Sail Date: May 2019
I choose this ship because of the Itinerary. 3 days in Bermuda. The ship has been completely refurbished and not too big and easy to get around. And there were not many children. Food was fabulous. Tried all restaurants and my ... Read More
I choose this ship because of the Itinerary. 3 days in Bermuda. The ship has been completely refurbished and not too big and easy to get around. And there were not many children. Food was fabulous. Tried all restaurants and my favorite is the Tuscan. I would highly recommend this for couples, singles and groups. I would not recommend this cruise for children. There is a children's club but not much else to do for them. Being in a suite level was really nice. You have your own suite restaurant, Retreat Lounge and Retreat Deck. We used these areas a lot. Service was great and staff were mostly very friendly. Our favorites are: Alexandra in the Retreat Lounge. Also David and Boom Boom in the Martini Bar. Rhiannon our Retreat Concierge. Carlos, our Butler. Silas, the bartender in the Retreat Lounge. It was a pleasant experience and I would highly recommend this ship for Bermuda. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Just did a 12 night southern Caribbean cruise. We had a great time, and the six islands we visited were fantastic. This was our second time on Anthem.Our cabin was a tight fit for 3 people (we brought our 30 year old daughter). Other than ... Read More
Just did a 12 night southern Caribbean cruise. We had a great time, and the six islands we visited were fantastic. This was our second time on Anthem.Our cabin was a tight fit for 3 people (we brought our 30 year old daughter). Other than that, the cabin was nice enough, though we noticed some dents in one of the walls and the plumbing in the bathroom was super noisy (more so than usual). The ship still looks great, but she can use that dry dock coming up next year. Dining was better than last time we were aboard. The food has improved and most notably the pizza is now really good. Dinner at Chops was a treat. We loved the crew -- everyone was super nice. Our cabin attendant was very nice and our waiter and assistant waiter were among the best we've ever had. "We Will Rock You" is still great, "The Gift" still mystifies half the audience; We didn't bother with Spectra's Cafe. "The Modern Gentlemen," a singing group, did a couple of shows -- they were excellent. We'll do this itinerary again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Where to begin. Royal is nothing like it use to be. It all started with a moldy smelling bathroom and the smell of sewage. Our luggage arrived quickly and after noticing the odors I pushed forward to unpack. I went to put my shampoo in ... Read More
Where to begin. Royal is nothing like it use to be. It all started with a moldy smelling bathroom and the smell of sewage. Our luggage arrived quickly and after noticing the odors I pushed forward to unpack. I went to put my shampoo in the shower to find USED dry soap bars. No wonder the bathroom smelled like mold. It is obvious that the room attendant bypasses cleaning the bathroom for weeks if not months. He must just do a quick surface clean so you think he is cleaning. Later we noticed constant flushing noise in the ceiling by the door. I counted 42 times in a 15 minute period. I have cruised over 25 times and most of them with Royal and never had this issue before. I was told our mid ship balcony room was the hub for all the plumbing above. After waiting 45 minutes at customer service I was told they only had a room at the BACK of the ship. Well I only do mid ship in case of rough seas but we had no choice it was that or stay in a dirty, modly toilet flushing cabin. We were told a person would be at our room to move us in 15 minutes. Well we ran back packed up our room again after no sleep. 45 minutes later still no one. Finally a miserable non helping man showed up and watched me load everything onto the cart. He was no help what so ever. The crew allowed 2 thousand kids (apparently northeast children had week off from school) to run around in bar areas and on stages and in the solarium. When you asked employees to control the kids they would just walk away. Mind you we asked during a solo performance in the schooner bar. The service was sub par as well as the food but that has been going down hill for the last 5 years. Then to top it off Coco Cay was under construction. It looked horrible and half the island was blocked off. I can’t believe they stopped here knowing the mess it was. It wasn’t from a hurricane or other unforeseen natural disaster. It’s their own island and to have people pay to sit on an ugly construction site was unacceptable. We have been there multiple times so we know how bad it really was. New cruisers might not have realized how ripped off they were by Royal. It’s the older cruisers that see how horrible the food, customer service and the overall treatment loyal customers for many years are being treated. There were so many other issues but I can’t possibly write them all. We are Diamond PLUS members and after my last two cruises and especially this one I will never cruise with them again. It has been very sad to see their decline. I did one Carnival cruise and Royal has become no better. They have managed to go from one of the best to the bottom of the barrel in 5 years and the saddest part is they DONT care. Now that the masses can afford it they can lower their standard and still have hundreds lined up so why spend more for better food, entertainment and good customer service. It’s like the airlines have become herd them in and throw them peanuts. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
What a way to recharge our batteries after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. To us this felt like a really large ship and took a little getting use to with over 4500 guests onboard. The ship was spotlessly clean from the ... Read More
What a way to recharge our batteries after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. To us this felt like a really large ship and took a little getting use to with over 4500 guests onboard. The ship was spotlessly clean from the outsides to the main areas and the staterooms. Our stateroom was well maintained, although for part of the cruise there was a problem with the A.C. for which we and other guests received some compensation. Some longer drop hanger storage would have been nice to accommodate my wife long dresses, but in general there was enough storage although some may have proved a little difficult to reach for people with less mobility as it was over the bed. Food onboard was excellent which was matched by the waiting on service. It took us a few days to get into the swing of cruising and to learn about all the activities that were going on around us, next time we will do a bit more research but it was fun learning and we didn't miss much in fact we ran out of time to do all the things we found we wanted to do! The ports we visited along with the excursions we went on were well managed and ran smoothly. These were in some cases an insight into the history of the islands we were visiting, with others being just chilling on a beach of white sand with warm water and a cold beer. Would we go again YES, but we would look to visit some of the other Caribbean islands as its a big world. The only down side to this adventure was getting to the port at Cape Liberty. In particular the last mile from the highway to the terminal building. This was a TOTAL shambles with traffic queuing right back to the highway both when we embarked. and disembarked even taxi's couldn't get in or out. This needs sorting and should have been sorted when the port was first opened. However once we were through the doors it was a simple procedure for embarkation and when we returned again once through the door it was back to the mayhem. Note, There is NO shelter while waiting for a taxi and we waited for an hour and then shared a taxi back to the light rail station, with a very kind lady. We didn't opt for an internet package due to the onboard costs and found we didn't miss it at all, it was a true break from the hassle of e-mail etc. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
20+ cruises. 25 minute backup to get into the parking lot. After that, nice speedy embarkation. Beautiful ship, easy to get around. Lots of people, but did not ever feel rushed or crowded. Very disappointed in Shows. Oasis has ... Read More
20+ cruises. 25 minute backup to get into the parking lot. After that, nice speedy embarkation. Beautiful ship, easy to get around. Lots of people, but did not ever feel rushed or crowded. Very disappointed in Shows. Oasis has great Broadway type shows. Anthem elected to go a different way. The shows included Spectra's Cabaret with the lead performer, a man dressed as a woman, slinking around a lights down theatre; The Gift, which was an unclear message to a good part of the audience (later we heard an explanation from a woman at breakfast telling her children about it); The third mostly involved two female singers, fair at best. Service was wonderful at most venues. The Schooner Bar, however, was an exception. Here, the bar provided back-up service for Chops Grill, the Specialty restaurant. On a regular basis, the waiter serving those enjoying the entertainment would vanish. The two waiters servicing the bar area never came over to help out. I asked one of them if we could get service. She told me that the waiter had to go to Chops. I got drinks for my wife and I. This happened on 2 consecutive nights, so I went to the Service desk to complain. They were apologetic and said they had referred to matter to the Entertainment Director. That was the last we heard. The ship seems to have used all the added space for additional cabins or for younger cruisers entertainment. Saw nothing on the ship that was anything better than Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
