7 Tips for Enjoying A Trip on Anthem of the Seas
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My first taste of Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum-class vessels came courtesy of a two-night preview sailing on the second in the series – the new Anthem of the Seas. I was instantly hooked by the imaginative cruise ship’s impressive list of features, and I’ve gathered my own list of ways to best enjoy it all.
Check out the Family Connected Junior Suite with Balcony
These days, there seems to be a race to offer more and more stateroom categories, but few are as creative as the Quantum-class Family Connected Junior Suite with Balcony. Don’t let the name fool you either. This cluster of three uniquely laid out stateroom categories, each with their own bedroom and bathroom, collectively makes up a joint suite perfect for any large party up to 10 guests in 575 square feet of space. Gone now are the days of only being able to book mirrored connecting rooms, although those are still available.
Do Everything in Two70º
There is perhaps no single more impressive venue on any cruise ship than Two70º, and you can seemingly do everything there, short of sleeping and showering of course. Not only does it serve as a distinct aft-facing observation lounge over the stern by day and an entertainment venue with stunning shows by night, it also is home to its own full cafe and even the ship’s library and craft workshop. The food is seriously great here too. Consider it a perfect alternative to the busy buffet scene above.
Do Everything Else at SeaPlex
Sure there are plenty more things to do beyond Two70º and the SeaPlex, but both of these are incredible multipurpose venues with so much centralized fun to be had. What can’t be done here is the better question. After all, full-sized court basketball, roller skating, dancing with a floating DJ booth, a circus school, video games, table tennis and even bumper cars are all on the menu, not to mention the very SeaPlex Dog House sausage stand included within.
Wait to Ride North Star
Yes, there can be a long wait to ride North Star – the ship’s passenger pod that is leisurely craned high above and over the ship’s upper decks for unprecedented views of the ship, sea and ports – but the experience is well worth it. Besides, the fact that it’s a premium experience offered complimentarily can’t be beat. To best maximize your time, arrive as close to opening (sunrise to sunset) as possible.
Enjoy the Forward Solarium
Solariums on most ships usually feature a pool and whirlpools under skylights at a midship location. In fact, this ship has that as well as a full observation equivalent at the front of the ship complete with wraparound windows extending into skylights above. With no chlorine fumes to contend with, this space is as perfect to swim in as it is to simply lounge in.
Skydive and Surf Safely at Sea
Royal Caribbean was already the master at providing extreme sports experiences under safe conditions with its FlowRider surf simulators, but the line has raised the bar once more with RipCord by iFly. Now, guests can experience skydiving in a giant vertical wind tunnel with views of the passing sea 16 decks below. While the X Games are not likely to be hosted onboard any time soon, you can now at least feel like a contestant.
Solve a Puzzle and Escape the Room
One of the newest trending experiences on land is now available at sea with the Puzzle Break room escape. Hosted in the Fuel teen disco space, a team of players are temporarily trapped inside with interactive clues and hints that must be accurately deciphered to solve a series of puzzles leading to freedom. Upping the ante is an hour on the clock in which to complete the challenge. This is lots of fun ashore, and it will certainly add enjoyment to your cruise vacation too.
Don’t Forget to Try the Bionic Bar
Robots are plentiful onboard Anthem of the Seas from the dancing screens at Two70º to the mechanical bartenders at the Bionic Bar, and Makr Shakr has made it possible to have two arms pour, mix and serve drinks, interactively ordered from a tablet computer. I’m just waiting to see James Bond order his classic vodka martini – shaken, not stirred – robotically.
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