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Anthem of the Seas is the sister ship of Quantum of the Seas, the biggest launch of 2014. With Anthem, which debuted in 2015, Royal Caribbean took the best features of Quantum while adding a few new ones as well. The ship sails to the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Canada/New England.

Technology is what makes Anthem special; the broadband access is 10 times faster than what every other line has, and reasonable in price. There's also no more fumbling around for your ID card when you need to enter your cabin or charge an item. The new passenger wristbands have replaced the old cards, and make locking yourself out of your cabin a much more difficult feat. The ship also uses technology to improve embarkation, allowing you to check in at home, upload a photo so you don’t have to commemorate your just-off-a-plane dishevelment, and sail through customs. Ideally, you can go from the terminal to your cabin in 10 minutes. Once onboard, use the line’s app to track your suitcase.

Entertainment

Anthem of the Seas is perfect for fun-seeking adults and families. It has more activities than you could ever do in a week, including a surfing simulator, rock climbing wall, North Star (a robotic arm that takes passengers on a 15-minute ride into the sky), and the popular skydiving simulator. The sports complex also houses bumper cars and arcade games.

Dining

In addition to the traditional dining room and lido buffet, some complimentary restaurants aboard Anthem of the Seas include The Dog House serving up several styles of hot dogs, Sorrento’s Pizza, The Cafe at Two70, and pastries and other bites at Cafe Promenade. Specialty venues include Jamie’s Italian, a modern, yet rustic Italian restaurant in partnership with Chef Jamie Oliver; Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Chops Grille, and the first American gastropub at sea, Michael’s Genuine Pub. The star of the specialty show, though, is without a doubt Wonderland. Venture down the rabbit hole into a venue where food is so unusual and beautiful, you may pinch yourself to see if you’re dreaming.

Staterooms

Quantum-class ships have a lot of cabin categories. Here, you’ll find a whopping 34. Some inside cabins have “virtual balconies” with 80-inch LED screens that project the view from the deck. The ship also has a few studio cabins for single travelers, and more interconnected staterooms for families and large groups.

For those who want to splurge, the suites include everything from practical family-friendly junior suites — with a modular design that gives kids and parents, or traveling friends, separate areas — to impressive, two-story, loft-style designs that feel like penthouse apartments and come with their own outdoor dining space. Suite guests also have a private seafood restaurant, Coastal Kitchen.

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Sails from:

Southampton (London), England , Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey

Cruises to:

Caribbean - Bahamas , Caribbean - Eastern , Caribbean - Southern

Cruises on Anthem of the Seas

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4.5 out of 5

Book, go, experience, love it, rinse, repeat! by Techdamsel

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Overall, we loved it! We booked last minute and have cruised before & loved everything! We were surprised at the number of elderly (80+) on this cruise as our last Royal Caribbean cruise was very balanced across age groups. We certainly don’t mind but did feel a little out of place at times as diverse age groups allow us to connect with others with similar interests over the 11 days. We realized this cruise that the time of year/month does factor into that. We love cruising in December and will book later in the month, over New Years (when working folks tend to vacation) next time.

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5 out of 5

IT WAS WARM AND WONDERFUL! by jerryjohanson

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A WONDER CRUISE ON A MAGNIFICENT SHIP. I WOULD TAKE THE SAME CRUISE AGAIN.

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4.9 out of 5

Great Caribbean Cruise by we3rs

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Overall it was an excellent cruise. There was a problem with our dining arrangements which was eventually taken care of to our satisfaction.

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4.1 out of 5

11 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Anthem of the seas by MADDC

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Great itinerary! For repeat cruisers on the Anthem, entertainment is mostly the same, We Will Rock You, The Gift and Spectra.

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3.5 out of 5

Okay trip by smansueto2006

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Overall it was an okay experience. We have young kids. There was a serious lacking in kids shows and activities. The ship is designed for adults with skydiving simulator and bumper cars. With Skydiving, if you don't book early, you will not get a spot. With Bumper cars, you better get there early or be prepared to wait at least an hour. Instead of bumper cars and skydiving, they should really think of implementing something that more practical that requires less wait. Something a family can utilize on a whim. Not much for young kids. Even the arcade, had minimal appropriate games. There weren't even any shows geared towards kids. Overall, the food was not good. Not in the main dining room, not in the buffet, and not even in the specialty restaurants. The food in the main dining room can be compared to cafeteria food. Certainly not worth the wait. The restaurants have nice tables, and the servers do their best. There is a lack of grandeur that you get on other ships with grand dining rooms. This ship was designed to use dynamic dining. And then they dropped the dynamic part. So now all dining rooms have the same menu. One night I got the Filet (for an additional $16.95) and even though it was cooked well, they forgot the sauce and gave me some sad sides. Went to Chops one night and the food was certainly better, but they forgot one appetizer and the service was not great. They also recently raised the price of Chops to $49 per person. And because the holiday cruise was so busy, there was not much discounting. On another cruise, we got a 3 meal package for $75, which brings the cost per meal to$25. So at $25 per person, it is totally worth it. But once you are over $40 per person, I am not sure it is worth the price. The Buffet was hit or miss. But certainly more of a miss. The food seemed to be the same most nights. They had pork on the carving station probably half the time. There were days when I would find a great item but most everything else was just okay. Notwithstanding, the buffet was still a far better choice than the main dining room. Jonny Rockets: The burgers were good but they were expensive considering. A burger (single and not a double) was $4.95. That is not far from the cost on land. And the burger seemed small. The server also seemed inexperienced. I waited behind one woman for at least 10 minutes, and the staff could not seem to figure out how to enter her order on the register. Not the biggest deal but in the end, I would not recommend going to Jonny Rockets on this ship. Daycare: The daycare was okay. But ultimately the workers will call you to pick up your child if they don't adapt quickly. My son was shy and did not want to participate so they called us regularly. Ultimately, they have a lot of kids to watch over so they just don't have the capacity. Finally we left from NJ in November so we lost a day to the cold in the beginning and another day to the cold at the end. We also ran into some bad weather the second to last day. This cant be avoided sometimes, but they ended up canceling a bunch of activities we were looking forward to, and yet they didn't replace them with anything. So the day was left without much to do. In the end, we have found the Oasis class ships better in every respect. Going forward, we may just stick to that class.

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pichetong
Jan 30, 2017

Download the app Royal IQ which is free on the boat. You can track all activities and bookings for dining or shows, which all need to be booked in advance. You can even receive incoming texts without having to pay for Wifi - just can't reply.

jlwordell
Mar 01, 2017

Book reservations for dinner prior to cruising and any other entertainment available. Booze pkg a waste. The drinks are expensive and the waiters dont take an order correctly but unless you have 6 or more drinks a day the pkg isnt worth it.

MADDC
Jun 17, 2016

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

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