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Royal Caribbean will send Anthem of the Seas to Asia for the first time

15 May 2023

There will be a new Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailing from Singapore in 2025.

Anthem of the Seas in Spain

One of the last pieces of the 2024-2025 cruise deployment has fallen into place with Royal Caribbean's announcement that Anthem of the Seas will sail from Asia for the first time ever.

Anthem of the Seas will begin sailing from Singapore in October 2024, replacing Spectrum of the Seas.

Singapore has been a stronghold for Royal Caribbean, having been the first homeport to allow cruises to restart in late 2020.

Spectrum of the Seas with sun setting

Since then, Spectrum of the Seas has sailed short 3- and 4-night cruises primarily from Singapore.

Spectrum of the Seas will shift to China, where she will sail from Shanghai and re-open China and Far East cruises for Royal Caribbean.

Spectrum will begin sailing from Shanghai, China in April 2024.

Spectrum of the Seas in Japan

Spectrum of the Seas, sailing from Shanghai, will offer 4- and 5-night cruises visiting popular destinations in Japan. Spectrum will also offer eight sailings from Hong Kong starting in December 2024, to places in Japan, China and Vietnam.

Royal Caribbean will open bookings from July.

“This is the moment we – along with Chinese holidaymakers – have been waiting for. Our return to China is an exciting milestone that could only be marked with Spectrum of the Seas, which became a household name with Chinese families and travellers alike when it debuted in Shanghai as the latest and greatest Royal Caribbean ship in 2019,” said Bert Hernandez, senior vice president, International, Royal Caribbean International.

“We thank the government of China for establishing a pathway forward and continue to be committed to expanding the cruise industry in a region we have sailed from for more than a decade. This has also opened up a world of opportunities to expand the variety of holidays in Asia, as another award-winning ship sets sail in the region with the introduction of Anthem of the Seas in Singapore.”

Best features of Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas is one of the Quantum Class ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet, and she was the second Quantum Class ship to be launched.

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas is considered a great cruise ship to book for several reasons:

Innovative Features: The ship boasts innovative and exciting features like the North Star observation capsule, where guests can enjoy panoramic views, and the Ripcord by iFly indoor skydiving simulator.

Variety of Activities: Anthem of the Seas offers a wide array of activities to suit different interests and ages. From bumper cars and roller skating at the SeaPlex to surfing on the FlowRider, there are plenty of options to keep guests entertained throughout their cruise.

Anthem of the Seas at dusk

Entertainment Options: The ship offers Broadway-caliber shows, such as "We Will Rock You" and "The Gift," providing high-quality performances that rival those found on land.

Guests can also enjoy live music, comedy acts, and various themed parties onboard.

Dining Experiences: Anthem of the Seas provides a diverse range of dining options, including specialty restaurants such as Jamie's Italian, Wonderland, and Chops Grille. The ship also offers complimentary dining venues and casual eateries.

Bumper cars in SeaPlex on Anthem of the Seas

Family-Friendly Amenities: The ship caters to families with children, offering dedicated spaces like the H2O Zone water park and the Adventure Ocean youth program, which provides age-appropriate activities for kids and teens. 

Relaxation and Wellness: Anthem of the Seas features a tranquil Solarium, an adults-only retreat with pools and whirlpools, as well as a luxurious spa and fitness center. Guests can unwind and rejuvenate while enjoying ocean views and indulging in spa treatments.

Modern Accommodations: Anthem of the Seas offers comfortable and modern staterooms, including spacious suites, balconies, and virtual balconies. These well-appointed accommodations provide a relaxing and enjoyable environment for guests to retreat to.

Best features of Spectrum of the Seas

Spectrum of the Seas was designed for the Asian cruise market, and has a few special offerings. 

Suite Enclave – Royal Caribbean’s first and exclusive space for the exquisite Royal Suite Class Star, Sky and Sea accommodations in a private area, featuring exclusive floor access, an elevator, private restaurants and a dedicated lounge area.

Two70 – Boasting stunning 270-degree ocean views by day and transforming into a multidimensional theatre by night, this transformative space flaunts six agile Roboscreens, breathtaking live performers and mind-bending aerialists to create unimaginable visuals.

