BandTJ

BandTJ
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Anthem of the Seas

August 2017 - Anthem of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

An entirely New Cruise Experience

Cruising was always my wife's thing and I was pretty well cruised out until this one. Anthem is worth a try, but read up before or you will be totally confused, and worse, you will miss all the best activities.

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Celebrity Reflection

April 2014 - Celebrity Reflection to Caribbean - Eastern

Needs a little fine tuning

A beautiful new ship, a great itinerary, great food and wonderful beds, the cabin staff treated us like old friends, even those not responsible for us, but a few lttle things that need fixing get in the way.  The on board scheduling was a mess.  All major activites were bunched together between 11am & 2pm, often overlapping, Lunch was served at the same time, so that when you did get a break, all that was available were cheese wedges and pasta, and unless you love cheesecake & gellato there were no desserts at all, ever.  An important note:this ship is part of a class of ships that new fuel efficency technoligies are being tested on (good), but some of these changes have also effected the stability of the ship (for the better or worse dependinging on your feelings about constant motion).  The ship rolls gently to moderatly, even in calm seas,and actually pithes up and down in rolling waves, something we have never experienced before even after having sailed in gale force winds & major storms.  We have been on ships that you would never know were at sea if you didn't look out a window, this is not one of them.  

On a brighter note, however, it had the best kids program we have ever seen!  Extended hours were available and the staff was amazing.  Our 9 year old got to tour the bridge & backstage at the theatre!  She never wanted to leave the Kid Factory, so we were able to  enjoy the ship together as a couple.  Fix the scheduling & dessert problems and the cruise would have been 5 stars.  

Our agent, Kimberly, was fantastic, went above & beyond to get us everything and had a much, much better selection of cabins to chhose from then Celebrity itself was offering!   is the only way to go.

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BandTJ's Tips

Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island) - Vastly improved. You can actually get something eat and drink there now (although the food shuts down early so eat early). The Ocean beach is coral covered in sand, so be VERY careful. The lagoon beach is much better. The pay activities are all overpriced so skip them and the vendors, while now licensed, so better behaved, are still a pain. There crafts are great, if you can ignore there pleas and always cut the first offer price by at least half. Walk away and they will do it for you.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Fun & beautiful. Take the FREE shuttle to tour the town, then get off at the Castillo fort (a must). At the highest point in Old San Juan, it is an easy stroll downhill thru the picturesque streets past all the sights, back to the ship. As long as you are going down hilll, it doesn't matter which way you go, you will end up at the port.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Our favorite. There are some great excursions, but if you want the beach, grab a van to Orient Beach ($7. each way per person). A fantastic beach with friendly & beautiful fish, the best restaurants in the world (you are in France after all), and a gorgeous island protecting the beach form the full effects of the Atlantic ocean.
King's Wharf, Bermuda - Easy to get around on your own (no excursions necessary). But a pass at the info center and hop on the ferry to Hamilton, a #7 bus to the beaches and then back to the port. A great day at little cost!
Anthem of the Seas Anthem of the Seas - Book all the special activities on line as soon as possible (the 3 big production shows), and arrive early & book on board the activities that cannot be prebooked (iFly, North Star, Puzzle Break Escape Room), or else you won't get to see them! The ship is very different (and better) than other classes of Royal Caribbean ships, so read up on the ship and activities before the trip so you are prepared. Cruise Critic is invaluable.
Celebrity Reflection Celebrity Reflection - If you are prone to motion sickness, pick a different (class) ship or come prepared!

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