New in 2015 — Anthem of the Seas

Third in a series about new ships

This second ship of the Quantum Class will be replacing the first — and the flagship — in New Jersey after Quantum of the Seas leaves for its new home, Singapore. Other than the name on the bow and assorted other places, there isn’t expected to be much difference between Anthem of the Seas and its sister, which tells you what a winner Quantum has been for Royal Caribbean.

Launch date: April 22

Capacity: 4,905

Sister ships: Quantum of the Seas

Maiden voyage: An 8-day trip along Northern Spain with one stop in France

Home port: Cape Liberty

Ships then in Royal Caribbean fleet: 23

Interesting: The cruise line touts Anthem’s virtual balconies, with huge LCD TV screens, as being the first at sea but neither that…nor the bumper cars in SeaPlex…nor the RipCord sky diving simulator…nor the 27-degree views from Two70…is going to touch this ship’s most identifying asset. That would be North Star, the arm that takes passengers out over the waves and back, all included with the price of the cruise. It is the ship’s most recognizable feature, its signature, what makes it stand out from everything else “at sea.” The same, of course, can be said for its older sister.

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Celebrity Century
14 nights
March 22, 2015
Singapore, Cochin, Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Muscat, Dubai
Inside: $949
Cost per day: $67
www.celebritycruises.com

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