Anthem of the Seas, 4-20-2015
Pre-inaugural, Port of Southampton London England
Anthem of the Seas is 168,667 Gross tons, 1,141 feet long, with 4,180 guests (double occupancy), 2090 total staterooms.
Out of the 2090 staterooms, 16 family connected, 34 wheell chair accessible, 1,571 balcony, 148 outside, and 375 with
virtual balconies. Cost to build this ship, right around one billion dollars.
Cabins feel well equipped, with your closet and bathroom as you enter, followed by couch and desk, then your bed. You
will need to insert your sign/sail card into a slot by the door, in order to operate your lights. These ships are smart,
and want to save on costs, so you will also notice there are motion detectors in the hallways to dim lights, if there is no
motion, but as soon as you open your door and walk in the hall, the lights go back up. The first time you enter your cabin,
you will have wrist bands waiting for you, simply wear and use them instead of your card. You can open your door, make on board
purchases with them, they are also waterproof.
When you first get tothe pier, you will be greeted by staff with i-pads that will be able to check you in. In case you didn't
already upload your picture, they can do that. Getting checked in and on board just takes a few minutes. After this, you are ready
to board. Your sign/sail cards will be in your mail box, next to your door, and once inside you will find your wrist bands. Just
be sure to put your card into slot to operate your lights.
There are 4 dynamic dinning rooms, all located on decks 3 & 4, Silk, Chic, Americn Icon Grill and The Grande. The specialty
restaurants located on deck 14 are, Coastal Kitchen, Devinly Decadence and on deck 5 you will find Jamie's Italian, Wonderland,
Izumi, and Chops Grill. For these restaurants, allow 2 hours for dinner. The Windjammer Marketplace is up on deck 14, by the pool.
I absolutely love this food option, especially the different sections instead one section, where you wait in line with everyone
else. It is simple and quick, with numerous dishes in one section, both sides have the same dishes. Noticed, that in the morning,
they have a coffee pot on each table, with plenty of hot coffee.
Up on deck 16 you will find the Flowrider, ripcord by "Ifly". Deck 15 is the sports deck, Seaplex Doghouse and Challenger's arcade, fuel,
and the vitality fitness center. The running track and North Star is also on deck 15.
Deck 13, 14 and 15 is home to the Solarium. Pool deck is where you will find the h2ozone, seatrek, Johnny Rockets, and the Windjammer
Marketplace. Adventure Ocean is located on decks 11 and 12.
The conference center is on deck 13 and directly below, on deck 12 is the consierce club. You will find 2 banks of elevators and
stairs onboard, one forward and aft.
Two70 is aft and covers 2 decks, 5 and 6. During the day it is a space used for meetings/talks, etc. and the evening it turns
into a sparkling showcase, with a show that dazzles the eyes and ears, something not to be missed. Deck 5 has the various specialty
restaurants along the art gallery, Vintages, The Via, the shore excursion desk, and the bionic bar.
The Music Hall on deck 3 and 4 is also a great multi use space. On the other side of a bank of elevators/stairs, you will find
Diamond club and The Royal Theater which covers two decks, 3 and 4. The show, "We will Rock you" is performed here and very
hi-tech, with use of sound and lights. The naming ceremony was held here and, to me, really special. Upon entering and sitting
in your seat, was another wrist band, had no idea what it was for, but during the ceremony they magically starting lighting up,
in different colors to the music. It also depended on where you sat, to determine the color your band flashed. This theater is your
typical Royal Caribbean venue, not a bad seat in the house.
The Godmother of the ship is, a lovely lady, Emma Wilby. She can sing, OMG, what a voice. After the ceremony in the Royal Theater,
a cocktail party afterwards, was in the Music Hall.
I also signed up for a bridge tour, where the captain, Claus Andersen, was answering questions, etc.
Casino Royale is down on deck 3. Unfortunately, for this cruise, it was not open, nor were they able to sell liquor or tobacco
products, some London law?
I was only able to see two shows, Spectra's Cabaret in Two70, and the production of "We Will Rock You", held in the Royal Theater.
Both were outstanding, and not to be missed. Be sure to stop up and see the Bionic Bar, amazing to say the least. There will
also be Vistarama, a Virtual Concert Series, along with a Virtual Symphony, and something called, The Gift, which sounds very
interesting. The High C'S Horns is another show to see. While there is no just "Disco", they will have Groovy Town, where a DJ
and a live band will keep you entertained, held in the Music Hall. This is the place to show off your dance moves,
even a dance competition will be held there. If you love Rock and Roll, the show Anthem Rocks is another production where
you will hear boogie, jam and rock. You can also see a free form jam in the Music Hall, with the players from all the bands
on board. A tribute band will also preform in the Music Hall and will play music from every era. Something unique to Anthem, there
a stowaway piano player who will show up all over the ship, even in an elevator. I think he was still stowed away somewhere when
we were there, I did keep an eye out for him, but no dice. While this class of ship does not have the Dreamworks characters, there
seems to be many forms of entertainment for the whole family. Also missing from this class, is the huge boardwalk you see on the
Oasis/Allure of the Seas ship, but there is ample space for the shops/bars, etc. on deck 4, Royal Esplanade, next to Guest Services.
You will also be able to keep your schedule on your smart phone, so you will not miss anything. The Royal Wi-Fi is totally amazing
and will be added to other ships in the near future. It is supposed to be 3 times faster than anything at sea prior to Anthem of the
Seas. Truthfully, I would of been lost without it, you can get the app. when you board and be able to keep in touch
with everyone in your party.
This is always a touchy subject, but overall, the food was better than expected. Had one dinner in Jamie Olivers, which is one
of the specialty options on board Anthem of the Seas. Food and service were top notch. They now serve it ala cart, so it's cost can
add up quickly, but if you already booked this restaurant with just a service charge, they will honor it. Most of the time, we
ate in the Windjammer Marketplace and there was a huge selection of dishes, all served hot and or cold. There seemed to be ample
tables to eat at, with plenty of drink options. They offer an amazing array of breads/rolls, baked fresh and daily. I think most passengers
will find the food and selections to be better than the past. Staff and service is an A plus. Just be sure to save room for
desserts, they have an amazing selection.
I can see Anthem of the Seas to be hugely popular, for the typical Royal Caribbean cruiser, and a first timer. You will get all the
things you are used to when on board on of their ships, plus it is turned up a notch, with their production shows and all around
entertainment. Then throw in, the I-fly and the NorthStar and even bumper cars in Seaplex. While this class of ship, caters
to families/kids, I feel it is geared for families with older kids, but still plenty to keep the younger ones active.
Again, this ship is a good fit for just about anyone, still a big ship, but not overly huge. Easy to navigate between decks,
and from front to back. I only was lost once or twice before getting my bearings. Royal Caribbean has always been a head above
others with their hi-tech and Anthem will not disappoint in that respect. They lead the way with their availability of their high speed
I just wish I had, more time to see the ship and all the different shows they offer, guess I will just have to book a longer cruise
in the future.
There are two picture galleries here at Cruisemates, one of Anthem of the Seas, and another taken while touring around London for
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