ANTHEM OF THE SEAS, the second of three 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger Quantum class Royal Caribbean cruise ships, with 2,090 cabins including 375 virtual balconies — inside cabins featuring real-time views of the ocean and destinations visited.
She begins her maiden voyage from Southampton today, Apr 22 at 4:30pm, calling at Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao, Le Havre and arrives back in Southampton April 30 at 5:30am.
ANTHEM OF THE SEAS was delivered to Royal Caribbean on April 10, 2015.She arrived at her first homeport, Southampton on April 15, 2015, to prepare for her maiden European summer season. Photographer Si Newall witnessed her first arrival in the port on April 15th.
At the naming ceremony held in Southampton on April 20, 2015, she was christened by Emma Wilby, a British travel agent chosen after a search for a travel agent who could sing, “and also because she exemplified grace, beauty, and a sense of adventure.” The ceremony took place in the vessel’s Royal Theatre attended by 1,300 guests. It began with a procession, followed by performances by the Reading Scottish Pipe Band, and Only Boys Aloud, a boys’ choir from Wales.
ANTHEM OF THE SEAS will spend her maiden European season cruising from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the Canary Islands.Beginning in November 2015, she will operate seven- to twelve-night itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey.
MaritimeMatters UK-based writer Peter Newall will be filing a ANTHEM OF THE SEAS mini cruise report shortly.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.