338 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Senior Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise, when on another, for an itinerary to places we hadn’t been to and to see the fall. We then realised that we were too early for the fall colours but decided to stick with it and then do a drive round New England ... Read More
We chose this cruise, when on another, for an itinerary to places we hadn’t been to and to see the fall. We then realised that we were too early for the fall colours but decided to stick with it and then do a drive round New England after. Summit has been refurbished and although we had not sailed on her we had sailed all 3 of her sister ships and on tour last, on Connie! We thought she was looking very tired. So the refresh is looking good, much lighter in the public rooms and the staterooms. I do wonder how long it will last, in places it seems like just a coat of paint and some new furniture. But overall we liked it. Staff service is still good, at lunch times the main restaurant seemed a little slower than we’d like, but in Blu where we ate breakfast and dinner it’s still excellent. We liked the itinerary, although this it was unfortunate on our first day in Quebec there were 6 other ships in. Quebec can’t cope with that many! PEI was the least interesting port of call. We got the feeling the residents didn’t want ships whereas on all the other ports, people seemed very welcoming. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Family cruise to a new area. The Adventure of the Seas is a well-run ship, and we experienced no troubling issues as we have on other RCI ships. We were pleased. The Adventure of the Seas staff had a Salute to Veterans on last sailing ... Read More
Family cruise to a new area. The Adventure of the Seas is a well-run ship, and we experienced no troubling issues as we have on other RCI ships. We were pleased. The Adventure of the Seas staff had a Salute to Veterans on last sailing day which was a memorable, moving meeting of about 40-50 veterans of all military branches and ranks. Many wore identifying hats of their ships or branch of service. I was able to meet several former submariners and that made the celebration special to me. Go Navy! St. John, New Brunswick, on the Bay of Fundy was okay, but Bar Harbor and Peggy's Cove near Halifax were interesting and scenic. Would recommend tours in these ports. We thought that having two days in Halifax and skipping St. John would be preferable, but then there would only be two ports-of-call on a six-night cruise. Sailing days were limited basically to two full days, which did not really provide a lot of down time, and three days of ports-of-call back-to-back was a bit tiring to the "older" cruiser. Overall, a very nice cruise, great cruise, better-than-expected cruise quality was very nice to experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
While we were touring the South Pacific in January on the Aranui 5, cargo/passenger ship, I spotted a cruise with Celebrity called, “Sail Away and Beyond.” We had sailed with Celebrity many years ago in the Western Caribbean and we ... Read More
While we were touring the South Pacific in January on the Aranui 5, cargo/passenger ship, I spotted a cruise with Celebrity called, “Sail Away and Beyond.” We had sailed with Celebrity many years ago in the Western Caribbean and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience so we were tempted to book the cruise. The cruise started in Newark, New Jersey, sailed up the coast to Rhode Island, Portland, Bar Harbour, Boston and Bermuda for 11 days. This special promotion allowed us: Premium Beverage Package, Free Internet, Free Gratuities and $300.00 U.S. for our cabin. Excellent deal, only had to book airfare from Toronto to Newark, New Jersey. Upon arrival at the airport in Newark, we followed the signs to the baggage claim and then the taxi stand. A lady printed out a receipt for the transfer to the Bayonne Cruise Terminal. The cost was approx. $48.00 incl. tolls and tips on top. You paid the cab driver at the end. Fifteen minutes later, we were at the terminal. We arrived on a Wednesday, mid day, so that might have accounted for less traffic. Noticed, we passed a Costco Store on the way to the terminal. If I had known and did not have a beverage package included, it would have been a good opportunity to pick up some premium wine for our cabin since they allowed 2 bottles aboard upon embarkation. The whole trip was wonderful, highlight being Bermuda for us. Staff was outstanding: Wayan our Cabin Stewart, cabin 6082, mid ship, starboard side,(good location), Cosmopolitan Dinner staff of Ernesto, Priya, Josip were excellent, Cafe Bacio waitress, Olesnia was very efficient and friendly, Oceanview Restaurant-Amornlaka, our pastry and coffee lady was a treat to see with her smile in the morning for breakfast. Wine Stewarts at lunch were very accommodating and engaging-Rikka, Jenny, Josip, and