43 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Just back from a 14 day cruise. I have sailed with Celebrity before so I knew what to expect. Stateroom attendant great. Blu restaurant service outstanding. Tuscany restaurant very good n- food and service. Skip Sushi on 5. Eat at ... Read More
Just back from a 14 day cruise. I have sailed with Celebrity before so I knew what to expect. Stateroom attendant great. Blu restaurant service outstanding. Tuscany restaurant very good n- food and service. Skip Sushi on 5. Eat at Qsine at least once for experience. Buffet very good all-around. Entertainment mostly home runs; a couple of grand slams. Great cruise director. Most accessible and able captain of any cruise I have been on. He understands the business he is in and his staff/crew reflect his philosophy/worldview. Very nice ship - recently refurbished. Embarkation exceptionally good. Can't say there was anything that really stood out as exceptional, bc all was good. Maybe that the entertainment was much better than anticipated. My only complaint is they are chintzy on alcohol - and there is no good reason for that. Most drinks couldn't taste or feel any alcohol. And I know alcohol! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category ... Read More
This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category (get it before they do a complete makeover in 2019)...plus, we had our own padded headboards (per bed) unlike many other cruise lines. Thelma, our room stewardess was so wonderful and underrated...she deserves to be a butler someday. she made sure that everything was absolutely perfect. As for the food in the main dining room, the food was so excellent...I just had to get a recipe or two. The spa café was nothing but perfect and the buffet was decent (except for afternoon tea when the food was excellent every single time). The specialty dinning was excellent but Tuscan Grille and a Taste of Film were the best out of all of them. Tuscan Grille made me feel like I was in Italy without having to go there. Taste of Film was spot on...I saw Chef and they made their own twist on dishes from the film. As for the Spa and Fitness center there, I have been to better places than that except for their indoor spa pool but maybe next year when they do the ship over I will fully utilize it. The indoor and outdoor pools were amazing. You just have to see any of their shows but most especially..."Chandelier" where they do a good show within the whole nine yards including aerobatics. Of course, I did plenty of shopping during this past cruise but St Martin is the best place to shop for duty free alcohol and liquor. The Cruise Critic event at the casino was spot on despite not winning anything but I had a great time...the casino on this ship's pay out was decent but not as much as the main land casinos. As for the shore excursions, we did everything from the cruise line. In St Martin, we did the St Martin Beach Rendezvous as our first shore excursion. We had a wonderful tour guide and she showed us the entire Dutch side of the island. After that, we went to Simpson's Bay Beach that had nearly crystal blue waters except for the seaweed. The tour included a tour of the Dutch side of the island, a welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) fruit punch, beach chairs (umbrellas were only $4 extra), authentic food with either an alcoholic or non alcoholic drink and an extra tour with transportation back to the ship. I was upset that Kon Tiki boat tour was undersold but at least my roommate was getting a little better. She wanted to do Magen's Bay but if we did it outside of the cruise line, we would had to pay more money and so we did the Magen's Beach Getaway in St Thomas instead. We had a tour and then we went to the beach before going back to the ship. As for the grand finale shore excursion for this cruise in San Juan which also included transportation to the airport, we had a wonderful tour guide named Hugo and he gave us a basic tour of San Juan before our Bacardi Factory Tour. Plus, we had a blast throughout our time in San Juan. Would I recommend this cruise to anyone? Yes. This cruise has great value. You will be well fed. You will be well entertained. You will end up shopping until your drop. You will be well traveled (depending on which shore excursion you pick). But would I go on this cruise again? Maybe. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I just came back from Adventure Of The Seas ... It was my first cruise and it was amazing from the beginning to end ! ... Getting on the ship in Cape liberty was quick ... We got on the ship at 11 by 1 our bags were at the rooms already .. ... Read More
