Looking for a cruise packed with super cool features for the whole family? The 4,900-passenger Anthem of the Seas, the second in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class, is stuffed to the gills with first-at-sea experiences and high-tech features.
This ship is offering year-round sailings out of New York Harbor. Cruise lengths range from five to 12 nights and itinerary options include the Caribbean as well as Canada and New England.
Put these experiences at the top of your to-do list.
Ride Bumper Cars or Fly on a Trapeze
Families will spend much of their time at Seaplex, an indoor sports and entertainment complex where, by day, you can experience a circus school with a flying trapeze, as well as a full-size regulation basketball court. By night, you can experience the first-ever bumper car and roller skating rinks at sea with music provided by a floating DJ booth that hovers above. If you get hungry, the first-ever food truck at sea is on hand to serve up tasty snacks.
Get a Bird's Eye View
Step into North Star, a glass-sided observation capsule, and gently ascend to 300 feet above sea level, where you can take in panoramic views of the ocean, the ship, and the port destinations you visit.
Located on the top deck towards the bow of the ship, North Star offers a 15-minute journey that is available at sea as well as in port. While North Star is complimentary, three premium packages are available for advance purchase and booking, including packages for sunrise and sunset flights, and private flights for special occasions.
Another exciting feature on Anthem of the Seas is RipCord by iFLY, a skydiving simulator that allows kids aged 3 to 93 to enjoy the thrill of skydiving in a safe, controlled environment. The experience takes place inside a 23-foot tall vertical wind tunnel. The flight chamber is surrounded by a viewing platform so non-participating family members can watch the fun.
Ripcord by iFLY is one of three adrenaline-pumping activities located on the outdoor Sports Court at the stern of the ship. Nearby are the FlowRider surf simulator and a rock climbing wall.
Enjoy the Fastest Internet at Sea
On most cruise lines, wi-fi connectivity is slow, spotty, and expensive. Royal Caribbean uses a constellation of mid-orbiting satellites that provides connectivity fast enough to stream video or play in an Xbox Live tournament. As a result, the bandwidth on Anthem of the Seas is bigger than the rest of the cruise industry combined.
But best of all is the pricing model. Instead of paying through the nose for wi-fi packages by the megabyte, Anthem of the Seas passengers pay a flat $15 per day for unlimited wi-fi.
Let Your Kids Join the Club
Kids ages 3 to 17 can participate in Royal Caribbean's complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program, with age-appropriate activities for each group. The Adventure Ocean program separates kids into five groups: Aquanauts for ages 3 to 5; Explorers for ages 6 to 8; Voyagers for ages 9 to 11; and two teen groups for ages 12 to 14 and 15 to 17.
Each group has its own space and programmed activities. On Anthem of the Seas, teens get one of the coolest lounges on the ship, dubbed the Living Room.
Babies and toddlers can attend 45-minute Royal Babies (for ages 6 to 18 months) and Royal Tots (for ages 19 to 35 months) play sessions with their parents that incorporate stimulating activities like baby gymnastics and music play. There is also a Royal Babies nursery with supervised group babysitting for children ages 6 to 35 months. Private in-room babysitting is offered for children at least 12 months old.
Book a Cabin Big Enough for the Whole Gang
Staterooms on Anthem of the Seas are larger than on Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class ships and feature more storage space, multifunctional furniture, and USB outlets.
Better yet, family-connected staterooms deliver more flexibility thanks to customizable layouts that can provide separate bedrooms and bathrooms for larger groups. For example, it's possible to connect three different staterooms, with three bathrooms, to create one large shared family space.
Get an Exterior View in an Interior Cabin
On Anthem of the Seas, even passengers in less expensive interior rooms can enjoy a view. Virtual Balcony staterooms in interior staterooms offer expansive, virtual views of the ocean and port destinations in real time.
Hang out in Two70
Two70 is named for the 270-degree panoramic sea views seen through floor-to-ceiling glass walls that span almost three decks at the stern of the ship. There is a mixture of tiered lounge-style seating and an upper deck of stadium seats. By day, it’s a comfortable space to kick back and relax. In the evening, it transforms into a state-of-the-art entertainment venue.
Inside Two70, everyone has the best seat in the house, as terraced elevations with spacious lounge seating are staggered throughout the space. By day, families can sit back and relax, soak in the views or grab a casual meal at The Café at Two70, a gourmet marketplace.
On the second level, there is a library and activity workshop where guest lecturers, demonstrations, art activities, and crafting classes will take place.
Take in a West End Show
The Olivier Award-winning musical phenomenon that rocked more than 6.5 million people in 12 years at London’s Dominion Theatre, "We Will Rock You" has a score of killer Queen tunes such as "Radio Ga Ga," "I Want to Break Free," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and of course "We Will Rock You."
Broadway shows are nothing new for Royal Caribbean guests, though. Passengers have already seen "Hairspray" on Oasis of the Seas, "Chicago" on Allure of the Seas, and "Saturday Night Fever" on Liberty of the Seas.
Eat What You Like, When You Like
Dining on the Anthem of the Seas is all about flexibility. With Dynamic Dining, there are no set dinner times and no required formal nights. Instead, families can choose from among 18 eateries, including five complimentary, full-service main restaurants as well as premium eateries from star chefs Jamie Oliver, Michael Schwartz, and Devin Alexander. Dining at premium eateries incurs a small upcharge or you can opt for an inclusive Dynamic Dining plan. Cuisine options include Japanese sushi, Italian, American grill, and Johnny Rockets.