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5,163 Royal Caribbean Bahamas Cruise Reviews

There were some highs and lows on this cruise. We had delayed boarding because of routine maintenance. I was happy that they comped us $25 per person to cover the delay and lunch. Check-in went swifter and smoother than I expected given ... Read More
There were some highs and lows on this cruise. We had delayed boarding because of routine maintenance. I was happy that they comped us $25 per person to cover the delay and lunch. Check-in went swifter and smoother than I expected given the compressed timeframe -- being Gold members really helped. I got several bad directions in the first hour on the ship which stressed me out. The boarding delay meant that muster drill was right in the middle of dinner seating and we didn't get to eat until afterward although we had MyTime at 6:30. The dining room was excellent. We had great waiters who were patient with our teens/pre-teens' questions about their food and even brought us extra dishes to try every night. Our kids tried quite a few new foods. The Windjammer was ok, about where I expected it. I wish the deli/pizza had longer hours. We didn't know they had an extra-charge gelato place at the coffee bar until we boarded. I didn't try it but I looked good and I think it was $2.95 which would be a great price even on land. The headliner comedian and juggler were good. The two production shows were way too much 70s music. I think at least one of the shows (maybe both) were the same as the Majesty cruise I went on 10 years ago. Time for some new entertainment. Movies by the pool and in the theater were fun. The big disappointment was missing CocoCay. We weren't alone as several other ships arrived in Nassau with us and stayed since none of the cruise lines' private islands were accessible. The cabins on this ship are tiny. Even knowing this doesn't prepare you for just how tiny. My husband and I were ok in ours but our 3 kids ages 12-17 were really squished. We had planned to use the connecting door between our rooms, but there is only one door and it has to be either open or closed completely, unlike a hotel with 2 separate doors. Plus, with the beds in the kids' room separated, the bed blocked the door from opening at all. Beware the limitations of connecting rooms. This is our 5th cruise with Royal Caribbean but we will only be doing Voyager and larger class ships in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
One of our large group liked Royal Caribbean and we agreed to try it. We usually sail on Celebrity. The ship was fine and our rooms were good. The stateroom attendant we had was good although other family members on another floor had ... Read More
One of our large group liked Royal Caribbean and we agreed to try it. We usually sail on Celebrity. The ship was fine and our rooms were good. The stateroom attendant we had was good although other family members on another floor had a bad experience with their attendant. He didn't clean well at all. There were plenty of bathrooms, locations for our group to sit and relax together. We had a good time together though mainly because so much went wrong that we decided to laugh about it. The food in the restaurants was not very good and the wait staff wasn't very attentive. So we started taking all of our meals up in the Windjammer Buffet where there was a nice variety of food, it was pretty good and the staff was all very friendly and did their jobs well. My mother in law is in a wheel chair and they helped her out including offering to go down to the restaurant to get her a fish dish she had wanted. Really nice experience there so we stopped going to the main dining room. Shore excursions we had booked online a few weeks before leaving were deleted from our itinerary. No apology at all. Other attempts to book excursions were downright strange. Staff in the Guest Services were not always nice or helpful. They would book 3 of us on one on ship activity and then we'd find that only 2 actually got booked. I tried using their program Royal IQ to book a tour, got a message that the reservation didn't go through and that I should try again later. We decided to do something else and then that night tickets for an event I no longer wanted to do showed up. The Royal IQ program worked some days and not others. It was very strange. My mother in law was in a wheel chair and another member of our group used a walker. People all over the ship were pretty accommodating except in the dining room. I booked one of the high speed internet packages that allowed up to use 5 devices. The internet actually worked very very well. No complaint there. That was a great experience. We used Hangouts (a Google messaging program which uses internet) to keep good communication with all the members of our group. When they say you can stream TV shows on Netflix they aren't kidding. I did it. The entertainment was pretty good, the Spa was great, a lot of us used the gym and were very happy. Some of us bought a soda/water/coffee card and were given a cup that worked in the fun soda machines that offered a wide variety of drinks. Unfortunately these machines were often not working and not enough of them. But we did like them a lot. If you take a cruise with Royal Caribbean make sure to keep checking your bill. Several of us were charged multiple times for single items. My son was charged 6 times for one visit to the medical center for Nyquil. Again it seemed like lots of odd computer issues. I could write on and on about everything that went wrong. By the third day we decided to enjoy being together as a family and laugh about it all. But we will never sail Royal Caribbean again. I'll never get my son and daughter in law on another ship. If I hadn't been with family and ultimately had a great time with them this review would be a lot worse. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Based off the low ratings for all 3 ships in this class, I think Royal Caribbean missed the mark with their newest ships. Sailing out of New Jersey is definitely convenient but I would not go on this ship again. It doesn't seem ... Read More
Based off the low ratings for all 3 ships in this class, I think Royal Caribbean missed the mark with their newest ships. Sailing out of New Jersey is definitely convenient but I would not go on this ship again. It doesn't seem like a lot of thought went into the interior design. The Royal Esplande is so small. All of the shops are extremely upscale and seemed empty most of the cruise. Not sure why they need so many shops to sell watches and jewelry, one is enough. No "parades" or fun activities like the Oasis had, the space is just too small and cramped. There are way too many people on this ship and not enough space or activities. Pool decks, solarium, lounges and casino all felt cramped. Activities were minimal. My wife and I had a hard time finding something to do at night. The shows were interesting. "The Gift" made absolutely no sense, like what was that? The "Spectra" show was entertaining and "We Will Rock You" was OK. The Two70 theatre is unique but many of the seats have a bad view. Royal Caribbean definitely went high-tech for this ship but I feel like it is a bit much. Having to reserve every little thing is exhausting. Some of the activities were impossible to do because the lines were too long and they would run the activities for such a short period of time. Overall the staff seems unhappy. Especially in the dining room, everything seemed very chaotic and disorganized. Food was OK but there was nothing besides pizza to eat late at night, everything else closed early. Expect an upcharge for just about everything. Don't get me wrong, the ship is super clean and new... but it's boring in my opinion. All in all I just didn't have a very relaxing vacation. Too much time waiting in lines and too much pressure to spend more money. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