I just came back from Adventure Of The Seas ... It was my first cruise and it was amazing from the beginning to end ! ... Getting on the ship in Cape liberty was quick ... We got on the ship at 11 by 1 our bags were at the rooms already .. I had a balcony room it was a nice size for two people it had a little couch also and a makeup area. The balcony was my favorite I would deff recommend to get one ... The pool area was beautiful plenty of bars the drinks were excellent!! I don’t drink a lot so I only got the refreshment package but I will deff be getting the alcohol next time .. coco cay is so nice there’s everything on it ... chairs everywhere to sit or u can upgrade and spend money on a cabana .. We did the jet ski tour it was well worth !! The boat brings ur lunch on the beach which was cool and that’s Royal Caribbean’s island so all the drinks were free if u had the package there’s all little huts and hair braiding there’s even a bar in the water ... Florida we went went to the beach with the shuttle it brought us right there and right back bet relaxing... Nassau we did the Belmont island and that was gorgeous!!! It rained on an off but it was still insanely nice the only water you can see crystal clear there was two pools optional swim with dolphins ... the only thing is the food and drinks where a little expensive but we got a few drinks and went back to the boat to eat when we were done ...The main dining room was delicious the waiter Ramil and he’s helper Pablo was the best and the room cleaner edy was great to ...The food was great every day and we did the buffet at the windjammer which had everything... I went with a group of people I am 24 and the ages were 24 to 70 andWe all had a great time it’s a family boat , single people will have a good time and a lot for kids everyone there is something for .... the shows and game shows are awesome ... !I already booked my second one !!! I deff reccomend this ship Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The beat so far #20...food was great entertainment was great service was over the top...plus any questions we ask the crew was answer very well.....Thank You for a good Time......we would like to thank ower table waiter and helper Gene ... Read More
The beat so far #20...food was great entertainment was great service was over the top...plus any questions we ask the crew was answer very well.....Thank You for a good Time......we would like to thank ower table waiter and helper Gene and Nives...they were the BEST.....The ride was very smooth we hit some rain and rough weather but the ship handled it very well.....My thanks to the ships Crew......The cabin Was perfect size and entertainment and activities were over the top....took this cruise because it was close to home and easy to get too.........plus saved a lot of money on flying plus the trouble.of.going.to.the airport......also.the time.we picked.was perfect,there.was very few kids on board..Also when.the the ship docked.a lot of people.went.ashore.we had the whole.ship to ourselfs,food,court was empty.the pool.empty..plus it was less noisey.and plenty.of seats to go around.I just want to point out,,being at sea for 3.days made it very hard to find a seat or a chair to seat in the sun... Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Too many unsupervised children and fights on the ship. The cruise line did not take control of the out of control passengers until it was too late. Dining rooms could not keep up with the demand which caused either over cooked or cold ... Read More
Too many unsupervised children and fights on the ship. The cruise line did not take control of the out of control passengers until it was too late. Dining rooms could not keep up with the demand which caused either over cooked or cold food. Forget about trying to get a lounge in the solarium. Public bathrooms were gross and dishes and glasses left in hallways and elevators. The shows and comedian were excellent. The bar room staff was great and the choice and quality of the beverages was very good. Thank you to Blaz Potokar for making our dining experience an absolute pleasure. Your attention to detail was outstanding and greatly appreciated. Would also like to thank Dimitar Stojanovski for his assistance. Our stateroom attendant was excellent - Carlos Tannis. Surprisingly embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly regarding the amount of travelers on board but I would not recommend this large of a ship for any seasoned cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but ... Read More
We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but were five feet into the air! The pool lift only reached into shallow water and would not reach into the pool itself. We have cruised on over 150 cruises from all different cruise lines. We were astounded to learn the RCCL charges a $7.95 service fee for any food ordered through Room Service. We have NEVER paid a service fee for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The only time a service fee was assessed to a cabin was when a whole pizza was ordered for room service, BUT never for any other meals. We paid close to $200.00 for an upgraded internet package and had very slow internet could not stream nor use skype even though it was promised! We are Diamond on RCCL and other cruise lines, but we will seriously think twice before booking on a cruise line that consistently charges extras for things that should be included within a normal cruise experience. We will search out other cruise lines that can offer the type of amenities and features that we most like about cruising. The Vision of the Seas is a very old ship compared to the rest of the fleet. They need to retire this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was ... Read More
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was efficient and helpful. Sorry to see the bean counters taking over management of the cruise industry, as those things that make cruising an experience can not be quantified, they are eliminated. I was sorry to see the pillow chocolates go and now gone are the ballroom dance classes, craft activities... The ships singers and dancers are very talented and actually looked like professional dancers; too bad that the material that they were given to perform was so poor. Our grand daughter really enjoyed the variety of food in the Main Dining Room and dressing up for the formal nights. We booked excursions in each of the ports through the cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept ... Read More
