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My sister and I had both never been on a cruise and decided we would try one together since noone else in either of our families want to go. We had a great price and I got some on board credit with my purchase so I was happy. We ... Read More
My sister and I had both never been on a cruise and decided we would try one together since noone else in either of our families want to go. We had a great price and I got some on board credit with my purchase so I was happy. We embarked in about 20 minutes. No issues at all. I was nervous what to expect and other than the fact that the security people from the port were a little rude (think TSA) it was fine. The ship was beautiful. We were an ocean balcony. Plenty of room for two women. Deck was great! Lots of storage. Did wish there was an outlet next to the bed somewhere. The only size issue was the bathroom but I knew it was going to be small and I think that's what you get with most cruise lines. We did my time dining but made reservations, that is the key. A lot of people were waiting in a long line to be seated at 5:30 when we went to eat. We just walked right in. I asked for a table next to a window and they obliged. We got the same table every night which was awesome. Our servers were awesome. Totally bent over backwards to make us happy. Food was amazing in the Main Dining Room for dinner. We didn't go there for any other meal. We ate at Windjammer once for lunch. It was ok. Nothing too exciting. We had lunch in Playmakers once, which was good except our nachos were cold. They did reheat them for us. We also ate dinner at Jamie Oliver's one night, the last night. It was great! But if you are short on cash, just stick with the Main Dining Room. I found the Promenade Cafe to be the one bleak point of dining. First of all, it smelled awful in there. The options were very limited. And trying to just get a coffee was a long ordeal. I noticed that a lot of the staff did not speak English well or seem to understand it both there and in some of the bars/lounges. I find that to be a problem. We spent a lot of time in the Schooner Bar. The piano player/singer, Matt, was the highlight of the trip to me besides the water. He was fantastic. We also enjoyed some music trivia in there a few times. We loved playing games and bingo in the Star Lounge, that was great. The Solarium is awesome, just hard to get a seat. The main pool was busy. We never got in. But lounging on one of the decks above was nice. We spent one day in Nassau and walked around at first, then grabbed lunch at Pirate Republic. It was great though service was off. The straw market was a total disappointment. I expected handcrafted items and since every vendor had the same items, I know that wasn't the case. Then we went on a See and Sea Tour. It was ok. I would save my money the next time. The driver was very nice but hard to understand and the traffic was scary. We literally thought someone was going to get killed when he was trying to navigate all of the vans/buses up near the fort and Queen's Staircase. The sea part was a small boat takes you out to the other ship where you go below to see the fish and ocean floor. The person leading the tour on the way out was very engaging. And it was great to be on the water in a smaller boat. The underwater ship thing was a disappointment. The next day we were at Perfect Day at Coco Cay where we rented a cabana on Chill Island. This would have been perfect if there wasn't a very, very noisy family next to us. Hard to relax which is all we wanted. We asked to be moved and there wasn't another cabana to move to supposedly. The cabana attendant said he would talk to his manager but then never came back with anything or anyone and we decided to go explore anyway. The Oasis Pool was awesome. The swim up pool bar is great. We didn't spend any time at the waterpark. Our cabin attendant was very good. We didn't see a lot of her but she did make us a towel animal which we loved and she got anything we asked for. We did get the full beverage package after mulling it over. We both like to drink so it was worth it. At $65 each on sale, I think we made out well with it. The only mistake we made is that we forgot we had originally ordered a case of water, and then water came with the package. Any of the bars will just give you as much bottled water as you want. So that was a waste of money. But that was our fault. Of course, this was just at the beginning of the Coronavirus starting to really rear it's ugly head. The crew was awesome about encouraging everyone to wash their hands, handing out hand sanitizer and having it available everywhere. Never once was I scared. No one on board was sick nor got sick that I am aware of. I am definitely ready for another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
The cruise overall was amazing. The best part of the itinerary was Coco Cay. What a long way Coco Cay has come. Service was I really great and for the most part friendly. The ship was clean, modern, comfortable, and efficient. You can ... Read More
The cruise overall was amazing. The best part of the itinerary was Coco Cay. What a long way Coco Cay has come. Service was I really great and for the most part friendly. The ship was clean, modern, comfortable, and efficient. You can definitely get lost in the ship, but the app really helps you figure out where you are. Captain Ban and his crew also successfully navigated the rough seas for our cruise due to a low pressure system off the east coast. It might have been a rough ride back from Nassau, but it was overall an enjoyable one. The only thing I would complain about is the noise in stateroom 13646. It is right below the Coastal Kitchen and can get quite loud at night when you’re trying to sleep. The vistas, room attendant, and spacious balcony were the highlights. Anytime I left the room, the room was magically cleaned and new towels were stashed in the room. I can’t wait to sail on the Anthem again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We signed up to join my daughter and her family. Noise factor in our room adversely effected our experience. Food in the dining room was tasty, but we rejected some of the cooked dishes because they were served cold. The server took far ... Read More
We signed up to join my daughter and her family. Noise factor in our room adversely effected our experience. Food in the dining room was tasty, but we rejected some of the cooked dishes because they were served cold. The server took far too long for the courses and was a 1 1/2 hour experience. After we complained they got it down to 1 hour. The trivia sessions were conducted by some individuals who could not pronounce English words and it was nerve racking dealing with them. The song and dance entertainment was average, the band was above average. The drink servers (with the exception of Deborah in the Schooner Lounge seemed to take far too long to get the drinks, but were friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward was exceptional and was always present to help us by opening our door or assisting us with other tasks. I would rate the food and the service in the buffet as above average. The excursion to Pearl Island in Nassau was a waste of time and money. We left the island early. High drink costs and run down equipment. The included lunch of fish, rice and chicken was very tasty. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were a group of couples. The ship is very nice with lots for young people to do. We are experienced cruisers and our favorite is Princess as Royal Caribbean has too many children on board. But let me give you the good and bad, in my ... Read More
We were a group of couples. The ship is very nice with lots for young people to do. We are experienced cruisers and our favorite is Princess as Royal Caribbean has too many children on board. But let me give you the good and bad, in my opinion. We needed wheelchairs since having recent surgery. The wheelchair service was excellent but be sure to sign up. Don't worry about the time frame as they don't even check. It is a long walk from the terminal to the ship so don't be shy about asking for this service. Check in was quick as we had done the phone app. We were questioned and checked for fever. The virus was just beginning but they did encourage clean hands. We had a promenade room which was roomy with a window seat and sofa. If you want perfect quiet, this might not be good for you. It usually was quiet after midnite but it was fun to watch the goings on from our window. Our room steward was excellent. I tipped him when we first arrived, requested the duvet be removed and ice every day. No problem. I have come to love the "closets" on Princess as it's actually one big dressing room/closet combined with plenty of room for luggage, etc. That's why I wasn't fond of the closet but it was enough for 4 days. Our bed wasn't comfortable and I didn't bother asking for an eggcrate but wish I had. We had 2 very small nightstands with 1 drawer. Our room was always cold and it didn't seem to matter how far I moved the thermostat. I didn't bother to complain. For some reasons, the compass had an extra page which was mostly annoying and unnecessary. If you've cruised RCCL before, you know they don't include body lotion or hair conditioner. Probably the thing that annoyed me the most was, if you ordered 2 appetizers, they both came at the same time. Service was like, let's get this done. And sometimes we didn't receive something and I don't know if that was because they didn't understand or couldn't be bothered. Service all around left alot to be desired. Incidentally, cranberry juice is an extra charge, pancakes are more like hockey pucks, no lobster on the shorter cruises. Other than that, the food was pretty good. Steak was excellent. We ate most of our meals in the dining room and they also had a buffet (which was faster sometimes). One day for lunch they had an incredible spread with a shrimp "fountain", an ice cream bar, a salad bar mixed by the help and tons of wonderful choices. Not to be missed. It was on our next to last day for lunch. Formal night has been cancelled (their words). It is now, wear your best clothes. The shows were what you expect on a cruise. This theatre is the first I've ever seen that always has seats. Maybe not together tho. I just want to add, our ship went to CocoCay. It was phenomenal! Tons of seats available everywhere. Shuttles to go everywhere but distance between stops could be too much for some to walk. Pool was freezing. Families will love this but be prepared to pay. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We are Royal Caribbean loyalist but have also sailed on Carnival and Disney ships. Frankly all have their advantages and different price points, but RC seems to bring the best value for the dollar. We sailed on Mariner many years ago and ... Read More