First of all let me qualify this review by saying that the weather was absolutely terrible and that I realize there was nothing anyone could do about that.It was a bad week for temperatures so it made many things miserable if not ... Read More
First of all let me qualify this review by saying that the weather was absolutely terrible and that I realize there was nothing anyone could do about that.It was a bad week for temperatures so it made many things miserable if not impossible to do. Due to rough water our day at Cocoa Key was cancelled completely ! Embarkation was smooth and efficient and the ship left the port right on time.As soon as you got board you realized what a magnificent vessel the Anthem really is.Everywhere you go aboard the ship it is spectacular. No complaints there ! Our assigned main dining room was Chic however due to the slow service and the mediocre food we only ate there twice and the remainder of the time was spent at the Windjammer where the food and service was much better.Entertainment aboard the ship was good especially the headline shows such as We Will Rock You and the Gift. As far as bumper cars,roller skating,i Fly etc. unless you book way in advance ,forget about it. Lineups were huge or you simply did not stand a chance of trying them at all ! The shops onboard were a total waste of space unless you can afford to spend thousands for a high end watch or piece of jewelry.Shops were always empty and I'm not sure why they even were put on the ship at all ! The itinerary was not great and there were too many sea days.I would not recommend this trip ( especially during winter ) unless you like being stuck onboard. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The company who designed this ship didn't do anything about the cabin doors slamming. I know guests, just like hotels, can't fathom that other guests might be asleep or relaxing, I always quietly shut my door. The ship is ... Read More
The company who designed this ship didn't do anything about the cabin doors slamming. I know guests, just like hotels, can't fathom that other guests might be asleep or relaxing, I always quietly shut my door. The ship is noisy, from the decks above (other cruisers) to the scraping of balcony chairs. We were on deck 11, midship. The cabins are beautiful inside! Nice linens, and plenty of storage and outlets. Great cabin stewards too, who took good care of us! The food was so-so...having just taken a Carnival cruise a month before, their food is better...sorry, it just is. I feel like Royal is not taking the time to make better food, and tasty food in their main dining rooms, so you'll eat in their "speciality" restaurants, where they harrass you constantly to buy a "package" while you're walking around the ship or coming back from a port!!. Also, main dining service, if your service is bad, say something to Maitre D. I did, and we got moved to a different section the next night. They give more training for those employees who are needing it. I personally think they're having a staffing issue as it appears there's not a lot of servers considering how many people are seated? We did eat at Wonderland, because it was on sale the first night. What a treat! So worth the $39 we paid. I wish all the food tasted this good the entire time! Our waiter, Peter was the absolute best! The Ifly and Northstar, you have to pretty much book this months in advance! (we didn't know) The shows too, such as Spectra and We will rock you. (we got lucky and stood in line for over an hour when we got on ship to get into these shows) They both were top notch, as good as Broadway! They had great entertainment from a Journey music band, to the Latin salsa club. We saw one comedian, but were wishing the shows weren't so late. Some started at 1130PM? We did notice there wasn't a lot of free activities, like salsa dancing, learning a language, cooking classes, etc. Every day there was lots of spa and casino activities which cost money. The cruise Director, Drew was awesome! He's very good at his job! The way they disembark for ports is awful! People lining up on the 3rd deck, wrapped around cabins and elevators. This is not safe! I liked the ship as it was new, but it's just way too big for me. I'll go back to smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I've cruised on all the major lines, including several on Royal. Even after sailing for some time, the Anthem still has the feeling of a new ship with many kinks to sort out. Throughout the cruise, there were scheduling glitches, ... Read More
I've cruised on all the major lines, including several on Royal. Even after sailing for some time, the Anthem still has the feeling of a new ship with many kinks to sort out. Throughout the cruise, there were scheduling glitches, technical problems during shows and poorly trained staff. The ship is immaculately clean and new, so that's a positive. Cabins are nice as well. The interior, however, was poorly designed in my opinion. You would think Royal would have this down to a science by now, but I guess not. The Royal Esplande is much smaller than the promenades on the Freedom and Oasis. The casino and other lounges are also small and underwhelming. On the other hand, Two70 is a really cool and unique space. The Seaplex is another "hit"- great area for kids and teens. Overall there seems to be less public space and more cabins on this ship. I just feel as though the Anthem lacks the "wow" factor that the Freedom and Oasis ships have. Royal came up with some cool ideas for the Anthem. The NorthStar, iFly etc. are all exciting and new, but be prepared- everything requires reservations... and these book up within the first day of sailing. Some of the "high-tech" features of the ship seemed more like gimmicks. The entertainment was interesting. They definitely put a modern spin on the traditional shows, which some will like and others will not. Spectra's Cabaret and We Will Rock You were memorable and good in my opinion. The biggest "misses" were the dining and service. The dining system is just a mess, I don't understand why this hasn't been figured out. It's so complicated that many of the staff don't even seem to really grasp what's going on. The service in the dining rooms was all over the place. Some nights it was super quick, others extremely slow and disorganized. The dining staff seemed to be in crisis-mode every night. On several occasions I witnessed staff bickering with each other. Quite shocking for Royal. Food was hit and miss. Lastly, the amount of upselling is very annoying after a while. Nothing comes free anymore, so just expect that. Overall the Anthem was a good time, just not spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Four families who's kids played soccer for years finally made a joint trip. Took three years to talk about it, another two years to plan and finally a year to book and make it so. One first time cruiser, seven teens, eight happy ... Read More
