Anthem of the Seas

5 secrets to Royal Caribbean's North Star


Few innovations on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas are as impressive to look at and take part in, as the North Star.

North Star is an observation pod that is attached to a giant arm on top of Quantum class ships, such as Anthem of the Seas.

North Star takes guests 300 feet above sea level and gives them views that have never been available until now.

Understandably, North Star is quite popular and long lines have been known to develop.  Luckily, we have five secrets to share with you for the best possible experience!

5. Shortest lines for North Star

In general, you will find the shortest lines for North Star on days when your ship is docked in port.

Since most guests are off the ship and exploring the port of call, there are far less guests to compete with.  This means shorter lines compared to sea days.

Lines may still exist on port days, but there tends to be ideal in the morning hours before many guests start returning to the ship after their shore excursions are complete.

4. Second shortest lines for North Star

If you need the absolute, positively best time to go for a ride on North Star with short lines, go for the first ride of the day.

Check your Cruise Compass for what time the first North Star ride will be, and then plan on arriving 10-15 minutes before that time to get in line.  

By arriving a little early, you will ensure a minimal wait.  In fact, you will likely be in the first ride given most guests start arriving after the North Star star rides begin.

3. Voom works in North Star

While you are enjoying the amazing views from North Star, you can use Royal Caribbean's Voom high speed internet to share the experience with friends and family onboard.

Just like anywhere else on your ship, Voom works throughout the entire experience, so feel free to post photos or video on your favorite social media networks or call someone on Facetime and share the experience live.

2. North Star is limited while in port

Remember our first tip about there being shorter lines while your Royal Caribbean ship is in port?  There is a small catch.

While your ship is in port, North Star is restricted in how far it can go over the side of the ship.

Experiencing North Star while in port is still a very fun experience, but keep in mind you will not move all the way over the side of the ship like you would while at sea.

1. You can prebook North Star online

Recently, Royal Caribbean started allowing guests to book North Star rides online via the Cruise Planner.

Once you have Anthem of the Seas (or any Quantum class ship) booked, log into your My Cruises section of Royal Caribbean's web site and head to the Cruise Planner.

Look for activities under the Cruise Planner and you will spot North Star.

With this option, you can assure yourself of a front-of-the-line spot to experience North Star.

Are you excited to try North Star?  Tell us about why in the comments!

Video: Dancing With the Stars Goes Onboard Anthem of the Seas


Get a behind-the-scenes look as Dancing with the Stars couples Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson rehearse a dance from Anthem of the Seas' popular show “We Will Rock You” which they performed on a recent episode. While onboard they also explored the unique features of the new ship sailing out of the NY area.

Anthem of the Seas spotlight: Vistarama


Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas offers a lot of things to see and do onboard, and today we are highlighting one of the more impressive visual elements on this brand new ship, the Vistarama.

What is Vistarama

Photo by Moment Factory

Vistarama is a show in Two70, where Two70's iconic floor-to-celing glass windows are transformed into a "digital canvas", where pretty much any scene, real or imagined, can be displayed on them.

Two70 is a two-deck high, multi-purpose entertainment venue is located at the rear of the ship. It features wraparound, floor-to-ceiling windows that give an amazing 270-degree view of the passing landscape.

Check out this preview of Vistarama for a good example of what this show is all about.

How does it work?

Royal Caribbean utilizes 12K resolution projects (that means it is 12 times high definition) and the result is some stunning views for guests to enjoy.

Before the show starts, the sun shields that serve as the projection surfaces are rolled down to cover the windows.

Eighteen projectors are used to create an ambient surface that is 120 feet wide by 23 feet tall, in a 5:1 aspect ratio.  This is an industry first in terms of this kind of projection technology.

The slope, curvature, and surface textures of the Vistarama system require the image content of the projections to be geometrically adapted to the circumstances. The result is a projection with a total resolution of 12,480 x 2,280 pixels and a projection size of 36 x 6 meters.

The Vistarama show content was developed by Moment Factory, while the hardware set up was made possible by Amptown System Company.

