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The 8 Best Cocktails On Anthem Of The Seas

29th April 2015

Updated December 2019

For some, a cruise holiday hasn’t truly begun until they’re lying back on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand. Alternatively, a tangy aperitif can be the perfect start to an elegant evening of classy entertainment. If you’re ready to indulge in a classic or would like to try something a little more adventurous, keep reading to find out our recommendations onboard Anthem of the Seas!

The Iglu Cruise team have been lucky enough to experience a number of different ships, becoming experts in the venues, dining, entertainment and, of course, the drinks! Anthem of the Seas is bursting with innovative features, including an array of delectable cocktails. From the classic favourites to brand new inventions, the team discovered the top 8 cocktails onboard.

Royal Caribbean Cocktails Drinks Menu

1. Ultimate Bloody Mary

Royal Caribbean have amplified the classic favourite. This Bloody Mary uses premium ingredients to infuse the cocktail with just the right amount of spices, perfect for a pick me up or to kick the night off.

2. Kraken Colada

This fun take on a classic pina colada includes Kraken Dark Rum floated on top of a flavourful mix, a must for rum-fanatics.

3. Frozen Mojito

This refreshing cocktail goes perfectly with a hot summer’s day spent by the pool. Enjoy mint, rum, lime and a touch of sweet sugarcane over slushy, pureed ice, quenching your taste buds and bringing you to the heart of the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean Cocktails Drinks Menu

4. Sparkling Sombrero

Packed with tons of flavour, a Sparkling Sombrero is a must for fans of tequila. Featuring a fusion of ginger ale, 1800 Tequila and passionfruit, this cocktail will be the perfect kick off for a fantastic night out.

5. Crown Royal Old Fashioned

This classic favourite is made with Crown Royal whiskey, a top-selling whiskey from Canada. Infused with fresh, tangy orange and sweet maraschino cherry, this is a perfect blend to enjoy a relaxing evening with.

6. Strawberry or Mango Daiquiri

An excellent choice for those looking for something less intense, you’ll find a range of daiquiri flavours onboard Anthem of the Seas. Our favourites were the fresh and fruity strawberry daiquiri and mango daiquiri, both tasting more like a smoothie with a tangy kick. Bar staff are also happy to whip up virgin daiquiris.

7. Ultimate Mai Tai

Packing a real fruity punch, the Ultimate Mai Tai goes great with a night of lively music and dancing. Infused with Myer’s Dark Rum, let the zing of orange and pineapple carry you away to the Caribbean.

8. Create Your Own Cocktail

Perhaps the most exciting of all, indulge in a bespoke cocktail rustled up by two robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar. You’ll only find this futuristic feature on Quantum Class and above, so don’t miss out on this experience when onboard. Order from a selection of mixers and spirits on an iPad and watch as the bionic bartenders get to work on your very own creation.

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Bars onboard Anthem of the Seas

With such a delectable range of cocktails to choose from, Anthem of the Seas is home to numerous stunning and sleek bars to enjoy them in. For wine lovers, Vintages is the perfect place to enjoy a drink in peace and quiet. Taking the evening to a more lively level is Boleros, a Royal Caribbean staple and a vibrant bar that will be sure to get your hips moving. Alternatively, for days spent soaking up the sun in the pool, the Pool Bar is conveniently just feet away and serves up a refreshing selection to keep your thirst quenched.

Other bars onboard Anthem of the Seas include:

  • Schooner Bar
  • Two70 Bar
  • North Star Bar
  • Diamond Club Bar
  • Suite Lounge

Royal Caribbean Drinks Packages

If you’re concerned about drinks, not to worry! Passengers can choose from a range of drinks packages to suit them, and can purchase these before their cruise or onboard. Royal Caribbean’s range of drinks packages means there’s one to suit all ages and tastes. We highly recommend booking your chosen drinks package before your cruise, since you might find a nice discount when booking via the Cruise Planner portal.

Package What's included
Water bottle package Choose from 12 or 24 packs of Evian water to be delivered to your stateroom.
Classic soda package Enjoy fountain soda and free refills all cruise long, all included with a free Coca Cola souvenir cup.
Cafe select coffee card Energise with up to 15 speciality, indulgent coffees, teas and hot chocolate.
Refreshment package Cover the non-alcoholic bases with free hot drinks, water, freshly-squeezed juices, fountain soda and mocktails.
Deluxe beverage package Tick all the boxes with unlimited drinks of all kinds, including most alcoholic drinks.

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Whether you like to begin your mornings bright and early with a premium cup of coffee, or you’re eager to indulge in a fruity cocktail by the pool, a Royal Caribbean drinks package will mean your taste buds are taken care of for your cruise holiday. Anthem of the Seas will be sure to keep you busy with its countless activities, so be sure to leave time for an ice cold cola, an aromatic coffee or a juicy cocktail.


Live From Anthem Of The Seas

17th April 2015

After years in planning and months in construction Anthem of the Seas is finally on home ground! Sailing into Southampton on Friday, she had the perfect arrival with piercing blue sky and clear waters.

