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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We have always wanted to do a fall foliage cruise to Canada and we enjoyed ourselves a great deal. This was a little late in October beautiful colors in Canada, but Maine was still gorgeous. Best advice is make reservations for everything ... Read More
We have always wanted to do a fall foliage cruise to Canada and we enjoyed ourselves a great deal. This was a little late in October beautiful colors in Canada, but Maine was still gorgeous. Best advice is make reservations for everything weeks before you go on the RC cruise planner. That allowed us to get the times we wanted for dinner as well as the excursions and onboard entertainment set. We did like using the RC IQ app, even though they make you pay for it ($7.95 a person)because it did allow you to consistently look at what was going on and communicate with one another while on board. Favorite parts of the Anthem: We were incredibly impressed with both the onboarding and exiting of the ship. Our luggage was outside our room already when we arrived after lunch on Day 1 and we were off the ship and in our Uber within about 25 minutes at the end. The entertainment was unbelievably good! The shows, particularly We Will Rock You, were Vegas/Broadway quality. Additionally the cruise director, Dru Pavlov, and activities director, Enzo, were engaging and hilarious, always adding a bit more to each activity and the daily tv update. We went up in the North Star on day 1 which takes you 300 feet up and did iFly simulator on the last day... both fun perks of the ship. Our cabin was great, a little larger than usual, with a balcony and a nice size shower. We were port side with fantastic views all along the way. Our room attendant, Elroy, was amazing and so in tune with our schedule (loved our towel animals!). In general the service was excellent. The three excursions we purchased onboard were well worth the money, efficiently run and had expert guides. We did the Acadia highlights in Bar Harbor, Peggy’s Cove and Titanic graveyard in Halifax and the top 10 of Saint John in Nova Scotia. We enjoy going to breweries and every single port had something within walking distance of the ship. We did spend the extra money to eat at Chops and thought that the food was excellent and well worth the money. Although historically we have not gone to the buffet for dinner, we were so impressed with this particular windjammer, that we went up there for dinner three times. The gym was larger than we are accustomed to, very nice. Because the weather was fairly cool, I really can’t speak to whether or not it would be tough to get a lounge chair during a warm weather cruise, however even during peak time we were able to get lounge chairs in the covered solarium. Disappointments: The shopping was pretty appalling onboard. We usually spend at least a couple hundred dollars in the ship stores and always have felt like the merchandise changed from day to day. Here there was not a lot of variety and we were not at all impressed with the quality of the merchandise or the selection. We always take the drink package and it has historically paid off for us. I was shocked at how little was completely covered in terms of the drink selection and we were consistently paying an extra dollar or two for certain glasses of wine or specialty mixed drinks. We generally enjoy the casino and we found that this one was just average in terms of table games. We thought the my time dining in the main dining room was just okay... we generally find Celebrity’s food to be much better. I am a certified spinning instructor so I took 2 indoor cycling classes onboard (you have to pay for them). The instruction was horrific and quite honestly people could get really hurt, particularly if they were novices wanting to try out a class. Overall, it was a good itinerary and a decent ship. Going out of Bayonne is a joy! I would probably sail the Anthem again but would certainly go on with different expectations and would spend my time on board a bit differently. We do not have children so I can’t comment on whether or not this would be a good ship for kids. That being said, there was always something going on... we were never bored. This itinerary does attract an older crowd and in our early 40s, we were a bit on the younger side. I was a little disappointed that they knew that it was our five year wedding anniversary while on board and didn’t acknowledge it in anyway. Celebrity has historically hung signs on peoples doors or done something within the room for these special occasions. