Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Anthem of the Seas

A signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, made the Anthem delivery official.

Meyer Werft shipyard formally turned over Anthem of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International on Friday, 10 days ahead of the ship’s naming ceremony in Southampton, England.

The 4,200-passenger Anthem, the second ship in Royal’s Quantum class, will sail from the U.K. on various European itineraries this summer and fall. In November, it will arrive in New York Harbor to dock at its permanent home port of Cape Liberty, N.J.

Unique features of the Quantum-class ships include the North Star aerial observatory, the SeaPlex bumper car arena and the RipCord by iFLY skydiving simulator.

Passed Anthem of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International: Meyer Werft

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Passed second ship of the Quantum class for Royal Caribbean

Today the Meyer Werft the 168,600 GT cruise ship Anthem of the Seas in Bremerhaven delivered five days before the original date agreed at the American Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Miami) from.

Photo: Meyer Werft

In the Anthem of the Seas is the second ship of the so-called quantum-class. With the Anthem of the Seas have the Meyer Werft and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. rebuilt a particularly environmentally friendly cruise ship. The ships of the Quantum-class are equipped with the most advanced emission control systems called HybridScrubbern.

Very energy efficient technical systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery, as well as an extremely effective underwater paint, or eg an extremely energy-efficient lighting system with LED illumination lead to considerable energy savings.

A diesel-electric pod propulsion system, complex alarm and security systems, interactive communication systems and the latest stage technology to guarantee security and entertainment on board according to the latest technical standards.

The ships of the Quantum class perform another ground-breaking innovations one at sea. Below are the skydiving simulator “Ripcord by iFly” up to 90 meters high glass view gondola “North Star” and the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea “SeaPlex” with bumper cars and roller skating. In “Two70 °” Guests will experience the Anthem of the Seas during the day a fascinating 270 degree panoramic views and breathtaking shows at night.

The cruise ship, has a total of 18 decks and a survey of 168 600 GT. With 2,090 cabins, which are the biggest and most versatile cabins on the ships owned, it can accommodate 4,180 guests at double occupancy.

After delivery to the shipping company, the Anthem of the Seas leaving presumably on 13/14. April 2015 Bremerhaven towards Southampton. The 27-year-old Emma Wilby from the UK is the godmother of the Anthem of the Seas.

The employee of a Scottish travel agents is the newest and most modern ship cruise brand baptized on 20 April 2015, Southampton before 1,500 invited guests. Emma Wilby was chosen from numerous applicants from across the UK. The Anthem of the Seas will be on the road in their inaugural season from / to Southampton in the western Mediterranean, before transitioning to New York on October 27, 2015.

Photo: Meyer Werft

Quantum of the Seas: It’s familiar yet innovative

Quantum-NorthstarSOUTHAMPTON, England — For all of its innovation, Quantum of the Seas will be familiar to anyone who has traveled on Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom-class ships. The footprint for Quantum is a step back from the radical ship design of Oasis of the Seas.

Quantum doesn’t have a Viking Crown Lounge, and the central promenade is a little different than on Freedom- and Voyager-class ships. But the overall impression is of a Freedom-class ship with a number of very innovative features bolted on to the prototype.

The “wow” features are new, of course. The North Star observation gondola looked quite inviting on a beautiful fall day before Quantum’s departure on a two-night preview cruise here.

The SeaPlex, an open indoor rec area, looked like fun with its bumper cars idling along its sides. It feels airy and open, with lots of windows illuminating the space so it doesn’t feel dim.

The Ripcord by iFly commands the aft part of the upper deck, along with a hulking magenta bear sculpture that serves as a conversation piece and is a bit unlike anything else on a Royal Caribbean ship.

Quantum-RobotBartenders-BionicBar-TSThe big attention-getter so far, however, has been the Bionic Bar. Crowds are consistently watching the two robotic bartenders pour their libations. There is something fascinating about the precision movements of these blue, impersonal robots.

Interior cabins are brightened by the floor-to-ceiling virtual balcony screens, another add-on that has also been installed on Royal’s Navigator of the Seas.

Perhaps the most noticeable change on Quantum is the number of restaurants, with the main dining room split into five new themed dining venues. Yet even here, the complimentary restaurants are in their usual place on the lower aft decks, except for Coastal Kitchen, a new concept for suite guests only, which is high on Deck 14.

Windjammer and the Solarium, also on Deck 14, are staples of Royal’s recent ship layout. The line’s trademark design elegance, quality materials and attention to detail is there, too.

The windows on the Two70° lounge (named for 270-degree panoramic sea views) at the back of the ship look enormous, defining the rear profile of the ship. But I have not seen the evening entertainment programming yet in Two70°, nor in the Music Hall, or the Royal Theater.

Quantum-SeaPlexAnother standout feature of Quantum is the poolside movie screen, which is mounted to one side of the pool, rather than at the end of the pool as on most designs.

The passenger mix on this two-night cruise reflects Royal Caribbean’s increasing international outreach. There was a noticeable contingent of Chinese guests, who were there to see the ship in anticipation of its deployment to Shanghai starting in May 2015.

June Arlen Eggesbo Lundeby, general manager of USA Spesialisten, a travel agency in Oslo, Norway, said that Quantum will appeal to clients from Norway who will combine a cruise with a pre- or post-cruise stay in New York.

“Cruise in Norway has been booming,” Lundeby said, as appreciation grows that on ships such as Quantum many passengers are not retired, and that it is a relative bargain.

“The prices are of big interest,” Lundeby said. “You would never find the same value in a four-star hotel vacation in Miami Beach,” she said.