SeaPlex – The largest indoor active space at sea, featuring bumper cars, laser tag, fencing, archery and more.

Star Moment – A lively and energetic karaoke venue where family and friends come together to belt out and sing like stars.

Family Friendly Accommodations – From exterior balcony staterooms to interconnected rooms, to the signature two-level Ultimate Family Suite, an expansive, multiroom retreat complete with its own slide and cinema that also doubles as a karaoke stage, there’s an array of staterooms designed for the whole family.

Signature Experiences – A bold lineup of guest favourites are on deck, including the FlowRider surf simulator, the North Star, an all-glass observation capsule which ascends 300 feet above the ocean to deliver incomparable 360-degree views; and RipCord by iFly, the first sky diving experience at sea.

A World of Flavours – There are 19 dining options that serve up a variety of cuisines, including Hot Pot, an authentic Chinese dining experience; Teppanyaki, a celebration of Far East flavours cooked in Japan’s traditional teppanyaki style; and Sichuan Red, a new specialty dining experience tailored just for Spectrum, where diners can savour a bold tapestry of spices and Sichuan flavours. Signature classics include imaginative cuisine at Wonderland, American steakhouse Chops Grille and authentic rustic fare and handmade pasta at Jamie’s Italian.

Anthem of the Seas Guide & Review

26 Jul 2022

Anthem of the Seas is a Quantum Class Royal Caribbean cruise ship that launched in 2015. As one of the biggest and most modern cruise ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Anthem of the Seas boasts excellent entertainment, dining, activities, and itineraries fit for any cruising style.

Whether you’re sailing to the Caribbean or Europe, it’s helpful to have an overview of what is offered on Anthem of the Seas to ensure your cruise vacation is off to a great start.

Let’s take an in-depth look at everything you can see and experience on Anthem of the Seas.

In this guide:

Anthem of the Seas Pool Deck

The Anthem of the Seas pool deck has a total of three pools and one children’s play area. As a Quantum Class ship, Anthem of the Seas was designed to sail in all climates. Therefore, she offers a mix of both outdoor and indoor pool areas.

Related: All about Quantum Class ships

Anthem of the Seas has one main pool outside along with two whirlpools. On sunny days, this is where you’ll find the most guests swimming and sunbathing. You’ll find two bars outside, live music, and plenty of seating. This is also where pool games are held, such as the bellyflop and sexiest man competitions.

Also located outside is the H20 zone, a colorful kids splash park with a large shallow pool, kids “lazy river”, and a baby splash pad for children still in diapers.

Anthem of the Seas also has an indoor pool available to all guests, which can make a great option for rainy or chilly days. The roof in the indoor pool is technically retractable, although it generally remains closed. There’s also a smaller, shallow pool in the indoor area perfect for kids, as well as two whirlpools.

The Solarium on Anthem of the Seas is the adults-only pool area for guests aged 16 and up. It’s fully enclosed and climate controlled. Located in the Solarium is a canopied pool, whirlpools, and padded pool chairs and loungers.

You can also find the Solarium Bridge wings in the Solarium, which are small outdoor decks that jet off the side of the ship, offering views of the ship sailing through the ocean.

Anthem of the Seas Dining

You won’t go hungry on Anthem of the Seas, with plenty of complimentary and specialty dining venues available. It’s easy to go an entire cruise only eating at complimentary dining venues, as there is a wide range of cuisines and cooking styles available.

Complimentary dining venues on Anthem of the Seas:

  • Main Dining Room, the main sit-down dining hall open for breakfast and dinner as well as lunch on sea days
  • Windjammer Marketplace, a buffet with a wide selection of cuisines and dishes open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cafe Promenade, a grab and go spot for coffees, teas, and small snacks
  • Sorrento’s, a pizza and antipasti venue
  • Cafe @ Two70, a casual grab and go venue with sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries
  • SeaPlex Dog House, a hot dog stand with a variety of toppings
  • Solarium Bistro, a Mediterranean-inspired hybrid buffet and sit-down restaurant

Related: Food on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Some guests may prefer to try Royal Caribbean’s specialty dining venues, however, especially if they’re looking for an upgraded dining experience. Specialty restaurants often have a more intimate ambiance and wider range of cuisines not found elsewhere onboard. They can be a nice option for a special occasion or enjoyed as part of a dining package.

