The Anthem of the Seas is a beautiful Quantum Class ship. The ship has a newer and more modern feel to her, compared to ships in the other classes. Features such as the Bionic Bar and Two70 accentuate this modern feel. The line, the decor and the theme overall seems to lend to this. It’s a departure from the more nautical feel on the Radiance Class ships, or the super sized elegance of the Oasis Class ships. That’s one of the wonderful things about Royal Caribbean really, since the company strives to create new adventures in each class and ship. Bravo and well done RCI!
What we loved about Anthem of the Seas
Admittedly I don’t always warm up to the more modern look. Having said that, I will say that the Anthem of the Seas was not so modern that it lost it’s ship-like feel. The wood and large ocean views along with the expected nautical touches were wonderful.
The entertainment on the Anthem of the Seas ranges from very good to excellent. Remember that advanced reservations are available in your cruise planner prior to sailing and are strongly suggested. Regrettably, without advanced reservations you might not get your preferred show date and time. Fortunately all of the shows are offered multiple times throughout the voyage. Staff members will scan your Seapass to make sure you have a reservation. It’s important to arrive at least thirty minutes ahead of the show time to get decent seats.
The solarium reminded us of the one on the Oasis Class ships, which we were super thrilled to see. The upscale elegance of the adult only area was perfect. The chair hogs were dealt with and was serene and pretty much filled on sea days.
Dining aboard the Anthem OTS
On port days the Solarium Bistro was a great place to eat, since you typically got to see the ship dock in port, and the crows were minimal compared the the Windjammer Buffet. Now then, one thing you will want to do is go to the Windjammer for dessert some evening because you will get things that you won’t see in the main dining room.
If you want to have skewers of fruit and cake run under a chocolate fountain, you’ll need to visit. Likewise if you want to build your own sundae and have it topped with all of your favorite toppings and candies, well, you’ll need to visit the Windjammer. The display case of amazing cakes, pies, pastries and the chocolate guitar, well, that’s in the Windjammer towards the end of the cruise. Eat dinner there a a couple of times, or skip dessert in the MDR.
The pay dining venues are all worth a trip on this ship. Chops Steakhouse is always wonderful and Jaimie’s Italian was so good that we dined there twice. Wonderland was very good, and an interesting adventure. If you have picky eaters in your party it will make this a tougher restaurant to enjoy, since the menu is set.
The Anthem of the Seas is built for thrill seekers and people who enjoy a variety of activities. The Northstar boasts wonderful views. Signing up online in your cruise planner will ensure that you have a reservation. Otherwise you might not get the opportunity to ride. Likewise, if you want to try Ripcord’s IFLY you’ll need to reserve a time ahead. It’s worth it! In the Seaplex you can ride bumper cars or do any number of things, and if you work up an appetite there’s a hotdog stand located inside.
- North Star
- RipCord by iFLY
- 3D Movies
- Virtual Balcony Staterooms
- Loft Suits
- Music Hall
- Broadway Musicals
- 2 FlowRider® Surf Simulators
- Outdoor Movie Screen
- Pools and Hot Tubs
Highlights – Features May Vary
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