We are Royal Caribbean loyalist but have also sailed on Carnival and Disney ships. Frankly all have their advantages and different price points, but RC seems to bring the best value for the dollar. We sailed on Mariner many years ago and chose her because the short itinerary and stop in the new Coco Cay was appealing to us. Our four night trip overall was very good. Friendly staff and a ship that does not show its age, along with great weather provided an overall good experience. Service in all areas was very good. We dined in the main dining room for most meals and avoided the windjammer buffet except for embarkation day lunch. The service and food in the main dining room was very good overall. We had dinner in Chops for the first time. Our service seemed rushed in this private dining area. However our food was far better than the main dining room food, and well worth the $30 upcharge. The Mariner is well maintained and does not show its age. Our oversized outside cabin on deck 7 aft was comfortable, clean, and well attended to by our room steward. Entertainment around the ship was plentiful and there is something for everyone. The main production shows were what we expected and a little odd in choice of overall theme. The headliner comedian, and impressionist were worth the watch. Coco Cay is a great stop for all. We chose the private Beach Club excursion on the north side of the island. A quiet well appointed retreat area with exceptional service, food, and amenities. If you have no children and want a beautiful beach experience, with sit down lunch service...pay the extra $65 and enjoy . Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I enjoyed the role of grandparent to a 4 year old on his (and his parents') first cruise - what's not to like about a week-long sleepover. Connected balcony cabins on deck 10, lots of kids on board and a great kid's club. ... Read More
I enjoyed the role of grandparent to a 4 year old on his (and his parents') first cruise - what's not to like about a week-long sleepover. Connected balcony cabins on deck 10, lots of kids on board and a great kid's club. Many things worked really well, but I did find myself comparing RCI with my favorite Celebrity. Ship - huge, so many amenities. But why do you have to charge for so many things? Cabin - just great. Pleasing colors, comfortable, plenty of storage, nice balcony and bathroom. Dining - Celebrity wins by so much. Why do you have to pay for so many venues? Why isn't the food better? For example, why do you have the same boring breakfast buffet day after day, and repeat it in the Solarium bistro where you could sneak in a healthy "adults only" variety of foods? Entertainment and activities - pretty awesome. Thank you to the Ocean Adventure - great staff, lots for the kids. Good shows and music all over the ship. Service - we had a fabulous room attendant, and good service everywhere. Ports and shore excursions - sailing from NJ in winter doesn't get you much in the way of warm weather. But CocoCay was a perfect day, and the Kennedy Space Center was great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I chose this cruise due to the great price I got on a Studio Balcony and the fact that it was a 4 hour drive to port rather than a flight to Florida. The multitude of indoor venues/pools was also inviting considering it was a winter ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to the great price I got on a Studio Balcony and the fact that it was a 4 hour drive to port rather than a flight to Florida. The multitude of indoor venues/pools was also inviting considering it was a winter sailing out of New Jersey. This was my first Royal Caribbean cruise as I had only sailed on Norwegian prior. Both cruise lines have their pros and cons. The number of pools/whirlpools both indoor and outdoor was a definitely plus for me and is the main reason I am giving Royal another chance despite some negative aspects. Room Quality: As a solo traveler, I love that Quantum class ships have Studio Balconies. It was great having the balcony and the room/bathroom was perfect size for just me. The bed was very hard though (common complaint) which led to lack of sleep. I will make sure to ask for more padding next time. My room attendant was great and always visible during the daytime. Service: Some of the service level was lacking compared to Norwegian. While my room attendant and MDR waiters were fantastic, many of the bartenders across the ship acted like they did not want to be there. Exceptions where Schooner bar staff and Susie in Boleros. Also, the method RCCL l uses to ring up drinks really slows things down. This isn't the staff's fault but RCCL needs to streamline this better. Food: The food on Anthem is what made me really consider whether I wanted to give RCCL another try. While the MDR food was decent and mostly good, some of the staple MDR dishes were lacking. For example, the French Onion soup should have been called "French Bread Soup" as there was only one tiny piece of onion and a big chunk of bread. The biggest disappointment however was the Windjammer. What a mess. Poor daily variety, lukewarm to cold food, and much of the food was bland, hard, or overcooked. Also ,the way it is organized is a mess. I gave it a couple tries and it was the same every time. Bad. I ate lunch and breakfast at Solarium Bistro a couple times and despite being described at having "better" options, it has literally the same things as Windjammer but downscaled (since when are hot dogs and hamburgers a "better" option???) Cafe 270 was good for a quick lunch and Sorrentos had very good, hot pizza. Drinks; I had the Ultimate Beverage Package and it was worth it. It is so easy to get your money's worth, especially pre-booking during a sale. And since the free coffee was not too good aboard, it was nice being able to get specialty coffees anytime. Drink quality was good but I felt the variety of specialty cocktails was limited compared to NCL. Entertainment: I thought entertainment was great and there was always something going on. This ship has a lot of large venues to use for different shows which was great. We Will Rock You was fantastic and I loved every minute of it. Spectra's Cabaret was really weird and made no sense to me. Hated it, but others I was with really enjoyed it. I didn't see The Gift. As for the comedians, Stephen (lastname?) was terrible. I walked out during his adult show. Not funny at all. The ventriloquist was absolutely hilarious. I would watch him again any day. The other comedian Rondell was also great. I missed his adult show though which made me sad. Finally, Matt Yee's shows were not to be missed. While each one was a bit repetitive, you didn't care because his audience interaction was absolutely hilarious. Hope to see him again one day. Pools/decks: I loved the different pool options onboard. Laying on the sun decks during warm port days was great, despite some people not understanding basic decency and boundaries. Get to the solarium/indoor pool early on sea days otherwise no seats. Ports: I only got off the ship at CoCoCay. I went to the Oasis pool and found a lounger close to the swimup bar. It was the most relaxing day. Great drink selections at the bar. The only complaint was that the pool was a bit cold but it still felt nice after laying in the hot Caribbean sun. FInally, the buffet on CoCoCay was OUTSTANDING. Awesome burgers, sandwiches, and an epic taco station. I am still thinking about it. Why can't the Windjammer be anywhere as good? Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
this was our first time on royal Caribbean. we ussally sail on celebrity. this was my 9 th cruise. and my wifes 12 th. dropping off our luggage and getting on the ship was a breeze. very well organized. our balcony cabin was clean , with ... Read More
this was our first time on royal Caribbean. we ussally sail on celebrity. this was my 9 th cruise. and my wifes 12 th. dropping off our luggage and getting on the ship was a breeze. very well organized. our balcony cabin was clean , with ample storage. and the bed was very comfortable. my wife and I don't nit pick on things , because nothing is ever perfect no matter what cruise you are on. the food in the main dining room was good, but I think celebrity is a step above. . service the first night was a little slow, but that seems to be the norm. I must say that the ship has so many activities, especially at night. there is always something you can be doing. the music hall is a great venue. we will rock you is not to be missed. it was wonderful. we both were never on a ship this big. we always found a place to sit and eat at the wind jammer café. we ate at chops one night, it was a wonderful dining experience. great service and the food was outstanding. all in all, it was a great cruise. and I would recommend it. like I mentioned earlier, I tend not to nit pick on things that are not perfect. that's why I didn't mention any of them. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our second cruise on Grandeur so we knew going in that its an older smaller ship that isnt as fresh and full of activities/ options as the newest ships. With that said, there is a certain charm to the ship and the chances of ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Grandeur so we knew going in that its an older smaller ship that isnt as fresh and full of activities/ options as the newest ships. With that said, there is a certain charm to the ship and the chances of running into the same guests and staff are very high. This allows people to build rapport and makes for a friendlier cruise. My wife our friend and I originally booked a JS but were fortunate enough to Royal Up to GS 8512. This was our first time in a suite and experiencing the benefits. It was a great treat and now we are hooked on staying in a suite. Our vacation got off to a slightly bumpy start when we noticed a bad smell as soon as we entered the cabin. Long story short there was a leak from the bathroom affecting the carpet, hence the smell. We notified the concierge Carlington who immediately took action which resulted in the entire room carpet being ripped out and replaced. RC fairly compensated us for the inconvenience. This wasnt the first or last time Carlington went above and beyond in his capacity as the ships concierge. He is a true professional with a quick smile and friendly demeanor who takes pride in the service he provides. We cannot say enough good things about him and the other crew assigned to the Concierge lounge. They truly made the cruise amazing for us. Due to a storm we were delayed exiting the bay and ultimately we were unable to hit Nassau. While disappointed we completely understood. Cococay was beautiful. Very windy the day we were there. We had an overwater cabana and it was every bit as gorgeous as we hoped. Our attendant was friendly but sometimes disappeared and the plates, utensils and cups continued to accumulate all day which was not something we expected. I did ask him if he could clear it out several times and he’d clear a few things but never the entirety of the mess which was sizable and sat on the counter for hours. Also, there was no trashcan, only a black plastic bag which sat on the deck. We were told trashcans had been ordered. For the cost RC is asking for the cabanas we expected better. Aside from those issues the cabana and beach club were excellent. The food, especially the steak and lobster, were out of this world. We stopped in Port Canaveral and walked around the dock area a bit after going through customs checks. We had breakfast at Grills and it was very good. There are several restaurants/ bars within walking distance depending on where your ship docks at the port. Charleston was our last stop and was phenomenal. Great city to walk in. We hit most of the major areas within walking distance of the ship including Rainbow Row, pineapple fountain and the city market. We stopped in various venues for quick bites and drinks. We recommend Maui Taco, The Griffon ( great old dive bar), and Cane Ruhm Bar. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Wanting to plan a break from the winter weather, we got a very good deal on an inside cabin on Grandeur. We've sailed on the Lady G before (Sept. 2018 NE/Canada) and knew what to expect. Me (53), Husband (57). Our neighbors also ... Read More