Specialty dining venues on Anthem of the Seas:

  • Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean’s classic steakhouse
  • Jamie’s Italian, modern Italian cuisine
  • Izumi Sushi, offering a variety of sushi and hot dishes like ramen and fried rice
  • Johnny Rockets, Americana fare including hamburgers and milkshakes
  • Wonderland, an imaginative cuisine restaurant inspired by the tales of Alice and Wonderland
  • Chef’s Table, a multi-course meal in which each course is paired with wine
  • Cafe Patisserie, a French-style bakery with patisserie and specialty coffees and teas

Related: Top 10 Royal Caribbean dining tips

Anthem of the Seas Bars & Lounges

Outside of the extensive number of dining venues onboard Anthem of the Seas are a variety of lounges, each of which comes with its own drink offerings and vibe.

Some bars, such as Vintages Wine Bar, offer a relaxing environment perfect for sipping a glass of wine and reading a book. Others, like Boleros, offer a high-energy ambiance where you can enjoy live Latin music while drinking a fresh mojito.

The following bars and lounges can be found on Anthem of the Seas:

  • Schooner Bar
  • Music Hall
  • Boleros
  • Pool bar
  • North Star bar
  • Solarium Bar
  • Casino bar
  • Bionic Bar
  • Two70 Bar
  • Vintages
  • Brass & Bock Pub
  • Diamond Club
  • Suite Lounge

If you plan on spending a lot of time on your cruise enjoying drinks, it may be worth it to pre-purchase a Deluxe Beverage Package. By purchasing a beverage package, you can have an unlimited amount of drinks throughout the cruise without worrying about the individual cost of each beverage.

Additionally, if your Anthem of the Seas cruise visits Perfect Day at CocoCay, your drink package benefits will work on the island.

For more information about beverage packages and whether or not you should book one for your cruise, check out the following articles:

Things to do on Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas is packed with amazing activities for guests of all ages, most of which are included in your cruise fare. Some activities are available throughout the entire cruise, whereas others will have set times allocated for the activity, which can be found in the Cruise Planner or Royal Caribbean app.

Here are some of the activities available on Anthem of the Seas:

RipCord by iFLY

RipCord by iFLY is an indoor skydiving simulator found only on Quantum Class ships, where passengers can feel like they’re “skydiving” in an indoor wind machine.

To participate in RipCord by iFly, first you must watch an instructional video on indoor skydiving safety and body positioning. Next you’ll head to the skydiving chamber to put your flying skills to the test!

RipCord by iFLY has both complimentary and extra-cost options. Both will be available to book in the Royal Caribbean app once onboard Anthem of the Seas.

North Star

Another unique activity found only on Quantum Class ships is the North Star, a 360 degree observation pod that reaches a height of 300 feet above sea level. Guests board the North Star from the pool deck and are rewarded with panoramic views of the ship and surrounding scenery.

The North Star, like RipCord by iFLY, also has complimentary and extra-cost options. Complimentary rides are available while the ship is in port, whereas extra-cost options can be booked on sea days.

Related: 15 really cool things to do that you can only find on Royal Caribbean cruise ships

SeaPlex activities

Whereas many Royal Caribbean ships have an outdoor sports court, Anthem of the Seas has the SeaPlex, an indoor sports court and gaming area. Onboard activities are offered in the SeaPlex throughout the cruise, and include the following:

  • Bumper cars
  • Ping pong
  • Xbox gaming arena
  • Pickleball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Challenger’s Arcade is also located near the SeaPlex, although this comes at an additional cost.


Like many Royal Caribbean ships, Anthem of the Seas has a FlowRider surfing simulator onboard. This activity comes at no extra cost, and passengers can try their best at boogie boarding or surfing on the simulator’s high speed waves.

