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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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Quantum of the Seas - First Impressions

28th August 2014

Robot Bartenders, WOWbands and 40,000 Tablets...

With three weeks left until the 'big completion day' our Commercial Manager, Dave was lucky enough to be whisked off to the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Germany to get a first glimpse of new ship, Quantum of the Seas.

Set to be a complete game changer, it has been revealed she will be the world’s first SMARTship with innovations never before seen on land, let alone at sea. The most tech-savvy ship ever designed, prepare for something new.

Goodbye Seapass cards…Hello WOWband

One of the new technologies causing a controversial stir is the introduction of the RFID WOWband. These bands will act as a key to enter staterooms, payment for onboard purchases and access to the Royal iQ app. Unlike a Seapass card, it is waterproof and will not demagnetise, as well as being convenient to wear with no worry of it getting lost.

After a discussion on Facebook, it appears many are not so keen on the WOWband idea and fear it will not match formal outfits and look more like a branded all-inclusive resort band. The good news for these people is that the bands are optional and you will be able to keep your Seapass card instead.

WOWbands will cost $2 and can be purchased at any Royal iQ station.

Exclusive Cruise Apps

Two revolutionary new apps completely raise every bar in cruise ship technology. These apps allow every guest profile to be tracked, from stateroom number, dining preference and show times.

In connection with the WOWband, at the tap of a finger guests can interact with Royal iQ with hand signals at screen stations throughout the ship.

The app will also allow guests to track their luggage. Each bag will be tagged with an ID number on arrival and then you can track exactly where your luggage is and its expected time of arrival to stateroom.

Ensuring a hassle-free travel experience guests will be able to create boarding documents, upload ID photograph and receive digital boarding passes through the Cruise Planner app. Making it easy on the first day of a cruise, there will be no lines, check-in or waiting around and Royal Caribbean guarantee a 10 minute sidewalk to ship time.

High five to land-based internet speed

With so much technology onboard, my first thought was that there would have to be an extremely fast and reliable internet connection for this to work properly.

However, rest assure the internet speed onboard will match those on land. With a network of low-orbit communications satellites, they are a closer distance to earth than satellites used by other cruise ships, allowing a constant efficient connection.

This connection will also allow guests to use Skype and Facetime, features that are not yet available at sea.

Great news for teens – this new technology will allow them to play interactive games with friends the other side of the world.

Getting to know you

With every phenomenal ship, there is a phenomenal crew and Quantum of the Seas has made a revolutionary introduction to allow a closer connection between crew and guest. Every single crew member will be given a tablet with custom apps to keep a track of guest preferences including food allergies, show times and special requests.

Robot Bartenders

Yes, just when you think you have heard it all! A robotic arm will now be crafting your perfect cocktails. Is this the future of bar staff? Who knows, but for now this is one thing I cannot wait to see!

A single robotic arm can get ice, mix drink and shake them into the ultimate liquid treat. Located inside The Bionic Bar, guests will order their cocktail on a tablet and then sit back and watch in awe as these human-like machines make their cocktails of choice.

And that’s not all

As well as all of these new technologies, Quantum of the Seas and sister ship Anthem of the Seas will boast an array of industry first activities including bumper cars, an indoor skydive and an elevating pod that will rise guests 300 feet above sea level.

A new dynamic dining concept will take away the traditional dining room and allow guests to alternative between three different dining venues. A range of specialty restaurants will also be available including Jamie’s Italian featuring a menu created my renowned chef Jamie Oliver.

See our Facebook photo album for exclusive first images of Quantum of the Seas.


By Sally Grimes


Explorer Versus Anthem - Southampton 2015

13th August 2014

Since Royal Caribbean announced Explorer of the Seas will be calling Southampton her home in summer 2015, sales and interest for this ship have rocketed. However, with new ship Anthem of the Seas also sailing from Southampton during this time, which Royal Caribbean ship will you choose?

Ships Stats


Explorer of the Seas

Gross tonnage: 137,308 GRT

Length: 1,020 feet

Width: 158 feet

Passenger Decks: 14

Guest Capacity: 3,835

Anthem of the Seas

Gross tonnage: 167,800 GRT

Length: 1,141 feet

Width: 136 feet

Passenger Decks: 16

Guest Capacity: 4,905

 

Itineraries

Anthem of the Seas – Anthem of the Seas is set to sail a range of exciting European itineraries from Southampton during the summer before heading back to America for the winter. She will set sail for a number of two and three night cruises to Paris and Bruges, making it perfect for those who cannot get time off work or just want to try a taster cruise on the new ship. Her longer sailings include a 13 night Spain and Canary Islands voyage, 7 night France and Spain cruise and a 10 night Canaries cruise. Some of her ports include Lanzarote, Vigo, Lisbon, Barcelona and Cadiz.

