Anthem was ok, but I won't return

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Bermuda

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review

Sail Date: May 28, 2016
Ship: Anthem of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 13180
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

PROS: new ship, high tech, you can buy a wristband instead of having carry your sea pass around, dedicated app for use on board, fast wifi package, pretty decor, fast embarkation, iFly ripcord was awesome, docked in beautiful Bermuda for almost 2 days, upgraded Windjammer buffet was good, Izumi sushi restaurant was good, The Grande restaurant was good; the character breakfast was good; hand washing stations when you walk in the buffet, sanitizer at the specialty restaurants 


CONS: slow/disorganized debarkation; OBVIOUS RACKET with NJ taxis from the port to the airport- they charged $20 PER PERSON & claimed the cruise line approved the rate & you have NO OTHER taxi options available at the port (que Sopranos theme music) we paid only $7 pp for a taxi from the airport to the port 😡; the cruise line didn't explain fully that you have to set reservations online for practically everything well before your trip starts- dinners, shows, certain activities, or you'll be relegated to the buffet or sandwiches & pizza for dinner- many people were upset & confused about this on the ship; obvious lack of wait staff at the pools, had to wait in lines at the bars

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Make reservations online early after booking

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots to do onboard, set reservations early after booking for iFly Ripcord

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Lots of activities available

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Need more dedicated servers at the pools

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nice size, great balcony, flat screen tv- a free movie channel would have been great
1 out of 5
I will NEVER take a cruise out of this port again.
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