A splendid ship
This was our 14th cruise in 8 years and we have cruised on 7 different companies altogether. The Anthem of the Seas is the most beautiful ship we have ever sailed with. Elegant, spacious, beautifully laid out, it features two exceptional venues: the 270, called onboard a "livingroom" which is actually a theater with the ocean in the background and a vistarama screen which is nothing short of amazing, and the Solarium with 3 indoor pools and 4 jacuzzis which allowed us, for the first time ever to actually bathe while still not far from New York. Another amazing space is the Seaplex which can accomodate soccer, basket ball, bumper cars, roller skates, ping pong tables, billiard, fussball tables. This is for all ages. The Anthem of the Seas is the ship of the future: robots prepare your own cocktail at the Bionic Bar, you can download the Royal Caribben app on your device and lets you reserve a table, take a peek at the day's activities among other things, browse through the menus of the 17 restaurants in your cabin and so on and so forth. On the plus side, you also have 5 complimentary middle-size restaurants which means you can eat at a different table every night. A special mention to the Devinly Decadent, on the 14th floor with impeccable service, complimentary champagne on the last night and a diet-oriented menu. One more thing, in spite of the 4,850 passengers on board we never had the feeling of being surrounded by crowds. Not a small achievement, due to the way the ship is laid out.
On the minus side, the quality of the food is frankly average. We have not tried any of the specialty restaurants (up to 85$ per person which is a bit much) but in the complimentary venues, one should not be too fussy in terms of presentation and even service. Also, the shows int the evening, Spectra and the Gift are monumental productions which try to compete with shows on land except that you don't always understand what is happening on stage. Too confused and I might add, a bit pretentious. The headliner shows (musicians, jugglers, comedians) were more entertaining to our taste. These are minor reservations for an overall very satisfying cruising experience.
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