What are the Vistarama shows?

Royal Caribbean routinely offers different kind of shows throughout any given Anthem of the Seas cruise and is regularly adding new ones with each new Quantum class ship launch.

In our own experience, we have spotted these shows onboard

  • Cityscape
  • Leonardo's Dreams
  • Tropical waterfall
  • The Library
  • Moon
  • Drawings
  • Under the Sea
  • Test Pattern

Why is Vistarama worth your time?

Photo by Moment Factory

What makes Vistarama so impressive a show is the visuals that can only be found here.

Vistarama's ultra-high definition displays transform the entire Two70 space and it is one of those things you have to see to appreciate.  

Simply put, Vistarama is a stunning display that is as beautiful as it is immense in scale.  

Video: Behind the Scenes with Good Morning America Onboard Anthem of the Seas


Take a look as Good Morning America's Ginger Zee and Rob Marciano tour the world's most advanced cruise ship. 

Photo tour of Category D3 Balcony Stateroom on Anthem of the Seas


Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas has a lot to offer, including a number of staterooms.  Today, we will look at the category D3 balcony stateroom and take you through the cabin to give you an idea of what to expect if you book this category.

On Anthem of the Seas, we reviewed stateroom 6266, which is located on Deck 6 forward, fairly close to the elevator bank. Entry to the room is by RFID scanner, which is above the door handle.

Walking into the room, you will immediately see the light from the balcony shining ahead of you.

The bed is joined together but can be split apart if need be. There's a large, flat screen television across from it and two night stands on opposite sides of the bed. Access to the balcony is also on the other side of the bed.

Across from the bed is a widescreen, high definition television.

Beyond the bed is a large sofa, with desk and chair opposite it.  This is where the bulk of the indoor living space is located and the room offers a good amount of space to navigate between objects and other guests.

A D3 stateroom features a full bathroom as well with stand up shower.

Of course, the reason to book this stateroom is the balcony.  

At 55 square feet, the balcony is average for a Quantum class ship and it has enough room for two chairs and a table.  It's enough space for two people to comfortably enjoy the view and ocean air.

Video: Anthem of the Seas Arrives in New York Harbor


Royal Caribbean is proud to welcome Anthem of the Seas to her new homeport in Cape Liberty, NJ. Now anchored in America, Anthem of the Seas will provide New Yorkers with a new way to come seek adventure.

Photos of "Dancing with the Stars" cast on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas cruise ship


“Dancing with the Stars” couples Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson and Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold were recently onboard a 2-night sailing of Royal Caribbean's brand new ship, Anthem of the Seas.

Anthem of the Seas recently arrived in the New York City area to begin offering cruises year-round to destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada/New England.

The couples were onboard to learn a dance from “We Will Rock You,” for the Nov. 9 episode of DWTS, airing 8/7 Central on ABC.

The celebrities were spotted taking a ride in the North Star, skydiving at RipCord by iFly, riding bumper cars in SeaPlex and catching a wave on the FlowRider surf simulator.

15 of the best photos from Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas first day in New York


Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas has arrived in New York Harbor and embarked upon her first sailing and already there is a ton of buzz surrounding this amazing new ship.

Being the social media junkies that we are, we perused Twitter, Instagram and all points inbetween to find you the best photos so far from just the first day on Anthem of the Seas.


Fun way to dress up pretzels onboard #anthemoftheseas

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Shooting on #AnthemoftheSeas with @tomsroesser #instaship #royalcaribbean #travelgram #instatravel #instago

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#AnthemoftheSeas leaving #NYC.

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On a clear day...she looks beautiful #giraffe #anthemoftheseas

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#anthemoftheseas #sunset

A photo posted by Shelley Parham (@wanderingshelley) on

Enjoying this view of the NYC skyline from the Solarium onboard #AnthemoftheSeas! Welcome to the U.S.A.

A photo posted by Gina Kramer (@jerseygirlformiles) on

Loving the Anthem!!! #anthemoftheseas #cruise #royalcaribbean #nyccruise

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