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our 9th cruise, first on Quantum Class, and our first doing a non-Caribbean itinerary. We loved both the length (this was our first longer than 7 nights) and the itinerary. We wanted to do something different as this was our ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise, first on Quantum Class, and our first doing a non-Caribbean itinerary. We loved both the length (this was our first longer than 7 nights) and the itinerary. We wanted to do something different as this was our 10 year anniversary. We weren't sure what to expect as we've always done warm weather cruises but we loved it. It's a beautiful area of the country and we enjoyed being to see so much in such a short amount of time. We definitely plan to take a trip to spend more time in Maine. We were pleasantly surprised that despite sailing North in October we were still able to very comfortably use the Solarium. About Quantum class - if you've never sailed it, it's VERY different then any of the other classes. We enjoyed the change and for the right deal would sail again but our overall opinion after sailing is that we prefer the other classes. The public spaces seemed to be very condensed and not as spread out throughout the ship. The ship feels more enclosed than others. There is very little views to the outside on most levels. Having sailed Oasis and Harmony we also do not feel these ships have as much to offer to kids. We did enjoy the North Star and Ripcord experience and I also did trapeze. 270 is overhyped - it's unavailable to use most nights due to shows and even when in it they have the windows closed for projection so you can enjoy the exterior views. Cons: Drink prices have gone up, up, up! Crew members were pushing the added cost experiences quite a bit. Our mattress was terrible - worst ever while onboard. And c'mon - keep the soft serve open longer and chocolate/vanilla should be standard. It was only available 1x on a 9 night cruise. The rest of the time it was some combo with Strawberry. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We cruised out of Cape Liberty, NJ. It was easy to access and parking was easy, the parking fee was $20/day; which is a little bit of a price gouge compare to parking at termihnals in Florida .The Anthem of the Seas was ok large and open, ... Read More
We cruised out of Cape Liberty, NJ. It was easy to access and parking was easy, the parking fee was $20/day; which is a little bit of a price gouge compare to parking at termihnals in Florida .The Anthem of the Seas was ok large and open, rode in average seas very smoothly, lots of open space. The elevators were very good and wait times were short. Shops were all high end and over priced. The up scale restaurants were extremely over priced based on being an upgrade seems like we paid full price. Drinks were way over priced for the moderate drinker ~$13/drink, Ship Board daily activities were just sales presentations. The evening bands were not versatile to chnage the program to fit the audience and most of the time people were not dancing and when they did the band did not recognize that they should adjust to the customers. Do not waste your money on the ship app, it did not work very well. Overall just average, NO WOW. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose the Anthem of the Seas because we were excited to sail on a mega ship. The activities on board were awesome. We tried everything that was offered including: the rock climbing wall, the North Star, roller skating, bumper cars, the ... Read More
We chose the Anthem of the Seas because we were excited to sail on a mega ship. The activities on board were awesome. We tried everything that was offered including: the rock climbing wall, the North Star, roller skating, bumper cars, the escape puzzle room, a murder mystery, table tennis, name that tune trivia and other trivia games, the I-Fly and they were all great! I would have liked more roller skating and bumper car time but understand that it's important to rotate the activities. The service was fabulous and the wait staff along with the cabin stewards was incredible. The staff wasn't too pushy with the drinks or other items. One item that Royal Caribbean should work on is their ability to seat people in the "My Time Dining." Several times we asked to be seated at a large table so we could meet other guests and only once were they able to accommodate us. One time they sat us at a large table but never brought others over to join us. After several attempts we decided to talk to other guests in line and ask if they would like to share a table, so we did meet our goal on our own. I'm a poor sleeper and prefer an inside cabin so I chose a cabin with the virtual balcony TV. When we arrived in our cabin we were very disappointed to learn that the TV had been broken for some time and it wouldn't be fixed for our cruise. This was annoying as we had to go up a few decks and determine what the weather was doing. The Guest Services people did try their best to give us compensation but we really would have preferred to have the TV working. The inside cabins on deck 12 were large enough but the configuration of the cabin did not make maximum use of the space. Additionally, my cabin had two club chairs and when we asked to have one removed (as the other cabins only had one chair) we were told that couldn't be accomplished, so we had to stack the two chairs and maneuver around them. The entertainment was exceptional and the ports were fine. We did enjoy our cruise and hope you do too. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise for several reasons. First of all we have sailed RCCL numerous times without any problems. We wanted to experience the Anthem and we live close to the pier (an hour plane ride away) and have never done the Canada/New ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons. First of all we have sailed RCCL numerous times without any problems. We wanted to experience the Anthem and we live close to the pier (an hour plane ride away) and have never done the Canada/New England . Arriving at the Newark airport in the morning we were greeting by staff from RCCL. When they had everyone together we all boarded a shuttle for the pier. Since we were pre-registered we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes. We went to the Cafe' Two70 and had lunch, checked out our assigned table for dinner and by then it was time to go to our cabin. Our cabin was very nice with a large balcony. The cabin attendant knocked on our door and introduced himself and also brought us a plate of delicious cookies. The cabin was very clean with a nice large bathroom. it was very similar to the balcony cabins on the Celebrity Solstice. We always select late dining and asked to be seated with other people. As usual we made some new friends. Our waiter, assistant waiter and maître d were exceptional. We asked about a certain appetizer and the next night 2 platters of freshly made Lumpia were delivered to our table. Not just the next night, but the remaining four nights. The bartenders were fantastic and always remembered our names and what we drank. We each had a drink package which made everything very easy. I have to do a shout out to the barista in the Windjammer Buffet in the mornings. This gal was fantastic. She made the best Latte's and one morning she went in the kitchen and brought me out 2 "warm" cinnamon rolls to go with my coffee. As for the shore excursions I book mine way in advance but I don't do the ones the ship offers, we always do private tours. Learned in the past they are the best and less expensive. All in all we had a wonderful time and enjoyed our cruise and the Anthem immensely. I read some of these reviews and I have to wonder if they were on the same ship???? Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose this trip because of the New England itinerary and hoping to see the fall color. You could leave out Portland. The ship did not have enough for senior citizens unless you like the casino. The meals in the main dining room were ... Read More
I chose this trip because of the New England itinerary and hoping to see the fall color. You could leave out Portland. The ship did not have enough for senior citizens unless you like the casino. The meals in the main dining room were mediocre. The shows in the Royal Theatre were not great. There were a few shows that were very good. The food in the everyday dining room was very good but it was way too small for the size of the ship. The stores were just O K and the sales people didn't seem anxious to help you.The crew was very friendly and helpful. The television did not have enough good stations to watch - such as sports channels and Fox News. I did order room service and thst worked out well. I loved the bed and the sheets were fantastic. I am not sure I would choose such a large ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We spent the night before the cruise at Courtyard by Marriott Newark Airport, chosen solely because it was the least expensive hotel in the vicinity of the airport or cruise port that met my minimum standards. I would highly recommend this ... Read More
We spent the night before the cruise at Courtyard by Marriott Newark Airport, chosen solely because it was the least expensive hotel in the vicinity of the airport or cruise port that met my minimum standards. I would highly recommend this hotel for a pre-cruise stay. They have a complimentary airport shuttle, and the hotel staff was extremely friendly and helpful, giving us a map & tips on the best way to get to NYC for the evening. The next day we headed to the ship. Once on board, I spent the first hour and a half just trying to sort things out. Not the most exciting way to start a vacation. We had purchased the 5-night dining package. You’re not able to pre-book any of your dining reservations when you get the dining package – it all has to be done on board. (WHY??!!) So there was that to take care of. (And even afterward, there were mistakes with our dining schedule that I had to go back again to have corrected – or just deal with in the case of our Chops reservations that I scheduled for 8:00, but they pushed back to 8:30.) I had to go to one location to schedule our My Time dining reservations and a different location to schedule our specialty dining reservations. (WHY??!!) I finally got all of that taken care of, then noticed that my SeaPass card said “Coca-Cola”. I had pre-purchased the Deluxe Beverage Package and had always had a sticker on my card indicating that in the past. So I went to guest services to make sure they knew that I had the Deluxe package. The person at guest services told me that I had only purchased the soda package – NOT TRUE! – and luckily I had the email confirmation to prove it. My mom had also pre-purchased the Deluxe Beverage Package and had the same issue. Thus began my fantastic voyage of standing in line repeatedly at guest services. Royal Caribbean was my first cruise line. The one that made me instantly fall in love with cruising on Voyager of the Seas in her maiden year. But they have consistently gone downhill since then, and this cruise was the last straw. I have been on 19 cruises, 10 with Royal Caribbean, and this was by far my worst cruise experience ever. In order to avoid being 100% negative with this review, I’m going to jump now into the few positives of this cruise. First of all, this ship is