The newest ship of Royal Caribbean International, Anthem of the Seas, was named yesterday in Southampton, U.K. The spectacular ceremony included Scottish pipers, a DJ, a boy band and the cast of Queen musical "We Will Rock You".
Emma Wilby, U.K. travel agent named the 4,180-passenger cruise ship with the words: "I name this ship Anthem of the Seas. May God bless her and all who sail on her," and pressed the button to release a Perrier Jouet Champagne bottle which smashed.
Anthem of thye Seas sets sail Monday on a 2-day voyage around the Isle of Wight with senior members of travel industry and journalists. She departs on her first revenue cruise on April 22 for a series of Mediterranean sailings.
For 2015 summer the ship will be based in Southampton before setting sail in October to her U.S. homeport in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Folloing are some fun facts and numbers about the Anthem:
168,666 GRT - her weight!
4,905 is the number of guest accommodations. 1,500 is her crew.
2,090 are the cabins: 1,571 of them have a balcony, 375 - a "virtual" balcony. 80-inch 4K (ultra high-definition) screens are installed in all inside cabins to provide the same experience as the ones with a balcony.
1524 is the square footage of the largest suite with library, bar, piano and jacuzzi.
1,142 feet (348 m) is her length - Anthem of thye Seas may only be the 3rd largest cruise ship in the world but is longer than both New York's Chrysler Building and The Shard.
436 feet (133 m) is the length of the jogging track. Also on board is an adults-only spa & solarium.
300 feet (92 m) is the height and 360 are the degrees that North Star, a London Eye-style pod, turns every 15 minutes.
120 is the number of drinks the Bionic bar can serve per hour, using its robotic arms to stir, shake, strain and muddle. Guests can order drinks via tablets or smartphones, with orders displayed on screens around the bar.
87 years old is the age of a passenger that has learned to trapeze at the RCI circus school.
23 feet (7 m) tall is the glass flight chamber featuring simulated flying experience RipCord by iFly. Passengers are fitted with goggles, a helmet and jumpsuit, before jumping into the chamber for two 1-minute sessions.
18 are the decks and also 18 are the dining venues on board, with 3 celebrity chefs - Michael Schwartz, Devin Alexander and Jamie Oliver.
15 is the number of bumper cars in SeaPlex - the largest at sea indoor activity space.
1 is the giraffe called Gigi and 4 tons is his weight. The little creature is taller than Lady Liberty ;-)