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106 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) to Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

It is a shame to rate the review 2 Stars when it could have easily been 5 Stars, however for the Strictly Kosher traveler the kosher food was at best marginal, and most times third world. I n all fairness if you are not a kosher traveler ... Read More
It is a shame to rate the review 2 Stars when it could have easily been 5 Stars, however for the Strictly Kosher traveler the kosher food was at best marginal, and most times third world. I n all fairness if you are not a kosher traveler then this trip would be fantastic. The ship is hugh, modern, clean, and very exciting shows and entertainment...but if your a kosher traveler you 're going to suffer. Airlines pre packaged food was better than this cruise. Not wanting to mention the kosher source, its definitely worth asking your travel agent from which kosher caterer the food is coming from, and not only that....you must insist on seeing the actual menu in advance. do not take no for an answer...we were stuck with the same meat menu all 12 nites and the menu was 4 items...thats it ! only one out of the four were able to be eaten....Weve complained to RCCL people and all they could tell us was that theyre looking to improve caterers, but they didnt get the idea that is they did serve decent kosher food much more kosher travelers would take their cruises..but it seemed to go on deaf ears sorry to say...Again the ship was great...now you have to see if you can handle the food...We took vacuum sealed food and actually boiled them in water with a little coil heater..and it worked..and you could take that to the dinner table...but its no way to enjoy a cruise...but go anyway..its a great trip..just dont be disappointed in the food situation and you'll be fine....Bon Voyage Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Overall cruise was good. Ship is very elegant n beautiful, entertainment good, lots to do like bumper cars, North star skating assimulator and much more. Food was just ok for us. Service not so great. Shopping was good n enjoyed all ... Read More
Overall cruise was good. Ship is very elegant n beautiful, entertainment good, lots to do like bumper cars, North star skating assimulator and much more. Food was just ok for us. Service not so great. Shopping was good n enjoyed all ports. Great experience-glad we did it-not worried about going again. (n we r advid cruisers-atleast 3 ayr) balcony cabin was nice with good storage cabinets . We still had a wonderful time despite hating the travels to New Jersey not being told bayonne bridge didnt open till 3 so we almost missed ship eventho we left in plenty enough time but got lost trying to get around city paid 2 xtra $15 tolls and tried to find other parking We prepaid for. ship parking very expensive @$20aday. When called rccl ermerg line the operator was very rude and no help. Told us we has 20minutes before desk closing. Very cold Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The embarkation and disembarkation was extremely organized. Ship: Very clean and well maintained. Cabin: The cleanness was exceptional. Dining: Outstand food and service. Entertainment: Was New York theater quality ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation was extremely organized. Ship: Very clean and well maintained. Cabin: The cleanness was exceptional. Dining: Outstand food and service. Entertainment: Was New York theater quality Ports and Shore excursions: Very well organized and planned out to make our day very enjoyable. Since we live in New Jersey it was very easy to travel to Port Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey. Very easy to park you car to proceed to ship. Checking in was organized and very quick getting our room. Luggage was there waiting for us which I found to be a plus. I was able to unpack and start enjoying the entire ships amenities. First time cruising on this very big ship 5000 guest plus approx. 1700 ship staff at first was a bit overwhelming. This experience proved us to be wrong due to the fact that everything ran smooth. Again, I would highly recommend Royal Caribbean. . Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I choose this cruise because of the port of calls and the length of the cruise . however most of our excursions were cancelled due to lack of interest the average age was mid seventy's and they are not able to go snorkeling and hiking ... Read More
I choose this cruise because of the port of calls and the length of the cruise . however most of our excursions were cancelled due to lack of interest the average age was mid seventy's and they are not able to go snorkeling and hiking and so we were given refunds and left to find last minute things to do this was not Royal Caribbeans fault but it takes away from our vacation the other thing was the soda card my wife drinks Dr Pepper after two days all the machines were out after asking they filled on day four only to run out again for several days again ,we were later told that nobody is assigned to that task . The last improvement would be the dinner menu it is too repetitive three of the restaurants had the same menu every day they seem to add one new thing and take one away many things we could not eat do to doctors orders which we understand rccl is trying to serve 4000 people not just two or the four of us .over all this was not the cruise for us but i still love RCCL and will stay with them again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I have thought long and hard about writing this review (which is why it's taken me so long) and with that in mind here it goes. After previously cruising with RCI on Oasis, Allure (twice) - which were fantastic and Legend (well ... Read More
I have thought long and hard about writing this review (which is why it's taken me so long) and with that in mind here it goes. After previously cruising with RCI on Oasis, Allure (twice) - which were fantastic and Legend (well that's a story for another time), we had high expectations of cruising on Anthem. We are from Australia and generally P&O Australia cruisers, so this was 18 months in the planning and a trip of a lifetime. We were really looking forward to experiencing the Quantum class of ship and with Ovation now visiting Australia we thought it would be great to see what it was like before booking on Ovation. Let's just say we are glad we didn't. Embarkation Abysmal is the word I would use. Bayonne has to be the worst port we have ever cruised out of and that is saying something when you live in Brisbane. 