The float out was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. local time. It had to be pushed back several times, but eventually the new ship left the building dock and was towed to the shipyard harbor.
While staying there, Anthem of the Seas will receive last tests and changes. The 4,180-passenger ship, sister to Quantum of the Seas is undergoing stabilizer and thrust tests in preparation for her launch in Southampton in April.
The next milestone for the Anthem will be her conveyance on River Ems to Black Sea for sea trials. Then, she will make her way to Southampton to start offering cruises.
After 2015 Southampton cruise season, Anthem of the Seas heads to Cape Liberty, New Jersey in November to offer 12-day voyages to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
New to Anthem of the Seas is a "Classic" dining option added to Royal Caribbean's Dynamic Dining concept which debuted on Quantum of the Seas. "Spectra's Cabaret" and the Broadway musical "We Will Rock You" in the interactive entertainment venue, Two70, are also among the highlights.
The Anthem features all Quantum of the Seas innovations, including bumper cars, indoor skydiving, and the North Star "floating" glass pod with views 300 feet above sea level.