Wanting to plan a break from the winter weather, we got a very good deal on an inside cabin on Grandeur. We've sailed on the Lady G before (Sept. 2018 NE/Canada) and knew what to expect. Me (53), Husband (57). Our neighbors also went and this was their first cruise. We got emails prior to departure that the ship would go through extra sanitizing so do not arrive before noon. We arrived a little after noon due to traffic just before the terminal. Then we waited outside in a line to get into the terminal. It was quite cold, so it would have been nice if the first check in point could have been inside the doors instead of right at the door. The line moved very slowly at first, then picked up the pace. I found out from others that they were actually allowed to board just after 11, so was a bit disappointed that we delayed our arrival, but I'm a rule follower! Check in was very easy after that, and we went to the Windjammer for lunch. It was very crowded, but the food was good. Cabins were ready at 2pm (as opposed to the typical 1pm.--another result of the extra sanitation efforts.) Due to a storm off the Carolina coast, we anchored in the Bay just south of the Bay Bridge. It was a nice treat to eat breakfast in the morning with the Bridge as our scenery. We finally started our journey down the Bay around lunchtime of Day 2. Because of the storm, we had to travel slowly once in the ocean and we still had some rougher than average seas. We also had to miss our stop at Nassau. I had booked a day pass from Resort for a Day, and they refunded the deposit (without us doing a thing) since we didn't make it to the port. I will use Resort for a Day again based on this experience:) We also had to make an unplanned stop to drop off a passenger at Cape Canaveral. It was fun to watch us dock and to compare the size of the Grandeur to the Harmony which was also docked. This was a quick stop to drop off the passenger, and we were back at sea. We finally got off the ship at Coco Cay on Monday (cruise started on Thursday). By then, we were quite happy to be on land for awhile! We enjoyed Coco Cay, but it was quite windy by the shoreline. The interior of the island wasn't as windy. We chose chairs on Chill Beach and I did attempt to snorkel using my own equipment (no fins). I saw a few fish, but nothing too exciting. I didn't go out too far, so there may have been more out further. I was actually warmer in the water than out of the water! I had been hearing roosters crowing and finally saw them (one with four baby chicks)! I also saw numerous hummingbirds, a few iguanas, a peacock, and a few other birds as I walked around the island. We enjoyed the lunch at Chill Grill. We took the Kennedy Space Center Guided Tour excursion. I felt like the guided tour part mainly consisted of waiting for people at designated meeting points. We had a large group of 60 people--I think that was too many to get a good guided tour. The bus tour run by the Space Center was quite good, but that is included in the regular admission! If doing this, I would recommend just getting a shuttle to the KSC and touring on your own. After going through some thick fog entering the Charleston port, we did have a little touring time with no rain. We managed to take the historic Carriage tour --booked it that day at one of the kiosks and paid $30 pp for the hour long tour. It was good. I think I expected more interesting tidbits and highlights of the city, but it was mostly about the restaurants/food and the houses with the slave quarters in the back. I did find the facts about the carriage tours/horses surprisingly interesting:) We also walked through the City Market buildings. Food on the ship was good. We thought the Windjammer had a wide variety and very good food (even the French Fries were yummy!). We ate there for every breakfast and lunch. I wish we had tried it for dinner, but I thought we should do the main dining room and get waited on. We had wonderful waiters, but found some of the food to be not as good as our prior cruises. I don't care for seafood and stick to more traditional meats and veggies. The New York Strip steak was thin and kind of fatty/tough. The chicken was better one night than another. My husband loves seafood and enjoyed some of those dishes. His lobster was good on lobster night, but for the first time on a cruise (this was our 5th) he was not offered a second lobster tail. On our past cruises, the waiters would bring out extra lobsters and other extras (Not sure what to get? They'd bring a second entree for us to try without us even asking!) through the week. Nothing extra on this cruise. One night I did specifically ask for two desserts because I wanted to try them (I shared!). I almost felt like I annoyed our server. My favorite dessert was the Royal Cheesecake. If you like cheesecake, you can't go wrong with that! On our final night after the Farewell Show, we went to the Windjammer just for the view as we cruised over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It was our first time in the Windjammer when they were serving dinner. We decided that on future cruises, we want to try the buffet for dinner a few times! We'll check the menu for the main dining room (can be viewed on the screens by the elevators) and if we don't see something that sounds great, we'll head to the Windjammer instead! I was impressed with the Grandeur musicians and dancers on this cruise. One of the singers, Tim, had an incredible voice. He sounded like Josh Groban. We enjoyed the Headliner shows. The shopping talk was awful! We only went for the maps and the door prizes. After an hour, we left! No door prizes had been given out yet and I just couldn't take the boring talking anymore! I found the ship's Centrum area all the way up to Deck 8 to be very smoky smelling. I did not have this issue on any former cruise and don't know why this happened, but I could not watch some of the entertainment in the Centrum when the smoke was so bad it hurt my eyes. Some tips: -- Look for a cruise group on other social media(Cruise Critic frowns upon naming any here). I found one and it was a very nice group. Also make sure you join the Meet and Mingle and Roll Call for your cruise. A cabin crawl was set up and we got to see a junior suite and grand suite and talk about booking tips etc with other members. Definitely do a cabin crawl if you'd be interested in seeing other cabin set ups (or be the organizer and set one up!). ==Take magnets. The walls/doors are all metallic. I used magnets with hooks to hang jackets, hats etc, and button type magnets to organize papers. Just attach to walls! This helped to organize that small interior cabin space! --Remember you can carry on up to 12-- 17 ounce sodas/waters (I don't drink alcohol, but you can take 2 bottles of wine too). This can save you a lot of money! Yeah, it's a pain to carry it on and not as easy if you have to fly to your port, but if driving, it's great! --If you can't stand being around cigarette/cigar smoke, avoid the Casino! You can go up to Deck 6 and walk through the Centrum shopping area/photo area to get to the Palladium theater. If you want to sit in the balcony, you're right there. If you want to go down to the main seating area, just use the steps or elevator. -Say hi to Robert (the sheriff) in the Windjammer at breakfast! He's great! -If it's cold in Baltimore, make sure you have some warm weather attire! You may have to wait outside while checking in or when waiting for your ride after disembarkation. I was surprised that they will not allow you to wait inside at disembarkation. Keep moving! Also check weather for your port cities. Take appropriate outerwear! -Remember that the only toiletries provided are bar soap and a "shampoo/body wash" pump in the shower. Take your own if you are picky about your shampoo/body wash. You'll also need to take lotion and conditioner if you use any. -The hair dryer is basic/high-lo. I was fine with it, but some people want to take their own. -If buying any of RC's 2 for $20 t-shirts, I'd suggest buying a size (or 2) larger than you think you need! I just washed ours and they definitely shrunk. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We liked the itinerary, and like sailing out of Baltimore We liked our dining room waiters, table 235, Andro was excellent as well as Low. The food was always good, and the waiters always made sure we were satisfied with everything. ... Read More
We liked the itinerary, and like sailing out of Baltimore We liked our dining room waiters, table 235, Andro was excellent as well as Low. The food was always good, and the waiters always made sure we were satisfied with everything. We liked having breakfast in dining room and especially liked Nitesh and Yogesh. The entertainment was good, liked Dave the CD. My husband was in Airforce for 20 years and the Veterans celebration was very nice. I did enjoy happy hour as well in diamond plus lounge, waiters were very good. We loved Cocoa Cay and has a nice lunch there, very relaxing. There was music around the ship, and the bands were very good, had a great time on 70’s night. Oh, I found a duck in the casino and hid it for the next sailing, enjoyed the casino but did not win, but it was fun, also the slot pull was a good time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
2/15/20 sailing. As many others have said--easiest check in EVER. We arrived at the port at 11:55 AM and was ON the ship by 12:35. That included unloading, parking, walking to terminal, check in. We self disembarked and that was easy ... Read More
