Anthem of the Seas

3.7 out of 5
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Anthem of the Seas is an extra large ship, carrying passengers and crew, and sails from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Outstanding Experience

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On The Anthem of the Seas ship was a rewarding experience. Once aboard the ship I felt and was treated like I was the guess of honor. The staff in the staterooms treated myself and my husband as they knew us and we were returning home. It was a pleasure each time we saw them. Our stateroom was always clean and well taking care of. Our dining experience was outstanding and at the top. We were always taking care of in a timely manner. We booked our next cruise while onboard and it's with the same ship! 

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Awesome cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The ship was amazing with so much to do.  The food was great, the staff extremely attentive.  The casino was a ton of fun b/c the dealers were very friendly and nice and interacted great with the players.  It was Spring break with over 1,000 kids on board and they were so well entertained and kept busy you didn't even realize there were kids on the ship.  Simply loved it!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Score 100 for excellence !

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The entire cruise lived up to our highest expectations.

The itinerary was just right for us - the staff was responsive and cooperative- always eager to enhance our enjoyment.

The food was excellent. Our dining experience in Silk was made perfect by Wesley,our waiter, and his assistant, Josette.

Our balcony room was beautifully appointed and especially comfortable, convenient to the main dining room just one deck above ours,

We had a very attentive and pleasant room attendant, Shermin Rodgers.

The "on board credits" obviously added to our enjoyment.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

RCI does a nice job.

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The ship is very clean and everything is well thought out. If your goal is relaxation I'd say a resort is the way to go. But for those with kids who are looking for activities, you can't go wrong. I thought there would be more adult oriented hang outs late at night, but it's not uncommon to see children around bar areas past midnight. So this was my first cruise and it wasn't quite what I expected, it's not that it was bad it's just that it was very much better suited for families with younger kids. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Not sure cruising is the value it used to be, beautiful but expensive ship!

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Hello, we have been back a couple days and overall I would say it was a nice cruise, with ups and downs. For the amount of money we spent (balcony cabin)(not 1st time cruiser), I cannot say that cruising is a value any longer, I wanted to come home feeling wowed and refreshed. The ship albeit lovely and pristine was riddled with opportunities for upcharge. Everywhere you turn RCCL is trying to hit your wallet. There are pushy sales people in the Esplanade throwing raffle tickets at you, demostrations that are only meant to sell you something, there are now up-charges for anything decent to eat from room service (even that was nasty, I tried all of it). The main DR menus have upcharge items as well. There are more crew members walking around trying to sell you dining packages than there are bartenders trying to get you drinks (non existent). The gift shops intentionally don't sell decent souveniers so that you bum rush the flash sales when they happpen, a marketing technique to draw crowd and encourage frenzy (it was bad, i mean humanity at its finest trying to get tshirts). In the old days of cruising, you felt that every activity/meal was special, but with so many upcharge items you feel like you are "missing out" and you get easily suckered in, especially when the upcharge items have 500% better quality than the complimentary items. How can it be "complimentary" when you paid for it in your fare. Please, do your research. Because of ship size/passenger amount Everything should be reserved months before you board, I mean dining, excursions, shows, North Star, Ifly, Florider, everything. You will not be able to go in to shows if they are booked up. Its like Disney now with the reservations. The days of willey nilley do want you want on your own schedule on the ship are long gone apparently. It really sucks the fun out of it, and they are building even bigger ships! I had done my research I thought it was down pat, schedule printed, like the nerd I am, until I found out too late that you need "tender" tickets to leave the ship to go to cococay, I lost almost 2 hours on the island, i was devastated. Like everyone says ship is modern, clean and beautiful, but RCCL must have borrowed $ from a loan shark or something in order to need to hit everyone up they way they do. Crew were excellent with one exception, I had experienced one rude crew member. Two70 amazing venue, shows were very good, live music, Music Hall all great. Wonderland, awesome if you get John from Serbia, other waiters kind of boring, Chops was infinitly better cuts of meat than main DR (wtf?) My best moments were alone on my balcony drinking coffee watching the sea roll by. However I could have spent 10 days in Europe for what I spent on this trip when you include all of the add ons, and I came home feeling a little bummed, and taken advantage of. I am thinking i need to cruise on a smaller/less expensive line next time (with less add ons), even though I have been a loyal RCCL cruiser for several years. Please consider your vacation philosophy when booking, if you dont mind schedules, rushing,  lines, waiting, and getting every place 45 minutes early to get a seat/chair, begging for a waiter to bring you a  14 dollar cocktail that has less than a 1 oz. of alcohol in it, then this is cruise for you!