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept guests informed on PA system of what was happening with weather, delays, announcements and so forth. Interacted with guests, performed at a couple of shows and greeted guests, wished them a safe journey, as they left the gangway on last day of cruise. Food was ok. Some nights there as a better selection at the buffet. Tv showed only very old movies. Poor selection of movies on the pool deck (only showed three movies all week. Only terrible disappointment was excursions (to merida) were suddenly cancelled last minute. Weren't told about the cancellation until we were on the pier. One of the reasons we booked this ship was to visit this city. We booked the excursion before we went on the cruise. We had been to all the other islands. Transportation to the airport from ship was a disaster! Hugh mob of people waiting with their luggage in the heat. Finally, everyone scrambled in different directions to get on a bus. No one checked to see if passengers had paid for transport. It was a messy free for all! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller than the newer ones, it has less activities but it was fine for us. There is of course a casino, bingo, contests, etc. There was pleanty for someone to do. We had My Time dining and we were usually seated in the same area each night with the same wonderful waiters. We prefer the dining room for all meals but we did try the Windjammer several times and they had a good variety of selections. As a Diamond Plus member I was able to visit the Concierge Lounge and the Diamond Lounge. The Concierge Lounge service was superb! The Diamond Lounge was very slow. It was overall a wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and ... Read More
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and Daniel's seminars on art were very informative and well done. We also enjoyed breakfast every morning in the MDR. We had great service, food and conversation with the different table guests every morning. The morning breakfast team was very professional, adaptable, and started our day off right with their infectious smiles. Our MDR Waiter, Ermon, and Asst Waiter made our dinner very enjoyable. We also enjoyed having Ali as our waiter in Giovanni's Table for two nights. The Tour of the Bridge with the Captain was great and overall we really had a great time on the Vision of the Seas. We will sail her again on September 23rd, 2018 out of Barcelona, Spain. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the ... Read More
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the glass railing to look over to see anything. This is where the flag ceremony was of the different nations. Same thing. Had to go to upper deck and stand and lean over to see. Also when the Captain sang with the cruise director. No seating. Back to the upper deck to see. Always crowded no seating. Everyone that was talking said should have been in the theatre. Somebody really needs to look into this. Don't want anyone leaning over to far and falling. I'm younger than most of these cruisers. My legs were hurting standing so long. Not a good place at all. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ... Read More
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ship is older but in good condition and as always the RCI crew were wonderful. There were a lot of upper tier RCI cruisers ( i.e. pinnacle ) and this was the first cruise where "status" was so in your face. I get it, I was platinum on good old Northwest ( Delta) when I traveled a lot for my job and enjoyed all the first class upgrades, and certainly repeat customers should be rewarded, it was just so overt on this cruise- maybe because it was a small ship filled with mostly retirees who could take a 14 day cruise. I think out of the 1900 people on board at least 1600 had some level of status ( we are lowly Gold ourselves). Cabin: When I booked the best cabin available was a sea view 3rd floor aft. What I didn't realize was that it was directly under the main kitchen and there was a lot of activity at night even at 2am. Guest services was very accommodating and moved us to another cabin on the same floor which was much quieter so that worked out. It was a bit of a disappointment that the bed is located directly under the window so when you are sitting on the couch you kind of have to look over the bed to see out the window, but we could have requested the beds be separated which would have opened it up a bit. Dining: We are not foodies and while the food in the Windjammer was hit or miss, the food in the main dining room ( we had "My Time" seating for dinner ) was fine - our waiter and asst. waiter were wonderful and we enjoyed many dinners with friends we made on board. After a few days of the buffet for breakfast and lunch we decided that eating at the dining room whenever possible was a better choice both for the quality of food and to limit the quantity. Entertainment and Activities: I was a bit surprised at the choice and number of movies ( there were quite a few sea days