Sail Date: June 2018
I chose this cruise because my partner wanted to travel with Royal Caribbean. I have only travelled with P&O and Princess before. I was disappointed with Royal Caribbean in that their quality of food in the main restaurant was not up ... Read More
I chose this cruise because my partner wanted to travel with Royal Caribbean. I have only travelled with P&O and Princess before. I was disappointed with Royal Caribbean in that their quality of food in the main restaurant was not up to the standard of the other two cruise lines that I had cruised with. Also formal evenings were not formal at all - in fact I felt out of place in my long dress with my partner in his DJ as most other people turned up in their shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, jeans and bandanas. Was not really acceptable for a formal evening. Their staff were mostly unfriendly and under pressure and although the ship was really lovely, the overall ambience was not as it should have been on a relaxing cruise. A little disappointing, but have learnt that maybe I should stick with P&O and Princess. Shame - will probably not choose Royal Caribbean again ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
My husband had never cruised before and embarked on this vacation with a negative mindset. After experiencing the better-than-expected food in the main dining room at breakfast and dinner, and the very professional entertainment (The Gift ... Read More
My husband had never cruised before and embarked on this vacation with a negative mindset. After experiencing the better-than-expected food in the main dining room at breakfast and dinner, and the very professional entertainment (The Gift and You Will Rock Me were excellent), he is looking forward to our January 2019 cruise on the Allure of the Seas out of Miami. The Anthem is huge, but we still knew we were two of 4900 passengers most of the time. Elevator waits were not long, but the My Time Dining felt hectic each night. We usually waited 15 minutes to be seated, even though we had reservations and ate late (7:45 to 8:15). The pools were overrun with children and teenagers, and swimming laps was impossible. The Solarium is for over age 16 only, but the pools are not designed for swimming. Most of the time we noticed people drinking, standing cheek to jowl in all Solarium pools and hot tubs. The esplanade was clogged every night with tables set up to promote jewelry, watch, and purse sales. On the plus side, the crew seemed happy and very service-oriented. Both our servers and cabin attendant anticipated every need. Our cabin, a handicapped balcony, was spacious, beautifully decorated, and very well designed, with plenty of room for everything. We enjoyed the Old and New San Juan Royal excursion, the St. Maarten and Bermuda bus tours less so. I'd recommend beach or water excursions that avoid the more Irma-devastated parts of the islands. We really enjoyed listening to music in the various bar venues after dinner. Boleros especially had a fabulous Latin Quartet playing most nights, and Schooners had two of the brass players from the Royal orchestra playing jazz standards one night. Embarkation was fairly smooth, although my husband remarked that the waiting area (rows upon rows of closely packed plastic chairs) was reminiscent of Ellis island. Note that the parking garage at Cape Liberty does not open until 10 am. We checked in quickly and waited until 11 am to get on the ship. Our disembarkation number was dead last, so we had breakfast in the MDR at 7:30 and found a comfortable place to wait in the Via. At 10:15, they had called only about half the numbers (we are SUCH rule followers) but a crew member said we should prepare to disembark. They made a last call announcement just as we got in line. Apparently, half the passengers ignored their numbers and disembarked early. All in all, it was a relaxing vacation. I'd always book a balcony, though, in order to have some private space in the fresh air. And now that we are both retired, I look forward to cruising in May and October, when most kids are in school! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Ship was just the right size to have lots of amenities for everyone including my 2 boys (9 and 12) but not too big that it was overwhelming like Oasis. I strongly disagree with the other reviews about the food being bad, and the wait ... Read More
