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Two weeks ago, My Vacation Lady was among the privileged travel professionals to spend 2 nights aboard the Anthem of the Seas on her last short cruise before starting her permanent cruise schedule out of Bayonne, NJ.

We had sailed on the sister ship just before the Quantum of the Seas went to China and really enjoyed it so we were thrilled to be able to explore the changes on the newest Quantum Class ship (the Ovation of the Seas is the next one coming out).

So what was new:  

Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas

Well, the first thing that was new, was the brand new parking deck at the Bayonne Cruise Terminal.  Once we got to the ground level, we were checked in by the Embarkation Team- even before we left the parking garage.  Walking around with their Ipads, the check in process took less than 5 minutes— including taking our pictures.  From the parking garage, we walked into the terminal, went through security and then boarded the ship.  Fastest cruise embarkation ever!

crossword artThe first thing we noticed when we boarded the ship was the artwork–  in the elevators and the the wall.  A couple of our favorite stair cases pieces of art was a scrabble board and a wall of donuts.

New shows— instead of Mama Mia (which I loved), we saw the Queen Show “We Will Rock You”.  Didn’t love it as much but I did like their Two70 Show- Spectra’s Cabaret better than the Star Water show on the Quantum.

The dining has (thankfully) changed to a choice of Classic I (6pm), Classic II (8:30pm) or Dynamic Dining.  The Dynamic dining was a great idea in theory but the actual logistics was a disaster when it came to making all of the reservations on line- and if you were traveling with a group that wanted to eat together.  Now, you can choose either of the Classic dinings and you will rotate among 4 restaurants- Silk, the Grand, Chic and American Icon at your set dining time.  You can still make reservations in the specialty restaurants, if you want.  Loved that Devinly Decadent (chef from the Biggest Loser TV show) where almost all entrees are under 500 calories and they have a ton of gluten free options, is now complimentary too- but you do need reservations.

Loved that there are 2 covered pools (the Solarium tiered pools and the next pool and Jacuzzis- with a retractable cover) since they will be traveling out of Bayonne in the winter.  The H2O Zone and the main pool are still open air.

What Stayed the Same

piano player- elevator-1Of course, the Bionic Bar (robot bartenders) is always a fun place to be but so were the bumper cars in the Seaplex, and enjoying a hot dog afterward.

Still loved the North Star and I-Fly.  The specialty restaurants are all the same.  Loved Jamie Olivers and Chops.  The Schooner Bar is always a fun place to hang out with the nightly piano player but the fun part was the daytime ‘roaming piano player’.  We found him in the elevator serenading guests on their way up or down.

Music Hall is another great place to hang out with tribute bands playing some favorites.

 

Anthem commercial

 

Did we enjoy the ship?  Without a doubt.  Would we sail on the Anthem of the Seas again?  In a heart beat!

This video was taken of Mr and Mrs My Vacation Lady from a drone off the back of the Anthem of the Seas.  It’s our “wish you were with us dance!!”

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