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Anthem of the Seas

March 2016 - Anthem of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

Enjoyable Cruise

Pros:  beautiful ship, fun activities, friendly and efficient staff (mostly), excellent spa services.  Some food is very good or excellent.  Bingo was fun.  Shore excursion to Disney was fun, but don't know why it is not longer, as the ship was in port for 4 hours after we returned.  We Will Rock you was excellent, as were the comedians.  Casino was fun and slots paid out.  The Music Hall was great - excellent bands.

 

Cons:  Port Liberty in Bayonne - a real pain to board.  Many high tech features did not work (bionic bar, Two70, cruise calendar on app, etc.  Actual dining time once onboard were different than those informed at time of booking (5:30 p.m., not 6) leading to conflicts with spa appointments and show schedules.  Making appointments for dinner and shows was a hassle.  The solarium pool was cold, and the hot tubs were warm.  Ship store selling RCCL merchandise has a very poor selection.  Some of the shows (Spectras Cabaret, The Gift) are very strange.  Shore excursion in Coco Cay was cancelled without notice or alternatives being offered.  The constantly hassling of people to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer (before boarding the North Star - really?) is annoying.  The spa rescheduled/changed appointment times without consulting us and seemed to have many technical problems - like appointments booked online (and prepaid) were not available onboard.

 

The main problem with this cruise is that it is round trip from New Jersey, which means that the first two and last two days of your winter/spring cruise will be cold, leaving the indoor pool and solarium mobbed.  And the back up to get into the port is a real hassle.  Forget about your recommended boarding time; go EARLY so you don't miss the boat.

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