Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's brand new cruise ship that is under construction and a member of the Quantum class of cruise ships. Anthem of the Seas will have her first cruise in spring 2015, with a homeport of Southampton in the summer and Fort Lauderdale in the winter.

Spotted: Stowaway piano player on Anthem of the Seas

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22Apr2015

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas is packed with new innovations, entertainment and more technology than you can throw a stick at, but we spotted something pretty darn cool to look for onboard too: a "stowaway" piano player.

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.

This neat form of street theater will appear around the ship at different times during the cruise.

Royal Caribbean Vice President of Entertainment, Nick Weir, came up with the concept for the "stowaway piano player" and it's yet another example of unique entertainment you can only find on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Do you want to find the stowaway piano player? Let us know be leaving a comment!

Video: Anthem of the Seas naming ceremony recap

In:
21Apr2015

Royal Caribbean hosted a spectacular naming ceremony onboard the world’s most innovative ship, Anthem of the Seas led by Godmother Emma Wilby. Wilby is a British travel agent who was selected for the honor in a singing competition for travel agents.

Royal Caribbean christens Anthem of the Seas

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20Apr2015

Royal Caribbean had its newest cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, formally christened today at a ceremony in Southmapton, UK.

At the naming ceremony, the ship's godmother, Emma Wilby, performed the honor of naming the ship and then pressed a button that released a bottle of champagne that broke across the ship's hull.

Wilby, a travel agent that was selected to be the ship's godmother as part of a talent search, also sang the hit song "Firework" that was made famous by Katy Perry.

Anthem of the Seas is hosting members of the media and other VIPs for a short 2-night cruise before she embarks upon her first regularly scheduled cruise on April 22nd.

Eight beautiful Anthem of the Seas night photos

In:
20Apr2015

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas has arrived and it is already generating a lot of buzz and interest.  She has a ton of amazing innovations, entertainment, dining choices and more, but what we really love is just how pretty she is, especially at night.

Check out these photos of Anthem of the Seas after the sun goes down to get a good appreciation for Anthem's beauty when the lights come on.

All photos by Royal Caribbean

Photos from all over Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

In:
18Apr2015

With Anthem of the Seas preparing for her inaugural cruise, we have photos from all over Royal Caribbean's brand new ship.

Anthem of the Seas is sailing out of Southampton, UK through October, where she will sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.

Royal Caribbean has packed Anthem of the Seas with quite a number of intriguing onboard activities, restaurants and amenities.

Later this year, Anthem of the Seas will reposition to Cape Liberty, New Jersey and offer cruises out of the New York area.

Anthem of the Seas is the second Quantum-class cruise ship and is labeled as one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships ever.  High speed internet, RFID technology, robotic bartenders and entertainment advances all make this ship a technological marvel.

Photos from inside Puzzle Break on Anthem of the Seas

In:
18Apr2015

We're getting our first look inside Royal Caribbean's brand new Anthem of the Seas, including the Puzzle Break room.

We first reported that Royal Caribbean was partnering with a company called Puzzle Break earlier this month, which will offer a new experience called "Escape from the Future."

The new room on Anthem of the Seas is based on the Crystal Maze game show and is a first of its kind at sea.

Video: Anthem of the Seas arrives in Southampton

In:
18Apr2015

Royal Caribbean's next great adventure, Anthem of the Seas, has arrived. The world's most technologically advanced ship is now sailing from her homeport in Southampton, UK., through October where she will sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.

Photos from inside Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

In:
17Apr2015

Royal Caribbean released new photos today from all around its newest cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas.

These photos show off many public spaces onboard the ship just days before the ship is scheduled to have it's inaugural ceremony.

Michael's Genuine Pub. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Gigi the Giraffe. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Cafe @ Two70. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Sunshine Bar in Solarium. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Schooner Bar. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Pool deck. Photo by Royal Caribbean

La Patisserie. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Jamie's Italian. Photo by Royal Caribbean

H2O Zone. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Devinly Decadence. Photo by Royal Caribbean

H2O Zone. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Devinly Decadence. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Artwork in the Royal Esplanade . Photo by Royal Caribbean

American Icon Grill. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean gives all past Quantum of the Seas guests $100 onboard credit as a gesture of good will

In:
16Apr2015

Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley sent an email to all past guests that have sailed on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas with an offer of $100 onboard credit towards a future cruise on Anthem of the Seas.

Bayley's email was sent in response to the negative feedback surrounding Dynamic Dining on Quantum of the Seas in the ship's first few months.  Since that time, Royal Caribbean has worked to refine Dynamic Dining and the general Quantum-class experience.

Here is the content of the email to past passengers:

Thank you for being one of the first to sail onboard Quantum of the Seas. As the newest ship in our fleet, Quantum introduced many new concepts—which, I'm sure, is part of the reason you wanted to be among the first to experience it all. I know that things were not perfect, especially in the first few months of the inaugural season as we worked to refine the experience we set out to deliver. We listened to your feedback and it was clear we had some room to improve, especially with Dynamic Dining.