2/15/20 sailing. As many others have said--easiest check in EVER. We arrived at the port at 11:55 AM and was ON the ship by 12:35. That included unloading, parking, walking to terminal, check in. We self disembarked and that was easy as well, will do that always for now on. Just don't pack too much. I carried on 8 sodas and a bottle of wine. DH had a 6 pack of water (we should have brought a 12 pack). Everything goes through an X ray machine, no one did a search of the carry on bags. The ship is very nice. Biggest one we have been on and first time RCI. I used the gym each day--there are a lot of treadmills, ellypticals, bikes and classes were going on each morning. Also a lot of weight lifting machines. Hand washing was a big priority and there are wash stations outside Windjammer as well as the employees with hand gel saying, "washy washy".. Food was good in the Jammer, lots of options and there was always space to sit down. Main dining...food was very good here too. We had wonderful service, just felt bad for our asst. waiter as his dad passed away and he took one night off. :( The choices on the main menu seemed to be largely the same each night with a couple items swapped out. Not complaining though, I did not cook, or clean, etc. It was all delicious. We did not try a specialty restaurant. Shows. As per other reviews... Spectras Cabaret was bizarre. It just was. "The Gift"--I had NO IDEA what it was all about. My kids all did theater, I can generally follow a story line. Not so much on this one. We will Rock You--to me was OK... our friends enjoyed it. Certainly go to the shows--the actors are doing a good job ... My husband loved the astronomy speaker they had on this cruise. He did 4 one hour sessions , I went to one and he was very good (Paul Cirillo). Bands. House bands are excellent. There is a lot of opportunity to listen to music, dance, etc. Solarium--great place for adults to hang out in. All covered for the cold weather cruise--nice trees, lots of loungers, a pool and hot tubs. Also a bar... We tried the bumper cars, that was fun... the Sportsplex was always busy with basketball players and other organized activities. The Hot dog place... DH loves Hotdogs, but this place was disappointing to him. He said the dogs in the jammer were better... Sausage looked gross. And he threw it out. North Star. Be sure to reserve a time before your cruise. We waited until on board, and a couple days in, and times were limited. It was fun, even in rocky seas as we were on the way back to NJ. You did not feel the rocking when you were up there. Nice views of the ship. Not scary at all. Be kind to others and rotate around the ride so you can get a view from different angles... Pizza shop had tasty pizza. there is a cafe by Two70 that has nice sandwiches and salads. Gift shops on board... the only thing I bought were 2 bottles of Captain Morgan for $24. Total deal. They had a T shirt sale 2/20 bucks on the last days of the cruise. Ports: Cape Canaveral. My sister picked us up and we spent the day at Cocoa Beach at another friend's condo. Best port stop for all of us we thought. Nice day at the ocean. Nassau. Been there 3 times now. We had some drinks at a back alley pub somewhere... then found a taxi driver to drive us around the island a bit. We all heard 45 dollars a couple for 1.5 hours. Marvin drove us through residential areas, we saw the college, beaches farther out from the port and also he drove us over into Atlantis area. They did not like that we were there and asked us to leave. (Guests only)... When he dropped us off, price was 45 dollars per PERSON.... (there were 4 of us), so we paid that but could swear he said 45/couple. What are you going to do? We paid. Coco Cay: Nice time here, we went to Chill beach and got a row of loungers and relaxed. DH and I rode the tram just to see a little more of the Island. Quite the place. I snorkeled--but saw just a few fish and sea grass. Some of the fish were quite big. I did not go too far out from shore. I brought my own mask and snorkel tube. I did not wear a life jacket or flippers. The food on CoCo Cay is very organized and plentiful. There are desserts, ice cream, fruit, burgers, chicken, hotdogs, tacos.. All included. We did NOT do the water park area. We did swim in the pool. Swim up bar was crowded with people. My friends did not want to partake in that, so I didn't either..:( There are a lot of activities offered throughout the day and evening. It is all in what you want to do. I did a 70's dance class...lots of fun. The "scrapbook" event is just offering packages to buy, which I did, 10 bucks for papers and stickers. I am using them already. She did have paper and crayons and glitter if you wanted to create something ... Photos. They are there to take as many pictures of you as you will allow. I bought one picture (20 dollars 8 x 10). There are different packages and everything is digital. No more pawing through all sorts of photos looking for yours. Stateroom: Ours was an interior with a virtual balcony which was cool. Lots of storage space, everything was clean, but I always wipe the place down with Lysol wipes anyway. Room attendant Ferdie was efficient and kept my ice supply up. (I had purchased a bottle of rum for the room and 4 Cokes--all for $45...:0 We did not get the drink package because both people in the room have to buy it and DH does not drink that much. So, it was not worth it. We just paid $9.43 total for each Bud Light (16 oz), and a mixed drink was around 13 dollars. Much cheaper that way for us. Galley tour: They come around and ask if you want to go on a galley tour. we paid 40 bucks each for that... It is cool to see the galley and see what goes on back there, so we were glad we saw it. It was hard to hear our tour guide. They follow that up with a champagne brunch included in the price. I would definitely go on the Anthem again. Service was very good, everyone was polite--guests as well as staff. I would also co on Carnival again, having never had a bad experience on that line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Our first time taking a four day cruise. We’ve sailed with RCL several times in the past but always seven days (we’ve decided we do like the seven days better). Sailed on the Navigator out of New Orleans several years ago and sure wish ... Read More
Our first time taking a four day cruise. We’ve sailed with RCL several times in the past but always seven days (we’ve decided we do like the seven days better). Sailed on the Navigator out of New Orleans several years ago and sure wish it was still sailing from there. First of all we hated the port of Miami (and will never sail from there again). The ports in New Orleans and the amazing port Canaveral are so much better. Now, onto my review of the ship and port stops. Embarking was a breeze. The ship is so nice. Clean, lots of activities, amazing staff and good food. This is the first time we’ve had a jr. suite. Couldn’t believe how big it was! King bed, couch, walk-in closet, full bath and larger balcony. Loved the room and our room attendant kept everything perfect. When we cruise we always dine in the main dining room. I can eat at restaurants anytime so we never do the dining in the ships restaurants. Getting the special treatment in the dining room each evening makes the cruise extra special in my opinion. Christian and Javis were the best! Once they know your preferences they go out of their way to go the extra mile to please you. The food was really good and served hot each night. No complaints at all! The buffet did offer good selections but we usually dined in the dining room for breakfast and the Cafe Promenade for lunch. Good sandwiches, pizza and desserts were offered here (No ice or iced tea though) Lots of activities throughout the day and night....games, shows, shopping. The two shows Ballroom Day Fever and Showgirls were both entertaining and well worth seeing. A massage by Natcha Homjanya was the most wonderful massage. She was a beautiful lady who was professional and so very nice. Loved every minute! The stop in Nassau was okay. Went into town and strolled through some of the shops but mostly just enjoyed the sights. Our favorite was Christ Church Cathedral (on George St) Beautiful old church. Next stop was Coco Cay. First time we’ve been here since we didn’t do the tender in on past cruises. RCL has done an amazing job of making this a “perfect day” If you’re into water parks, this will be the place for you. Back on the ship there’s some great seating overlooking the sea. The lounge chairs and cabana chairs are so nice and relaxing. The casino is fun and I actually saw one big winner and several smaller wins. We don’t buy the drink packages because both in a room have to buy them if one does. We did purchase the internet package...it was mediocre at best. Disembarking was horrible. We’ve always taken our own luggage and left the ship and in our car in minutes. This time it wasn’t clear what you were supposed to do. Many cruisers were leaving with their luggage but weren’t sure what they were to do or where to go. We had to park at one garage and then be transported by bus to another garage where we were parked. I understand the terminal wasn’t finished when we got there and was open on our return but it was mass confusion. I know RCL did the best they could under the circumstances but I wish it could have been better. It would be nice if all their ports were like the one in Canaveral....so easy, convenient, professionally staffed. We would definitely sail on the Navigator again (just not from Miami) Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The Majesty is the second oldest ship in the line, but contrary to some opinions it is an attractive ship in very good condition. This ship just began homeporting out of New Orleans a few weeks prior to this cruise and in the past the ... Read More
The Majesty is the second oldest ship in the line, but contrary to some opinions it is an attractive ship in very good condition. This ship just began homeporting out of New Orleans a few weeks prior to this cruise and in the past the Crown and Anchor Lounge was reserved for Diamond and up Crown and Anchor Society members from 4:30 to 8:00 pm as a partial replacement for the lack of a permanent C&A lounge.The week previous this was eliminated, to the great disappointment of C& A members. It was unknown at the time of the cruise whether an alternative would be forthcoming on future departures. It is a very interesting cruise to take as you sail down the Mississippi River for about eight hours before reaching the Gulf of Mexico. The next two days were at sea, reaching Nassau the next day. Freeport was the next day, which is an industrial port a half hour from the actual town. There were only a series of t-shirt kiosks and pop up beer bars, although there was a small stage with a band playing as well. In spite of this there were three cruise ships docked there! I attempted to talk to two cabbies to ask if there was transportation into the town and the price. One only wanted to take people to the beach and the other couldn't be bothered to tear himself away from his phone screen. The next group were too busy to stop their arguing amongst themselves to talk to me. I gave up and went back to the ship after a total of about a half hour ashore. However I found it interesting to see the port activities from the top deck of my ship. They included three ships loading/unloading containers, sand excavation, a drydock with a Holland America ship in it,a large petroleum tank farm and two large off shore petroleum loading piers for tanker ships. Nevertheless, since I had never been here before I considered it to be an ok stop, although it could have been a shorter one. The last stop was at Key West, where we had to undergo customs and immigration passport checks before re-entering the US. This started at 7:00 am. We departed at the scheduled time of 2:30 pm, making for a pretty short visit. Weather was generally a bit cool but sunny and nice. The last day was a sea day before returning to New Orleans. However the night before was filled with strong headwinds, swells and current. At about 10:00 am the Captain announced that as a result we would be delayed five hours, arriving at 1:00 pm instead of 8:00 am. this was helpful in allowing those of us who needed to rebook flights to do so as soon as possible. The next morning we received a letter saying that Royal Caribbean would reimburse passengers $200 for domestic flight change fees and $400 for international. I thought this was very fair and commendable. There is a lack of chairs in the centrum and no tables to put drinks on as you would find on other ships. This makes it difficult to watch the shows and bands held there instead of in the lounges that are better equipped for it. The outside wraparound promenade deck has only three chairs that allow you to sit up in, rather than lounge chairs. Many find this more comfortable and some find it difficult to sit down and get up from the loungers. These are not expensive things to add, so hopefully RC will do so, as others complained about this also. I mention these things because I feel such information is useful to others considering booking a ship. In spite of some of these things I enjoyed cruising on the "Madge". The crew in the main dining room were uniformly great and the food above average. The Windjammer buffet was not so good, featuring apparent regional cuisine, which was nice up to a point, but there was a need for some of the usual favorites as well. The Sorento pizza cafe and deli were also good. Cabin steward (Martin) and Loyalty Ambassador (Vernon) were top notch. Captain Per and Rodney the hotel director were very personable a accessible. I would gladly cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The ship was great. Plenty of nice places to hang out. Especially Two70 Cafe. The varied food options and locations were nice. Only recommendation would be to have more filler stations at various locations for those tithe the ... Read More