Ship was just the right size to have lots of amenities for everyone including my 2 boys (9 and 12) but not too big that it was overwhelming like Oasis. I strongly disagree with the other reviews about the food being bad, and the wait staff not speaking English. Our wait staff were unbelievable. The food was fantastic and always fresh and hot. We did My Time dining and never once had a reservation and never had a problem at peak times of 6 pm. We even got our same wait staff each time. The kids lived in the Seaplex with so much to do. My only complaint was the lack of staff supervision especially around the Xbox room where the older teenagers would not give the younger kids turns on the Xboxes and arguments started with no staff around. Guest services was efficient and the lineups moved quickly. I gave the cabin a 4 rating since it felt small with 4 people in it. Running track should not be on the same desk as the main pool. I'm not a runner but I can see this being frustrating for someone serious about their running. It should be on a lower desk that no one uses much like most other ships. We didn't do any shore excursions except the waterslide and waterpark at Labadee. Both of which were way overpriced especially the waterslide. I was very surprised there was a charge at all. I do agree that the sales people in the Royal Promenade were too aggressive handing out flyers and trying to get us into the shopping events. The shows were great but I'm sorry to have missed We Will Rock You which I heard from other passengers was fantastic. The Gift was really great as was Spectra's Cabaret. The Sabor Quartet in Boleros was outstanding and we went there each night even though I don't speak any Spanish. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We were recommended to cruise with Royal Caribbean, and we were happy with our experience. Our family had so much fun that we decided to book another cruise for next year. The service that was provided was exceptional. The crew went ... Read More
We were recommended to cruise with Royal Caribbean, and we were happy with our experience. Our family had so much fun that we decided to book another cruise for next year. The service that was provided was exceptional. The crew went out of their way to make sure all of our needs were met. They were genuinely committed in making sure we were satisfied and content with all that was provided. Not once did any crew member show any sign of annoyance when he/she was providing a service. You can see their goal was for us to feel “taken care of” and happy. The crew members who provided us with drinks throughout our stay even remembered what we were drinking, so they can have them ready when they saw us coming. This type of attention was so uplifting to see and feel that it made our vacation so much more memorable. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Shaving quality at every opportunity and charging ever more to put back what once was included, RC has raised the cost to a level that there are better options. Sad, we used to enjoy cruising but it is so pedestrian for the price. The ... Read More
Shaving quality at every opportunity and charging ever more to put back what once was included, RC has raised the cost to a level that there are better options. Sad, we used to enjoy cruising but it is so pedestrian for the price. The food was bland, the lounge chairs uncomfortable, the ship outfitting low grade, the shows used silly story's, and the music avoided songs with royalties. They even wanted to charge to take a tour behind the scenes - is their no pride? And the service was insincere interrupting a meal on multiple occasions by multiple people. Accounts clearly bought supplies based on cost; the soft serve ice cream was icy and flavorless not smooth and flavorful. The much vaunted Two-70 entertainment lounge may have been expensive but it was poorly utilized and they didn't even get the field-of-view correct, its not 270 degrees but something on the order of 100 degrees. Time to try a different cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
The Anthem of the Seas has to be the most poorly designed cruise ship in The a Royal Caribbean Fleet. It has one outdoor pool the size of a large postage stamp for over 4,000 guest. The indoor pool was okay but small. The ceiling does ... Read More
The Anthem of the Seas has to be the most poorly designed cruise ship in The a Royal Caribbean Fleet. It has one outdoor pool the size of a large postage stamp for over 4,000 guest. The indoor pool was okay but small. The ceiling does not open so there is no air movement at all. The Solarium does not allow children and we were traveling with a group that included teens. The Seaplex was nice but somewhat anticlimactic. We did it while in Labadee. I wished I had done it in San Juan. I think that might have been more interesting. I did not get to do I.fly. It was booked except some times that I could not go. Silk Restaurant was dark and depressing but had great wait staff. Some of the other restaurants were a little brighter and nicer looking. Chic restaurant was pretty nice. Choos Restaurant was very nice and worth the extra cost. Service was outstanding. We had a balcony Stateroom that was nice size (for a cruise ship) but poorly lit. Speaking of lighting in order to turn on and keep the lights in your Stateroom on you had to put and leave your sea card in a slot. What a pain in the butt that was. See how many times you leave your sea card in the room with this rediculous set up. The food was very good as