Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, just christened April 20 in Southampton, U.K., once again takes innovative cruise ship design to new levels. Sailing on Mediterranean and Canary Islands cruises departing from Southampton through this October, Anthem of the Seas will then move to her permanent home, Cape Liberty Cruise Port in November. Continuing with Royal Caribbean’s onboard innovations, Anthem of the Seas also has some new firsts, including We Will Rock You. Yes, Anthem Rocks!

Tony Award Winning Musical onboard – We Will Rock You

"We Will Rock You" performance in the Royal Theatre

“We Will Rock You” performance in the Royal Theatre

The smash hit musical, We Will Rock You, which features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen, is onboard. Written by Ben Elton, British comedian, who brings a hilarious twist to this award winning phenomenon, We Will Rock You is built around 24 of Queen’s greatest hit tunes – “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and of course, “We Will Rock You.”

We Will Rock You tells the story of a group of Bohemians who are struggling to restore a free exchange of live music, fashion and thoughts in the distant future, where everyone thinks, dresses and does the same. Rock music is forbidden, as is music and composers. The timeless rock ballads of Queen have made this a worldwide sensation musical since first opening in May 2002.

Anthem of the Seas Lets You Fly, Skate and More

RipCord by iFly™ , which first debuted on Quantum of the Seas as the first skydiving experience at sea, is also onboard Anthem of the Seas. This safe, controlled environment lets people enjoy the thrills of skydiving, whether it’s their first time or they’re experienced.

The largest indoor active space at sea, SeaPlex provides fun and diverse options for both adults and children. There’s a roller rink, circus school, bumper cars and more. All these fun activities are complimentary, by the way.

The Bionic Bar – Yes, a Robot Can Make Your Drink

Bionic Bar

Bionic Bar

The Bionic Bar takes the experience of ordering a cocktail or drink to a new level. Using high technology, robotic bartenders actually make guests’ drinks, and part of the fun is watching them do the work.

Multi- Dimensional, State of the Art Entertainment

In addition to We Will Rock You, the Royal Theater is also home to Anthem of the Seas’ other main show, The Gift. Music Hall offers guests a chance to dance the night away by providing the hottest live music venue at sea. Two70 combines live performers with technology coming together for spectacular, multi-dimensional shows and events.

North Star, which first debuted on Quantum of the Seas, lets guests enjoy panoramic views for 300 feet above sea level. And FlowRider surf simulator lets guests take to the waves in a new way while also enjoying the scenic ocean views.

North Star

North Star

Diverse Dining Venues along with Dynamic Dining Choice or Classic

The best way to describe dining onboard Anthem of the Seas? Diverse options with a fresh approach. With the new Dynamic Dining experience onboard, guests can enjoy 18 different restaurants and dining options. Guests have the opportunity to select Dynamic Dining Classic, designed for more a traditional dining experience – same dining time, table and table mates. Or they can select Dynamic Dining Choice, which allows them to decide where, when and with whom they want to dine with each evening.

Laid back, casual selections along with main dining restaurants provide diverse culinary choices. Also onboard are Signature specialty restaurants (where a surcharge applies). Anthem of the Seas also has some partnerships with world-renowned chefs. These include Michael Schwartz and Jamie Oliver along with cookbook author and chef, Devin Alexander, and her Devinly Decadance at Solarium Bistro.

Anthem of the Seas – Itineraries

As mentioned, Anthem of the Seas is currently sailing on Mediterranean and Canary Islands cruises out of Southampton through this October. Then she’ll sail across the ocean where she’ll be based at Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey.

Accommodating 4,180 guests, spanning 18 decks and at 168,666 gross registered tons, Anthem of the Seas’ high end technology presence throughout increases efficiency along with guests’ convenience.

Music Hall

Music Hall

More about Royal Caribbean International

An award winning global cruise line, now celebrating 45 years of innovation and industry firsts, Royal Caribbean International has 23 ships sailing to destinations throughout the world. From Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, Royal Caribbean’s ships also let guests enjoy destinations like South America, Australia, Asia and New Zealand.

Amenities and cutting edge features include Broadway-style entertainment, diverse dining and culinary experiences, along with programs that cater to both the more adventurous vacationers as well as having appeal to families. Also known for their partnerships, guests can really enjoy the bringing land to sea options in new ways.

Fits for groups

Besides diverse entertainment, culinary and experiential things to enjoy onboard, another nice strength for groups is the diverse accommodations. Anthem of the Seas’ 375 inside staterooms feature virtual balconies. The 80 inch high-definition screens that are nearly floor-to-ceiling in these staterooms let guests enjoy real-time views of the seas. Additional accommodations, designed with families in mind include the Family Connected rooms as well as the 543 square foot Royal Family Suites, which feature 2 bathrooms, two bedrooms, balconies and sleep up to 8 guests.

So if your group is looking for high end, diverse entertainment, culinary options and more choices as far as staterooms? Anthem of the Seas is definitely a ship to consider.