Miscellaneous onboard activities

Outside of the main signature activities found on Anthem of the Seas are a variety of other fun things to do offered throughout the cruise. Miscellaneous onboard activities may include:

  • Trivia
  • Game shows
  • Dance classes
  • Morning stretch classes
  • Scrapbooking
  • Guest lectures
  • Outdoor and indoor movies
  • Theme nights
  • Towel folding demonstrations
  • Jewelry making
  • Art auctions
  • Wine tasting

Adventure Ocean on Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas has childcare for kids aged 3-17, which is complimentary during the day but has an hourly cost after 10PM. A nursery is also available for ages 6-36 months, although this comes at an additional hourly cost.

Adventure Ocean is split into age groups:

  • Royal Babies & Tots: 6-36 months
  • Aquanauts: 3-5 years
  • Explorers: 6-8 years
  • Voyagers: 9-11 years
  • Teens: 12-17 years

Related: Six things to know about Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean

Each age group has their own Adventure Ocean area on Anthem of the Seas. In addition, there is a Science Lab onboard where kids can participate in fun, hands-on science experiments.

Teens have two exclusive areas: The Living Room and Fuel Teen Disco. The Living Room is a hangout area during the day for teens, whereas Fuel Teen Disco is a teen “nightclub” open in the evenings.

Anthem of the Seas also has an open play area onboard where parents can bring their children to use playground equipment, toys, and books. This area is unsupervised, so parents must remain with their children at all times.

Anthem of the Seas Entertainment

There are two main entertainment venues on Anthem of the Seas: the Royal Theater and Two70.

All Royal Caribbean ships have a multi-level theater used for musicals, plays, comedians, musicians, vocalists, and miscellaneous events during the cruise.

Two70, on the other hand, is an entertainment venue found only on Quantum Class cruise ships. Located in the aft of Anthem of the Seas, Two70 has floor-to-ceiling windows that span 270 degrees, offering incredible views of the ocean. 

We Will Rock You

The Royal Theater’s signature production show on Anthem of the Seas is We Will Rock You, a full-length Broadway musical telling the story of a futuristic society in which rock ‘n’ roll, or any music for that matter, has been banned.

A group of Bohemians rally up against the powerful Globalsoft company, who is doing everything in their power to make sure music, and the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll, does not return to society.

The musical features a score of music from Queen as the Bohemians try to save rock 'n' roll from the corporate, cold society in which they live.

The Gift

Another Royal Caribbean original production found in the Royal Theater is The Gift, which tells the story of a family that has been disengaged with each other due to the passing of their mother. The family’s mother, located in the spirit world, sees the struggles of her family and decides to send her family a magical gift.

The family received this gift on a stormy night, leading the family members to be guided on a journey to find themselves and bond with each other once again.

Spectra’s Cabaret

Spectra’s Cabaret is the signature production show found in Two70. Spectra, the maestro of the show, and his Agents of Rhythm take the audience through a colorful, upbeat, electric cabaret that combines live music and dancing with the advanced technological effects found in Two70.

Miscellaneous entertainment

Outside of the main production shows found on Anthem of the Seas are a variety of live music and other entertainment options:

  • Live acoustic guitar music in the Bull & Bock pub
  • Live Latin and Caribbean music at Boleros
  • Live jazz orchestra music
  • Live piano tunes at Schooner Bar
  • Comedians
  • Musicians
  • Virtual symphonies and concerts at Two70

Anthem of the Seas Wellness & Relaxation

If you’re looking for rest and relaxation on your cruise, you’ll want to check out the spa on Anthem of the Seas. A variety of treatments are available, from Swedish massages to couples treatments and aromatherapy. A salon is also located within the spa, offering hair and nail services.

Anthem of the Seas also has a thermal suite available, which has saunas, steam rooms, a rainforest shower, and hot stone loungers. You can access the thermal spa with a thermal spa pass, which has no limit on the amount of times you can visit the spa, so you can enjoy the facilities throughout the entire cruise.

In addition to the spa is the Vitality Fitness Center, which is a large gym on the top floor of the ship. Located in the fitness center are cardio machines, free weights, weight machines, and exercise mats.

Fitness classes and consultations are also available, although these come at an extra cost.

