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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
First of all, let me state that the crew, food, room and general amenities of the ship were all very good. However, the cruise itinerary was not what it should have been. The cruise was a 5 day from Baltimore to Bermuda. ... Read More
First of all, let me state that the crew, food, room and general amenities of the ship were all very good. However, the cruise itinerary was not what it should have been. The cruise was a 5 day from Baltimore to Bermuda. Understandably Royal Caribbean cannot control the weather. However, they can inform, explain, and give options to their customers. They do not do this. The ship left the port an hour earlier, because according to the Captain, the coast guard was going to close the Chesapeake Bay. If this was so, why not give the customers the option of leaving the ship as opposed to taking them out to very bad ocean conditions ? 24 hours of rocking and rolling and half of the guests and crew were sea sick we finally docked in Bayonne NJ. So Bermuda turned into New York City. I have researched and the cruise the week before mine and the week after mine had the same trip. Royal Caribbean states they cannot control hurricane conditions - but they made the most of 3 cruises going only to NYC. They could have cancelled the cruise and spared the people on board a lot of sickness and anxiety. Instead they took them on a very rough ride and disappointing destination. They offered a "certificate" for a future cruise that excludes "port and taxes" which is roughly 70% of the original fee. Because the deception of misleading those on board - to believe this was not planned but happenstance - I have lost trust in Royal Caribbean. I imagine others feel the same, so the offer is not as generous as it seems. I will never cruise Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This cruise was a first for us. We found the embarkation to be very easy. We were greeted and dealt with by a succession of friendly and efficient staff. The scale of the ship is slightly overwhelming initially. There are plenty of great ... Read More
This cruise was a first for us. We found the embarkation to be very easy. We were greeted and dealt with by a succession of friendly and efficient staff. The scale of the ship is slightly overwhelming initially. There are plenty of great design details to help you find your way about. Interactive screens, a large guest service area and models of the ship detailing what's on each deck. We liked our stateroom and balcony. Not too far from one of the sets of lifts which is a bonus, also positioned towards the bow of the ship on deck 8 so very quiet. We especially liked the complimentary Solarus bistro at the bow of the ship.it would be best to book but maybe you can just turn up as we did. Excellent waiter service sitting undercover in the evening sunshine. Food offered was Mediterranean, a combination of buffet and additional menu options for the main course. All the food was absolutely delicious and served by friendly helpful waiters. We had booked to see a show and were sorry to have to rush such an excellent meal. There is of course a huge range of activities for the young and young at heart. For the 60 plus traveller, ourselves included, it was harder to find some piece and quiet in the sunshine. That said there is an extensive range of sun decks and very comfortable sun beds. Plenty going on surfing, zip line, big children's water play area which looked great fun.it would take all day to cover everything. We also looked in on the teens indoor area. Just so much on offer. Port of call was Cherbourg. Very easy getting off ship with electronic card called a Sea Pass. ( This was waiting at the door of our Stateroom for us on arrival. )Complimentary shuttle bus to town centre. Plenty to do after dark, exploring the ship. Comedy show a bit mixed. Production of Grease excellent. All staff very keen to help with any query. Big range of snack food on offer at Sorrento and mini bites to name 2 we tried. Just a tip it may take a while to get your suitcase delivered so bring swimsuit in your hand luggage if sun bathing is a priority that way no sunshine or time exploring wasted ! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The ship is beautiful, decor top notch, comfortable beds. Service in dining rooms needs improvement. Bar service, terrible due to the fact that Royal does not have enough bartenders at any bar on the entire ship. For instance 1 ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, decor top notch, comfortable beds. Service in dining rooms needs improvement. Bar service, terrible due to the fact that Royal does not have enough bartenders at any bar on the entire ship. For instance 1 bartender at Solarium bar on Saturday close to noon, the bartender could not possibly keep up, when I asked him to contact someone to get help, he responded that the other bartender was getting supplies for the bar! Ridiculous, supplies should be brought by someone else. Keep the bartenders at the bar to help the guests. Spectra Cabaret was cancelled for our Sunday evening 9PM show. Such a disappointment. There was a band scheduled each afternoon at the outdoor pool but canceled each day because it was cool. So why wasnt the band reassigned to an area inside the ship, so guests could enjoy music??? The knew the forecast days in advance! Food average, nothing great, desserts some dry and tasteless, others such as cheesecake, the portion so small you would need two slices to equal a normal slice. Specialty coffee shops, do not have enough staff. For instance, the person who makes your latte/cappuccino also has to ring up the order, so takes so much longer. Why doesnt Royal have a person ringing up the orders so the drinks can be made by someone else??? This is a new ship, yet I have NEVER felt so wobbly on ANY other ship and I have been on four cruiselines! The stabilizer on this ship does not do its job, the waters were not very choppy, no storm, yet always felt so much movement. I would not go on the Anthem again, expected better service and entertainment. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The check in process was absolutely terrible. My husband and I were already frustrated after being stuck in traffic for over two hours, and then got to the chaos of this horrible port. So unorganized! We got through security and were told ... Read More
The check in process was absolutely terrible. My husband and I were already frustrated after being stuck in traffic for over two hours, and then got to the chaos of this horrible port. So unorganized! We got through security and were told to "have a seat" with about 100 other people. There were about 5 staff members with iPads checking people in and taking pictures. There was no organization whatsoever. The staff looked panicked and the guests were shouting at them to come to their family and check them in. So the staff would leave the line and go start that line, and this process went on and on. Eventually, we had to tell the staff member in our line to finish this and stop leaving to go to some family that was yelling at her. It was a hot mess. Not a great first impression. Once on-board everything was okay. We went to our cabin and made a list of the things we wanted to do that day. We went to eat at buffet near the Solarium and that was alright, but we were starving so it didn't matter. We then walked around the ship just to see where things were. We had dinner at Silk that night and it was pretty good. We didn't buy the drink package and I was kind of upset that I had to pay for a soda. That just seems like something that should be included in the restaurants. So I stuck with water for the next 3 nights. We saw Spectra's Cabaret that night and that was so weird. I still don't even know what it was about. Then we went to Michael's Pub and had some beers and hung out there watching the guy playing guitar and singing (he was excellent). There were quite a few extremely drunk people and I couldn't believe the bartender's were still serving them when they could barely stand. But, that's not my problem, right? The next day we woke up and decided to go in the hot tub in the Solarium. The water was NOT HOT at all. It felt so odd and there were so many people jammed in it that we just left and did not return for the rest of the trip. It felt so gross. Then we went to Seaplex and played ping pong and Air Hockey - which they charge for...I don't know. The cruise is not cheap and I can't even get a game of Air Hockey for free? My husband did the Ripcord (the indoor sky diving) and he really enjoyed that. He did not have a reservation but luckily some people did not show up on time and he went right in. We saw the We Will Rock You show and that was ehhhhh, alright. Way too long. Like almost 2 hours long. We literally fell asleep. We saw the comedian after and he was hilarious. We really enjoyed that. We also went to the casino, but it was a little too smokey for us to stay too long. Then went to Chic restaurant and that was a poor experience. The waiter was cocky and annoying and the food was not that great. Overall, the trip was just okay. We did alot of fun stuff, but the staff was not that friendly and completely unorganized throughout of whole stay. I can't imagine being on a 12 day cruise with them. Not sure if we will sail with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Diamond Plus cruiser with RCCL, but have sailed other cruise lines. Just let me say the pre-cruise terminal experience was different and not very well organized. One person telling you to go here and there with no signage. Thank ... Read More
Diamond Plus cruiser with RCCL, but have sailed other cruise lines. Just let me say the pre-cruise terminal experience was different and not very well organized. One person telling you to go here and there with no signage. Thank goodness I knew how the process was suppose to work. For a new cruiser, it would be daunting. Your sea pass card awaits you in your room. I booked a balcony on deck 8, thankfully not to far from Aft elevators. Stateroom attendant did a great job. Lets just say there is a lot of walking on this ship. We did the classic complimentary dining, (rotated between the free dining rooms each night with the same table and wait staff. We had table 101 for 2, with Christian as our waiter, he and his wife (asst.waiter) were great. We ate in Chic, Grande and American Icon, our least favorite was American Icon which I thought I would like the best. We ate lunch in Chic one day, the lobster/shrimp saffron rissoto was the best. Smoked potato soup not too good. Our waitress did not tell us that the tuti salad bar was available. Windjammer food the same as always, but variety was much smaller than I felt in the past. Only one waitress offer to get us drinks. Indoor pool and solorium were packed everyday. You could not enjoy Johnny Rockets as it is located on the outside pool deck, where they normally would have ice cream stand. Concierge Lounge has a beautiful view, once you find it at the end of deck 12 staterooms, be prepared for a long walk down a crooked hallway. Two 70's caberet show was cancelled, Queen show worth it to see, Atomic Punk (Van Hallen show), loud but ok. Casino, only wasted 5 dollars, no wins. Slots expensive, penny slots actually cost more than 3 dollars per spin on some. Not much variety. Only place we didn't go was SeaPlex. We saw Northstar and Windtunnel experience. Don't waste money to dine in Solorium Bistro (lunch or dinner) or go there for breakfast. Only came across one disgruntled employee, he was the concierge person in the diamond lounge on deck 5 outside the theater. No food was available in Diamond or Concierge Lounge due to them not passing Noro Virus inspection from last cruise. Ship seems a little top heavy as it swayed more than most and the overall design, had an Asian feel, no glitz, cheap poster pictures, Floors 3,4,5 not designed for amount of people on ship, to many expensive shops, Disembarkation was easy and fast after all the selfies left. Would I go again, only if prices came down, because I can drive to port and not fly. But for now, will try Baltimore and continue to fly to Florida to cruise. Read Less
45 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Hi everyone, I was on the Anthem of the Seas last week. For months and months I have read horrible reviews about everything on this ship, from slow service to the food being bad to the people not knowing whats going on. I am sure you ... Read More
Hi everyone, I was on the Anthem of the Seas last week. For months and months I have read horrible reviews about everything on this ship, from slow service to the food being bad to the people not knowing whats going on. I am sure you can read the other reviews. I can tell you one thing which was the worse thing about this cruise: The passengers. Not all of them but the loud, frustrated individuals who come on the ship as if they are the queen and king of England. They were so rude and loud and obnoxious. So let me say something to all the people who are reading these reviews. They are lying. The ship and staff are awesome and it was a great cruise! When you drive to the area to drop off your car at Bayonne, they tell you where to drop your car, $20 per day, but well protected and clean. Rooms are super clean and proper. Boat is gigantic and absolutely beautiful! I wont go on and on about the small details, but here is one thing: You wont be disappointed, if you do your research about what to expect on the boat. We,my wife and I and 2 small kids, ages 3 and 5, went to dynamic dining at the grande , Chic and American Icon. All the were awesome, food was good and the head waiters, servers and everyone were always asking us if everything was ok and to our liking. Kids had a great time! It is worth the money and worth the trip, and no, I dont work for the cruise line. The frustrated people should just call Dr. Phil and get on his show. He will never be out of work.. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
After all the hype about this ship I couldn't wait to get on it. I watched videos of it all the time. I don't know if a longer cruise would have given me a better impression or not. I feel like I was gypped. Too many people ... Read More
After all the hype about this ship I couldn't wait to get on it. I watched videos of it all the time. I don't know if a longer cruise would have given me a better impression or not. I feel like I was gypped. Too many people trying to do the same thing in a short time so you missed a lot. I took my 16 year old grand daughter on this cruise. They didn't get my reservation for North Star & had no more openings so we couldn't do that. I really wanted to do it. Didn't care about Ifly. They changed my reservation for We Will Rock You to a time that interfered with my dining reservation. I had to change it to an afternoon show. They changed Spectra's to a different day than I had reserved also. I wasn't even notified of the changes. I read about people's reservations being changed so I checked mine & found out they were changed too. My grand daughter wanted to do the bumper cars. It was a 1 1/2-2 hour wait for a 3 minute ride! We didn't wait. Another thing we didn't get to do. The only seats we could find for Spectra were in the last row off to the side. I don't understand why the lights were so dim for this show. With that & our seats being so far away, you couldn't really see that great. It was a pretty good show though. I think the design of this room was poorly done. Went 1/2 hour early for We Will Rock You to get a good seat. I did enjoy it although the character of Galileo was a bit annoying at times. Trying to get a seat at the Music Hall was impossible. Three times we went, 3 times there were no seats. Not even a place to stand & watch. The juggler was amazing and very funny. One of my favorite things on a cruise is a Caribbean band. It was in the planner but never saw them. I like line dancing too. None of that either. What's a cruise without the Electric Slide, the Wobble etc? Couldn't find a seat to play Trivia either. They even ran out of forms to write your answers on. We ate at Grande. It was good but not hot. No waiters entertaining you on this ship. Miss that! Had breakfast & lunch either at Windjammer or Solarium Bistro. The scrambled eggs were awful. I believe they are powdered. They use that on a lot of the ships now. Had real bacon one day, after that it was turkey bacon. On the last night we had steak at the Solarium Bistro for dinner. It was good & it was hot. Wish I had tried dinner there before. Tried the infamous roast beef sandwich at 270. It was tough and had a lot of gristle. The self serve ice cream was closed down. The ice cream at the Windjammer had no taste to it. Waits for drinks and elevators were very long. The cabin was small but it had plenty of room to store clothes. Bed was comfortable. There was an engine type noise in the room constantly but I was able to get to sleep even with it. The Virtual balcony wasn't very clear. It looked like there was no sun out but when you got up on deck it was sunny. Pool was too cold for me but my grand daughter loved it. They weren't crowded either. Hot tubs were great. Was disappointed in the Royal shop. Nothing much in there. I was looking to replace some T shirts I bought on another RC ship but they didn't have them. That is the only shop I went in. Couldn't afford the other ones. Staff was good except for one gentleman at the service desk. I went two more times after that & had really good polite service with a young Asian girl. My cabin steward Eniko Brown was the best steward I ever had. Very pleasant, always greeted you, asked how your day was going & if she saw you coming she would open your door for you. She did a great job on the cabin too. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze but it took about 45 minutes to drive down the street to the terminal! Leaving the terminal there was no traffic. Not really impressed by this ship. I won't return again. I think Explorer of the Seas was much prettier, food was better & Leigh the cruise director was great. Too bad it's gone. I will not do a 3 night cruise again on any line. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
After sailing on Quantum of the Seas in 2014, I wanted to try Anthem. I was anticipating this ship and all of its beauty. The ship itself was beautiful and very clean! After a few weeks of bad seas and bad press for Norovirus, I ... Read More
After sailing on Quantum of the Seas in 2014, I wanted to try Anthem. I was anticipating this ship and all of its beauty. The ship itself was beautiful and very clean! After a few weeks of bad seas and bad press for Norovirus, I wasn't sure what to expect but the ship was indeed very clean. I noticed that it seemed to rock quite a bit, but it could have been because we were going very slowly, 12 knots, and I think the stabilizers might have been off. And we didn't go to Halifax as we were supposed to, but went south instead for safety which was fine. It just would have been nice if the Captain told us instead of letting us guess or see on the television that we had a change in direction. Now the reason I rated it average was for a few things, the food was no better than cafeteria food and service was terrible. The exception was Jamie Oliver's, a specialty restaurant, that was fantastic and we had eaten in on Quantum as well. Just great! The Grande where we ate one night was good too and service there was wonderful as opposed to American Icon where it was horrendous! Our room steward too was wonderful though. For a weekend cruise, I was not expecting towel animals which we got. He also brought us ice which was great. We mentioned it once and he brought it everyday without us asking again. Technically, it's supposed to be from room service. The shows were interesting. Spectra Cafe was different and good and We Will Rock You had some excellent singers. The show itself would have been better if they just sang the Queen songs and didn't have a lame story around them. The singers were very good though. The game shows with Abe Hughes the CD were very good too. The best feature of the ship is the Solarium and indoor pool. Just a wonderful space that I would love to see on all ships. All in all, would I go on the Anthem again, I don't think so. Too many negatives and not enough incentive for me. Read Less
31 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Here is our opinion of this fabulous ship: LIKED+ • LOVED the ship itself. It’s new and beautiful so what’s not to love. • We had a D7 balcony cabin which was great. Lots of storage closets and drawers too. The best part ... Read More
