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Anthem of the Seas
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Anthem of the Seas Overview

Anthem of the Seas, the second of three 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger next-generation Royal Caribbean cruise ships, will launch April 2015 in Southampton, England, with 2,090 cabins including 375 virtual balconies -- inside cabins featuring real-time views of the ocean and destinations visited. The first of the Quantum-class ships, Quantum of the Seas launched November 2014 and the third ship, Ovation of the Seas, will debut mid-2016.

Like Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas will feature many first-at-sea innovations including RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator; North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level, providing 360-degree views from high above the ship; and SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with attractions ranging from bumper cars, roller skating and video gaming to a circus school complete with flying trapeze classes.

Several new cabin categories that debuted on Quantum of the Seas return on Anthem: virtual balconies that dispel the traditional idea of an inside cabin, family-connected staterooms that prove more accommodating for large groups and studio staterooms with balconies that spoil the single traveler.

Anthem of the Seas will see the line's controversial Dynamic Dining concept, which debuted on Quantum, tweaked slightly so that passengers have a choice between traditional seating times provided on a rotational basis among several restaurants, or a dine-when-you-want system that requires reservations.

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Anthem of the Seas Fellow Passengers

Anthem of the Seas and its abundance of amusement park activities will likely draw fun-loving couples, groups of friends and families. Most passengers will hail from the United Kingdom until the end of the summer, when the ship moves to the US.

Anthem of the Seas Dress Code

During the day, virtually anything goes: Swimsuits and shorts poolside are perfect, though shirts for men and coverups for women are required for dining indoors. At night, casual resort wear is the norm. That means slacks or khakis for men with collared or Hawaiian shirts; sundresses, or capris or skirts with blouses for women. Formalwear isn't required on Anthem of the Seas, unless you elect to dine at The Grande, where formal dress is required. Acceptable formalwear includes evening or cocktail gowns or dressy slacks and blouses for women, and tuxes, suits, or slacks with sports coats, dress shirts and ties for men.

Anthem of the Seas Gratuity

Passengers on all Royal Caribbean ships are charged $12 per person, per day ($14.25 for passengers in suites). Gratuities can be prepaid or added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during each sailing. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs, and an 18 percent tip is tacked on to spa bills.
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