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.