Anthem of the Seas arrives in Southampton

By ,   April 16, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Yesterday, Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas arrived in Southampton U.K., her homeport for 2015 summer. The ship will offer Northern Europe and Mediterranean itineraries.

A sister to Quantum of the Seas, the Anthem will be sailing out of Southampton until October, when she will redeploy to Cape Liberty Cruise Port (Bayonne, New Jersey), her permanent homeport, to offer Caribbean cruises.

The 4,180-passenger Anthem of the Seas features 18 decks and boasts virtual sky diving, robotic bartenders and circus skills training on board.

The ship will be officially named on April 20 (Monday), by 27-year-old Emma Wilby, travel agent from Sunderland, U.K.

More than 80,000 passengers are expected to travel on the Anthem this summer. According to the managing director of Royal Caribbean, Stuart Leven, Anthem of the Seas was designed to deliver what today's holidaymakers wanted - new kinds of adventures and experiences.

Leven added that ships like Anthem of the Seas would help attract new groups of vacationers. The U.K. and Ireland was their second largest market and with over 1.7 million Britons taking a cruise every year, it had huge importance for their business.

The ship is expected to deliver £50 million to the economy of Southampton during the summer season.