Tetiania. Celebrity offered a variety of tours of which we only took two, one in Boston and one in Bermuda. There was a variety of entertainment and it was very good. We went to the 7 o’clock performance, then had our dinner seating at 8:15 pm. Menu also had a variety of selections. Evening meals in the dining room were varied and tasty but often luke warm by the time it arrived at the table. If I was to do this over again with Celebrity, I would chose seating on the fourth floor which was anytime dining with various guests because the kitchen is closer. Food had to be transferred from level 3 to level 5 in our case and I can understand why it arrived mildly warm. Dress was not overly dressy at dinner except for the “Chic” nights. If you are interested, I will write about the places we visited on excursions on Trip Advisor since I like their format better. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
Sail Date May 2019
After 10 cruises on the Liberty of the Seas, the Anthem was an AMAZING experience. Starting with our cabin, 8226, it was a spacious balcony. They removed the coffee table that is usually in the cabin but we did not miss it since it gave ... Read More
After 10 cruises on the Liberty of the Seas, the Anthem was an AMAZING experience. Starting with our cabin, 8226, it was a spacious balcony. They removed the coffee table that is usually in the cabin but we did not miss it since it gave us so much more room. They have maximized storage. We had more than enough room for the first time ever. Our only complaint was the lighting. We had a lighted mirror but it was not good enough to put on makeup. As always all the staff was friendly accommodating and hard working. My girlfriend wanted to go to Wonderland, I wasn't so sure. It was a delicious and entertaining meal. I can't wait to go back. We also had lunch and Jamie Olivers. Another hit. The ship itself is beautiful with very much to see and do. Lots of places to sit, sleep and people watch. My only disappointment was that the solarium did not have a pool. It had hot tubs and a wading pool? Not sure what you would call it. I like to swim and I need a pool with stairs due to a disability, I can't use a ladder. We ate our meals in the MDR or TWO 70. TWO 70 was perfect, never a crowd and plenty to choose from. The MDR was good, just like every other ship we've been on. The shows were very good. I would highly recommend this ship. Read Less
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
Sail Date May 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
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
Sail Date March 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
Sail Date February 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 January 2019
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
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
Sail Date December 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
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
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
Sail Date October 2018
Anthem of the Seas is a large cruise ship with many interesting/innovative features that provide a bit of a wow factor with the trade off being its a large ship with a lot of other passengers. The buffet at normal/peak times is ... Read More
Anthem of the Seas is a large cruise ship with many interesting/innovative features that provide a bit of a wow factor with the trade off being its a large ship with a lot of other passengers. The buffet at normal/peak times is overcrowded, the shows require advance booking and are overhyped (Spectra was in particular nothing more than a series of special effects and stage tricks strung together with no apparent reason other than to use the facilities and capabilities of the room) and cleaning may be somewhat overlooked (we discover a large clump of hair in our shower drain that stop the drain the first time we used shower). From what we could see, cruise appealed to the local market and lacked the more sophisticated cruisers one sees on cruises from other ports. The food is on par with other lines and not quite up to its sister line Celebrity. The public spaces are attractive although crowded at times and Anthem does a great job with my time dining. But again, crowds sometimes get in the way. The myriad of activities and opportunities for children may make this a better choice for families but, in the end, a cruise is about the experience and, in this regard, Anthem of the Seas is just average. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had sailed Celebrity several times before and they serve our demographic (retired couple) quite well. We wanted to cruise out of the Northeast so that we could avoid flying. The Summit is due for a total refurb in Feb 2019, and it ... Read More
