I looked and didnt see another post for this cruise. Boarded yesterday. The weather hasnt been good but it is what it is. After two sailings on Allure and one on Enchantment, this is my first on Anthem.
Overall, I have to admit Anthem hasnt hit a homerun for us so far. It has some neat stuff (trapeze, bumper cars etc) but that is part of the problem. Those cool, first come first served experiences just cant handle the amount of people on the boat. Thirty minutes before bumper cars start there is a line that wraps all the way around Seaplex and extends out into the pool area. It cant handle this volume.
With Northstar and IFly, there are reservations. Not so with the others. Trapeze is only a couple of days out of the entire sailing. I wonder what percent of those who want to do it actually do so.
Someone in another thread mentioned windjammer. The layout is terrible. On Oasis classes, WJ flows. Even when packed it doesnt feel like rush hour traffic in NYC. On Anthem, too much is packed down the center and it is congested even when not packed. Or at least it feels that way.
Food seems comparable, except for WJ which seems not as good, but only eaten there once, so the sample size is too small to evaluate. Chops and main dining room have been good.
On the plus side, boarding was a breeze. Even without the Key, I think it would have been better than Ft Lauderdale. Props to Cape Liberty. With the Key is was a dream.
270 was a pleasant surprise. I really like it and wish Oasis class had one. The bar and sandwich shop being there is great. The only knock is the library is also there and quite loud with the noise below. I haven't found a really quiet place to sit and read yet beside my balcony and the weather hasnt been good for that yet.
The wristbands are a nice feature as is the IQ app (when it isnt crashing). 7.95 to text with IQ is sad and it should be included for free. We have the Voom package and just use WhatsApp to text and call. Voom plus WhatsApp is a great combo.
Bermuda tomorrow and hopefully better weather. Lots of days to go, but my gut tells me in the future I will spend the cash to fly to S Fla for an Oasis class (we live on Long Island) instead of taking Anthem again. The quick drive vs flying was great but so far the ship hasnt felt to be worth the saving on air fair.
Ps.. crew has been good (not great) and so far no sign of the little peeing dog I read about. :-)