Eager to get onboard, the Iglu Cruise team have been invited to spend four exclusive days exploring and finding out exactly what she has to offer.

Stay tuned to this page for live pictures...

Iglu team enjoying a welcome cocktail on the pool deck

Balcony stateroom

Pool deck

Bionic Bar

Seaplex

Gigi and the rock climbing wall

Wonderland Restaurant

North Star

Inside pool

Outdoor Whirlpool

Teen Xbox Area

 

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Experience Anthem of the Seas Before She Leaves

12th March 2015

After months of anticipation, it is nearly time for us to welcome Anthem of the Seas. Since her sister, Quantum of the Seas launched last year we have all been counting down the days until the big arrival of Anthem. Set to host a range of industry firsts and innovative features, she will change the game in cruising from Southampton.

It has now been announced Anthem of the Seas will only spend one season from Southampton before making her transition to join Quantum in Asia. This news changes everything and makes 2015 the only year to experience this industry-changing masterpiece from our doorstep.

Here’s five reasons you need to experience Anthem of thr Seas this year…

Bionic Bar

These two robots caused quite a stir on Quantum and are set to do the same on Anthem. Like nothing before seen on land, let alone at sea, this robotic bar will impress even the least technological of guests.

With laser precision and robotic arms working in synchronization, they can mix up any cockatil fo your choice.

North Star

North Star offers an experience like no other. Taking guests 300 feet above sea level in a jewel like capsule, there is nowhere in the world that can offer the views this does.

Once inside the ‘pod’ you can move around to get your perfect view as you are slowely elevated up to the sky and move at a 360 degree angle around the ship.

Not for the faint hearted!

Ricord by Ifly

Sky dive at sea? Why not said Royal Caribbean! Known for pushing all boundaries at sea, Ricord by IFly was yet another invention that changed the game for cruising.

For the first time ever you can experience what it feels like to float in the air for a real skydiving experience. Located at the back on the ship, once in the air all you will be able to see below you is the ocean.

Jamie’s Italian at sea

Our much loved chef Jamie Oliver has brought his exquisite cuisine to the sea for the first time. His popular Jamie’s Italian restaurant has won the hearts of thousands of ‘foodies’ around England and wanted to delve into the cruise world for the first time with Royal Caribbean.

Presenting a unique menu bursting with Italian delights, your taste buds will explode with delight at every bite.

Two 70

A completely revolutionary space that became the most iconic venue on Quantum of the Seas. A world first, this venue sees technology come face to face with entertainment to create a space that changes from day to night.

In the day a modern open living space with 270 panoramic views, but as the sun goes down it transforms into a spellbinding entertainment venue with enchanting bars and world-class performers. Using digital scenery from moving screens, prepare to be amazed by this revolutionary experience.

With Anthem of the Seas leaving Southampton at the end of summer 2015, this year will be your only chance to experience this incredible vessel…unless you want to fly to Shanghai to see her.

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8 Great Food Markets Around The World

24th February 2015

Whether you hope to try a rare local delicacy for the first time or you’re looking to bag a bargain of delicious fresh produce, you are guaranteed to find what you need and more at a food market. Foodies will be drawn in by the irresistible exotic aromas before being wowed by rows of colourful, vibrant and enticing market stalls. Here is where you will find the heart of any local community busy, bustling and ready for a brand new day. Put your phrase book to good use and practice your new found language skills whilst getting some authentic recipe tips from the local street chefs and stall holders.

Your next favourite dish could be just around the corner, so be adventurous and get a real taste of your surroundings with our handpicked eight great food markets below.

 

Borough Market – London

Let your nose lead the way as you explore the aromatic alleys and endless rows of tasty delights on offer in London’s famous Borough Market. One of the oldest food markets in London, market traders have held a presence next to Borough high street from as early as the 13th century. Grab a slice of history along with the quality British and international produce including delicious fish, game, cheese, freshly baked goods and much more. With quality and diversity as Borough’s core market values, you know your taste buds are in for a treat. The market is mostly undercover so whatever the weather it’s ideal for a lunchtime stroll. Great for British pork pies and yummy apple sauce.

 

 

Rialto Markets – Venice

The food markets of Rialto in Venice have been present since first settlement as far back as the 9th century. Despite some slight relocation due to the noisy and pungent fish market upsetting the local bankers, the trading of local and international produce from this spot remains an important chapter in Venetian history. The stunning stone Rialto Bridge aids traders and locals whilst making an essential viewing and photo spot for tourists. Great for fresh seafood and affordable souvenirs.

 

 

La Ciotat – Provence, France

France is renowned for its unmatched regional cuisine and the locals for their habitual trips to the local farmers markets. Food with the French means you will be spoilt for choice with the tempting selections of local cheeses, wines, baked goods and so on. With so many fabulous French markets to choose from it’s almost impossible to rank one above the rest, but a weekend trip to the quaint coastal port of La Ciotat in Provence is guaranteed not to disappoint. Enjoy the Sunday morning fare on offer at the large farmer and artisan market of Vieux Port before relaxing amid the scenic Mediterranean views and lunching on the beach. Great for stuffed vegetables and paella. A 45 minute drive north sees you in Aix-en-Provence where attractive markets are in abundance.

