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We arrived at 1:30 for embarkation to encounter absolute chaos--apparently the sky bridge was out, but there was an absence of communication, exacerbating the frustration. Then when alternative methods for embarkation occurred, there were no lines, just a lot of shoving and pushing--very dangerous. By then our cabin was ready, so we dropped off hand luggage and explored the ship and had some lunch. Cabins are relatively small, but well designed, especially the bathroom and storage was ample. The ship itself was beautiful, with wonderful art work. Compared to the Oasis and Allure, it seemed more crowded--primarily because of the design. Food and service varied considerably. We ate several times in specialty restaurants, and really enjoyed Wonderland--unique presentations and food--highly recommended. We ate twice at Jamie Oliver's--the first night we had great service and felt the food was good, but not great. The second time the experience was marked by poor service and uneven food--the calamari was perhaps the toughest we ever had. Chops was solid, although the tuna was fishy and our favorite dessert, the red velvet cake, was changed and not as good as past times. Michael's Pub was good for lunch. Of the regular restaurants, we enjoyed Chic the most--both for the food and service. We also enjoyed the Solarium Bistro. By far the worst food was at Silk--just terrible. Windjammer was fine but crowded. Loved the Diamond Lounge--good location, great manager Andrew, and a lot of very friendly staff and fellow cruisers. We also experienced problems with wine. One night I ordered a quite expensive bottle of Pinot Noir. Our waiter broke the cork, but managed to open it. I drank perhaps one-third, but the following evening, they were unable to find the bottle, treated me to a free glass of a lesser quality wine, and eventually found the bottle at the end of the meal. By the third night, the wine had gone bad as it was not recorked properly. They did buy us a new bottle. Entertainment varied. We Will Rock You was quite good. Graham at the Schooner was fun and entertaining as was the band. Compared to Celebrity, there was less entertainment overall. The comediennes with the exception of the adult comic, were really terrible. The ports were wonderful, especially Lisbon, Cadiz and Cartegena. We had already been to Rome, Florence and Marseille several times before, so we did tours on our own and one thru the ship, the later a cooking class, which had minimal cooking but mostly eating and drinking wine--very enjoyable. Disembarkation was a snap--no problem. Overall, we loved the ports, found the entertainment lacking for the most part, found the service generally good, found the food variable. This was our 36th family cruise, our 10th on RCCL ships. We preferred the Allure and Oasis; despite both having more passengers, the Anthem felt more congested. We prefer RCCL to Princess, Holland and Norwegian but think that Celebrity is the best for the money.

Lots of positives and negatives

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by shrink13

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We arrived at 1:30 for embarkation to encounter absolute chaos--apparently the sky bridge was out, but there was an absence of communication, exacerbating the frustration. Then when alternative methods for embarkation occurred, there were no lines, just a lot of shoving and pushing--very dangerous.

By then our cabin was ready, so we dropped off hand luggage and explored the ship and had some lunch. Cabins are relatively small, but well designed, especially the bathroom and storage was ample.

The ship itself was beautiful, with wonderful art work. Compared to the Oasis and Allure, it seemed more crowded--primarily because of the design.

Food and service varied considerably. We ate several times in specialty restaurants, and really enjoyed Wonderland--unique presentations and food--highly recommended. We ate twice at Jamie Oliver's--the first night we had great service and felt the food was good, but not great. The second time the experience was marked by poor service and uneven food--the calamari was perhaps the toughest we ever had. Chops was solid, although the tuna was fishy and our favorite dessert, the red velvet cake, was changed and not as good as past times. Michael's Pub was good for lunch. Of the regular restaurants, we enjoyed Chic the most--both for the food and service. We also enjoyed the Solarium Bistro. By far the worst food was at Silk--just terrible. Windjammer was fine but crowded.

Loved the Diamond Lounge--good location, great manager Andrew, and a lot of very friendly staff and fellow cruisers.

We also experienced problems with wine. One night I ordered a quite expensive bottle of Pinot Noir. Our waiter broke the cork, but managed to open it. I drank perhaps one-third, but the following evening, they were unable to find the bottle, treated me to a free glass of a lesser quality wine, and eventually found the bottle at the end of the meal. By the third night, the wine had gone bad as it was not recorked properly. They did buy us a new bottle.

Entertainment varied. We Will Rock You was quite good. Graham at the Schooner was fun and entertaining as was the band. Compared to Celebrity, there was less entertainment overall. The comediennes with the exception of the adult comic, were really terrible.

The ports were wonderful, especially Lisbon, Cadiz and Cartegena. We had already been to Rome, Florence and Marseille several times before, so we did tours on our own and one thru the ship, the later a cooking class, which had minimal cooking but mostly eating and drinking wine--very enjoyable.

Disembarkation was a snap--no problem.

Overall, we loved the ports, found the entertainment lacking for the most part, found the service generally good, found the food variable. This was our 36th family cruise, our 10th on RCCL ships. We preferred the Allure and Oasis; despite both having more passengers, the Anthem felt more congested. We prefer RCCL to Princess, Holland and Norwegian but think that Celebrity is the best for the money.
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Cabin 6168
Clean with a wonderful stateroom attendant. Small but manageable. Good storage and bathroom
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