The second ship in the new, highly innovative Quantum class of ships from Royal Caribbean International will be based in Europe when it is launched in spring 2015. Anthem of the Seas will call Southampton, UK, home in April 2015 and offer cruises to the Mediterranean before being based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the winter months. Royal Caribbean is continuing its tradition of stimulating and growing the cruise industry with new ship investments. The first home port for the 4,108-guest double occupancy Anthem of the Seas — currently being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany — was unveiled at an exclusive event for media and special guests at the iconic Heron Tower in London yesterday.

“Our business has a long history with the port of Southampton, and over the last 10 years we have annually increased the number of cruise opportunities from the port,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We are now eyeing more growth with the introduction of Anthem of the Seas to the UK market in spring 2015. Our commitment to providing unrivalled holiday experiences onboard the world’s most advanced and activity-packed ships is unwavering.”

The Quantum class of ships will take a dramatic leap forward, introducing more game-changing “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience and the North Star, an engineering marvel featuring a jewel like capsule that extends 90 metres above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver 360-degree views for guests. Cutting-edge transformative venues include the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more.

At a cost of €170,000 per berth, Anthem of the Seas is also one of the most architecturally and technologically advanced ships ever built. It joins its sister ship, Quantum of the Seas, which will debut in fall 2014 and sail out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty.

At 167,800 GRT, the Quantum class of ships — Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas — are 348 metres long, 41 metres wide, featuring 2,090 staterooms that span 16 guest decks. This is almost the equivalent in length of 32 London buses or nearly five of the world’s largest passenger airplane, the A380. (