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Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas

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Passengers: 4,180   |   Crew: 1,500
Passengers to crew: 2.79:1
Passengers to space: 40.3:1
Launched: 2015   

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  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
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Cabin size: 119 - 272 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 378
Accessible rooms: 12
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 1436
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Edison H wrote a review Yesterday
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I had so much fun with my family at the pools and diners, my fav diner was Windjammer, there is 3 people when you come that I called the Washie washie people and the happy lady because they were so memorable. My waiter at the diner was Eldrin, he was so funny and nice at the same time. My assistant waiter was sunny he was also very nice always bringing my lemonade. The excursions were super fun to do, in Norway I went to the Fjords and they were the most Beautiful thing I have ever seen. The royal Caribbean app was good but some times glitches, it is because it tends to freeze a lot, also it could use a search bar.
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rayneileen wrote a review 03 Jul
Glasgow, United Kingdom39 contributions
First cruse since covid and second with Royal Caribbean. We were pleasantly surprised how much easier check in and boarding was, absolutely no problem despite numbers involved. The ship is generally in very good condition but the hull has had several attempts at painting parts and they do not match leaving it look a bit less than it should. There were some very minor things with cabin, e.g. one curtain hook was missing from balcony curtain. Nothing affecting the trip, but possibly showing lack of attention to detail. The atmosphere on board is very good, better than we have had elsewhere which is why we chose this cruise over a similar and slightly cheaper one with another operator. Food in various areas we tried was all good, with plenty of choice, although possibly a little lower standard than previously. No complaints, although the chefs need to be taught what Yorkshire Pudding is. Staff were all courteous and helpful and generally seemed happy with their work. The service was always, good although the waiters could be a little of keen to sell you more drinks. Prices were generally what we expected which was usually a bit more than in UK. We make little use of WiFi except for phone calls and the price of about $30 a day was simply way beyond what we were willing to pay. We have free roaming so just used phone when in port. Entertainment was generally excellent particularly the We will Rock You, David Knight, Jamie Allan and Frankie and the Dreamers who had many passengers watching twice. The only thing that really flopped was the Millionaire quiz which had people walking out after the first contestant. Overall we were were happy with the holiday and would have no hesitation in booking again provided the itinery meets our wishes.
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The Brady Bunch wrote a review Jun 2024
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Dear Mr Royal, how the devil are you?? You won't have a scooby doo who I am, and this post may not make it all the way to you, the head honcho. This is an appreciation post, and a thank you post. My thanks obviously starts at the very top, which is why I've addressed it to you first. You are the one that decided to buy a few boats, gather some sailor's together, and set out to conquer the Seas 🌊 And conquer them you have. I have just stepped off the majesty that is Anthem Of The Seas. I'm now, I'd like to think, a seasoned cruiser, this trip my 9th since first setting sail just under 3 years ago. This was a first taste of an RC ship, having previously sailed Pam and Ozzy ( Ventura x2, Iona x1 Arvia x1 ) & Mario, Salvatore and Claudia x4 ( Virtuosa x3 Euribia x1 ) We were sailing out on 21st June, to the Norwegian Fjords. However, we didn't choose this trip because of the Fjords, we've sailed them twice before, they are stunning, as I'm sure you already know. We chose this trip purely to get a taster of a Royal Caribbean ship. I always cruise with my wife ( my side piece is scared of octopuses 🐙🙃 so sea faring is not for her ) and often family/friends or both will join us. This trip there were 10 in total. Wifey and I ( obviously ) Our eldest Son and his Fiance. And 6 of our closest friends. Now 4 of these were cruise virgins, 2 of whom we've been nagging to cruise since our first, they really took some convincing. So choosing a " new to us " cruise line for their first, was like going in for that first snog with a potential new girlfriend/boyfriend/pan/pronouns, you just don't know how it's going to transpire. We arrived at the terminal for a 12.30 check in, we were bang on our time. We were all Anthem virgins, and on first sight of her, we were all impressed, our first time cruisers more so than us, they'd never seen a cruise ship up close, they were astounded at the size of it. I believe she's a mere baby in comparison to your latest Icon class ships. Boarding. Absolutely seamless, one of the easiest and quickest I've encountered. So much more organised than an airport. So kudos to the team at Southampton docks is of the order here, both your crew and those who are a permanent fixture of the port, unsung hero's if you think about it. As I stated above, our check in was 12.30. By 1pm we were already on. Now a trend on ships seems to be food is at the aft ( the arse end/back to those not familiar with ship terminology ), so that's where we headed. We soon found, what we would, and forever will, now know it