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We chose RCCL for our vacation this year for the port stops and the number of sea days. To avoid any travel delays, we stayed overnight in Newark the day prior. The embarkation process went very smoothly and we boarded Anthem just before 11. Our first impression of Anthem is that she is a beautiful ship and very clean. Prior to entering any dining rooms, guests are encouraged to "washy-washy"! Crew were often seen cleaning and kept areas neat. For this cruise, we chose a virtual balcony inside stateroom (10517)and were pleasantly surprised. Although a smaller cabin, it was cozy and the virtual balcony gave you the feel you had an actual window or balcony. Dining: We had dinner in Silk 3 nights. The decor is pleasant, the food is average, service was slow , the waiters were pleasant to talk to and knew the menu well. We enjoyed having dinner at Solarium Bistro. This is a little different dining experience where it is quieter, less crowded, and located in the adults only Solarium. Over the 3 nights we ate there, we were able to get right in with no wait. The menu is such that the apps and desserts are buffet style and entrees are served. The food here was very good, esp the NY Sirloin Strip. I'm not a big steak eater, but this was good! Breakfast in the Windjammer was always good and there are tons of selections. Snacks are a plenty all day and night. Entertainment: imo, I have seen better, but was good. Spectre Cabaret in Two70 was noted for the moving screens, which made this show a hit ( for me anyway), The Gift was ok and We will Rock You was good, then again, any music by Queen is good! Service: As previously mentioned, service in the main dining room was slow, however, our stateroom associate, Karla, was fantastic! Karla came to our cabin soon after we got settled to introduce herself and ask if we needed anything and how to contact her if/when needed. We asked for a couple of things and Karla delivered. She kept our cabin neat and tidy, leaving us with towel animals on several nights. Thank you Karla! Ports: The ports are beautiful and there is a lot to see and do, however, we found the cost of excursions was too expensive and did not book any. While in PR, we did find a 2 hr tour by the locals. This was a shuttle tour we found once off the ship, $15pp and made numerous stops and provided us with a lot of historical info and photo opportunities. I look at it as a good sampling of PR. It was worth the money and the bus had a/c too which was great considering it was in the 90's the day we were there. With this, we would like to visit PR again in the future to see more of this beautiful place. My favorite port was Bermuda as it has a good vibe and the beaches are so beautiful and yes, the sand is pink! St. Maarten was nice. We took a shuttle to Maho Beach so we could experience the planes coming and going overhead. The beach isn't much of a beach and was crowded but the water was beautiful. There is a strong current there, so for little ones, this isn't the beach to go to. The experience of the planes so close overhead is great and photo ops are a must. I grew up right near an airport, but not this close! Labadee is a beautiful place, the beach is pretty, and the water beautiful. RC provides a BBQ lunch which was nice and locals provide some entertainment. Shopping for souvenirs was annoying as the locals in the markets are VERY pushy and don't leave you alone. Not a fun, relaxing experience. Anthem is a beautiful ship and activities and entertainment are plentiful. We had a medical emergency on board, requiring us to divert to Nassau . This diversion delayed us getting back to Bayonne by 1 day. The Captain did a fantastic job of handling this and we were able to get the passenger to a medical facility quickly. Last we heard, the passenger was doing well. With this, we had an extra sea day. Due to the delay, many passengers who had booked flights had to make alternate arrangements and it was announced that internet and phone would be available to all. There was a logistics issue once back in Bayonne due to our delayed arrival, so once we arrived, we were to be off the ship by 9 am as another ship was due in. We did self-disembarkation( as did hundreds of others) and were off the ship by 7am. Even with this, all went smoothly. Overall impression: Having cruised with 2 other cruise lines, I anticipated a more up beat vibe. The vibe on Anthem is great; calm and relaxed. Even with the large number of passengers( over 4k), you wouldn't know it as there is plenty of room to spread out the crowds. It took me a few days, but I managed to get the relaxed vibe and especially enjoyed the adults-only Solarium. A note about children: we didn't see many kids on this cruise and those we did see were well-behaved. There were a large number of retirees , couples, groups and some singles. Chair hogs in the Solarium were plentiful with one going so far as to hang their handicapped parking tag on their lounge chair! Late afternoon and evenings were good times to be in the Solarium and pool decks as most were at dinner or shows so the crowds were less. We had reservations on North Star, but due to what we were told were 'technical issues', it wasn't running at all this cruise. We did have reservation on iFly and had a blast! As mentioned, we had a virtual balcony cabin which we enjoyed and would book again, however, we see where many times, had we had a balcony stateroom, we would have spent more time there, away from the crowded pool decks to relax. We very much enjoyed Anthem and look forward to sailing with her again soon!