Here is our opinion of this fabulous ship: LIKED+ • LOVED the ship itself. It’s new and beautiful so what’s not to love. • We had a D7 balcony cabin which was great. Lots of storage closets and drawers too. The best part was the balcony: nice and large with 2 chairs that reclined and footstools (that stored under the chairs) to make it into your own lounger. LOVE THAT. These balconies beat the newer ships on both NCL and Princess as most of their balconies are tiny. • Nightlight in the bathroom and the lighted circle on the cabin mirror • We found the food to be good in the dining rooms and Windjammer. Always could find things we liked and I can’t think of anything we didn’t. Very happy lobster was served in all dining rooms the last night; it was delicious. Café 270—their stuff was just ok. We winged it with dining (I didn’t realize set timing was an option but that’s ok) and we didn’t wait more than 10 minutes to be seated for lunch or dinner. • Coconut ranger cookies. Even the chocolate cupcakes in the Windjammer were fabulous. It is rare I find a dessert on a ship that is so good I want more than one. • Solarium. LOVE this space and its location. • Tequila tasting was fun and the host was entertaining. He also makes fabulous drinks in Bolero. • Different drink menus in various bars. I like variety. • Two70. Awesome multi-purpose, three decks high room at the stern of the ship with many windows. • The café in the Promenade that had drinks (water, coffee, tea) and snacks. The pizza place was busy. • If you upload your credit card and photo, check-in is really a breeze and there are lots of check-in agents with their devices as soon as you enter the terminal. Present your pass and passport, answer the health questions, and you’re done. The longest line was after check in at security, and even that wasn’t long. I’d say it was 15 minutes tops from the time our feet entered the building to the time we boarded the ship. Great process once in the terminal (but not up to that point; see below) DID NOT LIKE • ONE dining room open for breakfast! Come on. You need TWO open. Didn’t make it there because both mornings we stopped down at 9am and since they stopped seating at 9:30 some RC guy told those of us beyond a certain point in the line that we needed to go elsewhere. Not sure if this is the case on longer cruises, but it needs more than one dining room open for breakfast on a ship this size. • Didn’t find a lot of the staff to be warm and friendly, though our cabin stewardess was. • The port! The long road into the port had horrible traffic. If you arrive between 11 and 1 you will wait in a long line of cars. The wait in the port was longer than our ride to the port. They need to separate those who don’t want to drop off their luggage first. This would make things move quicker. Even on longer cruises I can cart my luggage from a parking space to check-in. We got to our cabin around 1 and when I looked out over the port roads at that time there was no longer a line. So if I sailed from here again, I’d aim to arrive after 1. Others from the roll call arrived very early and had no lines, so that’s another option. • $30 and $40 for wine tasting? Really? Four two-ounce servings of wine (I checked to see what this included). Way too much $. • Guest Services only has 4 stations (with a human) for a 4,000 pax ship. Not sufficient. NEUTRAL • North Star was awesome. If you don’t have a reservation though, don’t bother. The standby line hardly moved as everyone who had a reservation seemed to show up. Even with a reservation I’d say we spent an hour there from start to finish. It was worth it to do once. • We Will Rock you was just ok, and I found it to be too long. They had technical difficulties about ¾ through the show so we left when it stopped at that point. Spectra was cancelled one night too for technical difficulties. • A lot of TV channels (not just news) which led the boyfriend to view TCM channel’s movies from the 40s and then try the (lame) pickup lines from those on me. Amusing at first, but then not. Other: Why do people have to be told to wash their hands often. Sad! Wish their deck plan indicated whether the bed was by the slider or by the bathroom. I think someone has started a chart on this so I can add my two cents for the cabins we had on this cruise. I would sail on Anthem again. While some things were a slight annoyance, I did like the ship a lot and would love to hang on my balcony again. You can always find things to pick on I think; I prefer to focus on enjoying my time on a ship! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We did the three night sampler cruise out of Sydney 11-14 February 2016 on Explorer of the Seas. We booked a Junior Suite, 9568, which was large and had heaps of storage, a bath, walk in robe, extra large private balcony, a three seater ... Read More
We did the three night sampler cruise out of Sydney 11-14 February 2016 on Explorer of the Seas. We booked a Junior Suite, 9568, which was large and had heaps of storage, a bath, walk in robe, extra large private balcony, a three seater lounge plus two armchairs plus two other chairs - one at the 'desk' and one at the 'vanity'. We slept well in the comfortable bed and the room had no ship movement noise. Our steward Francis was friendly and attentive and always remembered us by name, and the room was clean and well equipped. Francis was also the master of towel animals, very talented. The shower was good, plenty of towels, nice toiletries, large vanity and mirror. The wardrobe was huge, lots of hanging space and shelving options. Room also had a kettle with tea and coffee, coffee maker, fridge with mini bar, hair dryer. The TV had a message function, Bill viewing etc. We are Elite Status with Celebrity so we become Diamond Status on Royal Caribbean. And Royal excel here, the Diamond Lounge was wonderful - accessible 24 hours with breakfast and light snacks available at different times, and a coffee machine providing a range of hot drinks available all day. In the evening alcoholic drinks and snacks are supplied. The barman on duty for two of the evenings was Ketutt, who looked after everyone so well. The other server was good too, friendly and efficient. Great service. We ate every night in the main dining room, we had My Time Dining so can go whenever but after having such great service on the first evening we ate in the same area the following two nights as well. Our waiter was Ricardo and along with his assistant provided excellent service, food was really good and there was a large choice of options every night. I really love the pumpkin bread on Royal too - yum! The ship is in really good condition, there are heaps of sun chairs everywhere so if you want to just lay around and read there are heaps of places to do this. The pool areas were crowded as we had excellent weather and calm seas every day. The bars were very busy, with many people waiting for service. There were numerous activities on every day as well, outdoor stuff by the pool, there is a rock wall, mini golf, basketball court, wave rider, table tennis - heaps of stuff like that. We enjoyed the video trivia sessions which were hard! Also the ice show which was really wonderful and several movies were shown - one in the afternoon in the theatre and one in the evening on an outside screen. The highlight of the entertainment was the Queen Tribute band - they were absolutely fantastic. This was our 20th cruise and we have never seen an entire audience demand an encore of a band before. Amazing! We are booked on Ovation of the Seas in December so looking forward to experiencing another new Royal Caribbean ship. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Just returned from a short 3 night cruise from Sydney staying in a Balcony cabin Deck 9. Firstly would like to say the ship is lovely and the entertainment was great. However...if you are intending on purchasing a drink package on this ... Read More
Just returned from a short 3 night cruise from Sydney staying in a Balcony cabin Deck 9. Firstly would like to say the ship is lovely and the entertainment was great. However...if you are intending on purchasing a drink package on this ship I would think again. We purchased the Ultimate drink package which included top shelf liquor and premium coffees and juices. We spend a fair bit of time at the Solarium bar (adults only pool area) where there were always very long queues to get a drink. I noticed a drink waiter coming around for a couple of hours on one of the days but he was no where to be seen by the 2nd day. Many people I observed were very annoyed at having to queue up constantly to get a drink. The bar service was very slow and they didn't have enough people on duty. Someone mentioned that this is common on short cruises from Sydney as they allow some of their staff to take leave during this time which results in minimal staff on duty. If you decide to purchase the drink package I would go inside and down in the lifts to the schooner bar, order drinks and bring them back up in the lift. This is much quicker than standing in line. I have cruised many times and have found the service on the RC ships through the Caribbean to be much better than what I have experienced cruising from Sydney. Perhaps it has something to do with the 'tipping' in America. I even had trouble trying to get a freshly squeezed orange juice, the wait time was very long. The water went off the first morning of the cruise so we couldn't get coffee from the cafe. We found the first night at dinner in the restaurant they were very unorganised and we seemed to have trouble ordering drinks from our drink package. The staff on the Explorer did not look happy, and the service was average. The best service I encountered was on the morning we docked. We were having breakfast in the Windjammer and the service was exceptional but I think it was because they were trying to get us to have breakfast and move on fairly quickly to disembark. Very disappointed with the service on this cruise and for that reason would not cruise on this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
I was a bit wary of cruising mainly due to seasickness experienced on car ferries from UK to France. I decided to take the plunge with my experienced cruiser family. To my delight, I didn't feel nauseous at all. We had a great cabin ... Read More
I was a bit wary of cruising mainly due to seasickness experienced on car ferries from UK to France. I decided to take the plunge with my experienced cruiser family. To my delight, I didn't feel nauseous at all. We had a great cabin on deck 6 which was quiet and well appointed with a cheerful steward looking after us. The ship was very clean and hand sanitizer is used in every food area. The crew members are helpful and enthusiastic. We lounged in the adult only pool with the cocktail of the day, ate tasty meals in the dining room and the Windjammer cafe. We enjoyed the dance show and the ice show was fantastic. I tried ice skating and rock climbing and danced the night away poolside. It was a brilliant introduction to cruising and I will definite be back for more. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
I'm a travel agent so my experience will be different than yours but I wanted you to see what we see. First I was picked up by Motor Coach at Newark. It was a long drive to Bayonne but it's free so beggars right? Once I ... Read More
