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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Brochure cutaway drawing of Anthem of the Seas (2002)

Anthem of the Seas is the second of Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class introduced in 2014. While the earlier Voyager-class (1999) and Freedom-class (2006) evolved into the giant Oasis-class of 2009, the largest passenger ships so far, the Quantum-class marked a new direction for Royal Caribbean with a slightly smaller design and the introduction of a number of revolutionary concepts.

At 168,666grt and a length of 1,142ft (348m), the Quantum-class is larger than the Freedom-class but smaller than the earlier Oasis-class and instead of its vast open central space, the Quantum-class makes more efficient use of the internal space for bars, restaurants and entertainment venues such as the Music Hall and a large aft-facing state-of-the-art, all-day multi-use space called "Two70°".
(right & below) Quantum of the Seas arrived in Southampton in October 2014
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At the luxury end of the accommodation scale, the ship offers a number of split-level "loft-suites" varying in size, while the 370 inside cabins on these ships feature floor-to-ceiling "virtual balconies", providing (it is claimed) a televised real-time view outside the ship.

Show Picture Full Size With cabins on average 9% larger than on previous ships, the resulting passenger capacity of 4,180 is lower than that of the smaller Freedom-class ships, giving the Quantum-class an improved passenger space ratio. Also, the traditional vast, multi-deck dining room has given way to a number of smaller restaurants, some of them extra-charge, giving passengers a wider range of venues and variety of food as well as delivering increased revenue on board.

However, every new ship has to have its gimmick and while the popular "Flowrider" and rock-climbing wall are still featured, the ice-rink of the Freedom-class is gone in favour of "Sea-Plex", a fairground-style space for bumper-cars and roller-skating (though not at the same time!). There is also a zip-line for the foolhardy and "iFly", a sky-diving simulator. And to crown it all, there is the "North Star", a 90ft crane that lifts a glass viewing pod out over the side of the ship, up to 300ft above the sea! The Quantum-class, it seems, is a veritable amuzement park at sea!

Transatlantic, Bermuda & New York
1st - 14th November 2020

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