1.5 hrs waiting in an Uber to travel a couple of miles to the port (and we left late from our hotel because of the email advising us that the Coast Guard were doing inspections which we found at later was an excuse that is used frequently out of Bayonne). No-one telling you where to go Staff directing you the iPad holders and then other staff members getting up you for standing in the wrong lines. iPad holders standing with no-one to attend to but looking every other way so as to avoid eye contact. No organisation through security. We had priority but were advised to go through normal lines - we ignored the direction. Didn't like that they don't give you your cruise cards at this point. There was no-one at the gangway as you got on, directing people - it was total chaos. Once we got on we decided to explore to start with and then grab a coffee. Guess what - my card didn't work. Apparently it hadn't been set up correctly by the iPad lady, so I couldn't get in to our room either. Now, I like to avoid customer service for the first 2-3 days, but unfortunately had to line up for 45 minutes to get it sorted. I wasn't happy. Lots of people were having problems with the ships technology and this seemed to become a theme for the 13 days. Cabin Rooms were available due to being so late getting on the ship. This was our one big positive. The cabin was probably the best we have ever been in. A deluxe balcony cabin on deck 8 was clean and large, and had the most amazing amount of storage I have even seen on a ship. (Good for us as we were in the US for 5 weeks and had extra baggage). You didn't even know we were in there as we could put everything away. Our cabin steward was good, although we didn't see him often as we had Dynamic Dining (see later). We always had a late sitting, yet he seemed to pick those times to want to come in and service the cabin while we were trying to get ready. Our only real gripe was the balcony. It was filthy and covered in salt, including the furniture which we couldn't sit in without using towels. We asked for it to be cleaned, which was only done once when we arrived in to the first port and it wasn't done again. The steward said they don't clean them anymore unless requested. Ship I always say when it comes to ships, everyone has their own opinion of what they like and don't like so each and to their own. I can honestly say, it's not the ship for us. I must admit I like a ship with a big Atrium and promenade type setting but Anthem feels small and enclosed in their promenade considering it's such a big ship. There was never enough room to walk as there was always "daily sales" selling the same crap every day and just being in the way. Royal Theatre - never had a problem getting seating if you are early - nice and big but don't be late otherwise you will get stuck behind a pole. Two70 - lovely place to relax during the day, but impossible to find a good seat for the shows at night. The only place to really see anything well is right down the front. This is not a people friendly venue and as it seemed the only place they held any ship events, it was often overcrowded, hot and stuffy. The Halloween event was the only one we ended up attending. The Music Hall - always seemed closed for "Private Functions" - big but again not enough seating. SeaPlex - a great idea, but people took stupid pills when waiting for Bumper cars which were only held every other day. Xboxes never worked. Table tennis balls always seemed to be either flat or just not there at all. We didn't skate or do the circus school, but the kids that did seemed to enjoy it. The hotdog place was ok but don't turn up late and expect one as they run out quickly. North Star - glad we booked before we got on. They were very unorganised and even though we turned up at our allotted time they were running nearly 30 - 45 minutes late. A point to note, if people are in a wheelchair, they are classed as 2 people, so they take less on the pod and push the poor people who were waiting with us but were at the end of the line to the next timeslot. This then affected future timeslots. Maybe RCI should have on the booking portal a box to tick "wheelchair" and that automatically adds 2 people and doesn't over book the pod. Didn't use the FlowRider I-Fly - what a fantastic experience. Hubby booked again as he had so much fun and let me tell you - a minute in there feels like a lifetime but it is excellent fun. We did it with a couple in their 70's and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Pools - didn't use outdoor pool but it looked fine. Mainly used Solarium pools as we had a fantastic barman "Jamie" who really looked after us. Actually all the bar staff were great at this venue. Pools and spas in this area were always clean and we never had a problem finding a deck chair. Robotic barmen - didn't work for first 4 days. When did only tried it once. Drink wasn't too bad. Was fun to watch it though. Dining/Casual Dining Didn't do any specialty restaurants Cafe Promendade - (Starbucks side) became one of our favourite places to sit and relax and watch the world go by. My hubby likes coffee, so our only complaint was they didn't offer us the coffee card at the beginning of the cruise and it was only when we heard someone in front ask for it that we got one. Sorrentos Pizza - cheese pizzas good - it is what it is. Solarium Bistro - ate here most days. Nice salads and wraps. Tip - get the sandwiches toasted as bread can be a little "stale". Desserts - some of the yummiest on the ship. Windjammer - only ate here when we absolutely had too. I swear some people just don't know how to eat at buffets. Staff were lacking here - never enough tables, when there were tables available, you could sit down and they were never cleared, floors were filthy with dropped food and spills. I can never understand why people feel the need to pile their plates up high and then leave most of it strewn across the table and not eaten. Unfortunately this is a cruise gripe for us as and is not limited to just RCI. Dynamic Dining - what a disaster - I know why they got rid of it. Wish we hadn't done it as we never got to eat with anyone and had no relationship with the servers. The Grande Restaurant - just terrible service. Sat down first time and waited 30 minutes for someone to just bring water and bread. Didn't stick to their own dress requirements with T-shirt and short wearing gentleman allowed in. Made the mistake of going back a second time and was just as bad. Food - mediocre. Silk - appalling. Food inedible - probably the worst cruise food we have ever tasted (and we cruise P&O). Staff dropping plates and extremely inept. Seemed like the were all first timers and in training. Didn't go back. Chic - first time was a bit hit and miss. Second time was much better. Food was ok. American Icon - ended up eating here multiple times. Got the same waiter - Andrew. He was a highlight and the food was really enjoyable. Seems funny when it all comes from the same kitchen. We kept going back. Bars in General There are no menus in the bars. We kept asking for what drinks were available and no-one could give you a list of what they did. We finally would find a drink to order and then discover that when we went to a different bar they wouldn't make it. None of the bars were consistent. Shore