Rooms – A
Anthem is currently the 3rd largest ship on the seas and that means it’s big, really big. I guess with a ship that big, you have plenty of room to create awesome rooms. The cabins on this ship were so well design and spacious, it was hard to believe we were on a cruise ship. We booked a balcony room, our friends a room with a window. Normally, when you book different rooms, the rooms are different in size and features. Not on this ship, our friends room was a bit bigger than ours in fact and the window was a window seat! Tons of closet space and hangers, huge bathrooms and plenty of room to move about, no cluttered feeling at all.
Activities – A+++
If you are looking for a ship that has so much to do you would never have to leave the boat, this is the ship! From bumper cars to roller skating, trapeze class to indoor sky diving, climbing the rock wall and trying to surf, there is definitely something for everyone. There is even this super cool glass pod that goes up in the air and gives you a 360 degree view of your surroundings, sailing on the sea or while in port. (it was super, super cool) ALL FREE. Yes, I said free. I could not believe that the indoor sky diving was free…
The only suggestion I would make is to get to the activities and sign up as soon as you get on the boat. Slots fill up fast and if you wait, you’ll miss out and trust me, you don’t wanna miss out on the sky diving!
Food – B+
In general, the food was good, sometimes great but sometimes not so great. I was not a fan of breakfast, and that bummed me out because it’s my favorite meal of the day. They didn’t have turkey sausage or chicken sausage and I really missed that option. Lunch was good, stuck the the buffet most days. Then, on the last day, we ate in the Solarium at Devinly Decadence for breakfast and lunch and WOW, awesome breakfast (healthy) and lunch. That is the place for breakfast and lunch!!! Since we were only on board for a long weekend and there are so many free choices to dine for dinner, they combined a little from each every restaurant for each night so we could get a sample of what kind of cuisine each restaurant served. I thought this was a great idea but it did restrict our choice a bit. Also, our friends didn’t understand the concept because they hadn’t been on a cruise before so I thought it robbed them a bit of the experience. The food we did choose from was great, not fabulous but it was good. One new concept they introduced was the idea of “Dynamic Dining”.
“Dynamic Dining Choice gives you the freedom to pick and choose your restaurants and dining times each day and night. Our unique venues feature menus that change throughout the cruise, with guest favorites and new specialty dishes to ensure everyone at the table will find something they love. “
Before the cruise, I had several calls from RC book my dinner reservations. Confused, I blew them off thinking they were trying to sell me specialty dining. Finally, I answered their call and was told I had to book dinner reservation, even for the free restaurants. What? After a long, confusing 1hr call, all reservations were made. Of course none of that mattered because the same sample menu was served in each restaurant. grrr And to make matters worse, when we first boarded the ship, we had to wait in a long line because our dining reservations were all wrong. See now why the frustration began to set in?
Entertainment – A-
The entertainment onboard was fantastic, however, the new process of making a reservation to see the entertainment is a pain in the ass. Having to pre book your entertainment made me feel like I was all scheduled up and couldn’t decide to change my mind...this is vacation, not work. Other than that the choice of shows, trivia and casino activities were all awesome!
Service – C
First off, the ship is super digital, meaning evey wall is like a giant iPad. You touch and poke it and find maps, dining reservations, etc… While the concept sounds great, it’s only great if it works and things were not working. So, that became very frustrating… Most people on board were friendly and helpful, that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that there were not enough people on board to assist everyone. At times, you could wait over 20 minutes for beer. I’m not exaggerating, by the time you got a drink, you’d need another one to calm you down. It just seemed like everything was slow, really slow. Maybe they will get more experience and speed things up, or maybe they will hire more workers but in the current environment, it was simply not working.
Coolest Cool Feature on Board – Robot Bar
At first, I thought this was going to be a silly thing but it turned out to be pretty awesome. Robotic bartenders mix drinks for you, that you create or select from a list, via an iPad and then you sit back and watch the show and wait to be served. The robot bartenders were fast and efficient, I would install them all over the ship. The drinks were strong but good and the robots served in order of those ordering, much more efficient than at the regular bars.
Overall, while we enjoyed RC approach to fun activities, their spa was tiny, the food was just “good” and the service was way too slow. I’ll be posting my Celebrity Baltic cruise review this weekend…stay tuned!