I'm a travel agent so my experience will be different than yours but I wanted you to see what we see. First I was picked up by Motor Coach at Newark. It was a long drive to Bayonne but it's free so beggars right? Once I arrived I was quickly through the check in process and on to the ship. There were no porters to take bags but the flip side.... the ship was only about 25 - 33% full. Food - EXCELLENT. Now, I'm a meat and potatoes guy.... but all the food I had was very good. My only complaint would be late night..... They only had pizza and a little sandwich shop open late when people were partying. I was especially disappointed that there were no sweets or ice cream open late. Drinks - Well.... I don't drink anymore. I know... BOO.... but The Bionic Bar is VERY COOL..... watching the robot arms make your drink..... seeing the time left until it's prepared and the man I spoke with said it's the best Long Island Iced Tea he'd ever tasted.... so Kudos for the cool new way to market a drink. Lots of opportunities to partake in the restaurants, bars and everywhere. Unfortunately the Specialty Restaurants were invitation only so I couldn't test them out.... They do offer aged steaks and an Italian restaurant..... sushi.... They have Starbucks coffee and pastries. Oh and the Wayfarer Market Buffet..... they bake bread there..... so many different types.... I could live there. Shows..... "We Will Rock You" was Very Good. The two female cast leaders Ozzy and Scaramouche were top notch. "Cabaret".... Also Very Good..... lots of excellent costumes and dancing.... The acrobat aerialists added something special to the spectacle..... and the cast was just generally beautiful which is always a plus. Bands - Both bands were outstanding.... I've heard cover bands before. I'm a musician and play in cover bands..... both Phoenix and The Wild Boys were way above average! The crowds LOVED THEM and danced their butts off. Cabin - Balcony. Good not great. The bed was hard.... now I like a hard mattress but I was a bit surprised at how hard this one was. And, as you know, they push two beds together to make a queen. I could feel the point where they come together. I recommend a mattress pad to alleviate that problem. I still slept well for what it's worth. SO MUCH SPACE to put away all my clothes..... good Lord..... however no outlet in the bathroom for my electric toothbrush???? The hair dryer is sub par. Nice flat screen with easy controls. Balcony spacious but I didn't partake as it was pretty cold.... could easily have breakfast out there in the Caribbean. Activities - VERY GOOD.... I pretty much did it all. That was a big thing for me because I wanted to be able to tell other potential clients what to expect. Rip Cord is fun but it's somewhat demanding..... to hold your body in that position with the wind blowing hard on you. TOTALLY FUN! Flow Rider..... much harder than I thought it would be.... I couldn't control the board and fell a few times before finally managing to stay up for about a minute or so.... very difficult to master. Rock Climbing.... I climbed straight to the top no problem. I'm in decent shape but it's demanding. I roller skated.... had to help the DJ find appropriate 70's dance music to make the scene work. I did not try the bumper cars but it's standard bumpers. NOTE: Due to the total number of passengers you should expect long wait times on ALL of these activities. With thousands of people on the ship there will be lines. Still.... it was lots of fun. NO WATERSLIDE????? I was extremely surprised to find just normal pools and jacuzzi tubs.... and the hot tubs did not have jets blasting on your back or neck to sooth tired muscles.... just a hot tub with bubbles. Overall - This is a HUGE ship with a ton of passengers. The crew is exceptional as is their service.... beautiful and charming.... I only wish I had more time to experience the cruise. I would have liked to schedule a massage..... facility looked gorgeous as did the staff. ;) My experience will simply be very different than yours because when you sail the ship will be full. I would expect great food and service..... some lines..... great entertainment and an overall wonderful trip. For the money you're not going to see much better on the high seas. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
I was part of a select group of people who had an opportunity to take a 2 day cruise to nowhere to preview the ship. I've never taken a cruise before but was very impressed with the experience. Here's my thoughts: 1) The ship: ... Read More
I was part of a select group of people who had an opportunity to take a 2 day cruise to nowhere to preview the ship. I've never taken a cruise before but was very impressed with the experience. Here's my thoughts: 1) The ship: it was beautifully decorated and easy to understand the layout. It's huge, so there's a lot of walking. The water was pretty choppy so we could feel a little movement below us. There was a few times we turned green. 2) Food: there's a lot of specialty restaurants and a huge buffet called the Windjammer. The windjammer was great for breakfast and offered a great variety so everyone could find something the liked. 3) Shows: we saw We Will Rock you and although the plot is cheesy, the singing was fantastic. We're talking better than Broadway. Very talented cast. We also saw Spectra's Cabaret which had great singers too. The show was interesting... Definitely more edgy and an acquired taste. 4) Activities: everything was awesome! I recommend doing the North Star sightseeing bubble while near a port. We did it in the middle of the ocean and so we just looked at clouds. Also, the bumper cars were much rougher than I expected. Plenty for kids to do though, including a room for teenagers to watch TV and lots of X-boxes, ping pong tables, roller skating, etc. 5) Rooms: the room was nice and pretty spacious as far as cruises go, I'm told. The bathroom and shower were pretty tight/claustrophobic. Plenty of storage though and great closets. We had a deck which was great too. We had a king size bed and there was also a couch which you could sleep on if necessary. 6) The Staff: Amazing. They could not have been any nicer! Every time I turned around someone asked if they could help me. They were beyond attentive! 7) Getting There: I took a car service (Carmel) to get to Port Liberty in Bayonne, NJ from Manhattan/NYC. The price was $49 + tolls and tip. Be warned: Tolls were $18! As far as timing, I got there with no traffic in 50 minutes. Once I arrived, the boarding process was very quick. Have your 'Set Sail' ready and it will go even faster. Overall, we had an awesome time and I would recommend this ship! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2015
At first, I was weary about embarkation. When we first walked through the door there was a large jumble of people in (somewhat) lines in front of Royal Caribbean representatives holding ipads for check-in. After getting in line, it ... Read More
At first, I was weary about embarkation. When we first walked through the door there was a large jumble of people in (somewhat) lines in front of Royal Caribbean representatives holding ipads for check-in. After getting in line, it exceeded my expectation and went very quickly, we gave the reps our set sail pass, they asked a few simple questions, snapped our pic and sent us on our way to Security. This was also a breeze! The lines were sorted out, some for general boarding and others for suites and high tier Crown and Anchor members. After a short walk through the metal detector we were on our way up the escalator onto the gangway, where we were greeted with a red carpet walk way and beautiful floral arrangements, when we boarded the ship we entered directly into the Royal Esplanade on Deck 5, which is of course where everyone was gathered and was a little hectic at first, but after everyone was settled in you would’ve never known how many people were on the ship. When leaving port in Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ, we had the best view of New York City. The first place we ate was Café two70, which had hot/cold sandwiches, salads, soup and fresh carved meat, all in different stations where you would pick out what you wanted, and get it in seconds. I had the BLTA (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado) Salad which was delicious and the 4 cheese melt, again, delicious! Our first dinner we had was at ‘Devinly Decadent’ which is a low calorie, heath conscious complimentary restaurant which was originally a specialty restaurant on board and was later converted to complimentary. The starters and desert was self-serve buffet style, while the menu items were separated out by 500 and 700 calorie options. I had the lemon glazed prawns and filet mignon, which was served with steamed carrots, broccoli, asparagus and a portion of mashed potatoes. Everyone at the table had the filet mignon and all had the same reaction “WOW!” It was incredible! It was cooked to perfection and full of flavor. You would never guess this was only 500 calories! At desert they had small portions of carrot and pumpkin cake, as well as flourless cakes and dark chocolate brownies. I particularly loved the pumpkin cake. We ate at Windjammers café for breakfast which had all kinds of great breakfast options including fresh fruit, fresh baked pastries and bread, hot and cold cereal, pancakes, waffles, meats, egg and omelet stations and so much more all in buffet style. Lunch we had at Johnny Rockets, which was a great little burger place, but it had a long wait time. And finally, our last dinner, we had at Wonderland. One of the specialty restaurants on board which was unbelievable! First off, the décor was incredible; it was based from Alice in Wonderland so it had a very funky and fun element to it. There were mismatched chairs at each table with formal table settings that were oddly shaped or colored to go along with the ‘wonderland’ theme. The menu was Magical! It started out as blank white paper in a large gaudy frame, they provide you with a paint brush and a “magic potion” to dip it in, and you pant away to find your menu appear! As your menu dries, the paper turns blank again. We gave the waiter free range because we just had no idea where to start. After we counted I believe he provided us with a total of 17 dishes! Almost all were placed in the center of the table and we picked away at it family style. My favorite dish was the Short Rib, which was busy cooking 36 hours before we arrived for dinner; it fell right off the bone and melted in your mouth. All the dishes had an imaginative element, such as the eggs were served with a bowl of smoke over them so they seemed to catch fire when you removed it. The appetizers were served in curved spoons or wire whisk. The halibut cooked in a clear bag which had to be cut open to reveal a powerful aroma of rosemary and the veggies served in a rye bread and truffle oil combo that looked like a bed of dirt. All around fun experience! Royal Caribbean is big on activities, so needless to say, on our 2 night cruise we didn’t get to see them all! The ones we did get to experience were great! I was able to watch as some of our party experience the Ripcord by iFly indoor skydiving which looked like a blast. I chose not to partake in the North Star due to long wait in line, we chose to check out the Seaplex instead, but the North Star sure did look cool when we saw it in action! The Seaplex is a convertible venue that could be for bumper cards, roller skating, ping-pong tournaments, sports and a number of other things. On the top level of the Seaplex is an Xbox live gaming room and ping pong tables, on the bottom is the arena and arcade. Perfect place for Tweens and Teens! On the last night we saw “We Will Rock You” a Broadway style show exclusive to Royal Caribbean which was entertaining and funny! Great acting and singing voices showed they did a great job with auditioning the cast. The special effects and well-made props made you feel immersed in the show. Afterwards, we experienced some of the night