Excursions Labadee - did Adult's only Sandbar. Unfortunately weather wasn't favourable but we still had a good time. Coming back to the ship was great fun in the big big big waves. Falmouth - no tour Grand Cayman - did a small tour on a trolley. Got what we paid for. Left 2 cruisers behind because there wasn't enough room and they didn't want to sit apart. Maybe look at reviews a bit better next time Roatan - Tabyana Beach Break - was not the relaxing beach break we were expecting. Lunch included which was not really enjoyable. It was really only an expensive shuttle bus over to the beach that took longer than it would normally but due to the condition of the roads. We were the first bus load to get there and after having a "safety briefing" were taken out to the beach chairs. Out the front of the chairs on the sand behind an invisible line were the vendors and they proceeded to scream at us for the next 4 hours if we wanted to buy anything and when we went to go in to the water they followed us still asking when we said no. We had to get rude. Security walking around to protect your belongings which was appreciated but I didn't not go back to the ship relaxed. Costa Maya - no tour Cozumel - no tour - enjoyed a very very expensive drink at Señor Frogs though... Entertainment We Will Rock You - probably the best show at sea we have ever seen. Was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. Spectras Cabaret /The Gift - after reading other reviews I thought I had done my due diligence to understand what was going on. Nope - didn't help. Still didn't know. Singing and dancing was excellent, but really just didn't understand the concept. New entertainment crew did their first show of The Gift and they were good, but we didn't appreciate the old crew sitting in the crowd screaming and cheering every time something finished and then giving them a standing ovation. Guest entertainers - the Beatles tribute group were fantastic and there was an impressionist from Las Vegas (sorry forgot his name) and he was very good. Cruise Director/Activities Manager Drew and Chris - these two gentleman were fantastic and we became good friends with them. Always acknowledged us when they saw us walking by and were always willing to have a chat even when they were busy. Made what was a pretty mediocre experience for us in to a pretty good one by the end and we appreciated their effort. In Conclusion. We were very disappointed in the ship and the service. We don't ask for much, but you pay good money to cruise these days and I guess there are just some things that you think are important and customer service is one of them. We put it down to, that ships are like hotels, and it all depends on how they are managed and I just don't think Anthem is managed very well. Good friends of ours just got off Ovation here in Australia and they had a fantastic time. We didn't want to influence them and tell them we didn't enjoy her sister ship and they made up their own minds. I always say, reviews are just someone else opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion. In the end, even though we didn't enjoy it as much as other cruises, it was a cruise and a cruise is what you make it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose it because we wanted to try the Quantum size ship. It was very beautiful and high tech but we feel for all the passengers, there were not near enough elevators to accommodate all the people. Always waiting for elevators and walking ... Read More
Chose it because we wanted to try the Quantum size ship. It was very beautiful and high tech but we feel for all the passengers, there were not near enough elevators to accommodate all the people. Always waiting for elevators and walking long distances to get from one place to another. Did not mind the rotating dining rooms, however, did not like the choice of the Silk dining room 4 nights out of a 12-nite cruise. Lucky if I eat chinese two times a year. Entertainment was terrific....enjoyed We will Rock You, The Gift and Sprectra's Caberet. Still like going to a show after early or late seating....not making reservations for shows. Biggest problem is the swimming pool. Ship staff never does anything about their "Pool Rules". You can never get a chair because people save chairs from early morning and sometimes don't come back for 6 hours or more. The pool attendants did nothing as far as removing towels or stopping all the kids from running and jumping into pool (1st rule of your ship). Rules apparently are made to be broken as RCCL does nothing to follow up on their rules. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Ship is ultra modern and very high tech, however, you are getting less and less for your money. Stateroom very nice, but the balcony was obstructed yet the cost was there. Stateroom attendant was extremely friendly, helpful and very ... Read More
Ship is ultra modern and very high tech, however, you are getting less and less for your money. Stateroom very nice, but the balcony was obstructed yet the cost was there. Stateroom attendant was extremely friendly, helpful and very courtious. Restaurants are plentiful on this ship with a handful that you don't have to pay for, but no formal dining room for the complimentary restaurants, so you have to make reservations for the once you want. One would think that for the price paid, you should not have to go to other restaurants and pay there as well. You pay premium prices for drinks (more than in bars) and they add 18% gratuity charges regardless of the service. The way I look at cruising is that you are in a hotel room paying the maid daily to make up your room and keep it clean. The price of the room includes meals, but tipping is obligatory, and drinks are not included. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My boyfriend and I are in our mid and late 20s that share a love for cruising. We book a cruise at least once and year and have been devout Royal Caribbean fans, but unfortunately this cruise has caused us to second guess our decision. The ... Read More
