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An Introduction To Anthem of the Seas

,Anthem of the Seas – Introduction

Anthem of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean QUANTUM Class ship. She was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Her Maiden Voyage was on the 22nd April 2015 from Southampton, England.

Accommodating 4,609 passengers at full capacity, Anthem of the Seas is still not the largest cruise ship in the world.  She is however, a close second to the largest in the world, her sister Oasis Class ships.

Image Credit: Royal Caribbean International – Outdoor Pool Deck and North Star

The 18 passenger decks offer plenty of space, which is great for those looking for somewhere quiet to relax.

Anthem of the Seas Dining

The ship has 17 dining options to choose from, ranging from casual buffet-style to multi-course fine dining and 24 hour snacks. These include an array of international cuisine and most dietary requirements are catered for.

Image CreditL Royal Caribbean International – Onboard Dining Room Chic

Activities Onboard Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas has plenty of activities for all ages.  High adrenaline activities for thrill seekers, a west end musical for theatre lovers and high tech shows are just some of the things on offer.

Image Credit: Royal Caribbean International – We Will Rock You

Children will love the Adventure Ocean kids club. Free daily sessions are available for children aged 3 – 17. Check your planner onboard as the opening times may vary. These are a pretty good guide to how they usually work.

  • Morning Session 9am – 12pm
  • Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm
  • Evening Session 6pm – 10pm

Late nights, lunch and dinner sessions are available at an extra charge, allowing the adults to enjoy everything the ship has to offer, without the guilt.

The Vitality Spa and Fitness Centre offers a state of the art gym, a range of fitness classes and some of the most advanced spa services at sea.

At the front of the ship is a stunning glass covered, adults-only solarium.  Cascading pools, whirlpools, luxurious loungers and a dedicated bar, makes it the perfect place to unwind.

Image Credit: Royal Caribbean International – Adult Solarium

Accessibility

Anthem of the Seas is perfectly suitable for people with mobility issues. Corridors built to allow wheelchairs to turn 180 degrees, along with all public rooms featuring entrances with gradual inclines.

A wide choice of stateroom types are available, from single rooms to multi-bedroom family suites and two-storey loft suites. Rooms for five people or more cannot be booked online. Please contact your travel agent or the cruise line directly.

Anthem of the Seas is the perfect multi-generational cruise ship.

Recommended Reading

A Guide To Cruising with Royal Caribbean

Cruise People – Family Cruising – The Bruce-Low’s

Family Cruising – Happy Kids Means Happy Parents

Iain Bruce-Low and his partner Anne-Marie own an award-winning hair salon in the scenic Scottish seaside town of Oban. With their three lovely children, they find family cruising is the perfect solution to meet their needs.

When was your first cruise? Which ship was it and where did you cruise too?

It was a Western Mediterranean Cruise in 2013 with Royal Caribbean onboard Adventure of the Seas.

What made you decide to book your first cruise?

Having 3 children all different ages 15, 12 and 3, we wanted to find a holiday that had something to keep everyone happy.

The Bruce-Low Family

What did you like about your first cruise?

The quality, the service and the number of things to do for everyone.

What is the best cruise you have been on, and why?

We cruised on Anthem of the Seas in 2015 and the ship is incredible!  It is so modern and new, with a lot more dining options, much more our style. There were an incredible amount of things for the kids to do, they were never bored!

The Bruce-Low’s prefer the larger cruise ships

What is it that appeals to you about cruising?

I love the freedom and choices, you can be as active or as lazy as you want. It is by far the most you can ever do on holiday as well as being the most relaxing holiday you’ll ever have.

How do you decide which cruises to take?

For me, it’s about the ship. It has to be a good enough size, we have learnt the bigger the better. Smaller ships tend to get more overcrowded where bigger ships people spread out more. Having plenty for the kids means they are happy – meaning we are even happier.

So much to do for families. Anthem of the Sea’s North Star takes you high above the ocean waves.

What’s the first thing you do when you step onboard a cruise?

We go to the Champagne Bar to pick up a drink, then go off exploring.

