33 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Singles Cruise Reviews

Adventure of the seas 8N cruise Bahamas and perfect day Stayed overnight at doubletree Hilton. Free airport shuttle and $25 to the port. Wasn't happy they threw my luggage in the back of their free airport shuttle and as only ... Read More
Adventure of the seas 8N cruise Bahamas and perfect day Stayed overnight at doubletree Hilton. Free airport shuttle and $25 to the port. Wasn't happy they threw my luggage in the back of their free airport shuttle and as only 2 other people the bad slid around and was black not red! I still can't get it clean. Hotel excellent, and had swimming pool, cafe and Starbucks. Cruise Check in was quite quick although the queue for security was long and this was 10.30am. Once onboard there was a long queue waiting for the buffet Windjammer restaurant to open. Best avoided so went to cafe on deck 5 for a cheese and ham sandwich instead. Signs at guest services saying no upgrades as full. I did receive several emails since I paid for my cruise asking me to bid for an upgrade so it would appear unlikely you would now get any free upgrades or be able to pay for any onboard, instead they will go to the highest bidder. I selected my balcony cabin location right by the elevators so didn't want the upgrade anyway. Cabins opened just after 1pm. If you have ever bought a new build house you will understand what I mean when I say I then went on to 'snag' the room for issues. The TV volume would not turn down and was so loud I had to keep it off. The cabin steward said he has reported it but on day 2 I called maintenance myself and they sent an electrician within 30 minutes who advised it was a faulty cable. Several hours later after dinner they swapped the cable and it then worked fine. The sink tap was spraying water all over me as was probably clogged with lime scale and spraying everywhere, the cupboard door to the safe was loose on one of the hinges and almost fell off and one of the balcony chair seats was very dirty. The air con also doesn't seem to work properly either. Again my room steward said he reported these issues on day 1. On day 3 I rang maintenance again myself and within half an hour the tap spray was swapped and works perfectly now and he called a colleague who sorted the cupboard door also. Should I really have to do these things, I would suggest the room steward or supervisor should test these things. You should book my cabin 8622 I have had it fixed! Surprisingly I didn't have to ask for my free drink and welcome gift for crown and anchor which I normally spend two days chasing so that was good. I pre booked arcade credit as it came with a bonus amount so I had a letter in cabin to go to the arcade and dial a number. I did this and was told to just put my card in the machines and it will work out the credit. A nice man appeared and was very helpful, showed me how it all worked. A lot of machines were broken, poorly stocked or simply would not accept the sea pass card. You win tickets and can claim them at a machine in the arcade room on the last evening from 7pm. Needless to say we had to stand around waiting for someone else to arrive as the machine was broken! Then we had to wait whilst all the kids took forever choosing their prizes. Casino credit - was told can use OBC in the casino at no charge. You transfer the money on the machines. They have instructions in the casino. Unfortunately the casino was ruined by the smoking as usual. It goes through the whole casino and not just the smoking section. This is very poor RC. The staff are very unhappy here and are worried about the smoke to their health. People were using the casino as a smoking room instead of going outside. I walked through when it was closed and there were 2 people smoking. Entertainment was good. Mix of dancers and comedians as well as a fabulous entertainer. Dinner was busy in the windjammer most nights which is unusual. It was often busy but plenty of tables in the evening for those not wanting to go down to the restaurant. I had to live on Frosted flakes for breakfast as there were no weetabx. They also had no salad cream which normally I manage to find a bottle hidden away. The restaurant manager told me they've never had it. My reply was that on my last 20+ cruises, I must have imagined it then! I struggled to find any cooked vegetables, broccoli some days but lots of fried food and potato wedges - same all week. It was much better last year. Lovely man in the Windjammer looked after me and was very helpful. He even went to get me some French fries the last evening when they were not on the buffet. Diamond lounge - lovely to see Christopher there again, nothing was too much trouble and he even helped me find something to do the last day whilst waiting all day for my flight. Buffet continental breakfast is served in the diamond lounge although they don't have cereal in there now so was a bit disappointed. Also no snacks during the say when I went in there. I guess it gets wasted so no point putting too much out but would have been nice to find a few cookies. Diamond and above guests please note that guest services advised RC's new policy is to open all cans in the happy hour promotion (5-8pm offer). So where we get 3 X free drinks per day, if we choose to have soda cans, they now open them. I was given two cans of Coke Zero open which I then wasted as couldn't drink two at once. I like to save one for the next afternoon. Apparently they tell me they now open them so we don't give them away! I said look, I don't drink alcohol so I want my free cans of soda to enjoy when I like. If this is your new policy I will still give them away opened or waste them. I suggested RC stop those people who are costing them a fortune drinking for 3 solid hours alcohol at the free bar each night rather than worry about a few cans of soda. I am really cross having got to diamond plus I may now have to switch to P&O!!! The 3 free drinks is a perk I have spent a lot of money with RC to get. Port info: Very little information on each port, maps were not given out unless you went to some sales talk! They just wanted to talk about the overpriced stores and bamboo sheets. I assume they get commission? The Ship ha the usual merchandise, and overpriced general items. I even gave one guest some Ibuprofen for a headache as they were a small fortune in the shop. Usual $10 tat sale as I call it. Day 3 Port Canaveral - very hot! Harmony of the Seas had taken the best dock right by the Exploratory Tower so we ended up too far away to walk to anything by the Port and certainly is this 90F plus heat. There was nothing you could walk to and one of the few attractions nearby was also closed Sunday's. I got off to check I hadn't missed anything but just got bombarded by these giant flies which were everywhere. If not been before, would have done the trip to Kennedy but as we did that in November we stayed on board. Disappointed we couldn't walk to anything. Other people cancelled their tours to Disney as it was just so oppressively hot. Found some people who went to Universal Studios and they said it was unbearable and couldn't queue in this heat. Day 4 Miami - loads of cruise ships in port as you would expect. We docked on the starboard side, walked through the terminal to the HOHO buses. I booked this $49 tour on board as had lots of OBC otherwise would have bought cheaper on shore. Lots of people selling tours ashore and cheaper. They didn't tell us that we would queue for 45 minutes to get a bus that then dropped us off 5-10 mins away to then stand and wait for the proper bus to start the tour. We were left stood next to buses with engines running, it was so hot, 91F/33C in the shade plus the heat from the buses. A lady then shouted we were