Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cruise Ship Review...Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Sea



Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

The Anthem of the Seas is one of the premier ships of the Royal Caribbean fleet. Currently, it is sailing out of Cape Liberty, NJ, making it very popular with folks from NY, NJ and PA.

Cruise ship docked at Cape Liberty
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, docked at Cape Liberty, NJ.

The ship is loaded with activities to keep you busy but at the same time had plenty of areas to sit back and just relax. Check out the Two70, a massive living room by day with shows and projected events during the evening. There was even a "fireworks" show. Check the app or newsletter for movies, live entertainment and the usual.

Cape Liberty Cruise Port
Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Since the ship sails from the NYC area, there is an NYC vibe: "We Will Rock You," a Broadway show; fine dining, boutique shopping and Sorrento's Pizza (currently complimentary).

Anthem of the Seas entrance at Cape Liberty

For those who like a lot of activities, try your hand (or feet) at rock climbing, flow riding, roller skating, bumper cars, rip cording or seeing the world from the North Star, an observation deck that rises above for a 360 degree view of the surroundings (either at sea or when you're docked).

Boarding process

Choose your dining: traditional time, flex-time, or a package for the fine dining. Although meals are included in your price, upgrading to one or more of the restaurants is a nice experience. Book early, people are willing to spend the extra money and they fill up fast.

Boarding the Anthem of the Seas
Boarding the Anthem of the Seas

There are plenty of trivia games to play but playing "Clue" was popular also. You can show up at specific times to get the clue to try to figure out who the culprit is. Another fun time was the character greetings from Dreamworks: grab a selfie with Shrek or Puss-in-Boots or others, movies.

Greeted with Champagne
Greeted with champagne

Of course, there are plenty of extras (in addition to the usual adult drinks): pastries, premier coffee, gelato, etc. On a longer voyage, these are not always a bad idea. 

Complimentary bottle of Champagne
Complimentary bottle of champagne
Royal Caribbean has a curfew for those under age 18. However, the clubs and other activities were usually over by 1-2AM, anyway. 

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