Royal Caribbean International officially took delivery of its 23rd ship, Anthem of the Seas, on Friday (April 10).
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain (pictured, left) officially received the new ship from Meyer Werft Yard’s managing partner Bernard Meyer in a signing ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany.
“I am very happy to receive Anthem of the Seas from Meyer Werft Yards,” said Fain. “We’ve always broken the mold with each successive ship we build, and Anthem of the Seas is no different. I would like to thank Bernard and the Meyer Werft team for their ongoing partnership in designing and building awe-inspiring ships with us.”
Anthem of the Seas will now sail to Southampton, U.K., where it 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 1,300 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 on adventures to Bermuda, the Caribbean and Canada and New England.
Guests can enjoy a range of onboard innovations aboard Anthem, such as the North Star aerial observatory, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for panoramic views, and the RipCord by iFLY skydiving and FlowRider surfing simulators. SeaPlex changes throughout the day and offers bumper cars, disco roller skating and circus school, as well as basketball and other sports.