What was your last cruise? What did you like/dislike about it?

It was a Venice and Greek Isle cruise onboard Rhapsody of the Seas. As it was out of season, we found it was more family cruising for adults and their parents, rather than small children. Also, the ship was probably too small for our liking. However, the smaller ship did allow us to explore a new area of the world, which we loved.

What would be your dream cruise if you could create your own? 

For me, it would be from Greenock/Glasgow and all around the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal and on to Dubai and Asia.  At least a couple of months, please?

Do you have any tips for booking a cruise?

I would always recommend staying the night before the cruise, in a hotel nearby. It takes out the stress of arriving at the same time as everyone else. Also, you can tip the members of staff directly when you are onboard, then you don’t have to prepay gratuities.

Can you offer any onboard tips for people who have never cruised?

Eat drink as much as you want and remember there is a gym, although I’ve still not seen it.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying a cruise but is worried they will feel trapped on a crowded cruise ship?

I’ve heard it all before and best thing I could say is book it because you’ll never know until you try it.

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Recommended Reading Independence of the Seas – The Best Cruise Of My Life

Why Do I Choose To Cruise?

Well here are my top ten reasons;

1. Kids Club

The main thing is that the kids are genuinely having lots of fun. The hours are flexible and between the hours of 9am to 8pm it’s free of charge. Most cruise lines offer a later service which may be chargeable.

2. Convenience

All your needs are taken care of and there is so much available to you all in one place.  One of the big advantages for those lovers of high heels is that, you don’t have to worry about tired feet ruining your evening. You simply totter into dinner, looking all sophisticated and then later in the evening pop back to your room and slip on a pair of Tipsy Feet then return to the party ready to hit the dancefloor.

Travel Blogger English Mum and I crossing paths on the Quantum of the Seas wearing our Tipsy Feet.

3. Staff

Cruise ship staff are amongst the nicest, kindest, genuine and hard working people I have ever met. The smiles, the friendliness, the fact that nothing is too much trouble.  They make everything run seamlessly.  The stateroom attendant will somehow manage to clean and tidy your room twice a day and you will hardly ever see them. But you will know they have been there, because they will leave one of these creatures behind.

One of our animals from Jewel of the Seas cruise 2016.

4. Pool Deck

Ah yes, my favourite place on a ship. A tequila based cocktail, music, sunshine and a pool and I am in heaven. Most cruise ships now have an outdoor movie screen for added entertainment.

Pool Deck onboard the Disney Magic

5. Dining

You name it….  you can pretty much get it on a cruise.  Self service buffets range from healthy salads, Indian and Asian dishes to burgers and pizza, fresh fruit and delicious desserts. You can choose to have table service in the restaurant if you prefer something more intimate.  Most cruise lines have so many dining options that you won’t get to try half of them unless you are on a World Cruise.

From Marco Pierre White’s Menu onboard Britannia – Delicious New England Lobster in Mornay Sauce

6. Adult Only Areas

One concern I hear about from people not travelling with children, is the worry they will be surrounded by children when they are on a cruise. This is not the case. Most ships that are very child friendly will have a pool area designated for adults only. The sun loungers are usually a bit more plush in these areas too. So a great place to relax and unwind.

Quantum of the Seas Adult Only Solarium

7. Professional Photographs

I have heard people say that they think the photographs are a rip off, however I beg to differ. The best photos I have are those that were taken onboard a cruise by a professional photographer. Have you ever tried to arrange a family photo session? It can cost hundreds of pounds. On top of which you have to get all the family members together at the same time, on the same day and all looking wonderfully happy. Guess what, on a cruise you are already all there and hopefully you will all be  looking wonderfully happy. So you just pay for the photos you want, there is no obligation.

Josh and I on Ruby Princess – May 2014 (His 2nd cruise)

8. Street Parades

Royal Caribbean have always put on incredible sailaway parties. During the course of the cruise they have themed street parties such as 70’s, 80’s or maybe Abba or Michael Jackson. The Halloween parties are not for the feint hearted.