as, WimmerJammer, THE Windjammer buffet 😉, o the joys of travelling with a dyslexic. Before entering, we were ushered through a hand wash station, very much a welcome sight, other ships I've been on have similar set up's, but don't really seem to encourage it. They certainly don't have the very fabulous Mr Washy Washy 😉, how great was he 😀 I ain't hanging about here, I'm straight telling you this is the best, and by some way, buffet at sea. Embarkation day, obviously as busy as a Serengeti watering hole, but don't be deterred by this, be patient and understanding. The food is well varied, well presented and plentiful. Bare in mind that this is an American owned and ran ship, so some of the food is cooked the way Americans would want it. This is most common with meats, those that can be served rare, are served that way, particularly the beef, mine on a few occasions, was still mooing, I could have rode it at a rodeo....yee ha 🤠. Here you'll also find a great selection of free drinks, including peach iced tea and lemonade, tho this is what I would refer to as lemon squash, no fizz in it , very refreshing mind 😉. Get your timings right in here, be it breakfast, lunch or evening dinner and you'll have no problem eating what you want and finding a seat. Those of you that rock up peak time, and become frustrated at the lack of tables, keep your bee 🐝 in your bonnet and practice patience. We at some point every day would eat, drink and mingle up here, very much enjoyed it, and will most certainly, now home miss it's convenience. At 1.30 pm on embarkation day, an announcement was made over the tannoy that all state rooms were ready, so off we trotted in search of our home for the next week. So as not to get lost, these leviathans are a maze to me, I grabbed a couple of SCONES ( I'm not having these referred to as biscuits, a biscuit is a custard cream/hobnob/jammy dodger). I proceeded to crush them with my hands, and drop a trail of crumbs behind me, in the hope we'd always find our way back to food 😀. We were assigned a cabin on deck 8, very close to the back. Great location for keeping fit, and walking off the soon to be piled on calories. We'd chose an inside this trip, it had a virtual balcony, a large TV fixed to the wall in portrait, with the ships camera on a live feed, curtains helping the illusion. Don't do as I did tho and try to go out and naked sunbath, how I didn't crack the screen is a mystery. Very spacious for an inside, great amount of storage too. Word of note, we didn't have a hairdryer, apparently there's a shortage of them onboard so I was told, probably being used in the iFLy tube 😀. Bathroom great, tho I'd personally bring your own shower gel, not much scent on the provided one, wife informed me it takes a triple scrub and an after rub with an orange to sort out hoff woff. An important warning to those that like to courtesy flush the toilet. Don't do it, it will suck out your eyeballs and leave you with bum grapes. We also had an odd sign in our bathroom, telling us not to flush hand towels down the bog, so we only flushed the bath towels down ours 😀. Throughout the days and evenings onboard, you'll not go short on thing's to keep you entertained. You can go all ape and attempt the climbing walls. Channel your inner Jonny Utah on the flowrider. Indoor skydive on iFLy, absolutely ace to fly, but also to watch. Those of the fat face variety look epic, very Jeremy Clarkson in the Ariel Atom. I'd like to offer praise here to our flight instructor Harry from Kidderminster, an absolute awesome guy, very funny, very friendly, we crossed his path on numerous occasions, he always made time for us. There's bumper cars, Xbox's, rollerskating, lasertag.... endless fun. There's also the swimming pools and hot tubs, the ones in the solarium our particular favourite, especially at night where they were open until after midnight on a few occasions, on our journey, we got to see the midnight sunset, whilst chilling in the water 😀 epic... I think, if brave, you can take heavy petting to the next level here 😉 🤔 😏 😜 😄.... Then there's the shows/musicians/quizzes etc. Multiple venues have these going on from early until late. My particular favourite, We Will Rock You, where I got to release my inner Freddie, an epic night, I was for those few hours on "Khashoggi's Ship " 😀.... There can be only one.... Long may he reign...... Another not to miss would be Spectres Cabaret, performed in two70 at the ships rear, phenomenal backdrop of lights, lasers and screens, with outstanding performances and choreography. The cruise director Katie Knowles is clearly a master of her trade, she definitely has the ship rocking 😉. Each evening on-board has a theme, elegant night ( we had 2 ) tropical night, a white night and casual nights inbetween We embraced each and every one, me taking it up a notch on white night, with another cruise appearance for the now, almost celebrity Stormtrooper 😀 On each of our evenings, we would eat at Silk, our chosen choice of MDR. On embarkation day, I made my way down to see the restaurant maître d who was happy to link the 10 of us together on one big table, and see to it that we had that same table, no.847, We were seated at 7.30 each night, and expertly served each time by our fantastic waiters Don and Zaq. Nothing was too much trouble for them, if we wanted more than 3 courses, no problem, most nights a few of us would try a couple starter's, a couple mains and maybe 3 desserts 😉. Never be afraid to ask, they are only to happy to make your holiday one to remember 😊 My stand out dishes were the French onion soup, I had this on 4 occasions, absolutely fabulous 👌, the slow roasted prime rib of beef and the Creme caramel 😀... I even braved the escargot and was OK with them, to me, they tasted like garlic mushrooms 🍄, I say try them, they're nothing like you'd expect 😀. On each of these evening's, the staff would do a little