My boyfriend and I are in our mid and late 20s that share a love for cruising. We book a cruise at least once and year and have been devout Royal Caribbean fans, but unfortunately this cruise has caused us to second guess our decision. The quality of the food has decreased incredibly, we were absolutely disappointed from start to finish. From the moment I walked onto the ship and had my first meal at The Windjammer, I was completely disgusted. We were on the Grandeur of the Seas the year before and were highly pleased with our overall experience, but with high expectations with for the Anthem we were very disappointed. This disappointment does not reflect the work of the chefs or the waitstaff, if the chefs were given better high quality ingredients, they would be able to execute better and more memorable meals. I can say out of the 13 days onboard, we may have enjoyed 5 entrees. The Windjammer needs a major facelift, the quality of food was absolutely terrible. The Anthem is a very modern ship, it lacked the luster of the more traditional glamorous cruise ambience. Two70 is the most amazing part of the ship, it is such an innovative room and it truly is the heart of the ship. The space is highly transformable and the technical team did a fantastic job changing the ambience of the room with each performance or event. We had the large interior cabin and it was such a breath of fresh air from the interior cabins we are used to from the other ships of Royal Caribbean's fleet. We loved the virtual balcony that was in our room, it is an amazing addition but I do need to mention you must press mute to avoid any white noise or unwanted noise from the outside. My boyfriend and I were very happy with the nightly entertainment, especially the headliner shows. The quality of the shows were absolutely fantastic, if we were to buy any of these shows in Vegas or NYC it would be atleast $50-$75 per person. The service is never a problem and we always were taken care of. The Dynamic Dining program was a terrible concept that is ending on November 27th for all the right reasons. It took away from having a relationship with the waitstaff which is what we look forward to on vacation. Also, what is the point of having a reservation time, if you have to wait in a long time to even check in for dinner! This concept is just a cluster and is highly frustrating for guests who enjoy traditional cruising. If you are in your 20s and want a younger nightlife feel, cruising off season, is NOT for you! The cruise had a heavy senior citizen population and the trivia, theme nights and music was geared to that crowd. I feel that if this cruise is a modern design, it should gear to the younger generations. We really feel that we are treating like the minority and that senior citizens are given more respect and attention and I feel that it is extremely unfair. We are working individuals who work to cruise, we are the future of the cruise industry and deserve to have themes and events geared to our age range. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I and my cruise gang just got off of a 12 day cruise and it was fantastic. Overall, the ship is great. The cabins are first-rate. The staff are above average and the captain is the most visible and sociable of any that we've sailed ... Read More
I and my cruise gang just got off of a 12 day cruise and it was fantastic. Overall, the ship is great. The cabins are first-rate. The staff are above average and the captain is the most visible and sociable of any that we've sailed with. I think that if I were take one star away, it would be for the food. It was good, but did not measure up to some of the other RCI ships. However, all-in-all, it's a great ship and I and my shipmates highly recommend it. The ports of call were OK, but we'd been to most and would have preferred some variety. I think the worst, and all of my gang agrees, was Roatan. I think that if offered on future cruises, we'll probably not take them. Labadee was good, as usual as were Jamaica and was Cozumel. Costa Maya was a pleasant surprise and very enjoyable, even though all we did was peruse the shops. The flying Mayans show in the square was outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because of the ports, reasonable price, new ship with many innovations, classic dining with restaurant changes, fabulous entertainment. Dru Pavlov, the cruise director, is outstanding. Our interior room w/virtual ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports, reasonable price, new ship with many innovations, classic dining with restaurant changes, fabulous entertainment. Dru Pavlov, the cruise director, is outstanding. Our interior room w/virtual balcony was a pleasant surprise. It was small but comfortable. The virtual balcony is great. We particularly enjoyed everything about 270, a large theater/dining venue, at the back of the ship. Café 270 adjacent had good sandwiches, salads, soups and pastries. It was disappointing that LaPatisserie now charges for everything. The Solarium and Solarium Bistro were wonderful for those who don't want splashers nearby. It was quiet, comfortable and the Bistro food was good. We also enjoyed the hot tubs nearby. The Diamond Club was large enough to accommodate members. The club is at the front of the ship near the theater. We found this location much more convenient. The light breakfast of lox, bagels, pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, cereal and juice was convenient. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We are retired and like to cruise twice a year. RCCL is our favorite ship line and this cruise was on the Anthem of the Seas. We had excellent service in the Coastal Kitchen I say excellent because I have stomach issues but in this ... Read More
We are retired and like to cruise twice a year. RCCL is our favorite ship line and this cruise was on the Anthem of the Seas. We had excellent service in the Coastal Kitchen I say excellent because I have stomach issues but in this restaurant I was fine. They worked with me. Christa made sure everyone was well taken care of food wise! We also had the pleasure of meeting the Godmother of the Freedom of the Seas who was on this cruise. Louise and her husband otherwise known as he who sleeps with the Godmother, fostered disabled and terminally ill children in fact over 400! I so admire her. The Captain on the Anthem is extremely friendly, don't know who was steering the ship as he was all over the ship! Okay I do know there is no steering wheel!!! Do not want to address the elevators! Out of Service was on at least one elevator which makes it very annoying when one can't take the stairs due to knee issues! Our group of four had a great cruise. Request; Need 3way mirror for bedroom, clothes line in bath! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have been on 15 cruises previously, mostly with RRC or Celebrity. We wanted and liked the 2 or 3 days at sea on both ends of the cruise. Its really relaxing to "book-end" your itinerary with days at sea. It also ... Read More
We have been on 15 cruises previously, mostly with RRC or Celebrity. We wanted and liked the 2 or 3 days at sea on both ends of the cruise. Its really relaxing to "book-end" your itinerary with days at sea. It also gives you a chance to explore all the features of the ship. Coming from Vancouver, or any where in the West, it was easy to get to the New Jersey port through Toronto. We loved the ports for the most part although the Eastern Caribbean ones are better. Beaches and shore excursions were all great helped by calm seas and 85 degree weather. The food was excellent. The requirement to make reservations was not always a smooth process but we heard this was changing on the next cruise to the more normal dining system without a reservation. We highly recommend this ship and its cruise itinerary offerings to the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The dining program on Anthem of the Seas is a horrible, dreadful and unpleasant. Royal Caribbean MUST change this major problem. My husband and I are Diamond level cruisers who detested the moving from restaurant to restaurant each ... Read More
