Royal Caribbean has officially taken delivery of its 23rd ship, Anthem of the Seas
Royal Caribbean has officially taken delivery of its 23rd ship, Anthem of the Seas. The cruise line's chairman and ceo Richard D. Fain officially received the new ship at a signing ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Anthem of the Seas spans 16 guest decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. A North Star aerial observatory, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for panoramic views, and skydiving and surfing simulators. Guests can also choose from the ship's 18 onboard restaurants, and various live entertainment venues including the music hall, the royal theatre and the royal esplanade.
Anthem of the Seas will now sail to Southampton, U.K., where the ship will homeport through October and sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands. The ship will be inaugurated in Southampton on April 20, when travel agent Godmother Emma Wilby will christen the ship to impart good luck and divine protection over the ship and all that sail on board, and perform a song to more than 1300 invited guests.
In November, New York Harbor will be Anthem of the Seas' permanent home, where the ship will sail regularly from Cape Liberty Cruise Port to Bermuda, the Caribbean and Canada and New England.