since we left from NJ and made our way down to Galveston TX.) - several of the movies seemed to be more appropriate for a much younger group and there certainly could have been more shown during sea days, but the evening entertainment was fine. I heard some grumbling about some of the shows but I thought they were generally good. There are not as many activities on this ship as on the larger ships, and the shops are just not quite the same caliber but that is probably a good thing for my wallet. I did pop for internet service when there was a special that combined full internet with our drink package. Well worth the money since there was a lot of on ship time. Service: No complaints - we found all the staff to be excellent and attentive. The captain was especially friendly and went out of his way to say hello to the guests. Ports and Shore Excursions: Well, it was a lot of islands. The shore excursions were for the most part ok - it really depended on the guide. We were only truly disappointed in one excursion to one of the Mayan ruins and we made sure to express our concerns to the shore excursion staff. Disembarkation: Horrible! We were self assist and had to report to the Centrum at 7a and there were already probably 100 + people with their luggage on multiple lines. The staff could have explained the cause of the hold up a bit better - we have been able to just walk off the ship on other cruises. We ended up having to stand in a hot line for an hour or so all the while panicking because we had arranged a car and it would be waiting and had an early flight out of Houston. This left a bad last impression but the captain came down and explained that the delay was due to the immigration staff at Galveston not clearing the ship so I have to give him kudos for facing the angry crowd. So, overall we will cruise RCI again but probably look for a shorter cruise on a larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had ... Read More
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had cutain(shower very small-average sized adult(i,m not!) would not fit easily=best captain on the planet! Deck 7 balcony very nice-large balcony-show very good-two nites of comics-dining staff outstanding- limited daytime activities of all the 1,979 passengers, approx 1,500 were from texas( no kidding!) did not take a port excursion so i cannot judge.-steve davis was cd. Very talented and active- asst. cd conducted a zumba class every day and was quite good( she is also a brazilian) all in all, it was a wonderful cruise- we met a lot of nice people while on board boarding and leaving ship were fast and efficient. We have never gotten on board as early( by 11:30). Captain marat(sp) was always visible. Friendly and personable- announced birthdays of passengers every day, including day of disembarking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the Vision since it was a smaller, older ship but we were pleasantly surprised in the really great condition it was in for it's age. None of the bells and whistles of the newer-built RCCL ships like a promenade, ice rink, flowrider, sport court, zip line, etc. but with only 5 sea days out of a 14 day cruise, we were OK. The best part of a smaller ship is no waiting in lines for anything. We did My Time Dining and NEVER had to wait for a table and we always asked for a table for 2. We chose not to make "reservations" or request a particular waiter so we had a variety of waitstaff and they were all excellent. We thought the food was better on this ship compared to the larger ships. Hot food was served hot, cold food was served cold and beef/steaks was tender. Service was also very good throughout the ship. We enjoyed all the ports of call except for Progreso which was not good because our docking was not until 1:00. Because we had to be shuttle-bused to town (and it getting dark by 6:00), we felt there was not really enough time to do a tour since most of the highlights were at least an hour or more drive away. We usually do not book the ship's shore excursions. We like to do our "homework" and usually take public transportation to the beach to snorkel, do a private tour, or do our own thing. Only in Curacao did we book a tour from one of the port tour companies because the weather looked like it might rain and we decided not to go to the beach that day. For "experience" purposes, we are Diamond Plus on RCCL with 283 cruise days and enjoy many of the perks that we receive with that status. We have also sailed on Princess, Carnival, Disney, NCL and various other now out-of-business cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Three days at sea. Two days in port. Dock in San Juan and fly home. This was a re-positioning cruise; Celebrity wanted to move the Summit from Cape Liberty, NJ to its home port in Puerto Rico. My wife and I hadn't sailed Celebrity in ... Read More