in the line for the blue route and we would not get on the next bus so would have another 30 minutes to wait after the next one arrived, so she said we could queue for the red bus route and moved us further along. There was no organisation, it was a free for all when the bus came. Nobody dare get off as they knew they would not get a seat back. No air con downstairs, I guess as open top buses but very poor for a hot city. I wouldn't be surprised if people were unwell due to the heat. Even with the windows open downstairs there wasn't much of a cool breeze, in fact it was a warm breeze most of the time. Other than then beach and shops, there wasn't much to see. After the tour ended we had to get off the bus and wait another 20 minutes for the bus back to the Ship. Total waste of $49 as had been to Miami before. Took 4 hours to do nothing. I did give the diamond concierge feedback which he did log and I would have left it at that but as I was infuriated at being given two cans of coke open (total waste) I went to guest services to complain. The excursions manager did call me to discuss and offered a 50% refund which was fair. Day 5 Nassau - docked furthest away so four ships in front of us. On the port side so I had a view of the ocean, ships the other side. I booked the morning essential Nassau tour in advance saved ten dollars. This was a fantastic tour. The only thing I was unhappy about was the man who decided to walk us from the furthest dock to the bus (a good 5-8 minute walk) just as the rain fell down. To say we were all soaked was really an understatement. I took out a cardigan to cover me but it was literally wringing wet. Needless to say the rain stopped after ten minutes and the man abandoned us for another ten minutes. Like they couldn't have waited for the heavy shower to pass! It took 2 hours to dry out. We went to the rum cake factory, Atlantis, the rum factory and more, it was great. Restrooms at every place. Had 3 other ships in with us so was busy around the shops/market right by the port. You can walk wall around this area. There is even a McDonalds just round the corner by the Hilton. Be prepared to haggle at the stalls though. Change was given in local currency at one of the shops on the tour so ask if paying cash whether it's USD change or Bahamas currency. Day 6 the much talked about Perfect Day, Coco Cay We docked on the left as you look at the island so the whole island was to the back of the ship as we had turned around. Grandeur was also in port. Little open mini buses took us from the ship exit to the island. They were driving a little fast! The water park looks amazing. There is also the balloon but it looked too swaying to tempt me. There are a number of shops in huts to the left of the island. Unfortunately I am very fair skinned to cannot stay out in the sun for more than a hour or so, even with factor 50 on. They were selling factor 70 and one lady factor 100 cream in the huts. There was very little shade on the island, some under the food places but not all tables were in the shade. Also you had to venture off the path through sand and sharp shells to find a table. They need to work on this which I'm sure they are doing. Also all the restrooms all had queues for the ladies. Enjoyed seeing the island but too hot for me and set my heat rash off! Internet package $15.99 for the basic one device if purchased for the duration of the cruise, 24 hour pass gone up to $22.99. Slow connection but handy to keep in touch with family and friends. I tried to download the Uber app for cheaper taxi to the airport but the pictures where you have to select store fronts etc. just would not load as it was too slow speed. Disembarkation - transfer to Newark airport it was $27.50 and left at 7.40am only! The excursions booklet had 2 X 4 hour tours leaving at 9.30am (note meeting time is 8.30 in lounges to get you out, collect luggage and through customs etc). At the back of the booklet it said have a late flight, after 3.30pm we have late tours - what they actually meant was the tours in the booklet would get you to the airport for flights after 3.30pm - total waste of time confusing people! They went on to do the same with just airport transfers saying if not in a hurry and flights after 3pm book a transfer to Newark ($27.95) or Times Square ($44.95)Again, they meant only one bus for each, both at 7.40am!!! Seriously! Excursion desk were not helpful at all. They offered no long tours or later tours and said latest time to get off her ship was 9.45am. I was going to book one of the tours but they were all cancelled as they didn't have enough people to run them. So, I was left with nothing to do and a flight at 10pm at night! RC were not helpful at all. I asked if there was luggage storage at the airport and they gave me a leaflet for storage in New York. I google one near the HOHO bus and it said sorry this location is temporarily closed. The rest appeared to be self storage. For those not knowing New York this was not good. Can someone please set up a business collecting luggage from the cruise ship on departure day and returning to the airport or nearby later. Surely a profitable business. I opted to leave at 9.30am, but was told final call to leave around 8.30am. I was going to get a taxi but there was a shuttle for just $20. Ok, so it went to the Hilton and Best western first but didn't take long. Far cheaper than a taxi if just one person. Met a lovely family also from the UK on the shuttle. Worth noting you can get a day room for around $79 plus tax $90 if you have a late flight. Newark Airport - Delta wouldn't let me check in nor offload luggage saying had to wait for virgin Atlantic (code share) staff at 5.30pm. No luggage storage they say after 9/11. However, I was able to walk all around the airport and get within 50 feet of aircraft on the AirTrain with a suitcase that had not been scanned/checked. This is really poor security. So I had 12 hours to kill before my flight. A lovely man in the shop suggested I take the shuttle outside P4 on the AirTrain to The Mills at Jersey Gardens shopping mall. I took the AirTrain around the terminals, just 2 stops and was at P4. The shuttle was outside waiting. $5 one way, $9 return. They accept luggage and even put it onboard for me. The mall is 10 minutes away, buses every half hour and he even gave me the timetable. It is huge! I never covered half. Really good prices and on designer stuff like handbags. I'm not a big shopping fan but really enjoyed this. Luckily I had my suitcase so wedged some things in! Another option with a late flight is to take the train to Manhattan. Follow signs to AirTrain at Newark airport and buy a ticket at the machine right at the AirTrain entrance (I think they were orange/blue). Buy a ticket to New York Penn station (not Newark Penn station). This ticket will cover both the AirTrain and the N Transit train. Take the AirTrain to Newark Liberty International Airport AirTrain station. Takes 10 mins max. Then get off the AirTrain and get on the NJ Transit train going to New York Penn Station. There are signs at the station. Download a map online. Once there, you can either walk around or get the underground to the main sights. You may be able to find a luggage storage location! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Our extended family took this celebratory family cruise for graduations & birthdays. We were thrilled to be able to depart right from NJ (much $$$ saved). Embarkation was smooth and easy which ended with an epic lunch at the ... Read More