NO DRAMA! Travelling by myself I wanted a port close to home for my first cruise, Cape Liberty worked fine. , After seeing the layout I will probably drive there and use the parking garage. For a first trip I used a hire car to and from. ... Read More
NO DRAMA! Travelling by myself I wanted a port close to home for my first cruise, Cape Liberty worked fine. , After seeing the layout I will probably drive there and use the parking garage. For a first trip I used a hire car to and from. Not having to do the driving can be a plus, personally I enjoyed the treat. The timing on the cruise was great, I finished my seasonal job the end of November, boarded Anthem of the Seas on 6 December, returned on 10 December. The only "drama" was leaving my dogs in the kennel (they forgave me). My cabin was 6230, a single studio with a "virtual balcony," which worked fine for me. I was out and about most of the time. Very little noise in that location, except for the occasional opening and closing of the neighboring doors. Cabin attendant for that area was great, cleaned the room twice a day, very pleasant and helpful. All the shows were good, I liked the Cabaret in Two70, a multipurpose theater in the stern of the ship. Music was a bit loud, but the cast is great, high energy. Carrying almost 5,000 passengers some areas get crowded and some groups can be a bit loud. Having said that, there are also numerous quiet areas where you can unwind a bit. I'm not a bar person, they have plenty of bars, and the crowd in them is pretty typical of any bar. They get loud. There is a pretty wide choice for dining, snacks, etc. Casual or dress up, what ever floats your boat. Getting on and off the ship, aside from waiting with almost 6000 other folk, was pretty smooth. For the short trip I got by with a carry-suitcase and a small pack for my electronics, camera and such. Made on and off a bit easier. Decks 4 & 5 tend to be crowded, picture your local "mall" on the weekend. Stores, bars, cafe, pizza,, guest services, etc. Too loud and crowded? Pick another deck, indoor pools, outdoor pools, running track, etc. Fun just to stroll (good exercise if you use the stairs) and explore the features of each deck. Signs in each lobby and throughout the ship to keep you orientated. North Star is the pod that rises up to 300' above the sea. Sign up early you are limited to one trip, I did it "at sea" which was great, however I would have preferred "in port" after we docked in Bermuda. They also had it up once we cleared the Verrazano Bridge, going under the bridge the smoke stacks clear by about 17 feet. The crew? GREAT, knowledgeable, polite, well groomed, helpful, experienced, well trained and those that I had a chance to talk with all liked their job and their ship. Getting off the ship went well, one area that could be better for a newbie like me .. the handout "Three Tips for an Easy Departure" will arrive the day before you dock. (you get all sorts of literature delivered to your door)The instructions for departing the ship was a tad vague ... "proceed to your assigned waiting area on deck 5" Unfortunately they don't tell you where your assigned area is, nor how to find it .. that is where the on-board TV system comes into play, a departure schedule is available by time groups depending on the amount of luggage you decided to lug. It is by luggage tag number if you are using checked luggage, or by two time slots if you can carry it yourself. During the trip you can access a lot of information (including shopping, which they stress in every talk .. sell, sell, sell) but that's typical resort fare. Menus, schedules, show information, etc. can all be found on the TV and "Cruise Compass" which is delivered daily. You initially download your "set sail pass" which gets you on the ship, at your room you will find an envelope with a plastic card, your "Sea Pass" which serves as door key, charge card, and ID to exit and return to the ship. Bermuda, we did pretty good, the sea was calm out and back but most days were overcast, lots of squalls on the horizon. Arrived in Bermuda to bright sunshine (remember sun glasses), lots of shore events, I chose to wander the "museum" which is actually the old fort and commissioners house right next to the cruise docks. Nice way to spend an afternoon, and you can watch the dolphins there too. Overall a great trip, and I've started planning for next year. Almost forgot the "Compulsory Guest Assembly Drill," bring popcorn, the movie is great! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our 18th cruise and our first Canada/New England. Carnival had no ships there in 2018 so we went on Royal. We have been on Allure and I consider it to be too big. Anthem is very large but did not have the problems of the Oasis ... Read More
