Last updated: 05:53 PM ET, Mon March 09 2015

Anthem of the Seas Starts Backwards River Journey

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean International | Theresa Norton | March 09, 2015

Anthem of the Seas Starts Backwards River Journey

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Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, the 168,600-ton Anthem of the Seas, is scheduled to depart a German shipyard this week and sail backwards down the River Ems on its way to the North Sea.

The 168,600-ton Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to depart Meyer Werft in Papenberg, Germany, at 2:30 p.m. March 10 (about 9 a.m. Eastern time) and arrive in Eemshaven, a Dutch port city on the North Sea, at about 6:30 a.m. March 11.

The 10-hour transit is called the “conveyance” by the shipbuilder. As the ship departs the shipyard, thousands of spectators line the riverbanks to watch the mammoth vessel inch through farmyards and under bridges, some of which must be removed. The ship is guided by two powerful tug boats. For more details, click here.

Anthem of the Seas is scheduled for an April delivery.

Like its sister ships, Anthem of the Seas will accommodate 4,180 passengers at double occupancy. It will have the sky-dive simulator, bumper cars, virtual balconies, and the North Star, a glass gondola thrill ride that carries guests 300 feet above the sea.

Royal Caribbean also recently celebrated the keel-laying — the official launch of construction — of the third sister ship, Ovation of the Seas, at Meyer Werft. Adam Goldstein, president and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., put a lucky penny down in the dock before the first block of the new ship was lowered by the crane.

The 74 blocks of the new cruise liner each weigh 740 tons. Ovation of the Seas is scheduled for delivery in spring 2016.


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