Author: Mr Dave Mills, Iglu Cruise Sales Consultant
I was lucky enough to see Anthem and her slightly older sister (Quantum of the seas) being built in the Mayer Werft ship yard in Germany. These ships have been really carefully thought out and feature some truly phenomenal innovations, some of which I'm sure others will follow suit with. For instance the new smart wristbands which can replace the old cabin card mean it's easier when buying drinks or getting in and out of the cabin - the new dynamic dining where a wide range of worldwide cuisines can be enjoyed (with your preferences being carried with you via the new smart app), and the new baggage tracker (again on the app) meaning you don't need to keep checking where your luggage is on embarkation day. Onboard, the facilities such as the sky diving simulator are genuinely enthralling, where a full minute of freefall (which is the norm) leaves you invigorated with a real buzz. The huge seaplex with it's bumper cars are genuinely great fun, and actually is a far bigger arena than some of the early Images of this area had shown. The seaplex also doubles as a full size basketball court (I can't imagine Mickey's Miami Heat will be in attendance though)! It's remarkable that the flowrider, Rock Climbing Wall and huge aqua park area & giant outdoor movie screen are these days, standard issue! Other stunning new features will be the north star pod, which on sail away alone will provide once in a lifetime views (imagine looking Lady Liberty in the eye as you sail from NYC), and the two70 lounge - which for all the world appears to resemble a cirque de soleil interactive theatre, with robo screens and a complete 3 deck panorama of the highest resolution projectors in the world. All in all, Anthem and Quantum will amaze, delight and enthrall, and that's without even mentioning the Robot Bartender, Massive Pink Bear Bijoux Boutiques & Virtual Balcony Staterooms!