Cruising has provided a popular escape for
thousands of years, think Caesar and Cleopatra, but historians
tend to trace the history of passenger, ocean cruising for
personal enjoyment, to an imaginative article penned in the
early 1830s by Arthur Anderson. Almost concurrent with its
publication steamships were introduced and ocean cruising took
on an aura of the ultimate in glamour and wealth. Cunard, the
most famous of the early cruise lines, established a reputation
for sophistication that lasted until their allure was surpassed
by the ability to take a transatlantic flight. World Wars I and
II made cruising difficult for the obvious reasons and because
many of the ships were conscripted for the war effort. It was
not until the late 1960s that the popularity of passenger
cruising surged, spurred by the growing number of activities
offered onboard and some believe the fun and frolic depicted on
the 1970’s sitcom “The Love Boat”.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was founded in
Norway in 1968 and launched its first passenger ship, The Song
of Norway, in 1970. With this launch the company changed the
nature of pleasure cruising forever and as a result was one of
the first cruise ships ever expanded. Royal Caribbean now has 23
ships afloat each showcasing unique features offered for the
first time at sea.
Anthem of the Seas is the newest of Royal
Caribbean's ships, the second of three ships in the Quantum
Class to be placed into service. The Anthem sets the bar for a
totally new cruise experience while providing a “tech-tonic” for
The 1,150-ft. ship, more than twice the size
of the Great Pyramid of Giza, with 16 passenger decks, 2090
staterooms and a capacity of over 4,000 guests, somehow manages
never to feel crowded. There are eighteen restaurants, bars and
lounges, a Vitality Spa and Fitness center, Casino Royale, Solarium, Indoor and Outdoor
Pools, Climbing Wall, Library and the theatrical West End
musical “We Will Rock You”, all geared to make your time onboard
memorable. To help you share your experiences with folks at home
the ship is equipped with VOOM- Royal Wifi, the fastest Internet
on the seas.
Anthem of the Seas, in keeping with Royal
Caribbean’s spirit of innovation and creativity, has initiated a
series of onboard and in port “Come Seek” adventures. Each
experience is designed to be immersive, experiential, unique and
appealing to the explorer in us all and Anthem has five
Caribbean destinations specifically selected to invite you to
seek the extraordinary.
Your shipboard adventure
begins with pre-registration from home and on shore ipad
check-in that makes long lines obsolete. Guests can locate their
cabins using Digital Wayfinders, interactive screens that help
you find your way as well as provide updated information on
activities. RFID enabled WOWbands are available for a nominal
fee and function as a credit card, grant access to your room and
allows you to check-in for activities. There are several cabin
classes but currently the 375 rooms that feature virtual
balconies, equipped with wall-sized HD screens that show
real-time ocean and destination views, are making the most
It sails from Bayonne, NJ.
Highlighted activities on the Anthem of the
Seas are numerous and include a dazzling level of technology.
capsule allows guests to climb 303-ft. and extend out over the
ocean to obtain a 360-degree view while mounted on a 135-ft.
arm. This is soft adventure that makes you feel death defying.
RipCord by iFLY
lets you soar inside a wind tunnel and
40-foot-long surf simulator, lets you soar along the water and
SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at
sea, hosts a wide variety of activities from bumper cars to
Entertainment has gone equally high tech with
the $27-million, triple-deck, Two70 Lounge. The lounge provides
270-degree views and converts into Spectra’s Cabaret, a
state-of-the-art theater with live and robotic dancers, singers
A regal way to top off your adventures is with a drink at the
Bionic Bar where you order your drink, and one of two robots
makes it for you. They can serve up to two drinks per minute.
Patrons order from a smart pad and they are able to track the
progress of their drinks. Currently this is the only robotic bar
in the world.
Voted Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards’ “Best Cruise Line
Overall” for twelve consecutive years, Royal Caribbean continues
to provide unparalleled fun and adventure at an affordable
price. See you at sea!
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