This was our 18th cruise and our first Canada/New England. Carnival had no ships there in 2018 so we went on Royal. We have been on Allure and I consider it to be too big. Anthem is very large but did not have the problems of the Oasis class ships (small theater, comedy venue, etc.). Departure was smooth but traffic at the port is terrible and only about half of the drop off area is used. RCCL wants you to add a photo during the on line check in but this photo was not used. Photos were taken during physical check in and again at the ship. Why? Ship is beautiful. Very large but not overly so. The Sea Plex is a great space and much more usable than the ice rink on other ships. Loved the Music Hall venue but there are a limited number of seats where you can see the stage. Our balcony cabin was on deck 10 forward and there was plenty of storage space for three adults in our cabin. No issues with cleanliness and the decor and furnishings were fine. The quality of food in the main dining room was outstanding. Never even considered the pay venues. You will have to search high and low for some variety at breakfast and you may never find any. Windjammer was okay but try Two 70 and the Solarium. Entertainment is a mixed bag. Loved We Will Rock You, the Beatle Maniacs, Travis Levoy (Elvis show) and Name That Tune game show. Royal Swedes and the ship orchestra were very good. The Gift made no sense, left Spectra's Cabaret before it was over. Other bar singers were very average. I will include the casino here as I look at gambling as entertainment. Blackjack should be avoided. $10 tables have a number of special rules (120% payout for blackjack instead of 150%, no even money payout for blackjack when the dealer is showing a 10 card, etc.). Service in the main dining room was outstanding. Ari and Komang were our waiter team and I could not imagine them taking better care of us. Will stick with late seating. Boston - three ships were in port on the same day. Old Town Trolleys was sold out. We booked City View Trolleys at Quincy Market and they were cheaper. We did have to take a cab from the ship to Quincy Market and from the train station back to the ship but the prices were fine. Portland - very cold and windy but the distance to downtown is very walk-able and we found lots of interesting shops. Lighthouse tour was nice but the wind chill factor was probably below 30 degrees. Bar Harbor - tender, but my favorite port. Beautiful downtown with nice shops and restaurants. Acadia Natl Park was not at peak color but pretty spectacular. Halifax - Museum of the Atlantic and Titanic cemetery. Okay but not great. Saint Johns - port was closed so we spent 3 straight days at sea. Not ideal but the cruise line does not control the weather. Since this was Royal and a nine day cruise, prices were high. Very few kids and the average age of the passengers was probably in the mid 70's. I would not say the entertainment was scheduled with this in mind. Only two movies in the theater, disco was very late and very empty, no one watched any outdoor movies or sports as it was too cold. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We sailed on the Voyager of the Sea RC and it was fantastic. Thinking this was a newer ship we would be pleased. NOT! The food was not good at all. Service wasn't bad, but we had anytime dining and ate at The American Icon and Silk ... Read More
We sailed on the Voyager of the Sea RC and it was fantastic. Thinking this was a newer ship we would be pleased. NOT! The food was not good at all. Service wasn't bad, but we had anytime dining and ate at The American Icon and Silk most of the time. Plain décor in the Icon and noisy. Food mediocre at best. Silk a little better. Ismael was wonderful as our server but again the food was thumbs down. We were on a New England cruise and had to pay for lobster except for one night and it was awful that night. Paying for a good fillet or lobster is something I never had to do on a ship. AND we had to pay $2.50 for a small bag of POPCORN! The "diner" on top deck was never used because you had to pay for a hamburger, fries and milk shake! Two 70 eating area had a good salad. Windjammer was always crowded and typical buffet food. Even the ice cream was bad. Drinks were very expensive too. Shows were not for the older crowd on board for sure. The Gift, Spectra Cabaret, and We Will Rock You did not interest 60-80 year old people. The Elvis impersonator was good and so were the Las Vegas Tenors. All games including Name That Tune were for younger people....I don't think a 78 year old knows Bono's songs. The days at sea were boring for sure and we never made it to St. John. I was kind of glad because it was a 12 hour stop. It was a very crowded ship too. Lines were long for the shows and they wanted you to make reservations that were not necessary. Ran out of hand sanitizer often. We did get to ride the local bus for free in Halifax. They said we could go anywhere we wanted on it. Won't do RC again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our 13 or 14th cruise but only our 2nd on RCCL. We mostly sail with Princess as we are platinum members there. On our first cruise on RCCL I was not impressed at all! It was on the Explorer of the Seas. But I must say, the Anthem ... Read More
