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Saturday, December 7, 2019

    Anthem of the Seas

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    Anthem of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean’'s newest and most technologically advanced ship Anthem of the Seas arrives in Southampton.

    Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

    Overview

    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)

    Trivia

    Anthem of the Seas has a mascot that is a bright yellow 10 metre tall giraffe, named Gigi. She sits on Deck 18  towards the starboard aft (right rear) of the ship, next to the outdoor climbing wall. She was hoisted onto the the ship by crane from the dockside and wears a bright pink inflatable swimming ring!

    Ship info

    Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
    Status:In service
    Ship size:Resort Ship
    Ship class:Quantum
    Sister ships: None
    Passengers:4,180
    Staterooms:2,090
    Total crew:1,500
    Ship length:348.0 m
    Ship beam:41.0 m
    Ship draft:8.5 m
    Tonnage:168,666
    No. of decks:16
    Elevators:16
    Service speed:22.0 knots
    Onboard currency:US Dollar
    Registry port:Nassau (Bahamas)
    IMO number:9656101
    Call sign:C6B17
     

    Build details

    Shipyard:
    Build date:November 2013
    Build cost:Approx $940 million USD
    Entered service:April 2015

     
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