Many of you liked the flexibility of Dynamic Dining, but encountered issues with making reservations. Others simply wanted the more traditional dining experience to which they were accustomed on other ships. I assure you that we learn more with every sailing and with every comment we receive, and I'm pleased to announce that we've come up with a way to satisfy diners in either camp. Now, our more traditional diners can choose Dynamic Dining Classic, a new option that gives you the familiarity of traditional main dining by having the same dining times nightly, same waiters and same table companions throughout the cruise. And those of you who liked Dynamic Dining can enjoy even more flexibility and improved service throughout the experience, with Dynamic Dining Choice. We've already received a lot of positive feedback about these new options, and I can't wait to hear how you like it once you experience it for yourself.

As a gesture of goodwill and a thank you for your loyalty to Royal Caribbean, I invite you to come back and try the new and improved Dynamic Dining on our newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, and enjoy a gift of $100 in onboard credit per stateroom when you secure your booking in May.
Again, thank you for being our guest. We hope to welcome you aboard soon.

Cruise must be booked April 13 - May 31, 2015. Offer applies to all Anthem of the Seas sailings. Offer includes $100 OBC and applies to all stateroom categories. Promo Code ANTHEM must be entered to receive onboard credit.

What you need to know about Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

In:
16Apr2015

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas is finally here and she's arrived in Southampton, England to begin her service in the fleet. The 167,800 gross registered ton ship packs a lot to see, do, eat, and experience.  Here's what you need to know about Royal Caribbean's impressive new cruise ship.

Thrills and adventure

Anthem of the Seas is packed with thrills, starting off with North Star, the innovative glass observation capsule that takes passengers more than 300 feet above the ocean to give amazing views that were never before possible.

Ripcord by iFly offers the first skydiving simulator at sea.  Passengers get the change to have the sensation of skydiving without the whole jumping out of a perfectly good airplane fear.

The SeaPlex area of the ship offers the largest indoor active space at sea, where during your cruise there will be activities like bumper cars, circus school, roller skating, basketball and more offered.

PHOTOS OF ANTHEM OF THE SEAS ARRIVAL IN SOUTHAMPTON

The FlowRider surf simulator isn't new to Anthem of the Seas, but it's yet another fun opportunity for you to try as you give surfing a try.

All four of these experiences are complimentary to passengers , but there are some private rental time available for North Star, Ripcord and the FlowRider if you want a more intimate experience.

Entertainment across the ship

If you are looking for entertainment on Anthem of the Seas, there are some really interesting shows to catch.

The Two70 venue at the aft of the ship offers a multi-deck arena that offers some really innovative and provocative shows where technology and live performers come together to deliver some very impressive shows.

The Royal Theater offers two brand new shows for guests to enjoy, "We Will Rock You" and "The Gift".

If you prefer some live music, check out the Music Hall, where there is usually live performances being held for your enjoyment.  It's a great spot to hear some good tunes and to get out there and dance.

Brand new dining options

Anthem of the Seas will offer Royal Caribbean's new Dynamic Dining program, where passengers get to choose among 18 restaurants (including 5 complimentary restaurants) but without the formality of ship-wide dress codes or set dining times.

On Anthem of the Seas, passengers can choose between Dynamic Dining Choice and Dynamic Dining Classic.

Dynamic Dining Choice: Each evening, guests choose which restaurant to eat at, as well as when and with whom they want to dine with.  You can make reservations in advance online or onboard the ship.  

It's just like going out to a restaurant in your hometown: you can choose to call ahead and make a reservation or walk in and see if you can be seated.

Dynamic Dining Classic: For guests that prefer a more traditional dining experience, this brand new option will have a schedule of restaurants you will dine at each evening while retaining the same waiters and table mates.  Each evening you will change the restaurant that you dine at but your tablemates and wait staff will be there too.

Tech, tech and more tech

Anthem of the Seas is literally packed with brand new technology that offer guests the easiest cruise experience yet.

The ship offers the fastest internet at sea, with super high fast WiFi onboard that in many cases is just as fast as the internet you have at home.  Onboard Anthem of the Seas, you can stream movies from NetFlix, Facetime with friends back home and share photos very quickly.

New RFID technology in the form of WOWbands offer guests silicone bracelets that get you access to the entire ship without having to bring those SeaPass cards along with you anymore. Now all your dining reservations, activities and purchasing power is on your wrist.

Royal Caribbean also developed a brand new smartphone app for iOS and Android users called Royal iQ, where you can book entertainment and dining, track your luggage as it comes onboard the ship and communicate with other passengers seamlessly. 

Then there's the Bionic Bar, where robots will take your drink orders and create your favorite concoction right in front of you.  

If you book an inside stateroom on Anthem of the Seas, you will still have a great view thanks to the virtual balcony.  Inside each inside stateroom is an 80-inch LED UHD television that shows real-time views from the ship.  It's just like having a real balcony, but without the price!

Where will Anthem of the Seas be?

Anthem of the Seas will sail out of Southampton, UK for her inaugural season before departing for her new homeport of Cape Liberty, New Jersey later this fall.  

Anthem of the Seas will spend the summer in the UK and then move across the Atlantic to the New York City area to offer cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Canada.  

As of the posting of this blog post, she will remain in Cape Liberty for the foreseeable future.

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