The ship was great. Plenty of nice places to hang out. Especially Two70 Cafe. The varied food options and locations were nice. Only recommendation would be to have more filler stations at various locations for those tithe the refreshment, soda, and drink packages. Sometimes the lines to refill soda were long due to only being located at Sorrentos or Windjammer. Service was excellent. Entertainment was very good, especially Stephani Parker’s Whitney Houston tribute performance. Found that not any one space was too crowded except for the music hall so it was easy to find a place to relax. It took 5 minutes to get through check in at Cape Liberty and boarding occurred an hour early. Food was good and had varied options. The esplanade is smaller than other ships I’ve been on so can get crowded easily during shopping sales. The only challenge we’re getting elevators. It seemed to take forever for one to arrive at your floor as they were either all going up or down at the same time. Ate at Jaimes and Chops. Both are excellent. Definitely go for the lasagna and lamb chops at Jamie’s. The salmon and steak at Chips were excellent. I didn’t do main dining as I didn’t want to dress up but did windjammer most nights. Good varied selection and was never too crowded. Was always able to find a seat Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my 14th cruise on Royal and my first time on the Quantum class. Overall, I was very happy with the ship. The staff was friendly and attentive. All the spaces were clean and looked modern and well-kept. The food was average to good ... Read More
This was my 14th cruise on Royal and my first time on the Quantum class. Overall, I was very happy with the ship. The staff was friendly and attentive. All the spaces were clean and looked modern and well-kept. The food was average to good and consistent with other Royal cruises. Royal has cut out a number of items over the years we really like. I really enjoyed this class ship. Lots of “inside” spaces to make up for bad weather or staying out of the heat. Shows were good to excellent except for the comedy juggler. We walked out on him. He was terrible. Act is 10 years old and tired. There were three ports on this trip 1) Port Canaveral, 2) Nassau and CocoCay. CocoCay lives up to its name. I thought it was great. Way better than Labadee. My kids are 14 and 17 and they had a good time. Lot of other kids to connect with. I liked Mitch the cruise director a lot. I took a spin class and thought the instructor was not good. Fitness room for spinning was very hot and instructor said the room has no air. Guest Services staff were helpful when needed. Diamond Lounge is nice because of the windows. Really liked the new cruise compass format. I would recommend the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose a 4 night cruise on Navigator of the Seas now that it's gone through some pretty neat renovations. Of the 8 cruises I've done with Royal Caribbean, I do have to say this ship has the best pool deck out of all the other ... Read More
We chose a 4 night cruise on Navigator of the Seas now that it's gone through some pretty neat renovations. Of the 8 cruises I've done with Royal Caribbean, I do have to say this ship has the best pool deck out of all the other ships. The new renovation brought color and some interesting dinning options to the pool area. The hot tubs up next to the jogging track on deck 11 were also a great addition, allowing us to enjoy the hot tub and watch movies on the giant screen poolside at night. The bar service with the new Lime and Coconut bar was not the greatest, messing up my groups drinks or giving us things we didn't order every time we went there. This seemed to be a common theme on the ship, with the Casino being the only place you could get what you asked. The staterooms themselves were average with all the other ships RCCL has in this class, and was clean but not as well maintained as it could have been (some broken fixtures). Another downside was that the staff seems more junior than other ships; some of the service was slower than usual for RCCL and a few typical things that happen on other RCCL ships didn't happen on this one. The food in the main dining room was great as usual, however the there was only one of the waiters we had that was really great. Overall aside from missing the port of Nassau for weather the trip was great, and would definitely be a must go trip in the future. Embarkation was the smoothest I have ever seen, and the new Terminal A in Miami was amazing. Getting off the ship was very easy as well, waiting till later helped smooth out the process. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Fourteen years had passed since my last cruise but nothing really has changed except to say it was a top notch experience on the 3 day sailing of the Navigator of the Seas. Boarding at the Miami Port was a cinch with my self carry on ... Read More
Fourteen years had passed since my last cruise but nothing really has changed except to say it was a top notch experience on the 3 day sailing of the Navigator of the Seas. Boarding at the Miami Port was a cinch with my self carry on luggage. I was traveling with a group of 16 and making our dinner reservations appeared seamless. The balcony cabin #8362 provided adequate space for this short jaunt especially if you’re extra neat, organized and don’t over pack. The cabin steward was unobtrusive and sight unseen. The aft deck location was ideal because every thing was in a “column” position above and below providing easy navigation. Figuring out the the entire layout and how to access all public areas took only minutes. Elevators were always available even at times you’d there would be a longer wait. The ship was tastefully decorated for the holidays. Guest services was a super fast experience and like everything else A~ easy peasy. The entire crew were incredibly friendly, responsive and clearly wanted you to have an awesome experience on this spotless ship. The private island was truly lovely. The merchants were a pleasure. Super easy to disembark and return at the end of the day was a breeze. There weren’t many children on board. I imagine it would be too much work preparing for this short stay and navigating around the ship. Cons in no particular order: The towels are scratchy but did the job. The hair dryer is of the lowest quality. The food ~ this is simply my opinion and may not have been experienced by anyone else. I will say the 1st night the baked onion soup was cheese laden, super hot and delicious. The 3rd night not so much. The seafood soups, both NE clam chowder and lobster bisque tasted as though they were made of fish tank water. The steamed 2 lb lobster was extremely dry and appeared as though it must have sat under the heating lights a tad too long. The mussels were actually very tasty. The thawed frozen shrimp was edible. I’m not a “breakfast eater” per se but the oatmeal was delicious and there truly seemed to be something for everyone. The vast selection offered at the BBQ buffet on the private island is pretty much what’d you’d expect. You won’t leave hungry! The entertainment ~ that was pretty much a disappointment for me. I found it very boring and the second night I stayed in my cabin after dinner because there was nothing beckoning me to stay out longer. I don’t gamble so can’t speak about the casino but it appeared to be very nice. The bars were okay but it just felt like a strong case for “failure to launch”. Very low energy in all of them. The highlight was being sung to by a spirited group of young performers who sand songs of the season. The band on the promenade was spectacular and the disco performers did a great job. It was odd that no one was dancing but I think it was because of the location in the promenade. Early morning disembarking was unbelievably stress free. RCCL you’ve always had a solid reputation in the cruise industry. Thank you for bringing me back to port safely. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We just got off Mariner today after a wonderful 7 days.  It was my husband and I who are both in our 30s.  As background, we’ve been on a variety of cruises together, most recently on Brilliance last December.  We were really ... Read More
We just got off Mariner today after a wonderful 7 days.  It was my husband and I who are both in our 30s.  As background, we’ve been on a variety of cruises together, most recently on Brilliance last December.  We were really excited to try Mariner and to go to Perfect Day and it did not disappoint! We had the drink package and the unlimited dining package.  We did not get the internet package as we like to disconnect when we are on a cruise!  We were in a balcony room forward on deck 6.  The room is definitely dated and I wish it had been updated in the dry dock but it was just fine.  We were in a connecting stateroom—somewhat by mistake when trying to figure out a room to stay in for the B2B.  We were lucky with our neighbors on that side but the walls are definitely thin.  The bed was hard, but it didn’t bother me.  If you’re used to soft, pillowy mattresses you will not like this bed at all. There was more storage than I expected in the room.  We watched tons of packing videos this time and if anyone’s interested in tips I found to be useful and others that weren’t so necessary, let me know.  The location of our room was awesome.  We were so close to the promenade and an easy elevator ride up to the solarium.   I was somewhat surprised how easy elevators were to come by.  They seemed to be programmed well and aside for one or two times, we never had any issues getting a pretty much empty elevator.  The ship in general didn’t feel too crowded to me except for one of the breakfasts in the windjammer and the promenade when an event was going on.   We LOVED the bamboo room.  We spent most of our time there and the bartenders were amazing there.  We loved trying all the fun drinks there and it’s just a fun place.  We were super surprised that it was often completely empty.  Not sure why more people didn’t hang out in there—there are nice tables and the bar but even in the evenings, it was hardly ever busy.   Having the dining package was definitely a nice addition.  We paid $75 for the 3 night and $99 for the 4 night.  The whole process was much smoother on this cruise than it was last year on Brilliance.  I imagine they’ve worked out more of the details since then.  We ate at Chops (more on that below), Izumi (awesome), Playmakers (ehhh not bad but not great), Johnny Rockets (same as always), and Jamies.   We went to Izumi twice and enjoyed it both days—the second time was better but honestly we loved both times.  