It’s certainly been quite a week for Royal Caribbean and their forthcoming Quantum class ship, Anthem of the Seas. Only a couple of days ago, the line celebrated the vessel’s keel-laying ceremony, which marked the first stage in construction of the Anthem of the Seas, when a 620-ton block was lifted into place, before following the momentous occasion with even bigger news.
The line has just announced that the Anthem of the Seas will call Southampton its home port when it makes its debut in 2015. The year will certainly be an exciting one for the cruise industry in general, with P&O Cruises’ newest vessel Britannia also set to sail from Southampton in 2015. At a special press conference event, Royal Caribbean UK and Ireland Managing Director Stuart Leven said of the decision: “Bringing a ship like Anthem of the Seas to Southampton is proof of how close we are working with our trade partners … the deployment of Anthem to the UK will mean we’ll develop an even stronger relationship.”
The line’s Chief Executive, Adam Goldstein, meanwhile, explained about the positive impact the decision would have on British cruisers, saying: “We are used to competing in different parts of the world with major cruise lines and we have been in the UK for a long time, we didn’t just arrive. We think it’s a great thing for the British consumer to have choice of cruises – there should be different kinds of cruise lines offering different experiences… We are offering an innovative and fresh experience which is a powerful attraction for multi-generational families.”
Anthem of the Seas will cater for 4,905 passengers and it’s expected that 80,000 people will cruise on the vessel in her launch year alone. Among the innovative features on-board will be North Star, an elevating viewing platform which will take cruisers 300 feet above the sea and RipCord, an exhilarating sky-diving simulator.
The sister vessel of Anthem of the Seas – Quantum of the Seas – will make her debut next year and will set sail from her home port of Cape Liberty, New York.
By Simon Brotherton Google