 

Union Square Greenmarket - New York City

Every Saturday Union Square Park comes to life with up to 140 regional market stalls selling fresh farm produce, delicious fish and tempting baked goods alongside meats, jams, pickles, cider and even fresh cut flowers. Experience the unique buzz of New York City life whilst trying some tasty street food and enjoying several live cooking demonstrations, all whilst perfecting your convincing New Yorker accent. Great for fresh pickled produce and live demos.

 

 

La Central de Abasto – Mexico City

La Central de Abasto literally translates to the central supply, and there is probably no better way of describing one of the biggest wholesale markets in the world. A visually arresting array of produce is piled high and categorised by type. Stiff competition between traders results in rows of fantastic displays as they try to out-do each other to grab the punters attention. You may need a local guide to avoid getting swallowed by mountains of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, sugarcane, flowers and much more. Great for everything, they have it all! Note: Taking photos is forbidden without proof of permission which plain clothed security guards will request.

 

Mercado de San Telmo – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Head here for the great atmosphere and pure insight of day to day local life in Buenos Aires. The market is indoors and housed by a large building supported (inside) by an impressive wrought iron structure. Don’t forget to look up and admire the notable original ceiling which dates back to the late 17th century. Friendly merchants supply locals and tourists with a wealth of fresh fruit, veg, meat and baked goods plus antiques and artisan crafts. Great for coffee, churros (doughnuts) and souvenirs.

 

 

Jalan Alor (Food Street) - Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor Food Street is the place to be if you are looking for a budget evening meal with a side order of a buzzing and lively local atmosphere. As the sun sets on Food Street, an electric ambience lights the way as cafes, restaurants and market vendors merge into one and claim their spot of real estate in this aromatic foodie fusion. Stroll the length of the street to see the full selection of cheap Chinese, Thai and Malay cuisine before settling on your dinner destination, and stand firm with pushy hawkers trying to tempt you before you’ve seen it all. Great for noodles and value for money.

 

Kowloon City Wet Market– Hong Kong

Kowloon City is a must for any foodie fans visiting China’s kinetic south coast. Choose from a myriad of fresh meats, vivid vegetables from regional farms and live seafood literally fresh off the boat. An abundance of quality Asian cuisine from stall vendors and speciality stores make this a go-to destination in Hong Kong for a delicious and quick daytime snack, or purchasing fresh ingredients for a home cooked evening meal. Explore three floors of endless tasty Chinese and Thai treats and get your fix at the cooked food centre when hunger strikes. Great for curried dishes of varying spice levels.

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Celebrating St Patrick's Day

24th February 2015

Updated March 2018

 

The 17th March brings us the festival of St Patrick’s Day, a celebration of everything Irish; anything green and gold goes along with shamrocks, luck, Guinness, Trad music, and Irish food. The whole world celebrates with parades, song, and dance.

 

 

Welcome to the only day of the year when you won’t look out of place in a giant leprechaun hat.

 

Why do we celebrate?

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is best known for driving all the snakes away from the island; and it is true that you will find no snakes there, but there probably never has been since it was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.

Saint Patrick is also supposed to have brought Christianity to the island of Ireland and had used the shamrock, which has now become the national emblem, to explain the holy trinity.

 

 

Go Green

National monuments across the world go green in celebration. In Chicago, the city lights up green along with the Chicago River which is dyed a fluorescent green for the occasion.

Other monuments that go green include the London Eye, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the Burj al Arab in Dubai, South Africa’s Table Mountain and the Sydney Opera House.

 

 

Celebrating on a cruise

If you are on a cruise during the St Paddy’s festivities, you’re in luck; cruise line celebrations vary but most give a nod to the patron saint of Ireland. Here are our top picks of some of the best St Patrick’s Day parties at sea:

Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian will be throwing a St Patrick’s Day Party across the fleet where guests are able to celebrate with Irish themed music, entertainment, decorations, food and drink…including green beer!

Royal Caribbean: The Royal Caribbean fleets will see parties and onboard parades along with Irish themed music, karaoke and more.

Whether you are on a cruise that makes a special effort for the occasion or not, you can be certain that there will be guests celebrating onboard. Normally many guests dress in green on the day and continue the festivities late into the night - wherever you are in the world, you can guarantee St Patrick’s Day celebrations will follow you!

 

Cruising to Ireland

You can still experience the true spirit of the Irish on any other day of the year with a cruise to Ireland. Many British customers overlook the possibility of a cruise around Ireland and the British Isles - yet it is one of the most convenient ways to do so!

 

 

Several cruise lines are offer overnights in Dublin including Celebrity Eclipse, which is homeporting out of Dublin for summer 2018.


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