It was included in the package and they let us get the two meats option included—and we could mix and match.   Jamies was wonderful!  We had only been on ships with Giovannis before so Jamies was new for us.  We LOVED it.  Ask for Lenin, if you can.  He was amazing and our meals there with him were some of the best parts of our trip. We heard multiple other people comment on how great he was too.   Perfect Day at Coco Cay was everything I had hoped it would be.  The food at Snack Shack was just as delicious as everyone had said (mmm that chicken sandwich).  There were way more bars than the map showed so it was always easy to get a drink.  The floating bar was kind of hard to find and it was super busy on the first day we were there in the afternoon (when we finally found it).  The bamboo room bartenders man the floating bar so we went and had a good time with our favorite bartender.  I can’t wait to see everything once the construction walls are down.   It was really windy when we were there so they wouldn’t let us put umbrellas up where we were on chill island.  That was somewhat disappointing because I like sun but my husband likes shade—it was difficult to find a spot that worked for us both without umbrellas. We had some gift certificates and OBC for our second cruise so we decided to book a beach bed for that day.  We were able to pick which one we wanted (from the ones we had left).  The “south beach” ones were in a MUCH better location and only two rows deep. On board they were $199 when booking on board which is the same as they had been in the cruise planner for the last couple months.  Before that, they were $150 but I wasn’t sure we’d want one and I wanted to use the birthday gift certificates I got for it and couldn’t do that ahead of time.  I have a hard time saying whether or not to get a bed because if we had booked and been stuck in the other location, it would not have been the same experience.  BUT as it was, we LOVED it.  We were close to everything, it was nice space without other people, it was great shade and it was just nice and peaceful and wonderful.   Some slight negatives:  The room didn’t cool down enough—I’d read about this ahead of time so it wasn’t surprising and while occasionally we would feel cool, there were multiple times where we felt like it was uncomfortably warm.  Chops—we’ve been to Chops multiple times on other ships and have always loved it.  It was a big disappointment on this ship.  We had it for lunch on boarding day and just discounted it as being busy on embarkation day.  Then we went back for lunch on our second embarkation day and it was MUCH better.  Unfortunately we then went back for dinner and it was just bad.  The steak was not good, the bacon was not good, pretty sure the fries were the same ones from the windjammer, my baked potato was cold and the toppings came like 5 minutes after the food.  Both of us felt like had we paid full price for it, we would have been very upset.  If this had been my first time at Chops, I would have never gone back.  Generally just disappointing.   Smoke from the casino was incredibly annoying.  We normally like to hang out at the schooner bar on past cruises but we didn’t get more than 1 drink there this time because the smoke was overwhelming.  Same with Boleros.  The smoke also came up onto the promenade because they have the opening up to it.  It was much worse than I had read about and we were pretty disappointed that both bars that have a lot of live music were unusable for us because of the smoke.    Overall, we would definitely go back on Mariner. These short cruises on a nice ship out of Port Canaveral are great and we LOVED Perfect Day.  Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We got a great deal for this cruise and decided to go. We also wanted to try the private island and that did not disappoint at all! The ship was great 2nd time on Anthem for us. Staff was fine except for a few that we learned were brand ... Read More
We got a great deal for this cruise and decided to go. We also wanted to try the private island and that did not disappoint at all! The ship was great 2nd time on Anthem for us. Staff was fine except for a few that we learned were brand new so asking questions that can't be answered was a pain. The Windjammer was very good and the food choices were good too. Finding seats at peak times can be a problem. Also there needs to be more table cleaning staff. We had to remove plates from the previous diners to sit a few times. Entertainment was great. The shows were all very enjoyable even though we saw them before. We did one shore excursion in Nassau that was fun. It was the Seaworld Explorer. 1.5 hrs and reasonably priced. Good for all ages too. The private island was perfect. There are plenty of lounges all over whether you want to sit by the pool or beach. No need to run off the ship when you dock to find the perfect spot. Plenty of bar staff constantly asking if you need service all day long. We had lunch there and it was fine. We got burgers from one spot on the beach. We didn't go to the water park, just relaxed all day. The pool is huge and you never feel crowded anywhere you go. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Second time sailing on Anthem, first in May 2018 and then a second time in December 2018. Our first cruise was on the 9 night cruise to Bermuda + Caribbean and this time around we did a 7 night Bahamas. The primary reason we took this ... Read More
Second time sailing on Anthem, first in May 2018 and then a second time in December 2018. Our first cruise was on the 9 night cruise to Bermuda + Caribbean and this time around we did a 7 night Bahamas. The primary reason we took this cruise was to escape the cold weather, and to check out Perfect Day. I’ve been eyeing it up since it opened, but didn’t want to fly to Florida for a 3/4 night cruise. So when this cruise came up at a super affordable price, I pounced. Perfect Day was an absolutely perfect day. I could of spent 3 whole days there getting to see different parts of the island. Even three months later I dream about being there. I would love if Royal could do more offerings out of NJ with Perfect Day but no Port Canaveral/Nassau. The first time I sailed on Anthem I was not an absolute fan, I thought it was very nice but lacking in some way. This time around I absolutely can’t wait to get back on the ship. All the staff are amazing, and they do try to get to know you as best as you can. Special shoutout to Melanie and Janice in Bolores were my favorite. The gentleman who work at the Starbucks are also amazing. The ship is absolutely superb when it comes to sailing out of New Jersey in the winter. The weather will be cold the first day, and can be chilly the second so having the solarium and the other indoor pool makes this ship perfect for these cruises. Other than that 270 is a wonderful mixed use space, that makes the perfect spot for reading a book, getting a drink or watching a movie. The ship has many open use spaces for guests to just relax. You don’t need to worry about showing up to events 20 minutes before they start to get a good seat. There is always room at a bar to grab a drink and listen to the band. The Royal Swedes are the best, they happen to be on Anthem both times we were. The activities on the ship are pretty good. The free app makes it super easy to see all the goings on. It can get kinda repetitive, typically they will run trivia in the afternoon but just a few different kinds. Night time was better with a wide array of music, and shows. I agree with others it’s time to change out the shows. The Gift needs to go. The balcony cabin is the best out there. Royal really does make every inch of the space count. Plenty of space to hang up/fold all your clothes, shoes, etc. We booked a guaranteed balcony and ended up getting an obstructed view (6710) but for the money we saved it was well worth it. Not too much to see. My only complaint is dinner service in the MDR wasn’t so great as the last time I sailed on Anthem (May 2018). Our server seemed extremely busy, but his assistant barely did any work. Then there was a problem with the pace of dinner. It took forever to get the appetizers. Then the entree would come right away, and then desert would take forever. Also the food quality wasn’t quite up to the standard that I expected. Slightly disappointed with that. Leaving out of Cape Liberty is the absolute best way to start/end a cruise. We arrived at the port around 10:30, and there was a short line for unloading area. Not too bad, maybe 10 minutes or so of waiting. Dropped my plus one off, parked at the garage. This is the best part, I started a stop watch on my phone from the minute I started walking down the parking garage’s stairs, to the moment I got onto the ship...15 minutes. 15 minutes to get through security, check in and walk onto the ship. We were on board before boarding was even supposed to start. I’ve sailed out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Manhattan and never once had such an easy experience. I will never sail out of Manhattan because that terminal is a mess, and the other cruise lines can’t do check in like Royal. Getting off the ship was just as easy. I think from the moment our group was called to the minute we made it through customs it took all of 10 minutes. We were back on 78 within minutes. Overall Anthem is a great ship for people of all ages. It has something to please the young, the old, and the young at heart. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to try crusing on a newer larger ship so we picked the Anthem of the sea. They had the best shows we have ever seen on a ship. The ship did not ever seem overcrowded except at the Windjammer buffet on day one. That is to be ... Read More
We wanted to try crusing on a newer larger ship so we picked the Anthem of the sea. They had the best shows we have ever seen on a ship. The ship did not ever seem overcrowded except at the Windjammer buffet on day one. That is to be expected though. The dining room service was not great. My wife's breakfast was served to her after I finished my meal on day two. On day one my escargot was not hot, not warm, it was room temperature. We got desert two hours after we day down. We gave up and only went back to the dining room on lobster night. The buffet staff were amazing. Clearing tables quickly and serving drinks as well. On other RC ships one could get flavored drinnks any time but on this ship only water, coffee, and tea were available when the buffet closed. If you don't want to buy a drink card take some kind of powder drink to add to your water for some flavor. We will go back to sail on a RC ship, but maybe a smaller one. 13270 Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Hi everyone. We (2) have cruised Anthem 5x now, and this week we were joined by family and friends for a total of 8 of us—5 adults, two 10 year olds and one 13 year old. We arrived at the port around 10:45am. Short line to ... Read More