Three days at sea. Two days in port. Dock in San Juan and fly home. This was a re-positioning cruise; Celebrity wanted to move the Summit from Cape Liberty, NJ to its home port in Puerto Rico. My wife and I hadn't sailed Celebrity in 9-10 years, and I was anxious to see if it was as good as I remember. It did not disappoint. My fondest memory was the food quality, and the Summit was excellent. Entrées and appetizers in the main dining room were flavorful and prepared well. The buffet, known as the Oceanview Cafe, was outstanding. Big variety of choices and cuisines. Hand-tossed pizza. Real ice cream. Yes, I ate wa-a-ay too much. But, honestly, that was part of my plan going in. We also ate in the Tuscan Grille, their specialty restaurant, and it was excellent, too. Life on-board ship for three days couldn't be beat. Plenty to do, and an Activities Manager that was pure entertainment himself. Spent time in the Solarium, a heated, salt water, adults only pool. In the late afternoon, sat on the Sunset Deck enjoying drinks and snacks with the folks we cruised with and folks we met. It's at the rear of the ship, behind the Oceanview Cafe. You may read that the Summit is an older ship, one that is showing its age despite a recent refurbishment. Perhaps that's true. But it had everything we needed and there was almost something charming in its lack of slick new bells and whistles. I'm told it is going to be completely done over, and I'm sure that will be outstanding, too. All in all, a super cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted a cruise with a lot of sea days, at about this time. The ship and crew were wonderful as always. The ship is in good shape. The decor is dated, but not at all worn. The crew is amazing as always. The cabin was great. A ... Read More
We wanted a cruise with a lot of sea days, at about this time. The ship and crew were wonderful as always. The ship is in good shape. The decor is dated, but not at all worn. The crew is amazing as always. The cabin was great. A concierge cabin on deck 6 in the suite area, it had a larger than usual balcony and a great stateroom attendant. I would recommend it. We particularly liked the Tuscan Grill and Sushi on Five restaurant. The ports were changed due to hurricane damage to Antigua and St. Kitts. Both were a little disappointing. I think they would work well in the midst of bigger and more exciting ports, but as the main ports they were lacking. San Juan disembarking and airport transfers were a bit problematic, but that's also due to the hurricane and likely not representative of the future. They did fine. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Embarkation was smooth and early. Staff were terrific and led by Capt Kate who is fantastic.Ship was clean and well-run. Shipboard staff were friendly and helpful. Entertainment was very good - better than we've had on the ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and early. Staff were terrific and led by Capt Kate who is fantastic.Ship was clean and well-run. Shipboard staff were friendly and helpful. Entertainment was very good - better than we've had on the Reflection and Solstice this year. Dining was good - were seated at a wonderful table of folks and our service was impeccable. Cabin steward was great and very responsive to our wishes. Ports were fine and reasonable choices (changed due to Irma). Zip-lining on St. Kitts is a blast. Celebrity provided complimentary transfers to SJU at the end of the cruise - nice gesture. Disembarking was smooth and they had all the bags out early for pick up that morning. SJU was good - great effort by the airport/airlines staff to accommodate us. Smooth departure from San Juan. Evidence of great destruction and pain and suffering was readily seen on our trip to SJU. They need more help in PR. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I was ready for some down time but a bit concerned about cruising solo. Although I've traveled to various places around the globe on my own, being on a ship full of people who are traveling together felt somewhat daunting. Add to ... Read More
I was ready for some down time but a bit concerned about cruising solo. Although I've traveled to various places around the globe on my own, being on a ship full of people who are traveling together felt somewhat daunting. Add to that a not very happy experience on another cruise line two decades ago and I was a bit concerned about whether I'd just go bonkers on a cruise, but had been thinking about it for a long time so I booked a 6-nighter. It was about as close to perfect as a trip could get. Embarkation was a breeze and I was in Michael's club within 15 minutes of my Lyft driver dropping me off. The room, a basic sky suite, was fabulous for one person, and would be fine for travelling with a friend. Everyone from the butler and steward to the concierge to the entire staff of Luminae, did all they could to make this an amazingly rejuvenating trip. As is noted in many other posts on here, the Summit's current captain, Kate, is a gracious host--and obviously gifted leader/manager. I promise I'm not all that easy to please--see another of my reviews for proof--this crew is outstanding. I can't say anything about the two ports of call because I stayed on board and enjoyed the ship from watching NYC as we floated by to walking off in San Juan. The gym was beautiful and the spa terrific. I had 2 Canyon Ranch and 2 Deep Tissue massages, each for 80 minutes, and enjoyed all four. Most of the dealers in the casino were fun and engaging. There were a couple who were a bit more distant, but different folks prefer loosing money to different sorts of personalities. The only room for improvement I found was in the men's locker-room in the spa/gym area. Mold, broken hair dryer and other not quite working pieces suggested that a fix-up is in order. Beyond that, I loved it, and can't wait to be back on board in late January. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