Our extended family took this celebratory family cruise for graduations & birthdays. We were thrilled to be able to depart right from NJ (much $$$ saved). Embarkation was smooth and easy which ended with an epic lunch at the Windjammer. I love that they make everyone wash their hans before coming into the Windjammer as it is a massive ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet-style restaurant. Food is unending, everywhere, and nonstop. Dining in the more formal restaurants is defininely an experience not to be missed. Casual dining is also a wonderful option. RCCL's Anthem of the Seas is a BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED young ship, massive in size, with cabins well-thought out design perfectly effecient for the longer tme spent on vacation. There are activities to be enjoyed by all age groups. Service is excellent by the cruise staff across the board. Port excursions are pricey if purchashed through RC, so look to buy well in advance of your departure date as they tend to be a bit less that purchasing them once of board (this also includes drink packages as purchasing drinks individually, EVEN WATER, and become very costly very quickly). You can also save more if you want to purchase excursions right from the locals who will greet you as you enter each port. Unfortunely, in Labadee, all excursions need to be purchesed through RCCL. All purchases made on board are done using your sign and sail card (the casino does NOT use the sign and sail card, but you can "withdraw" money from the card that you've registered with your sign and sail account plus a 5% proccessing fee). Also bring enough clothing for the length of your trip as there as no washers or dryer on board, but laundry service and ironing is offered for a fee, much like so many other services on RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
Check in was busy but organised. Windjammer restaurant was so full I picked up some pizza from the Cafe promenade on deck 5 and sat in the Imperial Lounge at the front of the ship until the cabins we're ready. Not many people had ... Read More
Check in was busy but organised. Windjammer restaurant was so full I picked up some pizza from the Cafe promenade on deck 5 and sat in the Imperial Lounge at the front of the ship until the cabins we're ready. Not many people had found this lounge. As I was on my own for this cruise, with a hand luggage case, I couldn't really go far until I got rid of my case, so annoying you cannot drop stuff off in your cabin. At 1.30 a lady appears by the cabins and said they were not quite ready but we could get in. Well, having seen them turn them around on changeover days in minutes, I'm not quite sure why they weren't all ready! My gripes. No cereal at cafe promenade nor the diamond lounge. I had to literally walk to the back of the ship in the Windjammer to get some cereal. No weetabix although the they did look for me. No orange juice at Cafe promenade either. Not a very good advert for continental breakfast. However, it's the first cruise for a long time that I've been on where they haven't run out of orange, probably because it was hard to find! Guest services basically said tough! As I was literally at the front of the ship and Orange juice and cereal at the back, I ordered room service for breakfast. Orange juice varied in thickness and sometimes items were missing but very nice people. Food in the Windjammer was good, but unfortunately cold at dinner time. They were always 5 minutes late opening for lunch and dinner and clearly food had been left out to get cold. I found going about 20 minutes later was best as they had bought fresh hot food out by then. Being a diamond member now has certain perks. However, it is disappointing that I had to ask for my free welcome gift for 2 days! Also had to ask for dressing gown and toiletries. Was handy that I could book excursions with the diamond Concierge, Christopher who was fabulous. Also enjoyed the complimentary behind the scenes theatre tour. Shows were disappointing. One night there wasn't a main show. The Elton John tribute act sounded nothing like him. The show was 7pm yet they kept letting people in at 7.30 pm which was very annoying keep moving to left people past. They should close the doors and remind people of the times, after after all, there was a later show! The comedian on the last night was very good. Cabin was lovely at the front of the ship, tucked away down a short corridor. Good views out front. Cabin steward was excellent. Although some aspects were disappointing, the service always stands out on Royal C and I love the layout of the ships and the activities during the day and eveing. I went for the ports on this cruise and was not disappointed. The flow rider is excellent, rock climbing wall, sports court, table tennis, swimming pools, jacuzzi. The soft serve ice cream was good fun. Johnny Rockets nice place to go for small cover charge. They have added water shutes which overhang the ship - scary but fun. So much for people of all ages to do. Portland, Maine, USA - plenty of local sight seeing tours and far cheaper than the Ships tours. It was a very long walk off the ship over the walkway bridges just to get to the pier but plenty of shops. Tourist information very helpful. I took the local trolley tour of the city and lighthouse for $28 - ship was charging $55. Not many restrooms in Portland, was directed to the coffee shop over the road. Even the lighthouse park only had porta loos. Bar Harbor USA - not sure there was a need to drop the anchor at 5.30am. Seriously, the noise would have woken the dead! Let's be honest it was so cold and pouring with rain that nobody in their right mind would claw off the ship at that time! An hour and a half later would have been sufficient. Ten minute tender ride in the local touring boats took me shore. Lovely restaurant on the pier and restrooms. Main shops literally just over the road. The shop on the pier was selling tours. I had opted for a Ship tour here to Acadia National Park. The time was changed twice since I booked before I left the UK. Unfortunately the weather was not good. The rain and cloud had set in by the time we got to the top of Cadillac mountain. Really a good guide would have gone straight up there and then toured around the park on the way down! The wind was biting at the top! St John, New Brunswick, Canada - docked right next to port (on the right side of the ship) although still quite a long weaving walkway off. Just outside the terminal building (restrooms in the building) is a white tent selling a wide variety of souvenirs and TAX free. They accept US or Canadian dollars. I didn't see any local tours unless they were further outside. Inside the building they were selling the same tours as on the Ship and they added the m to your Ship account. I purchased a 1 hour 15 minute trolley tour which goes around the city and to the reversing Rapids. I have to say it was way overpriced at $49 and was not value for money. It was the same price as the HOHO and I suspect that was better value. The Rapids were nothing special. I guess it depends on the time of day you visit but it's just fast flowing water, really not that big a deal as the hype! The zip wire over the Rapids was actually to the side of it and not over them. Halifax, Nova Scotia - port was on the left hand side of the ship. Nice view of a lighthouse to the right of the ship. Terminal building has lots of stalls which you pay in both Canadian or USD. They did say to check if you get USD back in change though. I booked the Ships' Peggy's Cove and Titanic tour. Lots of buses as clearly a very popular tour. It took half an hour to get on a bus. Eventually we left and went to the cemetery first. Our guide told some stories about some of those who died on the Titanic and showed us their graves and headstones. It was a long ride (45 mins) to Peggy's Cove. Nice views of the lighthouse and fishing village there. Of course there is a gift shop there too with nice clean restrooms. You can pay in USA or Canadian dollars but only get Canadian dollars back if you pay in USD. Disembarkation - I booked a tour and airport drop off and had to meet at 8.30 although the advertised time said 9.30. They explained in the lounge that this was to allow time to get off the ship, go through customs and get luggage. In reality it took 10 minutes to get off the ship. Tour was good, spent a lot of time in traffic as NY is a nightmare for vehicles. After just over an hour, we stopped to view the 9/11 memorial and local area for around an hour. The rest of the tour was driving past the sights including Central Park. We dropped off at 2 airports and eventually got to JFK. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I have traveled with Royal Caribbean inthe past and had a wonderful experience. This cruise was no different. The staff/crew on the Anthem of the Seas are friendly and very accommodating. The ship was always clean and all of the amenities ... Read More