Hi everyone. We (2) have cruised Anthem 5x now, and this week we were joined by family and friends for a total of 8 of us—5 adults, two 10 year olds and one 13 year old. We arrived at the port around 10:45am. Short line to drop our luggage and then parked in the deck. Take your ticket with you and pay as soon as the ship gets back; you need the paid receipt to exit the parking deck. Inside the port upon arrival it was different from our last time there (2018) as now the check-in people are beyond the Security area only. If you had checked in on the Royal app, you could go to the very short expedited line for security. Found a check-in person after security and the people in front of us had not printed their boarding pass and there were some wifi issues, so their check-in was delayed as a paper boarding pass had to be printed. We had paper copies as a backup and it worked fine. Keep it handy as you will be asked to show it several times before you’re on the ship. Still, it is a quick and painless process at this port for the most part. Headed to the Windjammer and it wasn’t too crowded yet. Found a nice spot at the back of the room and all of us found food we enjoyed. Wandered around the ship to wait for our cabins to be ready. Some signed up for iFly. Cabins were ready around 1:15 I think and we dropped our bags off. Love the balcony cabin design and its ample storage space. We had the larger, angled balcony which was very nice although a bit tunnel-like. I didn’t like that there was a crew door across from us and it was quite noisy in the mornings with room service deliveries all coming through that door, and luggage the last night. Cabin is still in good condition and everything worked well. Love that the one light in the bathroom stays on to act as a nightlight. We did sailaway from the bar area in Two70 since it was cold outside. We love this spot on this ship, in fact, Two70 is so beautiful. Note there is a library on the top level. CC M&M was in Music Hall at 10am first sea day. There was a raffle for a few RC items and I brought a few donated CC items I handed out upon arrival, and also two CC tote bags to raffle off but it seems the host gave both to one person. Then bingo was setting up before our 30 min M&M was over so there wasn’t any time left for us to mingle. I believe a slot pull was done after this. We ate at the WJ for breakfast, lunch and dinner several times, a few times in the MDR with mytime dining although we had reservations for 2 of the 3 nights we ate there. Lobster night was on day 7, and our request for an oval or round table for our group of 8 was not honored and we ended up again at two 4-tops which is not the most sociable way to enjoy eating together. That was disappointing, even though I recognized that it was a request that may not be honored. Our dinner for eight that night took way too long—we were there for over two hours. We watched other people arrive, eat and leave in that amount of time. Not sure what took so long but even when we sat down it had to be 10 minutes till servers came over to us. Was not a great impression for those with us who were new to RC. And the talk about the survey. . .I wish DR staff would stop telling us how to rate them. This seems to happen every RC cruise. The last night we all ate at the Solarium Bistro which is much faster since appy and side dishes are buffet style with your main course off a menu. We all enjoyed the food for the most part. I think if you don’t find something you like onboard, you are too picky! When my bro and SIL tried to use one of their drink BOGO in the dining room it seemed to cause a tremendous amount of confusion to the point where they said forget it. One server said they had used it, another said they had not. I told them to go to GS to straighten out, but the next day when they ordered wine in the Solarium, the server brought the 2 wines and told them he used their BOGO. So clearly it was there but DR staff could not figure that out. Shows we went to were We Will Rock You which is excellent, although a bit too long in our opinion. Performers and musicians are fabulous. Spectra’s Cabaret I see every time on Anthem, if not twice. Just a great show and I love the songs. We skipped the Gift. There is a new kind of show called Red in Two70 which is dancers and a dj, and guest dancing as well. Resurrection, the Journey tribute band, was onboard and they were great. The guitarist Alex is excellent too. There were people performing in Bolero’s when we walked by a few times and they seemed very good for the short time we heard them. Speaking of Bolero’s, no 2for1 drink happy hour was offered on this cruise as we’ve enjoyed on past Anthem cruises. Booked NorthStar onboard and even went up a second time the second to last day since there was hardly anyone for the next trip up. This is why I tell people on CC not to panic if you can't make a reservation before you board. We always get to go on NorthStar without a reservation. We did use the Royal app onboard w/o paying for internet. Came in handy to see what was going on and also what our balance $ was. The kids all enjoyed spending time in the SeaPlex which is such a wonderful area of the ship. They didn’t go to the kids club at all. Games, bumper cars, skating, soccer, and basketball were all held there at scheduled times. Yes, the out pool areas are very crowded on sunny, warm days. Wish this ship had water slides. Fitness center is great. Lots of nice machines. One of us did the Thermal spa: Not once did another person enter the smallish dry sauna during the many visits (at least once each day, usually 8 AM & 8 PM) with temperatures ranging from 104 in the AM to 140 in the PM. The wet sauna was preferred by the guests and the tropical/cooling mist shower was also very nice but watch the tropical setting as it overheats slightly shortly after startup before settling into a more manageable temperature. The heated loungers are nice; the room is on the cool side, so bring a robe/towel. No one uses the laughably oversized complimentary men’s shorts. Plenty of towels available in the locker rooms and sauna area and plain and fruited cold water in a gathering area on the right before the locker rooms. Bring footwear as well as the wet sauna floor is hot, hot, hot. No Captains/Officer Q&A this cruise. Went to scarf tying class in Bvlgari which was cool—learned a new way to tie an oblong scarf. We went to the Top Tier party—in the theater this time—but same old boring drinks being passed—cheap sparkling wine, red wine, chardonnay or rum punch. I remember when I could get a cocktail made easily. Alex the guitarist was playing on the stage. We adults enjoyed some of the trivia (name that tune) and won some of the RC keychains. Always fun to participate, but it seems RC is really getting cheap with the prizes. I liked the NorthStar bag in a bag as that’s useful. Or some variety. Seemed keychains were given out for everything. Host of the 70s disco tunes trivia guy, Raz, was entertaining, but among his “rules” was his song names were right. While I realize he probably was not yet born when disco was out, if you’re going to say we have to play by your rules, at least have the song titles accurately. We also noticed that some of the games we watched were not fair to all players—some ended up getting more than one chance and some were not given that chance. So don't take the games too seriously. The prizes are surely not worth it! Karaoke is always fun to watch and some singers are so good—even little kids surprised us with songs they knew. In PORT CANAVERAL we rented a car and went to Kennedy Space Center. In NASSAU we went to the beach at Atlantis. Bought the beach pass online from Atlantis ahead of time and took a taxi there for $4pp each way. COCO CAY. Was our first visit there and we like it better than Labadee. It really was a perfect day. There were some areas of sea grass and a stingray was swimming near us. The food they served was a better variety than other cruiselines do at their private islands. Even had ice cream there! Enjoyed swimming out to the docks. There are some vendors selling local wares too. We look forward to going there again sometime. The family did the waterpark passes and had a fun time. Why do they scan our bags when we come back onboard from CocoCay—it is THEIR island! We had 2 sea days to FL and 2 back and we always found fun things to do. It was disappointing that no one but us showed for the Martini clinic so they wouldn’t do it. Later in the week we went to a Mojito “demonstration” at Bolero’s that did not show a “$” next to it as other events with additional cost do, and when the hostess told the maybe 12 who had shown up for it that it was $25, most left. They won’t do the sampling unless they have 5 people, and 5 did not stay so I had a mojito anyway. But it was disappointing that they made that error in the Compass as to cost causing them to have insufficient attendance. We did the Wines From Around the World which we had pre-purchased, and it was good and fun. Tried out our 3 free (Emerald C&A) spins in the casino but didn’t win. Sadly the return home day arrived. Ship was along the dock with lines tied by 6:30. We were in line to leave at 6:50, and in our car to head home at 7:10am. Everyone went through the facial recognition screening at customs/immigration and it was super quick. Cape Liberty has their act together which is great. Other random thoughts: I heard people complaining about the mattresses but we slept just fine. Carpet is coming up in various places and that will need attention so people don’t trip. When you arrive at CocoCay, wait about 30 minutes until the rush is over and walk right off the ship. Plenty of space from which to choose to sit on the island. Get to Two70 early for any event there if you want good seat. Please speak quietly on your balcony especially at night and early in the morning. And please—no yelling and fighting! Was a fun trip on a fabulous ship! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We booked this cruise because due to a job move, our summer cruise had to be postponed. We usually can only vacation during July/August, but this time we had a window of time open around Thanksgiving that we don't normally have so ... Read More
We booked this cruise because due to a job move, our summer cruise had to be postponed. We usually can only vacation during July/August, but this time we had a window of time open around Thanksgiving that we don't normally have so this cruise fit in perfectly. We're a family of 5 with three children between the ages of 10 and 14. Lucky for us, there were connecting balcony cabins available, so we took advantage of this since we work much better in two rooms than crammed into one (extra bathroom alone is worth it). We also purchased the Deluxe drink package for my husband and I and the Refreshment package for the kids. Anthem is a gorgeous ship. From the first look driving into port to the interior, it is a sight to behold. Everything was kept sparkling clean, there were handwashing/sanitizing stations aplenty and the staff was wonderful. Everyone was quick to serve and seemed happy. Another wonderful thing is how the Casino smoke doesn't affect much around the Casino itself due to its design. The shows on this ship were amazing. We saw all three - The Gift, We Will Rock You, and Spectra's Cabaret. Each one was fantastic - the singers, the dancers, the overall production. Huge kudos to all involved with these. We had a wonderful MDR experience during this cruise. We didn't even intend on eating in the MDR every night, but we ended up there anyway because we didn't want to miss out. Our waitstaff was probably the best I've ever had in any restaurant anywhere and I am not kidding. Even the manager was fantastic. Everything from knowing our names and preferred drinks by the second day to bringing our table extra things "just to try" to playing around with our kids teaching napkin folding, dancing, etc. Our MDR experience was by far the best part of