Wet Roads--The Anthem of the Seas

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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".

View from Anthem of the Seas docked at New York

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.

Concourses on Anthem of the Seas

The 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 cruisers.

climbing wall on Anthem of the Seas

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.

Restaurant entrance on Anthem of 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.

Dirictional model on Anthem of the Seas

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 waves. It sails from Bayonne, NJ.

North Star on Anthem of the Seas bumper cars on Anthem of the Seas

Highlighted activities on the Anthem of the Seas are numerous and include a dazzling level of technology. The North StarSM 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 skydiving simulator lets you soar inside a wind tunnel and FlowRider®, a 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 trapeze classes.

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 and aerialists.

robo bartender on Anthem of the Seas

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.

concourse on Anthem of the Seas

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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