life the “Music Hall,” a two story night club, bar, and entertainment area. Great venue, live music and DJ were both crowd pleasers! Top deck had an indoor pool and outdoor pool, a few hot tubs and kids area, all of which looked like a blast, the kids pool also had a “lazy river” which was just a small circular pool that the water went around in but looked great for kids. I was able to experience the adults only solarium, which had a relaxing atmosphere, and gorgeous 3 level pool. There were 4 hot tubs in the solarium, I was able to relax in one while looking out the forward of the ship while the sun was setting, absolutely best spot to relax. The ship’s gym was state of the art, on the very top deck with a gorgeous view all around. Any exercise equipment you could imagine was up there, and they also were doing sign up for a variety of different classes. On deck 4 and 5 were a variety of shops and restaurants and also the “Bionic Bar” which was 2 robotic arms that you ordered your drink from an ipad, and then waiting in the queue for your drink to be made. There were large screens on either side of the bar that explained what it was doing and which guest the drink was being made for. When your drink was ready the screens would let you know, and then you can simply scan your bracelet and the drink slid down the bar for pick up. Although this novelty was very interesting it was a very long wait time before your drink was ready. Even with shorter lines. The children’s area was separated out into 5 different rooms for 5 different age groups including a nursery. Bright and colorful décor and low ceilings made it a bright and inviting place for children to be in. On the day of disembarkation we packed up and rolled out! We met up and started to funnel out, we walked through representatives who scanned out bracelets and thanked us by name for sailing, we walked the red carpet again back off the ship and down the escalators to customs, where we waited in line for merely 5-10 minutes for a quick and easy entrance back into the US. We exited the building to find representatives pointing guests to the direction of shuttles, taxis and parking. We were quickly put onto our correct shuttle bus and back to the airport in no time at all. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We have just returned from a 3-day ‘taster cruise’ on the brand new Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas! If you’ve seen any of the advertising, the word ‘WOW’ features heavily. We can honestly report that it is an apt description ... Read More
We have just returned from a 3-day ‘taster cruise’ on the brand new Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas! If you’ve seen any of the advertising, the word ‘WOW’ features heavily. We can honestly report that it is an apt description of the incredible ship, its features and the service onboard. We had completed the online checkin process at home (including ‘uploading’ a photo) and printed our SetSail Passes before arriving at Southampton. At the dock, someone with a tablet computer completed the process in under 3 minutes and we proceeded to Security, from where we were asked to sit for a few minutes (after being informed the disembarking guests had all gone and the ship would be ready for boarding shortly – this was 10:30am). We boarded at about 10:45 and were immediately handed a glass of ‘bubbly’. We boarded straight into the Royal Esplanade where we first went down to Guest Services to set up our internet account. We are considered Platinum in Royal Caribbean’s loyalty programme due to our frequent sailings on Celebrity, so received a discount on our internet package. It therefore cost us $15.15 for unlimited high speed access for the entire 3-day cruise!! WOW! We used the Royal iQ app to check (and change) our restaurant reservations when we discovered that for this cruise only the four MainDiningRoom options (Silk / Chic / American Icon and Grande) would all be serving exactly the same menu of an evening … although a different version was created for each of the three evenings. Our cabin was lovely, the bed extremely comfortable, the balcony huge (with two chairs, two footstools and a table). The cabin furniture did not include a coffee table – however, we discovered that the dressing table was movable and was designed to be used as a breakfast/dinner table in the cabin. Excellent idea. There is a kettle with ample supplies of tea and biscuits, and on the last day a plate of macaroons magically appeared. The bathroom is quite large with an excellent shower. The toiletries are very pleasant. We soon discovered the lounge at the back of the ship called Two70! It became our favourite place. There is also a café there with excellent breakfast and lunch choices. For dinner, we ate in American Icon (as the menus were identical, we chose not to wait in the Silk queue where we had been booked). The décor is wonderful and the food and service were both excellent. The other two evenings we ate in Wonderland and in Chops Grille – they were both outstanding, but in Wonderland we probably had our best meal ever on a ship. UNIQUE and FABULOUS!! (We have completed about 40 cruises, and our preferred lines are Seabourn and Azamara, so that is saying something.) We were more than a little apprehensive about the size of Anthem of the Seas (considering we prefer 200 – 600 passenger ships), however, the ship handled the number of passengers extremely well. This is partly due to the fact that there are two main shows each evening – one at the front of the ship in the Royal Theater (We Will Rock You which lasts 2 hours and is excellent) and another at the back of the ship in Two70 (Spectra’s Cabaret which is PHENOMENAL!!!). Between those two venues there are three others with live music, as well as numerous other bars and restaurants (and of course, the obligatory casino). Charging onboard is done with your SeaPass card or your WOW bands (rubberised watch-like straps with an embedded chip). These bands can be used anywhere you can use a SeaPass card. There is a FlowRider, the NorthStar aerial adventure, the SeaPlex (which can either be rollerskating, dodgems, a basketball court, a DJ booth or a circus school). Overlooking that are Xbox rooms and table tennis areas. There is a rock climbing wall as well as RipCord where you can experience skydiving while at sea. The Bionic bar is interesting and the selection of eateries incredible. Everywhere there are smiling and helpful crewmembers – all very well trained and beautifully groomed. We were truly WOWED! It was an incredible introduction to Royal Caribbean and we will certainly be back. If you have a chance to experience this – DO! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Anthem of the Seas Review 3nts 3rd – 6th May 2015 Let me start by saying that these are our thoughts & observations – mine, Hub’s & our 18yr old Son ! We parked in Blue Car Park, walked across the road into the Terminal ... Read More
Anthem of the Seas Review 3nts 3rd – 6th May 2015 Let me start by saying that these are our thoughts & observations – mine, Hub’s & our 18yr old Son ! We parked in Blue Car Park, walked across the road into the Terminal and were met by rows of check-in staff in Blue tops all holding tablets and we were checked in, through Security & Onboard all in 10 mins ! First impression ? WOW – Just WOW !!! Met with a glass of Champers & chance to have a wander and a first look along the Royal Esplanade. Very similar to the Royal Promenade, just smaller. As we boarded just after 11am (we were in Group A) we decided to take as many photos & film as much as we could straightaway, so we started at the top on Deck 16 and worked our way down... After lunch the Staterooms were open so we went down to our D2 Superior Balcony #11692 on Deck 11. Found a sealed envelope outside with 1 x Seapass card in, the other 2 x plus our 3 x RFID wowbands were on our bed. Very happy with our stateroom & pleased to see it did have the ‘Double’ Sofabed we had specifically requested for our 6ft 2” Son who does not sleep easily on a single sofabed. Our case arrived, so we unpacked then headed out to explore some more. Had a go on the Bumper Cars in SeaPlex then made our way up to Deck 16 Aft for Sailaway as we wanted to get some good shots and filming of the 3 x Queens that followed us out of Southampton – Victoria, Queen Mary 2 & Elizabeth as well as Fred Olsen’s Balmoral & P&O’s Azura. At 5pm, Hub & Son went to sign in for their iFly appt. Safety briefing etc took about 40 mins, then they arrived suited up in blue overalls with helmet, up at the iFly and had their go first in their big group of about 12 people – they loved it ! After all of the Group had finished the instructor did a Demo of how it should be done – WOW ! We had booked our Dinner & Show reservations pre-cruise and Day 1 we had We Will Rock You at 7pm so we went to have dinner in the Windjammer - lots of choice & a great relaxed atmosphere ! We Will Rock You was Fantastic – NB. Do Not Leave Until the Very End, lots of people left before the wonderful ending... Day 2 – We did the ‘Bruges & Belgian Chocolate’ RCI Tour and very glad we did. Quick half hour coach trip from the Port of Zeebrugge and we then had a walking tour around Bruges (our Guide Frank, retired Teacher, was very good and so funny !) including the Chocolate Museum with a lesson on how to make all types of chocolate plus tastings !! We had about 45 mins Free-time for shopping before returning to Anthem. Tonight it was Dinner in Chic in which both food & service were also very good then down to Two70 to watch Spectre’s Cabaret – I don’t want to spoil this for anyone, so I’m just going to say that it is Unique & Must be seen !!! Day 3 – We caught the Port Shuttle bus out of Le Havre port into the town & ‘The Docks’ a Mall built in the old dock buildings. We have been to Paris before so we were happy to just have a laid back morning and after a pleasant couple of hours shopping, we caught the bus back to Anthem and spent a relaxing afternoon in the Solarium. Tonight we had Dinner in American Icon Grill and again food & service was very good. We saw the Headliner Show in the Royal Theatre tonight with Paul Zerdin – Ventriloquist. We had seen him before on Indy, but he is very good and very funny ! One slight gripe is that there was nothing arranged for 18-21yr olds to meet-up & introduce themselves – in my opinion, this should have happened on Day 1 after the 15-17yrs 411 !!! Obviously they are not allowed in the Teen Club (as we were told by one of the crew outside) so I do wonder how this age group are meant to meet others their same age onboard ? We are hoping that this will be rectified before our 14 nights cruise on Anthem in July... We booked this 3 nighter to a) get us up to Diamond C&A and b) to try out Anthem before our 14 nights around the Med on her with 7 friends, in July... It is our opinion that RCI has taken the very best of their ships and mixed them with the very best of Celebrity ships – then raised the bar considerably - to produce Anthem of the Seas... Anthem is a stunning ship... Every single member of Crew spoke to us as we passed them - before we had chance to speak to them first... N.B... Special Mention to Roxana Oros who we met whilst she was working in the Windjammer on Oasis in April 2010 (and we haven’t seen her since then) but she saw us walking along the Royal Esplanade on Sunday night (3rd May) and she recognised us and hugged us all – now THAT is a proper WOW Moment !!! We purchased the Soda package for myself and Hub (Our Son doesn’t drink soda so is happy with the included juice & water drinks) and we were very impressed with the Freestyle Coke machines, lots of different choice, however you have to carry your cups around with you to use them, so here is a suggestion... Couldn’t the WOW bands be programmed to include drinks packages? Then plastic throwaway cups could be stored near the Machines, where you just swipe your Wow band at the Machine to get a drink ??? Could also save RCI some $$$ by not having to provide the thick tall plastic glasses that they do at the mo ?? As this was only a 3 nighter, we had the ‘Taste of Anthem’ Menu’s in the restaurants which included a couple of choices from each of the Complimentary Restaurants. Although this was not a problem to us, we are looking forward to experiencing the full Dynamic Dining choices in July !! We really, really like Anthem of the Seas and we are looking forward to cruising on her again for 14 nights in July 2015 !!! Well Done RCI, you have produced another Fantastic Ship with Wonderful Crew & Amazing Shows !!! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
