Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is due to set sail from Southampton in Spring 2015, and we couldn’t be more excited! Despite being a smaller ship than Allure of the Seas, the amenities and facilities on board are expected to be truly unbelievable, and we’re delighted that British travellers will have the chance to be amongst the first to sail on this majestic vessel as she makes her way around the sunny Mediterranean. Anthem of the Seas and her sister ship, Quantum of the Seas are described as being the ‘next generation’ of cruise ships, providing more options, more flexibility, and more luxury than ever before. Towards the end of 2015, Anthem of the Seas is expected to relocate to Port Everglades for Caribbean itineraries throughout the winter. If you’re considering booking a Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s latest addition to the fleet, here’s what you can expect:
Adult Travellers & Couples
In keeping with other Royal Caribbean cruise ships, Anthem of the Seas will cater to adults and couples looking for a relaxing getaway just as much as it will cater to families with lively and energetic children. There will be a number of adult-only locations on board, providing quiet solitude or a more mature atmosphere.
The online cruise community is rife with rumours. Based upon deck plans, it is believed that Anthem of the Seas will include three smaller main dining rooms, rather than one large room, creating more flexibility in terms of when to dine, and menu choice, along with a substantial number of exciting speciality dining venues.
Couples will have a great choice of staterooms on board Anthem of the Seas. While the Sky Lofts and Suites are perfect for those wanting indulgent opulence, standard cabins are set to become more popular than ever before. With cabins believed to be 9 percent larger than those featured on other Royal Caribbean vessels, and with more storage and facilities than ever before, even indoor cabins are expected to sell out very quickly. Some cabins will even include virtual balconies, giving you amazing views, wherever you are on the ship.
Adult travellers can find their ownremote haven in the adult-only solarium, featuring spa pools, fantastic settings, and a truly relaxing environment. Adult-only pools will be available; complete with hot tubs, and, like other Royal Caribbean vessels, the spa will remain a primary feature, with treatments, massages, and pampering sessions available overlooking the seas. Although it is yet to be confirmed, it is expected that the Casino Royale will also feature on Royal Caribbean’s newest ships. Other exciting activities include iFly by Ripcord, the first ever sky diving simulator at sea, the classic Royal Caribbean rock climbing walls and of course the ever popular FlowRider. You’ll also find North Star on board, an incredible capsule like design that will lift passengers right over the side of the ship offering 360 degree views.
While the classic theatre will feature on Anthem of the Seas, showcasing the best of the Royal Caribbean dancers and musicians, as well as West End and Broadway-style shows, the new venue, Two70, is highly anticipated. As the first of its kind, Two70 is a very flexible and diverse venue that transforms from a light, airy space during the day – a place to grab a coffee and gaze out at the panoramic views – to an amazing evening entertainment venue, featuring acrobatics and awe inspiring light shows.
Families with Young Children & Teens
Royal Caribbean is, and remains, one of the most family-friendly cruise lines sailing from the UK. On board Anthem of the Seas, we can expect to see many activities and entertainments designed specifically for children and teens, and even more accommodation options to suit families of all sizes.
There will be a number of relaxed, informal dining venues located around the Two70 area which will be perfect for families. Taking a look at other down-to-earth restaurants on board Royal Caribbean’s other vessels, such as Rita’s Cantina and Johnny Rockets, passengers can expect a wide range of classic kids’ favourites on offer throughout the ship.
One way in which Royal Caribbean is expanding their ability to appeal to families is by offering triple interconnecting rooms. Whereas a standard family cabin will comfortably accommodate two adults and two children, this new features means that 12 members of the same family, or even families travelling together, can stay together, without compromising on space. The classic Royal Family Suite will also feature on Anthem of the Seas, offering spacious and luxurious accommodations for families as well as commanding spectacular views.
Seaplex. Need we say any more? Seaplex is believed to be the largest activity complex of its kind at sea, offering not only kids, but the whole family, the chance to partake in some exhilarating fun. Designed to be rather retro, expect bumper cars, roller skating rinks, and a basketball court here, ideal for boys, girls, and adults of all ages, there’s even a floating DJ booth at night. As usual, the youth clubs and the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery will be available on board.
Solo travel is an area where Royal Caribbean comes under scrutiny, but not with Anthem of the Seas. Recognising the increasing demand for a better environment for solo travellers, this new ship is designed to make solo travellers feel happy, welcomed, and safe throughout their voyage.
When looking at ships such as Allure of the Seas, for example, it seems reasonable to expect a number of speciality dining restaurants that create an intimate culinary experience perfect for solo travellers.
It’s a lack of single occupancy cabins that has given a Royal Caribbean a reputation for not being particularly welcoming of solo travellers, but this is all set to change. Anthem of the Seas will include 28 single occupancy cabins, 12 of which offer spectacular sea views and balconies. Single occupancy cabins are expected to sell out quickly, as travellers take advantage of the opportunity to see the world without needing to pay a double occupancy fare.
Like her sister ship Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas will feature the unbelievable North Star – a glass-encased pod suspended 300 feet above the sea, and offering 360 degree panoramic views. There will also be a number of bars, deck games, and relaxing spaces to make use of, and, as the ship will accommodate more solo travellers than ever before, expect a great deal of daily activities centred around meeting new travel companions.
Evening entertainments are rife – in fact, there will never be a dull moment on board. One entertainment that will particularly suit solo travellers is the Music Hall which will offer live music and a large, spacious dance floor, ideal for meeting other travellers with similar interests and a thirst for luxury travel.
Sailing on Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas will offer itineraries ranging from short 3 night cruises from Southampton to Paris, to longer 16 night cruises sailing around the Mediterranean, the Baltic States, and Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords before going transatlantic to Florida and beginning her Caribbean voyages. It is believed that staterooms will go on sale from 3rd March 2014, so get ready – rooms will sell like hot cakes! Don’t forget – you can pre-register for information, giving you a unique opportunity to be amongst the first to book your place on this amazing ship.
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