After weeks of speculation, Royal Caribbean International announced today that Southampton will be the home port for their second Quantum class ship – Anthem of the Seas. The ship will split its time between Southampton, offering Mediterranean cruises in the Summer and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offering Caribbean cruises during the winter months.
Scheduled to sail her maiden voyage in April of 2015, Anthem of the Seas will offer cruisers more game-changing “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience, a thrilling adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; cutting-edge transformative venues including the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever.
These new, larger staterooms enable innovation in design, storage and comfort including the industry’s first virtual balconies.
Located on the south coast of England, Southampton is often the first and/or last port on a European cruise or Atlantic crossing for many cruise lines.
Sixty miles from Heathrow Airport and 80 miles from Gatwick Airport, the town is home to many performance centers, Art Galleries, museums and fabulous shops.
Currently, Royal’s Adventure of the Seas and Independence of the Seas sail out of Southampton cruising to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Baltic, Norway and Canary Island. Royal plans to keep Adventure of the Seas in Southampton along with Anthem.
The itineraries for the new ship will be released in early 2014!