From the moment I stepped onto the ship till the day we left I felt pampered. The food, shows, clubs and casino were outstanding. It was amazing and impressive that after the first day the waitstaff and steward called us by name. Not ... Read More
From the moment I stepped onto the ship till the day we left I felt pampered. The food, shows, clubs and casino were outstanding. It was amazing and impressive that after the first day the waitstaff and steward called us by name. Not just in dining or our room but anywhere we bumped into them on the ship. Our cabin was spacious and very clean. Every day was an adventure and there was always something different to do. The outdoor pool area was relaxing and with the jumbo TV screen sports fans didn't miss a thing. There were movies, bands and pool games. Activities are fun and drinks are fantastic! Ports of call were a lot of fun, my friend and I ages 64 & 68 went parasailing for the first time. Fantastic! Can't wait for my next cruise. As a first time cruiser there are things I would do differently on my next cruise but not much. I rate Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas a 10+ Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had been at each port on previous cruises. We went for the on ship experience and friends were going also. The ship experience was excellent. The food was great. It more than made up for the horrible food we had on a celebrity cruise in ... Read More
We had been at each port on previous cruises. We went for the on ship experience and friends were going also. The ship experience was excellent. The food was great. It more than made up for the horrible food we had on a celebrity cruise in May of 2017 to Alaska. This was our 3rd RCCL and I will definitely do it again! Great job chefs we loved the food, not one complaint. We had never left from Bayonne before. I would leave from there again. It's a 3 hr. drive from our house. It was an easy quick process from parking to stepping onboard. No problems. My husband never goes to shows onboard but he did this time and didn't complain. We had a fun time at Coco-Cay we wished we could have stayed an extra day. Very relaxing. Our dining room staff were the best friendly, fast, fun and attentive. We'll miss you Bruce Li our Chinese friend. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Bermuda and Boston were places we hadn't visited. It was exciting to visit new places and the two day stay in Bermuda was especially nice. It gave us time to revisit our favorite beach and see places others recommended after their ... Read More
Bermuda and Boston were places we hadn't visited. It was exciting to visit new places and the two day stay in Bermuda was especially nice. It gave us time to revisit our favorite beach and see places others recommended after their first day. The cabins were clean and roomy. Our attendant was helpful and friendly. He went out of his way to provide us with little extras that enhanced the whole experience. Food in the main dinning room, windjammer and others was excellent. The service though out our cruise was very good. Bartenders, servers, and general staff provided excellent service. There was good entertainment and activities on the ship. Day care services were excellent. The staff on board were helpful and interested in the overall quality of our experience. Arrival and departure was quick and easy relative to other cruises we have taken. The ship was modern, clean and equipment and facilities were well maintained. I would recommend this cruise to any of my friends without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This Ship was lovely in every way.!!!! Luxury and Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Truly something for everyone, at any age...(I'm a senior with a young attitude!) The activities/amenities were great!!!.... The fantastic Northstar which takes ... Read More
This Ship was lovely in every way.!!!! Luxury and Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Truly something for everyone, at any age...(I'm a senior with a young attitude!) The activities/amenities were great!!!.... The fantastic Northstar which takes you up to a once in a life time trip in the sky... The wall climbing...Then the surf/boogie board Flow rider...Flights in air too...but make reservations early!!! Lots of things for kids...of all ages...like the bumper cars and being in a "Thriller" Michael Jackson dance! This ship was wonderful for families, but had great "spaces" for adults only....Loved, loved the solarium with pool upon wading pool and two hot tubs ...besides of course the other indoor & outdoor pools/hot whirlpool tubs!! A variety of live music also...Shows...all the regular stuff too....Everything I did was delightful...Mmmm except a bit of problem with disembarking...But truly had a great time! I went with friends, but want this to be a family reunion event! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The ship was close to home. No airport annoyance. a great cruise line and a great ship the cruise staff is ready willing and able to help, from the photo shop to the internet team. I was glad to see they are trying to stop the chair ... Read More