I have traveled with Royal Caribbean inthe past and had a wonderful experience. This cruise was no different. The staff/crew on the Anthem of the Seas are friendly and very accommodating. The ship was always clean and all of the amenities well cared for. There are many choices for dining and all delivered high quality food. They can even accommodate many food allergies when requested. Each day was filled with activities that guests could enjoy or choose to relax on one of the many sun decks. There were several live shows to pick from: The Gift, We Will Rock You and Spectra’s Cabaret and more. These were incredible productions that had a broad appeal for pasengers. The overall experience was exceptionally good! I would highly recommend using their online service to book the popular activites and shore excursions before your cruise. You will guarantee your spot and avoid the lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The "SOLARIUM" was suppose to be for adults only. In this area where adults go to relax away from other people children are allowed in this area as long as they are with there parents. We were in the hot tub and a bunch of ... Read More
The "SOLARIUM" was suppose to be for adults only. In this area where adults go to relax away from other people children are allowed in this area as long as they are with there parents. We were in the hot tub and a bunch of teenagers arrived. We were told as long as they are 16 years of age and older they can stay. I will be returning back to Carnival. At least when I feel like being around adults only I don't have to worry about children being in the adult only area! The bar service is very poor. We had the alcohol package and was told a few times that we could not order "top shelf" alcohol. Later in the day we found out that it was a lie. If you have the alcohol package all the alcohol is included. The bar staff is so over worked they are very rude. The best part of the cruise were the Coffee Cafe, they were very pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
It was a wedding/ sweet 16. Just watch your belongings on private island , Caribbean, someone swiped my sneakers! Very upset, never turned up so ,i believe they were stolen along with my granddaughter in laws sandals. But the beach and ... Read More
It was a wedding/ sweet 16. Just watch your belongings on private island , Caribbean, someone swiped my sneakers! Very upset, never turned up so ,i believe they were stolen along with my granddaughter in laws sandals. But the beach and food, amenities were great. Beautiful water, plenty of drinks, food food food. Fruits , I would go again. There was a quick boat ride to island plenty of time to enjoy , however there was no parasailing, watersking, no jetskies. There was big play area for kids but you had to pay for life preserves/vest. I was very disappointed in that. You pay enough and it's there private island. Oh well I prefer a cave adventure, dolphins. Just my opinion. Also would cruise out of Florida, traffic on GW was crazy. But the ship was beautiful. The casino was rather small. Shopping was great in board great sales. Plenty of information provided every day Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
More actives than the other ships but the lines where so long and they stayed book so I was able to do I Fly,bumper cars, and the pool was to crowded to enjoy or the lines where to long or the you could it was already full. The ... Read More
More actives than the other ships but the lines where so long and they stayed book so I was able to do I Fly,bumper cars, and the pool was to crowded to enjoy or the lines where to long or the you could it was already full. The restaurant where outstanding my favor was Chic they made you feel like first class dinning every time. Guess services a lot where very nice but some where not understanding and at times rude and the lines where way to long. To spend $162 on pictures that did not look good was very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We came into this cruise with high expectations. All we ended up getting was a beautiful over-packed ship where we couldn't even get a table in the windjammer(the buffet) to sit and eat buffet food. everything was a wait and packed so ... Read More
We came into this cruise with high expectations. All we ended up getting was a beautiful over-packed ship where we couldn't even get a table in the windjammer(the buffet) to sit and eat buffet food. everything was a wait and packed so much i didn't even get to try the cool extras on the ship like the bumper cars, get a reservation for the quest, or the rip cord. We have tried carnival and princess before multiple times and the food ended up being worse along with things that were free with their ship even cost me money on the Anthem. the johnny rockets burgers were poor quality with grizzle in them, and i think the fries and hot dogs were the same as the free ones from the buffet. The strip steak loin from the main dining room was i think boiled? Any other main dinning room food was bland also mounded in a heap ontop of each other.Only way to get anything good was order items that they would charge you extra for. We tried the Chops Grills(specialty steak house) but the window view we had was not of any water but a life boat out all the windows. Also they put it above a Music venue so all we heard was the thumping of a dance party the floor right below. Either way everything we ate was in the middle of good and bad. nothing to be excited about. The entertainment saved it for me. some of the shows were very good! I got the soda package and there is only a couple of machines to get your soda from and the ones in the buffet get closed a bunch of times with the buffet and late at night. those were the only way to get something that isn't just plain coke. The other ships offer milkshakes, extra fruit drinks, better coffee and hot chocolates with the regular drink package with the soda. In our room it looked nice everyday, but we were given the same blankets, sheets, pillowcases, towels everyday just made to look nice.We know because of my wifes make up marks on one and the other one had a rip in the corner we had everyday. The pools and hot tubs were closed when it got late except one which would be packed. That was the only time 2 adults could hope to get something without kids hogging it all, but they were all closed but one. Sorrento's was very good and we ended up going there almost everyday. We are not big drinkers so we only wanted one or two a day but they were crazy overpriced. We don't drink enough for the drink package but i think they try and force you that way. I would love to recommend this cruise line as i heard it was supposed to be a step above the other ones we tried before but what we experienced makes it just the same or even slightly below what we had already tried. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I have a friend that works on this ship and that is why I chose to sail on the Anthem when I did. I also went for the first time by myself. There is so much to do with a friend, but since I was alone I still had fun roller-skating and I ... Read More
