If Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas and Oasis class of ships weren't
big and snazzy enough, with action packed venues and floating toys like the Flowrider simulated surf wave machine in the stern, and the Royal Promenade
that resembles the Mall of America with a five story atrium filled with
shops, bars and pubs, plus a Rock climbing wall up the ship stack and an ice
skating rink at sea, behold the latest - Quantum class - beginning with the
launch of The Anthem of the Seas.
Anthem of the Seas sets sails spring of 2015 with Quantum of the Seas Godmother Kristin Chenoweth, the pint sized actress, singer, dancer star will likely look so tiny next to this 167,800 gross ton ship. It will be fun to see her stand by this massive cruise ship and smash a Champagne bottle on the bow... can she reach?!
Royal Caribbean's new class of Quantum ships are huge, accommodating 4,905 guests in some of the most posh and spacious staterooms yet. The Anthem was built at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany and sets sail in the Fall of 2014. The Anthem is
1,141 feet long, 136 feet wide, and drafts 28 feet. She cruises along at 22 knots with stabilizers extraordinary for the 16 decks worth of passengers on board. The Anthem has 4 bow thrusters with 4,694 horse power each, so docking shouldn't be a problem as long as its 3 football fields in length to accommodate her stretch limo size length.
Royal Caribbean's new Quantum-class ships will feature 2,090 of Royal Caribbean's largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including 1,570 balcony, 147 outside, and 373 virtual balconies for the interior cabins. These new Virtual Balcony staterooms offer expansive real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations through a virtual balcony, so forget your previous perceptions of dark interior cabins without windows. You get an ocean view projected into your suite, sweet! i still want my balcony though... not a virtual one.
The Anthem of the Seas will also offer 16 so-called Family connected staterooms which are designed to suit multi-generational families or groups of friends with separate bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone in your large party.
Another cool addition to the Anthem is the Two70 gathering space, this multi-level great room offers a 270degree panorama with floor-to-ceiling glass walls encompassing three floors cathedral style. A new sports SeaPlex is the biggest indoor sports arena on water ever constructed with bumper cars, flying trapeze and roller skating.
Quantum's new Music Hall will feature the award winning Royal Caribbean entertainment shows in an even more spectacular setting.
For crazy cruise ship activities, the RipCord by iFly will be the first skydiving at sea, a Plexiglass pressurized tube will allow newbie skydivers and champs to free fall and fly in clear tube. I may watch before I dive into sky diving. Especially given my first mackerel smack on the Freedom' of the Seas Flow Rider. The crazy clear pod, call the North Star is a jewel shaped glass space capsule that extends with a huge electronic arm allowing passengers to get a bird's eye view of the ship and beyond as the arm extends above and beyond the ship decks 300 feet in the air for unrivaled 360-degree views.
I am a big fan of the Freedom of the Sea, from the beautiful Royal Promenade to the cool cantilevered hot tubs and the gracious Junior suites. My only concern is too many people on one floating ship may be asking for evacuations mayhem. Is bigger better? Royal Caribbean certainly seems to think so. And they haven't had the cruise ship disasters that competitor Carnival and Costa have. We'll see how this boat floats. Meanwhile, look for deals on previous generous ships like the Brilliance of the Sea (with the most beautiful room at sea in the Viking Crown lounge) and the Freedom as the Oasis and Anthem take center stage at sea.
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All Photography by Greg Burke