absolutely lovely. Great décor and just a really nice ship overall. And there is a TON to do on board. I love cruise ship shows, but didn’t see any of them (except for the late-night comedian, who was great) because I was always busy doing other things. Highlights were going on the trapeze and iFly indoor skydiving. IFly, in particular, was a fantastic experience. My kids and I had a blast doing that! Also, the solarium on this ship is fantastic. There’s a really cool cascading series of pools, ending in a shallow pool with lounge seats. I loved sitting in the lounge seats in the shallow pool with a drink and a book. I also loved the huge, round, padded lounge seats. I parked myself in one of those one evening and just looked out over the waves and the sunset. The solarium and the iFly experience are my favorite memories of my time on the ship. Adventure Ocean (the kids’ club) is one area that Royal Caribbean has actually improved on over the years. On past cruises, my kids had never cared much for the kids’ club on Royal Caribbean. We’d send them there only when we had to for some adult-only time. But this time, it was hard to drag them away! Even on this 9-night October Canada/New England sailing (not many kids on board at all), they had a blast and were always eager to go back. Food was not the best, but I’ve come to expect that from Royal Caribbean over the years. Fish was consistently over-cooked, even in Chops. Actually, Chops overall was pretty disappointing. We went twice because we had another night of our 5-night package to use up. My fish was overcooked the first night, and steak was overcooked the second night (though I had some of my mom’s steak, ordered medium just like mine, and it was fantastic). I was pleasantly surprised though by Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant. I have been to Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant in London, and the one on the ship was better! I had the crab pasta and the truffle pasta, and those were the best things I ate the entire time on the ship. The appetizers there were amazing as well. Dinner at Wonderland was also a fantastic and a very fun, unique experience. So, those are the positives. Pretty much Everything else was just such a big hassle, especially booking excursions, booking dining, and repeatedly being charged for things that I shouldn't have been charged for. I spent WAY too much time at guest services correcting mistakes to our dining reservations and onboard account. Then there's the hassle of booking shore excursions. Why does the IQ thing (because you can’t book excursions with an actual person anymore) show excursions that aren't available? We had to click all the way through trying to book each excursion only to find out that none of them were available. There should be an option to filter out excursions that we can't purchase. And why does it show a lower price (apparently the price you'd get if you had booked in advance, which we tried to do 2 weeks before sailing but the excursions we wanted weren't available then) and then increase the price right when you try to check out? Don’t display a price that you know you won’t honor. That only makes people angry. One excursion that we had managed to book in advance ended up being cancelled, so we were offered a 10% discount on another excursion for that port -- but there weren't any available! Even after getting our Deluxe beverage package sorted out, we were repeatedly charged for drinks that should have been free or were charged full price for wine bottles that should have been discounted, and we had to make almost daily trips to guest services to have these charges removed. My dad especially had a terrible time and has sworn never to cruise Royal Caribbean again. My mom had the drink package, and almost every single time she ordered a drink there were charges put on her card that shouldn't have been there. My dad spent every morning furiously marching back to guest services to have them removed. He also mentioned to the bar manager that he had only purchased the soda package because he wanted diet sodas. That's all he drinks, but the soda machines were always out of diet soda. She explained that they had been unable to get what they needed for the diet soda in the machines, apologized, and said she would have some complimentary diet sodas sent to his room. He ended up being charged for all the diet sodas she sent!! Another angry trip for him to guest services. He also purchased the Deluxe Beverage Package for my sister-in-law once we were on board and was double charged for it. He was also double charged for a shore excursions booking. He was absolutely furious by the end of the cruise. My mom was in tears on the last night of the cruise when she called my room to tell me that my dad was on his way to guest services AGAIN because of an unexplained $20 charge from Vintages after she had ordered a glass of wine with me earlier that night. I passed my dad on the way to guest services to check on a mystery charge of my own, and I have seriously never seen him so angry in my entire life. There were also ridiculous difficulties getting off the ship – 20 minutes standing in line one day to get off because of some sort of malfunction. We were told to just stand and wait, even though people at the other exit had no problem at all – why didn’t they tell us to go