was our waitstaff and Stateroom attendant. They were the only bright spot of this cruise. We had a total of 5 rooms and 11 people. My daughter purchased a drink package for herself and two premium soda packages for our granddaughters. They made FIVE trips to Guest (lack of) Services because evertime they tried to get a drink their cards were blocked. Apparently, they were not the only guest with that problem since others were there with the same complaint. This was extremely frustrating for All if us. The entertainment for the most part was mediocre. We Will a Rock You was exceptional and should not be missed. The Gift Was okay and Spectra Show could have been good but unless you have the right seat (still not sure Where that is) You cannot see the show. This fits in with the poor design issues. The 270 Theater experience is poorly designed. It may be okay if you are in about the lucky 100 or so people that get the only seats that allow you to see pretty much everything. Most of the staff including guest services were poorly trained and many were rude. Because I have had many other great cruises on Royal Caribbean I will continue to use them. I will NEVER EVER SET FOOT ON THE ANTHEM OF THE SEAS AGAIN nor would I recommend them to my friends or enemies. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My 15 year old asked to go on a cruise this year, and luckily I was dying to go on the Anthem! We embarked in Bayonne after driving to the port. Parking was easy after dropping our luggage off at the port. We were in the terminal, ... Read More
My 15 year old asked to go on a cruise this year, and luckily I was dying to go on the Anthem! We embarked in Bayonne after driving to the port. Parking was easy after dropping our luggage off at the port. We were in the terminal, through security and on the ship in less than 30 minutes. Once on the ship we explored and found 270 lounge where we had a great lunch (try the roast beef sandwiches...you won't be disappointed). We went to sign up my son for several activities that I was unable to book online (I-fly and Northstar), we were easily able to book both. Really take the time to explore this ship on the first day so that you can make your way easily throughout the trip. Our cabin was ready by 1:00 and we were not disappointed. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 and it was wonderful! Plenty of storage space, two closets, drawers and hooks all over. Two lounge chairs and a small table on the balcony. There is plenty of room to move around the cabin, and I could sit in the bathroom without feeling claustrophobic. A real door on the shower instead of a curtain. With one exception, I ate every evening in the main dining room, originally with my son, but after he met other kids his age on the ship, he wanted to eat in the buffet with them. All of my meals were outstanding! Breakfast and lunch I would either wander around finding and trying new venues or occasionally room service ( usually an additional charge). There are plenty of places to sunworship around the pools, but you have to get up early to get a good spot. I saw chairs that were unattended, with a towel holding the space. If someone complained, staff would remove the other person's belongings. The Solarium area is a nice respite from all the kids. Seaplex is a wonderful area for both adults and kids with trapeze school, bumper cars, basketball courts, roller skating, an arcade, X box live, rock climbing wall and Flow Rider area. My son found something to do day and night, even though he didn't sign up for the teens club. During the week, several times I heard other people with kids say that they didn't want to leave the clubs because they were having so much fun. All of our excursions were through Royal Caribbean and were well worth the money. Our only port where we didn't book an excursion was San Juan, where we just walked around the city. Bermuda, St. Maarten, and San Juan were wonderful ports, the only downside was the short time in port, especially in Puerto Rico. Labadee was our favorite port, with so much to do. The vendors were a little more aggressive there than the other ports, but I just bought what I wanted. Our days at sea were my favorite part of the trip, sitting on the balcony enjoying the ocean breeze and sun. We had one rough evening at sea, but it wasn't too bad, although they canceled one of the stage shows because of it. There was plenty of entertainment throughout the cruise, really depending on what interests you have. I loved the show We Will Rock You! By the end of the show the entire audience was on their feet belting out Bohemian Rhapsody! The service on the cruise was outstanding! Wayan, our steward went way above and beyond when it came to keeping our room up. Service in the dining rooms and buffet was also great. Debarkation was easy enough, I didn't feel that I could handle our luggage to self debark, so we had our biggest delay both waiting for them to call our zone, then actually finding our luggage once we got to our zone. Our luggage was not in the proper place, but staff helped my son find it. The lines going through customs were slow, but getting out of the port was easy enough. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this ship as it appeared there was so much for my 10, 13 and 15yr olds to do onboard. First, there were no poolside or ship activities for kids to do- no children in our group wanted to spend the days inside at “camp” ... Read More
