Anthem of the Seas

3.6 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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Excellent service 5 star

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
4 out of 5

Very big and busy

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We went during winter break.  A lot of kids and college kids.  We had about 4000 people on board.  A lot of activities on the boat.  Climbing wall, skating, bumper cars,  Riptide.  Indoor Skydiving.  There is something for everyone to do.  All kinds of music offered in different locations through out the boat. 

 

The negative the food isn't very good, but honestly we cruise a lot and we always choose the best deal, all the cruise lines, food is lacking.  Out of all the complimentary restaurants, our favorite was the Solarium Bistro, mediterean food offered.  I love the sinks where you can clean your hands before going into the Windjammer.  That Purcell that they do offer as an alternative, dries out my hands.

 

Not a fan of the décor of the ship, but it was very clean. They have a great internet package that is so much better and less expensive than other cruise lines. 

 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Excellent service 5 star

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

Sailed from Jan 2 to Jan 14 -12 day , loved the ship and the service , our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent. (Buffet windjammer great buffett) Love being served -tired of freestyle . RCCL allow you to go to guest services, cancel your 13.50 off you bill each day per person,and you can tip cash to your waiter assistant and steward, and most staff aboard rather have it that way. Thats why Ill never cruise on Noreweigen again. Everything was top notch  and postive ,the only draw backs were landing in Martinque on Sunday -everthing is just about closed -except Church -The drink packages are around $800 per person including there %18 gratuity they charge you , On the other hand if you buy a Pina Colada its around $13 a beer is $8, etc, The robot bar is a unique novelty , but still prefer the real talking human bartender with large melons, looking at a hunk of twirlling Terminator  steel does not do it for me. All the toys are great -bumper cars flow rider -sky -rock climbing etc

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Amazing vacation!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

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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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Bad

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The prices for soda, water, alcoholic beverages was totally overpriced.  I did not like the idea of an automatic $27.00 per day for tips, in addition to the "service charge" for drinks, etc.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not worth the money

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The boat was so overcrowded nothing could be enjoyed. It was impossible to get near the pools. The chairs were sat so closely together it was a challenge just to sit down. The soda package comes with a cup that must be used to get the drink, however there are few machines that you have to go a good distance to get to and they were often not working. The machine told me on several occasions I had to wait over 50 minutes for a refill, otherwise it would force me to wait ten. Because of the weather I was unable to do any of the "extras" on the boat such as the north star, the sky diving simulator, and rock climbing. The boat was so crowded I was unable to reschedule. Getting a drink at any of the bars could take upwards of a half hour. The food was so/so. Any time we went to one of the sit down places they pushed food that cost extra. When going out for an excursion I was given a hard time about asking for 2 bottles of water. The internet which I paid extra for was difficult. It would constantly disconnect and would have issues logging on. The staff was friendly, however often gave incorrect and inconsistent information. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

4th largest cruise ship with modern look. Great time and entertainment.

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

The overall trip was great and the service was quite good. There were lots of activities and the youth program is wonderful. Remember to reserve your time for top activities such as north star, ripcord, and escape from future as these are gone really fast. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Amazing ship and cool cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Good stuff- The ship is really beautiful, high tech and has lots to do. The two70 auditorium is remarkable. Also, the rip cord (sky diving wind tunnel) is super exciting). The Flow-rider, bumper cars and roller skating are also fun.

 

The Bad- We had lots of kids on our holiday cruise. Not good. Also, the staff seem really burned-out and were not really that friendly. To me this is unusual as most of the cruise ship staff are trained well to be chipper and engaging.

 

Must do's- Pay the extra $ and do the behind the scenes tour. Well worth it. Also, attend some of the virtual concerts in two70. Amazing!

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Overrall Service

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

For the amount of money we have spend for our family vacation, was very disappointed in the crew member service.  Not a friendly crew at all.  Terrible service in the photo dept...  The ship was not at all worth the amount of money we spend.  

 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Pre-Christmas 2016

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

My favorite part of this cruise was the large solarium area for adults.  I loved the layout of the adult area.  It was enclosed with a tropical feel.  The 3 tier level pools were filled with warm water that cascaded down like a waterfall.  I did not care for the quality of food on this cruise.  The selection was large, but compared to other cruises, the taste was not at the higher standards that I have experienced on other ships.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Our winter getaway vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was our first time on the Anthem of the Seas. I was expecting it to be bigger on the interior. I'm used to the Explorer of the Seas which has at least a three level center aisle promenade. Anthem had a two level side esplanade which gave it the smaller feel.   

The service was excellent as usual, food was outstanding and entertainment was a little of both outstanding and good. Loved the comedians but not so much the shows.

Over all had an Outstanding time and would recommend it to family and friends. 

Can't wait until next year for our next cruise on Royal Caribbean.

Love

 

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

othellocast
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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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