However since their partnership in 2010 with Dreamworks, Royal Caribbean have taken these parades to a whole new level. As you can see in our video below, we had a great time on Allure of the Seas for Christmas 2015.

9. Shows

In my opinion Royal Caribbean are the best cruise line when it comes to providing entertainment. From Aqua Shows to Ice Shows, Musicals to Comedy Acts, they have it all. So here are two examples of the great entertainment you can find onboard.

10. Gym and Spa

If all gyms were like the ones at sea, I would go every morning. The views of the ocean or a different port every day are simply stunning. The newest cruise ships offer state of the art fitness centres and you can enjoy one of  hundreds of different relaxation or beauty treatments in the spa. Here is a little taster of the Vitality Spa onboard Allure of the Seas.

 

Anthem of the Seas Review – 2015

It’s A Smart Ship

Putting together an Anthem of the Seas review is not an easy task, as it would be hard to find anyone who has not heard about the newest addition to the Royal Caribbean International fleet. Her recent arrival into Southampton Docks for her inaugural season seems to have the whole cruise industry in a swirl.

With 24 ships in it’s fleet to date, compared to the 8 that P & O Cruises have, Royal Caribbean International has raised the bar to the point where we wonder what on earth they can do next. But after spending two nights on her pre-inaugural sailing, it is clear that they have found a whole new dimension to cruising, cruise ship art, dining and entertainment.

Anthem of the Seas Review

My first impression, as I entered the atrium, was one of class and sophistication. It’s a grown-up version of previous Royal Caribbean ships, in as much as it’s not just about having cool stuff onboard, it’s about having thought-provoking design, art, and menus.  You can experience Wonderland, a unique speciality dining experience which starts when you have to paint your gold-framed menu to read it.

I absolutely love the solarium onboard Anthem of the Seas

There is a lot more indoor space to enjoy the outdoor scenery, such as the adult-only solarium with stunning views looking across the ocean from the front of the ship, and the pool bar which has a retractable roof.  This gives adults a place to enjoy a swim, a drink and relax in all weather conditions without kids, whether it be their own or someone else’s.

Two70

In Two70 with Dominic Paul, Michael Bayley, Richard Fain and Stuart Leven

The Two70 venue by day is another incredible place to relax indoors. It’s a cosy environment with its own cafe and bar, lets you enjoy incredible 270-degree views, spanning two and a half decks of floor to ceiling windows.  At night, this venue transforms into an entertainment place with robotic screens and 12K sound system with scenic images projected on the windows behind it.  That has never been seen on land before let alone at sea.  Watch the short video below and at one point you can hear me saying “how the hell”, which is quite literally what you think when you see the technology capabilities of these robo screens.

Introducing more firsts at sea such as indoor skydiving, rollerskating, dodgems, the North Star (elevates guests 300ft above the water) to compliment their signatures like the Flowrider, rock wall and Royal Promenade, Royal Caribbean International have certainly taken the cruise ship holiday experience to a whole new level.

A friendly waitress offers me a sample of their signature champagne cocktail in The Grande

A friendly waitress offers me a sample of their signature champagne cocktail in The Grande

They have added more in the way of entertainment. In addition to We Will Rock You and the incredible shows in Two70, there is the Music Hall.  This is a two-deck-high music venue with self-levelling pool tables upstairs and a stage and dancefloor downstairs.

Accommodation

They also have some incredible new suites and staterooms. The two-storey owner’s loft suite is incredible with three balconies and a hanging chair.

Getting comfortable on one of the balconies in the Owners Loft Suite

Take a look inside the Owners Loft Suite in this short video.

Having explored the ship over the course of two days, I asked myself “who would enjoy a cruise on Anthem of the Seas?” Everyone!  At least anyone who doesn’t want to experience the same thing on holiday than they do at home.  Anyone who has an inquisitive mind, a sense of adventure and likes to have a good time. There is something for everyone on this ship. If you are not grumpy, boring and miserable, you WILL have the BEST time ever on THIS ship!  TRY IT!

Why not take a look at How Long Is the Allure Of The Seas?