The first season of the new ship will be in Europe for Summer, 2015
Anthem of the Seas is the forthcoming sister ship to Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, the only all original new design for a cruise ship to come out in 2014.
On Monday Royal Caribbean gave details on the cruises Anthem will offer during its inaugural season. The ship will launch in Southampton in April 2015 and remain in Europe until late October. During that summer season it will offer 19 different cruises on three- to 16-night itineraries to the Spanish, French and Italian Riviera regions, and the Canary Islands. The ship will be joined by Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the U.K. as well as the world's largest ship, allure of the seas sailing out of Barcelona, as part of an unprecedented 2015 Europe season.
In late October Anthem of the Seas will sail trans-Atlantic to its new home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale where it will begin the 2015 winter season offering five night short Caribbean cruises, six night Western Caribbean cruises and eight night Eastern Caribbean itineraries through April of 2016.
Members of Royal Caribbean's loyalty club, the Crown & Anchor Society, will be given the first and exclusive opportunity to reserve staterooms aboard Anthem of the Seas beginning February 26, 2014 for the European cruise season and starting March 12, 2014 for the Caribbean itineraries. The general public can make bookings for the European cruises on March 3 and for the Caribbean cruises on March 20.
Anthem of the seas will be joined by Serenade, Adventure and Brilliance of the Seas for European Cruises during 2015. Bookings for these cruises will open for everyone on February 26, 2014.
Serenade of the Seas will cruise in the North Sea in summer 2015 with a variety of Scandinavia and Russia cruises, as well as Norwegian Fjords sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden. Bookings for these cruises will open for everyone on February 26, 2014.
Adventure of the Seas will sail three- to 16-night, roundtrip itineraries to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, or Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands. The ship also will sail two trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyages – a 12-night itinerary from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southampton on May 3, 2015, and from Southampton to Port Canaveral, Fla. on a 15-night return itinerary on Oct. 16.
As an alternative to Southampton four British cruisers Royal Caribbean will place Brilliance of the Seas in a new homeport, Harwich, England, after its repositioning trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage on May 4, 2015 cruise from Tampa, Fla. The ship will then offer 12-night roundtrip Scandinavia and Russia sailings from mid-May through August. A July 29 sailing will take guests on a special 12-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itinerary, featuring an overnight call at Reykjavik, Iceland.
Serenade of the Seas also will offer cruises of seven- to 13-nights in Scandinavia, Russia and Norwegian Fjord itineraries from May through August. The ship will sail from Copenhagen from May through June and in the month of August, bookending sailings from Stockholm from mid-June through July. The ship will also offer three repositioning cruises: the April 11, 2015, sailing will take guests on a 13-night Caribbean itinerary from New Orleans, La., to Boston, Mass., followed by a 15-night trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage to Copenhagen via the North Sea. Finally, a 16-night westbound trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage from Copenhagen to Cape Liberty via Iceland will depart on Aug. 30.
Sister ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas are each 167,800 gross and built for 4,180-guests. Both are currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. According to Royal Caribbean, these ships represent a dramatic leap forward for the cruise industry by introducing several “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience call RipCord by iFLY (http://bit.ly/1h3lt5f), and the North Star (http://bit.ly/1c3qiFU), an engineering marvel featuring a viewing capsule capable of putting a number of guests in a “jewel-like” capsule and extending it 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver a 360-degree view.
Other cutting edge venues include SeaPlex (http://bit.ly/1c3qiFU), the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more. This and other venues are being described as "transformative" rooms because of their ability to change looks and purposes as needed. The ships will also offer Royal Caribbean's largest and most advanced staterooms ever. These new, larger staterooms (http://bit.ly/1c3qLrC) enable innovation in design, storage and comfort including virtual balconies for the majority of inside staterooms.
This sister ship to Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas will debut in Oct. 2014 and sail out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty. These two ships will be the most architecturally and technologically advanced ships ever built, according to Royal Caribbean. More information on Quantum class of ships is available at RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas.