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We chose this cruise because of the ship (wanted to try a quantum class) and the fact that it was two solid days in a great port (Bermuda). Side note, Bermuda itself is amazing. Five stars. This was our 11th cruise, 2nd with royal caribbean. Most of our previous cruises were with the sister company Celebrity. We were two adults and our 7yo son & 4yo daughter. We opted to book two adjoining interior staterooms for the same price as one balcony. We don't spend a lot of time in our cabin and having the extra space and a second bathroom was fantastic. I would highly recommend this if you're traveling with kids. Pros: Bermuda is great and it was nice not to feel rushed. The ship itself is very pretty and kept clean. Staff is nice. The entertainment is plentiful and you can tell that RCL puts a lot of money into it. Very talented musicians and dancers. The production shows themselves were odd (especially Spectra's Caberet). Cons: This was not a cheap cruise by any stretch. And while I have been feeling this way for a few years, this cruise felt like the line was crossed where crusing no longer feels like a good value for my money. While there is great technology on the ship, its often broken. The virtual balcony in our room is not nearly as cool as it sounds and they could not find a remote control for ours that would allow us to turn it off at night so it was like having a tv on in our room. The rooms never felt comfortably cool and the beds are very hard. The ship felt horribly crowded. I know this is a complaint that runs through most reviews but its getting worse as cruise lines take away more of the common spaces to put in money making spaces to add to thier bottom line. The two swimming pools were always packed to the seams which was dissapointing to my kids. The elevators were always a long wait (and its common to need to go from floor 3 to 15 so stairs are not always a practical option, especially with little kids). The buffet (windjammer) was always so busy that it was hard to find a table and felt chaotic to get your food. The food in the buffet and the main dinign rooms was mediocre at best. Portions are small, food was bland and overcooked. Often room temperatutre. Dissapointed with the food in Chic, we tried Jamie's and Wonderland. Neither knocked our socks off and it did not feel like a good value for the extra price. Generally, we love the speciality restaurants on cruise ships and feel like its a special meal. So in sum, I feel like the cruise industry is finally crossing that line in thier quest to make as much money as possible by offering less and less in the price of the cruise. It felt like everything was extra (even the popcorn? Come on. That costs nothing to make. Why are you charging people $3 for popcorn?) and it no longer feels like a good value. We got off the ship feeling dissapointed and ripped off. We will be taking our vacation money elsewhere next year and going to a high end all inclusive resort for a week at the same price were it actually is all inclusive.

I feel turned off from cruising after being a long time fan

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Review by mkschles

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Interior with Virtual Balcony
We chose this cruise because of the ship (wanted to try a quantum class) and the fact that it was two solid days in a great port (Bermuda). Side note, Bermuda itself is amazing. Five stars.

This was our 11th cruise, 2nd with royal caribbean. Most of our previous cruises were with the sister company Celebrity. We were two adults and our 7yo son & 4yo daughter. We opted to book two adjoining interior staterooms for the same price as one balcony. We don't spend a lot of time in our cabin and having the extra space and a second bathroom was fantastic. I would highly recommend this if you're traveling with kids.

Pros: Bermuda is great and it was nice not to feel rushed. The ship itself is very pretty and kept clean. Staff is nice. The entertainment is plentiful and you can tell that RCL puts a lot of money into it. Very talented musicians and dancers. The production shows themselves were odd (especially Spectra's Caberet).

Cons: This was not a cheap cruise by any stretch. And while I have been feeling this way for a few years, this cruise felt like the line was crossed where crusing no longer feels like a good value for my money. While there is great technology on the ship, its often broken. The virtual balcony in our room is not nearly as cool as it sounds and they could not find a remote control for ours that would allow us to turn it off at night so it was like having a tv on in our room. The rooms never felt comfortably cool and the beds are very hard.

The ship felt horribly crowded. I know this is a complaint that runs through most reviews but its getting worse as cruise lines take away more of the common spaces to put in money making spaces to add to thier bottom line. The two swimming pools were always packed to the seams which was dissapointing to my kids. The elevators were always a long wait (and its common to need to go from floor 3 to 15 so stairs are not always a practical option, especially with little kids). The buffet (windjammer) was always so busy that it was hard to find a table and felt chaotic to get your food.

The food in the buffet and the main dinign rooms was mediocre at best. Portions are small, food was bland and overcooked. Often room temperatutre. Dissapointed with the food in Chic, we tried Jamie's and Wonderland. Neither knocked our socks off and it did not feel like a good value for the extra price. Generally, we love the speciality restaurants on cruise ships and feel like its a special meal.

So in sum, I feel like the cruise industry is finally crossing that line in thier quest to make as much money as possible by offering less and less in the price of the cruise. It felt like everything was extra (even the popcorn? Come on. That costs nothing to make. Why are you charging people $3 for popcorn?) and it no longer feels like a good value. We got off the ship feeling dissapointed and ripped off. We will be taking our vacation money elsewhere next year and going to a high end all inclusive resort for a week at the same price were it actually is all inclusive.
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Interior with Virtual Balcony
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Cabins have a lot of storage and the showers are a decent size for a cruise ship. The virtual balcony is nothing special. The beds are very hard and the AC never worked well enough to feel comfortably cool. We book to adjoining interior rooms on deck 7 for our family of four. It was great to have the extra space, everyone to have a bed and the extra bathroom. It was the same price as one balcony.
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