to the other exit?! We were seconds away from missing our excursion (booked through Royal Caribbean) because the tour guide hadn’t been notified of any delay with letting people off the ship. Another day, we had to wait until after 11 am to get off when we had arrived at 7! Yes, they were tendering and we didn’t get a tender ticket the day before, but since when does it take more than 4 hours to let everyone off the ship? There was no delay in letting the early tender ticket holders off the ship because I was awoken every 15 minutes or so by the announcement calling for the next tender group. Then at about 10 am it all just came to a halt. This is not even close to all of the issues we had on the cruise. -- Oh yeah, I almost forgot the dirty underwear that was left in our stateroom by the previous guest! (Not the first time that has happened to us on a Royal Caribbean ship, either.) There were many, many more annoyances and mistakes, but it would take all night to write out every single one. It's really a bummer because I just reached Diamond status in Crown & Anchor now after this cruise, but at this point, I don’t know if I’ll ever want to cruise with Royal Caribbean again – certainly not if my dad is coming along! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I loved this cruise. I am not a "hot weather" person so this was the best cruise for me. Low temperature about 50-60 degrees. The ports were excellent but wish we had more time in Portland, Maine. Acadia National Park was ... Read More
I loved this cruise. I am not a "hot weather" person so this was the best cruise for me. Low temperature about 50-60 degrees. The ports were excellent but wish we had more time in Portland, Maine. Acadia National Park was phenomenal. There is everything on this cruise (shows, comedians, different types of music)and you can easily reserve seats at shows etc on Royal IQ once on the ship. I am also on strict gluten free diet and had no issues on this cruise. They understand the gluten free diet and even have a gluten free corner in the WIndjammer cafe. The staff in the dining room was exceptional. Great attention to detail and not intrusive. Lots of dining options if the sit down dinner is not your favorite. All of the staff on the ship is very helpful and extremely friendly. Will definitely go again,. Royal Caribbean does a great job! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see New England fall color. We flew in the day before embarkation and had a smooth morning boarding. The RCL employees were very responsive to needs and questions during embarkation. We had a ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see New England fall color. We flew in the day before embarkation and had a smooth morning boarding. The RCL employees were very responsive to needs and questions during embarkation. We had a lovely lunch in Windjammer. We were in our cabins by 1:00, and our bags were already there. We enjoyed the three shows even though they were "a little different." Lots of great activities and plenty to keep busy. We toured Boston, Bar Harbor, Portland, Halifax and St. John. The ship had disembarkation at each port planned to go quickly and smoothly, embarkation was the same. Be aware that you will go through security each time you come back to the boat and be prepared for lines if you wait until late. Our cabin was comfortable and the dining venues were all lovely with great selections of food choice. Our cabin attendant and main dining room server and his partner were very professional and friendly. All our requests and needs were quickly met. I purchased the soda package so I could get caffine-free diet drinks on the Freestyle Coke machine. There were several days that none of the machines offered a selection meeting my needs. Machines were at the Windjammer (2), Sorrentos (2), and Seaplex (1). There may have been others I didn't find. I visited to guest services requesting Caffine-free Diet Coke, and the problem was addressed by the next day. I was surprised by the bar staff in the casino and Schooners who ignored me as I waited to place an order and were not responsive to questions or requests. The baristas in The Promenade were great! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Bad trip. Nothing to do for older people. Windjammer jammed with people. Tours were bad. On one tour the mic did not work and no one in the back could hear. On another it was so foggy you could see anything. The tour guide kept saying if ... Read More
Bad trip. Nothing to do for older people. Windjammer jammed with people. Tours were bad. On one tour the mic did not work and no one in the back could hear. On another it was so foggy you could see anything. The tour guide kept saying if it wasn't footy we would see xyz. Well we didn't see anything. Spent a lot of time in cabin. Where the tv was very bad. The shopping was so bad that I stopped looking. Guest services had very long lines I gave up on that to. Elevator closed to fast and were overcrowded and there were to few. I am canceling the next two cruises I have booked and I'm looking at a new line. The shops were over priced. Get off the ship was not handled well we stood on line waiting for the buses for over an hour. I have a bad hip and this was to much for me. No one would get me a wheel chair Read Less
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