I have a friend that works on this ship and that is why I chose to sail on the Anthem when I did. I also went for the first time by myself. There is so much to do with a friend, but since I was alone I still had fun roller-skating and I even tried I-Fly. I wish there had been more opportunities to roller-skate but it wasn't scheduled often. I did not really go to meet or socialise with anyone but did meet a couple of people. I had planned some time away from all distractions at home for relaxation and future planning. I had plenty of time to accomplish my goal, even when swimming. I had no trouble getting a deck chair at the outdoor pool and even enjoyed watching a movie by the pool. Staff on the ship are friendly and help make the experience enjoyable. My stateroom attendant was a joy to speak with which helped settle me, I felt very welcomed. I did not choose to eat in the dining room and quite enjoyed my time in the Windjammer for all meals. It was clean, good variety of food, excellent quality and great staff. I never had problems finding a place to sit. There were several passengers in wheelchairs and scooters needing an elevator and i felt there should be one dedicated for people with mobility issues as there was always line ups for their use. I was on deck 7 and choose to use the stairs almost exclusively. A highlight was watching the shuttle launch while on board and docked in Florida. I was not pleased with the tendering process for CocoCay. It would have been nice if, rather that lining up, there was a way to indicate on the TV in the stateroom a person's intention to disembark via tendering and choose a time. That would have avoided long lines, crabby passengers and the blocked hallway. The island was wonderful. I spent most of the time in the ocean swimming, that is what i came for and it was great to see there was no pressure at the booths. The buffet was alright but it was jammed up because of the way things were set up. All in all the day was great. The shows were wonderful, especially We Will Rock You! I ordered my tickets before going on the ship. Something for everyone on the Anthem of the Seas. I parked at Bayonne Cruise Parking and it was easy, quick service and just as good when I returned to port. I appreciated not having to call, (I can't use my phone in States) they have a spot for pick up and were pulling up just as I came out of the terminal. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise because it was touted as being exciting for young adults. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This cruise is great for young families and old people. If you are in your late teens or in your 20's, you will be ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was touted as being exciting for young adults. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This cruise is great for young families and old people. If you are in your late teens or in your 20's, you will be bored stiff at night. I took my 2 sons, who are young adults. Every night, they went out hoping to find some cool clubs onboard the ship, but instead, we ran into nothing but 1970's clubs filled with people in their 50's and 60's, or piano bars filled with people in their 50's or 60's, or art auctions filled with people in their 50's or 60's. We saw a lot of other bored young adults walking around looking lost as well. There must have been at least 6 clubs on board this ship. Couldn't Royal Caribbean dedicate just one club to people in their 20's and play Rap or whatever music is on the pop charts? I couldn't believe how insensitive this cruise line was to young adults. It truly felt like the only thing Royal Caribbean cared about was making money off its passengers and keeping us "in line". The service was good, except for the internet which never worked for us. Be aware, that even though marijuana is legal in many states, you will be thrown off the ship if there is a whiff of it onboard. (Even if you have a doctor's order, you run the very real risk of being arrested and thrown in jail and paying heavy fines.) We did not bring it onboard, but this company should really rethink their philosophy on this this. Especially since they are quite happy to serve alcohol to their passengers 24 hours a day and drunkenness is not only tolerated, but seems to be the status quo for many seasoned cruisers. Another point: they didn't even sell sewing kits or Qtips in the ship's store, but they constantly hawked thousands of watches just outside the tiny store! And they incessantly tried to get the passengers to attend their overpriced "art auctions". The only button up shirts they sold for men on the boat STARTED at $165! It was ridiculous. By the 2nd day, I realized I was nothing but a walking credit card to this cruise line. Then, when we got into port, the people running the excursions treated us like walking ATM machines as well; constantly reminding us that they expected to get tipped. I will say that the food was excellent and the drinks were good, but we paid through the nose for everything. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This particular line and ship came highly recommended because of the size of the ship, the Summit, and the itinerary to Bermuda. I'd never been to Bermuda before and loved the idea of being docked at King's Wharf for 2 1/2 days ... Read More
This particular line and ship came highly recommended because of the size of the ship, the Summit, and the itinerary to Bermuda. I'd never been to Bermuda before and loved the idea of being docked at King's Wharf for 2 1/2 days to explore. The trip was a birthday gift to myself, and I opted for the Concierge Level cabin. The room was roomy, perfect, and I loved having the balcony that I used often in the afternoons! I enjoyed the options in the Ocean View...very extensive and varied. Getting a reservation for the MDR was chaotic, but the food and service was excellent. I do think the menu could have been a bit more inventive. The ship is well maintained but definitely showing signs of wear and age. I quickly gave up on EVER getting a lounge chair near the pool or on the pool deckl; it was always crowded, messy with water and wet towels, tote bags, and too-loud music. I did manage to find other quiet places to chill! Disembarkation was one of the longest and disorganized I've ever experienced after any cruise. My luggage was placed in the wrong area despite the color coded/numbered tags. It was 20 minutes before it could be located by port officers. It was otherwise an enjoyable first Celebrity Cruise. Already thinking/planning the next one! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed my 9-night cruise on Anthem of the Seas. The reason I picked this cruise was because of the itinerary and the BOGO deal that I received. The ship was huge but didn't seem overbearing. The Royal Esplanade was ... Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed my 9-night cruise on Anthem of the Seas. The reason I picked this cruise was because of the itinerary and the BOGO deal that I received. The ship was huge but didn't seem overbearing. The Royal Esplanade was pretty nice. There were constant activities taking place in the Royal Esplanade. I really liked Two70. I thought the room was fantastic. I also liked the fact that you could get food from Two70 Cafe and eat in the comfortable chairs and enjoy the views of the sea and the entertainment that took place in the space. I liked the food options. I wish that cafe would stay open 24-hours a day. I enjoyed the Music Hall but wish the ship had a separate space for evening dancing. Some of the activities seemed to overlap in the Musical Hall. I liked the dining options on the ship. I ate mostly in the complimentary restaurants and Windjammer. I never had any problems with the My Time dining option. I ate one evening at Chops and the food was fabulous. I would definitely eat there again. As I stated before, I enjoyed eating at the Two70 Cafe. The service was good. The entertainment was good. I really enjoyed The Sound Collage, We Will Rock You, the comedians, and the singer Porsche Smith in Michae's Pub. The reggae band, One Love, was great as well. I enjoyed listening to them perform near the pool and in Two70. The Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns shows in Two70 were awesome. I really liked that space. I enjoyed all of the ports that were offered - Bermuda, St. Maarten, San Juan, and Haiti. Attending the America's Cup in Bermuda was an added treat. The San Juan tour was great. I loved Haiti and the Dragon Flight Line. The Meet and Mingle hosted by the ship staff was great. The Cruise Critic group was allowed to host a slot pull in the casino. There were 19 people who participated in the slot pull. We hit $500 and $1,000. It was so fun. Overall, I really enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The worst cruise ever on rccl. i am a diamond plus. this ship is only for millenials. artwork, sort of, as were only revolving videos on a loop. some modern artwork but overall a mess. shows the worst ever with even more videos ... Read More
The worst cruise ever on rccl. i am a diamond plus. this ship is only for millenials. artwork, sort of, as were only revolving videos on a loop. some modern artwork but overall a mess. shows the worst ever with even more videos substituting for stage settings. loud, made no sense . either spectrum or the gift. no one knew what either was all about and the loud stomping which passes for dancing is awful. How can you have the nerve to charge for room service. outrageous. this ship is a "nickle and dime" operation with the furniture looking straight out of denny's restaurant. jimmies looked and sounded like a cafeteria. chops grill was okay but the portholes looked onto all of the lifeboats. any thought as to why?? Formal night in chops , there was a charge for the lobster which was being served for free in the dining room. the dress code was non existent; by the wait staff and by the passengers. flip flops and jeans and t shirts were the norm. What is royal carribbean thinking? very high tech but only because it is cheaper. no pen or paper in the room. They will not provide paper, even if you ask for it. I understand the paperless idea but you have now done away with anything extra. the chocolates went two years ago. It will be a long time, if ever, i sail on rccl again.. P.s. there is absolutely nothing to watch on t.v. Except cnn and your ship selling something. oh, i forgot, . you can watch endless loops of the same show over and over,. you charge for popcorn. how tacky can you get ($3.75). the only good thing was anak , the head waiter in the dining room. his service was excellent as was david, my cabin steward. Too bad you did away with the atrium. the focal point of any ship. and , lucky us, you replaced it with the gimmickey robot bar.. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
I didn't have to fly anywhere. Port Liberty is so convenient for those of us who live in NJ or NY. The cabin was beautiful and clean. Our specialty restaurant (Wonderland) was a unique and exciting gourmet experience that everybody ... Read More
I didn't have to fly anywhere. Port Liberty is so convenient for those of us who live in NJ or NY. The cabin was beautiful and clean. Our specialty restaurant (Wonderland) was a unique and exciting gourmet experience that everybody should try and we will never forget. Boarding and departure was done with ease and efficiency All the crew in every category were upbeat and friendly. We enjoyed our MyTime dining status. The only complaints I had, was that we should have been told to take cash to Coco Cay beach to buy souvenirs from the islanders, and the musical We Will Rock You was unrelentingly loud When there was a breakdown we were relieved too be able to leave. The Gift and Caberet, however, were wonderful and combined upbeat technology and human talent divinely. Our favorite, though, was the opposite, combining human ingenuity and comedy--Mo5saic. They were incredible and I would go to see them perform again at home. Read Less
Sail Date March 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
This cruise was planned by my sister to celebrate both her 70th Birthday and her retirement with her family. In the course of a year her dream became a reality, reuniting her sisters and giving her sons and their growing families time to ... Read More
This cruise was planned by my sister to celebrate both her 70th Birthday and her retirement with her family. In the course of a year her dream became a reality, reuniting her sisters and giving her sons and their growing families time to become acquainted while providing each a venue for entertainment and enjoyment. The water areas were in use constantly. The Kid Clubs gave the parents peace of mind, the kids loved them and the parents had quality time with other adults. I, as an arthritic 68 year old, was a bit apprehensive about signing up for snorkeling on Coco Cay. Frequently, rental equipment is subpar which makes for a poor experience. The diving instructor at Coco Cay was amazing! His technique using "noodles' for head support was novel and reassuring in choppy seas. The snorkle and mask were topnotch, made of silicon and fit beautifully. I had the most fun in the water that I have had in years. The instructor would find and display local sealife for the snorklers. Starfish, seaslugs, conchs and even a lobster were found crawling beneath the colorful fish and coral. He also made certain to get his hungry guests back to Coco Cay in time for a tropical picnic! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I have been on many, many, many cruises, but never Royal Caribbean, or a 9 day cruise, so it was just a bucket list to do list... I bascially live in the tri-state area so exploring Jersey was not necessary. The embarkation and ... Read More
I have been on many, many, many cruises, but never Royal Caribbean, or a 9 day cruise, so it was just a bucket list to do list... I bascially live in the tri-state area so exploring Jersey was not necessary. The embarkation and disembarkation surprised me, cause with the other ships I was used to being herded like cattle in and out... this was so smooth and fast, I was impressed. Anthem of the Seas is beautiful but I feel they had a lot of things squeezed into a medium sized ship...the only complaint I really had was my cabin...OMG...it was a storage closet, not a cabin... once my bags were in the room, there was no place to walk or turn, I started to act like a crab(walking sideways...). If you are tall or with girth, the studio cabin is not for you...I am 5ft. 4" and my feet hung of the bed. Moving on, Dining, every restaurant even the buffet was delicious, Entertainment, clubs broadway shows loved em, activities, service, I had to tip my steward extra, Antoine was so helpful, and Shore excursions, went jet skiing in Bermuda, Parasailing & ziplining in Labadee... I had soooooooo much fun. I will definitely be cruising with RC again... Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Where to start. Embarkation was a cattle call. Everyone waited for almost 2 hours even with assigned times. Purchases that were paid and were to be in the cabin, were not and I had to go to guest services and "prove" paid for ... Read More
