Anthem of the Seas

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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
4 out of 5

Much needed time off

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

The experience was pretty good. I think it's because we went during the time it is off-peak. However, a few things to note:

- We had a heck of a hard time with non-functioning elevator buttons.

- Touch screen lobby panels are not responsive.

- There were instances where wait-staff just left tables un-cleared and uncleaned for a pro-longed period of time in the Buffet.

- There's not enough traffic control getting everyone off the ship after the trip ended.

 

If anything would make this trip better, it would be a large water park on the ship for all ages. We need to be kept busy having fun!

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Great Cruising Experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Our favorite part of cruise was the selection of ports and the beautiful ship accommodations and eating choices.

We think the Lobster Lunch Excursion in Antiqua was not worth the $220 cost per person, the lobster tails were grilled for over 20 minutes while 30 guests returned to the catamaran. We watched onboard while this happened.The meal was very dry lobster tails, what a shame. Recommend that guests take the Beach Catamaran without lobster lunch at a reasonable cost much lower. The catamaran cruise was great except for this lunch mishap!

We would surely recommend this Anthem of the Seas cruise to anyone interested in 6 beautiful ports, Excluding San Juan!! Rather Labadee or Coco Cay, Much better.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

What A Difference A Year Makes

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Last year the staff didn't seem ready for prime time. This year everything was much improved. The dining procedures were consistent and the quality of the food was excellent in comparison. The ship's staff made us feel both welcome and appreciated. The most outstanding negative was the complete lack of parental control for the disrespectful children who were in the pool area. It appears that they expect the pool attendants or the responsible adults in the area to supervise their children while they're enjoying the cruise; safety was an issue on several occasions. Thank God some of us took the initiative for their supervision.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great time!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

My husband and I enjoyed our 12 night cruise on Anthem.  It is a bigger ship than we are used to and that had many advantages and a few disadvantages.  It was often hard to find a seat for breakfast or lunch in Windjammer, although there were a couple other options for those meals. Staff was friendly and efficient, food was good.  We enjoy the ship board life, so only went ashore in Antiqua, which was a pleasant stop with the downtown very close to the ship dock.  We enjoyed all the opportunities on board to hear live music and the shows were good as well.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Anthem of the Seas 12 day Southern caribbean

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Anthem of the Seas is a beautiful ship with a lot of high tech technology. The food and service were good and the staff was pleasant. There is a lot to do on the ship for all ages and plenty of lounging areas indoor and outdoor throughout the ship. The itenerary was great, this was out first winter cruise and were surprised at how pleasant the weather was, upper 70's and low 80's for most of the ship. The departure and arrival days by Bayonne were cooler but that was expected. The only problem we had was that the ship was warm. The AC should have made common areas cooler, the elevators especially were very warm. 

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1 out of 5

Terrible experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Dear Royal Caribean 

 

You ship Athem of the seas needs help. I put the total blame on mid and upper management . I have had about 7 cruises with you including allure and the oasis. You crews lak of trading and the inability to deal with the public

 

This ship is not geared to people over the age of 60 yrs old. Who else on non school holidays can take a 12 day cruise?. with 5 1/2 sea day you would think you would have Quality Activities.

 In the solarium people reserved the chairs by putting down towels before 8:am. Could not get a seat at all during sea days. Asked crew to help and refused saying it was on the honor stystem , note you have a sign posted that you can not reserve seats and after 30minutes of non use you can remove the towel.

 

1.  i was looking forward to going to the workshop to make jewelry . Used to buy 2  all the different set to bring home and do with my granddaughter. Went to first class and found out you turned the workshop into a photo studio. The class was held in the wine bar. Poor lighting not enough to tools and only one ugly set of big black ugly beads.

coloring class also in wine bar with terrible lighting ,about 25 pencils for the over 30 women and men who tried to attend also no pencil sharpener we each had to wait turns just to get one pencil!

 

2. windjammer food was cold and too few people clearing tables.  Lack of help trying to balance food and getting a table. Almost fell, yelled help and no staff arrived , my husband came running and caught me as I was going down.

3. Poor management of shore excursions. Lack of help and poor responce when help was needed.

 

4. Poor upper management when I requested my meal from the dinning room be brought up to me in stateroom. Could not put weight on my leg. Was propped up with ice on it in bed, I could either pay for room service(yes it now costs to get a sandwich delivered to your room.) or not eat. 

5.  Trying to disembark was a nightmare . I would say about 50 or more people requested assistance to get off the ship. Had to sign up two day  in advance before we docked. Told to get there at 7:15am. Never got a wheelchair unti 9:00am.  The man in charge said that we had not signed up even after showing our paper work. He took no names and everyone was just waiting around. Found out they only had 4 wheelchairs and 4pushers assigned to this area. Now they had a lead time of two days to get their act together I had high expectations for this cruise having been on the allure and oasis which had great service. This cruise falls at the bottom of our list. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Nice ship, great itinerary, horrible food!

