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Bumper cars at SeaPlex.
Anthem of the Seas
New York Harbor was all aflutter this November with the
permanent arrival of the third largest cruise ship in the world,
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. The 4,180-passenger
Anthem bid farewell to her homeport in the UK, dropping anchor at
Cape Liberty Cruise Port after plying the seas throughout Europe
and the Mediterranean this past spring. Like its characteristically
diverse staff, those who turned out for the pre-inaugural sailing
represented virtually every corner of the world. Even the "Good
Morning America" crew tilted their hats to Anthem, whose onboard
surprises-including "Dancing with the Stars" heartthrobs Carlos
PenaVega and Alek Skarlatos-added some excitement and (dare
we say) heat to the chilly Atlantic sailing.
"Anthem will be the newest ship in the world sailing from the
Northeast part of the country," says Lori Cassidy, associate v.p. of
global corporate, incentive and charter sales for Royal Caribbean
International. "The ship was purposely built for cold weather
climates-with the indoor Solarium, SeaPlex, etc.-so it's a perfect
choice for the ship to be sailing from Cape Liberty. Consumers can
sail to the Bahamas and Caribbean from the Northeast without
having to incur the
cost of air."
As Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Class ship, Anthem
possesses all of the at-sea "firsts" unveiled last year in Quantum of
the Seas. Our biggest takeaway from the 2-day sailing, however,
was not only the surprise of innovations like indoor skydiving, surf
simulations and robotic bartenders, but the feeling of being adrift in
a sea of possibility.
Like Quantum, the 2,090-room Anthem of the Seas is an
interesting blend of artful and hi-tech wonder. There are bespoke
art installations-from anthropomorphist elevator art and cherry
blossom ceilings to 12k resolution performances in Two70, where
video projection and robotics collide. We settled in for "Spectra's
Cabaret" at Two70 and a tribute to legendary rock band Queen in
"We Will Rock You" at the Royal Theatre later on. The sound quality
was right up there with the venue's fantastic visual effects.
For some returning back to their staterooms, virtual "balconies"
await, with 80-inch LED screens that show real-time views of the
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ocean and passing cities. After being greeted by a "stowaway"
elevator piano player, we returned to our room on deck 10 and
the real thing-sea-swept air and the Statue of Liberty passing
by with torch held high in the moonlight. A multitude of late-night
parties, including an interactive Name That Tune session, keep the
night young for night owls. Or, voyagers can book an hour in the
first escape room at sea for an Escape from the Future session,
a live-action experience where teams are locked in a room and
must solve hidden clues and puzzles to escape. These sort of
adventurers will also likely be interested in SeaPlex, where trapeze
classes, bumper cars and Xbox gaming take place.
Dining is an adventure all its own on Anthem, with 18 themed
dining experiences-from American soul food to magical
concoctions worthy of Wonderland. In fact, Wonderland's
whimsical, Mad Hatter vibe and mystical menu (which requires a
little magic to read) made the venue one of our top picks.
Anthem's techy side also connects with nature throughout the
ship. The sun rose to meet us in the North Star, a panoramic
observation capsule near the main pool deck stretching 300 ft.
above sea level (as high as London's Big Ben).
For clients who want to
dive into all of Anthem's
goodies, there are several
The ship was purposely built
sailings to choose from,
for cold weather climates-
including a 5-night
with the indoor Solarium,
Bermuda cruise starting at
SeaPlex, etc.-so it's a
$963; a 7-night Bahamas
cruise starting at $696.50;
perfect choice for the ship to
and a 9-night Canada
be sailing from Cape Liberty.
& New England cruise
Consumers can sail to the
starting at $1,130. ●
Royal Caribbean International:
Bahamas and Caribbean from
the Northeast without having
to incur the cost of air.
Lori Cassidy, Associate Vice President,
Global Corporate, Incentive and Charter Sales,
Royal Caribbean International
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