Was Not Impressed.
Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Cruise to Nowhere
Sail Date: March 04, 2016
Ship: Anthem of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago
My wife and I wanted to check out Anthem of the Seas on a short cruise to see what it was like and this seemed like a good opportunity. We were considering going on Anthem later in the year with the kids, but wanted to see what it was like first before we brought them along.
The first thing you need to know about the new, bigger RCCL ships is that they do everything different. Reservations for everything. I guess they have to when there are so many guests onboard. Maybe if this was the first way I ever cruised I would be okay with it, but it wasn't how I always cruised. So, if you do not make all your dining and entertainment reservations early... well, you are out of luck.
The ship was woefully understaffed.... especially at the bars. Service in the restaurants was okay; not great. While the Bionic Bar is interesting... that interest fades pretty quick. It takes most people forever to decide on a drink and then it gets put in a queue to be made. Hopefully the cup doesn't fall over and the drink gets poured into the cup. Honestly, the Bionic Bar had a lot of interest the first day and after that... there was hardly anyone there. It is very gimmicky.
For a big ship, it was a very rough cruise. I've been on a lot of small boats and big ships and this ship had a lot of motion. I think that, because it was the cruise to nowhere, the ship went very slow. That probably accentuated the slightly rough trip.
We have definitely been on better cruises than our Anthem of the Seas cruise. That is disappointing to us because we have loved cruising on RCCL in the past. The next time we cruise RCCL, we will go back to the Freedom class ships.
Food and Dining
One bit of advice... make all your dining reservations before you get on the ship. The new ships have smaller themed dining rooms so you have more varied dining options.
We were told the line for the bumper cars was crazy so we did not bother. The people we spoke with who got a chance to go on Rip Cord said it was cool, but you literally get one minute to do it and then you are done.
My wife used one of the hot tubs on board and she said it was more warm than hot.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Book all of your entertainment and dining as early as possible or you will be disappointed with your options.