Yes, there is a giant giraffe onboard the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship. The Quantum of the Seas has its giant magenta polar bear, so it's fitting that the Anthem should also have its own distinctive piece of outdoor art.
Other than the giraffe, the outdoor decks on the Anthem of the Seas are very similar to her older sister ship the Quantum of the Seas.
Take a look at some of the distinctive outdoor areas on the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship, including the North Star, Flowrider, swimming pool, and RipCord by iFly. You'll also see a look at the exterior of the ship and some of the views guests get while sailing away from New York City, one of the world's best sailaway ports.
Anthem of the Seas at Sea
The 168,000-ton Anthem of the Seas cruise ship carries 4,180 passengers and about 1,300 crew. The Royal Caribbean ship cost over $1 billion to build, and it was launched in March 2015. The large cruise ship has 16 passenger decks and over 2,000 cabins. The most distinctive exterior features are the North Star, Flowrider and skydiving funnel on the aft deck, and the giant giraffe outdoor artwork.
Anthem of the Seas Pool Deck
The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship of Royal Caribbean cruises has one large outdoor swimming pool, the SkyBar, a giant movie screen, several whirlpools, a rock climbing wall, kid's water play area, and hundreds of deck chairs.
Anthem of the Seas RipCord by iFly
The RipCord by iFly is the Anthem of the Seas' skydiving experience. The RipCord facility is identical to the RipCord on the Quantum of the Seas. This is great fun, even if you've never had a desire to go skydiving. As seen in the photo, an instructor stays in the air funnel with you, and you never go further than a few feet off the ground. The Ripcord funnel is aft on deck 16.
Anthem of the Seas Flowrider
The Flowrider is just aft of the Ripcord funnel on deck 16. This onboard surfing facility is a popular activity on many other Royal Caribbean ships. It's much more difficult than it looks!
Anthem of the Seas North Star
The North Star is a signature feature of the Anthem of the Seas and the other ships in the Quantum class. This glass pod goes 300 feet up into the air and provides guests with a 360-degree view of the ship and surrounding areas.
Anthem of the Seas With North Star Extended
This view of the Anthem of the Seas shows the with the North Star glass pod extended 300 feet in the air over the cruise ship. The next photo shows the view of the extended North Star from the pool deck.
View From the Pool Deck of North Star Extended
This view of the North Star is what guests on the pool deck can see. Those on other ships see the extended North Star shown in the previous photo.
Anthem of the Seas View From the North Star
The North Star is a glass pod, but it's fun to take photos of the pool deck and surrounding seas (even though there sometimes is a little glare).
View of the Anthem of the Seas Outdoor Pool from the North Star
While the North Star is going up and down, those inside the glass pod snap dozens of photos. This is one of the pool deck not long after starting the upward progress.
Anthem of the Seas Pool Deck at Sunset
Isn't this a great photo of the pool deck on the Anthem of the Seas at sunset?
View of New York City at Night From the Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship
The Anthem of the Seas sails year-round from Bayonne, New Jersey to the Bahamas and the Caribbean in the winter, Bermuda in the summer, and New England and Atlantic Canada in the fall. Guests onboard are treated to fantastic views of New York City while docked in New Jersey and as the ship sails away from the port.
View of the Statue of Liberty From the Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship
One of the best sailaways in the world is leaving (or coming into) the harbor at New York City. Sailing from Bayonne, New Jersey, those on the Anthem of the Seas have great views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty.