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We picked this cruise as a family vacation. We were a party of 10, including 4 children. The embarkation process was the fastest for any cruise ship I've ever been on, but it was still very chaotic. The food was very good and the wait staff in the main dining room were extremely accommodating with a food allergy for one of the kids. Our waiter went above and beyond to get things for my 5-year old son. We enjoyed hanging out at the piano bar, where Jam the piano man was an amazing entertainer and a kind human. He had quite a range of music that he played spectacularly. Other entertainment was ok- Spectra's cabaret didn't perform their full routine because of rocky seas, and what was left wasn't my favorite. I didn't really understand the plot of "The gift" which made it impossible to follow. We will Rock you was my favorite- the plot was weird but the music was spot on. ALL of the shows (even including the safety video that they make you watch during the muster drill) were at an intolerably high volume, however. My poor son was in tears during the muster drill. We had headphones and ear plugs for the rest of the shows. The activities on board were a lot of fun, but be careful to schedule things like North Star and iFLY for days in the caribbean and not on the Atlantic. Ours were cancelled bc of rough seas, and no one was kind enough to notify us of this. Since we had booked it for the last day, we couldn't do 2 of the things we were looking forward to most. We found out as we tried to go outside and the door to the deck was locked. Most, if not all activities were for kids older than 6, though, so if you have a 5-year old like me, you'll have a disappointed kid. And there are NO water slides or splash parks. The flow rider and the flying trapeze were awesome though. My son was able to do the bumper cars, which he liked. We would have liked to try to ease him into the kids club, Adventure Ocean, however they don't allow parents to even step foot in there, so your options are making your kid cry on vacation, or not using the kids club. Our kid stayed with us the whole time. The gym was actually quite good at the start of the cruise, although the pulley machine had no hooks on it, which made it practically useless. And by the time the 12 days were up, 1/2 of the treadmills were out of service. The variety of machines and weights were good though, and were enough to get by for the duration of the cruise. We went to 6 ports, although 2 of the ports were substituted in because of the damage from the hurricanes in September. We had a lot of fun in Barbados at the Boatyard, a beach club with some activities. We also did 2 RC shore excursions- horseback riding in Puerto Rico and Ziplining in Antigua. I liked both, but the zip lining they wouldn't let you take pictures ( for "safety"- clearly all the other times we zip lined in other ports we were unsafe) although the bar at the end was awesome. The horseback riding was fun. All in all, I'd take the cruise again, mainly because it has a lot of things to do and because it's within driving distance from home (Maryland). I'll just wait until my son is a little older.

Great ship, some problems

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by meganT24

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We picked this cruise as a family vacation. We were a party of 10, including 4 children. The embarkation process was the fastest for any cruise ship I've ever been on, but it was still very chaotic.

The food was very good and the wait staff in the main dining room were extremely accommodating with a food allergy for one of the kids. Our waiter went above and beyond to get things for my 5-year old son.

We enjoyed hanging out at the piano bar, where Jam the piano man was an amazing entertainer and a kind human. He had quite a range of music that he played spectacularly. Other entertainment was ok- Spectra's cabaret didn't perform their full routine because of rocky seas, and what was left wasn't my favorite. I didn't really understand the plot of "The gift" which made it impossible to follow. We will Rock you was my favorite- the plot was weird but the music was spot on. ALL of the shows (even including the safety video that they make you watch during the muster drill) were at an intolerably high volume, however. My poor son was in tears during the muster drill. We had headphones and ear plugs for the rest of the shows.

The activities on board were a lot of fun, but be careful to schedule things like North Star and iFLY for days in the caribbean and not on the Atlantic. Ours were cancelled bc of rough seas, and no one was kind enough to notify us of this. Since we had booked it for the last day, we couldn't do 2 of the things we were looking forward to most. We found out as we tried to go outside and the door to the deck was locked.

Most, if not all activities were for kids older than 6, though, so if you have a 5-year old like me, you'll have a disappointed kid. And there are NO water slides or splash parks. The flow rider and the flying trapeze were awesome though. My son was able to do the bumper cars, which he liked. We would have liked to try to ease him into the kids club, Adventure Ocean, however they don't allow parents to even step foot in there, so your options are making your kid cry on vacation, or not using the kids club. Our kid stayed with us the whole time.

The gym was actually quite good at the start of the cruise, although the pulley machine had no hooks on it, which made it practically useless. And by the time the 12 days were up, 1/2 of the treadmills were out of service. The variety of machines and weights were good though, and were enough to get by for the duration of the cruise.

We went to 6 ports, although 2 of the ports were substituted in because of the damage from the hurricanes in September. We had a lot of fun in Barbados at the Boatyard, a beach club with some activities. We also did 2 RC shore excursions- horseback riding in Puerto Rico and Ziplining in Antigua. I liked both, but the zip lining they wouldn't let you take pictures ( for "safety"- clearly all the other times we zip lined in other ports we were unsafe) although the bar at the end was awesome. The horseback riding was fun.

All in all, I'd take the cruise again, mainly because it has a lot of things to do and because it's within driving distance from home (Maryland). I'll just wait until my son is a little older.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Ziplining
    Great trip- enjoyed the zip lines. A LOT of administrative stuff in the beginning and it's a 30 min cab ride from the boat. The bar at the end was a lot of fun- we sat on the swings and had a very good fruit smoothie while we waited for our cab back. They don't let you take pictures (for "safety" but really bc they want to take their own and sell them to you.
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  • Horseback Riding
    Rode horses around a large camp- through the woods and around a pond. Horses were what you would expect- gentle and slow. Nice people, nice guides. You need to weigh less than 250 lbs (not a problem for us, but they do weigh you when you do this and sent someone from our group back).
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  • ATV Adventure
    Great time- really bumpy course. Awesome trip.
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  • St. Thomas
    Still a bit of hurricane damage there, but still a wonderful place to visit. It didn't seem to affect us much except for the traffic lights being out lead to some nasty traffic in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Otherwise a great island.
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