We were very excited when we booked the holiday, it was the first time on a cruise for us and there was soo much hype surrounding the cruise, Anthem of the seas, we couldn't wait to get on-board. However, there were soo many negative ... Read More
We were very excited when we booked the holiday, it was the first time on a cruise for us and there was soo much hype surrounding the cruise, Anthem of the seas, we couldn't wait to get on-board. However, there were soo many negative reviews on its sister cruise, Quantum of the seas, actually negative reviews on cruises in general that it was surprising. People were complaining on everything form check-in times, luggage arrival to food, service, etc. it was really off-putting especially when we were travelling with a 2yr old. But, thankfully, from he moment we stepped in, until the time we got off the Anthem, it was an experience like no other... It one word, it was Awesome!!! It was soo good that we didn't want to get off the cruise!! Ours was a 3 nighter, so maybe longer duration ships might have issues, but our cruise, everything was as smooth as butter!! (Apart from the British/EU weather) Check-in was super fast, we already did it online so the whole process took like 5 mins. We made it to the cruise terminal in our selected time during the online check-in so as soon as we got there, we went straight through after an immigration check. Once one board, the first feeling was walking up to this huge chandelier and huge hall room decorated with big LCD screens depicting the fall season. It was simply overwhelming!! We were then directed to our staterooms through the many super-fast elevators. At the door of our stateroom, our room key was waiting stored in compartment beside the sign board. They call this the sail pass, which is very important and you should carry this while debarking the ship for shore excursions. The stateroom was spacious, sparkling clean and was maintained at the right temperature. The balcony was spacious and was the best part of the room. We spent hours in there, despite it being freezing cold, wrapped up in blankets. It was just a marvel watching the waves, watching the ship dock and un-dock, seeing it make a 180-degree turn and just lying there listening to the sound of the waves. We soo loved the balcony stateroom. As we were checking our room, we heard and knock and our luggage was waiting for us along with our stateroom attendant. We were a little worried as online reviewers complained that they did not receive their luggage until late night. so once again, RC nailed the whole service of collecting our bags from the car park, to getting them to our doors and then when we disembarked, they were waiting for us in our designated zone. Super Smooth, once again!! We were on deck 12, room 12212 right in the middle of the ship. I really had huge concerns about deck 12 as after looking at the Anthem's design, we found out that there is an over-hang which extends from the 14th floor so the middle part is indented, then there are struts, these long poles extended from the over-hang which are placed right into the balconies! I was worried for this, thinking that it will reduce the space in the balcony and obstruct the view. I couldn't find anything online about this so hopefully this will help other cruisers. The poles do end up in your balcony but the are merged into the side dividers in the balcony. So you hardly notice them and they do not take up any extra space in your balcony. The over-hang does block the sky-view a little when you are standing up near the edge of the balcony, but you hardly notice this whilst sitting down, so you do get a full view. Check the pictures which will give you a better understanding of this: http://i60.tinypic.com/uv7us.jpg http://i60.tinypic.com/334i1ef.jpg http://i61.tinypic.com/mlsduc.jpg Plus, all thro the middle of the ship, when you look directly down from the balcony, you don't see the water, but you see the huge life-boats. The indented design of the ship in the middle was to accommodate these life-boats. These 2 are minor points, but the huge plus is that you are located close to the elevators/stairs and more importantly, it rocks lesser in the middle of the ship, so for all you guys with motion sickness, this is the ideal place. And trust me, this is soo true, when it was very windy, I did check the front and the back of the ship, it felt as if I was on a swing! I never felt motion sick in my life and on day three, it was really rough weather and I felt the ship was stirring my insides over and over in a circular motion. This really did give me a little sick feeling so had to sleep it off! So middle of the ship, very good for people who suffer with motion sickness. Now, back to the stateroom, there is a nice huge comfy bed, a sofa-bed for the little one, ample cupboards every where, so you have enough storage, a digital safe and there is a mini fridge stacked up with snacks and drinks which cost extra if you use them. There is under bed storage as well, this is really good as we could store our huge suitcase and stroller under it. Our stateroom attendant Mailene was simply awesome. She was very friendly, gave us lots of tips/info and every time we used to leave the stateroom and return, she made sure that we felt as if we were walking into our room for the very first time!!! It was that clean, soo much that we felt bad for leaving our stuff around as she even sorted those too! We stopped doing this after the first time :) The washroom has a capsule shower, is nice and spacious and very functional. Coming back to the ship, not sure where to start...everything is soo good, actually Grande is the word!! Since it is new, the ship is sparkling clean, with really a huge staff, looking after each and every section! Every part felt like it was a 7 star hotel. The top decks were excellent, a huge jogging/walking strip that spans the entire ship, then there are outdoor/indoor pools. The main star attraction, the North Star, a London eye shaped capsule that takes 14 at a time and lifts high up in the sky giving you an awesome areal overview of the ship! Note though on shorter cruises, it doesn't move-out 90 degree into the ocean, this one is reserved for the larger ones as the attendant said, it will take more than 30 mins and not sufficient time for all passengers on short cruises. Also note, there was heavy wind when I took the capsule so besides up and down, we also had rocking motion :)) again something to consider for the motion-sick/vertigo sufferers. Then there is the Solarium, an adult only retreat zone. This was really calm and peaceful, you can retreat here quietly with a nice book and a drink... Very relaxing! Then the giant giraffe, our little one loved this and played with it for a long time :) Then there are the flow-rider, virtual flight simulator and rock climbing. Guess on longer cruises all this is plenty of activity to keep guest entertained. On the shows/movie front, there is a royal theater, 3D cinema plus the Two70 which has these huge robotic screen as it transforms from a cafe into entertainment center. Coming to the other main aspect, the food...one word again "Awesome".., it's clean, hygiene, tasty and loads of variety...especially for a short cruise, there was ample choice.. So much that we couldn't find time to eat in all of them. On the first day, we tried Sorrento for a quick bite and the pizza which they served was hot and fresh! In the evening, we reserved for a fine dining experience at the Silk and the food was decent. Next day, we went to the Wind Jammer for breakfast and it was brilliant...lots of choice and the dishes were tasty... It's such a shame, that we pay almost £20 per head at our local garden center and the food is not half good as in the Wind Jammer!!! Really sad when you pay premium price in Britain and its no where nearly as good as on the RC!! For lunch, we went back to the wind jammer and once again there was ample choice and really tasty food. No wonder it was always soo packed with guests! Dinner was at Chic and the ambiance was really posh!! For the third night, we were supposed to go to the Grande, the only restaurant where you need to wear a jacket but the menu at Wind Jammer was soo tempting that we skipped the grande!! We felt that two nights to fine dining was enough and wanted to enjoy the more casual approach at WJ :) Main thing regarding food is, round the clock, you will find someplace open serving food...even in the wee hours...there is still plenty choice to grab a quick bite! So all in all, this was a wonderful trip and we became huge fans of the Anthem and Royal Caribbean that we will surely return and try longer duration!! There is absolutely no negative points which I can think of, it's such a brilliant experience and I think here in UK, we will have to wait for few months as the Ship is heading for America for summer... So all you guys in the US, you will really have a great time!! Here are a few tips for first timers and cruisers in general that might help: - Check in online and print off the sail passes, this saves soo much time and makes the whole process quicker - upload pictures of all those who are travelling with you when you complete the online check-in, this will speed up the process even further - setting a credit card on your account is helpful, you can buy stuff directly with the smart band, this sports strap wristband which they provide for you and all your guests, including children - Wind Jammer