Great vacation overall

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by SuzanneM69

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior with Virtual Balcony
We chose RCCL for our vacation this year for the port stops and the number of sea days. To avoid any travel delays, we stayed overnight in Newark the day prior. The embarkation process went very smoothly and we boarded Anthem just before 11. Our first impression of Anthem is that she is a beautiful ship and very clean. Prior to entering any dining rooms, guests are encouraged to "washy-washy"! Crew were often seen cleaning and kept areas neat. For this cruise, we chose a virtual balcony inside stateroom (10517)and were pleasantly surprised. Although a smaller cabin, it was cozy and the virtual balcony gave you the feel you had an actual window or balcony. Dining: We had dinner in Silk 3 nights. The decor is pleasant, the food is average, service was slow , the waiters were pleasant to talk to and knew the menu well. We enjoyed having dinner at Solarium Bistro. This is a little different dining experience where it is quieter, less crowded, and located in the adults only Solarium. Over the 3 nights we ate there, we were able to get right in with no wait. The menu is such that the apps and desserts are buffet style and entrees are served. The food here was very good, esp the NY Sirloin Strip. I'm not a big steak eater, but this was good! Breakfast in the Windjammer was always good and there are tons of selections. Snacks are a plenty all day and night. Entertainment: imo, I have seen better, but was good. Spectre Cabaret in Two70 was noted for the moving screens, which made this show a hit ( for me anyway), The Gift was ok and We will Rock You was good, then again, any music by Queen is good! Service: As previously mentioned, service in the main dining room was slow, however, our stateroom associate, Karla, was fantastic! Karla came to our cabin soon after we got settled to introduce herself and ask if we needed anything and how to contact her if/when needed. We asked for a couple of things and Karla delivered. She kept our cabin neat and tidy, leaving us with towel animals on several nights. Thank you Karla! Ports: The ports are beautiful and there is a lot to see and do, however, we found the cost of excursions was too expensive and did not book any. While in PR, we did find a 2 hr tour by the locals. This was a shuttle tour we found once off the ship, $15pp and made numerous stops and provided us with a lot of historical info and photo opportunities. I look at it as a good sampling of PR. It was worth the money and the bus had a/c too which was great considering it was in the 90's the day we were there. With this, we would like to visit PR again in the future to see more of this beautiful place. My favorite port was Bermuda as it has a good vibe and the beaches are so beautiful and yes, the sand is pink! St. Maarten was nice. We took a shuttle to Maho Beach so we could experience the planes coming and going overhead. The beach isn't much of a beach and was crowded but the water was beautiful. There is a strong current there, so for little ones, this isn't the beach to go to. The experience of the planes so close overhead is great and photo ops are a must. I grew up right near an airport, but not this close! Labadee is a beautiful place, the beach is pretty, and the water beautiful. RC provides a BBQ lunch which was nice and locals provide some entertainment. Shopping for souvenirs was annoying as the locals in the markets are VERY pushy and don't leave you alone. Not a fun, relaxing experience.

Anthem is a beautiful ship and activities and entertainment are plentiful. We had a medical emergency on board, requiring us to divert to Nassau . This diversion delayed us getting back to Bayonne by 1 day. The Captain did a fantastic job of handling this and we were able to get the passenger to a medical facility quickly. Last we heard, the passenger was doing well. With this, we had an extra sea day. Due to the delay, many passengers who had booked flights had to make alternate arrangements and it was announced that internet and phone would be available to all. There was a logistics issue once back in Bayonne due to our delayed arrival, so once we arrived, we were to be off the ship by 9 am as another ship was due in. We did self-disembarkation( as did hundreds of others) and were off the ship by 7am. Even with this, all went smoothly.

Overall impression: Having cruised with 2 other cruise lines, I anticipated a more up beat vibe. The vibe on Anthem is great; calm and relaxed. Even with the large number of passengers( over 4k), you wouldn't know it as there is plenty of room to spread out the crowds. It took me a few days, but I managed to get the relaxed vibe and especially enjoyed the adults-only Solarium. A note about children: we didn't see many kids on this cruise and those we did see were well-behaved. There were a large number of retirees , couples, groups and some singles. Chair hogs in the Solarium were plentiful with one going so far as to hang their handicapped parking tag on their lounge chair! Late afternoon and evenings were good times to be in the Solarium and pool decks as most were at dinner or shows so the crowds were less. We had reservations on North Star, but due to what we were told were 'technical issues', it wasn't running at all this cruise. We did have reservation on iFly and had a blast! As mentioned, we had a virtual balcony cabin which we enjoyed and would book again, however, we see where many times, had we had a balcony stateroom, we would have spent more time there, away from the crowded pool decks to relax. We very much enjoyed Anthem and look forward to sailing with her again soon!
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