The ship was beautifully designed, artwork, crystal chandeliers, glass elevators, colorful and bright. Got our luggage in no time. Our room was very spacious including bathroom and shower. Plenty of drawer space. Numerous restaurants and snack places to eat. Windjammer, my favorite, Marketplace was amazing with variety of delicious food too many to count and too much to eat. Cafe@Two70 delightful and quaint and awesome view. So many eateries and never will you go hungry or out of options. Dancing waiters that served you, were helpful and kept the areas immaculate. My Time Dining made me feel like a queen. Fitness Center was a plus for those of us who could not resist overeating. Music Entertainment was popping- Salsa, calypso, relaxing guitar, piano, late night party as well as games all day long and well into the night. So much for kids to do. Never saw our nieces and nephews (9, 13 and 16). Staff was beyond pleasant. Their smiles were warm and welcoming and they were very professional. Good shopping onboard and lots of sales and discounted prices. Easy access to different places when we docked at Bermuda and had the convenience of local outsider shops aroubd the area of the ship. Great variety of excursions, and transportation schedule to and from the ship was very regular. Made a visit to Hamilton. Could not wait to purchase a pair of Italian custom made sandals from Della Valle that read about in the states. I’m so satisfied!! I must come back and get more. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Traveling from Souh Jersey with my family for the first time to Bermuda for the last July cruise, the cruise was amazing. We stayed on the 3rd level and were near the center of mostly everything we wanted to be by like the casino, martini ... Read More
Traveling from Souh Jersey with my family for the first time to Bermuda for the last July cruise, the cruise was amazing. We stayed on the 3rd level and were near the center of mostly everything we wanted to be by like the casino, martini bar, Rendezvous Lounge,.We had met all kinds of people from New Jersey or New York, even out on the west coast and all over the world, everyone was there to have a great time and always had a smile on there face! It was amazing it both that aspect and the scenery. Mind you the shows and performers the Celebrity Summit production staff had to offer were amazing as well! Stopping by Horshoe bay and Church bay or off the ship at night for some dancing! I will definitely be taking another cruise with the Celebrity Cruises in the near future and hope to meet even more people to share an amazing experience with! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I went on this cruise with friends which i usually do so i always go with the flow. The ports such as Bar Harbor were exceptional as was portland maine. The 2 ports in Halifax and New Brunswick in Canada were sub par. New Brunswick was a ... Read More
I went on this cruise with friends which i usually do so i always go with the flow. The ports such as Bar Harbor were exceptional as was portland maine. The 2 ports in Halifax and New Brunswick in Canada were sub par. New Brunswick was a run down town and had absolutely nothing within walking distance. the town was simply boring. Halifax had a decent museum. The dining experience outside of 1-2 nights our service was so so in the main dining room & the my time dining setup was a disaster from the very 1st day. Noone told us until we got to the dining room that you had to make a reservation for my time dining. It got fixed by the 3rd night but by then the damage was already done. the late night food selection was terrible. it was pizza or some cheap excuse for a sandwich. other ships had more food to choose from. the selection was just average. Our cabin attendant was just horrible and kept forgetting to give us towels at least 4 times. We had to ask for them over and over as well as having a poor excuse for a refrigerator. David Curtis who played piano and was hilarious all week with his random singing of the best songs. He kept us busy and often stayed well past his allotted time. Simply put he was the best cruise entertainment i ever saw in the 5 cruises I have been on. He made the cruise for me. Otherwise this ship is dated and not all that exciting. Read Less

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