Four families who's kids played soccer for years finally made a joint trip. Took three years to talk about it, another two years to plan and finally a year to book and make it so. One first time cruiser, seven teens, eight happy parents. Overall a pleasant experience, however weather unpredictability meant water was cold, one port of call was cancelled, out door activities were curtailed. Cold two days sailing out, water cold everywhere, cold two days sailing back. Difficult to get access to popular on-board activities and restaurants. For example, you have 4,500 passengers and one iFLY experience. Probably will hesitate doing a Mach break cruise from New Jersey. The food was definitely a notch higher than other cruises we have done....both in terms of quality and flavor. One thing we would praise Royal Caribbean is portion sizes...were perfect and we saw very little wastage. However, flip side was hard sell at every corner to (I) get additional tips or (ii) nudge towards higher price or for cost food items. Overall, pleasant experience though costed a lot more then expected. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
tried this ship for north star and ifly north star lasts 6 min. iffy 1 min. so don't waste your time or book for these activities. North star canceled once for weather, broken next time no one showed up to run it third time. spent 1 ... Read More
tried this ship for north star and ifly north star lasts 6 min. iffy 1 min. so don't waste your time or book for these activities. North star canceled once for weather, broken next time no one showed up to run it third time. spent 1 1/2 hour waiting/at guest services to finally get the 6 min. ride. It just goes straight up a little left a little right then down not over side as ads suggest. Ifly cool but only a min. long and sold out prior to boarding so good luck with that. Stateroom attendant Jean Louis was great. Food good but not great except for Jamie's Italian which was outstanding. Staff just not friendly on this ship. When no-one showed up to run north star guest service told me it was my fault I had wrong time but me and the 16 people who came with me to guest services to complain all had it wrong I guess, they would not send a supervisor up to north star even when bar manager called and said they better get up to north star a sort it out. Seems to be general confusion most of the time on board. It is a nice ship but poorly managed even with the technology which is underused but RCCL they never tell you anything is cancelled you just go and doors are locked no-one to help you rebook or explain just closed. on and off was easy parking close to ship. Internet great but pricey. Did not get into Coco Cay due to waves but 2 days at Nassau Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Im not big on reviews, however I must say the ship is beautiful. I have to say the embarkation was unreal! We got to the port at 10:30 and was on the ship by 10:45!! The ship is different than most cruise I have been on however. Its a ... Read More
Im not big on reviews, however I must say the ship is beautiful. I have to say the embarkation was unreal! We got to the port at 10:30 and was on the ship by 10:45!! The ship is different than most cruise I have been on however. Its a large ship but I tend to feel crowded, WIndjammer for lunch is a nightmare trying to find a table, not the best layout. Plenty of choices of food, very friendly staff. 270 was awesome, as was the show we will rock you, the best show I have seen at sea! The ship is missing the Promenade, this ships version of the Promenade was always very crowded, no parade. Northstar was nice, but you better make a reservation or you wont get on it, same with Ifly! The food in the Grande was above average but limited choices. Jamies Italian on a scale of 1 to 5 id rate a 4. Chops also a 4. Service was extremely slow, food wasnt a lot better than the Main dining room. Normally Id rate chops a 5. This time it was lacking. Overall a good cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Chose the cruise because my daughter's finacee's family had selected this one and wanted to go with them. Was really looking forward to it and I did have a great time. My only disappointment was the obstructed view balcony. If ... Read More
Chose the cruise because my daughter's finacee's family had selected this one and wanted to go with them. Was really looking forward to it and I did have a great time. My only disappointment was the obstructed view balcony. If only I had been told, I never would have booked it. The only thing the booking agent on board the cruise I booked it on built up was the size of the balcony. Never mentioned that you wouldn't be able to see while sitting in a chair and that at night there was a spotlight right outside so impossible to even see the ocean or stars. Beyond that, the ship is beautiful and there is a lot to do. I do feel that having music that is quite loud on at 6am is not the best for allowing one to have a quiet cup of coffee. When you sit in the Esplanade you will have one style of music coming at one ear and another style on the other. (If I only had a balcony to sit on.....). The service and staff are fabulous. They cannot do enough to make your cruise enjoyable. They take everything in stride and consistently deliver great service. I've cruised from Bayonne, NJ 3 times previous to this but those cruises were 9 days. I would recomend that to anyone, especially if you are sailing when it is still cold in the north. It takes a day and a half to get to Florida so you need the extra nights to spend 5 days in warmer weather. The Bayonne port was awesome. We arrived at 10:30, dropped our luggage and parked in the garage. We were on the ship by 11am. They are so organized. The cost to park for the week was $140. It costs a lot more than that to park at the airport. There were four of us that drove down so instead of paying 1200+ to get to the cruise it was only $200 with parking and gas. Also, you can pack as much as you want, ha. The only restaurant we tried was Wonderland and it was outstanding. When they say it's a dining experience, they are absolutely correct. Our waiter made it really enjoyable and the food was so unique and tasted great. Well worth the additional expense. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was a new ship and we've never sailed on Royal Caribbean. My wife & I traveled with our older sons and their girlfriends in an adjoining cabin. The room service was able to open the divider between the balconies which made it ... Read More
