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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Anthem of the Seas

11 Night Southern Caribbean (Cape Liberty Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 05, 2020

Ship: Anthem of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 3634

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We had a great time, the weather was good, food and drinks delicious. We always take the Beverage Package. We were sorry to have missed Antigua, but we’ve been there before. Love the whirlpools in the Solarium and all the specialty restaurants. We highly recommend Royal Caribbean, the more you cruise with them, the more perks you get.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We boarded the sip in Bayonne NJ which isn’t far from our home, and they make it very fast and easy. But it’s always best to arrive early!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We eat all of our dinners either at one of the several delicious specialty restaurants or at the Coastal Kitchen which is included if you’re a suite guest. Their food is wonderful and the staff is terrific! Chops Grill is a really nice steakhouse and the service is impeccable. Jamie’s Italian is also wonderful, and the food isn’t your run of the mill Italian food, it’s excellent. Wonderland is a must! The food is interesting and creative and tastes absolutely wonderful! Definitely worth every penny! We ate at our designated dining room a couple of times and it was very good. We always pass on the Windjammer buffet, it’s really not that good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We love the shows, they’re almost always terrific. The live sic in the bars are always top notch, they get great performers. The comedy shows are also very good, especially the late night ones not suitable for kids ;-) I love the whirlpools, very clean and so relaxing. The iFly experience was off the hook and such a blast! The pools are nice and very clean. I always love getting pampered with a massage and facial as well.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We love all the shows and try to see as many as we can. We Will Rock You was fabulous! The musicians are always good in the bars & pubs.

Children's Programs

No kids with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All of the staff was very friendly and helpful. Very professional as well.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We love this ship,it’s our third time on it. Very easy to get around and has a really good layout. Very clean for the most part.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was perfect for us, 2 sinks in the bathroom, a king bed, sitting area. Very nice. Our stateroom attendant was wonderful and our room was always clean.

Ship tip

Be sure to make Restaurant reservations in advance because they can get filled up, especially in the beginning of the cruise.

Ports of call

Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey

4 out of 5
No excursions but the boarding process was very easy.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Did not visit port

I decided to stay on the ship to relax. And PR had just had 2 earthquakes with dozens of aftershock.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
We got off the ship and had lunch at one of the hotels with the restaurant facing the beach. Very good food & wine. We walked around the port area, but the shops aren’t very nice and they all seem to have the same merchandise. If we ever go there again I’d schedule an excursion to a different part of the island.

St. John's, Antigua Did not visit port

They cancelled this port because of high winds and whitecaps. Too dangerous to pull into port as per the ships’ captain. It became a sea day and we made the best of it!!

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
We had booked a rum tasting excursion through our travel agent, CruisesOnly.com, prior to boarding the ship. It was very informative, fun and also delicious! They allow you to taste as many of their runs as you like, but we tasted about 8. It was called The Rhythm of Rum Distillery Tour. Excellent excursion, we highly recommend.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

2 out of 5
We did the St Kitts Railway Tour. We don’t recommend this excursion. If you sit inside the train car, it’s cold, and you can’t hear the tour operator discuss the sights and history of the island. But if you sit up top outside, you get a constant dose of diesel coming from the engine car up front. Not ideal. Plus, on the fist part of the trip, the sights aren’t very nice. Lots of abandoned cars, barrels, trash. But it’s beautiful once you get to the uninhabited “countryside” with beautiful ocean views and vegetation. The train is old and it’s not a very comfortable ride. We do not recommend.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
It was very quick and easy. We scheduled a Lyft car outside which arrived within 10 minutes.
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