Where to start. Embarkation was a cattle call. Everyone waited for almost 2 hours even with assigned times. Purchases that were paid and were to be in the cabin, were not and I had to go to guest services and "prove" paid for them. The wait for reserved dinner was over an hour. Food was horrible, except for Chef's Table (sans chef). Absolutely NO ADA on ship accommodations, although I was informed differently when I reserved. Complementary Spa treatment was refused unless I purchased an upgrade. Champaign was in the room, sans ice bucket, ice, or glasses. That took 2 days. Everyone I spoke with had the same complaints, even the crew, They hate the food. Entertainment was just bad. Not much to do. example: Trivia, kill some time? Was 10 minutes. Dress codes were NOT enforced, never had a waiter bring me a beverage, all they did was clear tables and I saw one about 5 times. Crew walked around, were very pleasant, but involved in their conversations or texting! Want a soda refill...walk to the end of the ship. Vintages staff were obnoxious. I could go on and on. Positive, Studio cabin with balcony was very nice, so I ate on my balcony. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We are prior RC's Oasis and Freedom class cruisers, as well as Holland, Disney & Princess travelers. In summary, bigger is not always better. This sip is almost too big for its own good. Quality & consistency in service is ... Read More
We are prior RC's Oasis and Freedom class cruisers, as well as Holland, Disney & Princess travelers. In summary, bigger is not always better. This sip is almost too big for its own good. Quality & consistency in service is lacking. There are great things about this cruise ship, but do not feel for an instant, that you are missing out or not getting a great experience, if you do not get to cruise this massive ship, as other smaller RC ships have delivered at the a higher level. Overall it was a GREAT cruise, as a day at sea is better than being any other place, the above comments are for someone to compare and contrast. For the price, this is an EXCELLENT value. We would do it all over again, but would be just as happy cruising a smaller RC ship as well. Pros: 1) New, clean modern ship, with beautiful cabins, great cabin bathroom, flat TV screen, excellent WIFI service (for a very reasonable daily fee). 2) Spectra's Cabaret show was AMAZING, music, dancers, robotics, do not miss. The other shows were so-so... Other RC cruise's entertainment have been as good, if not better. 3) Anthem's Solarium's pool very beautiful and clean, and never crowded, just as other RC cruises. 4) North Star, 300' above the Sea, great experience. This is unique to this ship 5) Our cabin's bathroom over flooded on 3 separate occasions (clean water, valve not shutting off ?), all within 2 days, and on the 2nd day, they moved us to another cabin, and the handling of this situation was A+ 6) Bermuda was an AMAZING port f call, we which instead of 2 days, they has a 3-days Bermuda cruise. This is one of the best Island we have ever cruised to, at the same level of Puerto Rico, Aruba, Barbados and Turks & Caicos, and Hawaii. Cons: 1) Windjammer jammed pack, and food quality is poor. After Day 1, we decided to never return. There are 4 sit down restaurants, they encourage you rotate to try them all...Only CHIC restaurant was worst returning. La Grande (Mediterranean) chaotic, poor service, rushed and disorganized. Silk & Great American rest. were OK. Overall, the "4 sit down restaurants are all "hit-or-miss". CHIC is the most consistent, and ran like a top restaurant every single visit. I prefer other cruise's one large formal dinning room, you get to know the waiters, and the service and quality has always been is FAR superior. 2) Embarking time. We arrived and checked-in at 11:30a.m., but we didn't get inside the ship until 3:00p.m., as they were experiencing an "IT glitch", this is the longest wait we have ever waited to embark. But everyone was calm..... 3) The Promenade is the worst of all the above mentioned cruise ships. Fewer shops, the merchandise was cheap, little souvenirs and they all lacked selection. One of the highlights of my prior cruises had always been the "day-at-sea" gift shop sales, selection and "bargains", Anthem has the worst stores. Yes, there is a fancy Bvlgari jewelry store, and clothes shops which were always empty, they should instead replace them with awesome gift shops with fun/affordable costume jewelry, bags, souvenirs, etc. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I was invited on this cruise with a co-worker, so I could not say no. Bermuda has always been a destination I've wanted to go to and it did not disappoint. The port at Cape Liberty was easy to get to and very well organized. You drive ... Read More
I was invited on this cruise with a co-worker, so I could not say no. Bermuda has always been a destination I've wanted to go to and it did not disappoint. The port at Cape Liberty was easy to get to and very well organized. You drive up, porter takes your bags, you pull up to the indoor parking garage and voila! You go up an escalator to check in - all very quick and easy. The people on the ship were very friendly and aim to please. Our cabin attendant, Maria, was especially mindful of every request we made. (Concierge Class cabin). The casino manager, Craig, and slots manager, Adam were so outgoing and friendly - they joined me for my golf game, which I was initially going alone. They made my week! The beaches and attractions were easy to get to by ferry & bus. Wednesday night they have "Harbour Nights" in Hamilton. They close the main street and have dancing and street vendors out. Probably a good time to get some souvenirs. Horseshoe Bay Beach is a must! People say it's too crowded, but we discovered that the umbrella and chair rentals stopped at the lifeguard station, so we just laid our towels on the other side which was less populated. It wasn't too bad a walk to go check out Jobsons Cove and Warwick Long Bay as well. Beware that the under tow at Warwick is very strong and almost caused my friend to drown! Two helpful men along the beach had to help her out of the water. Crystal & Fantasy caves are very interesting to see, but pricey ($22 for 1 cave/$30 for 2) and the tour is very short. Gibb's Lighthouse is a bit of a hike up a hill then 187 steps to the top, so make sure you have proper footwear and energy to do this. The view from the lighthouse is phenomenal. We also took the ferry to St. Georges. Fort St. Catherine is there which we visited with a very handsome and super friendly shuttle driver, Patrick. We went on to Tobacco Bay beach after that. This is the place to bring kids. Super safe and protected from the large waves. Great music, restaurant, rentals and wifi. We also stopped at the Frog & Onion Pub at the Dockyard which had great snacks, much cheaper drinks than the ship and again free wifi. I bought 2 Bermuda Rum Cakes which are famous. They are expensive, but travel well (as we drove from Cape Liberty to Toronto) and they are delicious! Overall the ship and the island were a very memorable experience for me. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I sailed on the Anthem leaving Port Liberty on February 21, 2016 for a twelve night cruise. I arrived at the port at about 11 AM and was checked in by 11:15 AM and on the ship by 11:30 AM. I'm glad I read Cruise Critic reviews that ... Read More