The dining program on Anthem of the Seas is a horrible, dreadful and unpleasant. Royal Caribbean MUST change this major problem. My husband and I are Diamond level cruisers who detested the moving from restaurant to restaurant each evening. We had uneven service and never got to know our servers at the restaurants. Several individual gave outstanding and exceptional service but the moving-from-place-to-place every night and limited selections for a vegan (even in the WINDJAMMER) was poor. We are very experienced cruisers (41 cruises) who found the rotating dining program on the Anthem of the Seas awful and extremely displeasing. Royal Caribbean's cut-backs on the privileges to Diamond members - not allowing a free bottle of water (or frozen fruit [like non-alcoholic pina colada - non alcoholic daiquiri] drinks) during the 5 PM to 8:30 "free-liquor/wine/beer" time was unacceptable Diamond level guests who do not drink alcohol. Nothing free at Johnny Rockets or no robes in cabins is below Royal Caribbean's claim to make cruises spectacular. I MUST STATE AGAIN .... Royal Caribbean's benefits and privileges to loyal cruisers are sub-standard. I hope our displeasure with OUR recent cruise experience is read by potential cruisers so that they know Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is becoming worse for cruisers and its services are clearly deteriorating for Diamond level loyal guests. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our annual Family Cruise. It was chosen due to length (12-nights), departure port (Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ - close to most Family Members), and the variety of Ports-of-Call (for our party of 10, out of the six ports of call, ... Read More
This was our annual Family Cruise. It was chosen due to length (12-nights), departure port (Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ - close to most Family Members), and the variety of Ports-of-Call (for our party of 10, out of the six ports of call, there was at least one port that a member had not visited previously, if not more). The fact that most had not sailed on the Anthem of the Seas was an added benefit as well. The Anthem of the Seas is one of the most beautiful ships at sea. Take time to look at the extensive artwork on-board. It is everywhere - staircases, landings, Esplanade, etc. Be sure to look UP, especially when walking through The Via. Two70 is one of the most versatile public spaces anywhere - it is an extraordinarily relaxing lounge during the day, a place to eat in the afternoon, and a terrific entertainment venue at night. The cabins were very comfortable and well appointed. We still had dynamic dining, and rotated between the various complimentary dining rooms - American Icon, Chic, Grande, and Silk. Grande definitely lived up to its name. With the return to a "standard" dining, the menus and dining experiences should become equivalent in all four dining rooms. Because we were in suites, we had the great fortune to dine in Coastal Kitchen, which was exemplary - far and away the best complimentary dining onboard by far!!! The entertainment was also above average. "We Will Rock You" has to be the best show at sea. "Spectra's Cabaret" was equivalent to any Cirque de Soleil show. For all around fun, you must go on the bumper cars!!! The staff was exemplary. Dru Pavlov is the standard for which all Cruise Directors should be modeled. Concerned and every-present, Dru was an amazing CD, and his model of accessibility was evident throughout the Cruise Director's staff, including Activities Manager Chris Hopkins. Dru and Chris make a great team, and the entire Cruise Director's staff work exceptionally well, keeping us all entertained. The ports were extensive, although Labadee, Falmouth, and Roatan are limited, but that is to be expected. All in all, I would recommend this cruise to anyone with the time, and would gladly repeat this cruise myself. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
+ + + + + excellent sport in ifly, flowrider.... these guys are motivated and perfekt Servicepersonal in restaurants is also good Diving in good and save quality - no stress MINUS fruits are green, there are no actual ... Read More
+ + + + + excellent sport in ifly, flowrider.... these guys are motivated and perfekt Servicepersonal in restaurants is also good Diving in good and save quality - no stress MINUS fruits are green, there are no actual fruit as Mangos, Papayas ....etc also the food itself is going down in quality on this ship (compare to other Royal ships) - if you pay every day additional the food is OK cabin service poor and lousy the excursion service sell you transportation which do not exist diving is too expensive the cabin service charge you with minibar after the cruise which you have not taken (invoice on board after cruise Ok, invoice which you get per mail after cruise charge you with minibar) there is no contact on invoice where you can clear the problem! Look what you get charged - it seams the cruise line give you % or PROMO (mostly over the agent), but add the part which been reduced afterwards on tax - so the PROMO is no PROMO or the % are not given in true Result - we as Crown and Anchor member - will change the cruise line, I do not trust Royal Caribbean anymore. I feel burned. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Went last year on Liberty of the Sea and had a fabulous time so we wanted to go on another cruise with Royal Caribbean again. The ship is new, clean, gorgeous art work, delicious food, wonderful personnel who always were helpful. Our ... Read More
Went last year on Liberty of the Sea and had a fabulous time so we wanted to go on another cruise with Royal Caribbean again. The ship is new, clean, gorgeous art work, delicious food, wonderful personnel who always were helpful. Our waiter Anoop and his assistant Carlos were great, and the head waiter Isabel was helpful beyond belief. Isabel came to my table every night to help me plan low sodium dinners for the next night. We had dynamic dining, and all the food was terrific and the 4 restaurants were gorgeous. The art on the ship was spectacular. My husband did a lot of research of the ports we would be visiting, and we had been to Cozumel previously, but I didn't know too much about the history of the ports, but I did know Haiti has been having a lot of problems recovering from their recent hurricane. I just went off the ship and we looked around, bought some things for my granddaughter, and enjoyed the scenery. Oh, yes, the ship was wonderful, we never felt it rocking, and even the elevators seemed like they weren't moving. I didn't have to take any medicine for seasickness, which is very important. We all enjoyed the trivia on the ship, although there were so many activities that conflicted with dinner, trivia, and shows, Will you consider having bridge instruction in the future? We love the Cruise Compass Brochure, and the morning show with Drew Pavlov and his friend were also helpful. We would have wanted more TV shows, and I noticed that the some of my favorite shows were on but they were in Spanish. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The crew and other staff were great. there are just to many people, you always have a long wait for an elevator. ( which i was stuck in for a while before they found me.). Also the evening entertainment before and after dinner was lacking ... Read More
