Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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2 out of 5

A Big Ship That Always Felt Small

Sail Date: February 13, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

I think this mostly comes down to design and layout of the ship, but somehow, in spite of the size, this ship always felt small and crowded. The Windjammer was a terrible experience (tables were never available, the staff was overworked and unable to keep up with the crowd, an obsession with made-to-order stations created lots of lines and congestion in the buffet). The complimentary dining rooms all felt small and cramped (nothing like the grand dining room of other RC ships). The Royal Esplanade felt small and poorly laid out, and the shopping staff intentionally made it worse with one-hour sales all week long. The Two70 theater, while a cool concept as the ship's "Living Room" (cruise director's words, not mine), was not big enough for and should never have hosted a show like Spectra's Cabaret. Activities like North Star, sky-diving simulator, bumper cars, etc seem like cool ideas but simply can't entertain enough guests to be worth the deck space they consume. And the ship becomes a nearly unnavigable maze at the beginning and end of the cruise when doors and walkways are randomly closed and locked with poor or no signage because of the cold weather.

 

Simply put, this ship did not give the RC experience I expected after previously sailing on Freedom of the Seas

Cabin / Stateroom
Barrier between our deck and the next was broken and never fixed.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Bayonne is a terrible port with no clue how to manage this many people embarking. We sat in our taxi for 20min before giving up and walking the last quarter mile to the ship
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Most of the entertainment options (Northstar, sky diving, Two70 and particularly the robot TVs, robot bartenders, outdoor movie screen, etc) are gimmicky rather than truly entertaining.
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Staff was always friendly, considerate, helpful, and hard-working. It think the ship design and it's management simply put them in a no-win situation.
Food and Dining
Windjammer was a huge disappointment
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
Walk when you hit the traffic, or sail from a different port
Port Canaveral, Florida
Got to visit NASA and see the Saturn V and Space Shuttles housed there
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Don't really need a visit to a private beach with only two other ports of call
Nassau, Bahamas

Tip

Steer clear of this class of ship



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