We had sailed Celebrity several times before and they serve our demographic (retired couple) quite well. We wanted to cruise out of the Northeast so that we could avoid flying. The Summit is due for a total refurb in Feb 2019, and it does need it. The decor is a bit dated, the cabins need some rework and the cabin-locks were troublesome from beginning to end. With that said, a cruise is made or broken by the staff, and Celebrity always has friendly, professional, competent people, in all roles. This is why we plan on cruising them again and again. The entertainment was 'average' at best, nothing to write home about, I am afraid. The Guest Relations desk was superb, very helpful, especially in the continual dealings we had with our cabin key-entry (one of our two keys would fail every 36 hours!). The food was always excellent and the entire Wait-Staff was superb. I DO wish that their Internet was more affordable--I mean, REALLY?! And their pricing plans may work for kids and millenials, but that's about IT! Also, the TV feed was 'limited', and repetitive, not particularly helpful on our rough-seas sea days. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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
Sail Date September 2018
Have enjoyed cruising on Royal line before but this ship was the worse experience we have ever had. Embarkation and disembarkation was great, We had a back to back cruise, on the first half going to Canada we were in a balcony room, but ... Read More
Have enjoyed cruising on Royal line before but this ship was the worse experience we have ever had. Embarkation and disembarkation was great, We had a back to back cruise, on the first half going to Canada we were in a balcony room, but not too bad, only complaint was the odor of dried urine which was always present, the room attendant did clean it a few times daily but it did not help much, storage was adequate for an older ship, but on the second half of our trip we had to move to a interior room with no window or view screen for the outside, there was no circulating fresh air which cause my husband to have increased sinus problems and me to have frequent nose bleeds, the room was small with no room to walk along the bedside, we had to approach the bed from the foot of the bed then get on our knees and crawl up to the head of the bed which was not easy for someone who has muscular problems and a need to go to the bathroom throughout the night. We only ate at the Windjammer and had difficulty finding seating most times maybe because most of the tables were large with couples taking a large table so they could eat together and the smaller tables where you can sit and eat while having a private conversation with your companion were not plentiful, all the tables were too close. The only good thing were the dining servers, most were very friendly and constantly there if you needed anything. There is much more i could say that was not good on this ship but i won't. I have enjoyed cruising in the past on Royal and plan on doing it again only not on Anthem of the Seas Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We had sailed with RC 2 times prior and had satisfactory cruises. Friends had booked this cruise and invited us to join them. When trying to get anywhere on the fully booked ship, having so many elevators out of service was indeed a ... Read More
We had sailed with RC 2 times prior and had satisfactory cruises. Friends had booked this cruise and invited us to join them. When trying to get anywhere on the fully booked ship, having so many elevators out of service was indeed a huge inconvenience. Some had no AC and were always packed tight. Getting around the ship proved difficult as you couldn't cross over to the other side easily. The shows were just mediocre. Drinks were way too pricey. The night I tried karaoke, a 2 year old was allowed to crawl right up to where the monitor was repeatedly. "Issac" said nothing. I asked If I could take one of the books to look at songs, (we were two seats from the front) He said 'no they must be kept up here. I said 'that's OK I understand.' Two minutes later he gave a book to a gentleman and his family sitting right beside us. What the heck!? Food was again mediocre except for the last night which was great. We loved out wait staff. Comedians were good. Hubby enjoyed the FlowRider and water slides. We loved the ports of call. It was a smooth sail. Overall the bad far outweighed the good for us and we will never be back. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Embarkation was seamless. Arrive after 11, and it’s a walk on. We used handicap to disembark. The helper was pleasant and made it easy. The cabin was clean but worn. Plenty large enough and the stewards were very attentive. ... Read More