I sailed on the Anthem leaving Port Liberty on February 21, 2016 for a twelve night cruise. I arrived at the port at about 11 AM and was checked in by 11:15 AM and on the ship by 11:30 AM. I'm glad I read Cruise Critic reviews that said to go to personnel in the turquoise jackets with the I-pads, otherwise it might have been rather chaotic. I went to the Windjammer buffet for lunch and by 1 PM cabins were ready. Cabin: I was in a balcony cabin, #12716. Bathroom was nice with a glass shower door, but did not have a lot of shelf space. The bed was hard as a rock! The desk was about 4 to 6 inches lower than standard height and I always felt I was hunching over when I needed to use it. The desk chair had no back and wasn't very comfortable. The balcony was a decent size. My cabin was almost all the way aft, so it was nice and quiet. The cabin décor was nice, but there was no awe factor at all. Food: I did the Classic Dining-early sitting. We rotated with our same wait staff between 4 different restaurants, the Grande, American Icon, Silk, and Chic. The Grande was the better of the four. I had some awesome meals, the filet mignon, short ribs, salmon, lobster, but a few not so great including two steaks and the shrimp tempura. I usually did the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch and found the food there was quite good. The French fries were the greatest! The burgers were good, too, as well as the crepes to order. Breakfast was good, all the usual breakfast goodies. Pastries were O.K., not spectacular. The rice pudding and bread pudding were really good. Entertainment: I went to see "We Will Rock You". I didn't think I was going to like it, but the more I saw the better it got. I also saw "Spectra's Cabaret" in Two70. It was filled with computer graphics and lots of talent. The gentleman portraying Spectra was mesmerizing. I went to see "The Gift" and it was a little different, but entertaining. Shopping: It seems that RCI is catering to the wealthy 1 % with shops like Bvlgari, Armani, Prada and the rest of us poor folks had very little to look at. I never saw any people in the high-end shops. Even the selection of Anthem logo wear was limited. Most of the women's logo T-shirts were sized for midgets! Having the complimentary coffee shop on the shopping level was really nice and handy. Ports: I really liked Labadee. It's a pretty place with nice beaches and lots of activities. I collect shot glasses and was shocked when one of the vendors said the one I was looking at was $40! I don't appreciate vendors trying to rip me off. I don't know why we stopped in Puerto Rico as we didn't get there till 3 PM. That doesn't give you much daylight to see anything. Maybe that time should be added to one of the other ports. On St. Maarten, I took a tall ship cruise out by the airport and it was a nice time. On Martinique, I went to the Botanical Gardens. As I have been on these islands multiple times, it's hard to find something different to do. Cruise lines need to start looking at new islands to sail to. Our last two ports were canceled and we headed back to Bayonne because bad weather was predicted and RCI did not want a repeat of sailing through a hurricane again. Because of this cancelation, RCI gave a credit of 50% of what you paid for your cruise on a future cruise and credited accounts for the two days we lost. Shortening the cruise by two days was a hardship for a lot of passengers who had flown in for their cruise, but since I came by bus it was no big deal for me. Service: Our dinner wait staff, Kwesi and Jeanne were great. I usually ran into Jeanne up in the Windjammer at breakfast and she was always available for extra coffee or whatever else you needed. In fact everyone in the Windjammer were very helpful. My cabin steward, Orlando, was also very attentive. I thought the crew were very pleasant and helpful. Décor: The Anthem was not awesome. It was nice. I was a little disappointed with the décor. I've been on nicer ships. Summary: Would I sail on the Anthem again? Yes, I would, but it wasn't the best cruise ship I have been on and it was far from the worst. Having to make reservations for shows and some activities (Northstar, Flowrider) takes the spontaneity out of cruising and makes it seem like a job. And to all the folks attached to their smart phones and I-pads, take a real vacation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I am a totally inexperienced cruiser, I had never stepped foot on a vessel of this size before Nov 22nd. I learned one thing right away, never sail on a new ship with new technology...needless to say, maybe automation isn't the way ... Read More
I am a totally inexperienced cruiser, I had never stepped foot on a vessel of this size before Nov 22nd. I learned one thing right away, never sail on a new ship with new technology...needless to say, maybe automation isn't the way to go right now. Check-In: the system crashed..need I say more.. WOW bands: should really be called underwow bracelets, lets just say they worked only occasionally at best, I had to go to guest services numerous times to have my band "reset." Royal IQ app: pay 14.95 per device and have it tell you more times that not, unable to deliver text message..I got my money back for the one, since the feature was terrible. This WOW experience is a great concept, but hasn't come together yet. Guest Relations: I was going to start tell wait staff that my room was in guest services, since I spent more time there, then anywhere else on the boat. Due to the fact that I was so displeased with my experience on this boat, I went to guest relations (after being stuck in the elevator) and demanded my prepaid gratuities back, yea not going to happen for 7-10 business days. So for anyone 1st time cruisers reading this...do not pay your gratuities up front (12.95 per person per day) for our 4 people for 8 days totally $414.40. Next time I will tip as I go...give it to services that deserve it. Service: I will be nice here.... Positives: IFLY-H2O (yes his name) was AWESOME!! the highlight of my boat experience. I will say, being forced to be disconnected from the stressers of work and real life I enjoyed tremendously, and I would do it again....This experience is not going to deter me from cruising again. I see the potential of how awesome it can be. I recommend doing the classic dining, dynamic dining isn't fixed yet...they messed up so many reservation, I can't even begin to go into detail with that one. Staterooms: (we had a balcony fl 13) we had 4 people 2 adults 1 14yr old 1 6 yr old, and it was tight I have to be honest, the balcony was awesome, when going out to the balcony and you looked you the "H" from anthem was directly over your head, which I found cool...Our cabin stew..not the best, actually not great at all..my bathroom was always dirtier then when he got there, he never wiped down the counter, and there was filth behind the toilet by the toilet brush...yea I wasn't happy Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Pros First off staff was very friendly. Ship was spotless and clean. Comedians and shows were amazing. Dinning room food was great. Buffet food was bad the quality of the food was not good. Drink package was great all you can drink! ... Read More
Pros First off staff was very friendly. Ship was spotless and clean. Comedians and shows were amazing. Dinning room food was great. Buffet food was bad the quality of the food was not good. Drink package was great all you can drink! Great ship! Loved it. Pools were great. Cons- The cruise director didn't do a great job promoting the night life for younger people. There was no one in the club and it was boring. The only time is was fun is when we had the white out party on the main pool deck. The director could of had more people to the younger events if he promoted. Yet, I still had a great time just wish there was a better night life for the younger crowed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015

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