The game changer
RUISING has taken another leap forward with the second of three next-generation Royal Caribbean International ships launched in England for voyages to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands and out of New York to the Caribbean.
Anthem of the Seas, RCI’s newest addition to its revolutionary Quantum class of ships, embarked on its maiden voyage in April out of Southampton, 128km southwest of London, delivering on a promised “wow factor”.
This followed the successful New York launch in November of Quantum of the Seas, the first new ship for RCI since it launched Allure of the Seas in 2010.
The Anthem launch comes on the heels of RCI’s announcement that the third ship in the Quantum class, Ovation of the Seas, will be based in Sydney for the 2016-17 southern summer cruise season. The $US1 billion ($A1.3 billion) Ovation is now under construction in Germany and will be the first new ship to home-port in Australia, reflecting the importance of the expanding Australasian market.
Sydney-based Royal Caribbean Asia Pacific vicepresident Gavin Smith, who joined Anthem in Southampton for a gala naming ceremony complete with a Scottish pipe band and Welsh boys’ choir, says the Quantum-class ships “completely redefine the idea of cruising”. Ovation demonstrates a belief in the Australian cruising market, he said. “We believe that Australians shouldn’t need to travel overseas to experience the kind of cruise holiday we stand for; the most innovative