Anthem of the Seas Review

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas




It’s A Smart Ship

Putting together an Anthem of the Seas review is not an easy task as it would be hard to find anyone who has not heard about the newest addition to the Royal Caribbean International fleet. Her recent arrival into Southampton Docks for her inaugural season seems to have the whole cruise industry in a swirl.
With 24 ships in it’s fleet to date, compared to P and O’s eight, Royal Caribbean International have raised the bar to the point where we wonder what on earth they can do next. But after spending two nights on her pre-inaugural sailing, it is clear that they have found a whole new dimension to cruising, cruise ship art, cruise ship dining and cruise ship entertainment.  Read my Anthem of the Seas review and feel free to add your comments or questions at the end.

Review

My first impression, as I entered the atrium, was one of class and sophistication.
It’s a grown-up version of Royal Caribbean International in as much as it’s not just about having cool stuff onboard, it’s about having the clever design, clever art, and clever menus.  In Wonderland, you have to paint your menu, which is presented to you in an elaborate picture frame, with a paintbrush and water to reveal the words.  It’s a fun and different concept.
 
Anthem of the Seas Review Flavia Gray Cruise Holiday Expert
I absolutely love the solarium onboard Anthem of the Seas

There is a lot more indoor space to enjoy the outdoor scenery, such as the adult only solarium with stunning views looking across the ocean from the front of the ship, and the pool bar which has a retractable roof.  This gives adults with and without children a place to enjoy a swim, a refreshing drink and a place to have fun or relax in all weather conditions”.

Anthem of the Seas Review Flavia Gray Cruise Holiday Expert
Me in Two70 with Dominic Paul, Michael Bayley, Richard Fain and Stuart Leven

The Two70 venue by day is another incredible place to relax indoors in a cosy environment with a cafe and bar where you can enjoy incredible aft view of the ocean through the two and a half deck high windows giving 270-degree views.  At night, this venue transforms into an entertainment venue with robotic screens and 12K sound system with scenic images projected on the windows behind it.  That has never been seen on land before let alone at sea.  Watch the short video below and at one point you can hear me saying “how the hell”, which is quite literally what you think when you see what this ship has to offer.

From the first at sea of indoor skydiving to dodgems, the North Star (taking you 300ft above the water for breathtaking views) to rollerskating to their signature Flowriders and Rock Walls, Royal Caribbean International have certainly taken the cruise ship holiday experience to a whole new level, but what about the new concept of Dynamic Dining which has received a lot of negative comments?  Well, I love it!  At first, I thought I would miss the Main Dining Room as I always looked forward to that part of my cruise, but the complimentary restaurants onboard are still big restaurants.  The food is incredible and because each restaurant has it’s own style of cuisine you benefit from a much wider range of food to choose from overall. You really can do what you want, when you want.
Anthem of the Seas Review Flavia Gray Cruise Holiday Expert
A friendly waitress offers me a sample of their signature champagne cocktail in The Grande
They have added more in the way of entertainment as well. Not content with having the West End Musical, We Will Rock You in the main theatre and the incredible shows in Two70, there is the Music Hall.  This is a two deck high music venue with self-levelling pool tables upstairs and a stage and dancefloor downstairs. During my 2 days onboard the bands I heard playing ranged from the music of Pink Floyd to an 80’s tribute act.

They also have some incredible new suites and staterooms, one of which is the owners loft suite complete with three balconies and a hanging chair which I loved.

Anthem of the Seas Review Flavia Gray Cruise Holiday Expert
Testing the hanging chair on one of the three balconies in the Owner Loft suite
So having explored the whole ship over the course of two days, we asked Cruise Specialist,  Flavia what sort of person would be best suited to a cruise on Anthem of the Seas?  Everyone!  At least anyone who doesn’t want to experience the same thing they do at home, when they are on holiday.  Anyone who has an inquisitive mind, a sense of adventure and likes to have, or enjoys watching others having a good time. There is something for everyone on this ship, as long as you are not grumpy, boring and miserable, you WILL have the BEST time ever on THIS ship!  TRY IT!

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