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Celebrity Cruises Announce Details of 2020 Ship

13th September 2018

Celebrity Cruises invited UK cruise agents to St Nazaire in France, to visit the shipyard in which the highly anticipated Celebrity Edge ships is being built. Whilst being shown around, the cruise line made another very exciting announcement, that of the details of their next big project: Celebrity Apex.

 

 

After seeing the hype and attention surrounding Celebrity Edge, this highly-esteemed cruise line resolved to bring another ship to the market. Celebrity Apex will be identical to her sister ship, offering cruisers some incredible, innovative design features, a wealth of accommodation choices, and outstanding dining. The Edge class of ships are said to elevate the meaning of modern luxury cruising. Every inch of the ships has been well-thought out and designed to a tee, with aspects like panoramic ocean views wherever possible, the fabulous ‘Dinner on the Edge’ experience on the cantilevered ‘Magic Carpet’, and more suites than any other Celebrity Cruises ship. We are especially excited about the twin-level Edge villas, which even feature an outdoor plunge pool.

 

 

Celebrity Apex is due to hit the waves in April 2020, after her naming ceremony in Southampton. This is an especially apt date as it will be ten years since Celebrity Cruises had another of their ships named in the UK, and operated from here too – Celebrity Silhouette. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo – Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO – has said that Apex’s station in Southampton was decided upon in recognition of the strong UK cruise market. With British cruisers being eager for Celebrity Edge, it seems that Celebrity Apex will too be well-received.

The Godmother for Celebrity Apex is yet to be decided, but considering who Celebrity Cruises have chosen for other ships in the fleet, it seems likely that we can expect an inspiring, and well-respected individual. The globally admired, Nobel Prize-winning activist, Malala Yousafzai is Godmother to the Edge.

 

 

After her naming ceremony, Celebrity Apex will embark upon a mini-series of sailings out of the UK. More details about the itineraries will be available when she goes on sale on 29th November 2018. Pre-register your interest in Celebrity Apex today to ensure you are among the first to get more information and be given an opportunity to book your place onboard.


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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Even More Modern Luxury For Celebrity Eclipse

16th February 2015

Updated July 2019

Celebrity Cruises comissioned an extensive refurb to their ship Celebrity Eclipse back in 2015, before sailing it back to Southampton for all to see. A few members of our team were lucky enough to get onboard and explore the range of luxurious new amenities and features. Renowned for its stylish décor, contemporary design and 'Laidback luxury' on every level, expectations for what's onboard were set to be high! 

 

 

New ways to Revitalise Onboard

After undergoing a multimillion-pound refit, the luxury ship boasts one of the most impressive craft beer collections afloat. The vibrant Gastrobar serves more than 40 handcraft beers, delightful wines, classy cocktails and delectable food. Gastrobar is quintessentially British, with a modern timeless feel. The venue boasts the use of iPads to order food and drink, accompanied by excellent entertainment and music, completing the sophisticated lounge atmosphere.

 

 

Goodbye Pool Kiosk, Hello Slush Bar. The poolside refreshment area has been transformed. Slush, the stylish frozen drink bar, serves an array of delicious ice-blended creations. As you relax by the pool and cool off from the sunshine you can enjoy a selection of fresh, flavour-rich alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails to keep you cool and hydrated!

Relax in Style

Indulge and unwind at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club. Celebrity Eclipse has teamed up with one of the world’s leading spas to create the largest and most comprehensive Spa Club at sea. Designed to bring balance and equilibrium to each and every individual, the tranquil ambiance and indulgent treatments will transport you into a healing world of calm. Whether you’re looking to achieve optimum levels of fitness or simply relax with head-to-toe pampering, there’s nowhere better on the ocean to experience this.

 

 

Luxurious Living

The beautiful suites onboard will provide guests with a selection of exclusive features. After a day full of discovery, guests can unwind in one of the magnificent suites, dine at any specialty restaurant and relax in the VIP lounge. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy a range of exciting complimentary benefits, from personal butler services, premium beverages, unlimited internet access, and much more.

 

 

Luminae, the suite class restuarant, boasts modern cuisine along with impeccable service. James Beard featured chefs will present a range of unique dishes using regional ingredients from worldwide destinations. Paired with divine tasting wines, every meal is sure to set your taste buds alight - ideal for foodies who love to cruise!

Fabulous Features

Savour your unforgettable memories onboard Celebrity Eclipse at 'The Studio'. Create unique and wonderful mementos of your experience at the brand new, unique 'Modern Luxury' venue that will take the portraiture experience to a whole new level. Good news, The Studio replaces the Glass Exhibit, but the spectacular Hot Glass Class will remain onboard for all to enjoy.

Feeling lucky? Ttry your hand at the exciting British-styled Casino. Whether you’re an experienced high roller or looking for an exciting night out, the revamped, world-class casino now has an elegant British charm to it. It's transformation includes a reconfigured layout, British styled slot-machines, a new seating area, larger TV’s and an upgraded bar to quench your thirst.

 

 

"The refurbishment of Celebrity Eclipse offers guests the opportunity to experience an enhanced luxury offering onboard. The stylish, contemporary design and installation of new dining and entertainment options, coupled with the Suite Class and Canyon Ranch Spa offers also available will I am sure encourage guests to book time and again." Reveals, Nicki Tempest-Mitchell, Director of Sales, Celebrity Cruises UK and Ireland.

There’s a long list of reasons why cruise enthusiasts choose to sail with Celebrity Cruises, and with all these exciting upgrades it might be time for you to join in and experience the signature charm of Celebrity Eclipse for yourself. If you're feeling inspired, take a look at our Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Deals.


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