Today, I'm going to talk about the gorgeous ship Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas, and I'll come back next week and share more about our two days docked in Bermuda. We set sail from Bayonne, NJ which had a great view of the NYC skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty.
We were constantly in awe of the beauty of this ship, and all the advanced technology and features on board. Maybe it was because we sailed with Carnival last year (and never again!), but I truly think the Anthem of the Seas was our favorite ship we've sailed so far. It even beat our first Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic.
*Once you go balcony, you can't ever go back*
Balcony rooms are hands down the way to go! You get extra space with a sitting area, a hair and makeup vanity, natural sunlight, and your own private balcony which is perfect for room service breakfast (always free!) in the morning or night caps in the evening.
One of my favorite spots on the ship was Two 70, which is a cafe during the day and at night it turns into a great spot to catch a show. The breakfast and lunch were both a great alternative from the windjammer buffet up on the lido deck. They served breakfast sandwiches, paninis, bagels, salads, pastries, cereal, and had a full coffee and espresso bar.
Up on the top deck was the Flowrider and Rip Cord attractions where you can simulate surfing and skydiving. Pregnant chick had to sit these 2 out *womp womp*. Next time though!
The North Star was also a great on-board attraction which lifts you over 300 feet above sea level for unparalleled 360 degree views of the sea or the port you're docked in. (On all Quantum class ships on Royal Caribbean.)
*I of course needed a North Star souvenir cup*
Vintages was a neat wine bar that also served tapas as a great pre-dinner snack. I also thought it was neat that they had machines to sample different wines like the Wine Room that the Central FL gals are familiar with.
The Bionic Bar was really neat where you order a drink from the iPads at the tables, and keep track of how your drink is being made up on the big screen as robotic arms put on a show making the drink from the bottles on the ceiling.
One of my favorite parts of cruising is always the food, as it's all-inclusive and there's so much of it. I enjoyed the extra variety on this ship as well as choosing a different restaurant each night. We tried American Icon Grill, The Grande, Chic (twice), and Chops Grille Steakhouse. All had phenomenal service, and we were able to order as much as we wanted. 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 3 desserts?! Sure! Let's just say we gained weight on this vacay!
*I need this couch and that backsplash in my house*
*There was also an on-board Starbucks and a la carte pastry and sweets shop*
The SeaPlex featured an indoor basketball court, ping pong, air hockey, fooseball, an arcade, and a floor that transferred into a rollerskating rink as well as bumper cars.
The Solarium was my favorite place to relax during "at sea" days. Such a beautiful and serene adults only area with several tiered pools and hot tubs with amazing views of the ocean.
The main pool was a lot of fun too with a big screen for "movies under the stars" in the evenings and live Caribbean music during the day.
Another great after dinner spot is the casino, where H swears it's much easier to win than in the casinos back home. I'm usually just an observer...
The on-board fitness center (that I only went to once - whoops!) was equipped with any workout machine you can imagine, a full spa, yoga studio, and even a spin class room.
And the shopping.... oh the shopping on board! I am still thinking about the KS and Prada sunnies I drooled over every day. Designer bags, clothes, makeup, fragrances, and accessories were all on board with duty free pricing.
What are some of your favorite cruises you've been on?