Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
Anthem of the Seas is the second in the series of Quantum-class ships that Royal Caribbean has ordered out of a total of 5. She was built in the Meyer Werft river-locked shipyard in Papenburg and floated out down the River Ems. She is identical to her sister ship Quantum of the Seas apart from a few features, like her mascot and a few shops in the Royal Esplanade. The restaurants, staterooms and entertainment options are identical.
Anthem of the Seas contains numerous cruise-ship firsts which mirror her sister Quantum of the Seas.
- Northstar – A 92m high observation ride in a glass pod above the ship for small groups.
- Bionic Bar – A bar staffed entirely by robots. You simply choose a pre-determined cocktail or make your own via a tablet menu and the robot mixes your drink for you. The bionic bar is a spectacle in itself, even with non-drinkers. Lots of people find the automation and swiftness mesmerising, with many taking photos and filming the robots creating the drinks. One bonus, they don’t need a tip!
- RipCord by iFLY – An indoor (but based outside) skydiving simulator.
- Virtual balconies – based on an idea that Disney used on their ships previously (a virtual porthole), Royal Caribbean expanded on this by having full floor to ceiling tv’s fitted against one wall of the stateroom, showing live footage day and night as if you had a balcony. A simple remote control allows you to “turn off” the outside if you wish!
The ship has 20 different restaurants and eateries throughout the ship, as well as the usual room service. There is no main formal dining room like other cruise ships, and instead guests reserve tables at one of the venues on the ship each evening. There is a system in place for guests to move to a different restaurant each evening with the same table mates and waiters. Each venue has the same menu each evening, allowing guests to enjoy a variation of food across the ship. Jamie’s Italian (of fame Jamie Oliver) has a branded restaurant and is the second one of the chain to be based at sea (the first one was Quantum of the Seas)
|Cruise Line||Royal Caribbean International|
|Passengers||4,180 guests (4,905 max)|
|Ship Length||348 m (1141 ft)|
|Ship Beam||41 m (136 ft)|
|Ship Draft||8.5 m (28 ft)|
|No. of decks||16|
|Service Speed||22 knots|
|Daily Gratuity||$8 per person|
|Registry Port||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Home Port||Bayenne, NJ, USA|
|Ship Yard no.||Hall 2|
|Ship Yard||Papenburg, Germany|
|Build Date||November 2013|
|Build Cost||Approx $940 million|
|Entered Service||April 2015|
In February 2012, Royal Caribbean announced that the second of two Quantum-class ships would be built and ready for April 2015. At this point, both ships were unnamed and simply referred to as Project Sunshine. In January 2013, Royal Caribbean announced the names of both of the ships and the second ship would be called Anthem of the Seas.
After Anthem of the Seas conducted her conveyance down the River Ems, she briefly stopped at Bremerhaven where she was fully loaded with supplies and crew before making her way to the port of Southampton for her naming ceremony and maiden voyage. She was named by Emma Wilby, a British travel agent.
Anthem of the Seas spent the Summer of 2015 performing round-trip cruises from Southampton to the West Mediterranean. In November 2015, she performed her first transatlantic crossing to New York where she celebrated her new homeport. For Winter 2015 and onwards she will cruise from Bayenne, NJ to the Caribbean, Bermuda and also up the East coast to Canada/New England. She will be the largest cruise ship to cruise regularly in Canadian waters.