is the place to go for food, they serve this round the clock, but they do follow timing correctly, so check breakfast, lunch and dinner times and make sure you fit into the correct slot so you can enjoy the food thoroughly! - Drinks and water are expensive if you buy them on board, so I do suggest buying these packages before hand. We got the suvernor Coca-cola cup which costed £6 per day (per person) and this gave access to soda machines which are located at various places on the cruise. You can use that to fill up with water at these thirst stations at Wind Jammer, alternatively, you can drink water from normal tap in your room. - Make reservation before hand if you wish to enjoy fine-dining experience. There are several complimentary restaurants plus a few which you have to pay extra. - Same goes to on-board activity like flow-rider and rip-cord flight. Pre-book them as they are popular and fill up quickly - You need to carry the sail passes (not just the bands) of all your passengers if you wish to disembark the ship and go for shore vacation - There are several photo points where they take pictures for you, you can buy them at the information points on the cruise. You can buy digital prints or order them printed off but make sure you do this before the last night as we thought they would offer online service to purchase these later on, but turns out they do not offer this facility! - Finally, children who are not totally potty trained will not be allowed into the swimming pools. Also, those who are under 1mt will not be allowed in the North Star. I do apologise for the rather long review, but hope you all find this useful! This cruise was definitely one of the best vacations which we took and the quality, level of service and care which Royal Caribbean provided was unbeatable! Thank you RC for providing such an amazing experience!! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
Embarkation on the Anthem was really quick. Very impressed with the size of the ship. Cabin was lovely and spacious, plenty of cupboard space. We had a balcony which was great. Room attendant was excellent. Food and service was ... Read More
Embarkation on the Anthem was really quick. Very impressed with the size of the ship. Cabin was lovely and spacious, plenty of cupboard space. We had a balcony which was great. Room attendant was excellent. Food and service was excellent. All the entertainment onboard was fantastic. Spectra show, We Will Rock You. Rock the Boat excellent music rock group. Plenty to do onboard Northstar, roller skating, bumper cars etc. Disembarkation was the only problem. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
If you know the difference between Machiavelli and McDonalds, between France Soir and Hog's Breath, between the Park Hyatt and the Holiday Inn....... then this is NOT the cruise for you. Booked a year in advance. Dreamed and ... Read More
If you know the difference between Machiavelli and McDonalds, between France Soir and Hog's Breath, between the Park Hyatt and the Holiday Inn....... then this is NOT the cruise for you. Booked a year in advance. Dreamed and planned of each minute of the 3 days, not only my first true holiday in 15 years but also my 40th birthday, and the reality was in truth more like a nightmare. Men in their 40s, who got tattoos in the 20s when they had 6 packs, now have kegs and sttttttttrrrrrrrrreeeeettttttccccchhhhhhhed out dragons, tweety birds and naked ladies, consider it acceptable to wander around topless with 2 to 4 drinks in hand throughout the ship. Put a shirt on boys, we don't want to see it and you shouldn't be showing it anywhere outside of the pool or your bedroom, not in public drinking, shopping and dining areas. Crowds and queues, substandard bidvest type food, none of the luxury gourmet experience detailed and promised. The one half way decent meal required an additional payment as it was a specialty restaurant. Given the amount paid for this cruise in a top suite, to not have this included just ended up being insult to injury. Having as mentioned, booking a year in advance, I think we paid the highest rate on the entire ship as we had booked the very first suites (below the single royal suite) on this cruise and had therefore paid absolutely the highest price with no discounts or OBC inclusions or the like that were offered over the next 11 months prior to the cruise. We got NO discernible special treatment despite having booked in an Owner's Suite and in fact had our first nights restaurant reservation cancelled due to a private party despite having booked some weeks (basically when bookings opened) in advance. Given that this booking was to celebrate my 40th birthday, this was not a good start. Cancelled our drink package after day one having not actually been able to get to a bar to order an inclusive drink. Did eventually get a refund. Room service, despite the poor quality, was efficient and crowd free. Room attendance was good. Cabin was very nice and ended up being our sole refuge and one enjoyable aspect of the trip. Expected to spend 20% of our time in there but probably ended up closer to 70% to avoid the incessant crowds. Fortunately it was lovely if a little dated, and requiring better maintenance and cleaning - found a pair of brand new Gucci socks in the packet in the drawer, didn't quite compensate us for the rest of the issues. Binoculars were a nice touch. Basically the cabins are a little like being at the Windsor or the old Hilton on the Park (pre renovation) in Melbourne. You are not getting a Langham, Crown or Park Hyatt Experience here. They are comfortable and functional - but given this was a top suite seemed a little underwhelming. Concierge club was worse than the worst hotel lounge or airport lounge anywhere in the world. The canapes for the evening cocktail hour were put out at the start and were either all taken and not replaced or left to develop bacteria over the next few hours. No replacements no health standards or safety just a plate of nibbles unwrapped and dumped on a counter. Basically if you want to go for a total piss up for 3 days with people that don't have tastebuds and you really like crowds then this is for you. If like us, this sounds like HELL then AVOID and don't waste your money. I know if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all but I really don't want anyone else who envisaged the romantic and luxurious version of cruising to be fooled/duped/conned/tricked into believing this is it! PS Booked through RACV and not worth the bother, if you really are a sadist or just have to attend a bucks/hens weekend which is all this cruise is good for, then book direct with RC. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
16 of us just sailed on voyager of the seas on a 3 night sampler.We had been on the 1 night in novemeber 2013 and vowed never to go with this ship again but we did. We had read all the previous negative reveiws and thought what have we ... Read More
16 of us just sailed on voyager of the seas on a 3 night sampler.We had been on the 1 night in novemeber 2013 and vowed never to go with this ship again but we did. We had read all the previous negative reveiws and thought what have we done . Well we were suprised as all the staff were very good.Ebarkation was very quick on the ship in about 20 mins. But cant see where 80 million went only to take out a lot of the lounge spaces and put in more cabins. Far too many people,no lounges to sit and have a nice drink as could not get in them,one of us would have to go up to Anchor lounge an hour before to get a seat for pre dinner drinks. Anytime dining was a disgrace i booked our 2 talbles of 8 2 months before sailing and then went straight to dining room to confirm and it was all wrong were told it would be fixed when we got to dinner we were given 1 table of 10 and 1 of 6 away from each other needles to say we fought them and got it changed and was ok for the 3 nights. The food in the Saffire dining room at night was outstanding and we had the best waiters ever well done Ben 10 our waiter. The drink waiter after the first night just came to our tables with the drinks he knew we had and put them in front of us. we had the premium drink package and it was fantastic, but too many lines at all bars to get a drink, very few waiters serving drinks out at the pool. Generally not enough staff foe example go to dining room fro breakfast takes at least 2 hours. As i said earlyier we had a great time but we will nevser sail on this ship again not a patch on Rhapsody and Radiance need to take heed RCCL or Princess will beat you as we will stay with them more rooms to use. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
I have done a few reviews of the 12 cruises we have done & always focused on the positive with a few niggles. After reading negative reviews lately of the Voyager I was sure it was from people who are too picky. Unfortunately I was ... Read More
I have done a few reviews of the 12 cruises we have done & always focused on the positive with a few niggles. After reading negative reviews lately of the Voyager I was sure it was from people who are too picky. Unfortunately I was wrong. We have been on Rhapsody 3 nighter a few years ago for my mothers 70th. Being a sampler we thought they would pull out all stops to convert those who hadn’t cruised to the “dark” side. It was a shocker, but put all the staff issues down to a one off. RCCL are still playing the same games overpromising & underdelivering. It could be the 3 day itinerary, as other who had sailed before on Voyager had high praise & were as shocked as we were by the issues. First the good… The ship is great, really good refurb . I can see where the money went as the décor was the best we have experienced over P& O , Princess & carnival. On the surface it looks so exciting with all these different venues. That was it!! Scratch the surface & it is all an illusion. Food- Pretty good. We ate at Giovanni’s first night & it was excellent. Windjammers was a good variety & plenty of it but again very hard to get a table. Didn’t get Breakfast in Dining room as there was always a queue plus was only open from 7- 9.30.We had late sitting for dinner & the waitstaff were great, meals were delicious & nothing too much problem Shows- Not a big show person, but my wife, is & loved them . I went too & enjoyed. The Ice skate show was impressive. Arriving only after line reduced still got a good seat. The Bad !! From the beginning, we got an email to say even though we had nominated early boarding which was confirmed on our seapass we would now have to board at 4.30pm plus ,for some reason we would now be leaving at 7.30 not 9pm. We had booked dinner in Giovanni’s at 7pm so we could be up for sailaway. Lots of angst deciding what to do. Managed to change booking to 8pm, thanks guys. We still can’t figure why that happened. We took the drinks package which seemed like a good idea but became concerned reading reviews about lack of drinks staff, etc. Spot on! The bar staffing for a ship that has 3400 odd passengers had staffing