royal caribbean cruise review

my dress, blog post here | out of office hat | rosé all day hat | see u later hat

A few weeks ago I experienced my first cruise with Royal Caribbean.  I boarded their Anthem of the Seas ship (and found out we were on a practically brand new boat!) with some of my blogger friends Krystal, Nikki, Jenn, Courtney and Summer, and being a cruise newbie, I wasn’t quite sure what I would find.

I’ve heard all of these stories about how small cruise ship rooms can be, so I was a little nervous to check into my “cabin,” but I was so amazed at how spacious it was! Honestly, it was hardly any smaller than an NYC hotel room, and I had not one but two closets (a girl’s dream, we all know this), a sparkly tile shower, a vanity with a large bulb-lit mirror, a chest of drawers, a queen bed and a balcony with two chairs and a small table. Um… did I say I was on a 5-night cruise? I should have booked the 10-night, because I was just getting settled in to my #cruiselife.

There were three pools on the ship, tons of restaurants, plenty of bars, and my favorite part – numerous options for nightlife on the boat – all planned ahead for you.  Every day we received an itinerary to our rooms of all the events happening on the boat from sun-up to sun-down. Surf stimulators, salsa classes, bumper cars, yoga on the deck, rock climbing, rollerskating – all kinds of daytime activities. We saw a small broadway show, a Journey cover band (seriously so good), movies by the pool – this boat was gigantic.

Perhaps the most fun of all was had in the Music Hall.  Every night this turned into the nightlife spot of the boat – our first night being “Groovy Town,” including disco dancers and a brief Jackson 5 performance that was too good to be true (if you follow me on Snapchat: CBLied, you saw this!).  The next night it was normal top 40 music, and our last night was “Silent Party” that may have just been the icing on the cake.  There were two dj’s wearing headphones – one was lit up blue and one was green.  Everyone on the dance floor was given a pair of headphones and you could switch “stations” to each of the dj’s, back and forth depending on if you liked what they were playing. We’re all dancing around with these headphones on, but when you take them off you just see a bunch of crazy adults dancing and singing along to… silence.  Honestly, it was probably one of the most hilarious experiences I’ve had in 2016 thus fur, and the middle-aged woman scream-singing Adele with her headphones on was the cherry on top.

I was really sad for the cruise to come to an end because it was such a unique and fun experience – we all left the boat talking about where we would want to go next!

carrie bradshaw lied

sandals | dress | bag

view from cruise ship balcony yes way rose hat

bag | hat | passport cover | clutch | swimsuit (comes in three colors!) | sunglasses | necklace | cuff | chainlink bracelet | sandals

palm print swimsuit

swimsuit, similar here and here | shorts | passport cover | sunglasses

floral chiffon maxi dress

dress – no longer available | clutch

yumi kim red toproyal caribbean anthem of the seas cruise

top | shorts, love these too | clutch | sandals | similar hat | earrings

strapless one piece swimsuit

swimsuit | similar shorts | bag

pink and orange maxi dress sail to sable pink maxi dress

hat | dress | bag | earrings

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dress (comes in two colors!) | similar hat | sandals | clutch | similar earrings here and here

julie vos bangles

If I had the opportunity to go on another cruise, I absolutely would – hopefully one that stopped along the European coast!  I loved how incredibly easy the entire experience was, and the fact that everything is planned for you really allows you to be carefree and totally relax.  Not to mention the convenience of it all – your feet hurt? Go to your cabin and change.  You want to drop off your handbag in the room? Done. You want a snack? Stop around the corner. I usually plan my excursions ahead of time, but knowing that I could step on the boat and it was all done for me was amazing.

I have another post coming next week from our two days spent docked in Bermuda and will be sharing my tips and recommendations for that as well!  If there is anything I’m wearing in these photos that you don’t see linked – please let me know and I’ll be sure to get you the source! Thanks so much for reading – XO –

I was gifted this trip with Royal Caribbean, but this post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own. 

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14 thoughts on “Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas

  1. What a blast!!! It looks like an amazing time. I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise so what a fun post. Definitely need to look into it more. That last pic is darling! Love the bangles.

    xo,Sara Kate Styling

    1. HAHA I love this comment! I’d never been on a cruise… but I think I brought too much dressy stuff and not enough casual stuff. Live and learn!

  2. What a fun and stylin’ trip you had! Seriously the photos are so beautiful and colorful, it makes me excited to dress up a bit more! Glad you enjoyed your cruise!!! I went on one last year (my first one), and had a terrible time, due to being sick and then getting seasick. I love the idea, but probably never again, ha ha! Love your blog!


    1. Oh NO! I probably should have added that Christian prescribed me some anti-nausea patches that I wore that really helped eliminate any motion sickness. I would definitely recommend that!

  3. Your post makes me want to book another cruise! You should totally go on one to Europe, best way to see multiple countries without having to be packing and unpacking every couple of days.

  4. Kathleen!! It sounds like you had a great time!! I haven’t been on a cruise yet mainly because I’m freaked out by the idea of being stuck on a rocking ship. What was your experience with being in constant motion? Did you feel it at all?

    1. That’s a great question! The motion didn’t really bother me, but I had prescribed motion sickness patches I wore. You could definitely feel it most when we were in the middle of the ocean, but I would really recommend being prepared with the patches or some dramamine!

  5. Hey girl! Love this so much! All the outfits are super cute! Question – how is the sizing on the shopnoelle one piece? I am loving that suit but I am in between sizes because of my chest and long torso. Is it a little roomy or on the tight side? Thoughts? Thanks!

    1. Hi Erin! I am usually the same size in swimwear across the board, so I ordered my normal size and it was great. So I think this suit runs pretty true to size, and I have a long torso too (if that helps). Keep in mind it’s strapless, which is much better than a halter one-piece for long torso girls! I hope that helps!

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