Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Anthem of the Seas out of Cape Liberty

Sail Date: April 08, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Anthem was nice, my wife and I agree that we like Oasis and Allure better, but Anthem was not disappointing.  The North Star and IFly Ripcord were both very cool.  The biggest drawback to Anthem is its lack of Promenade space compared to Allure and Oasis -- less room makes for more crowding at shopping opportunities or even just trying to get around those shoppers.  We also missed the "Central Park" deck found on Oasis and Allure.  Despite those items we had a great time -- we wanted to spend several days in New York before leaving and going out of Cape Liberty afforded that opportunity.  Having said that, be prepared for much rougher seas the first couple of days and last couple of days when you cruise from the northeast -- if  you are not from the area or interested in seeing New York we suggest leaving from Ft. Lauderdale to skip rough seas and boat rocking along with much colder weather topside during those 4 days at sea.   

Cabin / Stateroom
Our initial cabin, 7602 featured constant squeaking and groaning of the threshold to the balcony -- my wife couldn't sleep well because of it. We requested a cabin change and were moved to 13148 which was much quieter.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
The traffic getting to the Port was backed up for 30+ minutes -- leave earlier than you think you need to.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Philipsburg, St. Maarten


Be sure to reserve North Star and IFly Ripcord well in advance -- many cruisers did not and had to wait or missed the opportunity to try it. Same goes for reserving dinner at the restaurants (there is no "main dining" on Anthem) -- all of them were good, but you need reservations.

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