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1 out of 5

2nd royal çarribiean cruise and what a disaster. Way to many people and little

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THE BAD         .I love meeting people from our cultures , but on this boat , there was a lot of miscommunication between staff and patrons. This was a constant complaint I not only witnessed but heard from others as well. Too many people and not enough elevators. Long waits for one and then when you did get on one you would be crammed in like sardines. Long waits just to eat and the to find a table in the buffet area was a chore and a half. The staff made announcements asking people to be courteous but you would see people sitting and not even eating. This was the first cruise in four that I have taken and by the fourth day couldn't wait for it to end. Boring days waiting for the ship to start entertainment followed by high prices for drinks. 3.00 $ for a bottle of water that you can buy a case of for 3.99 in any store on land. There jewelry sales were a joke as well. One of the reasons I went on this cruise was, to replace a watch I had bought in nassau a few yrs ago. The ship had many fine looking stores and on day 5 I went to the 75% off watch sale and found a nice watch for 129.00. As I was standing in line to pay for it a fellow in front of me was checking the Internet for comparison reasons for one he was going to buy. His was 875.00 down to 189.00 appox. He showed me the exact same watch he could buy from invicta for 134.50. I was appalled that this. How many people got duped paying the higher price only to find out the sale price was way over priced as well. My wife developed a migraine while on a excursion on nassau and when we got back to the boat I went to the store to see if the had any OTC meds. After waiting a hour for the store to open I was informed they didn't stock anything like that and to go to medical on deck 2. I proceeded to medical and  I told the nurse THE situation she informed me that my wife would have to come down to medical her self and there would be at a minimum 190.00 dollar charge to our seapass card and meds were on top of that. I then told her we had bought the insurance thru our travel agent when we booked the cruise and again she informed me that they don't take any kind of insurance. I have to pay upfront and get reimbursed from the insurance company. Thank goodness after sleeping in our dark room for 7 hours she recovered enough to function. 

THE GOOD    , thank God we heard this band SYNERGY ( which was there first day scheduled to play according to katrina love) playing on day three in the one lounge because they made a boring cruise tolerable. Katrina Love can work a room like no one else I have ever seen. She was engaging and entertaining. The two comedians they had were funny but not enough time on stage. 3 hrs out of the whole week.the food was very good when you could finally get thru the crowds to get to it. Our state room attendant was very nice and cordial our waiter and waitress in the ICON restaurant were very good as well. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Been better

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The Anthem was not up to par with other cruises we had with Royal.  The service was great.  Our waiter was so thoughtful. We did like the my time dining. Our stateroom attendant has our stateroom always clean.  But as a diamond member we was missing a lot.  Welcome gift was 6 cookies on a plate from the kitchen.  O ya we did get 4 chocolate strawberries later on.  No extra night of diamond members and better.  Usually we have a evening where we meet the captain and little extra touch for thanking us.  The T-shirt sale I stood on lie for 1 1/2 hours to not find what I was looking for.  All the ships have shirt with the port we just visited but not here.  St Kit or St.John shirts and they looked so cheap.  DreamWorks saw one Alex and that in a area you couldn't get to.  No parade of any kind.  This ship had so much open space not being used. So many bars that could of been put to better use.  No sports bars, what?  This is just how we feel.  I could go on like the glass broken on steps, we met someone who shower door broke. o ya, kids running around in the adult pool area.  There is so much more But I will leave it there,  I think we will be heading back to the Anthem any time soon.  Loved the Oasis. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Disappointed with RCL

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

We have been on over 30 cruises, many with RCL and we were extremely disappointed with the Anthem; so much that we would not sail on it again.  Would rather be on an Oasis class ship than this one.  Staff was very friendly and courteous but failed to get resolved without multiple trips to Guest Services.

 

Children's program was wonderful; our grandson had a great time while at Adventure Ocean.

 

The big screen TV at the pool was a plus, except that really didn't play movies during the day; had a golf tournament on one day!! 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas compared to Explorer of the Seas

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For me, this ship is too big and has too many passengers.  However, I am sure that there are many who might like this size ship, but I prefer a smaller Royal Caribbean ship like Explorer of the Seas that use to go out of Bayonne, NJ.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

entertainments

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shows and dining experience. the stage is well equipped with diff.props and the sound system is superb. The kids enjoyed most of the activities on board and get to meet new friends. Food is available m0st of the time and the at sea-days were quite pleasant.

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Deck 4

Deck 4 features the second level of The Royal Theatre, retail shops, the Diamond Club, the upper level of Music Hall, Michael's Genuine Pub, Sorrentos,...

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Deck 5 features the upper level of The Royal Theatre, Photo Gallery, Chops Grille, Chef's Table, Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine,...

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Deck 14 features the upper level of the Solarium, Solarium Bistro, Solarium pools and whirlpools, Pool Bar, Sky Bar, Outdoor pools and whirlpools, Outdoor...

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Deck 15 features the lower level of Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, the Jogging Track, North Star, North Star Bar, Fuel Teen Disco, the Arcade,...

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MADDC
Contributor Level: Purser

To avoid waiting on lines BOOK your shows and dining well in advance.

othellocast
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Be sure to purchase any of the Internet Package; you need it to share your experiences and photos hot while cruising. Yes, book your restaurant reservations and shore excursions ahead of time for some savings and to avoid lines.

JoanneNJ
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Book all activities and restaurants before boarding.

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