The crew and other staff were great. there are just to many people, you always have a long wait for an elevator. ( which i was stuck in for a while before they found me.). Also the evening entertainment before and after dinner was lacking in the around the ship. A D.J. was the best they had to offer most nights. I can see why families like it because the kids hang out in the sea plex and have a good time meeting others. forget about signing up for on board events , when you get on the ship and view your planner there is noting there. Now you have to run all over the ship to sign up and that could be all over,be prepared to be frustrated . We were setup as a group but you can not book things that way the system requires everyone to sign up. I will stick with smaller ships Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my first Cruise and I am so Happy I chose Royal Carribian, My experience is beyond Excellent, from Entertainment to fine dinning, shopping anything you can possibly imagine is on this ship Anthem of the Sea I have begone to plan ... Read More
This was my first Cruise and I am so Happy I chose Royal Carribian, My experience is beyond Excellent, from Entertainment to fine dinning, shopping anything you can possibly imagine is on this ship Anthem of the Sea I have begone to plan my next Vacation and it is Definatly with Royal Carribian, The only thing I was a bit dissatisfied is that I traveled with my Dad whom is disabled and it was so hard to get a wheel chair for him prepare for long waiting they really need to change there system with the elderly and Disabled, otherwise overall I give them an A+ and will definitely travel with them again! I highly recommend that you travel with Royal Carribian the staff members are very friendly and polite, Entertainment is absolutely amazing, food was so good and so much to choose from, very clean, service in room was also amazing! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
It was easy to get to Bayonne, NJ, our port of embarkation. We were surprised how quickly we boarded the Anthem of the Seas for the start of our 12 day cruise. My wife and I were extremely surprised again on how thoughtfully the ship was ... Read More
It was easy to get to Bayonne, NJ, our port of embarkation. We were surprised how quickly we boarded the Anthem of the Seas for the start of our 12 day cruise. My wife and I were extremely surprised again on how thoughtfully the ship was designed; it's deck-by-deck floor plan and the ease to which we could navigate around the ship. All of the ship's crew were friendly and helpful. The restaurants, especially: The Grande, American Icon Grill, Chic, and the unique Café @Two 70 were excellent. The 24 hour free coffee at the Café Promenade was excellent, as was the coffee at all of the restaurants. If you prefer Starbucks coffee, it was available for a small charge on the Promenade deck 4. The new ship was well appointed with numerous pools and a beautifully designed solarium with number of Jacuzzis. Upon returning to the Bayonne terminal after our 12 day cruise, we were off the ship in less than 30 minutes and through Customs. Thanks to all who work at Royal Caribbean for making this our greatest vacation ever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Background: I traveled with my Mother, Husband and Daughter (16) for this cruise. My husband and I are in our 30's. My family has done about 5 cruises (NCL and RCCL). We drove down from Canada the Day prior and stayed at the ... Read More
Background: I traveled with my Mother, Husband and Daughter (16) for this cruise. My husband and I are in our 30's. My family has done about 5 cruises (NCL and RCCL). We drove down from Canada the Day prior and stayed at the Homewood Suites in Newark. Hotel was nice was about a 20 minute drive to the pier. We like the Homewood suites there is a separate closed off bedroom for my mom and we can take the pullout couch in the sitting room. Summary: This was fantastic cruise with a great itinerary. The ship is beautiful and there is a lot to do. We would love to cruise on the Anthem again. Our only complaint was the service. The majority of staff were friendly and helpful but we did encountered several who were grumpy and dismissive. Embarkation and Parking We received an email the day prior advising us the embarkation would be delayed due to a US customs inspection of the ship. We were advised that no on would be able to board prior 12 and to not arrive until 11:30. My Mom was anxious to get going so we ended up arriving at the pier around 10:30. There was already a huge line up of cars to get into the pier and later found out they had already started boarding. When you drive up would drop off your luggage with a porter at the door, and then we parked in the parking garage. You take a ticket and pay upon departure. I believe the cost was about $20 a day. My mom has mobility issues. We parked in a handicap spot but it was still a bit of a walk to check in. If someone in your party has trouble walking I would suggest dropping them off at the door before parking. We were booked in a suite so went to the dedicated line for suite guests. Check-in was quick and we were on the ship in about 10 min. Bars and drink package (and wow band) Drink package- (they recently changed the name but it was the one that included everything). We were able to use this in every bar and restaurant as well as on the private island and the bionic bar. For us the package was totally worth it as most drink were between $11-13 each. We could also get fresh squeezed OJ for breakfast and Starbucks coffee which was available in the promenade café which we got every morning. It does not include bottles of wine, although i do think you get a discount on them. We were able to get the packages for buy 1 half of the other before we left. Keep your eye on the cruise planner on the website before you leave for deals. Wow bands- It was nice not having to carry around a card but these were a bit of a pain. Depending on the bar or server you would need to take them off every time you ordered a drink. If you were at a bar that had a scanner it was difficult to get them to scan. Another issue was that some venues (reserved seating the in the theater, access to barefoot