Definitely in the top 3 of the best cruises we ever had!!!

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 70

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Anthem of the Seas

7 Night British Isles (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 19, 2021

Ship: Anthem of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 12242

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Review summary

All in all it was a fantastic cruise! I was a bit worried if the ship would feel empty and weird so few guests, but - guess what - it was just the opposite. No lines, lots of space, less stressed staff,… absolutely amazing!!

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Very good organized with extremely friendly and helpful staff outside and inside the testing facility. Since we are no British citizens we had to do an additional Covid-19 test before boarding. All went very smooth until we entered the check-in building. All guests with the additional testing were separated and had to wait in a designated area for the results. We and other guests waited nearly 1.5 h because the very rude staff missed to inform us about the procedure. Not a pleasant start of the cruise.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was outstanding on this cruise. Some dishes were among the best we‘ve ever had. The gluten free food for our daughter was amazing too and she could order right from the menu. If necessary the kitchen adapted the dish to her needs.

Windjammer Marketplace

5 out of 5

First time ever we went to the buffet on a cruise. We were just curious to see what they offer for lunch and ended up with a great lunch and an interesting conversation with the head waiter. We always thought that it is not possible to get safe gluten free food on the buffet but it was absolutely possible and absolutely delicious. The head waiter offered everything from pizza to burgers to pasta - all suitable for celiacs and all prepared separately in a designated kitchen space. We ended up with a very good pizza and a whole bunch of desserts…

Wonderland

4 out of 5

This was our least favorite experience onboard. The waiter was not very nice and rushed us through the menu and the dinner. Food was subpar and in our opinion the food in the other venues is so good and so well presented that you don’t need the uncharged restaurants.

Coastal Kitchen

5 out of 5

Wonderful experience with a warm and welcoming staff. They went above and beyond for us. Since there were just a few guests in the Suite Class the atmosphere in the restaurant was calm and relaxed and we had the chance to talk to the waiters, head waiters and kitchen staff with no hurry. Very nice to get to know the people and their stories.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
So much to do and so much fun! We really enjoyed the Solarium, the Suite Lounge and especially the bumper cars.

Seaplex

5 out of 5

Bumper cars were awesome. Sadly you can only book them once via the app, but with only about 840 guests onboard the staff accepted walk-ins.

Casino Royale

5 out of 5

We attended the „Learn how to play“ and it was so much fun.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Wow - we were completely amazed by the shows. The performers and the performances were outstanding and we enjoyed every bit of it.

Two70

5 out of 5

Truly a one of a kind venue and “Spectra’s Cabaret” was amazing. A really different kind of show and unlike everything else we have experienced on a cruise ship so far.

The Royal Theater

5 out of 5

„We will rock you“ is not to miss! We had seen the show on Broadway and it was not at all different. The whole cast was really good

Solarium

5 out of 5

So beautiful and very well designed. We loved being in the Solarium.

Music Hall

5 out of 5

Very good performances and nice trivia. We enjoyed grabbing a drink, listen so some awesome live music and do a bit of people watching.

Concierge Club

5 out of 5

Very quiet and relaxing with really good drinks. Our concierge was very helpful and friendly. In my opinion the combination of the Concierge Lounge with Coastal Kitchen (like on the Allure) is nicer than two separated venues. The Lounge is a bit hidden on deck 12.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
From the beginning to the end of our cruise everyone went above and beyond. We really enjoyed that our room steward and the waiters had a little more time and we were able to have some really nice conversations.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was super clean and very well-maintained. I personally like the layout of the Oasis class ships a bit more, but still absolutely nothing to complain

Ship tip

Try out the buffet

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very smooth, very quick. Off the ship in no time. One of our suitcases got lost in the baggage area (other guest accidentally took it home) but was found in the afternoon. Lucky us we spent two more nights in Southampton.
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