We chose this ship as it appeared there was so much for my 10, 13 and 15yr olds to do onboard. First, there were no poolside or ship activities for kids to do- no children in our group wanted to spend the days inside at “camp” playing dodgeball everyday without the option to swim or experience other kids activities. This ship needs hair braiding, henna tattoos pool games, giveaways and other poolside activities that other ships and resorts have to offer. By not having these things, much time is wasted on the islands as this is the only place where these things are available. Additionally, for a ship this size, the one small outdoor pool is not enough. People were crammed in there (especially during the World Cup) and there were never enough chairs (people every day we’re on towels on the pool deck floor). If the pool was to capacity, the only other option was to pile into the indoor pool, which again, was small and mediocre at best. The Solarium (adults only pool area) was also an indoor pool which was extremely hot and stuffy. The band only played for short intervals sporadically during the day- they were fantastic, wish we could have heard more. The food (especially at Windjammer) was not impressive, though I do have to say it improved in the dining room after day 4. The service in the dining room however, was outstanding- ask for the waiter Aleat if you have anytime dining or Michael the assistant waiter- both were absolutely amazing... night. In terms of organization, we felt that this was lacking on several different occasions. First, one of our drink packages was not linked to the wristband for the entire duration of our vacation. This resulted in my wasting hours (upwards of 5) over the course of the trip at Guest Services to remove inapplicable charges to the account. The lines moved very slowly and it was extremely inconvenient and disappointing that I had to spend so much of my time resolving an issue that was promised to be rectified on Day 1 but continued through the early night hours on our last night- 8 nights later! Our favorite night spot was The Pub. Great, cheap pub food (we had to eat here a few times as the free food on the ship is extremely tiresome). They also offer a variety of beers that no other place on the ship does- inclusive of a few varieties of IPA’s. Our favorite crew member here was Myron- he was absolutely amazing and we enjoyed him immensely. In summary, Royal needs more attention to detail. The activities on board are lacking tremendously. The shows (that were unavailable to make reservations for) were impossible to get into- including the 4th of July party. This led to many unhappy and disgruntled cruisers, which is really too bad. The ship is beautiful and I really enjoyed being on the large ship. But with the large numbers, the flow and demand needs to be much better planned and accounted for. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Boarding was easy and efficient at Port Liberty Ship is enormous. Rooms were available at 1pm If on My Time dining make reservations. The Windjammer buffet gets boring and crowded. Eat at the Solarium for breakfast if you ... Read More
Boarding was easy and efficient at Port Liberty Ship is enormous. Rooms were available at 1pm If on My Time dining make reservations. The Windjammer buffet gets boring and crowded. Eat at the Solarium for breakfast if you don't need the huge buffet. The stateroom with balcony was adequate for our family of 4 - we only slept there. It is a ship -- there are various noises throughout the day an night. The premium restaurants are better than the ones included...the menus are different. We at at Jamie's and enjoyed it though the service was not great. There is a TON to do every day if you don't want to sit by the pool but plan ahead bc some activities you need reservations for and some fill up...Bingo at 3pm believe it or not filled up. The 70's Groove Party was entertaining. Finish the Lyric show was fun. The adult comic was typical and gross for a few laughs. Visit Two 70 on your first day before others find it. We liked the big chairs facing the water. Casino was fun -- we found spots at the tables we wanted. If you want to sit by the pool on the sail days get up early, really early and stake your chairs. We barely saw our teenagers there was so much for them to do..They really liked the FloRider. Teen dodge ball was great fun. Our North Star experience was canceled due to wind but it looks awesome. The gym is very nice, get there early. We Will Rock you was super albeit hokey. Contrary to readings....the dress code is super casual. You do not need to wear pants or formal attire at all...unless you want too. The Grande requires it I believe. Ship arrives and departs as planned. Getting on and off in Bermuda was really easy. DO NOT Miss going under the Verrazano Bridge. Royal IQ app is definitely helpful for planning! The wristbands are convenient at times but taking it on and off at some bars is annoying. The all access ship tour is worth it for Bridge access but ran too long at 2 hours. Restaurants close pretty early but Sorrentos always has pizza avail. All the bar staff were phenomenal. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