Related: Five ways to find fitness on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Anthem of the Seas Staterooms

Anthem of the Seas has a stateroom option for any budget, from small studio cabins for solo travelers to lavish loft suites. Certain room categories, such as studios and suites, can fill up quickly, so booking your cruise as far in advance as possible is recommended to ensure you can book the stateroom of your choice.

The following staterooms are available to book on Anthem of the Seas:

  • Interior with virtual balcony
  • Ocean view
  • Interior studio cabin
  • Studio cabin with balcony
  • Balcony
  • Junior Suite
  • Junior Suite with spacious balcony
  • 1 Bedroom Grand Suite
  • 1 Bedroom Grand Suite with spacious balcony
  • 2 Bedroom Grand Suite
  • 1 Bedroom Owner’s Suite
  • Sky Loft Suite
  • Grand Loft Suite
  • Owner’s Loft Suite
  • Royal Loft Suite

For more information and tips on booking the best stateroom for your cruise on Anthem of the Seas, check out the following articles:

Anthem of the Seas itineraries

Anthem of the Seas splits her time between the US and UK, offering cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey and Southampton, England.

Cruises from Cape Liberty

When departing from Cape Liberty, Anthem of the Seas primarily offers 7 or 8-night Bahamas cruises, visiting Orlando, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Nassau, with Miami offered as a port stop on 8-night itineraries.

She also offers a few 11-night Southern Caribbean cruises, visiting ports in St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Puerto Plata, St. Kitts, Antigua, San Juan, and St. Lucia, depending on the itinerary.

Transatlantic cruises are also available as Anthem of the Seas makes her way to and from Southampton, England.

Read more: Guide to cruises from New York

Cruises from Southampton, England

Itineraries departing Southampton, England may visit the following destinations:

  • Norwegian fjords
  • Northern Spain and western France
  • Canary Islands, Spain, and Portugal
  • Mediterranean

Cruises to Northern Spain, western France, and Norway are typically 7-night itineraries. Visiting the Canary Islands is offered on 12-night itineraries, and Mediterranean cruises from Southampton are usually 14 nights.

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Royal Caribbean extends Anthem of the Seas season in the UK

04 Aug 2021

Brits will have more time to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise around the British Isles this fall.

Royal Caribbean announced it will add new sailings from Southampton, England in September and October.

Anthem of the Seas cruises will now go through October 20201, and beginning in September eligible international guests will also be able to set sail from Southampton, subject to the latest travel guidelines from the U.K. government and their country of residence.  

The new bookings that have been added to the tail end of the season are available for booking today.

Anthem of the Seas has been sailing 5- to 7-night British Isles cruises as part of Britain's cruise restart. Itineraries include stops at ports of call such as Liverpool, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Kirkwall and Glasgow, Scotland. 

Anthem first began sailings on July 7.

All passengers sailing from Southampton that are 18 years and older must have completed all doses of their COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before sailing. Guests younger than 18 don’t need to be vaccinated — but if they are, they can follow the testing guidance for fully vaccinated guests.

Vaccinated Guests must bring the negative result of an PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days of sailing. 

Unvaccinated Guests,  2-17 years old, must bring the negative result of an PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days of sailing. Guests must also take a complimentary rapid antigen test at the terminal and receive a negative result in order to sail. 

Guests Under The Age Of 2 have no testing requirements.

All crew members onboard are fully vaccinated.

In addition, Anthem of the Seas employs a comprehensive, multilayered set of health and safety measures onboard.

Ben Bouldin, vice president EMEA, Royal Caribbean International, celebrated the extension of the cruise season, "We are thrilled with the response to our Royal Caribbean holidays from the U.K. Since recommencing sailings in early July, our British Isles itineraries have achieved peak guest satisfaction levels. Anthem of the Seas is an incredible ship and very popular with U.K. guests, so we have seen excellent demand from families wanting a holiday like no other this summer."

