Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

2 out of 5

Make sure you plan ahead!!

Sail Date: May 05, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

This was our 4th trip with Royal Caribbean and we were very disappointed with our trip!  Don't get me wrong, the ship itself is beautiful but there were way too many people!  The biggest ship we were on before Anthem of the Seas was Freedom of the Seas and I couldn't wait to sail on a newer and bigger ship.  Believe me when I say "bigger isn't always better".  I booked through BJ'S Wholesale Club and the only thing I was told to do was to go on-line to Royal Caribbean and set up our Set Sail Sea Passes before we left.  However, since we have sailed before, I knew that I could go to Royal Caribbean's web site and reserve shows before we left instead of waiting until we boarded the ship.  They had entertainment every night but there were only 3 shows that required reservations.  2 of the shows I was able to reserve and the 3rd one was already all booked up so we had to wait in a VERY LONG line to see it and the seats that were left were not very good.  On Freedom of the Seas you had your choice of eating in the dining room and men didn't have to wear a sports coat.  On Anthem of the Seas your dining experience is completely different.  If you plan on eating in the grand dining room men must wear sports coats.  We didn't know this and my husband didn't pack any sports coats so we couldn't eat in the grand dining room.  On this new ship they have 5 or 6 restaurants that you can eat at for free but we didn't know you had to have reservations for them until we boarded the ship.  When we tried to make dinner reservations on the first day everything was already booked up.  You could still eat at them but you had to wait in a long line and that usually meant you didn't get seated until 8:30 or later.  We were looking forward to sleeping in and eating breakfast whenever.  After the first 2 days we learned that if you wanted to eat at a table in the Wind Jammer you had to be there when they opened or you couldn't find a table to eat at.  So every morning we set our alarm clock for 6 a.m. So much for sleeping in!  Like I said before WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE!  If there is ever a next time for us I will make sure I book through AAA where they know about all the reservations and different dining preferences they can make ahead for you.

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
There weren't a lot of things to do unless you were into physical exercise every day.
Service and Staff
Our room attendant was very thorough. Most of the staff were not as friendly as the other ships we were on. I don't know if it was because it was a newer ship and they were still in training or what the problem was. Most of them didn't talk to us unless we spoke to them first.
Food and Dining
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
King's Wharf, Bermuda
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
We will wait until August or September to sail again because the water will be warmer. We went in May and the water was COLD.


Make sure you reserve everything you can before you board otherwise you probably won't be able to do what you want to do.

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