Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Third Mate

7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

It is No More than an Oversized Cattle Truck/too much cost cutting

Sail Date: October 27, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
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
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Disembarkation was a complete disaster. staff forming the lines at Immigration had no idea what was going on.(nor did the staff forming lines in Southampton getting onto the ship)
Ship Quality
spotlessly clean and shining... expensively fitted out.. mall in the middle of the ship is packed like Manhattan with traffic jams in it.
Onboard Activities
too crowded
Service and Staff
Eunice in Cabin 7268 was excellent
Food and Dining
Southampton (London), England
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
easy access to Manhattan, but the cruise terminal is hopelessly inadequate for a ship the size of Anthem of the seas!


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.

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