May 2016 - Anthem of the Seas to Bermuda
The anthem of the seas is a state of the art cruise ship with a lot of technology put into it. I haven't cruised in the last 7 years so this cruise was pretty different from my experience on the navigator of the seas. For a ship of this magnitude it did seem pretty small. I attribute that to the small public areas and venues. The ship itself was magnificent and incredibly clean and maintained. The new activities on board like the iFly, flow rider, North Star and seaplex were all extremely fun and easily accessible.
I was was able to dine in almost every restaurant while I was on the cruise. I will only rate the quality of the food because the service day in and day out was great and the staff was extremely accommodating for a party of 10 with 2 young children. I warn u that I'm a bit of a food snob so I'm going to be harsh on some of my ratings. American icon girl had a classic American menu which served decent food, but nothing out of this world. Food was a meager 2.5/5. Silk had an Asian flare to the menu and their food was also decent but nothing memorable. This also deserved a 2.5/5 for their food. The grande is the restaurant in which you book for formal nights and their food was the best out of all the complimentary dinner restaurants. And while this was the best of the complimentary restaurants I would rate it as a 3.5/5. Chic is a modern/middle eastern flare to their cuisine and this restaurant was also average but better than American icon grill and Silk. They deserve a 3/5. The windjammer had decent food with plenty of options and if you enjoy buffet style you would enjoy the windjammer, because there is something for everybody there. We did dine at some of the specialty restaurants. Chops grille was one that we tried and the dinner was excellent. Steak was cooked to perfection and the appetizers and desserts were on point. This restaurant deserved a 4/5. The last restaurant that we dined in was wonderland. If you enjoy ecclectic food and cooking outside of the box then this restaurant is for you. They really put on an extreme tasting menu that highlights the creativity from the Cher that whipped up this menu. Dining there was definitely an experience that I will remember for all the distinctive and playful dishes that we tried. The food was incredible from the 6 appetizer family style tasting, to the 4 different entrees and the 3 different desserts everybody was able to try. This dinner literally took 3 hours to complete and we were stuffed to the max. This restaurant holds a candle to some of the marquee restaurants in NY. I would go back on this ship just to go back to wonderland and have that same experience. It was phenomenal. 5/5.
This cruise was fantastic but my only Thing that I can take away from this cruise is how noticeable the difference is between the specialty restaurants and the complimentary restaurants that you dine in.