Cruise operator Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of its new Quantum-class cruise ship Anthem of the Seas from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft.
Anthem of the Seas, which is claimed to be the world’s most advanced cruise ship, is the 23rd vessel of Royal Caribbean’s cruise fleet.
The 348m-long and 41m-wide vessel will now sail to Southampton, UK, where the ship will homeport through October and sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.
Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley said: "It’s wonderful to welcome Anthem of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships.
"Just like every Royal Caribbean ship, Anthem of the Seas will deliver to guests its own distinctive set of amazing adventures, whether sailing in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean."
Anthem of the Seas will be capable of accommodating 4,180 passengers at double occupancy and also 760 crew members.
The new 168,600 gross tonne cruise vessel features 16 passenger decks with 14 elevators.
The vessel’s leisure facilities include a library, a workshop area for holding lecturers, demonstrations, arts and crafts, a music hall, a casino, bars and billiards.
It will also feature the North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that carries guests more than 300ft above the ocean, and SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea.
With four diesel-electric Wartsila engines powered by two ABB Azipod XO thrusters, the vessel will be capable of cruising at a speed of 22k.
Royal Caribbean received the first Quantum-class ship, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft in October 2014.
The third vessel, Ovation of the Seas, is currently under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The vessel is expected to be delivered in mid-2016.
Image: Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum-class cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas. Photo: courtesy of Gerhard Fülle.