Embarkation was seamless. Arrive after 11, and it’s a walk on. We used handicap to disembark. The helper was pleasant and made it easy. The cabin was clean but worn. Plenty large enough and the stewards were very attentive. In Aqua class, all meals were in BLU restaurant. They have a good selection, and we found no Ned for specialty dining. The staff was great and the wine steward was very knowledgeable. On the first morning, room service was disappointing, but was corrected the next day. Used the gym everyday. It was good. Everything I needed. We’d seen the shows before, so we enjoyed them as expected. We did no shore excursions. We have family and friends on the island. But the selection was good. If time allowed, I would have done the bike tour. Let me start with "I really like Bermuda", but you need to understand that, after the below, it's now a love:hate relationship. And, I firmly believe that Bermuda Tourism and the Dockyards Management don;t care at all about the tourists. Let me walk you through it. We had a nice day with family and friends in Hamilton. Great Grandma was with me, and she is 93 (a spry 93). So we had lunch and then took the ferry back to the Dockyards, landing around 4:00. And now it'll all go wrong. First, she needed a bathroom. There is one public bathroom that I had to ask directions to, since it isn't well marked. It's between 2 buildings, recessed in an alley behind a restaurant. Oh, and it's not Handicap Accessible. And, it's 20-30 yards in the wrong direction, assuming on a cruise. Next, it's 90+ degrees, and I wanted to get her some shade and water. At 4:00, there wasn't any where to find a bottle of water. I can find fudge and run swizzles. But a bottle of water... not so much. No public fountains. So, we decide to go back to the boat. There is usually a nice shuttle that runs right to Celebrity from the ferry area. But, there is a one year (never be done in a year) upgrade to the docks by Celebrity, so the shuttle isn't running. They told me there is no place to turn around. I suggested the parking lot where the paid tour buses turn, but nope (I guess the free shuttle vs. paid bus conflict went to the buses). So we had to walk. We though we'd bench hop. But the benches are metal in the sun, with not a hint of shade. And once you get 1/2 there, there are no benches. A little shade, if you can stand. I now have an exhausted, thirsty senior, but I can get help from the ship, since it's on the other side of customs. We get through customs and into a shade area. Where i can get here water and cold compresses. But, the ship attendees seeing her distress stood there mute. I had another passenger go get the wheelchair. Which they finally got. Even then,no one offered any thing outside, I'll help you get to the room. A lot of water, shade and rest, and she recovered enough to eat, and spend the next day relaxing on board. I complained vehemently to Celebrity who told me they could do nothing, since it was BTA's responsibility. If it was costing my company money, I'd have found a way. And, I got caught up in the assignment of blame cycle. So, I'm blaming everyone. What could they have done? Added 6 benches with shade and some shade to the one already in place. That wold take care of 1/2 of the issue. Water misters are cheap and would provide cooling. I mean this in not a third world vacation or country. The tech is there and cheap. It is a lack of caring and will that causes these issues, So, there you are. We're avoiding Cruises and the Dockyards until I'm can see some resolution. But right now, all I can say is Bermuda/BTA doesn't care about their tourists. Go somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Friends who work in school systems could only go in August-I never cruise then-I love getting away in the winter from the snow!! But we did it and it was so hot--I would never do that again! The ship is beautiful and on a smaller scale ... Read More
Friends who work in school systems could only go in August-I never cruise then-I love getting away in the winter from the snow!! But we did it and it was so hot--I would never do that again! The ship is beautiful and on a smaller scale (about 2200 guests) than the NCL that was in port with us with their (over) 5000 guests!! Talked to some of the NCL people and they said never again---too big-lines very long We had been upgraded to Aqua Class which means we had the luck to eat breakfast and supper every day there!!! It was heaven--Lamb chops and french onion soup several nights--If it was not on the menu, you just had to ask!! Never a problem! I had seen some reviews about only being offered squab or pidgeon, but let me tell you----I never ever saw that!!! Some people just love to complain!! The food was served just right!!! Not too much--Not like the buffet where hogs pile their plate as if never to eat again---The lobster tail and Beef Wellington my friend and I had one night was the best I have ever had in 40 years of cruising. No doubt!! No kids either!!! Quiet friendly helpful service by the happiest staff I have ever encountered!!! The nightly shows were fine--nothing to rave about, but fine---- I will be on Celebrity again. We were on deck 11- Cabin was tiny!!! And we could use the Persian Garden sauna and steam---But it was so hot in Bermuda, that was the last thing we wanted to do!! So we did not . Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was my birthday cruise chosen because it went to Bermuda, one of my favorite places. Also the itinerary included 2 nights and almost 3 full days in Bermuda, the longest of any cruise I have taken to Bermuda. We drove to the port ... Read More
