Much more than just plain sailing, the Anthem of the Seas is a brand new vessel from the award-winning Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class. Setting sail in 2015, there’s a buzz in the sea air that is getting cruise connoisseurs excited.

With 18 eateries, first-ever innovations and impressive itineraries, the liner is set to shake up the industry and cause a real stir. We’re already celebrating Royal Caribbean International in August with their all-inclusive offer just getting started (drinks and gratuities are free for limited time across the fleet!), but here we’re bringing you a taste of what you can expect from a voyage on Anthem of the Seas.

Show-off ship

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship

From the RipCord by iFly sky diving simulator to the North Star glass observation capsule raised 300ft above sea level, this cruise ship has gadgets to rival even the latest iPads. The abundance of activities on-board further includes a futuristic Two70° multi-sensory hall, where guests are immersed in virtual concerts played on the floor-to-ceiling screens. For a more intimate evening of entertainment have a dance in the Music Hall, or sing along to hit Broadway show MAMMA MIA! at the Royal Theatre.

Some serious family fun is waiting to be had in the SeaPlex, which boasts dodgems, roller skating and even a circus school (get practising your juggling!). After taking a moment to catch your breath, climb aboard the FlowRider – a surf simulator that lets you catch a wave without even leaving the ship.

The leisurely life

Dodgems on board the Anthem

You’ve just digested a lot of excitement, so let’s relax a little and take a look at the simple life on board. Jamie Oliver – you might have heard of him – will be on hand to keep hungry passengers satisfied, with authentic and flavourful fare at Jamie’s Italian. A long-time Royal Caribbean passenger, the Naked Chef has been waxing lyrical about this new venture.

If you’re more of an Asian cuisine fan, head to Izumi for fresh Japanese food cooked with flair. Just fancy a simple snack? Then grab a filling sandwich at the Café Promenade. Guests who are in need of some hearty, casual grub will enjoy Michael’s Genuine Pub.

With a plethora of places to eat, you might want to work off the post-feast guilt. A sprint around the running track or a heart-pumping fitness class at the gym should do the trick. Afterwards you can get a facial at the spa or unwind in the tranquil adults-only Solarium. Ah, if only life back on dry land was this blissful.

Land ahoy

Food on board the Anthem

Destined for desirable shores, Anthem of the Seas has an alluring pick of itineraries. Cruise around the Mediterranean and call in at Nice, Rome and Barcelona, or take a tour of the Canaries and Spain to visit the shores of Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Those seeking a cultural jaunt will find exactly that on a short European cruise leaving from Southampton.

Such ports-of-call require equally excellent shore excursions so passengers can sample the tapas bars of Barcelona, climb a volcano in Lanzarote or take a stroll around the Eiffel Tower.

From day to night, adrenaline-pumping activities to chill out pastimes, Anthem of the Seas truly has it all. Check out the latest deals for next year over on our main site for more details.

Have you booked your ticket for Anthem of the Seas? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments box below.

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