performance for us, this was always fun, and a great interaction, the whole restaurant singing and dancing together ❤️ 😀 😊. I'm not going to bother talking about our ports itinerary, as said previously, we booked the ship, not destination. I'm absolutely, as are those who travelled together with me, delighted with our choice. The upkeep and cleanliness onboard, as I've found with all my cruises to date is exemplary. This is one of the older ships in the RC fleet, you wouldn't know it, as good as any of the newer ships I've been lucky to sail. A final thank you goes out to those staff behind the scenes, the unsung hero's who keep things tip top, so we can holiday without care and without worry. I feel bad for not remembering our cabin attendants name, well we were room 8303, he was discreet in his work, a true professional. Our cabin was always immaculate after his visit, and he left us some amazing towel art 😀. He, along with our servers were left extra by myself and my wife, they absolutely went above and beyond in making our holiday everything and more than we wanted it to be. I'd also like to thank the Norse God's who blessed us with sunshine and calm Seas for the entire duration..... So where does this ship now rank. I thought any ship would struggle to knock Virtuosa off it's top spot..... I was wrong. Anthem now sits pretty on top. Take nothing away from Virtuosa, or the other ships I've sailed, all brilliant. But the Royal Caribbean way of doing things, it's chilled vibe, it's sunshine vibe, it's got absolutely everything spot on. I do love America and the American people, there were many on the ship, probably partly why this sailing has taken top spot. I've 3 cruises already booked for later this year, and into next, none are Royal ones. I am tho gonna have a gander, I'm looking at Independence Of The Seas now, one of her Southampton round trips ( can't currently fly ) . I feel our Royal journey has just begun. They will now be top of my search list. Our traveling companions were equally as impressed as us, including the newbies, who rated this trip as one of, if not the best holidays they've ever had 😀 For added context, myself and my wife are 51. Those with us were 19,21,24,26,43,49,59 and 60, so a very mixed bag of age 😀 One last thank you to fellow guests onboard who we met with and who we interacted with. Whom we shared gifts with and who shared gifts and chat with us, we are thankful and grateful. To those who joined us at the meet up, many thanks, I hope you all enjoyed your cruise as much as we did, I'd welcome any friend requests off you 😊. Safe onwards travel to you all. Maybe one day our travels will see us cross paths again, fellow cruisers are a fantastic bunch of people..... Happy sailings one and all, keep safe always.... Take care Mark ( the stormtrooper)and Helena Brady ( the ever forgiving and patient wife ) ..... Footnote :- Happy to test out any new ships for free 😆 🤣 😂
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Maureen wrote a review Jun 2024
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Just back from a 7 day cruise on Anthem to the Fjords. We had a fantastic time. Well done RCI 👏. Anthem has such a lovely roomy feel to it - not too big to feel overwhelming but a really nice size ship, well laid out and easy to navigate. Crucially, it accommodates the correct number of passengers for the size of ship - take note MSC! We never had any trouble finding a seat in the venues. Crew, service, food and quality of beverages all excellent. Seating is very comfortable in the venues. There is always entertainment going on. Special mention goes to the band Rhythmocracy- superb. All great musicians. We Will Rock You was fantastic too. Spectra Cabaret not for me though - hey ho!
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williams247754 wrote a review Jun 2024
North Wales, United Kingdom17 contributions
Lost its Sparkle , We were so looking forward to going back onto Royal caribean ship , last time we sailed with them was before covid . But as soon as we got on this ship it did not have there extra special feeling , just lost the sparkle they used to have . There like many other cruise lines now . No difference . We had trouble with there excursions , they cut short the time out to everyones annoyance and another one was the shopping experience in grand canariea where we were all dropped off to see shutters all closed ,not one shop open . Not good . Food in chops grill 1 night was great so we booked another to get the worst and slowest service ever experienced to then be given a steak i could not cut , then be handed a sharper knife for them to realise the steak was mostly fat , they said sorry to us and explained it must of been an odd one in the pack . How , when advertised as prime steak does a chef serve that ... then theres the staff at Le pattiserie ,where they serve speciality coffees and things , who gave me a Moka instead of a Hot chocalate that i ordered ,which is fine as mistakes happen ,but to argue with me when i just said could i please have a hot chocolate to 3 staff explaining to me what a moka was . I then had to explain i dont like coffee . To putting my hands up and said you win ,im obvously not going to get the hot chocolate ,to sitting down with my wife who had her drink . Its not good . Terrible service . We had the drinks package as well .... cabin was nice and food in the Windjammer is nice ,staff there are exceptional and its where the ship could be proud of . The rest of the ship just didnt have its sparkle . I would of thought there was better places for little ones too , very Bland on anything for them , not like there other ships where there is fun things for them to play in pools , just a very bland small paddling pool . Good points was the Lifegaurds who were always there . 5 star for that . Overall Dissapointed ,
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