Anthem of the Seas dining: Public Areas

As you remember I had a sailing a few weeks ago on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. I went over the Windjammer buffet and the main dining rooms, now it is time to go over some of the dining options in the other public areas.

First I’ll start with Cafe 270 which was located on deck 5. This is a Cafe/ sandwich spot. They also had fresh salads and hot soups. The star of the show is the roast beef sandwich. They carve the roast beef, put it on a small delicious round roll with some even more delicious horseradish sauce. Together you have one of the best roast beef sandwiches you will ever have. It was absolutely delicious and you will get multiples. They have other sandwiches to choose from. The only other sandwich I got was the Italian, which was also very good. The salads were crisp and fresh and the soups that changed every day were decent. When you get your food walk right into the 270 lounge and grab a seat to enjoy your food.

In the Esplanade on deck 4 you had a few options in the main area. My wife who loves her coffee visited the Starbucks a few times located in their patisserie. They don’t have the full Starbucks menu but they had what she wanted. I never got anything from the bakery but things seemed good. Across the way is Sorrento’s, a pizza place that has varieties of pizza waiting for you. I’m going to say thing, I’m from New Jersey, we have some of best, if not the best pizza in the USA so I may be picky. But this pizza was horrible. Princess cruises has the best pizza at sea, and I have heard MSC has better pizza, but I am not even sure the pizza at Sorrento’s can be described as pizza. The cheese seemed to disintegrate in your mouth, it had a fake/imitation cheese flavored and the crust was so/so. I tried it once, that’s all I needed.

They have a pub also in the Esplanade with food to pay for, usually normal pub food with some usual staples like a burger and chicken wings. Since staying with the theme of keeping the price down we did not eat there.

Upstairs on deck 15 in the SeaPlex you have the Hot Dog truck. I was most excited for this. They had a few different options of hot dogs and toppings, and a smoked bratwurst which was the first thing I tried. Now I will say this,I do not think the brat was popular with most cruisers on board, the hot dogs were flying out so the hot dogs were usually fresh, the brat was tough and lukewarmmdinly because it was sitting on the warmer for a while since no one was ordering it. If gotten fresh I believe it would have been very good and tasty. If you go and want it, check and see how long it’s been out, that was my mistake. The hot dogs though were good, I’d usually get a plain dog with Suaerkrout, mustard and ketchup… it was good. They had macaroni and potato salads as sides which were ok.

There was a Jonny Rockets outside the Windjammer by the outdoor pool which never seems busy. The menu is a la carte with milk shakes, soda, burgers fries onion rings. Again we did not attempt to eat here, and really it didn’t seem like many other did either. Think they need to change that space up a bit, seems it is a waste with few customers. Most of the people eating at the tables there were people taking trays from the Windjammer there to eat.

Really the main areas for dining are the Windjammer and the main dining rooms. Cafe 270 was very good and the hot dog cart was good too. There was another little Cafe in the Esplanade but nothing looked appetizing. There is more than enough to choose from on the Anthem in terms of food so you don’t have to go to anyplace to pay. Out of a 5 star rating I’ll give the Anthema 3.9.

Next up I’ll go over the entertainment and activities on board the Anthem.


Anthem of the Seas: Main dining room Review

On the Anthem of the Seas there are 4 main dining rooms which are no charge restaurants, American Icon, Silk, Grande, and Chic. American Icon and Silk are the main dining rooms for those on My Time Dining. Chic and Grande are reserved for those who have their set seating times. In our case, with small children we decided on My time Dining.

It seemed like we rotated between the 2 My time dining rooms throughout the week. The American Icon room was for those who made reservations for dinner, and Silk was reserved for walk ups. The first night we made a reservation for dinner, but the rest of the week we walked up and really never had a problem or much of a wait for a table.

All of the dining rooms share the same menu, so you are not missing out on an item if you go to one dining room and not the other. The menu consists of starters or appetizers, entrees and then your desserts. Each category had a “classics” option to choose from which is available every night of the cruise. Starters under classics were things like shrimp cocktail, which I ordered most nights and was pretty good. You got 4 medium sized shrimp and the waiter poured cocktail sauce over them. Personally, I liked it. Also there was French onion soup which I ordered most might also. For some reason I just felt like soup and the onion soup was good. It’s nothing gourmet but it was almost like a comfort soup for me. Also the had Escargot, which I only ordered one night and that was all I needed. It wasn’t very good to me, even though other people that ordered them said they were good. Maybe it was just me? Also on the classics menu was a house salad, fruit salad and Caesar salad which I never ordered… comon I’m on a cruise, I don’t have room for salads!!!

The only time I ordered from the changing starters menu was the crab cake, which to me was the best starter of the week. It was very good, tasty, and light. It could have had more meat in it, but that wasn’t as big of a deal. My big tip though? Order 2 of them since they are very good but on the smallish side.

There was a soup every night, the Lobster Bisque and Mushroom soup were very good, the other soups really didn’t catch my interest. None of the other starters really caught my eye, there were Asian pork egg rolls, a duck dish, some seafood ones, but none sounded or looked appetizing. For the most part I was happy with my shrimp cocktail and soup.

Now for kids, they had pasta, pizza, chicken fingers, mac and cheese, really standard kids menu items. The pizza was just flat out bad, but the pasta was really very good. My children ordered pasta marinara every night and loved it. I tried it and it was very good. Actually on board every pasta dish I had was very good.

Ok as for entrees, the “classics” were roasted chicken, Salmon or fish of the day, ┬ápasta bolognese, or a steak. Not once did I order from this menu. The rotating menu was usually good enough. My only problem with the Dining room was that you had a night or 2 where there really wasn’t much to choose from. Actually one night we went to the buffet for dinner because there was nothing we would get on the menu. But, you had 2 nights where we had a tough decision because I literally could have picked 4 dishes. It would have been nice if they staggered some of the “prime” dishes for entrees instead of stacking some nights. Entrees that stood out to me were chicken Marsala, seafood linguine, and lobster tail and Prime Rib. I really didn’t get an entree I didn’t like. I normally don’t like lobster but the tail was excellent. Prime rib for me was good, but it seemed like it could be hit or miss with my traveling party. Other choices throughout the week included tack of lamb, shrimp scampi, eggplant and chicken parm, pretty much a different steak or beef every night. Like I said only thing wrong was 2 night I had a real tough decision to make ordering, but one night there was nothing pretty much any of us would order.

Desserts were good, there were three changing desserts and the rest classics. The hazelnut chocolate cake was good. The description is deceiving since it was pretty much a chocolate lava cake. Key lime pie was a big hit on the night they had it, and the cheesecake was a hit from the classics. They also had an artisan cheese plate that no one decided to try, and a choice of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream which the kids loved.

Basically I give the dining room food and experience 4 stars out of 5. Food was good, service was good. I have had better service and food on other ships but I have also had much worse. Other than that one night with the poor menu I thought the dining room food and experience was good/very good.