Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas is a very impressive cruise ship, offering lots to see and do, which means you will not want to miss any of it.
We present our list of the top ten hidden secrets and gems that you should not overlook if you get the chance to sail on Anthem of the Seas.
10. Solarium wicker couches
We love a comfy spot to sit back and relax, and on Anthem of the Seas, you will want to do just that in the wicker couches found in the Solarium.
These wicker couches are starting to be added to other ships (we first spotted them on Oasis of the Seas), but they are extremely comfortable couches that can easily accommodate two guests that makes for the perfect spot to watch the ocean, read a book or just take a nap.
9. Thermal spa pass
Royal Caribbean's Vitality Spa has always been the perfect place to indulge in a little, "me time," and on Anthem of the Seas, you will find one of the best ways to relax ever in the thermal spa.
Guests can purchase a pass to the thermal spa for $99 per person ($179 per couple) that gets guests access to
- Heated stone chairs
- Rainforest shower room
- Infrared sauna
- Steam room
The price quoted is for the duration of the cruise and is not just a tremendous value, but also a great way to forget all of your troubles.
8. The "Hershey kiss" chair
If you want to score points for taking a selfie in the coolest chair onboard Anthem of the Seas, check out this chair that reminds us of a Hershey Kiss.
Located in the Via, near Vintages Wine Bar, this chair is a large pear shaped chair that has an opening for one or more guests to jump in and relax.
The chair is more show than function, but we dare you not to take photos of yourself in there to share with others!
7. Pressed penny machine
Located in American Icon Grill is something we have never seen on any other Royal Caribbean ship, a pressed penny machine.
What you do is take a penny, stick it in there, rotate the lever and the machine presses and stretches out the penny and imprints a souvenir Anthem of the Seas decoration to it.
The machine costs 51 cents (50 cents + the penny you will use for the souvenir). You have your choice of having the penny show one of four designs
- North Star
- American Icon Grill
- Anthem of the Seas
For kids, this can be a very inexpensive souvenir and something fun for them to do!
6. Stowaway piano player
At any point in your Anthem of the Seas cruise, guests may find a piano player hiding somewhere onboard that plays a special set for anyone that can find him.
The idea is there is a piano player with a far-out piano that will move around the ship and perform for guests but encouraging guests to not report him.
The piano is no ordinary piano. It has hidden compartments and functions and can dispense various things, such as lollipops for kids or appear to overheat because of "intense" piano playing.
5. Wing viewing areas
Looking for the best view of Anthem of the Seas? Then you want to check out the wing viewing areas that are located all the way forward, near the Solarium.
There are wing viewing spots on both sides of the ship, and they are small platforms that extend away from the ship, giving guests amazing views every time.
These wing viewing areas are perfect for sailaways or just getting a great photo of Anthem of the Seas.
To get to the wing viewing areas, go all the way forward on deck 14, then walk through the Solarium all the way to the front and go left or right to find a door that leads to them.
4. Best chair in Two70
Two70 is a transformative space onboard Anthem of the Seas, which fuses highly advanced robotic and projected technology with live performances.
It seems like there is always something going on in there, and we found the best chair to sit in.
Located near the large glass windows is this hanging pear shaped chair that is perfect for lounging.
It also gives you the absolute perfect vantage point to enjoy the view of the ocean that Two70 is well known for providing.
3. Meat plank from Jamie's Italian
Jamie's Italian specialty restaurant is a real winner with guests, who continuously report back glowing reviews of the food offered here. If you are wondering what the best thing is on the menu: it is the meat planks.
The menu is comprised of Jamie’s Italian Famous Plank piled high with cured meats, pickles and tempting cheeses. It is perfect for sharing with everyone at the table and you will really find it is the perfect way to start any meal at Jamie's Italian.
2. Solarium swing
On Quantum of the Seas, guests could enjoy a swing in Two70, but on Anthem of the Seas, the swing has found its way to the front of the Solarium.
Hop on the swing between swims and enjoy the best view from the front of the ship as you gently rock back and forth.
Not only is somewhere fun to enjoy the view, but it's yet another great idea for photos.
1. Fresh baked cookies in Windjammer
In general, it is hard to pass up cookies, but on Anthem of the Seas, you will find freshly baked cookies in the Windjammer that are an absolute must-try.
I'm probably not breaking any new ground by telling you freshly baked cookies taste really, really good. But I can't ever recall finding freshly baked cookies available on a Royal Caribbean ship. Until now!
In the breads section of the Windjammer, you will find crew members putting out their latest creations but you really need to ask them for some fresh cookies because they are absolutely amazing. Like beat your own grandmother to get one amazing.