beach) required to see the color of your card. There is no color coding or indication on the wow band to indicate you were part of the suite program. You could also not use the band to exit the ships at the ports. There is definitely room for improvement in the wow band program. Our favorite bar was the North Star bar. It is situated above the outdoor pool area right under the North Star. It has lots of good seating and friendly staff. There is a sectioned off area that you can get access to if you buy a bottle of champagne. It was always empty and seemed to be a bit of a waste of space. Our least favorite bar was the outdoor pool bar. There was one bartender there who was rude and lied to us once saying he didn’t have mint for my mojito because he wanted to close up early. Another bartender quickly stepped in a produced the mint from behind the bar and made my drink. We LOVED Michael’s pub. They served cider and Guinness and had several beers on tap. The food at Michael is extra charge so we didn’t try any. Dinning We had lunch in the Coastal Kitchen when we boarded (this is a complimentary restaurant for suite guest only). It was quiet and calm (unlike the buffet). We typically had breakfast there as well and dinner there once. The food was good but service was lacking. The weather who was assigned to us seemed to either not be listening or has difficulty understanding English. We actually stopped going there towards the end of the cruise because of this. The Windjammer Buffet-good food and selection but busy. I like to have smoked salmon for breakfast which I couldn’t find. We discovered that it was available by request and the international station. The best place to eat was at the very back outside. Lovely views and it was not crowded. They also have an omelet and crepe station back there that no one seemed to know about. Complimentary restaurants- American iconic grill and chic were average. Silk is AMAZING!!!! Fantastic food and service, curry and short ribs were remarkable. The Grand is the only formal restaurant. There are no designed formal nights, you dress up when you go there. Food was good and they had a slightly more upscale menu including lobster and filet minion. The solarium bistro was terrible. You order a main off the menu and everything else is cafeteria style. Everything was cold and seemed to be cheaper quality. Surcharge restaurants-We also ate in Wonderland, Jamie Oliver and Izumi . We bought the buy one get one ahead of time. You don’t get to choose your restaurants but they say you can change your reservation once you get on board. We had wanted Chops but could not get a reservation the entire cruise. Wonderland was a must do. Instead of ordering they bring you everything on the menu. It’s a unique experience and the food was very good. Izumi was TERRIBLE. Worst sushi we have ever had. It was always empty and I know why! Save your money. We often had lunch in Café 270. Café 270 had fresh roast beef sandwiches with au jus. Delish! The pizza in Sorrento’s was good. You could get it by the slice or have a whole pizza made. Entertainment and Activities Pool-there was and outdoor pool, indoor pool and adults only solarium which actually took us 3 days to find because the sip is so huge lol. The outdoor pool had the usual chairs hogs. The was a suite guest only deck above the pool that we used often as it was the only place we could get chairs. There was a sign that said “ring bell for server”. We search everywhere for the “bell” with no luck. We mentioned it to one a staff member and apparently the bell was removed but the sign wasn’t. It also has a large shower that you can use to cool off. Northstar -We went up in the North Star on our second sea day. I am scared of heights but it moves slowly so I was ok. The views were great and it was a fun experience. There were rumors that they weight you before you get on. I did see a scale but no one was weighted. It also no longer goes out to the side. I booked this reservation in the cruise planner before boarding. Ripcord by ifly- This was so much fun and a must do! You go out groups and fly for 1 minute each. Flow rider- Wasn’t easy but they do provide you with some instruction and hold your hands when you first get on. They have designated times for stand up surfing and boogie boarding. We also tried bumper cars (so much fun!) and roller skating. I wanted to do the trapeze /circus school but never got around it. Shows-Shows were excellent as well as the comedians and Beatles tribute band. Spa Spa was nice and seemed to have some sort of running each day. Suite guest also get 1 days use of the thermal suite-saunas, rain shower and thermal bed. Ports Haiti-We reserved a beach from Cabana on Barefoot beach. If you book a suite the concierge will email you aprox 1 week prior to sailing and ask if you would like one. The cost is per cabin (not per person). It was totally worth it. We had a dedicated staff member to bring us drinks. There was also a BBQ lunch provided. The locals at the market were way to aggressive for me. Jamaica-We did the Dunes Falls and Caves. This was our favorite excursion. The falls are amazing and our tour guide was great. You must bring water shoes or you will have to buy some at the falls. A word of warning though, the caves have bats. They seemed harmless but i just wasn't expecting that. Grand Cayman- We took a taxi to 7mile beach. If you get the $5 taxi they take you to the public beach (which I recommend) which is at Calico Jacks bar. If you get the $3 taxi they take you to a resort that you then have to pay $10 to get in. Roatan-We booked a private tour in advance, Victor Bodden's Sun-n-Fun tour. I highly recommend this. We had a tour of the island in an AC van, then we went to Bodden's Monkey Business where we got to hold monkeys and then to a beach all for only $30!!! At the beach we did a guided snorkeling excursion for an additional $30 (we bartered for this price). Snorkeling was over a reef and was fantastic. Word of warning the people on the island will not accept money that has any small rips in it so make sure you bring undamaged bills. Costa Maya-There is lots to do right at the port, swim up bar, shops etc, but its very expensive (Corona's were $6). Make your way out of the port area and get on the shuttle. Its $3 and takes you to the beach which is about a 5 min drive. Chairs were no charge and Corona's were $1. On the way back you take a yellow cab and its $3 as well. Cozumel-We did the ATV jungle tour. It was well suited for beginners which we are not. It was a little slow for our liking but still lots of fun. They then took us to the beach which as nice. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We are Diamond Plus at 536 cruises. Embarkation & disembarkation went smoothly. Our second time on Anthem, We chose this cruise because it leaves from Bayonne,NJ. , thus no need to fly cuts down on added expense. We were in a ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus at 536 cruises. Embarkation & disembarkation went smoothly. Our second time on Anthem, We chose this cruise because it leaves from Bayonne,NJ. , thus no need to fly cuts down on added expense. We were in a Grand Suite-12646. It was very well appointed. Location on ship could not have been better. We ate quite often in Coastal Kitchen, the dining room designated for Suite guests. It was amazing! Service was impeccable. Our server-Christa- was beyond excellent. She greeted us by our first names, and always had our choice of beverage ready. Miranda- DR hostess - was always pleasant & efficient. The food was always to our liking. We were very pleased with our Dining in Coastal. A couple of nights we did dine in the Grand. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing. Server was running around, had way too many tables to efficiently care for any of them. We dined in Chic one night. This was ok. Just ok. The Ship is beautiful. We have been on all the Oasis class ships, and I must say that we prefer the size of Anthem.(Quantum class). Easy to maneuver. Lots of pool space. Easy to get seats. Shows /entertainment were great. We normally don't do shore excursions, but decided to do one since we have never been to Roatan,Honduras. It was Mayan Princess beach break. It was very disappointing! And Not cheap$$. Place was run down and country very poor! Lunch (included) was scary. We wished we had remained on the ship. We are booked again on Anthem in February. Different itinerary. No shore excursions for sure. The Captain was very visible. Always floating around the ship. Spoke to us numerous times during our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We booked this 12 Night Anthem cruise with friends of ours. This was only our 3rd Royal Caribbean cruise, the others were on Explorer and Liberty. We have 21 past cruises on Celebrity and are Elite+ so we get Diamond status on RCCL. ... Read More
We booked this 12 Night Anthem cruise with friends of ours. This was only our 3rd Royal Caribbean cruise, the others were on Explorer and Liberty. We have 21 past cruises on Celebrity and are Elite+ so we get Diamond status on RCCL. We drove the 58 miles from our home to Cape Liberty. Dropping off our bags was a breeze. We parked at thei pier. Paying for parking was a bit slow and we were glad we got there early. Check-in and going through security also only took minutes and then we sat and waited until they started boarding. Upon boarding we were on Deck 5, we both used the restrooms and walked back to Two 70 where we had some coffee and waited a while longer to eat lunch. They have assorted sandwiches, salads, soup at Cafe Two 70. I have been dying for the Roast Beef Kummelwick Sandwich I have read so much about. We got a bunch of different ones to try and the Kummelwick sandwich is as good as everyone says it is. I texted our friends to meet us there and our cruise was getting off to a good start. At 1:15 PM my husband wanted to go see our stateroom. We went upstairs and to our amazement all our luggage had already been delivered. We have ever gotten all of our luggage that fast on any of the 26 other cruises we have been on. We started to unpack. Muster drill was at 2:30 PM and we were able to be unpacked before then. What a great feeling. We actually managed to be outside for sail away even though the party was in Two 70 we wanted to be outside so we went up to Deck 15 and the North Star Bar. Dining: This is our first experience with Dynamic Dining. While I wasn't a fan of the concept, I loved having new different menus from the rest of the cruise line and the food at dinner was very good. There were a few misses, but overall everything was great. I did not like the fact you needed to wait in line to check in and then wait to be seated. Sometimes this took longer than others even through the restaurants were no where near full. Grande seemed to be the busiest of all the complimentary restaurants. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants at all so can't comment on that. As for the Windjammer buffet, well it's still not my favorite place, and after a few days I was getting tired of going there for lunch. We only ate lunch in the dining room once because most of the times it closed too early. We did eat at Cafe Two70 again for lunch and also had breakfast there one morning. For breakfast they have breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfait, fruit, bagels, muffins, etc. We went to the dining room for breakfast three times. The menu is small but most items are okay. The Huevos Rancheros were good and something different. Entertainment: I wasn't thrilled by the 3 shows they offered that you had to make reservations for. Here's the big problem you need to get to the theater or Two70 40 minutes prior to your show in order to get a good seat where you can see. We left The Gift after 18 minutes (as did the couple seating next to us) as we had terrible seats on the side up in the balcony. I could only see 1/3 of the stage, if that much. Spectra was held at Two70 and we got there 30 minutes prior and still had seats off to the side. We Will Rock You we got to the theater at 1:50 PM for a 2:30 PM show and we were able to get good seats. The show itself was okay, kind of corny. If something was going on at the Music Hall people would get there 1 hour ahead of time to get good seats. Why build a brand new ship that holds so many people and then build all these choppy venues where here is limited good seating. The best entertainment was the Journey Tribute Band, Resurrection and the House Band, Rock the Board. Both performed in the Music Hall, although Rock the Boat also performed by the pool one day. Guests entertainer Gary Lovini (violinist) was good. Jesse Hamilton, Jr. (singer) was okay. Comedian Dan Bennett was terrible and the other comedian Robbie Prinz only did part of the Welcome Aboard Show and then a late night show which we did not go see. My favorite was Jeff Tracta who is billed as a singer, impersonator and comedian. He was very good and entertaining. Ports of Call: We did not do any shore excursions through Royal Caribbean. In Labadee we went to the beach. In Costa Maya we did a private tour to the Mayan Ruins. All other ports we just walked about in the shopping areas near the ships. Disembarkation was a breeze. We walked off around 7:30 am were in our car at 7:42 am and home by 9:00 am. In summary it was an okay cruise. We got lucky and had great weather. The food in the dining rooms at dinner was much better than I was anticipating. After trying it we are still NOT sold on Dynamic Dining concept. This is a new ship but seems choppy and does not flow well. We did do North Star but the day we had our reservations it was not going over the side. We are not into all these activities like bumper cars, rock climbing walls, roller skating, etc, so they add no value to our vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016

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