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I was reading some posts on the internet (a reputable source of information if I've ever seen one) and some people think Anthem will go to UK when she is ready. 

 

Anyone heard anything?

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My question is do they keep Independence in Southampton as well? Or do they send her elsewhere?  

 

The British cruise market has been probably best aspect of European cruises from RCL's standpoint (financially) but considering we've never really seen more than a ship or two home ported there, that may be an indication of what the market can handle.

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Id love for Anthem of the Seas to come to Southampton even for just a short season. I don't live too far away from Southampton and can see the ships go past from my work. Plus it would tempt me to book a cruise onboard her.

 

Maybe they may test to see if a new class of ship based from Southampton will be worth while, like what they are doing with Oasis of the Seas next autumn.

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I think Matt is right and she will come to Southampton.

 

I know that there are also rumours she will replace the independence but I wonder if Royal Caribbean plans to keep both there and use one of them to run a permanent Transatlantic Schedule to rival Cunard.

 

This would be a very smart move if they did as there is definitely a need for another Cruise Line to do this as many Brits , US Citizens and Europeans would prefer to have a choice. I would definitely use RC for this as we both want to go to new york and this would be a great way to get there and back.

 

Here's hoping :)

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Europe is such an odd market.  Royal Caribbean put a lot of their eggs in the European basket and got burned in last few years with less revenue than they expected so they pulled a lot back.  And now it looks like Anthem is going to Europe and I agree with Tyler I wouldn't be shocked to see an Oasis-class ship there either in the near future.

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Europe is such an odd market.  Royal Caribbean put a lot of their eggs in the European basket and got burned in last few years with less revenue than they expected so they pulled a lot back.  And now it looks like Anthem is going to Europe and I agree with Tyler I wouldn't be shocked to see an Oasis-class ship there either in the near future.

I would like to cruise Europe someday. I want to see Greece, Italy, Spain. And I would much rather see those places from the comfort of my brand of cruise ships rather than spending nights in tiny European hotel rooms. However, currently I can't justify the high price of flying to Europe to get on a cruise for 5 or 7 days.

 

What I might do it take a repositioning cruise over to Europe and then stay onboard for the next sailing to see the sights then fly home. Still the cost is high but I guess you have to balance out the experience of seeing "the old world".  

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Hmmm, if they position the Anthem of the Seas in the UK, I wonder if they'd consider moving the Independence to Asia/Australia...

I do believe larger ships will make there way to Asia/Australia just because all these new ships coming online are going to force other ships elsewhere.  So question is will it be Independence or maybe some of the other Voyager class ships.

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I do believe larger ships will make there way to Asia/Australia just because all these new ships coming online are going to force other ships elsewhere.  So question is will it be Independence or maybe some of the other Voyager class ships.

Any of these options are most welcome here! :)

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Anthem coming to Southampton looks more and more likely now.  Royal Caribbean UK is promoting a big event on November 21 with the title "A date that'll be music to your ears". (Music...Anthem...get it?)

 

http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2013/11/12/royal-caribbean-planning-announcement-november-21

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As i mentioned in a previous post i am hoping that both will stay and that one of them will do a regular Transatlantic crossing to rival QM2.

 

It would be a clever move by RC if they did this as it is a very popular route and Cunard have dominated it to long. 

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As expected, Anthem of the Seas will be in Southampton.

 

Not many more details at all revealed but RC did indicate we'd be getting a lot more info come 2014.

 

I wonder if the Broadway show on Anthem will be British themed? I feel like a lot of ships right now (NCL's Breakway, Getaway, and Quantum) are customizing several elements or onboard experiences to the cities and or areas where they are home ported. :D  We have yet to see the Broadway show on Quantum, but several shows would fit the ships theme including Jersey Boys and Wicked.

 

How does Royal Caribbean keep all this so hush hush? In this modern age of instant technology how can something remain so quiet? We know the US spies on every country in the world in many different ways. :ph34r:  We know who has what weapons and what they are doing with them. But we can't crack the code on what Royal Caribbean is up to with their latest class of ships.  :unsure:

 

It is interested to note the pace at which this new class of ships are being built at a different ship building company/yard when compared to the Freedom and Oasis class. Things seem to be progressing rather quickly this time around with the second ship already beginning to be built and it will be released only a few months after the first. Not a whole year like as in Freedom or Oasis class.  :o

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