This was a new ship and we've never sailed on Royal Caribbean. My wife & I traveled with our older sons and their girlfriends in an adjoining cabin. The room service was able to open the divider between the balconies which made it nice between the rooms. The dining was spectacular! From Wonderland, Jamies Italian and the special chefs tasting, my wife and I were very pleased with the ships restaurant selections. Being experienced cruisers, we were disappointed with items we usually see on other lines. When we pulled out, there was no fanfare or fireworks. I looked outside and said, hey, we're underway?! There were no deck parties. No bands by the pool, the movie screens should of hard music playing, nothing?! The comedian at night, he was a little raunchy and trust me, I'm from NY. I can handle cursing but his act was in poor taste. I saw We Will Rock You in Vegas when it opened in 2005. My family was disappointed with the show experience. As far as the stateroom, our valet was spot on. Very large and we made it work with our clothing & luggage. The ship however didn't have any shampoo or soaps? It's a high end ship, put the items in the stateroom and sell the soaps at the gift shop so we can purchase them after we leave. The gift shops, lots of very high end stores. How about a few lower end stores? I'd like to buy a Royal Caribbean sweatshirt. It wasn't a large selection. The dome? Made the cruise ship. It was raining and cold, we were in the hot tub with our drinks. I liked the wine bar Vintages as well as the shows at night in the 270 club. It was very elegant and another plus in my opinion. The ship has windy weather and we were not able to go to the Royal Caribbean island. Too bad for us? The ship didn't make any concession for us, which was another disappointment. Overall, I give the trip 3 1/2 stars. I would travel again on the line if given a deal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My overall experience was at least positive. This was my 1st time on Anthem of the Seas, my 3rd overall cruise. I found the ship to be a bit too large and impersonal. Only 3 staff members remembered our names throughout the cruise. Overall ... Read More
My overall experience was at least positive. This was my 1st time on Anthem of the Seas, my 3rd overall cruise. I found the ship to be a bit too large and impersonal. Only 3 staff members remembered our names throughout the cruise. Overall cleanliness of common areas was a bit poor. The solarium and TWO70 lounge always had dirty trays, cups and dishes on the tables. I never saw anyone walking around the main decks or common areas cleaning, picking up dishes or wiping windows or railings. Staff overall were very friendly, seemed genuinely concerned that we were having a good time. The "Next Cruise" staff were rude at very least....Kinda like, "Give me your info and go away" attitude...NOT impressed with them. The casino was a casino, not much to say differant from any other, except it was opened often enough...very odd hours of operation. There was a lack of special events in there, which I personally would've liked to see more of. Overall it was clean and staffed well, when it was open. We missed CoCoCay due to rough seas, but we were rewarded with extra port time in Nassau. I enjoyed the weather there, so not too bad.....Did some shopping and enjoyed the warm temps....Visit the Atlantis casino, very nice....Take a local taxi, cheap and efficient.... Food was always available in one form or fashion, so if you go hungry it's your fault... Now to the Stateroom staff.....Over-the Top! My wife and I were always greeted with a smile, by name, and made to feel welcome. The rooms were constantly clean and well stocked with fresh linens and towels. Our "Genie", as my wife called him, was just exceptional! Cudo's to "Paul" from Haiti.... Bumper cars and roller skating on a cruise!?!?!? A must do! My wife did the IFly experience and had an awesome time! Staff was corteous, well trained and professional...Must do! Outside deck areas, pool deck, walking track, and common seating areas were well maintained..Rock wall was never opened that I saw? The Northstar event was an awesome thing, My wife and Buddy went up and said the views were to die for....Must do if you aren't too bad with heights. I will definately book our next cruise with Royal, just on a smaller ship.... Ciao for now..... Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I chose this cruise because it left from a home port and was easy to get to. We chose the week based on my daughter (23) and her Grad School Spring Break. I had sailed on Anthem of the Seas several times already, but it was my ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it left from a home port and was easy to get to. We chose the week based on my daughter (23) and her Grad School Spring Break. I had sailed on Anthem of the Seas several times already, but it was my daughter's first on Anthem. The Staff and Entertainment were awesome. The food is better than other lines and other RCCL ships. The shows were fantastic. There are so very many places to relax all over this ship; indoors and out. The spa offered specials, was extremely clean and peaceful. We found that the my time dining just isn't for us. We ended up dated at the Windjammer most nights. We found the selections better and the Staff was so attentive and interested in your enjoyment. There was champagne and chocolate covered strawberries different nights. We really enjoyed our time there. Unfortunately, the itinerary of this ship for the 7 nighters stinks. We did not even make it to CoaCo Cay because of rocky seas (not uncommon) and how many times can you visit Nassau? Overall, I would take this trip again because I love the ship and the ease of embarking so close to home (40 minutes) without having to fly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Two of us (in our late 30's) went on a 7 night Bahamas Cruise and had a great time. We already booked for next year while on this cruise! Ship: Huge! We loved the lay out of everything and the furniture and decor was fabulous! ... Read More
