Imagine the kids’ excitement – and their parents too – when they board one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s 168,667-ton, 4,180-guest Anthem of the Seas. Sleek, chic and lots of fun, she also boasts some of the most spectacular suites at sea, many spanning two levels.
Welcome to Royal Caribbean’s newest “floating resort” which made her debut in April 2015. She is the second of three Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, following Quantum of the Seas launched in 2014 and Ovation of the Seas, due to arrive mid-2016. The dazzling high-tech ship features a quick check-in process, ultra-fast internet and robotic bartenders who will mix your favorite cocktail and a Royal IQ app lets passengers to easily stay in touch with each other via texts and calls on their cell phones. Superfast Wi-Fi will let you post on Facebook and Instagram, use Skype, stream TV shows, movies and more.
Innovative and fabulous amenities include North Star – an enclosed glass capsule that takes guests on a thrilling ride 300 feet above sea level where they can enjoy 360-degree views. If you have always wanted to skydive, the RipCord by iFly simulator is the next best thing for a thrilling experience. Take a class, suit up and experience flying in the wind tunnel. Spanning 18 decks, endless amenities also include pools, whirlpools and a large poolside movie screen. Completely wrapping around the Sun Deck is a two-lane running and walking track. New Puzzle Break is a fun participatory game for adults.
18 Enticing Restaurants:
Tantalize your taste buds at 18 incredible dining venues. With new Classic Dynamic Dining, guests can experience rotational dining every night along with their waiters at the four main complimentary restaurants, as well as a fixed seating time, with the same table and companions. Restaurant highlights include the family-style Jamie’s Italian, by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Bring your appetite for his famous Italian dishes and rustic selections. Craving Pan-Asian? Head to Silk, for a scrumptious Chinese, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisines. Step into the future at the beautiful multi-colored Wonderland for a unique “molecular gastronomy” culinary experience. Sushi and sashimi-lovers will head to Izumi Japanese Cuisine. Kids will be thrilled to get fresh hot New York pizza at complimentary Sorrento’s and hot dogs with all the toppings at the casual SeaPlex Dog House “food truck.” Burgers, shakes and lots of fun is offered at the popular 50s-themed Johnny Rockets.
For Kids & Families:
Watch your kids faces light up when they see all the exciting and fun things there are to do on Anthem of the Seas. There are bumper cars, a gigantic outdoor movie screen for all the latest films, the FlowRider® simulator that makes you feel like you are surfing on the ocean; roller skating, a 30-foot-high Rock Climbing Wall, basketball court, circus school and more. Thrills and lots of fun await at the complimentary H2O Zone water park, with a small splash pool for babies. Adventure Ocean® youth program, Fuel teen center, plus Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. DreamWorks entertainment features such beloved characters from its animated movies as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar creating lifelong memories for kids.
Offering something for everyone, is the largest indoor activities space on a cruise ship called SeaPlex. Daytime, there is a full-size basketball court that is also used for soccer and volleyball. Soar on the trapeze at the circus school and play table tennis, air hockey and foosball on the second level. Transformed at night to an area used for dancing, roller skating and best of all, bumper cars! Table tennis, air hockey and foosball tables are on the second-level mezzanine.
Delight your senses at the multi-level Two70, with spectacular 270-degree views (hence, the name) from immense floor-to-ceiling glass windows spanning three decks. This huge entertainment area and lounge venue boasts cozy and comfortable seating areas plus an adjacent café. During the day it serves like an immense family room, where afternoon tea is served, accompanied by a virtual orchestra. It really comes alive at night when it is transformed into a high-tech showroom and the panoramic windows morph into a screen filled with amazing images. There are aerial performers, spectacular lighting effects and more providing an exciting experience.
Feel right at home in Royal Caribbean’s most spacious and luxurious accommodations with new categories to meet today’s needs. Soothing sea-inspired colors and ample storage add to the comfortable atmosphere. Solo travelers do not have to pay a “single supplement” when they stay in the 119-square-foot Studio staterooms – some with a balcony. Highlighting interior staterooms are unique “virtual balconies” that use LED screens showing real-time views of the ocean and destinations visited. Family-Connected staterooms for up to three rooms are ideal for multi-generational travelers. Connecting different types of stateroom categories, they create a unique layout of separate bedrooms and bathrooms for each occupant. Stunning choices also include the Family Junior Suite, boasting a full-bath and a-half, while Loft Suites are larger and offer breathtaking views and 34 wheelchair the accessible cabins.
Chic Bars and Lounges:
Throughout Anthem of the Seas are perfect spots to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Chic bars and lounges are found throughout the ship, each with a different atmosphere. The North Star Bar is a popular daytime choice where you can watch the action on the pool deck. Nighttime, a favorite spot is Schooner Bar, where guests sit at the bar that surrounds the piano and make requests. Let a robotic bartender, “Makr Shakr,” create a drink for you at the futuristic Bionic Bar. Spice things up at the popular Latin-themed Boleros for pre- or post-dinner cocktails. Others include the upscale Vintages Wine Bar, Sky and alfresco Pool Bar.
Entertainment at night includes DJs or bands at the rock-and-roll inspired Music Hall. Delight your senses at the unique show at Two70 called “Spectra’s Cabaret” with amazing digital imagery and aerialists. Magical evenings include Broadway-like productions at the stunning three-deck Royal Theater, as well as 3D movies and acrobatic performances. Specially designed for the ship are two main shows – “We will Rock You” – a musical based on Queen’s hits and “The Gift,” an original Royal Caribbean production that is a musical journey of fantasy and illusion. After the show, try your luck at the many tables and slots at the immense Casino Royale. Keep a look out for the Stowaway Piano Player who moves around the ship with his piano to entertain guests in unusual places, such as elevators for a fun time.
Unique and contemporary artwork graces several public areas throughout Anthem of the Seas on the walls, decks and hanging from the ceiling, such as the “Pulse Spiral” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The “interactive chandelier” overlooks the Royal Esplanade and its 200 light bulbs pulse to recorded heartbeats of passengers who place their hands on a monitor placed below it. Whimsical artwork also includes the huge 32-foot-tall giraffe sculpture — dubbed Gigi — dressed in a yellow swimsuit and pink inner tube that will be greeted by smiles and squeals of delight from the children.
Rest & Relaxation:
Last but not least, are the many places where adults can completely relax. There is also an adults-only three-tier Serenity pool with a retractable roof, a hot tub and panoramic forward-facing views where they can melt your cares away. Indulge yourself at the serene Vitality Spa boasting 19 treatment rooms — including two for couples and a relaxing massage. The huge state-of-the-art Fitness Center boasts some of the best equipment at sea.
Offering the ultimate resort-like experience at sea, the beautiful and dazzling Anthem of the Seas is the perfect ship for families and any traveler who enjoy scrumptious cuisine, stunning accommodations and endless amenities.
Cruise on Anthem of the Seas out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey to such worldwide destinations as the Caribbean, the Bahamas, British Isles & Coastal, Bermuda, the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Transatlantic & Repositioning and U.S. & Canada Eastern.