for about 1600 passengers .Every bar had a huge queue all cruise long with one or 2 bar staff. They worked there butt off. At first we assumed it was all people wanting there first drink. They might have got on top but then it was time for muster (which was a debacle) & you had 3000 people wanting a drink after it was over. Drinks Package- No way would I do it again! You would have to be an alcoholic to drink that much for a whole cruise. As it was we only took the package as it was a 3 day cruise & wanted to try it. There are no prices on any of the drinks menu so no idea what we would have paid & for those not on a package no way to know what you are clocking up on account. The bar staff didn’t give a bugger about service or drink quality, assuming we were all on the package & as far as they were concerned we were getting drinks for free. Wrong , we paid up front! I ordered a margarita which is not a margarita without salt on the rim to balance flavor. My barman did a rough pour , quick shake & poured into glass. When I asked about salt on rim he grumbled took another glass out the back & came back & poured Margie into that glass & thumped on bar. My sister was in Pig & Whistle pub to order a Bacardi & coke & got a Malibu & Coke which she didn’t like. She said she had asked for a Bacardi & Coke . She was told that was what she had. She again asked for the right drink & 3 staff came & intimidated & argued with her. Eventually they made her another one. This was 2 examples of many over the weekend. We often would order a glass of red wine & despite ordering the same one it would taste different each time. Cask wine anyone?? Venues- For a ship that size the only venue, that was big enough for any event was the show lounge. Trivia was in Pig & whistle Pub that has about 20 seats. You could rarely get a seat in any lounge. As usual there were people sitting in there reading a book at a table for 4. The pools were jam packed the bars were 3 deep & not a lounge to be found in adults only area. Many seemed to have towels on them all day with no one there despite signs saying reserving would be policed. FlowRider- I waited 40 minutes in a line for 1 staff member sign a waiver. Once I had that the wait wasn’t too long to have a go. Good fun. Putt Putt- never got a chance. Queues in the sun all day just to get a putter then wait to start. Johhny Rockets- Booked out all cruise. Parents went for lunch at 3.30 but pretty basic. Izumi- Very good. Lifts- very slow, stopping at all floors. Because they were slow, often no one on that level because they gave up waiting. We often stay on lower levels & use the stairs to burn off indulgences but because it is a tall ship ( 13 levels) it is that extra couple of levels that make you use it more. Staff- Like our first RCCL cruise we seem to have the “B” team on board, so that’s all I can go on. I have never seen such a disinterested, unmotivated crew before. I know they are working but staff usually make the most of it. Our last cruise on Carnival legend really was the fun ship with staff looking you in the eye, greeting you continually, asking how your day was & stopping for a chat. This was the complete opposite apart from a few gems like the funny lady at Windjammers singing Washy Washy, get some Yum Yum, No washy No Yum Yum or the mature aged Italian waiter cracking jokes at lunch in the dining room. Usually staff would look through you like you were a ghost or if you said something too them barely acknowledge your existence or be just plain rude. Casino- was good . We lost money & won money & could stay for hours without being fleeced as opposed to the C legend casino( that was the worst thing about that ship). Funny though the cashier could put a debit for US dollars on your account to gamble but when it came time to cash in they gave you US dollars. I asked to have it taken off my onboard account but was told I would have to go to reception on Level 5. I waited in line for 40 mins to pay off my account. Maybe americans are used to lines & I expected a few lines but there was nothing we did that didn’t involve lining up . It was like the ship wasn’t really designed for that many passengers. Never have we had a problem on other ships. Obviously being a short cruise everyone was wanting to do everything so we had to change our thinking of a relaxing cruise to surrender & accept it. Cabins- Our group was on level 3 with new inside cabins that replaced the nightclub so were nice & new. Pretty quiet with good access to areas. Departure- As we were driving home ourselves we requested latest disembark. We got told to leave at 7.30. Why ask?? When we boarded we were asked whether we wanted our account converted back to AUD by RCCL or my Bank. I had nominated my bank online but didn’t register for check in so again ticked that box. As a final kick in the bum from RCCL we got our account converted by them with an exchange rate of 70 cents. Luck it wasn’t too much on account otherwise it could have got nasty. Summary- My parents love Radiance & have sailed a number of times & couldn’t believe it was the same cruise line. We did hear this from many passengers some who had sailed Voyager pre refurb. Based on what we experienced, never again. The ship felt crowded & noisy . Apart from promenade deck there was nowhere quiet to relax with a book or snooze. There is too much competition for our cruise dollar with better experiences elsewhere. Yes it was 3 dayer but I would’nt risk it nor recommend them to anyone. Apologies to those booked but hope RCCL read these sort of forums & lift there game.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
WOW first cruise for 25 years and what a trip. Visited some magic destinations and experienced the South Pacific culture. entertainment was great a credit to the staff on board. Food was amazing as were our waiters in the main restaurant. ... Read More
WOW first cruise for 25 years and what a trip. Visited some magic destinations and experienced the South Pacific culture. entertainment was great a credit to the staff on board. Food was amazing as were our waiters in the main restaurant. We travelled with a group of 10 (5 adults and 5 kids) which the kids just had a blast meeting new friends and enjoying the activities and pools. Overall this was one of the best holidays I have been on and enjoyed it that much we rebooked with RCI on board for 2016. Can't wait let the countdown begin. All staff were exceptional from cleaning staff to waiters to bar staff and the cruise director. Well done RCI, thanks for the happy memories. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Fantastic: wifi - It's amazingly fast everywhere and I couldn't get over how well it worked. The wrist bands than allow you to shop, drink, and open your cabin doors , get into shows etc. I mean you get a cabin key and you simply ... Read More
Fantastic: wifi - It's amazingly fast everywhere and I couldn't get over how well it worked. The wrist bands than allow you to shop, drink, and open your cabin doors , get into shows etc. I mean you get a cabin key and you simply have to tap it to the lock to open but you also get wristbands that do the same thing. Truly game changing two70- It's a lounge it's a lobby it's a show place I don't know what to call it but it's flippin amazing! I could sit in here all day and read lounge drink, chat , I can't say enough about this room. PS the DJ in here that played at night was SO GOOD! The show they do in here- hard to describe but saw it twice it was THAT good! Mama Mia- No watered down Version here this is the whole enchilada complete with an intermission- think of it this way you booked a cruise and got tickets to a hot Broadway show as well. Yes, it's that good! Cabins- Really nice and comfy and tons of storage - well done! Pretty Decent: Food- Overall I was pretty impressed, Had a great meal in silk- ( Get the Asian Flank Steak)- Loved the hot cookies at the Windjammer- nice touch- Was impressed with the buffet in general. Lots of for fee places to eat but trust me- you'll never go hungry. Loved the Starbucks like venue outside 270- Just OK:No Main dining room- I kind of miss that and if leaving a show you will have to wait to check in at your restaurant. BE SURE TO BOOK RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. The public spaces are amazing. Now I'm totally pumped for Anthem! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
My most important recommendation for one traveling on Quantum of the Seas is to make sure you get all your reservations (dining and shows!!!) done PRIOR to your trip. They just introduced the "dynamic dining" which means that you ... Read More
My most important recommendation for one traveling on Quantum of the Seas is to make sure you get all your reservations (dining and shows!!!) done PRIOR to your trip. They just introduced the "dynamic dining" which means that you can have dinner in any restaurant (paid or not) IF YOU HAVE A RESERVATION. You need to have a reservation to all restaurants!!! If you wait to make the reservations at the ship most likely it will be impossible and you will get stressed and frustrated and may end up at the Windjammer every day.Not a nice way to start a vacation. Not that I don't like Windjammer which is a beautiful self service restaurant. We had done only one reservation and were able to get into Silk and American Icon Grill by arriving at 5:30pm. This was a stress that we didn't plan to go through. Make sure you also make ALL YOUR SHOWS RESERVATIONS or you may end up again, very stressed and frustrated. I had a drink at the Bionic Bar and I have to say it was the best vodka and tonic ever!!! One of the main attractions of this ship is North Star, a capsule that ascends over 300 feet above sea level. It is indeed one of the most anticipated features on this ship which we were not able to go into. On the first day we were on a line (it was freezing!!!) when there was a problem with the system and they had to stop. I suggest that this should be the very first thing you do in this ship (if you have already all your reservations!!). We did the sky diving simulator (reservations required!!!). I am 59 and didn't enjoy the experience as much as I thought I would. But a lot of people had a lot of fun with the experience and my husband was one of them. I thought I would feel a soft flying sensation which is not true since very strong and unpleasant winds are necessary to make you fly. Broadway show - Mamma Mia - actually had Broadway artists and I could recognize a woman, from Les Miserables (or was it from Once?). My husband, who doesn't like Broadway musicals, loved it! The ship is beautiful, I loved the decoration which is very tasteful. First time I see a ship that is not tacky. I was told there were just 3700 passengers on our trip. It was perfect and we have never had such an easy disembarkation. Stores are expensive and I was told they plan to send Quantum of the Seas to China in May/16. Dont think twice, make your reservation to the Quantum. Read Less
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