Yesterday morning we drove to Southampton to spend the weekend on Royal Caribbean‘s newest cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas. We’ve been invited as part of the ‘shakedown’ cruise to iron out the processes before Anthem of the Seas opens it’s doors to holiday makers.
Check in was a really simple process – our passports and Set Sails Passes were checked by a member of Royal Caribbean staff before we were shown through security. This was much the same as being at an airport and a completely new experience for the children. We then had another member of Royal Caribbean staff stamp our set sail passes and let us board.
Boarding took a bit longer as everyone was so keen to get on board and formed a queue but it was well organised and the walk to the ship was along a walkway similar to those used when getting on a plane. We passed a staff member who put a band on LP that would help if she got separated from us during the cruise – it had our Muster Point on it so that we knew where staff would take her if she was found and in event of an emergency we would all end up in the same place. Before we knew it we walked through the ship’s doors and were in the Royal Promenade, a deck of shops and restaurants – the perfect place to start our cruise.
We had a quick drink whilst we waited for our rooms to be available at 12 and then made our way up in the lift to our room on the 13th floor. All staterooms are positioned on easy to navigate corridors and we found our room – a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony. The room was bigger than I expected with a compact shower room and sofa bed. They’d also supplied a travel cot for Little Man.
We spent the rest of the day exploring the ship – which is huge with 16 decks. I’ll tell you more about what we did and the things on board in our full review. We had lunch in the Windjammer buffet style restaurant, dinner in The Grand formal dining restaurant and then Little Man went to the Adventure Ocean kids club whilst LP went to bed – she was sick earlier in the day and thoroughly exhausted!
In the evening I went to explore the ship by myself, to take photos and make sure we were prepared for everything we wanted to do the following day and not miss anything! During this time I found the ship easy to navigate with multiple lifts at either end and most of the activities, shops and restaurants/bars were located on the same floors so most things were all in one place.
I’m now off to have breakfast, followed by a massage and then a day of mainly swimming, eating and drinking! I’ll write a full review when we’re home but my first impressions? It’s an incredible ship with so much to do, most things are included in the price of the holiday and you would never be bored – or hungry!
Disclosure: We were invited on board Anthem of the Seas however all opinions are my own.