Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Room Review
I just got back from my first Royal Caribbean Cruise on the $940 Million Anthem of the Seas Ship, the second ship of the Quantum Class. I booked a Superior Oceanview state room with balcony on the 10th floor. (Room 10252 to be exact.) This review is limited to room. Next week I’ll do a full review of the ship and overall experience.
The total for the trip for room, taxes and fees for two people came out to $2325. Cruise prices really vary widely depending on how and when you book them as well as what’s included in your package. I ended up booking through the AMEX Cruise Privileges program because it gave me a state room credit and an extra membership rewards point per dollar on the cost. All for the same price that Royal Caribbean charges.
Room Type: Superior Ocean View State Room with Balcony
One Word: Tiny. When we first walked in, my first thought was something along the lines of “Wow, have staterooms always been this small or did I get bigger? I’m actually down a few lbs, so I don’t think it’s me.” Once you get over the size, you can appreciate the modern style and attractive color scheme.
Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is 3 years old and it’s still got the polished look of something new. I also felt the small area was laid out well, so as to maximize space. Unfortunately those last two points are the only two positives I can share about the rooms.
For frame of reference, I’m not a huge cruiser. I’ve been on eight or nine cruises mostly on Norwegian and Carnival Cruise lines. I was looking forward to Royal Caribbean because it seems to be regarded as the best of the three. I definitely don’t have the same impression. Both Norwegian and Carnival had bigger rooms and Norwegians seem to be nicer.
Cleanliness could have been better, I was constantly noticing things that were dusty or dirty. There were four staterooms between us and the other members of my group felt the same way. Also the bed was very uncomfortable, it felt like it may have been broken, so hopefully that was an isolated incident. Though the balcony chairs weren’t very comfortable either.
As far as amenities and other extras, I really feel this is an area that could easily be improved to elevate the experience. There’s hand soap and a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner provided. That’s it. I don’t need them to provide much, but in this day and age a separate shampoo and conditioner and maybe q-tips seem like the bare minimum. I also have never been on a cruise where robes aren’t provided.
The bathroom was acceptable but again, very small. The shower was pretty tight and I kept knocking the shampoo dispenser off of the wall which got a bit annoying. We also had to call maintenance the second day because the shower wasn’t draining. It was handled quickly and fixed for the remainder of the trip. Temperature and shower pressure were decent, so no complaints there. One thing to keep in mind, if you have to blow dry your hair or get ready in the mirror, there’s definitely not enough space to do that in the bathroom, but there is a desk with a mirror.
I wish I had more, but you know what they say: Small room….. small review. I think for the price, I would have done better on a different cruise line. Overall, I was a bit disappointed and felt the rooms could have been nicer and larger. Royal Caribbean’s state room seemed to be pretty basic without many frills. I would be afraid to see how small a room without a balcony would feel. Sometimes guest experience comes down to the small details and I think that’s the case here. The good news is that you can get a much better deal on a different line and the staterooms will be bigger.