The first ship in the Quantum class, which was Quantum of the Seas, was launched in 2014, so I have wanted to get on Anthem of the Seas since I knew she would be based in Southampton. We were lucky and had been offered a cabin for a 2 night pre-inaugural cruise, so couldn’t wait to get onboard. Look at my review, videos and photos, and then call GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850.
Check-in was amazing!! This started with the online check-in, which I did from the comfort of my own home. Although the system could be made clearer in a couple of places, overall it was a straight-forward process. Where it varied from other check-ins I have done in the past, was that I also had to upload photos of both of us, to save time having them taken at the terminal. I also registered my credit card details, to cover my onboard account. They do boarding in half hour slots, and I was able to choose the one which suited me best. I then printed our SetSail passes.
On arrival at the terminal the porters take your cases and fit them RFID luggage tags, similar to those used by airlines, and give you a receipt for it. Using an app on your IPhone or Android phone, your cases can then be tracked onboard so you know where they are.
You then enter the terminal, show your SetSail pass and passport, proceed through security, and straight onto the ship. When you arrive at your cabin, you will find a sealed envelope with your name on it. In the envelope will be your SeaPass card, which will open the cabin door, and will also be used for onboard purchases, and to disembark and embark in the various ports of call. Another recent innovation, currently only available on the Quantum class ships, is that inside your cabin you will find a WOWband each, which you can wear on your wrist. It does everything that the card does, but you don’t have to worry about where it is all the time, and is a great innovation.
From arrival at the dock gates for the City Terminal, to the moment when we entered our cabin, it was just 27 minutes. Amazing!
We had a category D superior ocean view stateroom with balcony, which was a really good size. The bathroom had a good size shower, with a glass door, although the water pressure wasn’t great. As the ship is operating out of the UK there was even tea making facilities provided. Note that I said ‘tea making’ and not ‘tea and coffee making’, as there are no coffee sachets. I was impressed by the size of the bed, and by how much storage space there was. The balcony was a really good size with much more space than the balcony on the last new ship I visited.
Having sorted out our things I grabbed the camera and camcorder, and we headed off up to the top deck to start work. By work, I mean that I had a very long list of dozens of places I needed to visit to take photos and video clips, to enable me to put together this review and videos. This took us through until the lifeboat drill at 4.30pm. There are so many amazing ‘firsts’ on the Quantum Class ships, that it was difficult to take it all in. The North Star, the Dodgems, the RipCord by IFLY, the list is endless.
After the lifeboat drill it was time to get changed for the evening ahead, and to sample the food in the diverse range of dining venues, before a relatively early night for us.
The next day started with a more leisurely wander round the ship, with a couple of coffee stops, before we attended a trade presentation, to hear more about the ship from the top executives at Royal Caribbean. It was then back to my list to continue visiting all the other cabins and venues which I hadn’t managed to get around yesterday, with a break for lunch on the way.
Early evening it was time to go and watch ‘We Will Rock You’, which is the main show being performed onboard Anthem of the Seas. Some of the cast had actually come from the London production, including Kevin Kennedy (aka Curly Watts from Coronation Street). This was the first full dress rehearsal for the public, and the producers etc were in the audience. The show lasted just under two hours and went without a hitch, to rapturous applause from the audience. I can see this being one of things every passenger will want to watch while they are onboard. Then it was time for dinner, and back to the cabin to pack as we were disembarking early the next morning.
Anthem of the Seas is a great new addition to the fleet, with an enormous range of things to do onboard. Anyone who likes large ships, with plenty of action, and a big choice of dining venues, will surely have a fantastic time. If you like smaller ships, with a more traditional cruise experience, then it might be a bit too busy for you, but there are smaller ships in the fleet.
There is a ship to suit everyone, so whatever sort of cruise experience you are looking for, let me help you find the ideal holiday. after all, that is why I visit the ships, write the reviews and make the videos.
She is 162,800 gross tons, which is bigger than the Freedom Class ships, but quite a bit smaller than the Oasis Class ships, which are 220,000 gross tons. With 2,090 cabins, she can carry 4,180 passengers at standard occupancy. This number would increase in holiday time though, when the 3rd and 4th berths in cabins are used. There is a crew of 1,300 to look after everyone.
The Quantum class ships have a host of new innovations, many having never been seen at sea before; or even seen anywhere on land.
There are over 30 grades of accommodation, ranging from an S1, which is a Studio inside cabin for one person, up to the RL Royal Loft Suite with Balcony. Around 75% of the cabins have a balcony, and they have really introduced something new for the inside cabins. These have a ‘virtual balcony’, which is a wall mounted 80” LED screen, and live video footage of the ocean is shown on it. They also offer a number of family suites and connected cabins, to enable larger families to be together.
All cabins come complete with high quality bed, luxurious bedding, television, phone and safe, a private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer. As you move up through the various accommodation grades, then the inclusions increase.
There are a host of dining options available, and I have split them down into 4 groups.
When booking your cruise you can opt for ‘Classic Dining’, which is either first or second sitting in the complimentary full service restaurants The Grande, Chic, Silk and American Icon Grill. You will move to a different one each evening but keep your table and waiters.
Alternatively, you can opt for ‘Dynamic Dining’, which means that you can book your evening dining in the complementary restaurants at a time slot to suit you, and this can be done online ahead of your cruise.
When it comes to finding somewhere to have a drink, there are numerous venues around the ship, but why not try the Bionic Bar, complete with robotic bartenders.
The above facilities are complimentary with the exception of any lessons you book on the FlowRider, RipCord by iFly, classes booked in the Gym, and of course any treatments you book in the Spa.
There are plenty of things to keep children occupied, and they will be so happy to be at the clubs, you might not see them too often.
I list below the various ship classes, together with the average size and number of passengers (based on standard occupancy), and the ships within each class.
If you have any questions on Anthem of the Seas, or on any of the other ships in the Royal Caribbean Fleet, call GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850.