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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GREAT TRIP !! Beautiful Ports -- Ships policies need work.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Beautiful ship

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The Anthem of the Seas is a beautiful ship but not my favorite. The Liberty of the Sea seems bigger because the promenade is longer and more open for activities. It seems that the promenade is broken up into 2 sections and the half leading to the 2Seventy Theater is a waist of space. 

We weren't happy with our dining being at an inconvenient time causing us to miss entertainment, shows and games that ended and started during our dinner.

Crew were very nice, friendly and helpful.

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4 out of 5

First time cruiser and hopefully not my last!

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As this was my first cruise I don't have a lot of experience to compare this too but what I can tell you is Anthem of the Seas did an incredible job.

 

The service from the entertainment staff to the working staff was excellent.

The food served on board, no complaints from me!

 

The ship was full of families taking a vacation to couples looking for a get-away trip for the February break. Despite traveling with my partner I didn't notice any trouble from the younger crowds and always felt safe on board.

 

The ship itself was relatively new (I believe?) and as you would expect has plenty to see and do to keep you entertained regardless of your age. The highlights for me being We Will Rock you show and winding down at the end of an evening listening to the highly talented piano player/singer (forgot his name, sorry!)

 

The ship was always clean and I don't remember ever having an empty stomach!

 

The few downsides were the extra long queues for Guest Services. To be expected I suppose but it would have been nice if there were more people manning those desks or for someone to speak to the people in line to see if we needed to be there (I wasn't aware or was told that my on board credit would take up to 48 hours to appear on my account so I didn't even need to be in line in the first place!)

Also the tenders (the boats used to get onto the private island) were not well informed. It wasn't overly difficult in the end to find out where we needed to go but I wasn't the only confused passenger when the time came to depart. Some simple step-by-step instructions would have made that morning much easier.

 

Despite those minor niggles, getting on and off the ship was relatively quick and painless and overall both me and my partner had a great time on board. The weather was not great on any of the islands but there was little they could do about that!

 

My only advice, should you be reading this would be to read the FULL list of activities the islands have to offer and not just rely on what BJ's has to offer. I would also stay clear of visiting Disney in Florida. Although it might be the key focus (should you be traveling with children) I spoke to a lot of unhappy guests who tried to fit it in. The money they paid only covered the travel to the park and it takes an hour each way to get there so it proved both expensive and frustrating trying to fit as much as they could. By all means go if that's where you really want to but be prepared to spend a fair amount of money for what will likely much less time there than you would like.

 

The other minor disappointments were the observation crane the ship boasts about and the robotic bar. Neither quite lived up to the hype and I rarely saw anyone drink at that bar. Make sure you book ahead for shows and anything that requires booking in advance because they sell up quickly.

 

Overall it was good value for money and well worth venturing out. Would definitely do another cruise in the future but I will no doubt look for one to visit new places and take on board everything I learned from this first cruise but it will be quite hard to top this one.

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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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3 out of 5

Beautiful Ship

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I was impressed by the rooms and the service on board ship.

Found the food plenty but not gourmet, for the most part. Could only get really late dining, even thou we tried early in the reservation process. Couldn't get to the shows we wanted to see because we had a late dining time.

Would have liked more activities while sailing. Not much going on for older singles. 

Entertainment was lacking: mostly children's movies; shows inaccessible; and the shows we did see were rather lame.

Not enough children-free spaces. W

hen they were supposed to be children-free, it wasn't enforced.

Spa services were great! Shops were great but pricy. 

It was a good experience but for the money should have been great.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Anthem of the Seas February Vacation

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Easy dining experience and elevators were no problem even with over 4900 people of which 1600 were kids. Hard to get on North Star and sky diving you need to book early. Bumper cars a blast. Enough pools and hot tubs and the food was excellent. Getting on and off the ship a breeze. Entertainmant outstanding

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Beautiful ship, great staff.

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Terrific staff and the ship didn't seem crowded despite being at capacity with over 4000 passengers, 1200 of which were children as school was out for spring break. Not impossible to find seats by the pool, always a fresh supply of towels and very good specialty restaurants, but slow bar service and impossible to contact guest service via telephone. Overall great vacation on a beautiful ship staffed by a conscientious, courteous, attentive crew.

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5 out of 5

Great Time on the Anthem of the Seas

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My family and I had a great time on the cruise.  There were so many great activities for the kids to do on the ship. 

 

I would recommend timers on the ping pong tables and Xbox stations as the older kids tended to stay on for extended periods of time.  This required me or another adult to wait up to 30 minutes for a table and sometimes having to ask the people playing if we could have a turn.

I purchased the drink package which was great until the ship ran out of Bud Light at first and then Michelob Ultra. 

 

I would highly recommend this cruise to others.

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Anthem out of NY in February

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Went during winter break (February) and we were with a large group, so it was a fun time.  Ship quite modern in its design.  I personally like the older ships with a more warm atmosphere.  Ships like the Oasis line have captured both in a grand way, that ambience is lacking in the Anthem of the Seas.

Leaving from NY in Winter, we were at sea for several days.  The on-site pool was lacking in music, entertainment, special events.  There was literally no music; we had to provide our own.  RCCL has to take a good look at that aspect of their trips from NY.  No fanfare going under the Verrazano, which definitely calls for some!  Have cruised many, many times on RCCL, so I can compare experiences to the different ships/routes. Entertainment was not up to par for RCCL. This is one route that needs improvement.

But, overall RCCL always strives to provide the best experience (mainly Kudos to their staff who  definitely go above their 'pay scale' to make it a great trip.

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5 out of 5

Our best experience out of 4 cruise lines!

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My wife, my son and I have previously cruised on MSC, Carnival & Princess but our experience with Royal Caribbean, Anthem Of The Seas blew them out of the water! First, I was pleasantly surprised that we realized no waiting times to board or depart the ship even for the excursions. Second, the food/service was top notch and the buffet was the largest we've seen. It was easy to find a table too. The entertainment was top notch. The theater at the back of the boat amazed me as the floor to ceiling windows converted to a massive LCD TV screen used in conjunction with the shows. The also had 4 assembly like robots maneuvering Flat Screen TVs that projected visuals that too enhanced the shows. My son loved the bumper cars 'me too', loved the on-board surfing, skydiving and pools. The cost was similar to the other ships but offered much more. We'll be going back for sure!

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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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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

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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