(12:55 p.m EDT) — Robot bartenders, a giant giraffe named Gigi and cruise ship skydiving have descended on Bayonne, New Jersey at the Cape Liberty cruise port, which Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, will call home after arriving there earlier today.
The second Quantum-class ship, which had a stint in the U.K. following its April 2015 debut, will homeport in Bayonne year-round. From Cape Liberty, the ship will offer cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada/New England.
Ahead of its U.S. arrival, Anthem of the Seas added the line’s popular DreamWorks Experience. The line also is replacing the British cast of its Royal Theater production show, “We Will Rock You,” with a New York City-based cast. The show features the songs of rock band Queen.
Standout features of the Quantum Class include an indoor Seaplex, where passengers can drive bumper cars, roller skate and try out a flying trapeze; the North Star, a jewel-shaped capsule that extends far above the ship, giving passengers 360-degree seaviews; and an extensive and innovative art collection (which includes the aforementioned giant giraffe wearing an inflatable tube).
Anthem of the Seas is hosting a series of two-night cruises to kick off its arrival, introducing the ship to media, travel agents and high-level loyalty club passengers. The ship’s first public sailing from Cape Liberty departs November 10 for a 12-night Southern Caribbean cruise.
Cruise Critic will be onboard November 4 to 6. Follow our live coverage on Twitter and Facebook.
Anthem of the Seas Cruises