No signs with directions., Only 1 place for food after shows unless you want to spend more money. We had lobster which was very dry and instead of butter with the lobster, they use a teaspoon and dripped the butter over it.. It was so ... Read More
No signs with directions., Only 1 place for food after shows unless you want to spend more money. We had lobster which was very dry and instead of butter with the lobster, they use a teaspoon and dripped the butter over it.. It was so dry it would not come out of shell and when it did, the skin next to shell came with it. Lemon had black marks on it. Steak at Chops which we payed 35.00 a piece for extra was not bad, but you did have to use a knife. Certainly couldn't cut it with a fork. And this was Filet Mignon. Each time we were leaving the ship, no one would tell you which end to get off. 2 check points but at times only one working and you had no idea which one so you were walking from 1 end of the ship to the other. No signs until you were all the way on shore for the excursions. Of course, you just follow the crowd. Do you like bingo................. 25.00 for 1 game. (6) cards. You wait an hour for them to begin and 1 game and you get a thank you. There is not place to eat after 9:00 pm unless you go like to "PAY" more. 1 place that holds about 50 people and only thing to eat is pizza. You could get a cookie, but they get them for you and only 2 kinds. How much would it cost to open at least 1/2 of space for the Windjammer dinning area and serve sandwiches and stuff. Some people like to have a snack at night and sweets. Not unless you want to pay more. And unless you like loud music, there was little space for just relaxing. I like a non-alcoholic beer and one bar had Heineken. Everywhere else did not and when I told the bar staff in different areas and times, they told me there was no Heineken on board. I was going to carry the empty bottle with me, but I should not have too. Only one plug next to 1 side of the bed in the balcony room. My wife has a cpac machine and we had no plugs to use on side of bed to plug in our phones to work for an alarm. Most of the soda machines when you find them, will be out of flavors after 9 pm. And very few areas where you can fill you cup which you have to buy for $9.00. And water cost extra unless you fill your own with your great cup. They won't let you fill it in the water machine. You have to go to soda machine. They have bumper cars. Sounds good. Only at a very limited time each other day. The batteries run down after 2 hours. And there are no signs on any papers about the schedule only when you enter the court area. They share with the basketball and skating ring all in the same place so they are constantly standing an waiting and then a guy comes over and give a man a stick and says he is the last on to ride. Everyone else had to wait for the next day. Didn't matter how long people were in line. Vegetables were usually cool or cold and the selection at the open dinning room is not bad, but you wait for awhile if you want something special for breakfast. At the Windjammer you want a pancake will be in line for about 5 minutes. Sometimes no sausage was available unless you waited for them to come out. Forget about getting someone to get your tea/coffee. Just get it yourself. Everything seemed like you were always paying for it extra. I have sailed with Carnival, Norwegian, and Cunard Trans. Atlantic and nothing was like this mess. The staff will tell you to go to Customer Service because they have no idea what the answer to your questions will be. I could go on, but there is just something wrong with the layout and the services and the food available. Oh........ Regular breakfast in balcony room with cost extra $7.95 as does all other meals. Of course, you can have a Continental Breakfast for free. Our excursion to the night cruise on the glass bottom boat to the triangle was below average. They didn't even chum the fish to bring them in to be viewed. We saw 5 fish and the end of the sunken ship. Look close for signs so you are not in the wrong line. Read Less
Anthem of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.0
Value For Money 3.0 3.5

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