This was our 13 or 14th cruise but only our 2nd on RCCL. We mostly sail with Princess as we are platinum members there. On our first cruise on RCCL I was not impressed at all! It was on the Explorer of the Seas. But I must say, the Anthem was great! We are 60 and 62 years old and traveled with our best friends. Starting with embarkation...it was the fastest we've ever had. Got there about 10:30am and only waited a short time. They told us we would board about 11am and I thought, ya right, but sure enough right on time 11am!! Then they told us our bags would be arriving starting at 1pm and again I thought, ya right, but sure enough..again on time. All our bags were there at 1pm. This has NEVER happened on any of our other cruises! Very impressed!! We did not go to the dining room not one time. We ate at the Windjammer every time because the food was SO good!! Again, we never had food this good on a cruise ship before! Usually the deserts look good but don't taste as good as they look but this time, they were delicious! The cheesecake tasted like New York style cheesecake!! LOVED all the FREE activities...North Star, bumper cars, roller skating, ifly, corn hole, xbox, ping pong, escape room, trapeze, just to name a few. I felt like a kid again enjoying the bumper cars! So fun!! The north star was enjoyable viewing Bar Habor. It goes 300 feet above the sea. So many free things to enjoy! The shows were great! Not your typical cruise ship shows. These were shows like you would see in Vegas. The only one I didn't care for was Spectra's Cabaret. Just not our style. The Gift and We Will Rock You were good. We made reservations for these shows before boarding the ship. The guest entertainers were very good. Travis LeDoyt, Elvis tribute was excellent! The magician was great! Our balcony cabin, 9708 was comfortable. A sofa and King size bed. The bed was a little on the firm side but still comfy. Quit a bit of storage and it was nice that our suitcases fit underneath the bed. A must!! Shower was big enough. Curved shower door instead of shower curtain. A lower bar for shaving legs was nice! Nice adjustable shower head. Two 110 outlets on one side of the bed and then one more at the desk. Also two USB chargers at desk. Balcony was rather small but big enough for two chairs and small table. I wish they would have had a few more TV channels. Not a whole lot to choose from. Our room steward, Jimbo from Nicaragua, was great and has been with RCCL for 25 years. Says they really take care of their employees. LOVED the adult only Solarium area. Deck 14, forward. Enclosed with several hot tubs and smaller pools. Seemed to have plenty of lounge chairs. Not sure if it would be hot in there in warm climates but the windows in there do open so it may be ok. Nice that they have the Solarium cafe in that area as well. It's smaller but nice that you don't have to go far to get a bite to eat. The pizza at Sorrento's was AMAZING!! Best pizza I have ever had on a cruise ship and maybe even anywhere! So good!! We had it almost every day! One day I even asked for a whole one and took it up to the Solarium. Perfect sea day! Enjoyed watching the robo bartender. Very cool but very expensive! But a must to at least watch! I bought the internet only for the last two days for $28 I think. Surprisingly it was pretty fast. A few things I was disappointed in...so many restaurants that cost extra. We didn't eat at any of them. Also, they had popcorn one day on deck 4, but it cost $2.50 for a small bag!! Ridiculous!! The emergency drill was a joke!! Seriously it was just a video and it was stupid. If you were a first time cruiser, you would not have learned anything from that video. I actually saw several people asleep!! Life jackets are not in your room anymore they are at your muster station. I really think they need to change their emergency drill. I know it's never fun to have to go to the emergency drill, but at least you would learn what to do in the event of an emergency. They no longer have lotion in your room. They do have shampoo dispensers though in the shower. Also they only give you two bath towels. Also it seemed their shops were more high end. They did have cheaper stuff laid out as vendors though. The ice cream cones on deck 14 underneath the North Star are really good but they are only open til 6pm which I don't understand. I remember that on the last RCCL cruise too. That just doesn't make sense. Overall I was impressed. I would definitely book again on this ship. In fact, I already did for next year. And even though there are 4200 passengers on this ship, we didn't feel over crowded at all. Not sure if our sailing was sold out or not but no complaints this time! Read Less

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