Explorer of the Seas – Explorer of the Seas will sail slightly different areas than Anthem of the Seas, she is set to explore more Northern Europe. Delving through the Norwegian Fjords and areas such as Oslo and Rotterdam, guests will have the chance to sail through breath-taking areas on a larger ship. When not taking in the sights of Northern Europe, she will be sailing to the Canary Islands, Spain and other sun-drenched parts of the Mediterranean. Included in her summer schedule are 10 night Canary Island cruises, 12 night Canaries and Morocco, 8 night Cultural Northern Europe and 8 night Norwegian Fjords.

Entertainment

Anthem of the Seas – Set to completely change the dynamic of cruise ship entertainment, she will showcase game-changing features to rival any land based entertainment. New multilevel venue two70 will showcase an experience like never before, in the daytime a venue to drink, dine and watch the sea and by evening transforms into an cutting-edge, digital entertainment venue. 'Vistarama' will offer an innovation engineered especially for these ships, that has not been seen anywhere else in the world. It will see the venue’s floor to ceiling windows transform into large screens and project real and imagined scenes to set the mood of various themes. 18 projectors that are 100ft wide and more than 20ft high plus six Roboscreens are set to showcase never seen before scenic technology.

A rock and roll inspired venue called Music Hall will feature some of the best live music acts at sea along with a sleek and distinctive decorated space.

The only cruise line to perform Broadway musicals, the main theatre will showcase a 90 minute version of hit musical We Will Rock You.

Explorer of the Seas – The Voyager class ships were the first ships in the fleet to really change the entertainment programmes on Royal Caribbean. With multiple entertainment venues, a huge theatre and an ice-rink, the entertainment venues are endless.

The main theatre is home to musicals, comedians and various guest entertainers. Royal Caribbean are known for having some of the best entertainment at sea, and Explorer of the Seas is no exception. Guest entertainers will be brought onboard and feature tribute acts, comedians and lecturers.

Studio B, the onboard ice-rink is a place where you will find people speechless. Featuring a cast of international, championship ice-skaters in a phenomenal show, you will not believe your eyes as you see them perform tricks and dances like nothing you have ever seen before.

Other entertainment venues around the ship include live music in the English pub, piano entertainment in the Schooner bar and movies in the screening room.

Dining

Anthem of the Seas – The two Quantum class ships will change everything we are used to with Royal Caribbean dining. The new dynamic dining programme gives guests more flexibility and choice by eliminating the main dining room. There will be a choice of 18 restaurants to choose from, including three main complimentary restaurants; Chic, Silk and America Idol Grill. Other complimentary dining venues include The Grande, Coastal Kitchen, Sorrento’s, Windjammer Buffet and The Café @ 270.

Dining with a cover charge will include Jamie’s Italian featuring a menu created by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Devinly Decadence, designed by the chef of television show The Biggest Loose’ where all dishes will be 500 calories or less and Wonderland, taking guests through a journey of unique dishes.

Explorer of the Seas – Showcasing traditional dining we have all grown to love, Explorer of Seas presents a multi-tiered luxurious dining room that is home to award-winning menus and immaculate service. Aside from the main dining room other complimentary options include the Windjammer Buffet, Sorrento’s and Promenade Café.

Speciality restaurant Portofino will take you to a real-life Italian terrace eatery with its intimate atmosphere and exquisite flavoured dishes.

Staterooms

Anthem of the Seas – Staterooms on Anthem of the Seas will be 9% larger than those on the Oasis-class ships. Featuring the modern décor that Royal Caribbean express in their staterooms, they will include all amenities including a safe, mini bar and hairdryer.

Great news for solo travellers, she will feature 28 studio staterooms including 12 solo balcony rooms.

Due to the success of the loft suites on Oasis and Allure of the Seas, these popular rooms will be brought to Anthem and allow guests to stay in these two-story penthouse apartment style rooms that offer incredible views of outside with floor to ceiling windows.

Explorer of the Seas – Featuring a range of stateroom types, there is sure to be a room to suit every budget and desire. From inside, out and balcony to interior windows and suites, you can choose a room that suits you.

All staterooms feature the latest amenities including flat screen televisions, a safe, mini bar and hairdryer.

The voyager class ships were the first ships to boast inside windows with a view of the Royal Promenade. With great views of the parades, entertainment and other Promenade entertainment, they are unique rooms that no other cruise line can offer.

Activities

Anthem of the Seas – The range of activities onboard Anthem of the Seas will raise every bar in the cruise industry. Perfect for those thirsty for adventure, every inch presents a new wow. Making the impossible, possible you will not believe the things you can do onboard. An indoor skydive simulator, Flowrider surf machine and bumper cars are among the adrenalin-pumping activities you can participate in, - and all complimentary.

SeaPlex will be the largest indoor activity space at sea. This innovative venue will host a full sized basketball court, flying trapeze school, bumper cars and roller skating, all with a floating DJ. There will even be a food truck to serve snacks while you play.

Explorer of the Seas – Explorer of the Seas really does has something for everyone, whether you want to be adventurous or simply relax.

Test your adrenalin on the rock climbing wall, practise your putting at mini golf or even enter a ping pong challenge. With activities for the whole family, even the sea days will not present enough time to try everything.

For the not so adventurous, there is the solarium pool, trivias, the library and internet cafe.


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