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Embarkment: We got there at 10:30 and walked right on the ship. Almost no waiting. We watched from the Windjammer as traffic backed up seemingly Pennsylvania (obviously exaggerating lol) Point is: get there early or you will have a rough time. Excursions: Took the ferry to Hamilton in bermuda and shopped their. Then got back to Kings Wharf and went to the Rumcake store. Definitely worth checking out as their rum cake is delicious. You can also watch them make glass figurines and such too. We went on the SXM party boat. It was fantastic. One of the best excursions I've ever done. Tripple decker boat took us from the ship to mayo beach. You don't actually go on the beach. The boat anchors a little ways out and lowers its own dock. They have snorkel gear included in the price and you can just jump in, snorkel, and watch the planes land. If you don't want to swim the boat has plenty of seats and you can grab a drink and enjoy the view. We were worried this might be a bunch of drunks going crazy, but everyone was really chill and we just relaxed the whole time. We paid $7 each for a bus tour of san juan. saw old town and new town. The tour was maybe an hour and a half. after the tour we walked around old town and went to Señor Frog's. Went to Nellie's Beach in Labadee. This beach seemed to be the least crowded. Water was nice and warm. It is worth bringing snorkel gear if you can. A few people there with me found some interesting creatures while snorkeling. If you swim out past the peninsula with the cabanas you get a great view of the ship. Walking distance from the lunch area and the shops. Lots of cool stuff at the shops, but the vendors are a bit pushy. Pools: As with every other cruise, you will not find anywhere to sit due to chair hogs. The Solarium pools and hot tubs were fantastic. I have seen people complain about children being in the solarium, but I never saw one there during my cruise. There are 3 shallow pools that were seldom crowded. and 4 hot tubs. The indoor pool seemed to be much less crowded than the main pool. That is where I swam the most. It also save me from sunburn. Entertainment: We Will Rock You - Phenomenal! For those that don't know this is a musical based on the music of queen. I may be bias, because I saw this in the West End in London a few years ago, but the cast and the music were amazing. Be sure to catch the cast when they sing live at the Schooner bar. The Gift: Story was very hard for me to follow. The music was good. Mostly covers of pop songs. Definitely skip this if you aren't into musicals in general. It was hard to get through all the way. Spectra's Cabaret: Show was very entertaining. Cast worked their butts off. Lots of high energy dancing. Dining: I had no issues with the quality of the food at any restaurant. Went to 3 specialty restaurants. Jamies, Chops, and Wonderland. All fantastic. My time dining is awful as far as wait time. even with a reservation it took 20 minutes to get a table. Norwegian has similar setup for dining and we always just walked right in. If you are able to do traditional dining I believe that is the way to go. Our waiter (Loyale) told us we could talk to the staff and ask to sit at his table every night. This did allow us to beat the system and skip the line the last 3 nights of the cruise. Disembarkation: Honestly it seemed like waiting to get off took forever, but I think they got held up with customs(or so I heard). Not a big deal. We were all cranky anyway, because the cruise was over. To sum it up: Overall experience was great. Only complaint is the my time dining.

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Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by Kmess91

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Embarkment: We got there at 10:30 and walked right on the ship. Almost no waiting. We watched from the Windjammer as traffic backed up seemingly Pennsylvania (obviously exaggerating lol) Point is: get there early or you will have a rough time.

Excursions:

Took the ferry to Hamilton in bermuda and shopped their. Then got back to Kings Wharf and went to the Rumcake store. Definitely worth checking out as their rum cake is delicious. You can also watch them make glass figurines and such too.

We went on the SXM party boat. It was fantastic. One of the best excursions I've ever done. Tripple decker boat took us from the ship to mayo beach. You don't actually go on the beach. The boat anchors a little ways out and lowers its own dock. They have snorkel gear included in the price and you can just jump in, snorkel, and watch the planes land. If you don't want to swim the boat has plenty of seats and you can grab a drink and enjoy the view. We were worried this might be a bunch of drunks going crazy, but everyone was really chill and we just relaxed the whole time.

We paid $7 each for a bus tour of san juan. saw old town and new town. The tour was maybe an hour and a half. after the tour we walked around old town and went to Señor Frog's.

Went to Nellie's Beach in Labadee. This beach seemed to be the least crowded. Water was nice and warm. It is worth bringing snorkel gear if you can. A few people there with me found some interesting creatures while snorkeling. If you swim out past the peninsula with the cabanas you get a great view of the ship. Walking distance from the lunch area and the shops. Lots of cool stuff at the shops, but the vendors are a bit pushy.

Pools:

As with every other cruise, you will not find anywhere to sit due to chair hogs. The Solarium pools and hot tubs were fantastic. I have seen people complain about children being in the solarium, but I never saw one there during my cruise. There are 3 shallow pools that were seldom crowded. and 4 hot tubs.

The indoor pool seemed to be much less crowded than the main pool. That is where I swam the most. It also save me from sunburn.

Entertainment:

We Will Rock You - Phenomenal! For those that don't know this is a musical based on the music of queen. I may be bias, because I saw this in the West End in London a few years ago, but the cast and the music were amazing. Be sure to catch the cast when they sing live at the Schooner bar.

The Gift: Story was very hard for me to follow. The music was good. Mostly covers of pop songs. Definitely skip this if you aren't into musicals in general. It was hard to get through all the way.

Spectra's Cabaret: Show was very entertaining. Cast worked their butts off. Lots of high energy dancing.

Dining:

I had no issues with the quality of the food at any restaurant. Went to 3 specialty restaurants. Jamies, Chops, and Wonderland. All fantastic.

My time dining is awful as far as wait time. even with a reservation it took 20 minutes to get a table. Norwegian has similar setup for dining and we always just walked right in. If you are able to do traditional dining I believe that is the way to go. Our waiter (Loyale) told us we could talk to the staff and ask to sit at his table every night. This did allow us to beat the system and skip the line the last 3 nights of the cruise.

Disembarkation: Honestly it seemed like waiting to get off took forever, but I think they got held up with customs(or so I heard). Not a big deal. We were all cranky anyway, because the cruise was over.


To sum it up: Overall experience was great. Only complaint is the my time dining.
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