Anthem of the Seas is a quantum-class cruise ship built by Meyer Werft. Image courtesy of slgckgc.
Anthem of the Seas features 2,088 guest rooms. Image courtesy of Gary Bembridge.
Ripcord by iFly, a vertical wind tunnel, aboard Anthem of the Seas. Image courtesy of Gary Bembridge.
A view of Wonderland restaurant onboard Anthem of the Seas. Image courtesy of

Anthem of the Seas is a Quantum-class cruise ship constructed by Meyer Werft at its Papenburg shipyard in Germany for the cruise company Royal Caribbean.

The keel-laying ceremony of the vessel was held in November 2013. The cruise ship was launched in February 2015 and delivered in April 2015.

At an estimated cost of $940m, it is one of the world’s most expensive cruise ships. Its sister vessel Quantum of the Seas was launched and delivered in 2014.

Royal Caribbean signed a contract for another vessel of the same class with Meyer Werft in May 2013. A €637m ($876m) loan was acquired by Royal Caribbean in December 2013 for the construction of the third ship, Ovation of the Seas, which was delivered in April 2016. Hermes provided 95% of the loan.

Anthem of the Seas cruise ship design and facilities

The cruise ship is 348m-long, and has a moulded breadth of 41m, an operating draft of 8.6m, and gross tonnage of 167,800t.

The ship features 16 passenger decks, with a passenger capacity of 4,180 and crew capacity of 760. It is fitted with 14 elevators for the movement of passengers between the decks.

Facilities on the top deck include a glass-canopied solarium pool for adults, an outdoor pool, a new indoor pool with operable roof and a children’s aqua park called the H2O Zone. It also features a 40ft-long surf simulator and a rock-climbing wall measuring 40ft above the deck.

Other passenger facilities include a library, a workshop area for holding lecturers, demonstrations, arts and crafts, a music hall, a casino, bars and billiards.

Unique features of Anthem of the Seas

The advanced Quantum-class vessel features the north star; a jewel-shaped glass capsule above the top deck, which can hold 14 people and rises 300ft above the ocean providing guests with 360° views of the sea.

Another innovative facility to be installed at the stern of the ship is the RipCord by iFly, which provides guests with skydiving experience on board.

The cruise ship’s SeaPlex venue is the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating, a basketball court and a food truck.

The versatile Two70° venue in the ship provides 270° panoramic sea view during the day through floor-to-ceiling glass walls covering almost three decks. The venue can be transformed to an activity zone featuring performance art, stunning light shows and dazzling digital scenery during the night.

Café at Two70° provides the passengers with a casual dining experience.

Staterooms aboard the Quantum-class vessel

The cruise ship features staterooms that are 9% larger than those of oasis-class ships. It has 2,090 staterooms, which comprises 1,570 with a balcony, 147 outside and 373 with a virtual balcony.

Out of the overall staterooms, 34 are wheelchair-accessible, 16 are family connected, 16 feature studio interiors and 12 are balcony studio staterooms.

The ship also features three junior suite categories with spa-inspired amenities and a family junior suite with a full-size bath.

“The ship provides 270° panoramic sea view during the day through floor-to-ceiling glass walls covering almost three decks.”

Anthem of the Seas propulsion

The Anthem of the Seas is equipped with four diesel-electric Wartsila engines powered by two ABB Azipod XO thrusters, with a rated capacity of 20.5MW each and four bow thrusters with a power output of 3,500kW each.

The propulsion system allows the vessel to cruise at a speed of 22k.

Contractors involved

Wartsila supplied the hybrid scrubbers for the ship. The scrubbers reduce sulphur emissions and remove harmful particulates from the exhaust system, in order to comply with new air pollution rules that came into effect in 2015.

ABB supplied Azipod XO thrusters and a complete electrical system for the ship. The Two70° venue, integrating the VistaRam digital scenery technology, was designed by 5+Design.

Steiner Leisure provides the spas, salons and fitness centres, including related beauty, wellness and medi-spa services and products.

Cathelco provided the anti-fouling systems for protecting the vessel’s hull surfaces and seawater pipework systems. Cathelco also provided its impressed current cathodic protection systems (ICCP) to safeguard the hull surfaces against corrosion.

Metso was selected to provide integrated alarm, monitoring and control system (IAMCS) for the three vessels in the Quantum-Class.