Two of us (in our late 30's) went on a 7 night Bahamas Cruise and had a great time. We already booked for next year while on this cruise! Ship: Huge! We loved the lay out of everything and the furniture and decor was fabulous! There were so many lounge areas to relax in! There is also a bunch of bars and restaurants to choose from, and plenty of planned activities throughout the day. The ship itself was beautiful and did not disappoint! Cabin: We had a balcony room on the 6th floor towards the front of the ship. I was impressed with the size compared to some of the other cruises I've been on. It was new, clean, and spacious. The balcony was only $100 more than the oceanview room and is definetly worth the extra money. Dining: We ate breakfast one day in the The Grande. The food was good, but the service was very slow, so we did not return. We ate breakfast all other mornings at Cafe 270 or the Windjammer. Cafe 270 was didn't have as much of a selection as WJ, but it was nicer because it was as crowded. We had dinner every night in The Grande. Our entire Waiter staff was amazing, they joked with us every evening, told us stories about their culture, etc. The service overall and the food in The Grande was excellent. The unfortunate thing was that it is sooooo crowded, you could barely squeeze between table, and the backs to the chairs were literally up against each other. Entertainment and Activities: The entertainment was a great as well, a good variety of "tribute bands", comedians, and game shows. Get to all the shows early if you want to get a good seat! With such a large ship with so many people, everything seemed to get crowded pretty quickly. You must do the North Star, it was a great experience, with beautiful views. Unfortunately, we weren't aware it was highly recommended you book everything else ahead of time, so we were not able to participate in the Escape Room, Ifly, reserved shows, etc. This was rather disappointing, but now we know to book them in advance in the future. There were other planned activities throughout the day (trivia, etc) that you could easily participate in. Service: The overall service of most everyone on the ship was amazing. I'm also pleased with the RC staff, and is one of the main reasons I continue to return each year. Our only unfortunate incident was with the Spa. I had a birthday credit to use on "any massage or facial". After I had my massage, I was told I couldn't use the credit because I got the special of the day and they couldn't be used together. I was upset this wasn't told to me in advance and the spa team would not change it.....however, a complaint to guest services did fix the issue immediately. Port Canaveral: We have been there multiple times, not much to do unless you plan ahead or book an excursion. We actually walked off the ship, paid a driver offering rides ($5 per person), to take us to Coconuts on the Beach at Cocoa Beach. We hung out at that bar and the one beside it for a few hours before walking around (it was spring break so it was interesting observing those on spring break)...we eventually then made our way to Ron Jon's surf shop and some stores in that area before heading back to the ship. Overall, a great choice, it was cheaper than going on an excursion, we were able to experience the beach, shopping, and alcohol, all within one day without spending too much money. Coco Cay: Unfortunately due to the weather not cooperating with the being tendored, we were advise we could not get off the ship. This was very disappointing as we had a Cabana booked for the day that we were looking forward to. RC offered a refund immediately to our seapass account, and anything not spent went directly back into my bank account the same day we arrived back home. We didn't get to enjoy this stop anyway, so now it doesn't matter, but we wanted to book the jet ski's but they were already booked well in advance we were told. Book ahead if you plan on doing excursions! Nassau: Due to the seas in Coco Cay, we high tailed it to Nassau and was able to spend two full days there. The first day we just walked to the local beach. It was a bit further than I expected but still commutable by walking, but it was quite crowded. It was a good experience, I'd return in the future (however it is not a place I'd take my kids to, this could be because it was spring break also). We also did some shopping in the Market and some of the local shops along the road. Overall, a great two days. Overall: I will be sailing this ship and these ports of call again, loved it! Advice: If you are going on this ship at all, I would highly recommend you book your shows, activities, and excursions in advance. With it being so large, everything tends to fill up quickly and can be crowded at times! Happy Sailing! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My daughter chose this cruise. She does her homework, and I am yet to see her fail. I was a bit apprehensive about such a big ship, but it was not an issue. It really is a lovely atmosphere. No unpacking from hotel to hotel, always ... Read More
My daughter chose this cruise. She does her homework, and I am yet to see her fail. I was a bit apprehensive about such a big ship, but it was not an issue. It really is a lovely atmosphere. No unpacking from hotel to hotel, always something going on. Food everywhere. Relaxing spots around the ship, just to read, or watch shows or films, take a drink, play trivia or any number of other things. I will definitely go again, with this line, on another cruise. I found that the places suggested to go on board the ship were not so attractive to me, whereas there were other less advertised spots, which were more appealing. A personal choice of course, but good in that there are areas where there is space for quiet and relaxation. If I have to complain, I thought the ship's library was a bit bare. Good thing I brought a book. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
After reading many of the reviews, I was nervous about our upcoming trip on the Anthem. I was traveling with my 3 adult children including one who was severally mentally and physically disabled and in a wheelchair. She is also ... Read More
After reading many of the reviews, I was nervous about our upcoming trip on the Anthem. I was traveling with my 3 adult children including one who was severally mentally and physically disabled and in a wheelchair. She is also incontinent We had a Handicapped room ( 8664). The room was simply amazing and truly designed to be handicapped accessible. In summary the Staff and the Handicapped room were excellent and accommodated all our needs and more. . The bathroom was huge which allowed us to care for our disabled daughter. The staff was great from our room attendant, the restaurant staff , those running the activities , everyone just smiled and helped us. From start to finish there seemed to always be someone there to give us a hand from the second we pulled in to the loading dock in Bayone to empty the car to when we disembarked on our return. Even the excisions were handicapped accessible. We did Atlantis, Blue Lagoon and Disney. The ship is total handicapped accessible, wide automatic opening doors and smooth transitions. And most important to us was that there was a smile on everyones faces. Even the streets of Nassau, Bahamas and Atlantis was handicapped accessible which was a big surprise. Restaurants- We did My Time Dinning, it worked perfectly, no long lines at all. We are Vegetarians so its always a challenge but there was always something on the menu or they would make us something special . We also saw a large selection of glutton free as well as several people eating prepared Kosher food. I had read complaints about the Windjammer and yes it gets crowded but we always found a table and the staff was constantly clearing tables and cleaning. Elevators - No problems at all, never had to wait more then a few minutes. Shows and Music - Actually to many activities and not enough time in the day. Lots of choices of music venues running through out the evening. I dont know why people on this forum complain. Ifly ( Ripchord) - A must !!! Make Reservations as soon as you book . NorthStar - It was fun but also make reservations as soon as you book. Internet - It works and its fast enough. We also did the escape room ( Reservations) and the Bumper cars lots of fun. My Adult daughters favorite was seeing Shreck and the other Characters who appear several times a day on Deck. She loves Shreck. A helpful hint -- TV is limited to a few channels, but you can bring a USB memory stick with preloaded movies and TV shows and just plug it into the back of the TV and the TV will automatically allow you to select what ever you have saved on the USB. Also for $7.95 per person ) they allow passenger to passenger Texting from the Royal IQ APP, which we found very useful for communicating while on the ship. The most important thing is make reservations for your meal times as soon as you book as well as any of the activities. Occasionally check the RCL website to see if activities have new openings 60 to 90 days out. Book your internet before boarding the ship and save 30%. Also 60 days out watch for discounts on the excursions, we found that on some they dropped it 30% for a few days . This is our 7th cruise and have sailed with Princess and Oceania . Yes, the food is better on the Oceania ( but you can pay to eat at their higher end restaurants) , yes , its a large ship with more people, but this is 1/3 the price and left 30 minutes from my home.. If your looking fot your own Butler this is not for you . If your looking for a reasonable priced, stress free vacation with out having to fly... go for it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
A beautiful vacation with lots to do for all age groups. Embarkation was a breeze even with the new format for the sea pass cards. This boat made a great first impression with its modern decor and fantastic views from the large windows at ... Read More
A beautiful vacation with lots to do for all age groups. Embarkation was a breeze even with the new format for the sea pass cards. This boat made a great first impression with its modern decor and fantastic views from the large windows at 270. The bar in 270 was by far the best bar on the ship!!! The food was good to excellent in both dinning rooms and windjammer and staff very attentive. The entertainment was none stop, very well done and professional. The pools were nice and the pool staff removed towels from chairs that were left to long. A chance for everyone to have a good seat!!! The only thing I noticed was the mess around the ice cream machine pool side... it always seemed to be messy? We loved the new royal IQ and the texting ability between friends and children you are traveling with. I wish this would be added to all boats. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have now taken 3 Quantum class cruises originating at Cape Liberty. One on Quantum and 2 on Anthem. We love the ship itself in terms of its' layout and attractiveness.We find the service on RCCl exceptional and friendly. Food ... Read More
We have now taken 3 Quantum class cruises originating at Cape Liberty. One on Quantum and 2 on Anthem. We love the ship itself in terms of its' layout and attractiveness.We find the service on RCCl exceptional and friendly. Food quality is still good but not outstanding as in previous years. I feel we are being pushed towards the specialty restaurants but do not support the extra cost. We pay enough as it is. I was disappointed this cruise with not being able to eat at will in the four different complimentary restaurants. That was the fun of sailing on the Quantum Class and it somewhat lessened the cruise experience. The menus were very static, almost boring except for the one night of lobster tails. Last cruise they were offered every night in the Grande. We traveled with family and they enjoyed the cruise very much. One odd thing; our four adult grandchildren never had their cabin done most days til late afternoon and sometimes 9 pm. This was a glitch for sure. Guest services seemed disinterested when they complained. -`The shows were the same as the last two cruises so we were not interested in seeing them all again except for" Spectra's Cabaret" which was exceptional. I wish they would give "The Gift" to another cruise line. "We will Rock You" was good but very long. At least it was a traditional show. The family liked all but "The Gift". 270 on deck 5 aft is a spectacular venue with many technical features as well as the restaurant there with the special roast beef sandwiches. A nice change from Windjammer. We never got to Coco Cay as the waves were to high to use the tenders there. Cape Canaveral was very industrial at the pier so you had to take transportation to get anywhere. We chose to stay aboard. Nassau in the Bahamas was pretty and we had a nice two days there to explore. I have to say that embarking and disembarking on the Anthem was the smoothest ever! We parked our vehicles in the garage there at Cape Liberty for $20 per day as we usually do. Very convenient to walk off the ship to our cars. We left the ship at 7:30 am and were home on Long Island by 8:40 am. All in all we loved the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Second cruise with RCL. Boarding was flawless. No lines. We did online check in and once our boarding passes and passport where scanned we walked directly onto the ship. We went and sat in 270 until we could get into our room. Once in ... Read More
Second cruise with RCL. Boarding was flawless. No lines. We did online check in and once our boarding passes and passport where scanned we walked directly onto the ship. We went and sat in 270 until we could get into our room. Once in our room we registered on Royal IQ. I could not get in until then. We had already booked our shows and dinning online, so we just signed up for Northstar and Ripcord. Both were fun... Ripcord was fantastic. We were in SR 3652 oceanview directly beside the dinning room. It was quiet except around dinner when staff were coming and going via the door just outside our room. The room was just as depicted online. Our steward was wonderful and kept the room spotless. The shows were excellent I would happily see them all again. The Gift was difficult to follow but visually quite stunning. We loved Spectra's Cabaret: Terry was a treat. The food was very good. Seafood excellent. The best rack of lamb I can remember. We did breakfast and dinner in the MDR when ever possible at an early MTD time. Service was always very good. We were able to find uncrowded spots on the ship even on sea days. On several occasions we had entire pools or rooms to ourselves. That with the sip at MAX occupancy. We were very impressed with the Seaplex. The children and teens always seemed to be happy there. We did the bumper cars and rollerskating. With so much happening on this ship you need to RESEARCH, plan, and be patient. The crew was always willing to help clarify but the more you have under control yourself the better. We did our own shore excursions on the fly. Happy Cruising Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We traveled with our son and his family and this week was chosen because it was spring break for the children who live in Ontario, Canada. We booked a Royal Suite, which was beautiful and very comfortable. The service throughout the ship ... Read More
