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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 Incredible Technologies Onboard Cruise Ships

15th January 2015

Whether you are a tech lover or not, there is a part of everyone that gets excited when a new gadget takes the world by storm. Whether it’s a new app on your phone, a robotic hoover that claims to clean your house without you moving or an exciting new wireless device that you all of a sudden 'need' in your life, we can’t help but evolve into the ever changing technical world.

Technology is everywhere and plays a major part in all of lives, and this doesn’t stop when we go on holiday. The cruise industry has taken a lead on the technology front and these floating hotels are now home to some of the most exciting technologies in the world.

Here are eight incredible cruise ship technologies:

Movies Under the Stars

It is possible to catch the latest flick almost anywhere now, whether on an aeroplane, train, or pretty much anywhere with your smartphone or tablet.

Although all cruise lines have televisions in staterooms and throughout the ship, it was Princess Cruises that took this one step higher with the 'Movies Under the Stars' concept. A gigantic 300 square foot, 69000 watt movie screen was added to the top deck of select ships. Offering guests the unique opportunity to enjoy blockbuster movies with a real backdrop of sea and sky, this concept has been a huge hit.

Available on: Royal Princess, Regal Princess

Robotic Bartenders

The leaders in cruise ship technology, Royal Caribbean did not disappoint with their latest creation on new ships Quantum and Anthem of the Seas. The Bionic Bar consists of two robotic bartenders that serve up a host of exotic cocktails.

Guests order their cocktail of choice via tablet and then watch in amazement as the robotic bartender mixes their desired drink. Each robot can produce one drink per minute and up to 1000 drinks a day.

Available on: Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas

Interactive Restaurant

A dining experience like no other, Disney wanted to create an experience for guests to bring their imagination to life and successfully accomplished this with 'Animators Palate'.

As guests sit down at their dining table, they will find a black sheet and markers where they can draw characters of their choice within the lines given.

During dinner the restaurant changes colour and design through a shift of lighting and digital walls. As dessert time approaches, the entire restaurant comes alive. The interactive screens throughout will display movie clips featuring your very own drawn character.

Available on: Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy

Digital Wayfinders

With cruise ships increasing in size, it made sense to cater for those with a fear of getting lost or missing a show due to not finding their way.

When the world’s largest ship, Oasis of Seas launched in 2009 she came equipped with a new LCD wayfinder system. Located throughout the ship these screens offer a way for guests to find their way around using a touch screen display. These screens also show whats on, the way to your stateroom and a map of how to get to the location of your choice.

These Wayfinders won three awards for technological excellence from the Digital Screenmedia Association and Hospitality Technology Magazine.

Available on: Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Legend of the seas

Cruise Apps

There is an app for almost everything nowadays. From fitness, cooking, and checking your finance to making your shopping list, booking a taxi and even planning your next holiday. With the significant increase of smartphone users, apps are vital.

Many cruise lines now have their own apps to enable guests to pre-book entertainment, view their itinerary and find out what’s happening onboard.

Some cruise lines raised the bar even higher, among our favourites are Norwegian Cruise Lines who realised an app where guests can keep all their holiday pictures in one place, navigate around the ship and get up-to-date event information.

Available on: Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises 

Virtual Balconies

Everyone likes to see the outside view when cruising so Royal Caribbean wanted to ensure even those staying in an inside stateroom could experience the incredible views the ship is passing. Early in 2014 it was announced virtual balconies would be added to select ships, starting with Navigator of the Seas.

These 80 inch LED screens are attached to the inside wall and project a real-time view of the outside. They work both in port and at sea so guests can experience exactly what it is like to have an outside stateroom.

Available on: Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas 

Salt Room at Sea

Norwegian Cruise Line made a breakthrough in the spa category with the first ever Salt Room at sea onboard Norwegian Breakaway.

This special treatment room releases dry aerosol micro particles of salt into the room in a session with is proven to improve the immune and respiratory systems, leaving guests feeling healthier and refreshed.

Available on: Norwegian Breakaway

Sky Diving Simulator

Known for pushing all industry boundaries, Royal Caribbean wowed once again with their latest innovation on Quantum of the Seas. iFly is an indoor sky diving simulator that stands at the back of the ship to offer flying views like no other.

This 23-foot tall glass cylinder blows wind up to a speed of 160 mph for guests to feel like they are taking part in a real life sky dive.

Available on: Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas


By Sally Grimes


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