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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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8 Night Voyage Across The Pond (Southampton To Cape Liberty)
Sail Date: October 27, 2015
Ship: Anthem of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7268
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We have been on Royal Caribbean many times but this Anthem of the Seas ship was a bad experience.

They had so many people piled into the ship that it was very hard for example it was hard to find a table in the Windjammer Buffet Restaurant at any time. Very few wait staff are there to clear away the dirty dishes.Sad Also the loungers on the indoor decks by the pool all had blue towels on them for the whole day (being saved) SO we never managed to get one. Long lines for restaurants, mediocre food, but the staff were always smiley and pleasant and the ship clean and really beautifully built. The Schooner Bar is half the size of Schooner bars on other RC ships so when you go for Trivia you cannot get a seat, even if you go 30 minutes early -- also there are very few wait staff in the bars. Our balcony cabin was lovely and we spent most of the time in it rather than battle huge crowds in all the public rooms and public areas. The arrival in Bayonne NJ was a complete disaster.Sad

None of the few number of staff in Customs and Immigration had any idea what was going on. There were  NO taxis at the dock, only shuttles etc. RC should get its act together for this ship. We will NOT be using Royal Caribbean again.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
too crowded


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Eunice in Cabin 7268 was excellent

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
spotlessly clean and shining... expensively fitted out.. mall in the middle of the ship is packed like Manhattan with traffic jams in it.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent design - and lovely furnishings - this "saved" the cruise for us as we could not stand the massive crowds in all the public areas and rooms

Ship Tip

Library is ridiculously small... Internet is very costly. $25 a day.... or package for 8 days was $100 with sometimes patchy connection. Less people, more staff and more seating in the Windjammer and in the Schooner Bar.

3 out of 5
easy access to Manhattan, but the cruise terminal is hopelessly inadequate for a ship the size of Anthem of the seas!
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