Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Relaxing getaway!

Sail Date: June 16, 2016

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We had a very nice time on-board the sip.  I do prefer the larger ships like the Oasis.  This ship was very good though.  I felt there were too many restaurants and that broke up the ship too much because they were all over.  We only used the complimentary restaurants as I feel I've paid enough to be there, all the food should be included. I might have thought about the extra charge restaurants but felt they were over priced and the quality food we had in the Grande, Silk, Chic and American Icon grille was very good. The Grande and Silk were our favorites. Made all our reservations before we sailed.

We did have the soda beverage package and that worked well for us.  Yes the machines were down for maintenance periodically and I heard several people complain, but I don't think they knew how to work the machines or were just miserable people anyway.  We went to a bar for a soda refill when the machines were being recalibrated.  Not a big deal.  

The shops onboard were definitely designed for people of a much higher income than ours. There were specialty shops for Tom Ford, Bvlgary, Cartier and Hublot which are way out of my league.  I wish there was more shopping for the average person.  Many of the deals in the center area seemed overpriced for cheap products.

We did go to the shows.  Very nice productions.  Spectra and We Will Rock You were very entertaining as was Draw the Line Aerosmith band, comedian Phil Tag and Greg London. We went to see The Gift but I didn't care for it. My biggest disappointment was when Royal Caribbean e-mailed me 3 days prior to set sail to inform me they changed the dates the shows would be held on.  That messed up some of my dinner reservations and we couldn't dine at the Grande one last time. We also enjoyed the shows the crew had like Name that Tune.

We went on Rip Cord and North Star.  Made reservations before we sailed.  They were fun. I didn't see any rock climbing cause it was way too windy. 

When we were at sea, we spent most of our pool time in the Solarium.  Quiet area with no kids screaming.  The hot tubs were too hot for me and that's OK.  The pools are more my taste.

We did the Hamilton shopping and sightseeing excursion.  I was very disappointed with this $65. each, water taxi ride from the ship to the shopping area of Hamilton.  There was no sight seeing tour, very little was pointed out in our water taxi ride over or back.  We got into Hamilton about 45 minutes before the stores opened and so our group walked around in the rain. We took another excursion in San Juan to see the Old Forts of San Juan. We had an excellent tour guide who knew all the details and was very informative.  

Getting on and off the ship was easy when we were in ports.  Checking in at Bayonne was the easiest fastest boarding I've ever had. Then getting off was equally a snap. We took an 8:30 departure time, they escorted us to the gangway, we found our luggage, went through customs and we were in the bus area in less than 15 minutes.  5 stars to the staff in Bayonne.  Overall it was a great vacation.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom attendant Cathylee Delfin was excellent. She always had a big smile and a cheery attitude. I asked her to check on a slow shower drain and it was fixed in a few hours.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
This was by far the easiest cruise to get on and off the ship.
Ship Quality
I felt the ship was too chopped up mostly because of all the extra charge restaurants all over. Wasn't crazy about the silver tuba art. That whole area seemed like wasted space. The ship was very clean and I appreciate the and washing stations.
Destinations and Excursions
I am truly disappointed with the Hamilton Shopping and Sightseeing tour. Just take a water taxi into Hamilton or a tour that involves a minibus to do sightseeing.
Onboard Activities
Lots to do and not enough time to do it all. Pace yourself.
Entertainment
We enjoyed the shows, the professional ones and the crew shows as well.
Service and Staff
Most of the staff we encountered were quite friendly and mostly smiling. I've been on other RC cruises were the staff is bubbly and energetic.
Food and Dining
The Grande and Silk were our favorites. It would be nice if the Windjammer could upscale a bit. We did eat breakfast there every morning and sat way in the back in the outside deck area. Very nice.
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
King's Wharf, Bermuda
King's Wharf has very nice shopping right where the ship docks. Take a mini bus tour to see the island
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The beach and shopping is easy to get to by water taxi.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Just relax. It's just a beach day.

Tip

Plan you trip before you sail. Make those dinner, show, excursion, and activity i.e. Rip Cord and NorthStar reservations well in advance. I believe Royal Caribbean lets you start 60 days before you set sail. Beat the crowd and get the times you want. You can always change them when you need to.



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