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Great ship!  Lots of activities for family and parents alike.  Awesome for those who like a highly active lifestyle from iFly, rock climbing, or walking 10 laps around Deck 15 which is equivalent to 10,000 steps.  Entertainers work hard particularly days at sea, which made it all even more enjoyable.  6 consecutive port stops can be intense but most are small islands and easy to explore on your own or excursion.  Highly recommended beach is Raggae Beach (across from Carambola which is also awesome) in St Kitts.  For Fort de France, I suggest taking water taxi across to Pont de Bout where the beaches are pristine with fabulous French cafes and awesome bakery called Baguet Shop with great wifi, which are hard to find for most of the Caribbean.    Barbados - head to Holetown beach where you can take a local boat out to swim with turtles for $30 per person.  If you are into world class restaurants, when in San Juan, be sure to finish the evening off at Jose Enrique (7 min cab ride from Old San Juan) - and a drink at Marmalade just 4 minutes walk back to port.  Antigua - don't miss out Dark Wood Beach, it is crowded but it is huge with beautiful sand.

 

Food on the ship overall is highly disappointing considering the quality of the services provided - even for specialty restaurants.   Chops grill's steaks were always sinewy - borderline inedible.  Bad crab cakes that are filled with imitation crab meat.  Both My Time Dining are abysmal every single meal - though service is awesome and very attentive especially for older guests such as my mom who uses a walker.  Pastry program is bad across the board with the exception of breakfast pastries at Windjammer.  Izumi is abysmal in quality and variety for sushi and the a la carte pricing is rip off - unfortunately it's necessary for the dining plan to eat there.  Wonderland can be fun with enthusiastic staff, but the menu while interesting is really poorly executed.  Jamie's Italian can be great depending on what you order - decent lamb chops, good pastas, but strangely not popular.  Sad to say, most reliable dining option is Johnny Rockets burger, tho it is awkward having to pay additional for them.  The view at cafe 270 cafe is lovely.

 

Room attendants rock!  They are the friendliest and seem to be working the hardest on the ship!

 

Note: I am generally used to much smaller ships where both staff and guests are friendlier with more intimate environment.  This isn't such, but I notice if you like to imbibe, there are plenty of bars on the ship to hang and those crowds tend to be much friendlier!  Happy cruising!

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Relaxing

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I liked that the length of the cruise was rather quite relaxing for us.. we were able to enjoy those days at sea just relaxing and the 6 days in land was very good.. we were able to go sight seeing to see the beautiful parts of the island and know of it's history.. the beaches were beautiful.. the walk to the town was quite interesting... we particularly loved St. Kitts for it's historical sites and landmarks - we truly loved it.. we managed to get tour guides from the island itself along with other couples - it's more reasonable in price that way as oppose to the price you have to pay inside the ship..  the shows were ok - nothing I really cared for..  my timing was excellent esp. with the waiter 'Melonia' or something like that, she and her crew were very attentive to our tables - excellent job.. on the last day of the cruise there 'was a carnival' but most of the passengers were unable to enjoy it since it was blocked by some vendors selling watches, etc. in the center of the event..  other than that what the cruise had to offer was very good.. we've enjoyed it..   as far as the ship itself I noticed that it was quite clean and everyone was nice and friendly which includes all waiters, serves, etc..    Happy

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Had a very relaxing time!

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The cruise on Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas was very enjoyable.  Food and service was great.  Everyone always smiling and wishing you a good day and very helpful.  Two of our excursions through Cruises Only were cancelled because of lack of participants, but we were not notified until we found the departure point.  There was no one near the dock with a sign to make it easier to find our tours.  The bus in Martinique is inappropriate for the roads and turns and the inside is much too cramped.  It would be better to have three 20 passenger vans than one huge bus.  The excursion on Barbados was the best of the lot.

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4 out of 5

Amazing vacation!

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The Anthem of the Seas is a beautiful ship and the staterooms were great with tons of storage. The crew was amazing as they always are with Royal Caribbean and the excursions we participated in were fantastic! Especially the swim with dolphins excursion in philipsburg st martaan. The only negatives I have that keep me from giving this ship/trip 5 stars is the food at the specialty restaurant Wonderland was absolutely awful, their "new age" style of cooking and flavoring was horrid and almost made me sick. Great concept but horrible execution. As for the main dining hall food, we were also underwhelmed compared to previous cruises. The staff was great but the food has definitely slipped in quality. Lastly I would have to say because of the number of passengers the ship carries, finding a chair to lay out by any of the pools was an everyday challenge no matter what time you went out to find one. Too many people, not enough chairs.

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

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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.

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Book all activities and restaurants before boarding.

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