our cruise. The ports we visited were nice - we went to Kennedy Space Center at Port Canaveral, booked an all inclusive pass at Melia in Nassau and did the waterpark at Coco Cay. I highly recommend the water park if you have kids that enjoy this type of activity. I'm not as big of a thrill seeker as my kids and husband are, but I had a great time at the wave pool while they tackled the biggest slides. Now for the not so great for us: The indoor pool is next to a smoking section door so every time the door opens a huge waft of smoke rolls in. Gross. Bar service was bad. The bartenders themselves weren't terrible people, but I swear no one knows how to make any of their drinks. You can order one drink and every single bartender will make it differently. Drinks that stated they had certain ingredients clearly did not or they were substituted. The complimentary food options other than the MDR were lackluster. I was very turned off by the Windjammer due to the crowd alone. It is very difficult to find a place to sit down and many times we gave up and just took our plates back to our rooms. Very disappointing. Also, somehow the eggs on the buffet were always disgusting. Didn't matter if they were scrambled, in an omelet, etc they all tasted nasty. How?? The Coke Freestyle machines were constantly out of service or simply out of most of the drinks. This is unacceptable when it is part of the appeal of the Refreshment package. There also needs to be more machines spread around the ship. The Piano Bar was a total snoozefest. We enjoy a lively party in the piano bar with a more adult atmosphere in the evening and this just did not come close. The kids clubs were boring and unorganized. They had a few scheduled activities at the Sea Plex, but they couldn't keep up with all the kids onboard and there wasn't enough to keep the kids busy for the length of the cruise. And most of the things on the schedule were sports related - mostly dodgeball and the like. What about kids that aren't into sports? By the end, my kids were hanging out in their room on their phones. There were way too many people - particularly children - on this cruise. This is part of our learning experience. I don't think we will ever cruise over a holiday again. I believe we were told there were around 1500 kids on this cruise. I had three of my own, yes, but when there are that many onboard, they are not all in a "kids club" or in the Sea Plex (which didn't even offer all the activities and many times the lines were insane)- they are everywhere! All hours of the day infants were crawling on the music hall floor, people brought their kids to the ADULT comedy show, the "adults only" silent disco, and they were just running rampant everywhere all hours of the day and night. Also, forget the Solarium being "adults only" - kids there too. Especially since Royal somehow considers a 16 year old an adult. Maybe it's just me, but there's something wildly inappropriate and uncomfortable with a 16 year old being in a hot tub *topless* (yeah, that happened) with adults. My husband and I felt there was no place or time on this cruise to "be an adult" without having to worry about other peoples kids. We generally felt like we were 10 years too young and 10 years too old for the demographic of this cruise. It was bizarre. There were just too many people in general. And some say summer is crowded? Oh no, nothing compared to Thanksgiving week. People regularly packed the Royal Esplenade and you seriously had to fight your way through to get anywhere. If you are lucky enough to get to your destination on time and find a seat (haha), don't you dare get up from that seat because there are so many people in a small space, you're not coming back to that spot. Like I said - learning experience. The other chunk of learning for us is the time of year/location. We all agreed that we won't sail out of the north again unless it is summer. We had beautiful balconies, but could not use them for the first few days and last few days of the cruise. It was just too cold. The days we could use them were port days so our use then was limited anyway. Same goes for the pools, or any other outside deck activity. We're just not a fan of that. We love sea days and spending time outside. We knew November would be a roll of the dice and the odds just weren't in our favor of nice weather. I know a lot of this sounds negative, but we did have a nice time. Like I said, Anthem is great, the shows, the main dining, the trip to Coco Cay... we had a wonderful holiday. But, cold weather cruising on a huge ship packed with kids on holiday break is not for us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Took this cruise with my best friend who was my cabin mate, and my husband and young adult daughter who were cabin mates. We chose the cruise because we wanted to sail on one of the larger ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet and Bayonne is ... Read More
Took this cruise with my best friend who was my cabin mate, and my husband and young adult daughter who were cabin mates. We chose the cruise because we wanted to sail on one of the larger ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet and Bayonne is just a bit over three hours drive for us. We had expedited arrival and embarkation was quick and smooth. From parking the car to being on the ship was about 10 minutes! THE SHIP ~ the ship is really nice, but I was disappointed in the Royal Esplanade and this was a personal thing. I was comparing to the Royal Promenade on the Voyager class ships which in my opinion has a much bigger WOW factor. That being said, it was the hub of activity and the variety of shops and venues was nice. We especially liked the Music Hall. CABIN ~ we had two balcony cabins; one forward and one aft which made for a lot of good exercise walking the corridor. Our aft cabin steward, Imade, was absolutely fabulous. Our two simple requests of ice each day, and extra bath towels were met and he was always friendly. Hubby's cabin steward was efficient as well, but just not as friendly. DINING ~ We enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer Buffet on most days and there was a nice variety of items to choose from. Everything was very tasty, but all cruise lines need to do something about rolls for burgers and dogs ~ they always seem so dry! Maybe steamers would be a good solution for that. A personal favorite is the Coconut Ranger Cookies ~ they are so addictive. We had my-time dining and ate in the dining room six of the seven nights. The food there was also very tasty. I did have issue one night with a steak not being done to my liking, and my husband thought the turkey/stuffing/gravy was better at the Windjammer. After our first night, we requested Karim as our waiter. He and his assistant were very friendly and provided great service. One downside was the head waiter coming by the last night and asking that we give top ratings because it is beneficial to "our wait staff." Our party had nothing bad to say about our service, but this should not be something that is pushed. Another issue we hate is having the photographers come while we are eating dinner. We will just decline. Sorrento's Pizza is the bomb! Especially the Caribbean Pizza. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES ~ We enjoyed bumper cars, iFly, and North Star. iFly is such a cool experience but I can tell you for sure that I will NEVER skydive after that experience!!! The Solarium area was really beautiful and a nice place for the adults. Karaoke is not for us either by participation or listening, but to each his own. There was a BonJovi cover band who were spot on. We did really enjoy The Royal Swedes Band and went to see them numerous times throughout our trip. The final night they were joined by some of the members of the We Will Rock You ensemble and let's just say that Zak was too "over the top" and really didn't do the band any justice. "The Gift" was a different type of show than we are used to seeing on cruise ships, but the music selections pulled the story line together nicely and the ensemble was terrific. "We Will Rock You" did exactly that!!! The plot of the show was fun and the ensemble was just FABULOUS! Such talented singers and dancers throughout. "Spectra's Cabaret" ~ well, all we can say is WT????? Absolutely confusing and NOT entertaining at all. Wouldn't be surprised if that show doesn't last long. My husband and I spent a tiny bit of time in the casino ~ it is just too smoky. Another thing cruise ships need to work on. We are non-smokers and spend a decent amount of time in our local NON-SMOKING casino. Having a non-smoking section is just totally useless when there is absolutely NO separation between the two areas. In our opinion, it's just like it used to be in restaurants before smoking was banned. Really, if people want to gamble they will do it whether they can smoke or not, the same as when they go out to eat and have to go outside to a designated area to smoke. I don't need to get sick because of your addiction. Yes, I know we have a choice and so we choose to extremely limit our time ~ it's the cruise line's loss. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS ~ Our itinerary was changed twice due to weather issues. We didn't let that bother us because mother nature is the culprit. We figure we are not cooking and cleaning, but are having great meals and entertainment and activities, and our cabins is being taken care of so we still had a great time. We enjoyed our beach day at Coco Cay. All adults so we didn't do the water park. The barbeque lunch was good and plentiful, as were the island drinks. The CocoLoco is YUM!!! SERVICE ~ I saved this for last because this was the NOT SO ROYAL part of our trip. Due to the fact that we were docked in Bayonne for 2.5 days and the fact that we have unlimited service on our phones, the VOOM package that our daughter purchased was not necessary for those days. She requested that those days be refunded and was flat out refused. On top of that, the internet was very sketchy for the entire cruise and there were many times when she did not have service. Nothing like paying for a service and it doesn't work most of the time. The biggest fiasco, however, was the "ship's IT services" which seemed to always be down. We had to visit guest services 5+ times to get things credited properly when they weren't being applied to the proper person in our cabins, for when our daughter got charged three times for one drink when the bionic bar malfunctioned, and when they credited our NASA port excursion incorrectly. AND, they still aren't correct when reviewing our final statements!!!!! We don't understand how difficult it is when you have names and credit card numbers for each cabin. If they could just get this right from the beginning they would probably have 75% less people standing in line at guest services. They can build a $30 million dollar technologically outfitted show area ~ Two70 ~ but they can't properly charge a cabin account. One thing that frustrated MANY including us was all of the confusion for Sunday football and where the games would be shown. Come on people, we've watched football on every cruise we've ever been on. They started the game late in the Music Hall and we had to watch without sound on the upper level, because we were being tortured by karaoke on the lower level. Sorry, but that's just poor planning!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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