"We welcome the recent update from the U.K. government, which lifted advice against international cruise travel. While this marks a positive step forward in the global return of cruise, there are still complexities to navigate when calling at multiple European ports of call from the U.K. This, coupled with the popularity of our British Isles sailings to date, has led to our decision to extend our sailings around the British Isles, and I’m delighted to welcome international guests to experience these itineraries, starting in September"

Royal Caribbean celebrates first cruise from England with free cruise for Emergency Service and NHS Workers

07 Jul 2021

Cruises from England are back on Royal Caribbean, and the cruise line is celebrating the start by honoring those that have served England during the pandemic.

Anthem of the Seas set sail from Southampton on Wednesday, which marks the return of cruises to the UK for the first time in more than a year.

Appropriately, Royal Caribbean wanted to extend a way of saying "thank you" to the men and women who worked tirelessly to keep their fellow Brittons healthy during the global health crisis.

Exactly 999 emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces employees will be on board multiple sailings this summer as a way of recognizing their tremendous efforts.

Ben Bouldin, vice president, EMEA, Royal Caribbean commented: “We are delighted to once again sail from the UK, and it’s an honour to host some of the country’s many key workers on board our first sailings. It’s thanks to these individuals, who have worked so hard to see our country through this tough time, that this moment is finally here. I have no doubt they will have an incredible and well-deserved break aboard our UK-favourite, Anthem of the Seas.”

UK residents can choose between one of Anthem's 4-night Ocean Getaways and 5- to 8-night British Isles cruises that tour the UK coastline, from Liverpool, England and Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Kirkwall, Scotland.

Sailing with fully vaccinated crew, these summer cruises are only available to UK residents 18 years and older who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and children under the age of 18 with negative test results. 

Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships ready to start sailing in Europe

06 Jul 2021

Royal Caribbean has restarted ships sailing in North America, and Europe is next.

First up is Anthem of the Seas, which completed a shakedown cruise and has returned to Southampton, UK to begin sailings.

Anthem will begin offering cruises on July 7, which will be the first revenue sailing for that ship and from England.

Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley announced Anthem is ready to sail, and congratulated the crew members for getting everything ready, "Congrats UK team!  Onwards and Upwards."

Anthem will offer a combination of 4-night cruises to nowhere in early July and 5- to 8-night British Isles cruises, starting 15th July, that feature visits to destinations such as Liverpool, England, Kirkwall in Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

All crew members onboard will be fully vaccinated.

This weekend, Jewel of the Seas will kick off her sailings from Limassol, Cyprus.

Like Anthem, Jewel of the Seas concluded a 2-night shakedown sailing on Tuesday and is ready to offer 7-night cruises.

Jewel will sail with fully vaccinated crew and guests 18 years of age and older, along with children under 18 who are ineligible for the vaccine. Testing protocols are required for all guests.

This is the first time a Royal Caribbean ship has called Cyprus its homeport and will offer 7-night cruises to the Greek Isles through October.

Port stops will include Limassol, Athens, Greece and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.

By the end of this week, the two ships will join a handful of other ships sailing in North America and Asia.

Freedom of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas have begun sailing again from North America, along with Quantum of the Seas from Singapore.

Anthem of the Seas arrives in England to begin summer cruises

29 Jun 2021

Royal Caribbean is just days away from restarting cruises from England, and the ship to kick things off has arrived to start up operations.

Anthem of the Seas arrived in Southampton, where she will begin offering cruises on July 7, 2021.

Anthem will offer a combination of 4-night cruises to nowhere in early July and 5- to 8-night British Isles cruises, starting 15th July, that feature visits to destinations such as Liverpool, England, Kirkwall in Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

All crew members onboard will be fully vaccinated.

Anthem’s summer itineraries are open for bookings and are available to UK residents above the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results. In addition, all crew onboard are fully vaccinated.

Ben Bouldin, vice president, EMEA, Royal Caribbean commented: "Anthem of the Seas has always been a firm favourite for UK guests, and we have seen incredible demand for our sailings since announcing our return in March. With a jaw-dropping lineup of onboard activities, restaurants and entertainment, Anthem presents the perfect getaway this summer. We can’t wait to welcome families back on board one of the most revolutionary ships in our fleet for a summer of adventure."

Anthem of the Seas will offer "staycation cruises" around the British Isles.