This was my birthday cruise chosen because it went to Bermuda, one of my favorite places. Also the itinerary included 2 nights and almost 3 full days in Bermuda, the longest of any cruise I have taken to Bermuda. We drove to the port from NC and stayed at the Town and Country Suites using the sleep, park, and ride option. Shuttle to and from the ship by the contracted shuttle company was smooth and efficient. Embarkation and disembarkation at Cape Liberty was the smoothest I have ever had. Crowd control was excellent and we moved on and off the ship with ease. Our cabin was 3064 and was adequate in size and storage. It was forward of center on the starboard side and was very quiet. I liked the night light in the bathroom which most of the newer ships have. This allows one to visit the facility in the middle of the night without turning on the bathroom light and waking your spouse up. Enforcement of the dress code in the main dining room is inconsistent. Most people in shorts were walked straight to their table. I only saw one person turned away for wearing a tank top. Either enforce the dress code or do away with it! We could not get our preferred traditional early dining seating arrangement this cruise so we decided to try out select dining. It was a disaster and we won't do that again. The first two nights were memorable for the very long lines waiting outside the dining room for seating--and we had reservations! Our reservation those two nights were for 5:30, but it was after 6pm before we were seated both nights. No reservations were available any night between 5:30 and 8pm so we usually opted for 8pm. The sign outside the entrance clearly stated those with reservations to one side and those without to the other side, but the staff consistently told people either side was ok causing further confusion. Aside from the long lines, the service and food was very good. We ate on night at the Tuscan Grill and the experience was very good, much like it used to be in the main dining room. Our food was excellent and the service was excellent! Entertainment in the main theater was outstanding. The Celebrity singers and dancers are very talented and gave 3 top notch performances plus two additional short productions in the Revelations Bar. Since we had been to Bermuda 3 times before, we did not take any shore excursions but did everything on our own using the 2-day ferry/bus pass. We spent the first day at the beach (Horseshoe Bay) and at Hamilton. The 2nd day at St Georges, the crystal caves, and Swizzle Inn. The 3rd day at the Kings Wharf and snorkel beach. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Wanted to return to Bermuda, avoid air travel and the exorbitant hotel and restaurant prices. Cruising from Bayone, NJ just a car ride away. We opted for Concierge class cabin, had a great veranda but at first thought the cabin a little ... Read More
Wanted to return to Bermuda, avoid air travel and the exorbitant hotel and restaurant prices. Cruising from Bayone, NJ just a car ride away. We opted for Concierge class cabin, had a great veranda but at first thought the cabin a little small, unrealistic expectations, but was comfortable and well taken care of. The Summit is due for a multi million dollar overhall but the negative reviews about how dirty and neglected the ship is we're not at all true. The common areas are very attractive and comfortable. One of the advertised perks of Concierge was priority dinning reservations. Not true! When unable to get the time we wanted, we were on any time dinning, asked the concierge for help to no avail. Basically said the restaurant makes the rules. Also the quality of food in main dining was ordinary at best. Having sailed on Holland America many times we found their regular dining room excellent, much better than Celebrity. Also the alternate restaurants were overpriced, $45 per person for the Tuscan Grill and extra for a cappichino. The Ocean Grill had many options and there was a back grill where they prepared fresh grilled salmon, chicken, stake, and pork chops, as well as panini. If you timed it right no long lines and fresh hot food. Overall the buffet area was well run and the food quite good with a large variety to choose from. The service in all areas was excellent. Bermuda has excellent public transportation and welcomes cab sharing which makes it affordable so we went sightseeing and to the beaches on our own. We did use ship excursions for snorkeling and sailing and both trips were lots of fun. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018

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