The ship was close to home. No airport annoyance. a great cruise line and a great ship the cruise staff is ready willing and able to help, from the photo shop to the internet team. I was glad to see they are trying to stop the chair saving. I means a lot to be able to find a chair. Having different places to eat breakfast was a nice touch. Would like to see more comedy shows, and a more frequent rotation of shows like we will rock, the gift. If you are a frequent cruiser who likes to go to the shows this is a great way to draw people to the next cruise sooner. I would like to see how to do work shops on photo, camera usage. we enjoyed the on deck movies, some pretty good movies. I would like to see more 70 music. I was shown how to use my internet package. The crew member had a lot of patients it takes a lot of patients to teach some of the tech that some of us love Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We booked this cruise while on another cruise back in 2015, so we had plenty of time to read reviews, and to plan accordingly. We are fairly frequent cruisers (Diamond Plus with Crown & Anchor Society) so we had a pretty good idea ... Read More
We booked this cruise while on another cruise back in 2015, so we had plenty of time to read reviews, and to plan accordingly. We are fairly frequent cruisers (Diamond Plus with Crown & Anchor Society) so we had a pretty good idea about much of the process, but the Anthem is a bit different in a number of ways. First, you have the option of uploading a self-prepared security photo to the website prior to embarkation. We did this, and of course we did online check-in, so upon reaching the pier we simply walked over to one of the representatives holding a tablet, handed her our printed Set Sail Passes and passports, and literally within 2 minutes we were heading through the security screening. We were then on the ship within 15 minutes of reaching the pier! Prior to the cruise we stayed at the Newark Airport Ramada. They offer a park and cruise special, which included up to 21 days of parking in their fenced lot. We arrived the evening prior to sailing to be safe. The hotel provided a complimentary shuttle to the pier. We had already arranged the time during the hotel reservation process, so we went to the lobby at around 10:15 a.m. as instructed, and although we ended up waiting about 1/2 hour the shuttle process worked very well. Upon reaching the pier a porter grabbed our bags (I always print and laminate the luggage tags provided by Royal Caribbean and then attach them as we head to the pier. So our bags were ready to be delivered to our stateroom) and we headed inside the terminal for check-in (described above). We downloaded the Royal IQ App and paid the $7.95/person fee to use it during the duration of our cruise. I had read numerous complaints about it but frankly my wife and I found it quite useful. It is fairly robust (you can even book excursions using it) and it allowed us to keep in touch when separated on the ship. It supports both "chat" and voice communications. A couple of times we had to disconnect then reconnect to the wifi router, but other than that we found it worth the modest fee. We also purchased a one device surf and stream package prior to sailing. We found the internet service to be far superior to any we had ever experienced at sea before. I actually streamed an entire hockey game at one point and we were able to make wifi phone calls to friends and family. In case anyone is wondering, a one device plan can be shared by multiple users. However, only one device can be connected at any point in time. We had a balcony stateroom on Deck 8. The room had plenty of storage and offered 3 A/C outlets and 2 USB charging ports. We didn't really need any sort of outlet multiplier as was typically necessary on other ships. I had seen complaints about the beds - ours was firm but not uncomfortably so. We slept well! The air conditioning works only when the balcony door is closed AND locked. The lights in the room shut down within a minute or so of removing the Seapass Card from a slot at the main light switch. If desired any card would work in that slot (another old hotel card key, for example) but we didn't find that necessary. The bathroom included a glass encased shower with a curved door. Not only was it roomy but the mirror in the bathroom didn't steam up as it always did on other ships. I had also seen numerous complaints about the movement of the ship. My wife and I agreed that it seemed to roll as much as some of the smaller ships (it was reminiscent of cruises we have taken on the Grandeur of the Seas). Perhaps the somewhat narrow and tall design contributes to this. But it wasn't bad enough to interfere with anything other than on one particularly rough day on the return to Bayonne when many activities were canceled or postponed due to rough seas. The entertainment was very good. We Will Rock You was quite fun. We missed The Gift, but we did see Spectra's Caberet, which we didn't enjoy as much as we had hoped. The headliners were generally good. My wife and I tend to gravitate toward the Schooner Bar in every ship, and on the Anthem we found "A Girl Named Jake" who was a phenomenal performer. I haven't any idea how much longer her contract runs, but if you sail within the next couple of months she'll probably still be there and is well worth a listen. Other venues had various types of music going. There was a Beatles tribute band that played on several nights. They really had the crowd hopping. There are so many venues that you're likely to find something of interest every night. We found the food to be good. Some have complained, but we didn't notice