Royal Caribbean releases health protocols for Anthem of the Seas UK cruises

08 Jun 2021

Royal Caribbean has shared the health protocols for Brits sailing on Anthem of the Seas from Southampton this summer.

Anthem of the Seas will begin sailing from Southampton, England on July 7, 2021 on sailings with a combination of 4-night cruises to nowhere in early July and 5- to 8-night British Isles cruises, starting 15th July, that feature visits to destinations such as Liverpool, England, Kirkwall in Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

These cruises are available to UK residents only, and proof of residency will be required.

The cruise line has now shared what health measures will be required for guests sailing onboard, although the protocols are being continually evaluated. Royal Caribbean says booked guests can expect to be advised of the latest requirements within 30 days of sailing.


All crew members will be vaccinated, and anyone that is 18 years old or older must be fully vaccinated as well.

If you are fully vaccinated, you’ll need to present your testing results (through the Eurofins Trust One app or a physical test result) and Proof of Vaccination (either on the NHS app or a NHS vaccination certificate) on boarding day. 

If you are not fully vaccinated before the sailing because the healthcare system is working by age group, you will not be able to sail.


Vaccinated guests must bring the negative result of an rt-PCR test taken within 72 hours of sailing. We will email instructions on how to register for your complimentary test approximately 14-18 days before your cruise.

Unvaccinated guests, 2-17 years old, must take a complimentary rapid antigen test at the terminal and receive a negative result in order to sail. We will email instructions on how to register in advance approximately 14-18 days before your cruise.

Guests Under The Age Of 2 have no testing requirements.

No further tests or documentation is required for your return and disembark at Southampton.

Face masks

Outdoors onboard: Masks are not required outdoors in open-air areas, such as decks, balconies and by the pool, unless you are in a crowded setting. Masks are not permitted in the pool or for any activity where they could become wet.

Indoors onboard: All guests 11 years and older must wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, unless seated and actively eating or drinking. Masks are not required in your stateroom as long as you are with your own travel party.

At public ports of call, local face covering guidelines apply. 

Shore Excursions

Royal Caribbean says it anticipates guests will not have to book a tour in order to go ashore, but it is not confirmed yet.

"At this time we anticipate that you won’t need to book a tour to go ashore in our destinations, we are working closely with each of the ports we visit and will ensure we adhere to the protocols they have defined."


Royal Caribbean recommends making reservations for onboard dining.

Specialty dining and My Time Dining times can be booked via the Cruise Planner app. Reservations for the Main Dining Room and Windjammer can be made once onboard by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling the reservation line. 

Windjammer will be open for breakfast and lunch, and food will now be served to you by crew members to avoid guests sharing serving utensils. 


Venues will seat at a reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing, and the cruise line will also be offering more showtimes throughout each sailing so there is an opportunity for everyone to see the shows.

Show times can be reserved via the Royal Caribbean App.

New Anthem of the Seas summer 2021 cruises from UK available to book now

07 Apr 2021

Brits can now book sailings on Anthem of the Seas for a summer holiday cruise.

Royal Caribbean has opened up bookings for its recently announced summer cruises aboard Anthem of the Seas.

Beginning with the July 7 sailing, Anthem of the Seas is open for bookings from her homeport of Southampton.

Anthem will sail  three and four-night Ocean ­Getaways in July with five to eight-night British Isles cruises from July 15.

Guests can sail to destinations such as Liverpool, Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The new sailings range between the months of July and October 2021.

Cruises on Anthem of the Seas are open only to UK residents and you must be vaccinated to sail if you are at least 18 years old. Guests under the age of 18 will not need to be vaccinated but should show a negative test result. 

Royal Caribbean says guests must not only have had the full inoculation, but also two weeks after the last shot.

Royal Caribbean International’s Ben Bouldin confirmed the requirements, "For adults, we are asking that all adults are vaccinated. That means they've had both vaccinations and they've had the required period of time, the two weeks post their second vaccination for that vaccination."

Royal Caribbean indicated the requiring the vaccine, and other health measures, "may evolve as they are evaluated on an ongoing basis."

Anthem of the Seas is one of many cruise lines that has pivoted its plans to offer cruises this summer from the UK exclusively to residents of that country.