We traveled with our son and his family and this week was chosen because it was spring break for the children who live in Ontario, Canada. We booked a Royal Suite, which was beautiful and very comfortable. The service throughout the ship was outstanding, especially our cabin attendant and the staff at the suites dining room called Coastal Kitchen. The food there was excellent and the staff could not be more helpful. We mainly liked the shows we attended, and the musicians and comedians were great. The only negative was that the weather was quite cool, even when we reached Nassau; however it was nice and sunny when we were in port. We went on the air boat ride at Port Canaveral, which we would recommend. In Nassau we went on a snorkeling excursion which was also good. The fitness center, which we discovered only on the last couple of days was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Traveled with my wife and two year old son, had a great time! The ship itself is awesome. It has the perfect blend of family areas and more sophisticated areas for adults. Was my fourth cruise (NCL, Celebrity and Allure of the Seas) and ... Read More
Traveled with my wife and two year old son, had a great time! The ship itself is awesome. It has the perfect blend of family areas and more sophisticated areas for adults. Was my fourth cruise (NCL, Celebrity and Allure of the Seas) and had the best food on this one. Loved Jamie's Italian, also liked the sushi at Izumi and fish and chips at Michael's Pub. Wonderland was the one negative, not our style and not a good choice with a toddler. The included food was great too, we only ate in the main dining room twice but was very good both times. For embarkation on previous cruises we would show up later during the process and walk right on without a line, however Anthem leaves rather early and you have a smaller window (10:30 - 1:30) to get on. Consequently we did have to wait in a line but they kept it moving and I didn't have any issues with the process. Disembarkation was super easy, we always carry our luggage off and had a short wait at customs. The only negatives on our cruise were outside RCL's control, first off I can't say the weather was horrible but it wasn't great either. The biggest weather issue was that our stop to Coco Cay was cancelled, instead we had an extra day in Nassau. We had some sunshine but it never got warmer than the mid-70s with wind. Not much that can be done about that, and you know that a itinerary leaving out of NJ and going to the Bahamas isn't going to be the same as a Southern Caribbean cruise. The other issue is that our son didn't want to stay in the Royal Babies and Tots nursery, the women seemed very nice but he is going through a shy phase and didn't want to be around strangers. He lasted about half an hour the first time and we didn't go back. Overall I would recommend this ship, would be nice if RCL put one of the future Quantum class ships in Florida! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise due to it's location to Canada; 6.5hr drive from our home to NYC. We want a large ship and had sailed with RCCL in 2009 and loved the experience. The Anthem of the Seas is by far the best ship I've ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to it's location to Canada; 6.5hr drive from our home to NYC. We want a large ship and had sailed with RCCL in 2009 and loved the experience. The Anthem of the Seas is by far the best ship I've sailed on. Embarkation: Royal Caribbean has done an amazing job with the new Online Check-in process. Print your SeaPass at home, arrive at the port, drop off you luggage and proceed inside the terminal (all within 5 minutes). Proceed to the check-in counter and have your reservation confirmed and then proceed to the gangplank within 10 minutes. From arrival at the port to boarding the ship; 20 minutes max. Ship: Spectacular Happy AWESOME. The Anthem of the Seas layout is perfect. The Two70 left we with my jaw on the floor; great job RCCL. I had nothing bad to say about the ship, layout or activities. Food: The food was as expected; fabulous and delicious. Rajesh our waiter in the Silk dining room *table 514-515* was the best of the best. After our first night in the dining room, he and his assistant Franklyn would know exactly what we liked and drank and our table was ready even before we sat down. I highly recommend asking to sit in their section. Disembarkation: just as easy and well thought out as the boarding process. 10 minutes, from ship to baggage pick up to clearing customs. this is given the ship has over 4000 guest to process. All in all, this is an 10 out of 10 rating. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
It's an older, smaller ship so there's not that much on board. I was underwhelmed with it. There's only one pool, besides the kiddie area. There was only one show most nights, which ran into both dinners meaning you had to ... Read More
It's an older, smaller ship so there's not that much on board. I was underwhelmed with it. There's only one pool, besides the kiddie area. There was only one show most nights, which ran into both dinners meaning you had to choose dinner or the show. Not enough dining options on board, especially ones that are open late...more on that later. The ports were nice, the private island was nice. The service on the ship was lacking overall. The bartenders did not care about anything and were over-pouring like crazy, which doesn't sound bad to some but it was more of if I make a strong drink now I won't have to serve you again. It was to the point where we sat down at dinner the last night and were talking about how terrible the customer service was. I'm talking a group of hospitality majors, so we know how rough the industry can be, but we also know that a little bit can go a long way. We had an experience that afternoon at the on board Johnny Rockets where they decided to overcharge on person in our party and undercharge the rest. When we asked the waiter about it, he didn't have much to say. Took it to the desk on ship and they said "well would you like me to charge the rest of your party? just keep it hush hush" uhhh really? great representation of your brand, Royal. Picked a winner there. Fast foward to dinner and halfway through our drinks. Server comes by and takes the drink away from someone in our party. Apparently there's a note on the account that she can't have it. They send her to the front desk to get that straightened out and another member of our party goes with her. The desk says that they don't see a reason why there's a hold. Cool, great communication between the staff. Anyways, five full minutes after they take her drink, they take another persons drink. So she joins the crew at the front desk. Another 5 minutes goes by and the waiter comes back and takes my drink. So now we're up to 3 people (all in the same stateroom). I'm not sure if you've ever been cut off at a bar or restaurant but it's