Wow What a Ship!
I can definitely say that the cruise industry is changing from the days when I took my first cruise more than 20 years ago. When I was younger my family and I went on a Carnival cruise out of Miami. I remember it being fun as a child but the ship was very basic. Fast forward to the present and the ships are not even in the same ballpark from what they used to be. We were invited to sail on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas when it first came to the United States. All I can say is WOW! Here are a few highlights that stood out about this ship:
1. By far the North Star is elevates Anthem of the Seas to a whole new level. Where else can you be lifted 300 feet above sea level and get an amazing 360 degree view of your surroundings?
2. Drinks, drinks and more drinks! The most imaginative bar I have seen on a cruiseship can be found on Anthem of the Seas. Bionic Bar is in a league of its own. Robotic arms make the cocktails for you. It not only adds to the bar feel but it gives off a fun energy about it. Other bars and lounges were more sophisticated than on other ships that I have been on. I would absolutely give the bars onboard an A++.
3. The rooms are more modern by design on Anthem of the Seas. We had a nice balcony stateroom approximately 198 square feet. The size of the room was a little larger than the normal balcony staterooms that we have had in the past. Having the bed by the sliding glass door helps make the room feel bigger and not having a coffee table in front of the sofa is a big plus. The decor was more modern and sophisticated than other Royal Caribbean ships that we have been on before. The only downside was the bathroom. I'm not sure why bathrooms continue to be so small. If they made them a little bigger, I think numerous people would applaud Royal Caribbean for this, myself included!
All and all Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas is a great ship. It has alot of WOW factors that will help keep it ahead of other cruiseships on the market. Great job Royal Caribbean!
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