Sister line Celebrity Cruises also recently put on sale its Celebrity Silhouette ship from Southampton as well.

Celebrity Silhouette will offer 6-, 7-, and 8-night cruises around the UK.

Ports of call will include Portland on the Jurassic Coast as well as Inverness and Glasgow, and Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands plus Belfast and Liverpool.

Moving plans around this summer has been Royal Caribbean's new game plan, with many governments still closing their borders to cruises.

Thus far, five Royal Caribbean ships have been re-deployed in order to offer cruises this summer.

  • Adventure of the Seas from Nassau, Bahamas
  • Vision of the Seas from Bermuda
  • Jewel of the Seas from Cyprus
  • Odyssey of the Seas from Haifa, Israel
  • Anthem of the Seas from Southampton

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas will sail from UK in Summer 2021

31 Mar 2021

Count Royal Caribbean in among the cruise lines that will offer cruises from the UK this summer.

Royal Caribbean announced Anthem of the Seas will begin sailing from Southampton beginning July 7, 2021.

Anthem will offer a combination of 4-night cruises to nowhere in early July and 5- to 8-night British Isles cruises, starting 15th July, that feature visits to destinations such as Liverpool, England, Kirkwall in Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

The new Anthem of the Seas sailings will go on sale April 7th.

All crew members onboard will be fully vaccinated, and at this time, the cruises are only available to be booked by UK residents above the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results.

The cruise line says current health and safety measures, like others, may evolve as they are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley celebrated the news of Anthem sailing from the UK this summer, "The UK is a place we hold near and dear to our heart at Royal Caribbean. We miss our UK guests and are as eager as they are to get back to cruising from Southampton."

"We are delighted with the UK government’s recent announcements regarding cruising and excited to set sail again with a phenomenal ship and favorite such as Anthem of the Seas. After a tough year, we all need a holiday, but no one more so than the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces who will have the long-awaited opportunity to get away and relax with total peace of mind."

Details on the health and safety measures to be implemented for the summer cruises in the UK will be announced at a later date.

With Anthem of the Seas restart, it becomes the 6th ship that will be able to restart cruises this year, following a number of ships Royal Caribbean has announced plans for new sailings this summer.

  • Adventure of the Seas from Nassau, Bahamas
  • Vision of the Seas from Bermuda
  • Jewel of the Seas from Cyprus
  • Odyssey of the Seas from Haifa, Israel
  • Grandeur of the Seas from Barbados

Announcements like this have been the slow and methodical means Royal Caribbean has been able to resume cruises while the United States maintains its ban on cruise ships.

Thank you giveaway

In addition to announcing the new sailings, Royal Caribbean said it will also offer 999 staterooms to the UK's first responders.

As a way of saying thank you to the people who have worked so hard during the global health crisis, Royal Caribbean will offer 999 free staterooms on its first Ocean Getaways to those UK residents in these professions:

  • Emergency services
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Social care sector
  • Armed forces

To be eligible for one of the free sailings, UK residents must be able to show proof of an official Blue Light Card, which is available to those working in the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces. 

 Pre-registration for guests eligible for one of the 999 free staterooms open on 13th April, and final names will be drawn from a ballot by the end of April.

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Photos of Anthem and Allure of the Seas departing Southampton

17 Aug 2020

Two of Royal Caribbean's biggest cruise ships were spotted in Southampton over the weekend, giving locals in the area a glimpse of these popular ships.

RoyalCaribbeanBlog reader Sarah Lynn stopped by the Port of Southampton to take a few photos of these ships.

Sarah went on a ferry that toured the cruise ships anchored off the South Coast of England, and took photos of the ships for all of us to enjoy.

A few Royal Caribbean ships have been positioned off the southern coast of England, and make periodic stops in Southampton for resupply.

It is noteworthy to mention that Anthem of the Seas just completed a refurbishment in Damen Shiprepair Brest in Brest, France.

Anthem was due for routine maintenance that focused on preventative upkeep work.

There are no major aesthetic upgrades to Anthem of the Seas announced, so this is purely a traditional dry dock to take care of "under the hood" work, such as painting and engine work.

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