pretty damn embarrassing. Especially when this is the first drink you've had. So we're all pissed and don't even want to go back in the dining room at this point. Anyways, I join them at the desk and at this point we are waiting for a supervisor. The head of security comes over and says that we were playing loud music in the room and they had to tell us to turn it down 3 times. Well if you had to do that, Mr. Head of Security, I feel like you'd recognize us. Oh yea, it wasn't us! Finally got him to review the security footage and realize that, alas, it was not us. Instead of apologizing to us, he says we can go. Uh, no...I'd like an apology and now a service recovery. When my boyfriend points out that "usually when you guys make a mistake, there's some kind of recovery offered" the head of security says "it wasn't our fault"... Except that it was. You accused us of loud music and put a hold on all of our drinks. We ask to speak to head of guest services, again. This time, instead of someone from guest services, we are given the Food and Beverage Manager. All previous conversations have taken place right next to the live band of course. We finally get them to go somewhere quieter, so we're standing in front of the elevators. Classy! Anyways, after we tell him what happened he says that his server was just following protocol. Which we already knew and had no issues with. We again state there should be some kind of service recovery or compensation for this long drawn out ordeal. He says "what do you want me to do?". Well Hospitality 101 is that you offer something, you don't ask...so we mention that in hotels, where we all currently or have previously worked, at this point you would comp the room night or the stay. Obviously things are different on a cruise, but we would like some form of compensation. He says it's above his head. Cool, give us someone we can talk to. FINALLY we are able to speak with the guest services manager. We've only asked for him 3 times at this point. We tell him our story and he actually takes the time to listen and apologize. He looks into what he can do and offers us a $50 credit. THANK YOU! We finally get back on our way and head into the dining room. Dinner happens to be over and they offer us dessert or our cold dinner. We ask if the food can be warmed up and they say that the kitchen is closed so they cannot. You're on a ship with multiple kitchens and you can't find a place to warm up my food. That's absurd! So we go without dinner, which now means I'm hangry and has ruined the last night of my cruise. Head back to the room to try and order room service. The selection is abysmal. So we decide to wander the ship looking for food. The only option is crappy pizza which I had eaten earlier in the day. So we head back to the room to order room service. Tried calling for 15-20 minutes with no answer. At this point, it's midnight and they charge an extra service fee. Forget it, I'll just go to bed hungry. After the miserable experience on board, we get our surveys. Of course they aren't good. I reach out on Twitter and make a comment asking if they read surveys. I'm told I'll get a response shortly. Fast forward 3 weeks and I'm still waiting so I reach out to them via Twitter a third time and they finally tell me I'll get a call today. The person who called me stated that they don't respond to surveys (cool, the Twitter team lied to me) and that they only respond to emails. She asked what my experience was and I refer her back to my survey. I'm told that nothing can be done because they already gave me an onboard credit. Even though I've experienced further issues after that credit and a headache trying to reach customer service after the fact. When I stated that I'd never sail with Royal Caribbean again, instead of offering me a credit towards future sailing, that I probably wouldn't have used anyways, she tells me I should try again because they usually have good service. Oh, yes, I'm going to take your word for it. I was so furious that last night that I wanted to walk off the ship, but let me try again. Needless to say, my friends and I won't be sailing Royal again. And you can bet that this will be shared with my friends and family, and the reach of people never sailing Royal is not worth not giving some kind of customer recovery. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
It was a family cruise of 11 family and 5 friends of granddaughter. When we went to the pier to board there was no one to take our luggage. No porters. Asked the first of many as to where to take my luggage and everyone pointer so we went ... Read More
It was a family cruise of 11 family and 5 friends of granddaughter. When we went to the pier to board there was no one to take our luggage. No porters. Asked the first of many as to where to take my luggage and everyone pointer so we went that way every time and soon found we were on board. Very disappointed as to how we were treated or misunderstood. Food in Main dining room was at least excellent as to what I ordered. Food in Windjammer was also very good for the amount they had on the buffet. Had nothing bad at either place. The variety was more than I would have expected. Room steward was an excellent friendly lady. Room was always clean and ready .Did not use on board shore excursions as we did our own research and used the time for a relaxing on board experience. Took trolley/train around Key West to see the sights. Did this twice. Walked around Nassau to straw Market and went back to ship and had a very relaxing on board. I felt the background music on shows was too loud. It drowned out the vocalist and my head was thumping so I left the show. No wonder the young generation are going deaf. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise because of the time frame and we wanted to go to Key West. The bartenders were extremely slow especially when we had a full cruise. The pool is also too small to accommodate all the passengers. As well as the day at ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the time frame and we wanted to go to Key West. The bartenders were extremely slow especially when we had a full cruise. The pool is also too small to accommodate all the passengers. As well as the day at sea did not have enough chairs out for everyone. Our cabin steward was great as well as the wait staff in the main dining room. The staff was friendly and inviting. The fitness center was a joke. When you are at sea all day, and the facility is so small, they had the spinning bikes roped off so passengers couldn't use them. Why??? Also it was so hot in there. Leaving the ship was very easy and organized. The food was good in the dining room, so why would you need to pay extra to go to Chops? We bought the premier drink package because they must have done away with beer and wine one. Will I do it again? I'm not sure. I drink a lot of water, and the bottled water had some funky taste to it just like the regular tap water. The floor (4) where we stayed had some funky foul smell most of the time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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