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Anthem of the Seas Review

Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas
2019 Best for Cabins

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Anthem of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants


For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag

Bottom Line

Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience


Passengers 4,180
Crew 1,500
Passenger to Crew 2.79:1
Launched 2015
Shore Excursions 569

Anthem of the Seas Overview

Anthem of the Seas is the second ship in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class. The 4,180-passenger cruise ship features innovations like RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator; North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level, providing 360-degree views from high above the ship; and the SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, with attractions ranging from bumper cars, roller skating and video gaming to a circus school, complete with flying trapeze classes.

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Anthem has 2,090 cabins, which include several cabin categories that debuted on sister Quantum of the Seas. The ones that have garnered the most headlines are the 375 rooms with virtual balconies (floor-to-ceiling ultra-HD screens with real-time views of the ocean and destinations visited). The ship also features interconnected family staterooms, which prove more accommodating for large groups, and studio staterooms with balconies that spoil solo travelers.

Onboard entertainment is exceptional, highlighted by West End musical, "We Will Rock You," which rivals anything you'd see on Broadway. At night, the ship's innovative Two70 venue blends technology with live performance, including aerialists, singers and dancers.

Art throughout the ship is whimsical, fun and beautiful. It's epitomized by Gigi, a two-deck giraffe wearing an inner tube. We took the time to walk up each set of staircases onboard just to see as much of the art as possible. You can't miss the multi-deck crystal-and-gold cherry blossom piece that begins on the ship's promenade (called the Esplanade) on Deck 4. Another fun piece is an interactive work that allows passengers to place their hands on a podium. Plates on the podium measure your heartbeat, which is then "shown" on a huge chandelier that beats in time. It stores 200 heartbeats, so when someone doesn't have their hands on the podium, the 200 lights blink to reflect each one.

The ship's Esplanade and its adjacent area, called The Via, are the ship's hub of nighttime activity, with bars and restaurants throughout. (The two areas are separated by a stairwell and bank of elevators, and The Via houses high-end shops, as well as bars and restaurants.) In total, the ship features 18 dining venues, including one -- Jamie's Italian -- created in association with a celebrity chef. Also onboard is a restaurant called Wonderland, which is the cruise line's first real foray into molecular gastronomy. You'll pay for a number of the restaurants, but the extra-fee venues by far offer the best food onboard.

Technology-wise, Anthem raises the bar for the cruise industry. Not only does it offer superfast Internet, but it also uses iPad check-in, RFID bracelets, online bookings for restaurants and activities, and robot bartenders -- and the good news is that it all seems to work.

Anthem is a big, bold, beautiful ship, with more restaurants, bars and entertainment onboard than you can hope to experience in a week. It's entertaining and flashy, and it reminds us of being in a Las Vegas hotel for a week. The atmosphere is equal parts modern sophistication and straight-up fun.

In general, our one gripe about Anthem of the Seas is that you could spend a lot of money onboard, and the cruise fares are already pretty expensive. But if you're looking to have a blast on your cruise, and you like a choice of dining, bars and mind-blowing entertainment, this is the ship for you.


Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in three main dining rooms, Windjammer Marketplace buffet; Cafe @Two70, Solarium Bistro, SeaPlex Dog House, Sorrento’s Pizzeria, Cafe Promenade, and Coastal Kitchen for Grand Suite Guests and above, plus Pinnacle members, only
  • Shows in the main theater
  • Most daily activities and entertainment events, except those noted below
  • Use of the fitness center (excluding fitness classes)
  • Use of the sports center, Flowriders, mini-golf, Ripcord by iFly and rock climbing wall
  • North Star rides (except in Alaska and on China sailings)
  • Activities in the SeaPlex, including bumper cars
  • The Adventure Ocean Kids Program (ages 6 months to 17 years) until 10 p.m.
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for Junior Suites and below; $17.50 per person, per day, for passengers in Grand Suites and above)
  • Auto-gratuities of 18 percent on dining, beverage, salon and spa purchases
  • Drinks excluding water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices from the Windjammer Marketplace buffet
  • Room Service (except continental breakfast, which is free of charge)
  • Specialty dining
  • Spa and salon services and treatments
  • Fitness classes, training sessions
  • Activities including bingo, Arcade games, arts and crafts classes, alcohol tastings and shopping events
  • Kids programs after 10 p.m. in Adventure Ocean
  • Shore excursions
  • Internet packages
  • Photos and artwork

Fellow Passengers

With an abundance of amusement park-type activities and variety of cabins, Anthem of the Seas draws families, fun-loving couples and groups of friends of all ages. It primarily draws passengers from North America and the U.K.

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: During the day, virtually anything goes: Swimsuits and shorts poolside are perfect, though shirts for men and cover-ups for women are required for dining indoors.

Evening: At night, casual resort wear is required; for men. That means slacks or khakis and collared shirts, and for women, sundresses, or capris, nice slacks or skirts with blouses. Anthem of the Seas has two formal nights during a one-week cruise. Acceptable formalwear includes evening or cocktail gowns or dressy slacks and blouses for women, and tuxes, suits or slacks with sports coats, dress shirts and ties (optional) for men.

Not permitted: Shoes are required in all dining venues any time of day, tank tops are off limits for dinner except in the buffet, and shorts are discouraged at dinner time in the main dining room and most specialty restaurants.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.

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More about Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas

Where does Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas sail from?
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas departs from Southampton and Bayonne (Cape Liberty).
How much does it cost to go on Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas?
Cruises on Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas start from $393 per person.
Is Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas won 4 awards over the years, including Best for Cabins in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Cabins

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Member Reviews

Anthem of the Seas
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The Anthem of the Seas was a very nice ship, but we really missed the mini-golf and also there was no waterslide either....Read More
Anthem of the Seas
Sail Date: Jul 2016
I just wish it was longer than 5 days and I would be very happy to revisit Anthem of the Seas again!...Read More
Anthem of the Seas
Sail Date: Nov 2019
this was our 6th time on Anthem of the seas. In 1995 when we sailed Celebrity Horizon to Bermuda we were caught in a weather system for 48 hours....Read More
Anthem of the Seas
Sail Date: Aug 2019
A group of 21 family members ranging in ages from 7-69 just got back from a 9 night cruise on the Anthem of the Seas....Read More

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