any real difference from other cruises. Windjammer is the usual buffet food. They did seem to have an abundance of fresh fruit, which was great. The MDR was good, and we did enjoy 2 meals at specialty restaurants. Some have complained about the service. We didn't notice any real drop-off in service among the dining venues. All crew members we encountered were friendly and willing to help. Perhaps it's a matter of expectations. We have cruised enough to know what to expect and we weren't disappointed. We did have some trouble getting into sync with our stateroom attendant. We left the room at different times each day, usually affording at least 90 minutes to 2 hours for the room to be serviced, but on 2 occasions he didn't get around to us. I must say that after more than 2 dozen cruises this was the first time we experienced that. The Seaplex was very interesting. It's a great place for kids as well as adults. Bumper cars at sea is a pretty cool thing, indeed. There are a variety of activities there to keep every family member engaged, including Xbox units, table tennis, etc. We did try the NorthStar, which we enjoyed. We tried it at sunset in port, which was a nice experience. While in port they don't extend it beyond the ship, but you'll get views of the port. At sea they do extend it over the water, but of course all you'll see is...well...more water. It's just a matter of preference. We signed up for iFly but didn't make it. Something left for next cruise... 270 is a great venue. Dining during the day and entertainment at night. It can transform to a variety of different purposes. Pools were great. Solarium is beautiful. Good to have a covered area when cruising from New Jersey in January! It was chilly outside on the first full day of cruising and on the last full day of cruising. Other than that it was warm enough to enjoy our balcony. There were 2 formal nights on the cruise. We enjoy dressing for those. I don't get many opportunities to wear my tuxedo. Neither does my wife have much call to wear formal gowns. It's nice to dust those off once in a while. We had thought that there would be 2 smart casual evenings as well but found that all other evenings were casual. I wore my linen suit on one evening anyway...I packed it and had it pressed on board, so I was determined to use it! Disembarkation - WOW! We're still scratching our heads about how easy leaving the ship was. We had a low tag number (4) so by the time we arose, finished packing our remaining items to carry off with us, and got showered and dressed our tag number had been called. So we went down to deck 5 and literally walked off the ship within seconds. Upon entering the terminal we immediately found our bags and off to customs we went. We waited a whole 30 seconds or so for an agent, walked up and were cleared about 15 seconds thereafter. It couldn't have been more than 15 minutes from the time we closed our stateroom door behind us until we were at the curb for our shuttle back to the Ramada to pick up our car. It was without a doubt the smoothest and fastest disembarkation we have ever experienced. So would we recommend the Anthem? Well, since we're booked to cruise on her again later this year we'd have to say, "Yes!" My favorite ships are the Oasis class (I enjoy the variety of activities available on the larger ships) but I'd have to say the Anthem (Quantum class) is a close second. And as for my wife, she has declared the Anthem her favorite ship. Although I was a bit apprehensive given the negative reviews I had read, but I'm glad I gave it a try myself. We had a great experience on a lovely ship with a good crew. Oh yeah...we did actually stop at several ports. But my wife and I visited only a few of them, and those only on our own. We enjoyed the ship on other port days, since it was largely uninhabited while in port. We actually had our pick of Solarium pools one day. And we were able (other than day one) to use pretty much any machine desired in the Fitness Center each day. 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Sail Date January 2017
We have cruise alot with Royal was our favorite cruise line in till this cruise. Our worst was Carnival Dream in till we did this one Anthem of the Seas. Food, Entertaining crew bad really bad, shore excursions so disorganized. Specialty ... Read More
We have cruise alot with Royal was our favorite cruise line in till this cruise. Our worst was Carnival Dream in till we did this one Anthem of the Seas. Food, Entertaining crew bad really bad, shore excursions so disorganized. Specialty restaurants worst food you can get. Our stateroom was on 8th floor and we can hear music noise from 3rd flor up to 3am everyday, we can hear every neighbor in the bathroom throuhg the vent. our family were 6 cabin dow and we can hear them. This ship was very poor made. The entertaining crew was bad I mean bad. Only positive was a lot of Caribbean bar tenders compare to other cruise lines, Cruise line should only hire Caribbean bar tenders as they now how to sell drinks and get the party going. ( no i'm not from caribbean I'm from Portugal and cruise a lot around the world). Royal should look at NCL specialty restaurants food quality. Guest will pay extra for specialty restaurants but not for the same kind of food that you serve in the Windjammer or Dining room. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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